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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2005 11:03 am Post subject: my new tank Reply with quote

 i  just  setup  a  new  48in  x  18in  x  20in  tank  last  week.  i  have  planted  some  plants.  i  have  also  got  a  DIY  CO2.  for  lighting  i  got  4  phillips  tru  lite.  
 
 since  a  few  days  i've  noticed  some  kind  of  fungus  on  the  glass,  also  on  the  power  head  used  as  a  CO2  reactor  and  also  on  the  drift  wood.  as  of  now  i  am  not  using  any  filter  but  want  to  buy  one  external  filter.  
 
 what  is  this  greenish  kind  of  fungus?  will  it  kill  the  fish  .  i  got  4  pairs  of  angles  and  4  pairs  of  serpa  tetras.    Is  the  light  too  bright?  i  turn  it  off  during  the  nights.  whcih  is  the  best  filter  i  can  buy?  how  can  avaoid  that  fungus  in  my  tanks
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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2005 11:55 am Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Madhukiran,
 
 I  think  what  you  are  having  is  an  algae  not  fungus.  It  is  a  new  tank  syndrome.  Plant  heavily  and  install  filter  as  soon  as  possible.  
 
 wipe  off  the  algae  from  glass.  
 
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 ok!  so  this  is  algae.  so  how  can  i  avoid  it?  is  it  b'because  of  more  light?  will  it  kill  the  fish.
 
 which  is  the  best  filter  i  can  buy???
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 Algae  will  not  kill  your  fish,  only  it  will  give  your  tank  UTS(  Ugly  tank  syndrome).  Actually  it  will  serve  as  food  to  some  of  the  algae  eating  fish.  :lol:  
 Use  a  razor  blade  to  scrap  of  the  alage  from  the  glass.    Since  you  have  a  planted  tank,  and  you  are  using    CO2  injection,  I  would  recommend  you  to  add  PMDD.  Check  out  PMDD  reciepe  available  on  IAH.
 Algae  blooms  when  there  is  an  excess  of  phosphate  in  comparison  to  other  essential  compounds  and  elements  like  nitrates,  Fe  etc.
 Also  for  the  time  being  reduce  lighting,  it  will  slow  down  the  algae  growth  and  also  help  plants  to  take  up  nutrients.  
 For  planted  tanks,  its  best  to  have  8-12  hours  of  light.
 Adding  another  filter  IMO  will  not  slove  the  algae  problem.    Adding  more  plants  will  certainly  help  you  only  if  you  provide  nutrients  to  them  on  a  daily  basis.
 All  the  best.
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 Hi  madhukiran,
 
 Algae  will  come  when  there  are  excess  butrients,  lights  etc..  CHeck  out  madan's  posting  on  this  issue  on  anothere  topic.  
 
 IMO  eheim  cannisters  are  the  best  for  a  planted  aquaria.  IMO  the  2217  model  will  be  the  best  fit  for  your  tank..
 
 
 
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amitava  wrote:                

 IMO  eheim  cannisters  are  the  best  for  a  planted  aquaria.  IMO  the  2217  model  will  be  the  best  fit  for  your  tank..                

 
 Amitava,
 
 What  is  IMO?
 
 For  a  4'  tank  a  Eheim  2215  should  be  sufficient  i  guess.
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 WHAT  IS  PMDD
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rrsriram  wrote:                
                                                 
amitava  wrote:                

 IMO  eheim  cannisters  are  the  best  for  a  planted  aquaria.  IMO  the  2217  model  will  be  the  best  fit  for  your  tank..                

 
 Amitava,
 
 What  is  IMO?
 
 For  a  4'  tank  a  Eheim  2215  should  be  sufficient  i  guess.                

 
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madhukiran  wrote:                
WHAT  IS  PMDD                

 PMDD  stands  for  Poor  Man's  Daily  Drops.
 It  is  nothing  but  fertlizer;  the  only  difference  being  that  here  we  are  not  talking  of  fertilizers  used  for  terristrial  plants.  Though  the  other  way  round  is  possible.  That  is  you    can  use  PMDD  to  feed  your  terristrial  plants.
 Madan's  PMDD  reciepe  can  be  found  on      This  link
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 Excess  nutrients,  ,  eg  NO3,  PO4  are  not  causing  algae,  poor  CO2  levels  are,  lack  of  good  full  planting  from  the  start  up  phase,  NH4,  these  cause  algae.
 
 A  lack  of  NO3/PO4  will  cause  more  harm  than  excess.  I  add  2-3ppm  per  week  to  my  tanks  of  PO4,  I  have  dramatic  growth.  I've  done  this  for  15  years.  30ppm  a  week  of  NO3  additions  as  well.
 
 Lots  of  weeds,  no  algae.
 
 PMDD  is  over  a  deacede  old  and  made  some  assumptions  which  are  incorrect,  but  Paul  had  the  right  idea,  focus  on  the  pkl,ant's  needs,  but  they  assumed  they  could  limit  algae  and  grow  plants.
 
 Algae  need  far  less  than  plants  and  therefore  would  never  be  limited,  but  the  plants  would  be.
 
 Which  needs  more  food,  the  mouse  or  the  elephant?  Both  are  herbivores.
 Algae  are  in  a  different  niche  ecologically  than  plants.  
 
 Search  for  Estimative  index  on  my  site.  It'll  show  a  simple  cheap  method  to  target  all  your  nutrients  and  then  you  can  focus  on  getting  the  CO2  right.
 
 Poor  CO2  levels  account  for  roughly  90-95%  of  all  algae  issues.
 There  is  also  a  DIY  CO2  reactor  that  cost  roughly  2-3$USD  on  the  site  with  the  plants  if  you  have  a  small  powerhead.
 
 These  work  very  well  with  DIY  CO2  yeast  set  ups  or  pressurized  tanks.
     
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 Tom  Barr
 
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 Hi,
 
 In  IAH,  PMDD  could  also  mean  Poor  Madan's  Dosing  Drops.    Smile  
 
 Cheers,
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puneit  wrote:                
                                                 
madhukiran  wrote:                
WHAT  IS  PMDD                

 PMDD  stands  for  Poor  Man's  Daily  Drops.
   This  link                

 
 I  did  not  put  up  that  bit!!!.
 
 Venket  is  to  blame.
 
 I  did  start  with  those  percentage  for  micronutrients  and  worked  backward  on  my  Chemistry  to  make  PMDD  in  the  long  gone  days.
 
 Then  found  it  was  real  difficult  explaining  this  to  people.  Thankfully  Microsol-B  came  along.


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aquadowntoearth  wrote:                
Hi,
 
 In  IAH,  PMDD  could  also  mean  Poor  Madan's  Dosing  Drops.    Smile  
 
 Cheers,
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 Poor  Madan  Yes!  :wink:
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