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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:00 pm Post subject: 15" Planted Cube Reply with quote

 Hi  All,
 
 Sharing  my  2  months  old  planted  cube.  Had  to  deal  with  prolific  thread  algae  issues  initially,  but  somehow  got  it  under  control  now   Smile  
 
 Tank  Specs:
 Size:  15"  Cube  (approx  14.50  gallons)
 Lights:  18w  x  2  PL
 Substrate:  ADA  amazonia
 CO2:  Pressurized,  diffused  through  ceramic  disc
 Filtration:  Eheim  2211  +  Ista  Surface  skimmer
 Photoperiod:  3  Hours  in  morning  +  5  Hours  in  evening
 Fertilization:  EI  Dosing  on  lower  side
 Temperature  control:  Open  hood  and  CPU  cooling  fan
 
 Flora:  Flame  Moss,  Hyrdrocotyle  Tripartita,  Eleocharis  Parvula,  Eleocharis  Vivipara,  Staurogyne  Porto  Velho,  Java  Fern,  Anubias  Nana
 
 Fauna:  Rummy  Nose  Tetra,  Endlers,  Espei  Rasbora,  Amano  Shrimps,  Pleco
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Thanks  for  watching  !
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 Nice  work  in  a  limited  space.  Simple  yet  beautiful.  Do  share  your  experience  combating  hair  algae  issues.
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 Spectacular.  Good  Work  Da_vipin
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 Great  work  love  the  tank.
 
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 Dear  Da_vipin,
 Excellent  job  fighting  algae  and  coming  out  victorious.
 The  tank  is  looking  very  elegant.  
 
 I  would  keep  an  eye  out  on  the  hydrocotyle.  It  can  take  over  a  tank  fast.  
 On  the  flip  side,  you  can  train  it  to  climb  up  the  tree!
 You  should  also  trim  the  bad  leaf  on  the  anubias.  It'll  not  grow  back.  
 But  trimming  it  will  encourage  the  plant  to  throw  a  couple  of  new  leaves  faster.  
 
 Keep  up  the  good  work.
 Thanks,  
 Arin
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angel_lover  wrote  (View  Post):                
Nice  work  in  a  limited  space.  Simple  yet  beautiful.  Do  share  your  experience  combating  hair  algae  issues.                

 
 
                                                 
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 Spectacular.  Good  Work  Da_vipin
                 

 
 
                                                 
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 Great  work  love  the  tank.
 
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 Dear  Da_vipin,
 Excellent  job  fighting  algae  and  coming  out  victorious.
 The  tank  is  looking  very  elegant.  
 
 I  would  keep  an  eye  out  on  the  hydrocotyle.  It  can  take  over  a  tank  fast.  
 On  the  flip  side,  you  can  train  it  to  climb  up  the  tree!
 You  should  also  trim  the  bad  leaf  on  the  anubias.  It'll  not  grow  back.  
 But  trimming  it  will  encourage  the  plant  to  throw  a  couple  of  new  leaves  faster.  
 
 Keep  up  the  good  work.
 Thanks,  
 Arin
                 

 
 Thanks  guys   Thumb Up  ,  i  took  below  steps  to  tackle  algae  issues;
 
 1)  Surface  Scum:  I  experienced  that  leaving  surface  scum  unattended  boosts  thread  algae.  So  bought  a  surface  skimmer  and  directed  filter  outlet  towards  surface  to  create  some  agitation.  Result:  No  Scum  Buildup,  no  trapped  bubbles,  better  light  penetration
 
 2)  Spot  treatment  with  hydrogen  peroxide:  Used  syringe  to  squirt  H2O2  directly  on  effected  areas.  Followed  by  50%  water  change  after  30  mins.  Note  that  I  did  not  exceed  dosage  of  0.5  ml  per  gallon.  Treated  twice  in  a  week.  Result:  Algae  became  pale  and  new  growth  persisted  but  was  slower.
 
 3)  The  mighty  Pleco  Smile  :  Though  i  had  amano  shrimps  they  were  not  able  to  keep  up  with  maintenance  work.  So  bought  a  smallest  pleco  I  could  find  at  LFS.  This  guy  is  such  a  perfectionist  who  doesnt  like  to  leave  behind  tiniest  speck  of  algae!  I  no  longer  have  cravings  for  expensive  and  fancy  algae  eaters   Very Happy  Get  a  Pleco.  Respect!
 
 
 @Arin:  Yes  hydrocotyle  is  turning  out  to  be  invasive.  Will  nip  off  bad  leaf  of  anubias  soon.  Thanks
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 Cool!!   Thumbs Up   Thumbs Up   Thumbs Up   Thumbs Up   Thumbs Up
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1)  Surface  Scum:  I  experienced  that  leaving  surface  scum  unattended  boosts  thread  algae.  So  bought  a  surface  skimmer  and  directed  filter  outlet  towards  surface  to  create  some  agitation.  Result:  No  Scum  Buildup,  no  trapped  bubbles,  better  light  penetration  
 
 2)  Spot  treatment  with  hydrogen  peroxide:  Used  syringe  to  squirt  H2O2  directly  on  effected  areas.  Followed  by  50%  water  change  after  30  mins.  Note  that  I  did  not  exceed  dosage  of  0.5  ml  per  gallon.  Treated  twice  in  a  week.  Result:  Algae  became  pale  and  new  growth  persisted  but  was  slower.  
 
 3)  The  mighty  Pleco  Smile  :  Though  i  had  amano  shrimps  they  were  not  able  to  keep  up  with  maintenance  work.  So  bought  a  smallest  pleco  I  could  find  at  LFS.  This  guy  is  such  a  perfectionist  who  doesnt  like  to  leave  behind  tiniest  speck  of  algae!  I  no  longer  have  cravings  for  expensive  and  fancy  algae  eaters   Very  Happy  Get  a  Pleco.  Respect!  
 
 
 @Arin:  Yes  hydrocotyle  is  turning  out  to  be  invasive.  Will  nip  off  bad  leaf  of  anubias  soon.  Thanks                

 
 I  fully  subscribe  to  point  number  2  &  3.  As  i  had  similar  experience  in  the  past.  The  young  common  pleco  or  even  chinese  (or  golden  )  algae  eaters  are  pretty  effective.
 
 Surface  Scum  is  an  interesting  observation.  I  should  try  that.
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 excellent  tank......  Thumb Up
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 Da_vipin
 
 its  an  excellent  work  for  nano  tank.  Simplicity  with  elegance.  Keep  it  up  bro  Thumb Up
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 its  an  excellent  work  for  nano  tank.  Simplicity  with  elegance.  Keep  it  up  bro  Thumb Up
                 

 
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 Nice  clean  and  green  tank  !  Super  !
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 super  tank  looks  great,  
 
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 Hi  All!
 
 The  old  scape  was  ruined  due  to  irregular  maintenance  and  I  was  lazy  to  get  the  CO2  cylinder  refilled.
 
 Have  installed  quick  disconnect  valves  for  filters  to  reduce  the  hassle  in  filter  maintenance.
 
 Now  with  automation  in  place  I'm  hoping  that  I  have  to  bother  with  the  tank  only  once  in  a  week  for  water  changes  and  maintenance.  Dosing,  CO2,  Lights,  Cooling  Fan,  Feeding  is  all  taken  care  by  automation:  http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=39888
 
 
 Updates  after  40  days  of  rescape
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Red,  Cyan  &  Blue  led  channel  were  kept  off  for  photographing,  it  gave  some  weird  White  Balance.
 
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