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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:58 am Post subject: Re: 7G low tech tank Journal. Reply with quote

 Thanks,  Ashwin,  So  I  will  go  for  contra  soil.  Please  provide  any  link  for  black  blasting  sand  (i  am  bit  confused).  Planning  for  1''  contra  soil  and  1''  black  sand  is  it  ok?
 
 I  am  having  a  4.5  feet  stand,  can  I  go  for  two  2(L2*W2*H2)  feet  tank  or  one   4.5(L4.5*W2*H2)  feet  tank  what  is  easy  to  maintain
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 Blasting  sand  is  just  a  medium  grit  black  sand  and  you  can  use  any  inert  substrate  in  its  place.  You  can  find  blasting  sand  from  fabrication  shops  as  its  not  available  online.
 
 As  for  the  tank  size,  bigger  tanks  are  always  much  more  stable  so  go  for  the  largest  tank  you  can  get  within  your  available  space  and  budget.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:37 pm Post subject: Re: 7G low tech tank Journal. Reply with quote

                                                   
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Blasting  sand  is  just  a  medium  grit  black  sand  and  you  can  use  any  inert  substrate  in  its  place.  You  can  find  blasting  sand  from  fabrication  shops  as  its  not  available  online.
 
 As  for  the  tank  size,  bigger  tanks  are  always  much  more  stable  so  go  for  the  largest  tank  you  can  get  within  your  available  space  and  budget.                

 
 Thanks  mate  .Will  go  for  the  bigger  tank
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 Almost  a  month  has  passed.  Nothing  much  to  report  really.  Ive  got  a  terrible  case  of  cladophora  since  a  long  time  as  well  as  brown  algae  on  glass.  I  realized  the  easiest  way  to  keep  brown  algae  in  check  was  to  simply  clean  my  glass  thoroughly.  Did  that  and  now  tank  looks  much  better.  Silly  me  lol.
 
 Cladophora  on  the  other  hand  is  a  menace!  I'm  planning  on  spot  treating  it  with  H202,  at  the  risk  of  harming  my  shrimp.  I'm  gonna  dose  it  with  a  syringe,  I  will  update  the  thread  in  a  week  to  let  you  guys  know  what  happened.
 
 
 
 You  can  still  see  specs  of  brown  algae  on  the  glass.  Im  gonna  go  at  it  again  this  weekend  make  the  glass  squeaky  clean!
 
 Anubias  doesnt  seem  to  be  growing  now  and  has  developed  white  spots  on  some  of  its  leaves.  New  leaves  aren't  sprouting  but  older  ones  aren't  dying  either.  Valisneria  seems  to  be  similar.  However  the  number  of  leaves  that  I  had  to  fish  out  has  greatly  reduced.  I  suspect  it  is  the  root  tabs  doing.  Hydrocotyle  is  just  1  tiny  sprig  of  4  leaves  now.  It  will  be  a  miracle  if  it  grows  back  from  it,  however,  that  tiny  sprig  is  growing  new  leaves  sporadically.  
 
 I  plan  on  adding  a  few  rotala  and  cypts  and  a  few  floating  plant  in  the  coming  weeks.  The  tank  has  started  feeling  empty.
 Also,  Ive  made  some  changes  to  my  lighting  schedule.  Instead  of:
 8AM  to  12PM  ON
 12PM  to  4PM  OFF
 4PM  to  8PM  ON  +  3W  Ambient  Light  ON
 10PM  Ambient  Light  OFF
 
 Now  Ive  got:
 7AM  to  1PM  Main  ON
 9AM  to  1PM  Ambient  ON
 1PM  to  5PM  all  OFF
 5PM  to  10PM  Main  ON  Ambient  OFF
 
 This  means  a  total  of  11Hrs  of  light  a  day  and  a  4hr  siesta  in  the  afternoon.  This  is  about  30%  increase  in  the  photoperiod,  Im  gonna  see  if  it  triggers  better  plant  growth,  or  just  more  algae.
 
 Also,  the  root  tabs  seemed  inadequate.  I  had  added  3  earlier  but  to  no  noticeable  effect.  I  added  4  more  a  day  back  when  I  took  this  pic,  Im  gonna  report  back  about  it  too  next  week.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:52 pm Post subject: Re: 7G low tech tank Journal. Reply with quote

 Quick  update  regarding  H2O2(Hydrogen  Peroxide)  treatment:
 
 It  looks  surreal!  Chuckle  
 
 I  got  6%  concentrated  H2O2  bottle  from  a  local  chemist,  200ml  for  INR27  and  one  disposable  5ml  syringe  for  INR4.  I  dosed  a  total  of  8ml  on  various  spots  within  the  tank,  after  5  minutes  from  turning  off  my  filter.  Within  a  minute  the  entire  tank  was  bubbling!
 
 
 Surprisingly  all  the  bubbles  were  coming  from  the  cladophora,  even  at  the  places  where  it  was  intimately  entangled  with  Java  Moss,  only  the  algae  was  bubbling  not  the  moss.  I've  not  done  any  water  change  post  the  treatment  and  I  will  perform  the  weekly  change  on  the  weekend.  Fingers  crossed.
 
 Also,  post  treatment,  I  saw  fish  and  shrimp  both  nibbling  at  the  cladophora  as  well  as  diatom  on  the  glass.  In  the  morning  I  even  saw  tiny  flakes  of  diatom  chipped  off  from  the  class.  Everything  looks  promising.
 
 On  another  note  I  dont  know  if  it  was  the  turned  off  filter  or  the  H2O2,  but  several  tiny  shrimplets  emerged  in  the  tank  the  moment  bubbles  went  up!  I  used  to  see  just  1  or  two  shrimp  rarely.  I  thought  there  were  no  more.  But  this  new  discovery  means  that  the  shrimp  are  thriving  inside  the  cave  system  formed  by  rocks  and  driftwood,  encased  in  the  java  moss  blanket!
 
 This  cutie  is  less  than  a  cm  long
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:50 pm Post subject: Re: 7G low tech tank Journal. Reply with quote

 Thanks  for  the  update
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 Small  Update:  Its  been  about  a  week  since  the  treatment.  I  didn't  do  any  more  sessions  as  I  could  see  the  cladophora  dying  already.  After  a  week,  almost  ALL  of  it  has  turned  white.  Plants  have  remained  unaffected.  Growth  seems  to  have  increased  marginally.  I  think  Valisneria  Nana,  has  different  requirements  than  other  Vals,  Ive  been  able  to  grow  Valisneria  Spiralis  quite  easily  in  my  125G  tank  in  an  inert  substrate.  Nana  However  doesn't  seem  to  be  growing  at  all.
 
 In  other  news,  my  Anubias  Nana  could  be  a  marbled  variety:
   
 
 
 
 
 Googling  hasn't  yielded  any  result  for  any  form  of  deficiency  which  leads  me  to  believe  it  might  just  be  normal  for  this  particular  individual.  Increase  in  the  photoperiod  has  lead  to  better  growth  in  the  plant  and  it  sprouted  a  new  leaf  almost  immediately.  It  had  these  markings  before  the  H2O2  treatment.
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 Thanks  for  the  update  Ashwin
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 H2O2  KILL  VALISNERIA.
 
 I  wasn't  aware  of  it  untill  i  started  checking  the  interwebs  for  the  reason  why  my  Valls  were  dying.  It  turns  out  H2O2  will  kill  at  least  Valls,  Blyxa  species  and  Riccia.  There  are  a  few  more  which  can  tolerate  only  low  doses.  Be  careful  with  this  treatment.  
 
 Both  Hydrocotyle  Tripartita  and  Hydrocotyle  Sibthorpioides  have  started  growing  once  I  increased  the  photoperiod.  Day  before  yesterday  I  added  another  4700k  7W  LED  to  the  mix  and  growth  has  increased  by  quite  a  bit.  Its  really  surprising!  Sibthorpioides  was  just  one  tiny  sprig  with  2  leaves  while  tripartita  was  slightly  better  off  with  around  5  leaves.  Both  are  less  than  3cm  long,  over  just  a  few  days  of  the  new  light  they've  gained  atleast  2  leaves  each  and  are  looking  really  good.  
 
 Im  gonna  siphon  off  the  valls,  and  add  a  few  crypts,  echinodorus  and  maybe  rotala.
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