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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-07-2011, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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Ha! Didn't even realize you said flourecents!! But I was just ging to get the ones you suggested...."Zoo Med Ultra Sun Daylight Compact Fluorescent Bulb"
Thanks again for your input....hopefully the new lights won't effect the food for my 2 Mystery snails! (just kidding...I"m sure they will be fine!)
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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-07-2011, 07:01 PM
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Glad to help :) Tell us how it goes. As for the algae you currently have in there, try to scrape as much as you can off. I found that credit/ ID cards are GREAT for removing algae from the glass walls lol.
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post #13 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-10-2011, 01:02 AM
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@Alex09 that's funny you mention Platies. The 3 I have in my 14 do nothing but graze at the algae on my live plants. I know they are downing lots of greens cause their poop is green.
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post #14 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-10-2011, 05:06 AM
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hmmm the hood for my 10gal says incandescent, will a fluorescent be okay? i have java fern and a bamboo ( which the leafs get its light outside) and i wanna get me a marimo ball :D
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I heard that bristlenose catfish are great, not sure if they're compatible though.
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post #16 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-12-2011, 09:39 AM
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I use the plant fluoro's sold for $10 at walmart attaches to wall or you can make a mount;moreover, I recomend a gfi receptical or gfi breaker for all aquarium set-up circuits. The light spectrum for plant photosystem is 700 and 680 nm and I am sure the lamp covers the two important wavelengths.
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post #17 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-12-2011, 10:35 AM
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I know you were looking for a fish that eats algae. Another alternative you could try is zebra nerite snails. IME, they do a better job of controlling algae than algae eating fish. They are litte algae lawnmowers, and I have not even had to to scrape algae since adding a few of these snails in over a year because they do such a great job.
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