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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-23-2019, 02:30 AM
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The 80 is just gorgeous.

Transshipping! I don't think so!!! I have enough to keep me busy all day with the tanks i have. I just got a new 55 I'm setting up. I still don't know what I'm going to put in it. Oh well I've got time. The plants will be here Monday. And as of last night The tank was setup, filter started, and cycle has begone. I'm just going to take my time to decide.
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Thanks for the compliments! My hubby has done a lot to help with this thing; he's a wealth of info for me. I can always count on him to steer me in the right direction as far as plant and fish selection is concerned.



I noticed that I have a little algae going on in there but the gourami picks at it, so it can stay. I like free fish food. :) It drove my coworkers crazy that I refused to scrape the back glass of my 110 gal African tank at work, but most of the fish picked at it, so I wasn't about to clear it off.
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Green algae that is controlled is a blessing in disguise. First it is showing all the conditions in the tank are healthy. second for some fish in a community tank it is food that they can eat to supplement what they miss when everyone in the tank is fed.

I have a 5.5 gal. that I setup for my newest Betta Ben. It is heavily planted (jungle). After I put in the new Finnex Planted Plus lighting It only took 3 days to have an algae bloom that was hard to control. I had Green algae all over everything in the tank. I was going to medicate the tank with algae rid, and thought better of it. Instead I went with 6 mystery snails. and I scraped the right and left sides but not the back. Within a week the little buggers had it under control. I also adjusted the time of lighting I used. Soon I had no algae at all. But I needed the algae to feed the snails (Boy talk about a change of mind set.) Anyway I adjuster the time of lighting again and added c02. Now I have a controlled algae growth and some very happy snails.

With all the water changes and testing in that tank I have found the plants and everyone in the tank to be very healthy. My plants are growing, and rooting, and the snails cruse the tank, and the plants. When I look at all the other tanks I decided to up the lighting times on them also and get a good growth of green algae going. all tanks are healthy and there are some fish that love to pick at the algae. I can honestly say that the tanks needed the algae.(and I've learned how to control it.)
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Agreed! I only think of algae as a nuisance when it gets out of control. We have a problem with calurpa (don't think thta's spelled right) in the one reef tank, it's overgrowing a lot of the zooanthid rocks, so I take one out and put it in the reef with the sailfin tang, and after he cleans it off, I switch it out with another.


I really don't mind some green algae, though, not only is it food, but it makes thing look a little more natural. I'm sure that most rivers, streams, and ponds are not algae free.
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