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    Re: A newbie on a 2 ft tank

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    @torque6,

    I did placed a lot of black corrugated plastic bought at popular bookstore when doing set up. By right it shouldn't happen lol.

    OK, I will siphon them out during next water change.

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    Re: A newbie on a 2 ft tank

    When I did my setup, I was also considering the use of black corrugated plastic, but compared to SKP hard plastic box cuttings, SKP is more rigid.

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    Re: A newbie on a 2 ft tank

    I see, thanks for the info.

    I would consider using it when doing rescape.

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    Re: A newbie on a 2 ft tank

    For the soil on the MC , I will leave it as it is as MC is a fast growing plant and the patch will be covered with nice green plants again...
    the sad thing to see in LFS is the lack of water change , cloudy water and dead fish.

    For Qian Hu, I think if their price is lower, there'll be more people visiting the place.

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    @fireblade,

    Agreed, I don't remember buying anything from them as it's quite pricey. But their livestock selection not bad, alot of interesting fishes to look at.. I remember chancing upon the upside down catfish lol

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    How is the BBA fighting battle, bro? Is this under control now?
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    Yo jacky thanks for asking, it's definitely under control now.

    After there's no more bba on the rocks, I had called for a crease fire on the h202 chemical warfare 2 weeks ago.
    I didn't clean the lily pipes for 2 weeks and there's no bba growing on it which is a good thing.

    There are still bba on the plants but they are not spreading as much as they use to. It's lesser now so it's easier to observe the spreading.

    The SAE are very hardworking, in fact they are too hardworking to the point that I'm not sure if I had finally solved the issue by tuning to the right balance of the tank or they simply just eat up the bba.... lol

    1 of the bigger SAE is showing more and more aggressions towards the tankmate day by day, I might consider releasing them back to the LFS once the problem is resolved.

    This is how the tank looks now :



    The mc are not growing at the speed they used to anymore, good and bad, less trimming for me.
    There are some browning on the hair grass patch, I'll nurse them back to good health.

    When there are new bba on plants they are always on tip of the hair grass.



    There's more on the left side of the tank. Not sure if there's anything to do with the flow, but I will continue to observe.



    bba on the mc, I believe most are the left over after the out-break, they seems to attack more on the hair grass than the mc now. I'll trim them off bit by bit weekly as the mc are already very thin, don't wanna mess up the balance again.

    There seems to be alot of algae on my rocks,


    I think It's the GSA or the GDA, couldn't really tell the difference though. It's weird that with my cleaning crew of 5 otos, 3 SAE and an army of about 50+ shrimps, they are not able to reduce the amount on the rocks.

    I'm not complaining though as I really like the looks of it, it gave the tank a very nice aged/vintage look. But I do wonder if it's a warning sign of something is off. Anyone with experiences on the GSA or GDA?






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    Apologies for hijacking this thread. On the third last picture at the corner left, it looks like cynobacteria. Correct me if I am wrong. If yes, does anyone has success removing them without a chemical warfare? I think this is more persistent than bba.

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    The rocks surely make your tank look very mature, bro. I think you can try using a brush to brush it off. Maybe the one with metal bristles if those are stubborn.
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    Re: A newbie on a 2 ft tank

    Hi Hann, I don't think it's the BGA.
    It's the GSA or GDA that's on the glass like the one on the second picture.
    Usually I'll scrap them off once every week. I got lazy this 2 weeks.

    I think in the third picture, because it's out of focus at the side so it looks as if it's growing on top of the plant but it's not.

    I do not have any experience dealing with BGA, I do read about how tough and persistent they can be.

    Maybe those with experiences might be able to help.

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    Re: A newbie on a 2 ft tank

    wow! this is bad...

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    Re: A newbie on a 2 ft tank

    Quote Originally Posted by hann View Post
    Apologies for hijacking this thread. On the third last picture at the corner left, it looks like cynobacteria. Correct me if I am wrong. If yes, does anyone has success removing them without a chemical warfare? I think this is more persistent than bba.
    Try directing more water flow in that area , might be due to dead spot .
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    Re: A newbie on a 2 ft tank

    Quote Originally Posted by BFG View Post
    Try directing more water flow in that area , might be due to dead spot .
    I never believe that BGA is due to dead spots. It is possible for a large tank but for a small nano iwagumi with little or no obstructing hard scape? Don't think so. I have had BGA growing intensively on my lily pipes in my previous setup and inflow pipes, surely those areas aren't dead spots? The only reason you are seeing BGA is 3 things. High Phosphate + low nitrate, dirty pipes + filter and unhealthy, slow growing planted environment.

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