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    Re: My first 120L aquascape with dry start HC

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackychun View Post
    So sad seeing this broken. I don’t dare to take this off during cleaning. Just leave the whole things together.


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    exactly... less than a month only..... thought can keep for future use.... now i keep as spare parts lol

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    Re: My first 120L aquascape with dry start HC

    Sorry to hear about the setback, TTerry. Has your aquascape been doing well otherwise?

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    Re: My first 120L aquascape with dry start HC

    Hi Kamran,

    thanks for asking. This is my first planted tank, more like learning on the job.

    most plants managed to survive except S.repens. Looking for plant to replace.

    im getting skilled at removing thread algae, which not a good sign lol!

    Tank just cycled, going to sent in a small group of shrimps soon, wanted to add nerite snail but worried the snail may not survive my water pararmeter

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    Quote Originally Posted by SantaMonicaHelp View Post
    Sorry to hear about the setback, TTerry. Has your aquascape been doing well otherwise?

    -Kamran

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    Re: My first 120L aquascape with dry start HC

    Well, your work is looking pretty good so far. Be sure to let us know what plant you decide on.

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    Re: My first 120L aquascape with dry start HC

    Week 12 - day 4


    My tank is cycled


    Finally added my cleaning crews! Hope it can help with my thread algae. I have a small patch of BGA on my HC too, i manually remove as much as i can, they are thick and sticky, and have a very strong smell. Hope the cleaning crews will clear it!

    40 x Cherry shrimps with some shrimplets (Hopefully they can adapt, because my shrimp tank's water parameter is towards the hard side)
    6 x Yamato
    4 x Otocinclus


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    This corner part of my HC was badly affected by thread algae, with my very rough movement, i accidentally lifted this patch of HC 2 weeks ago, they still survive, but just look puffy despite my attempt to push it into the substrate. i notice the underneath potion was browning, So i pull them out, remove those with algae and replanted them.

    Good to know those Rotala Bonsai which i replanted survived!

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    To battle the algae, i had further lowered my front piece of chihiros A series to level 3, while chihiros RGB (behind) kept at full level.


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    Re: My first 120L aquascape with dry start HC

    What makes thread algae so dangerous to aquascapes? What would happen if it was left uncontrolled?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TTerry View Post
    Ah! I just recognized your blog name. Im the Terry who got the trimming from you * thanks for the plants
    I see. Haha. So sad seeing all the hygrophila pinatifida melted.

    BTW, the lighting for your tank is very strong! That makes the plants grow so well. On the other hand, algae also has chance to develop. So may be you might dim the RGB light as well? Or just keep one light? If you do that, please do gradually. Sudden change of light, CO2 can cause algae bloom as well.

    Cheers bro!


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    Re: My first 120L aquascape with dry start HC

    Left 3 stalks haha!

    the RGB is towards low/ med PAR light as compare to A series. 1 set of rgb coverage not enough for my Width of 45cm. I prefer to have more RGB color in my tank, so I dimmed the A Series instead as the front part mostly foreground plant. Yea, I noticed my AR. Mini on the front left grew fast and tall need to do some trimming

    Im considering to change it to 1 set of twinstar S Series. Dont know will it be a bad idea...

    Quote Originally Posted by jackychun View Post
    I see. Haha. So sad seeing all the hygrophila pinatifida melted.

    BTW, the lighting for your tank is very strong! That makes the plants grow so well. On the other hand, algae also has chance to develop. So may be you might dim the RGB light as well? Or just keep one light? If you do that, please do gradually. Sudden change of light, CO2 can cause algae bloom as well.

    Cheers bro!


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    Just look unsightly to me....

    Quote Originally Posted by SantaMonicaHelp View Post
    What makes thread algae so dangerous to aquascapes? What would happen if it was left uncontrolled?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TTerry View Post
    Left 3 stalks haha!

    the RGB is towards low/ med PAR light as compare to A series. 1 set of rgb coverage not enough for my Width of 45cm. I prefer to have more RGB color in my tank, so I dimmed the A Series instead as the front part mostly foreground plant. Yea, I noticed my AR. Mini on the front left grew fast and tall need to do some trimming

    Im considering to change it to 1 set of twinstar S Series. Dont know will it be a bad idea...
    I am using Twinstar for my small tank and can see it really good for plants and colour rendering is very good. Changing light also need to be careful since it might cause algae, too. Last time I changed from Up Aqua Z series to Chihiros A series then my tank got suffered for some time. So just do it gradually...

    For Hygrophila Pinnatifidas, let me know if you need more, I will spare to you next trimming, of course FOC. Haha. I would like to see how it grows in your beautiful tank.


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    Yes. Bit worried about the high PAR level. Probably need to increase nutrient dosing and co2 rate.

    Sure! Thanks for the trimming

    Quote Originally Posted by jackychun View Post
    I am using Twinstar for my small tank and can see it really good for plants and colour rendering is very good. Changing light also need to be careful since it might cause algae, too. Last time I changed from Up Aqua Z series to Chihiros A series then my tank got suffered for some time. So just do it gradually...

    For Hygrophila Pinnatifidas, let me know if you need more, I will spare to you next trimming, of course FOC. Haha. I would like to see how it grows in your beautiful tank.


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    I guessed i got my first step wrong. I should had dose excel/ h202 to kill the BGA before removing them, i saw some around the nearby area, i may had spread it to other area.

    I find it difficult to differentiate the orange color of the api no3 test. Not going to manually remove bga at the moment, will increase my nitrate level to see if it improve.

    API Erythromycin*will be last resort.....

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    Have you tried lowering your light intensity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalkwasser View Post
    Have you tried lowering your light intensity?

    Hi, I did. As per jackychun, I took off one set of light fixture...


    1) spot treat h2o2
    2) increase nitrate
    3) I dosed easy life - blue exit
    4) going to increase my water flow

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    Re: My first 120L aquascape with dry start HC

    It sounds like algae can be quite a pickle at times. Let us know how the new treatment goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TTerry View Post
    Hi, I did. As per jackychun, I took off one set of light fixture...


    1) spot treat h2o2
    2) increase nitrate
    3) I dosed easy life - blue exit
    4) going to increase my water flow
    Here we go the chemical treatment battle! It might take a course of 3-4 weeks to see the difference bro! Cheers! Keep us updated!


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    Quote Originally Posted by SantaMonicaHelp View Post
    It sounds like algae can be quite a pickle at times. Let us know how the new treatment goes.

    -Kamran
    Yes.... so i started off with blue exit which supposed to be the mild treatment compare to others....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackychun View Post
    Here we go the chemical treatment battle! It might take a course of 3-4 weeks to see the difference bro! Cheers! Keep us updated!


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    Yes bro! The instruction is to dose 5 consecutive days, follow by 2 weeks no water change/ top up.. which isnt possible for me... so i overdose the blue exit sightly and will continue to top up water with 1ml of blue exit for the next 2 weeks..

    H2o2 works wonder, next day bga gone... HC also turn light brown. Only concern is those blind spot area, i actually bought api EM, but decided to try blue exit first.

    I was introduce ultralife slime remover, i read it have good review, but seaview only have red slime remover for reef, so i skip...

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