I usually do all tank work after lights out. My rationale for this is that it gives the tank a period with no lights to recover from any mess I might make. Today I did a major cleaning just as the lights came on. We'll see???
After seeing George Farmer's post about what he learned from "Scree
" I thought it was time to buy a wire brush and clean up those rocks.
So I cleaned the glass and took the water down half way. I scrubbed the rocks with the wire brush. This got rid of a bunch of the green stuff. I know that all that green was in the water column and the water was pretty cloudy so I took the water down to about an inch in the front.
Then I filled it, and wanting to get rid of any and all nasties in the water column, I took it down to an inch again. This time I took 10ml of excel and put it in a shot glass. I dipped a toothbrush in the excel and scrubbed the rocks again. I was careful not to let the excel get on the blyxa.
After I filled the aquarium and did all the other post WC stuff I saw a tiny black object in the water, it was about 1mm big. It was a single shaft and at the top of it was a plume. It looked like a dandelion seed in the wind. I don't know what a BBA spore looks like but my imagination says that this is what it looks like. So I scooped it outta there pretty quick.
This made me wonder, "should I turn all the lights out and hunker down?" At first the answer was yes. Then after my 1pm on Sunday Gin and Tonic, I decided to keep the standard photoperiod on. I figured that there are nutrients in the water and light in the room, I might as well give the plants the light they need to grow and suck up the nutrients because if not the ambient light might give the algae enough light to use the nutrients. We will see.
I have learned that I hate cleaning rocks. I let them go a little thinking that the All Powerful Wire Brush would make cleaning a snap. It didn't, I mean it was effective but it still was not easy.
This hobby has constantly taught me that it is much easier to be diligent about doing maintenance and cleaning up small messes as they happen, rather then to let maintenance go and have to clean up big messes later.