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Old 12-04-2011, 12:08 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I'm still angry at the guy that sold me the DHG and said it was e. belem... but at the cost of mowing it weekly, I suppose it does make a nice carpet so I should just be happy.
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Maybe if you trim them very aggressively, they'll be trained to grow lower in time... Or, just trim them regularly


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Old 12-05-2011, 02:50 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I think it's a bit like mowing a real lawn.... the more often you give it a haircut, the better it looks. On the other hand, you can't outsource the aquarium mowing to the neighbor's kid for $10...
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I wonder if an aquatic mini mower was already conceptualize, that would be cool and useful for us! Lol


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Old 12-06-2011, 03:57 PM   #25 (permalink)
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A bit of an update - I'm battling some cottony algae that is forming in the hairgrass and on the moss. Other than that, the tank is doing well with great growth.

Right now I'm just dosing P, K, and traces 3 times a week, and doing twice weekly water changes. The plants are really healthy but the cotton candy-like algae is starting to take over:



It's also forming on Fissidens moss I have attached to Ohko stones:



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Other than the algae that is forming, the rest of the tank looks good:



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Gah, I hate that stuff! It shows up in my shrimp tanks and is a total PITA to pull out. I can't think of anything that'll eat it offhand, either... at least not anything small enough to fit in your tank.

However, I'd definitely cut back on the phosphate dosing, it should lower the rate of algae proliferation. Spontaneous algae blooms are often linked to excess phosphates...
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It definitely could be the P... I just started dosing P because the GDA I was getting before is caused by a P/N imbalance (too much N and not enough P)... I'm going to cut back and just dose the traces for a little while. It's tough to find the balance but I will get it somehow...
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Have you tried spot dosing it with excel/glut? Just trim off the infected area (time to mow the grass again ) and just keep with the WC... I'd cut back with the trace as well, how much do you dose?


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I haven't tried spot dosing - I'm going to try sucking it out during a water change and trim the grass. The cottony stuff is down at the substrate level so it might be hard to get out during a simple trim, but a trim and a light vacuum during a water change will hopefully suck it out.
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