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Old 01-26-2006, 06:55 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Hey again everyone...

I am getting going with my tank now. I have purchased my light kit and have made an inexpensive canopy (15 dollars cost).

I decided to go with the Soilmaster product, mainly becuause of cost, but also the color is just fine. There is a Lesco right around the corner from me. It should be in tomorrow.

I have my fish in a 50 gallon rubbermaid right now as I prepare the tank for the changes.

Any recommendations on how to add the Soilmaster to the tank?
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I'm not sure if you need to rinse it off or not. Maybe someone will chime in about that. OR test a sample using a filled bowl and see how much dust and murkyness comes out if any.

I would add water very very slowly. I hear that stuff is pretty light, so you don't want to wait around while a muddy mess clears.
Can't wait to see your new setup, and I bet your fish can't either.

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Old 01-26-2006, 08:13 PM   #23 (permalink)
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After reading up on it, I am pretty sure I will need to rinse it a bit. Any suggestions for rinsing methods?
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Ok, time for an update.

Preface: The fish were in a huge rubbermaid container while work was done on the tank.

Things I have done to tank:
- Built a cheap canopy for about 20 bucks, painted black to mount stand.
- Painted the back of the tank navy blue.
- Bought lighting kit - the type sold on this site.
- Added the soilmaster substrate in my tank. It did need heavy rinsing. I did this all in tank, siphoning as I went. I love the way it looks and it only costed me 16 bucks total!
- Spent about 15 bucks on various plants just to get started.
- Added a few pieces of natural driftwood.

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Old 02-03-2006, 05:18 PM   #25 (permalink)
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As you can see, I am getting some green algae growth. Not unexpected though with the huge lighting increase. It's not too bad though. However, i wish I had not added the driftwood just yet because of it. I will have to clean it up somehow later.

In my reef tank, I would simply add some type of creature (snails, fish) that eat that specific type of algae. Any recommendations?
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Old 02-04-2006, 04:08 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Hi, try the "Siamese Algae Eaters":
http://www.aquahobby.com/gallery/e_sae.php

and "Otocinclus":
http://www.aquahobby.com/gallery/e_oto.php
... although I think the latter's more sensitive. A few died on me lately...
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Old 02-04-2006, 04:28 PM   #27 (permalink)
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You might want to add some more fast growing stem plants. You need to cram as many plants in the tank as possible. You want to out compete the algae with the fast growin stem plants.
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Old 02-09-2006, 11:11 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advice on algae control. I added a good bit of moneywart and a couple hornwart plants to the tank. This seems to have helped otuj a great deal. I am looking for some otocinclus locally, have had a couple long ago and like those.
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Old 02-13-2006, 01:20 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Well, just when I thought I had gotten ahead of the algae issue.... I had a bloom this past weekend and now the water is a murky micture of green. I do not want to rush and do lots of water changes, but have done one 20% change. Not of any help though. Any suggestions?
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I would perform a water change to clear up the bloom and add more plants. Nice looking tank BTW it looks really good with the blue background.

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