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Snails by a millionfold. Plecos don't really do a lot in a home aquarium other than fill your tank with a lot of waste and ammonia. In the wild plecos spend more time sucking on submerged wood than eating algae.
like apple snails? or the smaller snails that come on plants?
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Warning: When Convict starts to breed, they may become too aggressive to co-exist with Penguin Tetra.
Warning: Your selected species may eventually require 131% of your aquarium space. You may need to deal with territorial aggressions later on. Try removing some of (Cryptoheros nigrofasciatus) or get a larger tank.


Recommended temperature range: 23 - 26 C. [Display in Farenheit]
Recommended pH range: 5.5 - 7.5.
Recommended hardness range: 1 - 15 dH.



Warning: You NEED to add more aquarium filtration capacity!!!

Your aquarium filtration capacity for above selected species is 53%.
Recommended water change schedule: 28% per week.
Your aquarium stocking level is 78%
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Unread 2013-04-16, 04:50 PM   #128
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Your cons will attack everything including you when they are breeding. Its pretty cool to watch how protective they are of their young.
Your filtration is fine just keep up with the water changes. I always change 50% weekly but that's just me.

For snails watch out with ramshorns, the kind that are commonly found on plants because they breed like rabbits and your tank will get overrun. I would suggest trying to find some nerite snails, they are good algae eaters and won't reproduce.

To keep algae down you need to make sure the tank isn't getting sunlight, cut down the hours of light in the tank. Even 8 hours might be too much. Ovefeeding and still water without circulation aids in algae growth. Easy low light plants like Java ferns will help take nutrients out of the water. If you tank ever starts becoming overrun with algae I suggest putting a black trash bag over the tank to black it out for a few days. I had a 10 gallon planted puffer tank and that was the only thing that would fix my problem.
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Unread 2013-05-02, 06:36 PM   #129
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Ive got a thin protein film on the top of the water. Not enough surface disruption? I really dont want to put an air stone in the tank, but I dont think I have much of a choice.
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Unread 2013-05-02, 09:01 PM   #130
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I have an airstone that I have set to turn on at night and it turns off early in the morning before the lights turn on. I also run a ricerish led light wall. LOL



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BTW how its that dwarf hairgrass filling in?
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Unread 2013-05-02, 09:47 PM   #131
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I've looked at the skimmers, are they worth the 7.90? The hairgrass died a bit, but its coming back thick. I'm dealing with some brown algae, im just waitint for it to cycle. My green algea reduced a bit. I had some slim algae at long the top of the water. Im going to to clean half of the bio rings in r/o water this weekend. They have been in for 3 months.
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Skimmer's and stuff aren't worth it, it is a surface tension issue. Just aim the output hose on towards the top of the water so that it ripples a bit.
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The outlet ripples the top, its just not enough. The hose/nozel wont angle up anymore.. The skimmer was 7.90 shipped, figured it was worth a shot. Im putting an air stone in this afternoon. Its so bad you cant see anything if you look down into the tank.
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The outlet ripples the top, its just not enough. The hose/nozel wont angle up anymore.. The skimmer was 7.90 shipped, figured it was worth a shot. Im putting an air stone in this afternoon. Its so bad you cant see anything if you look down into the tank.
Might want to make sure you really make sure your hands/arms are clean before putting them in the tank just to be sure there isn't any lotion/oil or anything getting in the water.
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I have cow gloves that go to my shoulder that I double then purple latex gloves over them. Im pretty water proof. I put in an ait stone on a time. Looks better already.
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Holy shit you don't fuck around haha. Good to hear.
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Nope, my wife laughs at me every time I "suit" up for the fish tank lol
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I took out my air stone and noticed a little build up on the surface of the water. Fish don't seem to care and I keep up on my water changes. I hated that build up.
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Since I put the air stone in, the water Is better. My plants look better now that the light can get through. The skimmer shipped today. I want to point the return nozel back down. They love swimming in the current. They don't have one right now. The current seems to keep them at peace. I need it back lol
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Anyone have any drift wood? Looking for stuff thats not your typical mass produced. I have not seen any on amazon or google.
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Little update, made some minor decor changes. I think I need some taller decor. Everything seems to bottom based. More driftwood? Im going to fill it in with more plant as I can cut the ones growing in.

What do you guys think so far? I gave the hairgrass a cut, we'll see if it will start to spread now.
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Good pieces of driftwood can be expensive, but you can order it online.

http://greenleafaquariums.com/aquarium-driftwood.html

This place below has the best pieces
http://www.manzanita-driftwood.com/Manzanita.html
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I plan on finding my drift wood. I just planted a bunch of plants from Gardner lake hopefully they grow.
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I plan on finding my drift wood. I just planted a bunch of plants from Gardner lake hopefully they grow.
Be careful when using wild plants/untreated driftwood in your home aquarium. They can carry bacteria/parasites from the wild that can be bad for your tank.
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I cleaned them really well in diluted bleach mixture, then left them for almost 2 days in a bowl with water from my tank. Rinsed them again really well and they are just floating in my tank today. I will be planting them tonight.
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There are lots of forums with directions for curing your own driftwood as well.
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The driftwood I want I dont have a pot large enough to boil it to get tje tannens out.
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The tank is looking good. The grass will eventually will eventually start spreading. I'm surprised it hasn't sent out a few runners yet though. If you want to get a little more height try positioning the drift wood up like I had it in my old set up. You can see it, and the beginning of my grass from that set up here.

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I think I'm going to wait until the plants get a little taller. It might not need anything up top once they grow and I add more. From what I read on line, and I should have done it sooner. The hairgrass won't grow until you give it a hair cut when it reaches 2 inches tall. No idea if that is true or not. I cut them a week ago and they seem to be filling out a bit more. I think for the time being I'm going to redirect my attention to a 20 gallon planted betta tank for the wife.

All of the algea I had has seems to for the most part, go away. Is that a sign I should give me media bio a quick rinse or no? I had scheduled to do the cleaning once a quarter.
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So the lights in the tank, from my research seem to be overkill. My hairgrass and narrow temple are not doing well. Right now my daylights are on for about 8 hours

It's a 4 prong CF 65w 1200k (22inches long)

I want to switch to a 4 prong CF 6500k (22inch) bulb. I've read that a lower k bulb might not reach the bottom of the tank since I'm a deep 50 gallon. So the hairgrass may not get enough light. I was thinking about just replace one of the 12k bulbs with the 6500k for a few months to see if it helps. I found a coralife straight bin 6500k for 31.00 on amazon. Decent deal?

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