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Re: black spots

PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 5:18 pm
by scroudt100
Tank is doing great, except I can't get the phosphates to drop. Plants ar growing good, I've had to do a bunch of trimming. CO2 is starting to go down a little the last couple days, I added the second CO2 bottle a few mins ago. I wanted to put it on a couple days ago but I'm leaving on monday for work. I'm going to be working 10 days on, 4days off, with 8-9 hour drives there and back. Really sucks because all the time and effort that I've put into my tank, and it might get messed up now. When I'm on my 4 days off I'm going to be doing 50% water changes the day that I get back, then another 25% water change the day I leave. One CO2 bottle will get swapped out each time I'm home, rotating the bottles. I'm going to set up my lights so that they come on for 5 hours, off for one, then on again for 4 hours. This might help keep the algea in check. As well as the airstone will turn on every night for a couple hours.

Oh yeah, I've added some peat to my filter. I haven't noticed a change yet. I'm not sure if the peat that I used will make much af a difference. I had a unused block of peat for lizard tanks laying around, and I cut a chunk of that off for the filter. I was thinking peat is peat. But like I said, I haven't noticed a change yet.

Re: black spots

PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 5:00 pm
by Crazygar
As long as its all natural peat, you should be fine. It won't work right away, but overtime it will definately help out.

Gary

Re: black spots

PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:43 pm
by scroudt100
well with that second bottle of CO2, my levels are going threw the roof really fast. I had the first bottle running for close to 2 weeks before adding the second one. I had my bubbler running for a couple hours last night. Did a 50% water change(so I would have lost alot of CO2 there), then a couple hours later I had to turn the bubbler on again for about an hour because my poor fish were gasping. Then again a couple hours later I had to turn on my bubbler because my rams were gasping again, I ran it for probably another hour. I don't know if I want to have that second bottle running when I leave for work tomorrow, I won't be able to monitor it as closely. Maybe I'll run the bubble for most of the time the lights are off at night, cut have lights run for 4 hours, then have bubbler on for an hour, then lights can come on for another 4. I'll decide later tonight :unsure:

Re: black spots

PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:45 pm
by Crazygar
I'd say, just remove the second bottle of Co2. The other way sounds like a major hassle.

Gary

Re: black spots

PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 12:12 am
by scroudt100
Crazygar wrote:I'd say, just remove the second bottle of Co2. The other way sounds like a major hassle.

Gary

yeah, I think thats what I'll do. it's really easy for my to set up my timers, I have one timer for my lights, and one for the air pump. All I do is set the timmer on them and theres a pin for turning it on, and one for turning off, I have 2 sets of pins for each timer.

I think I will take the second bottle off though, because I won't be home until the 12th day and alot can happen in that time. Better safe then sorry.

Re: black spots

PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:04 am
by Crazygar
Smart choice. I would have removed the second bottle as well.

Gary