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Postby Sam » 2005-10-28 17:42

Yea that was it. I doing a nother one of those blackouts. This time I'm doing the whole tank though, as the algae was covering most of the leaves in the tank.
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Postby Innes » 2005-10-28 17:44

damn, thats not very much fun :( good luck with it though, lets hope it shifts the algea this time.

have you looked into the nitrates and phosphates in the tank? algea will have a hard time with nothing to fertalise it
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Postby Sam » 2005-10-29 07:36

I think that fertilizer I bought did the algae a load of favours, and thats how it came back, I think there was still some left on the java fern. Anyway, the blackouts been running since wednesday night and it'll end tomorrow sometime.
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Postby KittyKat » 2005-10-29 10:40

why not, quite simply, NOT use fertiliser? :P
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Postby Sam » 2005-10-29 12:07

Because, the algae can't be killed. I had it way before I started using fert.

Oh, and to my knowledge not many algicides treat it.
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Postby Innes » 2005-10-29 17:30

chemically you will not shift the algea from your tank.
plant fertaliser will also fertalise algea, and may be the cause of your recent algea infestation.

personally I would leave the algea, its not harmfull to the fish, obviously if it is killing your plants by growing on the leaves then you may want to deal with it, I would do this seperate from my tank so I can still enjoy the fish without a blackout.

you may also find that if you choose the plants carefully you will get a species that will take over from the algea in terms of using the fertaliser and carbon dioxide, you will find that with enough plants you will not get algea - we never have algea problems in our planter at work for this reason.



just for kev - heres a pic of my crayfish when they were breeding, unfortunately the male died a few days after this pic was taken, I believe the male is the one on the bottom (its the one with big red claws)
Sam - notice the horrible algea on the back glass, its what you have and I removed it with a razor blade scraper ;)
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Postby Kev » 2005-10-29 17:40

Now you don't want to look at that pic with a dirty mind, got to keep it clean. That is amazing though, how many did you get out of the spawning?
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Postby Innes » 2005-10-29 17:57

Kev wrote: Now you don't want to look at that pic with a dirty mind, got to keep it clean. That is amazing though, how many did you get out of the spawning?

unfortuntely she didnt get many eggs (pic attached) and she ended up eating them one night :(

we have had better sucsess at work where we have loads of tiny crayfish, but theyare so small I cant hardely see them so I have no idea how many, I expect a lot
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Postby Kev » 2005-10-29 18:00

Look like pretty big eggs them actually, are all the ones at work still in the larval stage?
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Postby Innes » 2005-10-29 18:02

we have 2 batches at work, one are for sale between 1cm-3cm and are just little crayfish, the latest batch were dropped this week and are tiny little white minitures of the adults about 3mm each
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Postby Kev » 2005-10-29 18:04

Nice :D You must be doing something right there then :P What sort of size are fully grown ones of these?
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Postby Innes » 2005-10-29 18:06

the male is the largest at about 6" from claws to the end of his tail - with antenea included they can be past 12"
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Postby Kev » 2005-10-29 18:08

wow...those are some awesome inverts. Looks like the larvae have a bit of growing to do yet. A bit off topic but you dont happen to have any small ~3g acrylic tanks at work do you?
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Postby Innes » 2005-10-29 18:24

yes loads, we have 3usgallon with filter, gravel, dechlor, plastic plant and food £12.99 being the cheapest
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Postby Kev » 2005-10-29 18:26

Will PM you about it now, dont want to go too off topic in the pic forum....don't want Quirls to go crazy with the pillow :lol:
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