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    kept fish for over 20 yrs
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    discus, planted tanks, selling low light plants and mosses, driftwood pieces with plants attached
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  1. Looks to me more like Cyanobacteria, which is not a true algae. Does it have a smell? Is it anywhere else in the tank? You’ll find plenty of info on google. If it is Cyanobacteria get some Chemiclean, only way to kill it.
  2. Billfish is right, too much light is not a good thing, it encourages all sorts of algae. Some cheap plants to soak up nutrients would be Hornwort, Ambulia and Elodea .As for introducing SAE, opinion is divided. They will feed on your fishfood first before nibbling the bba.
  3. How often do you feed the fish? Once every day SPARINGLY is enough. Every second day is better.. Sometimes it helps to change the brand of food. Do you fertilise the few plants? Don’t! Most of the time problems like yours are caused by oversupply of nutrients.Using rainwater is fine (I use nothing else), no need to add anything. I would throw in some inexpensive, fast growing plants (something you can throw out later) to starve out the bba. It may take awhile, but you’ll get there. Since you had this tank for a year without problems, think back about what changed. And: waterchanges, at least 20% every fortnight are a must.
  4. You won’t need co2 unless you have lots more plants, and even then it’s really not needed imo. Your tank looks fine to me, so why all the worry about testing? Let it settle, don’t overfeed the fish. BBA can be a pain in the beginning, but will also settle down eventually.
  5. Submerge the runner back into the tank. Wait until the plantlets grow a little more and get some roots. Then you can cut them off and plant. I find they grow even better if left connected to the mother plant. Simply bend down the stem with the plantlets and plant in substrate.
  6. Depends on how much you want to spend. Cheapest would be gravel, 2 to 3mm. I’ve only ever used “Coffs Harbour” gravel, looks good and plants do very well. But if you want to spend money - there’s a big selection of fancy substrates to choose from.
  7. With the battens you can use either ordinary t8‘s flouros or if you prefer, the replacement LED ones, just change the starters. One other option when using battens are the Aqua One “tropical or sunlight” t8,s, available in normal or LED in some Petshops or online. Cost a bit more.
  8. In the 23+ years I’ve been keeping planted tanks I’ve only ever used battens with t8 tubes. When they came along I switched to the Osram daylight ones, 6500K, never looked back. Plants are doing just fine without co2, even in my 2‘ deep tank. Looked at LED for planted tanks - too expensive. Lately I tried the LED tubes, found them useless, switched back to the Osram.. Unless you want to grow fancy plants and have the spare cash, I would go with the simple battens. The fish won’t mind either way.
  9. This might sound silly, but did you test the water you’re using for the changes?
  10. Early days, wait and see. If you ever need some plants, get in touch.
  11. Ok, that probably solves the brown algae issue, light that does penetrate is not enough. So if you ever want to grow plants, you might have to upgrade your lights. As to the catfish, if I was you I would buy 2 or 3 bronze Cory and see how they go. They are in my opinion the hardiest of the catfish. And another thing: don’t obsess testing the water. You’ll get all sorts of alarming results and start to worry trying to fix things. Just observe your fish, they will tell you if something is wrong.(this from one who’s been there, done that )
  12. Very puzzling indeed. What other catfish besides Bristlenoses have you tried? Since the problem seems to affect only bottom feeders, my first thought was the substrate, but you’ve changed that. Next is the food, what have you been feeding them? Bristlenoses are mainly herbivores. PH changes need to be done very slowly to let the fish adapt. As I found out, some fish can be ultra sensitive. As you live in Nambour, you should have no problem using tank water. I’ve never used anything else, as it doesn’t need additives. As for the brown algae, it could be a sign of insufficient light?
  13. Too bad you’re so far away now. I still got some discus I bought as tiny juvies from you when you lived in Caboolture.How long ago was that?
  14. Why shouldn’t it work? Just put it somewhere in light shade. Full sun would grow algae. Don’t forget to change the water occasionally.
  15. Thank you for the suggestion. I had tried that one already without success. Ended up using brute force, worked ok. Filter been retired for time being.
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