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Irons
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PostPosted: 2003.08.13(Wed)19:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't ever used a Nitrate test on my tanks. However, I do keep up on my maintaince. I use my substrate filth and algae growth to help determine my water changes.

Now that I'm planting my 75, I needs a NUMBER of more tests. Unfortunatly my resources currently are going else where.
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Joined: 29 May 2003
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PostPosted: 2003.08.14(Thu)14:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very good points Mario, thanks for elaborating and informing me.

Just pointing out that Nitrate tests aren't entirely useless or unnecessary.
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PostPosted: 2003.08.28(Thu)9:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, my tank has completed the cycle....hooray!

I now have a 29 gal tank with:

6 zebra danios
2 platies (F)
1 upside down cat
1 jade cory
2 gouramis

yay!

I do, however have some algae building up...is there a "magic" fish that will eat it all? I have noticed the gouramis eating it off the plants, and the cory sucks on some rocks, although they generally seem too big to fit in his mouth...also, what's the best way to remove algae that creeps down the edge of the tank beneath the edge of the substrate?

any thoughts anyone?
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PostPosted: 2003.08.28(Thu)10:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get that cory some friends!Smile They like buddies and do best with 3 or more. What kind of gouramis do you have? There are a few fish that are efficient algae eaters. You could go with 3-4 otocinclus affinis (ottos) or a dwarf pleco (Bristlenose are good) or a true Siamese Algae Eater, if you can find one.

Algae on the glass can be removed with an algae scrubber or a razor (not for acrylic tanks). If you are getting A LOT of algae, you may want to consider exposing the tank to less light.
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