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  • Posted on: 25/3/2015 11:52
Tiger barbs with Corys and bristlenose plec? #1
Hi everyone. I've not been on here for years but things have been ticking away nicely in the tank. I've just lost my nine year angel fish (for no obvious reason) so am thinking of what to put in the tank now.

I only have one grumpy female bristlenose plec, one bronze cory and 6 pepper corys. May need to add another cave as the bristlenose isn't happy that the young corys keep swimming through her domain.

My LFS has recommended 3 tiger barbs, 3 green tiger barbs and 3 orange/albino barbs which I quite fancy, but will they annoy the new young pepper corys I added at the weekend as they're currently very active all over the tank? The LFS recommended this set up whilst I still had an angel fish so I'm slightly dubious about their advice|

What do you think about gouramis? I do like platys but don't want to get overrun with them lol. I fancy something colourful and fairly active.

Tap water parameters are in my profile, but tank water nitrate is 30, pH 7.5 and KH around 200 and GH 240.

Any suggestions gratefully received.
One female bristlenose plec, one bronze cory, 6 baby pepper corys


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  • Posted on: 3/7/2007 14:50
Re: which nitrate test kit? #2
I've only used Hagen ones but they're a real pain. Three separate bottles and it's virtually impossible to get exactly 3 drops out of the third bottle and into the test tube! I wouldn't buy it again
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  • Posted on: 5/6/2007 10:40
Re: Hairy problem!!! #3
That's really useful. Thanks Eagle. I desperately want to get some more plants but don't want it wrapped up in hair algae within days - it's the chicken and the egg situation!
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  • Posted on: 4/6/2007 16:10
Re: Hairy problem!!! #4
I'll try that too Eagle. Need to do battle with the timer! Thanks Will 6 hours a day be enough for my giant vallis?
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  • Posted on: 4/6/2007 12:15
Re: Hairy problem!!! #5
Thanks guys. Now the dogs have settled down a bit I'll hopefully have more time to do my weekly 20% water changes! I'll get an algae killer when it sprouts again (probably in the next couple of hours )
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  • Posted on: 4/6/2007 11:07
Re: Hairy problem!!! #6
Quote:

EagleC wrote:
what do you have in the way of CO", liquid, substrate and/or tablet fertilizers?


Eagle, I don't have CO2 added and have no fertilizers at all - something else I need to sort out!
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  • Posted on: 4/6/2007 10:59
Re: Hairy problem!!! #7
Coralline

Forgot to mention. Is it the "hair algae remover" I need to buy that you can use in bucket? Or something else? I've read not to use the hair algae remover but hadn't thought about using the bucket method. Sounds a good idea!
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  • Posted on: 4/6/2007 10:56
Re: Hairy problem!!! #8
Thanks guys. The light are on for 10 hours solid. They're not programmed to go on and off during the day in two blocks. I've never done this - maybe I should try.

I scrubbed some silk plants and rocks yesterday, but one is lava type rock which is really difficult to clean without bits falling off The heater had a thick green carpet on it which I've mostly removed I hate the stuff. The Rowaphos has been in for a couple of weeks during which time we've been sorting out problems with our two rescue dogs so I've not done a water change. Did one yesterday (about 30%)and will try to do them more regularly to keep the nitrates down.

It's just soul destroying. I seem to lurch from one ugly problem to another and never seem to have the time to actually sit and enjoy the tank looking clean.

I almost decided to get rid of the whole lot yesterday but once I'd done the water change it looked nicer so hopefully I'll start to enjoy it again.
One female bristlenose plec, one bronze cory, 6 baby pepper corys


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  • Posted on: 1/6/2007 14:05
Re: beware, killer cherry tomatos... #9
Poor bristlie Was it on a screwcumber thingy Coralline?
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  • Posted on: 1/6/2007 14:02
Re: Hairy problem!!! #10
I'm back again! I've reduced the phosphate to between 0 and 0.5 using Rowaphos but the hair algae problem is no better. I haven't had a chance to get more plants but surely if the phosphate is that low the algae shouldn't still be growing? The tank looks awful and I'm beginning to lose heart. I'm hoping to get some stem plants in the next couple of weeks. Is there anything else I can do? Nitrate is 25
One female bristlenose plec, one bronze cory, 6 baby pepper corys



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