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infocus
post Wed, 29 Dec 2004 10:20 am
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Have been trying to cultivate green carpet for a month or so. Below is the progress of my tank. Can anyone advice if I'm on track? Can I do anything else to improve it or enhance the colour of my alage?

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post Wed, 29 Dec 2004 11:28 am
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That's so cool!

Congrats.

I see that you went off to do it after reading this thread.

http://www.RafflesGold.com/forums/index.ph...indpost&p=21158

Did you really have just 2 tiny Ranchu in there to cultivate the carpet algae? i'm surprise there's sufficient nitrate produced to sustain the population. In any case, good job!
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post Wed, 29 Dec 2004 12:30 pm
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i can't advise but i ve questions.

how often u have to clean the front glass facing u to prevent the algae from growing there? do u add fertiliser?

what is the nitrate level and ammonia level for this tank after 1 week?
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post Wed, 29 Dec 2004 12:35 pm
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bro...you make me very very jealous...I could only get algae in my green water tub but not in the main tank.
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post Wed, 29 Dec 2004 1:16 pm
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My dream to have a carpet algae tank,but not at the moment and i am currently using a pleco as the anti-algae.
IMO you have done well,congrats.Does it start off with brown coloured algae in the initial stages?

Here's another link to a nice one.


http://www.RafflesGold.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=560
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QUOTE(peter porker @ Wed, 29 Dec 2004 12:35 pm)
bro...you make me very very jealous...I could only get algae in my green water tub but not in the main tank.
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wow, your tank so big want to have green carpet algae, think will need alot of light and time tongue.gif
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post Wed, 29 Dec 2004 4:11 pm
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QUOTE(Allan @ Wed, 29 Dec 2004 11:28 am)
That's so cool!

Congrats. 

I see that you went off to do it after reading this thread.

http://www.RafflesGold.com/forums/index.ph...indpost&p=21158

Did you really have just 2 tiny Ranchu in there to cultivate the carpet algae?  i'm surprise there's sufficient nitrate produced to sustain the population.  In any case, good job!
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Yup, yes.gif I started trying it after reading the above thread. Initially, I got quite a few goldfish in the tank but they sapu my alage very fast. So I took the rest out and gave the cheapo ones to a nearby lfs.
QUOTE(white horse T1 @ Wed, 29 Dec 2004 12:30 pm)
i can't advise but i ve questions.

how often u have to clean the front glass facing u to prevent the algae from growing there?  do u add fertiliser?

what is the nitrate level and ammonia level for this tank after 1 week?
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I clean the glass twice a week and at the same time do wc. Can't advice the nitrate level and ammonia level since I do wc every 2 to 3 days. Will stop doing water change for a week and let you know later.
QUOTE(peter porker @ Wed, 29 Dec 2004 12:35 pm)
bro...you make me very very jealous...I could only get algae in my green water tub but not in the main tank.
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I think your light in your tank is not enough. Need to increase it.
QUOTE(cpiw2002 @ Wed, 29 Dec 2004 1:16 pm)
My dream to have a carpet algae tank,but not at the moment and i am currently using a pleco as the anti-algae.
IMO you have done well,congrats.Does it start off with brown coloured algae in the initial stages?

Here's another link to a nice one.
http://www.RafflesGold.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=560
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Reason I posted this thread at this point of time is to get some feedback and hopefully some advice from the bros here. If you can see clearly (sorry for the small picture), I still have patches of brown alage here and there. In order not to fail this project, I decided to seek some advice so I don't go off track.

Actually, this is the 2nd time I'm trying. The 1st time, brown alage took over after a week or so (I had 7 goldfish in the tank and no wc for 9 days). mad.gif Angrily, I removed the alage, clean up the whole tank, double the intensity of my light and added more fert. Finally, I got this result after 3 to 4 weeks.

Yup. The link shows a nice one and I hope mine will be the same soon. shiok.gif The problem I have now is:

1) there are still patches of brown alage here and there
2) notice the white patch on the top right hand corner? It was green alage initally. Think I must have disturbed the aglae while doing wc
3) the alage carpet is not even. Some portion very thin and some portion are quite thick and long. Not sure if this is the right thing to expect while going through the cultivating process.

Hope someone can advice me. beg2.gif
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post Wed, 29 Dec 2004 5:25 pm
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other than serving as another food source and creating an ideal environment, does carpeted algae wall has the same effect as green water? or in another word, is it a solution to the problem of green water where one cannot admire the fish ?
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post Wed, 29 Dec 2004 6:09 pm
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QUOTE(white horse T1 @ Wed, 29 Dec 2004 5:25 pm)
other than serving as another food source and creating an ideal environment, does carpeted algae wall has the same effect as green water?  or in another word, is it a solution to the problem of green water where one cannot admire the fish ?
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Ya, I wish to know too. Is there any plus point for having green carpet? But looking at the fishes 'ban qi sai' is really fulfilling. shiok.gif Just like human taking wheat grass.
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post Wed, 29 Dec 2004 9:17 pm
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QUOTE(infocus @ Wed, 29 Dec 2004 6:09 pm)
Ya, I wish to know too. Is there any plus point for having green carpet? But looking at the fishes 'ban qi sai' is really fulfilling. shiok.gif Just like human taking wheat grass.
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maybe u should take sample of the key readings to see if first water quality wise there is a big improvement.
otherwise i don't really see any drastic advanatge over green water.

(Afternote: bro infocus, but i am sure yr reason for cultivating carpet green wall is more than looking at fish liao qi sai right?)

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post Fri, 31 Dec 2004 5:38 pm
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QUOTE(white horse T1 @ Wed, 29 Dec 2004 9:17 pm)
maybe u should take sample of the key readings to see if first water quality wise there is a big improvement. 
otherwise i don't really see any drastic advanatge over green water.

(Afternote:  bro infocus, but i am sure yr reason for cultivating carpet green wall is more than looking at fish liao qi sai right?)
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To me, it's just another accomplishment over fish keeping. yes.gif As for the goldfish, I'm sure it should be good as the green alage provide more fiber for them. Think no need to feed green pea so often liao.

Will also take some water measurement after 5 days to see if it's good. By the way, I tried to pump up my 2 fishes by giving frequent small feeds daily. Hope the nitrate level won't be too high.
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post Wed, 05 Jan 2005 10:53 pm
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QUOTE(white horse T1 @ Wed, 29 Dec 2004 12:30 pm)
i can't advise but i ve questions.

how often u have to clean the front glass facing u to prevent the algae from growing there?  do u add fertiliser?

what is the nitrate level and ammonia level for this tank after 1 week?
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Just measured my water parameters after a week:

Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 10ppm

Other info. about my tank:

I try to clean the front glass once a day or every other day in order to see if my fishes are swimming in clear water and if my alage is growing properly.

I also add small amount of fert every morning when I turn-on the lights.

I've also added back my 5 inch ranchu for 3 days now and the nitrate level is still good despite frequent feeding. shiok.gif Seems like green carpet do help a little.
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infocus,
when you do water change, how much water were changed? %?
the water parameter that you gave, how old is the water that you tested? when is the last water change.
thanks
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QUOTE(nobnoba @ Thu, 06 Jan 2005 12:50 am)
infocus,
when you do water change, how much water were changed? %?
the water parameter that you gave, how old is the water that you tested? when is the last water change.
thanks
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I did a 90% wc 7 days ago.
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Yo infocus,

How's the water perimeters now? Has the algae done any good to your fishes?
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