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Off topic post, recently a bit active in photo shooting more than aquascape. The reason why I do that is to understand the nature, like Mr Takashi Amano does. So is a helpful skill to develop our aquascaping and some nature behaviour. The place I am staying has such a limited stone scape, but worth for deep in study of the formation. If you like my photography, please drop a 'LIKE' on my link. Thank you very much.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Under testing of the new chemical dosage calculator

Just redo the chemical dosage calculator, need to run some test before sharing to people. Perhaps if you have some ideas (see from picture), please suggest it to me, thank you.

Initially another dosage calculator was shared by a friend, I found it completely too complicate to use, that's how this dosage calculator was created by me. The first version is very simple and created in year 2007, and no improvement since 2008. This new calculator is the 8th generation, still has some room to get improve. After a few test on it, will upload it for sharing.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

I am back! I am back!!

Since my last post was months ago, the tank also left behind for months. As seen on the photo above, growth with green spot algae, blue green algae and hair algae too. It's a mess tank, really ugly to present, those hair grass also unhealthy and others too. Since I have some ample time to reset certain things, yes! I did it few days ago.

After spent few hours to make over the setting such as cleared the tank glass wall, suck out the fish waste on the ground, took away the drift wood, washed the canister filter, brew new DIY CO2, and etc. And now it's look clean & clear. The shrimps and snails survive in a less chemical tank, of course there are some new generations too. A serious algae infected tank is very hard to cure, but time to time monitoring is a must, and also the control of fertilizer plays the important role in this stage. Is a bit suffer for me to recall what ever the dosage I did before, so lucky that I had created an dosage calculator(chart below) years ago, now is really helpful for me.

Two days later noticed some of the algae has gone, at least now can see the shrimps & snails eating none stopped. I think need a half tank of water change today, to help to get rid of the algae faster. At the moment I am not going to add in any shrimps or fishes, to prevent the over crowded population for them.



Specification For 20" Tank

Tank size : L20" x D13" x H13"

Light system : Aqua Zonic Super Bright double tube 24W T5 lamp with 12000K brightness

Filter system : "DIA" 502 Canister filter with ADA Bio Rio, JBL Symec, JBL PhosEx plus and bamboo charcoal insides.

Substrate : JBL Floralpol, JBL AquaBasis plus
layer 2 - ADA Aqua Soil (Amazonia II)

C O 2 : DIY type, 2 x 1 litre bottle, 35~40 bubbles/min.

Airation : after lights off, approx. 11 hours.

Water : Changed 1/3 tank water Once a week, dosing Stress Zyme(benificial bacteria).

Fertilizer : ADA Brighty K, Seachem Flourish Trace & Excel


Old Tank Specification:

Tank size : L33" x D15" x H16" custom made clear glass tank (8mm thick)7425 cubic inch, 32.1 gallons, 121.6 litres (based on H15" water)

Light system : Normal light with electronic ballast
32W 8000K NEC circline light x 3nos.
22W 6200K Philips circline light x 2 nos.
9W Red Aqua PL double tube x 2nos.
a total of 158W = 1.3W/litre = 4.9W/gallon

Filter system : "DIA" 502 Canister filter with ADA Bio Rio, JBL Symec, JBL PhosEx plus and bamboo charcoal insides.

Substrate : JBL Floralpol, JBL AquaBasis plus
layer 2 - ADA Aqua Soil (Amazonia)
layer 3 - size of 5mm pebble stones (front)

C O 2 : DIY type, 2 x 1 litre bottle, 35~40 bubbles/min.

Airation : after lights off, approx. 11 hours.

Water : Changed 1/3 tank water twice a week, dosing Stress Zyme(benificial bacteria).

Fertilizer : JBL Ferropol, ADA Brighty K, JBL the 7+13 balls, PMDD - KNO3, KH2PO4, K2CO3, CaCl2 & MgSO4.