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  1. realgwyneth

    Algae explosion after new light

    Thanks! They have definitely become everyone's favorites. As soon as the weather cools down some, we plan to add more, but it's too hot to transport fish right now.
  2. realgwyneth

    Algae explosion after new light

    Thanks, we're working on adding new plants ... that was the reason for getting a better light in the first place. Alas, we can't lower the temperature of the tank below about 77, the same as the inside of the house. (It's gotten over 100 (F) here almost every day since mid May, and that's the...
  3. realgwyneth

    Algae explosion after new light

    OK, that makes sense. I'll take it out (it's just a pouch that goes in the HOB filter). I don't know why the LFS person suggested it, as it was DH having that part of the conversation.
  4. realgwyneth

    Algae explosion after new light

    Uh oh. Why is this another risk?
  5. realgwyneth

    Algae explosion after new light

    Thanks for the insight, Byron! I'm reducing the light time again (7 hours) and shortening the sunrise and sunset intervals to 30 minutes each. We also added some new plants (moneywort and wisteria) and something that floats (frogbit?). The second filter is overkill but after we went through a...
  6. realgwyneth

    Algae explosion after new light

    Also, it may be hard to tell but there are two HOB filters on this tank, which might preclude some types of floating plants?
  7. realgwyneth

    Algae explosion after new light

    Thanks for the feedback, Byron! I'll attach a photo of the whole tank below. I can control the intensity of the light; it is currently at 70% for white, 70% red, 70% green, and 10% blue, but I can lower it. I've actually lowered it from 90% to 70% over the last two weeks (10%/week) as well as...
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  9. realgwyneth

    Algae explosion after new light

    Hi again, I recently splurged on a fancy Fluval AquaSky 27 watt light to replace an old light hood that was getting dimmer by the day. Wow, I can see my plants and fish now! But now, 3 weeks or so later, I can also see my anubias is just covered with dark algae of some sort I've never had...
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  12. realgwyneth

    Power is out and it may be out for a while

    This thread is really helpful! I didn't even know there was such a thing as a USB air pump.
  13. realgwyneth

    Is the python actually worth it?

    So, if it's a removable aerator, then I'm in luck? Off to try to figure out what brand of faucet it might be ...
  14. realgwyneth

    Is the python actually worth it?

    Thanks, I definitely tried that right off that bat; it doesn't come off and it has no threads.
  15. realgwyneth

    Is the python actually worth it?

    I'm glad I backtracked enough to find this thread; it's exactly what I need. For context: It's getting harder and harder for DH to do WCs using 5 gallon orange buckets, and I flat out can't carry the full buckets outside to dump in the garden much less lift them high enough to refill the 65...
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  18. realgwyneth

    Help. I need grade advice

    My kids hated iReady with a white hot rage in 7th grade! I hope you can work it out, but I think getting mostly As during the chaos of the last year is something to be very proud of!
  19. realgwyneth

    **Question of the week** | When’s the last time you did a water change?

    33 percent, every other week, usually on the weekend, for a pretty heavily planted 65g that is understocked. Sometimes bigger if testing suggests nitrates are creeping up.
  20. realgwyneth

    Hardy corys for warmer tanks?

    Nice! Our house is 50 years old, so we have to watch the energy usage carefully.
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