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Re: Upgrading from 0.5 to 3 gallon, (and one before that)

PostPosted:27 Jan 2020 22:33
by grrayc
It's been just over a week since adding the shrimp, and maybe almost two since setting up the tank. I have not touched it at all! (Well, actually I fed it a tiny bit of spirulina probably twice). It is in a very indirect light facing window, but I keep a strong grow light on it, and a regular aquarium light on it 12 hours a day.

No heater, but I have been checking the temps and it stays pretty much around 68 degrees F-75 deegrees F!

Look at dat macroalgae growth! Also, Possibly algae-on-the-glass growth?


The shrimp are also coming out much more often! (well, a few at a time at least)

Re: Upgrading from 0.5 to 3 gallon, (and one before that)

PostPosted:27 Jan 2020 22:48
by grrayc
Sorry for shitty quality but here's a comparison of one area:
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Re: Upgrading from 0.5 to 3 gallon, (and one before that)

PostPosted:28 Jan 2020 03:05
by Vorteil
If that algae grew that fast you'll probably have to thin it out. Make sure your opae don't get caught in it. That's very fast growth.

Re: Upgrading from 0.5 to 3 gallon, (and one before that)

PostPosted:28 Jan 2020 08:48
by grrayc
Yeah it has lots of light and lots of nutrients. I can cut down on the artificial light time. I’m just so happy that they’re finally constantly out and about now, not hiding. I have no problem thinning it out. Just cut or pull some out? @vorteil

Re: Upgrading from 0.5 to 3 gallon, (and one before that)

PostPosted:29 Jan 2020 08:00
by Vorteil
Yeah just cut & prune. IMHO I stay away from the more stringy algae. I think you can easily get out of control. My outside tank did that but it was more of a think hair algae. If it doesn't work let me know & I'll send you some of mine :wink:

Re: Upgrading from 0.5 to 3 gallon, (and one before that)

PostPosted:29 Jan 2020 11:19
by grrayc
Vorteil wrote: 29 Jan 2020 08:00 Yeah just cut & prune. IMHO I stay away from the more stringy algae. I think you can easily get out of control. My outside tank did that but it was more of a think hair algae. If it doesn't work let me know & I'll send you some of mine :wink:
Interesting because i had mostly “fluffy” algae that most people had, more than the stringy algae so I’m not sure why it blew up like that! All I can tell is that the shrimp *seem* to be loving this setup and are much more active. But if it’s not the right kind, I am happy to get the right one! :)

Re: Upgrading from 0.5 to 3 gallon, (and one before that)

PostPosted:29 Jan 2020 12:42
by odin
Yeah that looks like hair algae to me, could be wrong though :grin2:

You will really want to keep on top of that eventually.

Re: Upgrading from 0.5 to 3 gallon, (and one before that)

PostPosted:29 Jan 2020 20:52
by grrayc
@odin, Can you explain a little about hair algae, and why it is so bad? (Besides the shrimp potentially getting stuck). I am so confused about this algae thing!

Re: Upgrading from 0.5 to 3 gallon, (and one before that)

PostPosted:31 Jan 2020 10:12
by odin
Hair algae is a very fast grower and will take over the tank, the shrimp ‘could’ get trapped in it... although I haven’t seen it my self but that’s probably because my tanks are free of it.