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  1. Piper
    August 28, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

    ????? The answer should be it all depends on your set up. Every1 doesnt have ur set up. In my 10g i have high light and 6hrs a day still gives me tons o algae

  2. Cameron
    August 28, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

    I agree with all these number and ti

    • Cameron
      August 28, 2013 @ 4:22 pm

      I agree with all these numbers and tips that Dustin provided here. So many people think they need to feed their fish all the time, and don’t understand the facts. In my tank, I feed 4 times a week, keep lights on 8, and do weekly 40% water changes.

    • Cameron
      August 28, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

      ps that Dustin provided here. So many people think they need to feed their fish all the time, and don’t understand the facts. In my tank, I feed 4 times a week, keep lights on 8, and do weekly 40% water changes.

  3. Jacck
    August 28, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

    I have a 75 gallon aquarium in front of a large south facing window which gets unfiltered sunlight and algae has not been a problem. The tank was dirted and heavily planted (thank you) when I set it up 8 months ago. I think the key to no algae has been the stocking process and water changes.

    When set up and planted, I used cycled filter media. A week later, I added some zebra fish. Once the diatoms bloomed and had covered the plants and decorations, I added some ottos which made quick work of the diatoms and grew fat in the process. I then continued to add additional fish over the next several weeks and months. Had a slight bloom of hair algae which cleared up using some Seachem Flourish Excel (double dose for a week). No algae since not even on the glass panel facing the window.

    The plants have grown so thick that the aquarium is admittedly over stocked with fish due to molly, platy and endler survival in spite of the many mouths capable of eating them. Keeping the corkscrew val contained to the back half of the aquarium is a constant battle but they cover the top along with frog bite, salvinia and duck weed so much that the quad T5s are pretty much pointless during the day.

    The fish are fed several times during the day. Very small portions each time. I think this has contributed to the survival rates of the live bearers since the angels which are always looking for something do so out of boredom rather than hunger.

    I use a drip system for water changes which I copied from The King of DIY Uarujoey. It works very well and on its own so that I add 8 gallons each day and remove 8 gallons each day. Allowing me to do a total 52% water change each week without lifting a finger to do it. You might want to give it a look see for your set ups. I have a well so my water is not chlorinated you may have to modify the system for your water. A charcoal filter might do.

    Thanks for the informative and entertaining videos and newsletters.

  4. adam jonas
    August 28, 2013 @ 4:38 pm

    I do mine a little different but still the same principal. I got started doing dirted tanks and plants by watching Dustin on YouTube. I run a 14 hour light period with a 4 hour dark period in the middle of the day. I feed probably 4 times a week with frozen food once a week. Water changes I use to do big weekly water changes but it was causing me to have BBA because of unstable CO2 levels. I’ve since changed to 50% once a month I like it a lot for less maintenance and BBA is gone. I’m a firm believer in fishless cycle, plants (ex specially floating plants), low light (have to make sure you know what plants will work though) and educating yourself on your type of tank.

  5. Heather K.
    August 28, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

    Thanks for the great tips. I only have one question. I have a 90 gal with T5 4bulb fixture. In there are 6 young Angels. About 3-4 months old, They are larger than a quarter now. Should you feed more often if the fish are still growing ? They get small amounts of flake food morning and evening with frozen bloodworms once or twice a week.

  6. Bob McGregor
    August 28, 2013 @ 5:17 pm

    Your advice is FN awesome ! I will take heed on feeding 3 x per wk. I do 30% H2O changes twice a week. Love your new format and e mails. THANKS ” WAT UPFISH TANK PEOPLE” BOB MC GREGOR

  7. Jim Kuhn
    August 28, 2013 @ 10:50 pm

    Cool Stuff. I agree with most of it but for adult fish only, not for raising fry

  8. Amy Breen
    August 30, 2013 @ 2:11 am

    Thank you!

  9. David Martin
    August 30, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

    Thanks for the info, I started to loose my drive for plant tanking but seeing your drive keeps me going and coming up with new idea. Hey, do you do this for a living? I know at one point you had a sales position I think. I know that tanking takes up a lot of time unless you have a staff. Just curious…

  10. Zee Fish
    September 19, 2013 @ 3:01 am

    Great info! I am going to start a dirt tank but am more interested in the fish. So i am thinking about only planting about half of it. Will this allow me to add more fish?

    Thanks

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