Well the tank is doing ok! I have put in my 11 Golden Pencil Fish, there are 6 Rummy Nose Tetras, 6 Albino Cories and 1 was born and raised in the tank!, 1 Blue Betta (from my son's Aquatic Science project, and 3 Ottos. Also at tons of Ramshorn and Pond Snails
The 2 problems I am dealing with now is a type of algae I have never had before, and I seem to have my sand cap too thick, and I am not getting water flow into the dirt under it!
Problem# 1 some kind of Green String Algae that forms into clumps! I never had this before I introduced a Miramo Algae Ball last year some time, and a few weeks after adding it I started seeing a little tuft here and there. It is very slow growing and is easy to remove the majority of it, but it keeps coming back! I have tried treating it with Excel, and the Excel has done nothing to it at ALL!!! I don't know if it is actually Miramo or something else, but it is starting to annoy me!!! Here are some pics of it!
And the second problem I am running into is, where I have been poking a bamboo skewer into the dirt to release any gas bubbles that form when first submerging the dirt, I am now seeing that no water is filling into the holes!!! I wanted to be able to see what the dirt was doing, so when I "dirted" the tank I didn't put the sand up against the glass like most do! I just put the dirt in all the way across the bottom and along the front and sides of the glass , then I capped it with Black Diamond Blasting grit (20/40 size). Now I am seeing no water flowing back into the holes where I poked the holes along the front glass! The holes I can see are basically empty! I can poke the skewer into the "dry" hole, and no gas bubble is released, but no water will flow back into it either! So I am going to remove the plants and rescape the tank, but while the plants are out I am going to remove some of the capping sand too! That will hopefully solve the problem! I put to much capping sand to start with (about 1.5-1.75"), so I am going to try to get it to about 1", and see what happens! Here are those pics.
You can see some whitish looking bubbles above the long holes in the dirt, and those are gas bubbles! I don't know why the camera makes them look milky, but they aren't in person. BUT the actual holes left from the skewer have no water in them! VERY STRANGE!!!
Well those are the only real problems I am having at this time! The Tank and Fish are doing good! I am seeing holes in the heavy root feeders such as the Crypts and Sword, so I bought some Red Natural Clay at Hobby Lobby, and I am going to make some fert balls like Sara has posted about, but I know what is causing that, so I don't really consider that a problem!
Anyway on to the LONG needed pics!
Well I just realized I didn't upload any full tank shot to image shack, so I will post some FTS in a bit! In these pics you can see the group of Albino corys, and the smallest one is the one who was bread and raised in this tank! Also the male Golden Pencil Fish are always displaying for the females, and their color isn't done justice in these pics! The dominate male will be almost solid Ruby Red in the mornings!!! If I remember correctly I have 4 good males, 6 females, and 1 male who has a bent spine, and is always having trouble staying in one place! He is always sinking!!! It is very sad, but he still tries to display for the females, and will color up and try to swim in competitive circles with the other males!!! So until he can't do his normal routine I am going to let him be! When he starts having too much trouble I will then put him to sleep!
Well THANK YOU for LOOKING, and if ya have any ideas about the algae, or "dry" holes in the dirt, feel free to let me know!! I would appreciate it, BIGTIME!!! Oh, I almost forgot, I also pulled the BIG piece of drift wood on the right side of the tank, because I always had stained water! Then when I was removing some of the Algae tufts I noticed that the algae that I was pulling off of the big piece of drift wood had a strong smell to it! So I was worried it was having some rotting problems, so I took it out! And MAN DID IT STINK!!! BUT it was still very dense, and I couldn't find any soft spots in it either!??? I have some more drift wood I am planning to add to the tank when I rescape it and I have also built some new spray bars and intakes for the tank, but I am needing some warm weather to spray paint them! But they will be in there soon!