so after running the filter for 12 hours it's still pretty cloudy, I tested Ammonia this morning and it's true that the amazonia puts off a ton of it... tonight when I get home I was planning on doing a 50% water change initially, then unfortunately I'm going out of town Thursday-Sunday so I won't be able to do another change until then, I figure I'll do 25% changes like every other day when I get back.
Here are some photos of my ammonia filled tank with the stem plants in.
I learned pretty quickly that putting a bushy plant directly in front of the intake is, the thing was totally clogged with debris. I'm still skimming a bunch of random floaties from the aquasoil off the surface.
also, here's a quick teaser from my "real" camera. these were handheld at f/1.4 so there's a little bit of shake from the long exposure... just wanted to get an idea of what I can pull off with the moonlights on. I'll put it on a tripod the next time I take shots like this so I can get some better depth of focus.
I can't remember what the red pipe-cleaner looking guys are, I know the other two are red ludwigia and wisteria but the red ones in the middle have seen a noticeable amount of new growth over the weekend.
this is what the plants look like today, compare with the above photo from 4 days ago
I just started dosing pfertz micros and nitrogen today as well as flourish excel. My PH is still very low ~5 and my Ammonia levels are still very high >5.0mg/l. My nitrites seem to be low for now at .3mg/l
I've only done two 25% water changes since setting it up, wondering if I shouldn't be doing more.
A question for anyone that's familiar with amazonia (more like amoniazonia amirite?) can I expect my PH levels to raise back up a bit after things calm down or should I be trying to correct for it somehow?
So last week I cut some of my rotala in half and replanted them as well as planted some baby tears, last night I pulled my driftwood out to tie Christmas moss on it which ended up turning into a partial rescape where I had to replant most of the baby tears and decided to pull out my Wisteria on the left because it was looking really scraggly and I figured I have plenty of stem plants for now.
I tried to reposition things as best as possible but definitely lost some of the banks I'd built up with the substrate. I like that it opened up the left side a lot pulling out the Wisteria though, wasn't a big fan of it blocking the driftwood.