Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Vancouver, WA, USA
Sorry for the long delay! It's been a crazy school year, and I just finally have a few minutes to update.
No pic at the moment - sorry!
For a couple of weeks after rescaping, I had some difficulty with the layout. The plants were dying back, and things just generally were not looking good. I diagnosed too much light as a culprit and things improved, but not as much as I had hoped.
Then, 3 diffusers died in rapid succession. 2 were cheapo versions of the Atomic diffusers, so that was understandable. They had seen the best of their usefulness. One was an Atomic diffuser that just wasn't big enough for the tank. After getting rid of the XP3 (too much flow was generating BBA in some specific locations on rocks), dialing down the lights, replacing diffusers and adding some red LEDs to the fixture, things are bouncing back - albeit as slowly as ferns generally grow.
This is a long-term scape for me, so I'm looking at a few months of growth before I see what I'd like out of this. I picked up some truly awful windelov from my LFS (overpriced and nearly dead) and the rhizomes are just now starting to send off some new, healthy-looking leaves. The others have gone brown except for the tips, which are oddly enough doing quite well.
I'm still futzing with the light and trying to find the sweet spot with this layout. My CO2 is finally stable, so it's really a question of balancing out the light.
My crypts are throwing very long petioles with smallish blades, and I'm assuming this is from light issues? Here is the oddity: there are some that are growing very tall very quickly, and some that have thrown a lot of very tiny leaves (8-9 leaves at 2-3 inches in total length, versus 5-6 leaves 6-10 inches in length). Many of these are right next to one another. two of these are a few inches away from my diffuser and have 2-3 leaves about 2-3 inches in length. I'm really confused by what's going on there.
At best, I can assume there is a light/flow issue going on, but how to address it I have no idea. It'll take some creative brainstorming, I guess.
Overall, however the scape is looking pretty decent. I have some new residents: some juvenile Bosemani rainbows (2 males, 2 females) and a couple of German Blue Rams. I'll be adding to this group as time goes on. Amanos, corys, otos, and a school of glowlight tetras round out the mix. Everyone seems to enjoy the place.