So I know it's been a while since my last posting but due to a lack of replies I decided to take some weeks off of uploading photos. A lot has changed in the last 3 weeks of tank operation. There have been many additions to the tank and a few things have been taken away. First, for the additions to the aquarium:
6 new fish have been added to the tank. I bought two of my favorite discus (pigeon blood red) from a fish store that imports Hans-Stendker Discus from Germany. It is the same place I bought my Blue Diamond from over a year ago. I tried to buy some cardinals from them but they said my discus might eat them and convinced me not to risk it. The following day I went to my local Petsmart to buy some frozen food and low and behold, they had cardinals on sale for 1$ each! I bought the remaining four that they had in stock and my discus could care less about them! I also added Purigen to my AC 110 filter and within 3 days the white bag turned a dark brown. So it must have been doing its job but now this weekend I will have to purge it of the dark color and give it another try in the tank.
After 3 months of a high electric bill, I decided to take out two of my t12s and see the kind of impact a reduction of light would have in my tank. It has been almost a week and my tank has seen some repercussions. All of my plants are still alive but the HG is starting to yellow along with the tips of the sword plants and the middle of the foxtails. I think I am going to put it back in and maybe cut the time that the light is on down by an hour or two. At the moment it is on for 10 hours a day and the total increase for the tank jump from my 29 to 72 seems to be about 50$.
As a side note, I turned down the heat in my tank from 86 degrees to about 83-84 to see what type of impact that would have. Iíve been doing a lot of research on a newfound website of mine, simply discus, and have been learning more to discus keeping. I just checked the water and am showing 0ppm for nitrate, 0ppm for nitrite, a water hardness of 120ppm, alkalinity of 120ppm and a ph of 7.6-8.0 (which is the limit for discus). I think the ph is higher due to the type of wood in the tank. My old tank the ph used to sit at 6.4 to 6.6 so it is quite the swing of what I was used to seeing. I cleaned my petsmart CO2 producer and hid it behind the foxtail. I also have noticed that my albino bristle nose pleco (girl) hasnít been eating the wafer I put in daily but the bristle nose pleco (boy) seems to chow down along with the discus on it. They almost fight over who gets to eat it. I was worried about her because her belly looks a little concave instead of fat like she had been eating. I was wondering if there was any other type of food I could try adding since the tablet seems a bit messy anyway to the water quality. The wafer is by tetra and is called tetra veggie algae wafer extreme with a concentrated algae center. It says on the back it does not cloud water but it does leave little particles floating all over the tank that the cardinals seem to eat as they swim.
Thanks for stopping by and happy picture gazing!