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post #77 of 134 (permalink) Old 12-22-2012, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you.
I've always found downoi to be easy to grow. It's done well wherever I put it.
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it was so weird ive only realy tired it once, and it was when i started my 10g, but it melted right away. not sure what it was that did it but id like to try it again in the future.
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ive had a few stems melt during the sandy power outage, but most did fine.
do you have CO2? thats usually the most important thing.
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yea that's weirdest part i had everything going fine. every plant in the tank was doing amazing except the downoi. even the HC carpet was doing alright. so idk maybe the plants that i ordered didn't make the trip ok.
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hey marko the tank progress looks wonderful. I can't wait to see more updates, I can already see how those stem groupings are gonna look as they fill the back of your tank! what co2 levels are you keeping in there? the pearling looks crazy :O

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my CO2 is as high as the fish can handle. thats really all i can tell you. every week id raise it a little til the fish started gasping and then backed off. today i added more CPDs, and the shot right for the surface gasping, so i had to dial it down a bit. in a week ill start cranking it back up.
i use a ph controller, and it was set to 5.7, with a kh of 2-3. the chart would put my CO2 at over 60ppm. but its not the most accurate measurement.

drove back down to do some maintenance today, and add the replacement CPDs.
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after:


p. helferi:


r. m. green:


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well after a month of neglect i have my work cut out for me fixing the tank. over half the p. helferi died, the stems are overgrown, and there is hair algae everywhere.


i trimmed the stems, cleaned the filter and pipes, and did a large WC. the algae is from lack of dosing, and lowered CO2, so it should stop growing now that ive addressed those issues. in the mean time ill speed up its death with some peroxide and excel spot dosing, and 13 amanos i got from petco. first time i bought em from a petco, im wondering how many die. they offer a 30 day warranty, so as long as i find the corpses, i get dead ones replaced. one already looks half dead, hes orange and uncoordinated (probably cuz they just got them today, and i asked if they were acclimated, the employee responded that he floated the bags for a few min before letting them loose).


oh, and i got a stonger powerhead to increase the flow in the tank
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and some post-cleanup pics (lot of algae still to take care of though):
here is a FTS, you can see how the light is too short, and the sides are left shaded -


new amanos (they are pretty big, i will say that) -



and one of the CPDs (they are hard to photograph, as they wont stay still) -
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Keep us posted on the algae fight. Looks like you're making good progress though

I kind of like the overgrown look...
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the overgrown look is prefferable to the hackjob i did on it. but the hackjob stimulates new healthy growth (made possible by the increased CO2 and me being here to actually dose ferts), which should give me the well-kept manicured look i want.
and it will look even better when my longfin german rams arrive tomorrow.
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the tank is recovering nicely from the neglect. however my plant biomass has gone down. i didnt think the loss of the leaves on the h. aragua and melting of most of my downoi would really be significant as they are both slow growers, but my tank has noticed. my nitrates were at 35 ppm. not dangerous for the fish, but i lost 3 amanos (got 3 more for free at petco cuz of their 30 day guarantee) before noticing and doing a water change. will cut my macro dosing down for a few more weeks.
but in other news, the longfin GBRs i got on wednesday have been hiding constantly so i could hardly catch a glimpse to see they are still alive. but just now i caught them in the front corner hanging out and got some awesome pics. they are my favorite fish right now. then i threw some thawed mysis in the tank and saw the male eat one. so now i know they are eating, and feel like they will do fine. now to start reading up on spawning rams...

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That's looking great Marco! The longfin rams are really handsome fish.
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thanks. im in love with them. after a few days they have finally started coming out from hiding when there isnt too much movement in the room. unfortunately for them they are in a college apartment with us 4 guys stomping around, but they are adjusting well enough. the CPDs got over it, and are not too shy anymore.
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hi,
did you get your rams online or local?
if online, where at?
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