GREAT JOB on the Foam Backgrounds and Scaping!
thanks so much! man I worked my tail off on that beast. thank you.[/B]
I think your plant growth is going quite good for the plants you have in there! Most of the plants you listed and that I can see in the pics are just SLOW GROWERS!They also take a while to get used to your tank conditions, then they will speed up!
They have been planted since September. I guess I just get impatient seeing all of these goregous tanks that the gurus are keeping. Cant wait to achieve that someday
Thinking about your stem plant problems, I would look at your water parameters to see exactly where they are. What is your Gh, Kh, Ph, Nitrate, and IF you have a TDS meter let us know what your Total Dissolved Solid count is. That will give us a clue to where ya need to go from. Where is the tank water coming from? Tap, Bottled, R/O? Also what type of Bulbs are You running? What Kelvin (color temp) are they?
Water seems decent: Gh:8 Kh: 9 Ph:1.5 NO3:20-25, NO2: 0, NH4: 0, No idea on TDS but I know the tap water at my school where I have my tanks has a good filter system becasue of its hardness. I am only running one of my 48" T5 bulbs in 10,000. every now and again I give em a burst for a few hours with another one. I have a 4 bulb corallife fixture with "OK" reflectors. I am afraid of algae..............i hate the stuff. I have only minor green algae growing on high parts of the BG and I tremble at the thought of fighting some of the issue I have read about on this forum. Seems like such a fine line between massive growth / vivid colors and possible single celled explosions. Being only a 2 year newbie, I walk softly and only whisper of such things in dark corners, afraid the algae will smell my fear.
As to the fish deaths, allot of it can come from the location you buy them from! I totally understand where you are located at, and your very narrow choices to buy fish and plants from! Heck I have had problems with big box store fish in my area, let alone where you are! I have tried many times to buy what looks to be good fish, slowly drip acclimate them, quarantine them in a well established tank, and still loose all of them! It is out of your control how they were treated before they got to you!
So glad to read this. Great to know I am not alone.
Also I seriously doubt you can get plants or fish to survive in Priority mail shipments, unless heat packs and good insulating boxes are used, especially this time of year! I have a few friends who have lived in Alaska, and have told me many stories about the bitter cold Yall face!
Tell me about it................-13 when I went to work this morning!
I would be happy to send ya some plants if someone can tell me what would be the best way to pack them so that they could make it through Priority Mail! I am unsure what kind of heat packs, etc. to use!
Very generous offer. However I fear it would only end badly for what I am sure are very nice plants. I would however take you up on a package that I would be more than happy to pay for once the weather warms up in May.
Anyway shoot us your water parameters so maybe we can help ya out there, and maybe we can get ya a care PKG of colorful plants to ya without them needing to be overnighted![/QUOTE]
Awesome, thanks a bunch. Maybe I'll jsut save some coin after xmas and pay for the overnighter! Thanks for reading and any advice you may have for plant growth.
I did jsut change my CO2 diffuser from the intake of my 2213 over to the intake of the 2217 on the other side of the tank. It faces left to right instead of back to front like the 2213. HOpefully with its greater flow rate and position, I will get better coverage from the CO2. I have also got to stick to my EI regiment better. I have missed some days since fighting the ick in the wonderful petco neons i brought home. Cant believe i didnt quarantine them first. I'll never make that mistake again!
AS always, thanks to everyone for helping out.