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post #16 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-17-2013, 04:09 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! Like everything I've done in this tank that looks good, it was completely on accident and just happened
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post #17 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-01-2013, 09:19 PM
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That last picture is awesome, love the way the dirted substrate looks. Curious though, What kind of equipment are you running? Filters, Lights stuff like that?
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post #18 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-01-2013, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. Keep in mind that substrate looks a little different because it has sand and peat moss mixed together.

Tanks: 45g tall
Substrate: Sphagnum peat moss mixed with PFS with a PFS cap.
Filter: Old marineland HOB filter with MarinePure ceramic bio balls courtesy of SouthernOak Aquatics
Lighting: Lowes T12 shop light with 2 Phillips 6500k plant life bulbs.

And thats about it. I put in some API root tabs when I set the aquarium up and occasionally dose API leaf zone liquid ferts.
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Well its time for a long overdue update on my jungle. After 6+ months in this tank, I can say the depth of the sphagnum substrate is too much. 90% of my stems have rotted out of the dirt for some reason and the depth is all I can point my finger to what is causing the problem.

Also, I don't think I would suggest sphagnum as a substrate. I guess that's why it is commonly suggested NOT to use it. Plants (err more like weeds) grew like crazy in it, but I just cannot keep the stuff under the sand cap. I'm constantly fishing out floating bits of moss and wood. My pre-filters are clogged on a bi-weekly basis. The moss would work will in conjunction with another substance, but it by itself is a mess. And forget about replanting.

The only thing that is doing good right now are the floaters and the pothos that is in my HOB. Its putting out a new leaf on what seems a daily basis, but its probably more like weekly.

My fish are thriving though. Angels are constantly spawning (or attempting to if they can ever get their fertilization technique down) and the 2 pairs of rams look to be joining the fun soon. My corys occasionally spawn as well.

My tank looks like such garbage right now I don't even want to post a FTS at the moment.
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Really sorry to see this go this way. I've had this deterioration in mine before, too, and it has made me weary. I have been experimenting with a few plants in a 10-gal tank to see what my problems might have been. First, I have created root balls for some plants and left bare aquarium for others. I have been adding liquid fertilizer along with Flourish Excel for CO2 in small to greater amounts, and I have gone from 14 hours of light down to 4 hours. After a few weeks I'm beginning to believe that my biggest mistake of all was too much lighting. With 4 hours of light the plants were doing great, so I'm gradually increasing light now to see much is perfect. Up to 6 hours now and they seem to be doing much better than ever before. All these years I kept thinking more light was better and now I'm finding out that I had been overdoing it a lot.

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post #22 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-06-2013, 04:43 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the kind words. I almost gave up, but I was just given a bunch of new plants (like those swords) and it seems to have revived it a little (visually at least). Every time I poke the dirt it smells like rotton eggs, which is how I've come to the conclusion that its too deep. All aquarium substrate smells to an extent, but this is pretty bad.

I'm quite sure that the depth of the dirt is what is causing my issues and as soon as I move all this to my 80 it will turn around.
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post #23 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-06-2013, 05:53 AM Thread Starter
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Just recently I've added a powerhead with a sponge that is adding some much needed movement. Its also doing wonders for clearing out floaters. Clarity is 100% better. I didn't realize exactly how bad it was until I added the sponge.

I also got rid of the mat of stems that were floating on top and blocking a lot of light. I was keeping them for replanting later, but they were doing more harm than good. Besides, I needed a change and those plants weren't included in my future plans.
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