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post #106 of 209 (permalink) Old 08-28-2013, 02:26 AM Thread Starter
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What about removing the ramhorns and adding an assassin snail or 2 for about a month. Then removed the assassins and add the rams back in?
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I suppose you could go about it that way if you would like. Just seems like more work to me though. I don't mind having other "pest" snails, they do well cleaning up dead plant matter and some algae...but your choice!
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Are they little specks all over the glass?
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Are they little specks all over the glass?
No, there aren't to many little specs but there are some.
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I got some snails recently as hitch hikers that started out pretty small and don't grow fast. I think they are some kind of pond snail. I have been smashing them before they get very big so I don't know for sure.
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To Inject or Not To Inject

Update: 2 weeks after fill.

Almost all the plants in this tank are starting to grow. They are growing very very slowly... I know I should be more patient but I am starting to think I should inject co2.

I will wait for awhile because I got a lot of other things going on right now and don't really have time to monitor co2, but I am thinking some co2 will be a good idea in the future.

Currently, many of the plants look shabby. The java fern has tons of holes in it from the previous owner. Potassium deficiency? Anyways, its going to take a long time for that plant to recover without co2. Some of the crypts have melted completely or part way, but all of the crypt have new shoots starting. The moss, vals, annubias, and sag all looks the same.

When I signed up for LOW TECH, I was really signing up for SLOW MOTION! hahaha, but really its a good thing because I don't have time to be tinkering to much with the tank right now. I can watch everything grow in slow motion and plus if an algae bloom hits I will be able to control it much more effective.

There are several variety of snails in this tank. I'm not sure what they all are but probably pond snails and of course ramhorns.

Possible Future Inmates:

Cestial Pearl Danios
Rummynose Tetras
Cardinal Tetras
Cherry Barbs
Harlequins Rasboras
White Cloud Mountain Minnows
C. Habrosus
C. Hastatus
C. Pygmaeus

Not listed in any particular order, I have been researching these fish to figure out what is going to be the best fit. In the end, once the tank has established itself and proven to be stable, then I will test water parameters and pick fish accordingly.
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Tank Log

8/16/13: Fill
8/17/13: Seeded Filter
8/18/13: 50% W/C
8/21/13: 50% W/C
8/22/13: Fully Planted
8/25/13:50% W/C
8/24/13: Started Dosing Sched.
8/31/13: Ammonia 0.25 ppm
8/31/13: pH 7.6
8/31/13: pH High Range 7.4
8/31/13: Nitrites 0 ppm
8/31/13: Nitrates 5 ppm
8/31/13: KH 8
8/31/13: GH 11
9/1/13: 50% W/C
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Everything seems to be doing well!
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So far so good. I love low tech because I'm a super busy person and I just simply don't have the time to spend on a high tech tank. I like to spend my time learning and planning my next move rather than correcting algae blooms and other out of control tank problems. lol
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It looks great.
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Planter Box Plans

As I've completed my initial setup, things are starting to stabilize. The plants are starting to grow. The tannins are depleting. I've implemented a dosing regime that is working. I've even slightly increased the light intensity by dropping my suspended light by a few inches. Now, it's time to start planning something new!

I had an idea to grow plants around the tank out of planter boxes. I want to make a planter box the length of the tank to put against the back wall just at the rim. Or, I was thinking of making a planter box the length of the tank that would go inside the tank along the back wall. I was also thinking about adding a planted AC20 HOB filter on the right side.

There are so many creative things you can do with planted tanks! I have all winter to play around and try new things!
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I'm still showing ammonia in the water column:

9/8/13

pH 7.6
Ammonia 0.5ppm
Nitrite 0ppm
Nitrate 5ppm
KH 5
GH 10

I want add 7 Pygmy Cory's while Soup still has some available but I don't think thats a good idea with the ammonia still in the water column...

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Why is my Needle Leaf Java Fern rooting at the top?

It looks like it is sparking new plantlets at the tip of each leaf.

What should I do? The plant has looked like crap since the day I got it.

I was thinking that I should leave it alone for awhile and see what it does. As the new plantlets get larger I could harvest them...
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That's how they reproduce. Apparently it's happy enough to release offspring into the environment
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