I set it up with a 1" layer of black fluorite sand and a 1" layer of black fluorite gravel. I've had the piece of wood for quite a while. It used to be a much bigger piece of wood, but a pair of royal plecos have eaten through it so that now it is completely saturated. I propped it up with that piece of zebra rock.
I attached all of the plants to the wood by breaking a hole in the wood and putting in the root/rhizome of the plant. Plants include Anubias nana, Anubias nana 'petite', and java fern
Last edited by RLHam3; 07-11-2013 at 03:21 AM.
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I have dwarf sag as the foreground plant on the right side of the wood, cryptocoryne wendtii, lucens, and undulate as the mid ground plants directly to the left of the wood. At this point I still had not decided on a background plant so I just filled it up and planned to plant the back wall later.
picked up some more plants today. I planted cryptocoryne balansae along the back wall. I still feel like it is empty so I will probably eventually add either another species or more balansae to the center of the backwall.
lights are the 15W deepblue solar flare LED lamp.
I will be dosing with seachem excel, flourish trace, potassium and comprehensive as recommended by the bottle plus a comprehensive fert I got through my local aquarium club.
Last edited by RLHam3; 07-11-2013 at 04:07 AM.
Just thought that I would give a quick update. The inhabitants are 10 Blue velvet shrimp. One of the females has berried and I expect babies in the next couple of days.
-0.75ml of seachem excel on a daily basis
-1.8ml of Flourish Trace after water changes every week
- 1.25ml of Aquavitro Propel (Iron) and 0.75ml of Flourish Potassium twice a week.
I feel like my cryptocoryne lucens (mid left) is beginning to look a little yellow around the edges. Could this be a potential kh or potassium deficiency? If so I have been thinking about switching over to Aquavitro Carbonate.
So my crypts, especially the wendtii are starting to melt. I've been a little lax with my ferts and I think that may be the cause. My current schedule is excel once a day, and iron, potassium and trace once a week. I'm guessing that the main problem is that I haven't been doing phosphorus or nitrogen ferts yet, so I will pick some up tomorrow.
I began noticing the melt off right around the time that I changed from a HOB filter to a sponge filer. There are just shrimp in this tank and I felt that the power filter was excessive. Could there be a connection? Water parameter's have not changed significantly since changing filters. (pH- 6.8, ammonia- 0, nitrite- 0, nitrate- 0)
Last edited by RLHam3; 08-27-2013 at 05:38 PM.