So definitely some bad news. I thought my tank would be cycled but I guess it wasn't... If found 3 amano shrimp standing still, lacking any tendency to move around at all. I decided that as much stress as it is, I moved them into my cycled shrimp tank. Thankfully, they bounced back and they are moving around fine now. HOWEVER. I still can't find the three other shrimp. So I assume they are goners :\ lesson learned: get my test kit back from my friend.
I was away for about five days or so and came back to an extremely melted HC tank o___o The co2 line detached itself and floated to the top, dispersing all the co2 out of the tank rather than in. To make matters worse, on thursday, they had to work on our solar panels and turned off the electricity for another full day which meant no co2 or lights... basically, my tank has turned into crap. I retied the co2 line, WC, prime, fertz, everything I can do.... hopefully the tank can bounce back.... sighhh my beautiful lawn...
^ No, it was actually the suction cup that detached itself. So the diffuser and the line kind of just floated to the top :\ You should be fine, but tie your line down like what I did, so even if it detaches itself, itll stay submerged!
ALSO. to help with the HC. I have two extra fresh t5 bulbs and timer, should I set up a noon burst for my lights?
I am now back after about two weeks of this horrific accident... Since all the HC was dead, I had no choice but to pull it all out. Pulling out dead HC is a PITA. To make matter worse, the dead HC promoted algae growth in my tank as you can see from the pictures above... I h2o2 dosed my tank (one whole cup! = 16 tbsp for 40g). Figured I might as well try out this method since i still don't have any live stock in here yet. After that, I did three 50% WC in a row because I was pretty anal about the h2o2 staying in my tank. I also rearranged some of my equipment to the left side of the tank to promote co2 diffusion under the eheim flow. I also ordered some XL pinsettes from Rumford aquatics to replant some new HC in my tank.
I pray that this will be the first and only rebirth of this tank..
and my hefty supply of HC that will be transferred from my CRS tank
Bah that sucks to hear about your nice HC carpet. I had my diffuser's suction cup detach last week, but caught it after only 12 hours or so. It's amazing...even with only a 12 hour disturbance my freaking glosso turned a bit yellow. I feel like co2 is too much of a crutch
^ I totally agree. I've been on my 20lb tank for over a year now which is great because I don't need to refill it for a while and I have a 6 outlet regulator that runs to both of my tanks. However, I am just scared that one day, the tank is going to run out and of course I will be out of town again. -___- But you're definitely lucky to have caught the co2 so early. definitely goes to show how temperamental this hobby is.
^ Im sure it does. Read up the Algae forum for the h2o2 thread. You just need to work around the doses.
Got some new pinsettes today from Rumford aquatics! So I decided to plant the new HC! I always hate planting HC, its a real PITA. Whats even worse is that now its submersed. However, I know that with my co2 enriched tank (assuming it doesnt fail of course), I should have a nice lawn by christmas
Excuse the crappy planting, but whatever.... and bad pictures.