Thanks joey, I have re_planted this bowl 10 days ago, n have no filter or co2; plants are growing slowly. I just added heaps of plant at the beginning so it looks like a mature tank, but its not.. can I add some rcs now after 10 days or should I wait
I'm guessing as long as your water is good enough you can add them. Give it a quick test maybe before adding. I'm still waiting on my nano to cycle. It's been going two weeks maybe but I'm in now rush. Still waiting on a few plants to turn up and my co2 kit so I have plenty to sort before adding any livestock.
get those floaters going. are they growing well? I'd wait a few days to add the shrimp. then watch water weekly like a hawk and at any sign of ammonia or nitrite or higher than 20ppm nitrates do a water change.
Back when i started my bowl and added my very first pair of cherry shrimp (first shrimp in that bowl) I got nitrites by the end of the week...but I thought the bowl was cycled! guess I was wrong, and I did WCs twice a week until the bowl was indeed cycled. no shrimp were lost luckily. There was little plant mass back when i added them, so that was another problem.
Newman , the frogbit or whatever the floaters are apparently this time there are growing real well. i can see new leave coming out. Does that mean anything, i think if nitrates are in your tank floaters grow pretty well as they absorbs the nitrates. am i right???
Can't wait to see how this grows out. So, is the appearance of cyno and/or diatoms a sign that the bowl is beginning to process its cycle or is it a sign of something off? Forgive me, I'm a newbie to all this. My last fish tank was ages ago.
Agree with Newman, just another question, cyno appears due to lack of water movement (most of the time ) so If we put decent amt of shrimps, wouldn't it help overcome cyno, due to shrimps constantly moving around. Even some fish...????any thoughts...
it probably will not help too much. even if you have an airstone in a bowl like this, you're still likely going to get cyano at some point in its life. its one of those algae stages that come and go. I happened to get cladophora after i was through with cyano haha! but after i got past that final wave, I had nothing. clean bowl.
Some more pics, just wanted to show stargrass pics, its looks so awesome, sadly my current bulb got fused so had to replace it with one of the old warmer light, so bowl dosent look that great but I love the stargrass..