Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Hello everyone! I've been so busy I haven't been able to post as much! Anyway, at least my tank has been making some HUGE progress.
All of the summer it was basically covered in a green cloud (green water) and it was impossible to get it away. So, I got a UV sterilizer and the results were amazing!
The obvious cause was lack of plants, I have a few Aponogetons, some E. tennelus (once was a nice foreground, now recovering from the summer), and some dieing hygrophila. If I didn't fertilize, the plants die, but if I did fertilize, the green water had too much of a hold and took all the nutrients anyway. So, after I eliminated the green water, no more mistakes!
I ordered some plants from Aquarium Garden. It worked out very conveniently that they had XL Amazon Sword plants for 6.99! That is a plant I had been wanting to get a good quality specimin of. I ordered one XL, and one regular, along with some saggitaria (for a grassy middle-ground), some jungle val, and some green-foxtail. I also ordered a long-wanted A. Ulvaceous. These plants would ensure I don't have another run-in with the green cloud. It helped even more that they gave me another XL amazon in substitution for my regular one!
Anyway, I'm going to a natural look (hence the grassy val and saggitaria). I also picked up some compacta swords from my LFS to place in front of the val and behind the E. tenellus.
I'm really hoping everything will work out this time, after all, I didn't get all those fertilizers from Rex for nothing!
My only concern is the swords. I have very hard water (KH~18 ). Amazon swords have never really been able to grow in my tank, but they've never really had a fair chance either (no CO2, etc...). I remember reading something about the Carbonate Hardness doesn't matter if everything else is good with E. bleheri. Anyway, yesterday I witnessed pearling in my tank for the first time in a long time, and know that it means the plants are doing photosynthesis and producing oxygen, but does it mean the plant will grow? That is my main conern (as is most people's), will the swords grow? If they are pearling, should I worry about them growing or not?
Sorry for the long post, but thanks for any help!
Tank in transition! 55 gallons, hard water.