|04-21-2014 06:52 PM|
I am thinking about replacing the substrate in this tank upon arriving in Arizona. I'm torn on what to use. Currently I have 60lbs of aquarium gravel and 15lbs of Red Flourite. Thanks the the LFS guys saying, oh you dont really need much of that stuff to grow plants & me being uneducated enough to believe them... So now, three years later it is time for an upgrade. I would like to keep this tank low/medium tech. I don't think it'll really ever be considered true low tech as I'm running a t5ho fixture with a Giesemann Midday/Aquaflora bulb combo. Hahahaha....
I don't want to spend a huge amount on new substrate, so things like Amazonia are definitely out of the picture. I definitely want something that will help promote healthy plant growth, especially the root feeders.
I guess the feasible options are: dirt/MGOPM with a cap, all flourite, a combo of MG & flourite then capped... or....?
I would like to avoid going with totally inert substrates, though a high CEC would be nice.
I'm almost considering doing a layered MG, flourite, clay(not necessarily in that order) then capped substrate. Thoughts? Experiences? Suggestions?
Any idea one the quantity I'd need? I will have to set this up almost immediately after arriving in AZ in order to not lose a ton of plants.
If I do something that needs to be capped, it will almost certainly get Black Diamond, just not a huge fan of the light colored sand.
|03-08-2014 01:31 AM|
|tattooedfool83||Nice. Give the sphagnum a try and see if u can get it to come back|
|03-07-2014 09:15 PM|
Johnson18's 55 Gallon! New Fish 2/20!
I'll give it a try though there really isn't sh*t left. Fortunately the seller is being super awesome and reshipping some more. No 'Snow White' though, I got the last little bit of it. We've subbed a nice big portion of Bucephalandra Bukit Kelam Dark Green instead for the white.
|03-07-2014 10:11 AM|
|tattooedfool83||Hey man ive read if you put goner plants like that on a bed of sphagnum moss that you can bring it back. Give it a try as those are expensive plants. They have to be emersed but at least that will get them going|
|03-07-2014 04:10 AM|
Giesemann bulbs have been installed. I like them, we'll see how the plants like them.
All of the C. nurii plants have at least one, in most cases two new leaves(some three!!) on them since being planted.
I ordered Anubias nana 'Snow White' & 'Stardust' neither one made the trip. The white is definitely a goner. I stuck the melted plants in here anyway, I highly doubt either will survive. There was very, very little non-mushy rhizome left.
Got three different Bucephalandra varieties in today. Loaded the main driftwood up! Mini Catherine, 'Purple' & sp. Sokan 'shine blue', several of each! I'll try to get some good pictures tomorrow.
I'm having a real problem keeping my water clean & clear of decaying plant matter and such. It seems the dead spot in my tank is front and center where all the MM and other foreground plants are planted. :/ I'm going to try to see if I can clear things up with a circulation pump. Every time I've used one in this tank it seems like it's way too much flow. I'd really like to upgrade my filter to one of the Eheim canisters.
|02-21-2014 02:33 AM|
I'm planning on ordering Geisemann bulbs over the weekend to replace the bulbs in all of my t5ho fixtures. I'm planning to use a Midday & Aquaflora bulb in each fixture.
|02-21-2014 02:24 AM|
I had the same light set up on my tank. I removed both the 10k and actinic and put in 2 coralife 6500k on 6 hours photo period. Much better growth.
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|02-21-2014 02:16 AM|
Johnson18's 55 Gallon! New Fish 2/20!
Due to the lighting issues I've had, some of the stem plants have totally melted: H. pinnatifida, L. sp. Rubin & 1 of my 3 stems of H. tiger. They looked like they would be alright and within a single day they became mush stuck on other plants in the tank. I can't seem to catch a break. hahaha...
I decided I would go ahead and fill those spots. So I pulled eight Crypt. nurii plants of various sizes out of one of my emersed pots and planted them in this tank. I trimmed the smallest of the leaves. I will probably have to trim a couple more over the next few days. I went with nurii because I wanted to add a little more height to the plants in the back and side in front of the anubias covered driftwood. Plus I pulled 8 plants out of a single pot and didn't even touch the largest plants in the pot, really I pulled less than 1/3 of the plants. I've got 3 pots of nurii like that & two more that are mostly smaller nurii.
I planted a bunch of the S. repens in front of the main DW & another smaller patch all the way to the left front corner. I planted a pot with it in my emersed tank. Pretty much everywhere I was thinking about earlier.
The Corys are in the tank now. I love the new movement and activity in the tank already!
|02-20-2014 09:27 PM|
Johnson18's 55 Gallon!
Holy Fish Batman! By that I mean, I finally added some more fish to this tank! I just got home from the LFS with 7 nice looking little julii corys. They are floating right now. I also grabbed a couple mystery snails. I'm pretty excited about these corys, I've been wanting to add some for a while I just haven't seen any good looking fish.
I also hit petsmart while I was on that side of town and picked up a package of Staurogyne repens. I dug through the packages and picked the best looking pack. They obviously don't rotate stock as they get them in, the ones in the back had some impressive growth but also a good amount of dead leaves. I chose a package from the middle, one showing nice growth but had not been there long enough to start experiencing melting.
I would love some input on location for the S. repens! The available spots are either in front of the driftwood, where I originally planted some. OR on the left hand side of the tank where the Blyxa japonica has been. I've been really struggling to keep the Blyxa planted in my flourite/gravel mixture substrate. It seems to be growing ok, but I'm replanting a large portion of it DAILY! I'm tempted to pull the Blyxa and move it all to my 20L, where is stays in the substrate with no probs. Thoughts?
I've currently got a 10000K and Actinic bulb running on this tank after the lighting fiasco I've had over the last week. I am waiting for a check in the next few days and will then be ordering new bulbs for all of my lights.
|02-15-2014 08:09 PM|
|johnson18||Went to turn on the light this morning and got nothing. ugh. I'm going to rotate the lighting schedule of this tank so I can move lights from tank to tank for now. I'll try switching bulbs around to see if the problem is ballast or bulbs. The fixture is a 48" Coralife dual t5ho that I got in mid 2011, the bulbs haven;t been replaced since Dec. '11. I was planning on ordering new bulbs for all of my lights next week, prior to this happening. I hope the whole fixture isn't shot. I need to look around to see what sort of experiences others have had.|
|02-03-2014 10:36 PM|
For now, it's back to excel.
|02-03-2014 06:53 PM|
|tattooedfool83||Did u take the regulator apart and Teflon tape everything with threads?|
|02-03-2014 05:25 PM|
|johnson18||So it came as no surprise that the co2 was empty by lights out last night. I'll mess with everything this week and try again next weekend. Lol... The paintball places are only open on the weekends...|
|02-02-2014 07:15 PM|
This co2 system is rather disappointing. I've taken it apart several time to add more/redo Teflon tape as the on/off valve leaks worse than a colander. I didn't have super high expectations as I've read all about the hassles of pb co2. But Damn! For $70 it should at least semi-function for more than a day. It's running right now but I think it's leaking as much co2 out as it is sending into the tank.
I will continue to tinker with this but not for long. Unfortunately I purchased it probably 6 months ago or more and haven't taken it out of the box until the last few days. Can't really complain to the seller at this point. lol.
|02-02-2014 02:05 PM|
|tattooedfool83||Yeah I would love to see about the light info|
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