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01-10-2012 02:54 PM
Hilde
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Originally Posted by firefiend View Post
I'm now noticing that the L. Repens stems are rotting just above the substrate.
I just remembered that I had a similar problem. I put organic charcoal chips under them and they started growing. An alternative to this would be API root tabs.

Are they still living?
12-04-2011 08:05 PM
firefiend
My stems are rotting...

so I'm starting to increase water changes to control the organics and I'm now noticing that the L. Repens stems are rotting just above the substrate.

Any ideas what might be causing this?
12-02-2011 11:59 PM
Hilde
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My nitrates are going down and more green algae (along with the existing BBA is going up.)

NH3/4 and NO2 are both 0. NO3 less than 5 ppm.
I had a similar problem. Account to city water with very little minerals. NO3 low and had BBA. After I accidentally over fed my fish the nitrates went up. Then they went above 20. The BBA disappeared but started having string algae. That I got under control with water changes and decreasing feedings.

Nitrates best 10 - 20 ppm
12-02-2011 11:44 PM
firefiend Update: Added the fish 7 days ago and my nitrates are going down and more green algae (along with the existing BBA is going up.)

NH3/4 and NO2 are both 0. NO3 less than 5 ppm.

Is it common that ferts are necessary in a soil-based low light tank?
11-28-2011 04:47 AM
firefiend
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How about trying lights on 4hrs/ off 2hrs/ on 4hrs with 15 watt bulbs?

Is there anyway you can improve the circulation?


I really think switching out to the 15W bulbs should help significantly.

Is there a rationale in using a 2 hr. siesta over 4?

As far as circulation goes I already have HoB and 100gph submersible pump, so I don't think circulation is a problem.
11-28-2011 04:27 AM
Hilde
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Most importantly is I'm battling major BBA again.

The nearest thing I can figure is my CO2 to lighting is off balance, which then exacerbated my lower nitrate issue.
How about trying lights on 4hrs/ off 2hrs/ on 4hrs with 15 watt bulbs?

Is there anyway you can improve the circulation?
11-27-2011 09:33 PM
firefiend Okay, been a while since I updated this and I wish I could say things were going swimmingly (hehe).

My current lighting is 2 23W 6500K CFL's 19 in above substrate; 8 hrs with 4 hour siesta.
0 ammonia
0 nitrite
5 ppm nitrate

The tank has mostly fishless until a few days ago. I now have a couple SAE's, 5 cherry barbs and 6 black neons so I expect the nitrate to be going up over fairly soon.

I dose 1 mL excel strength glut daily and for the past week I've been dosing trace elements according PPSpro dosages. My Hydrocoytle has been showing signs of Fe deficiency.

Most importantly is I'm battling major BBA again. Today I cut off nearly all my anubias leaves and quite a few crypt leaves and Pygmy chain sword leaves.

I have to get this under control... my 5 gallon and 1 gal are doing awesome but this 10 gallon has been a real challenge.

The nearest thing I can figure is my CO2 to lighting is off balance, which then exacerbated my lower nitrate issue.

According to Hoppy's latest article at Aqua Botonic my lighting is higher than the recommended PAR range of 20-30 with a PAR of ~38



So, I have a couple choices... I can replace the bulbs with 20W bulbs which would put me just above the high end of the range or I can use 15W bulbs which would put me closer to mid-range ~24 PAR.

I can't raise my lights more than a couple inches without replacing the conduit raisers but I can lower it (which better supports the lower wattage).

Additionally I'm on day two of double dosing excel.

So, what do you all think?
10-06-2011 11:46 PM
firefiend I'm fairly sure my nitrates are low, next to zero. I have a single oto and some snails so the bioload is real low.

I still need to calibrate my test kit. But I can't do that until I buy some KNO3 and since I need to buy that to calibrate my kit, I might as well utilize it for my tanks, lol.

I have started dosing fleet's to raise the phosphates as GSA is a common symptom of low phosphates. I've dosed twice so far using a 3x/week routine.
10-05-2011 04:42 AM
Hilde
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Hi all, so the oto and apples snails made quick work of the diatoms but now I see some GSA popping up.

I'm pretty sure that its just because the tank hasn't balanced yet
What are your nitrates? KNO3, potassium nitrate would help if low. Liquid form is Seachem nitrogen. Powdered KNO3 can be bought here.
10-05-2011 12:36 AM
firefiend Well the worms are too small to be picked up by my cell phone with full zoom and holding the camera against the glass. but they're like 2 mm in length tops.

I could really use some feedback from folks with more experience than I have.
10-04-2011 04:54 PM
firefiend
GSA and... Planaria?

So, in addition to the GSA that's starting to pop-up I've notice these tiny white-translucent worms on the glass... they're really tiny, less than half a centimeter.

After doing some research, everytime "tiny worms" are mentioned, the response is planaria; this is followed by feed less. Well, I have only a single oto so I don't put any fish food in the tank.

So, anyone have some advice or insight on these might be... I can try to get a pic but they're so small and I only have a cell phone cam so it'll be a challenge.
10-03-2011 06:37 PM
firefiend
Diatoms gone... GSA arrives!

Hi all, so the oto and apples snails made quick work of the diatoms but now I see some GSA popping up.

I'm pretty sure that its just because the tank hasn't balanced yet but I don't want to let any algae get out of control. I understand that GSA is usually the result of low phosphates, yes?

If that's the case what's the best method of adding phosphate to the tank... I don't currently have any fish aside from an oto.

What's the best source of phosphate and how do I supplement it? I'm completely new to ferts and since I'm using a soil subtrate I want to keep my dosing to a minimum.

The only thing I'm currently adding is 1 - 1.5mL excel a day.
09-26-2011 01:37 AM
firefiend Thanks for the info, Madness...

It seems that my lone oto is still alive and kickin'; he must've been just been hiding really well.

He and the apple snails are making quick work of the diatoms in the tank which is looking so much cleaning right now. He has a nice round belly so I'd be surprised if he does bite it. Just hate losing fish, you know?
09-25-2011 05:38 PM
madness
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Well, I think I'm done with otos. I bought 4 of them at different times from different fish stores. Drip acclimated them for two hours and my water parameters are stable. I found only 1 body. The last one that was alive has now disappeared with no body.

I've never dealt with such a sensitive fish before. And I can't even find the bodies to take them back with a water sample. Fortunately the apple snails are making quick work of the diatoms.
Otos are famous for not surviving long after purchase. From what I gather it has less to do with water parameter shock than it does with the health of the fish before you even purchase them.

The key seems to be finding a fish store (usually an LFS) where the otos have been in stock for a while and have both survived the catching and shipping processes and also have adapted to eating manufactured fish food.

I never had much luck with Otos but I picked up some early in the summer at a good LFS and they did great. I have picked up a total of about 25 over the summer for various tanks and have not lost a single one. In talking with the pet store guy yesterday (while picking up another 10) he said that they get them in batches of about 300 and I was just taking the last of the previous batch so they had all been in the store for several months.

Once you get them to live in your tank they seem to be hardy enough. I don't even feed real veggies like a lot of people suggest. Just algae wafers.
09-25-2011 05:06 PM
firefiend Well, I think I'm done with otos. I bought 4 of them at different times from different fish stores. Drip acclimated them for two hours and my water parameters are stable. I found only 1 body. The last one that was alive has now disappeared with no body.

I've never dealt with such a sensitive fish before. And I can't even find the bodies to take them back with a water sample. Fortunately the apple snails are making quick work of the diatoms.
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