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02-26-2013 09:45 PM
Couesfanatic Nice call. Rams are an awesome fish. Looking forward to pics.
02-26-2013 05:55 PM
Wy Renegade
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Originally Posted by Couesfanatic View Post
Where is the rams?
On order, but we are waiting on weather to ship. Hopefully they will arrive in the next couple of weeks. Slow and steady wins the race. With all the issues these guys have with unstable tank parameters, I wasn't about to rush in to adding them.
02-26-2013 04:55 PM
Couesfanatic Where is the rams?
02-26-2013 04:26 PM
Wy Renegade Excellent - Done! Indeed at this point I'm extremely happy that I didn't go with a soil substrate. What a mess that would be.
02-26-2013 04:17 PM
Fishies_in_Philly That's a java fern. Get that rhizome out of the substrate!! Lol gotta teach those young ladies to be more delicate. Lol
02-26-2013 04:03 PM
Wy Renegade Hey Bill, sorry I'm a little slow. Its been a while since I've had a chance to update this thread, but the tank is doing quite well at this point and I'm pretty pleased with its progress. My biggest issue at this point is with the young ladies who are in charge of maintaining the tank. They can't seem to figure out that just dumping water back in during the weekly PWCs and stirring up the substrate to the point of disrupting and floating the plants is a bad thing. This Friday we will be learning out to siphon water back into the tank as well as out of it LOL. There are a few other minor issues, I'm seeing some holes in leaves, which based on my reading is most likely a phosphate issue, and I've still got a few diatoms hanging on. The white fungus on the applewood has all vanished.

FTS;


Little closer;


A close up of the cottonwood log and it's plants;


I'm pretty pleased with the "root mass" area, although as you can see I've got a few plants I need to get tied down.


I added my first fish; half a dozen each of Black Phantom tetras and Red Phantom tetras. The Black Phantoms are fairly large, while the Red Phantom tetras are quite small.

Black Phantoms;




Red Phantoms amongst the "root mass";


Another shot with the Phantoms here and there;


Bill, I think this plant is one that came in one of the bags of mosses you sent my way, any idea what it is?
01-19-2013 04:01 AM
Fishies_in_Philly so how's the tank doing? any updates?
01-11-2013 06:23 PM
Fishies_in_Philly Otos are also good for diatoms
01-11-2013 05:34 PM
Fishies_in_Philly Oh, and as a side note, the air bubbles are also increasing you pH level
01-11-2013 05:21 PM
Fishies_in_Philly Yup, the air is doing a multitude of things. It's off gassing co2, it's increasing o2, and also creating surface agitation that is basically negating adding the excel. I would stop the air, you could run it at night, then it would be beneficial. Adding flow to the tank would help with the bba. Also, shorting your light.period, cutting down a bulb or raising the lights are another option for the bba.
The anubias appears to be either lanceolata or angustfolia.
01-11-2013 04:42 PM
Wy Renegade
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ok Randy, i apologize for missing this. first off, if that is o2 you have bubbling, dump it. it's raising your pH and causing a co2 deficiency. second, consider adding some form of carbon because that looks like the beginning stages of bba. it's either that or diatoms, in which case all you can do is wait it out as long as it takes for the filter to mature. the plants you have listed in the pic as java ferns are actually anubias. very important here, anubias and java fers/bolobitis, roots can be buried, but the rhizome MUST stay above the substrate. i tie mine to rocks so i can position them wherever i like. if i don't like the position, i just move the rock. otherwise, it is looking good. you can scrape tyhe fungus if it starts to intrude on the other plants, but it shouldn't harm anything. i do like the use of cotton wood, nice touch Teach
Hey Bill, thanks for popping in. So the air isn't straight 02, but I assume that air period is best to go? In regards to the BBA, I'm using excel, which I've read is a viable source in a low tech planted tank? Should I be increasing the dosage? I'm hoping to move a couple Horned nerite snails into the tank, which I've read are good for both the BBA and diatoms. So the plant is a variety of anubias rather than a thin-leafed Java fern thanks much, do you happen to know which variety of anubias they might be. I'll try tying them to rocks idea, I assume just tie them on and the roots will find their own way into the substrate? Appreciate the input!
01-10-2013 10:40 PM
Fishies_in_Philly ok Randy, i apologize for missing this. first off, if that is o2 you have bubbling, dump it. it's raising your pH and causing a co2 deficiency. second, consider adding some form of carbon because that looks like the beginning stages of bba. it's either that or diatoms, in which case all you can do is wait it out as long as it takes for the filter to mature. the plants you have listed in the pic as java ferns are actually anubias. very important here, anubias and java fers/bolobitis, roots can be buried, but the rhizome MUST stay above the substrate. i tie mine to rocks so i can position them wherever i like. if i don't like the position, i just move the rock. otherwise, it is looking good. you can scrape tyhe fungus if it starts to intrude on the other plants, but it shouldn't harm anything. i do like the use of cotton wood, nice touch Teach
01-09-2013 08:12 PM
Wy Renegade Messing around with the camera a little bit more today. Some of these turned out a bit better.

Several shots of the black stuff that is growing on my leaves;






The Java ferns as they were (I have pulled them up and will be tying them to the driftwood soon);


The trailing roots of the Water Lettuce and Duck weed (as you can see they really took off), kind of a neat effect;


Little better picture of the Christmas moss, I really like the growth pattern on this one;


And what I believe is Flame moss on the Cottonwood DW;
01-09-2013 05:53 PM
Wy Renegade
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Originally Posted by vvDO View Post
It looks like you may have buried the rhizomes of java ferns. That may be why they are not doing well. Lift them up or tie them to driftwood.
Thanks, I pulled the one up and I do believe that you were correct, it was buried too deep.

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Originally Posted by thebuddha View Post
I am liking the gbr - rummynose combo
Sounds good, haven't had a lot of luck find any locally, so still kind of looking at this stage.

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Originally Posted by The Dude View Post
I noticed this as well. Some things in your tank were ideas I had of doing in some of mine. I like it. Get those ferns out of the substrate and you should be good. Are you dosing ferts? With mosses I would avoid Excel, but have you thought about C02?
I did dose some Flourish nitrogen as well, and I also have some root tabs, but I haven't used them at this point. I really would prefer to avoid the CO2, which was why I was trying the Excel, what is the issue with it and moss?
01-09-2013 05:51 AM
The Dude
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Originally Posted by vvDO View Post
It looks like you may have buried the rhizomes of java ferns. That may be why they are not doing well. Lift them up or tie them to driftwood.
I noticed this as well. Some things in your tank were ideas I had of doing in some of mine. I like it. Get those ferns out of the substrate and you should be good. Are you dosing ferts? With mosses I would avoid Excel, but have you thought about C02?
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