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04-30-2013 06:24 AM
shift Hows the tank coming? any updates?
02-20-2013 01:49 AM
m00se This might be worth a read:
02-19-2013 11:03 PM
Jaguar Remember when I said I had no big snails? Look who I found today!

Tank looks good, not much change, but NO CYANO!!! I am pretty happy. A step in the right direction for sure
02-17-2013 06:18 AM
Jaguar Dunno, could be, nothing in this rental suite has been updated from the '60's, including my windows, electric, maybe water pipes too... I have had pond snails in my tanks for a long time, got them with some RAOK plants probably 6 months ago, but I never saw them in my 60-P till now :/ Maybe I just wasn't looking...
02-16-2013 12:50 PM
Originally Posted by Jaguar View Post
In other news I found pond snails in the tank, ********** I think they're dying before they can get any bigger, *******
While it's a good thing to dodge having pond snails how they are dying should be a concern. Those things are the cockroach of the aquarium world!
Makes me wonder if you have really old copper lines for the supply water. Reading this morning I would suspect something in the source water being whacked causing the problems.
02-16-2013 07:28 AM
Jaguar Read back through the thread - local selection is terrible and it's too cold to buy plants right now (and I can't use the American SnS due to cross border import laws). It sucks. I was looking for some hygro difformis (wisteria) but Petsmart didn't have any for some reason, just cabomba and dead crypts

I will check out another store next week. I wish my rotala would grow, and there's a couple stems of bacopa in there too, but all the leaves melted off and nothing's growing on the stems. Looks like the cyano melted my last little bit of l. repens too...

In other news I found pond snails in the tank, lots and lots of little ones, but i also found quite a few empty shells, so, I think they're dying before they can get any bigger, which is a good thing I guess.
02-16-2013 05:26 AM
sarahspins I think you would benefit from anything that is faster growing (like stem plants, possibly floating plants) and feeds heavily from the water column, then as the rest of your tank fills out and becomes (relatively) more demanding for nutrients you could eventually remove them... but for now you will continue to struggle to battle algae because most of your plants are slow growing and heavy root feeders.
02-16-2013 05:19 AM
1aqumfish I know you are having a hard time acquiring healthy plants but that's what you need. Lots of them to get it going, then scape when you have all the plants you like. I forgot how hard it was to get things going a first. Now I throw away more plant clippings monthly than you have. Make slow adjustments and just fight it out you got the right idea.
02-16-2013 03:44 AM

Did it! Pulled out a hand full of old rotten roots... what a mess. Looks much better now after a bit of rearranging.
02-15-2013 04:04 AM
Jaguar I am gonna do that next WC, I wasn't 100% sure if it was even gonna bounce back after all the cyano so I didn't want to mess with it. My aquasoil is really nasty, I had a bunch of emersed plants in there at one point and there is a lot of rotten root systems left behind... I may try and vac off the top inch or so of AS, and see if I can somehow separate my powder from normal type again, just to get it clean from all the dead plantstuff...
02-15-2013 02:19 AM
sarahspins Looking at that HC.. I'd pull out as much as you can and pick out and replant the green stems. Yes, it's tedious and time consuming, but all of that dead and decaying plant matter isn't helping anything in your tank.
02-15-2013 02:04 AM

Mid week update... Honestly looking pretty good at this point. Due for a WC and I can barely see any cyano. Maybe P limitation really was my problem. I dosed my fert mixes twice this week and I also raised the brightness of my lights about 10%. I'm surprised, really - I hope this continues. Nothing' really growing like crazy, but nothing's covered in cyano sludge any more, so... fingers crossed.
02-07-2013 11:33 PM
Jaguar Today... been better, been worse:

I went to 2 LFS the other day looking for plants... first one has the biggest selection, but they had just moved so had very little stock... everything I have already unfortunately.

And then I went to Petsmart... oh the horror of their plant tanks. Loads upon loads of cabomba, but every other plant was half dead, rotted, covered in snails, cyano, or holes from the goldfish they stupidly put in the plant tanks. I managed to find one salvageable aponogeton undulatus... we'll see how it does.

01-27-2013 12:35 AM
Jaguar Okanagan Aquarium Club disbanded many many years ago - I was told the woman who organized/hosted all of the events passed away. I am a member on the BC Aquaria forums. People will ship plants in the spring/summer, heck someone sent me a really awesome free plant package last year. But right now, rush shipping with heat packs and insulation makes it really expensive.
01-26-2013 12:27 PM
Canuck Just looking on line I see listings for an Okanagan Aquarium club and BC aquarium club. If you are looking for plants locally, this would be among the first places to check. Generally most fish clubs have members with good quality clippings available.
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