|11-10-2014 04:11 AM|
I'll post an update on this tank at some point...its nothing to look at right now, but I have plans, because I refuse to let this tank go down or go to waste.
|11-09-2014 10:44 PM|
|spunky||such sad news I lost a bunch of fish once to what we could only assume was a big chlorine spike in our tap. It killed my 5 perfectly behaved yoyo loaches, and most of my big schools of lemon tetras and rasboras. That was years ago and I am just now getting the big itch to get things up and going again to my high standards. I only do small water changes now and have been strongly thinking about setting up some system where I can store my water ahead of time and pump it into the tank. Might be over kill, but I also have pH issues (tank 7.5 and tap 8) and want some more tanks with fish that would want low 7 or high 6 too. Water can be so annoying huh?|
|09-25-2014 10:51 PM|
Sometimes, I really hate this hobby. This week has been one of those times. My folks did the usual 50% water change this week, and something went wrong. Apparently there was extra chlorine or something in the tap, because on Tuesday all of the congo tetras died. When that happened a 50% WC was done, and a 3rd Eheim 2217 was placed onto the tank that had extra carbon and nitrozorb. Then, either late Tuesday or early Wednesday, my threadfin acaras died, my rainbow fish died, my EBJD died, and a rainbow cichlid died, as well as two adult SAE I had added to the tank a several weeks ago and my female super red Bristlenose. I do not know if the male Bristlenose is still alive, and the retropinnis bichir hasn’t been seen (however I can only find him at 3am when I do find him, I’ll assume he isn’t dead unless he is found dead).
I’ll do a sad, sad update once the tank settles down, but I’m upset. My folks and I have been doing everything we can to settle the tank down, and I’d like to thank my next door neighbor and my friend MonsterFish for coming over and trying to help me figure out what’s going on. I’m hoping that the water changes needed to lower the ammonia doesn’t do any more damage (ammonia now reads at 1-2ppm). I can almost guarantee I’ve lost some plant species as well…in that regard I have no idea what is or is not left.
Seriously, when random mishaps like this happen, I can really start to hate this hobby T_T
For now though, I’m just going to dump all my old photos of the tank that haven’t been posted since the last update.
God my hearts breaking looking at all these T_T
|07-26-2014 03:18 AM|
|HybridHerp||Dude, it's a think. Look at Barr or CrazyDaze's tanks that have t5-ho end to end|
|07-26-2014 03:17 AM|
|07-26-2014 03:14 AM|
I figured something was up with that since all my foreground plants take forever to grow.
Next time I get a t5-ho I'm doing like 8 bulbs
|07-26-2014 03:12 AM|
|07-25-2014 11:19 PM|
So my buddy MonsterFisk brought over a PAR meter....be right back I'll be crying in the corner.
My par in the front is 23 T_T. Guess who really wants an added light fixture now?
|07-22-2014 06:48 PM|
Straight as in knowing what's what or straight as in growth?
They just, idk grow that way for me I guess lol
I keep a monster list of what plants I have where though and update it whenever I add it move things.
|07-22-2014 04:02 PM|
|vanish||Looking awesome to me. Such a variety of plants, how do you keep them all straight?|
|07-22-2014 05:48 AM|
A few changes. My leopard Ctenopoma is now living in this tank and doing super well, as well as a nice big fat female super red Bristlenose. Surprisingly added some plants as well, notably Ludwigia Twisted, Ludwigia Cuba, Ludwigia Pantanal, more Ludwigia Atlantis, Ludwigia inclinata, Ludwigia simpsonii x repens, Ludwigia alata, Echinodorus x 'Tanzende feuerfeder', and Echinodorus x 'Altlandsberg'. Moved the Limno rugosa to the front left and trimmed it back hard, hopefully it will grow a little more slowly there and be a little more manegable.
Biggest change was moving the larger piece of driftwood that was on the left out of the tank and removing and replanting the Anubias petite that was on it to the bigger piece of wood still in the tank. I put some on the sides and such (supergluing Anubias petite kinda sucks) so it looks like less than there actually was but I put it all back on there. Hopefully it continues to grow well, even if it’s a slow grower. I also re-organized my crypts in this tank so they are now more in rows than all mixed up (although certain crypts were hard to tell apart, but as they grow that should change hopefully/maybe).
I’m thinking about cleaning up my Hygro species as well, moving Ceylon behind Sunset somewhere. It’s a nice plant and all but its way to weedy for where I currently have it….plus I can’t let it get too tall there so it doesn’t get the color it could otherwise have, which is its main draw. I also want to maybe thin out how much Sunset and Brown is actually in this tank too, because man are my hygro’s thick. They make me wish I had a bigger tank lol.
Despite all the competition the Rose Sword has been doing well. The Altlandsberg has been converting from emersed very nicely.
Metallic Red crypt is new so it looks bleh. But the green gecko is pretty still lol
Altandsberg converting. Swords cultivars and hybrids don’t seem to be super popular in tanks these days, maybe due to their size plus how many people are running high tech tanks and want to have big ol’ swords in them? I still love them though.
Tanzende feuerfeder, I’m expecting good things from this plant, its growing faster than the other swords I have. Might end up being my favorite of the 4 swords I have (can I consider that a Legend of Zelda reference?)
So the Lagenandra is becoming more pink each leaf it puts out, and each leaf is getting bigger, but each bigger leaf is getting what I believe to be Pleco damage or something…ugh, plant, why you grow pretty leafs that I have to cut later on?
Big super red female. She’s not the culprit since that issue has been happening since before she was in the tank.
I need to think these Rotalas. Especially the nanjensha, its nice and all but I don’t need even half of this amount in this tank. I am going to get some Macrandra Green before the summers end, so that will probably replace some of this.
See what I was saying about the Ceylon?
A.R. variegated is recovering steadily for me, so that’s good. Its been doing much better once I increased my dosing (I may need to increase it more even, not sure). I do 2/4 tsp KNO3 3x a week, 3/8 tsp KH2PO4 3x a week, 3/8 tsp K2SO4 3x a week for macro, and 3/8 tsp traces 3x a week and 3/8 tsp iron 3x a week. Also 1 tbsp GH Booster after water changes. I may continue to modify this though.
This stuff was nothing but a stem not that long ago, its recovering in here. Somehow A.R. grows better in my bichirs and cichlids and whatareyoudoing tank than it does in my 10 gallon “this is how you should be doing it” tank.
Part of me wants to thin this, part of me thinks its too nice looking. The lace leaf is still doing nicely as well, and you can see how not great the A. petite looks on the wood. It will grow over the superglue…eventually.
Tiny alata is tiny.
I moved the pink up front and with space so that it could grow out more. I’m thinking it will be a real looker of a plant in time.
Simpsonii x repens still converting. It did send out some nice big roots though so I’m confident it will do well.
Also converting Persecaria praetermissa 'Ruby’ that seems to be doing well. I might grab Sao Paulo sometime. Might not. (shrug)
Not a shy fish, just camera shy. Always out and about despite being half the size of most of the cichlids.
Subwassertang should grow for me, I miss having this plant.
A better look at the Ludwigia forest. Some stuff for sure has a lot of growing out to do, but its been a day since I added some of these/moved everything around. I also want to add Red sphaerocarpa (I got some from barthog but it didn’t do so well waiting two days for me to plant it *sigh*) and am going to get some Palustris ‘North Carolina’ semi-soonish as well.
He’s gotten big. He is also one excellent looking fish. I am realling loving the EBA, now I’m only wishing my phone caught the brightness more and that my lights weren’t more geared towards red. I want to get a 10,000K Plant grow BML fixture for the front of this tank at some point when money is a thing that exists for me in greater forms though, cause I think my foreground gets a little shaded. And I’d want the 10,000K since I hear the color balance is very nice, but I’m still looking into it and still have plenty of time to decide on that.
|07-17-2014 08:15 PM|
|StrungOut||N. prob man, take your time. Looking forward to that N. Micranthra, nice tank and love the fish selection|
|07-17-2014 06:07 PM|
Ha, your tanks coming along though. This has just had more time to grow in and a tom of plants.
I'm kinda realizing that I'd just skip traditional foreground plants all together if I could. But having 6 inch stems be up against the glass might be...weird.
Quickly, I must make a carpet of ludwigia.
|07-17-2014 05:12 PM|
|vanish||Still looks more scaped than my 75G !|
|07-16-2014 11:23 PM|
In an effort to make room for more ludwigias and re-organize some of my collection, I think I am going to remove the piece of driftwood to the far left, take the petite off of it, and place it onto the large piece that I was trying to get mini pellia on.
I'm also growing out some SAE's now to help out with removing BBA, I'm slowly but surely getting it off the plants and it doesn't look like new BBA is forming. Its just all the old BBA that's in little crevices and such that are hard for me to reach.
Also I have increased my dosing a little, I was doing 1/4 tbs my macros (I forget the exact ones I use I can mention that later) and 1/4 my micros and iron 3x a week alternating of course but have upped it all to 3/8 tbs and that seems to be helping growth and keeping algae at bay. I'm thinking I need to remove some stuff as well, to make room for other plants mainly. I have way more L repens x arcuata than I could possibly want or even really enjoy having, and I need to thin down my Rotala vietnam a bit as well.
I also want to move my rugosa once I move the wood, as its a nice plant that I enjoy and all but I'm not so keen on where it is as its shading everything. I also want to re-do where I have my crypts because everything is all mixed up (I planted it that way originally....stupid me sticking to ideas I had when I was new to the hobby) so I'm going to make little rows of them.
Got some plants from asukawashere on APC (great to work with!) and waiting on those to convert, as well as waiting on a shipment from Barthog. Eventually going to have to get a few things from StrungOut as well, soon man I almost have enough plant mass where I won't feel like I'm ripping you off for what I want lol
Not sure how I'm feeling about the wood on the far right either. Its a nice place for that black titan to be but with everything I'm putting in front of it I feel like its going to get lost in the crowd. Perhaps I move that to be on the wood I want to put petite on as well...
This tank is by no means a really well done scape or anything, and its not because of my fish choice so much as it is due to my wanting to have one of everything (or at least 3 of a type of stem lol) and not having had the nicest looking placements to begin with.
I can already tell that I'm the kind of guy that needs like, either multiple 40B's or 75's to have fun scaling, or one really big tank that I can put a ton of variety into that still looks appealing.
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