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ACFishTank 12-10-2012 05:05 PM

My 15 gallon jump back into the hobby!
 
Well, its been over 5 years since I owned a tank. Unfortunately with changing careers and moving, I had to give away my old 30 gallon tank. In any event, this is my start back into the hobby. I appreciate everyone's guidance as this tank comes together.

Here's a picture of the tank right now. It's still cycling and the water had a bit of a haze still. Plants need some time to fill in and grow before it gets to the right proportions. All critiques are welcome.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pH...le=photo1c.jpg

Here's the hardware breakdown:

15 Gallon 24" x 12" x 12"
Finnex FugeRay 24" LED light
Eheim 2213 filter
Hydor in-line heater

Plants:

Rotala Indica (back left and right)
Green Wendii Crypts (mid-ground, small right now)
Narrow Leaf Chain Sword (foreground)

Fauna:

(5) Blue Tetras

Substrate:

Fluval Stratum Substrate


Thanks for looking!
Mike

ACFishTank 12-11-2012 10:56 AM

So there seems to be white 'fuzz' on my manzanita branch. From what I read, its fine and not catastrophic. Should I just leave it and let it run its course? It doesn't seem to be getting worse or better...

GMYukonon24s 12-11-2012 11:30 AM

Welcome back! Nice start with this tank. Sorry I've never had Manzanita so I can't help to answer your question.

ACFishTank 12-11-2012 02:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GMYukonon24s (Post 2106371)
Welcome back! Nice start with this tank. Sorry I've never had Manzanita so I can't help to answer your question.

Thanks! Glad to be back in the hobby. I washed the branch and will see what happens. The fish don't seem to mind either way...

ACFishTank 12-13-2012 01:20 PM

Starting to see some signs of algae on the dwarf chain swords. I'm apprehensive to throw in any otocinclus in the tank for another week to two because its still cycling.

What do most hobbyists do in this situation? The last thing I want is for the algae to take hold... but I'd feel more comfortable giving the tank some more time to cycle.

pweifan 12-13-2012 03:07 PM

Mike,

The white fuzz is a fungus and will go away. Ottocinclus or Plecostomus should eat it. Alternatively, you could just boil the wood to kill it, but either way it'll disappear in time.

As far as algae goes, I suggest getting more plants in there ASAP and/or reducing your photoperiod. Are you running any type of CO2? You should probably at least DIY CO2 and a reactor to start with.

Welcome back to the hobby :)

Scott

ACFishTank 12-13-2012 03:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pweifan (Post 2108618)
Mike,

The white fuzz is a fungus and will go away. Ottocinclus or Plecostomus should eat it. Alternatively, you could just boil the wood to kill it, but either way it'll disappear in time.

As far as algae goes, I suggest getting more plants in there ASAP and/or reducing your photoperiod. Are you running any type of CO2? You should probably at least DIY CO2 and a reactor to start with.

Welcome back to the hobby :)

Scott


Hey Scott,

Thanks for the follow up. I washed the branch again (2nd time) and I'm not noticing it coming back as much. I think I might be in the clear on that one.

The algae is minimal right now and seems to only be on the chain swords. I'm starting to think that it might have been there from the LFS because the other plants, rock, or wood isn't showing signs on algae. As a preventative, I think I'm going to reduce my photo period for the next few days. BTW, I'm also dosing Excel for carbon.

What other plants to you recommend? I'm trying to give to rotala some space to grown right now. Its been in the tank since last weekend and I'm starting to see new growth. I'd love an interesting low growing plant in the front...

pweifan 12-13-2012 05:49 PM

When starting a new tank I like aggressive growers like Hygrophila polysperma or Heteranthera zosterifolia (stargrass). For low growers, my absolute favorite is Glossostigma elatinoide. Staurogyne repens is excellent as well, but it's a bit more maintenance to keep it low. Hydrocotyle sp 'Japan' is a great midground plant. If you don't have any luck locating a source for plants, send me a PM, I might be able to help you out.

ACFishTank 12-13-2012 07:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pweifan (Post 2108800)
When starting a new tank I like aggressive growers like Hygrophila polysperma or Heteranthera zosterifolia (stargrass). For low growers, my absolute favorite is Glossostigma elatinoide. Staurogyne repens is excellent as well, but it's a bit more maintenance to keep it low. Hydrocotyle sp 'Japan' is a great midground plant. If you don't have any luck locating a source for plants, send me a PM, I might be able to help you out.

Thanks for the advice! I was thinking of glosso for the front, but though it was a bit more demanding than what I have for lighting. I have the Finnex FugeRay, which gives me about 38 PAR, or medium light. Think I should give it a shot?

Hydrocotyle sp 'Japan' is a sweet plant. I'm sure I'll need to order it from somewhere, I haven't seen it locally.

pweifan 12-13-2012 07:22 PM

You could try glosso and fall back on marsilae if you don't have any luck with it.

ACFishTank 12-16-2012 01:38 PM

Well, checked the water yesterday and all parameters looked good. Did a 25% water change and dosed Flourish ferts.

Started reducing the photo period from 10 hours to 8. Also purchased an otto and six sakura shrimp to help combat the algae. Hopefully that and increasing the Excel dosing from 1.5ml to 2ml will help.

Rotala is starting to look a bit dull. Not sure if its the algae or if its missing nutrients. I'm hesitant to dose more for fear the algae will really take over. Is once a week enough? Crypts and chain sword are doing well otherwise.

Will post updated pictures later.

Mike

PaulG 12-16-2012 02:03 PM

Looking good, like it.

ACFishTank 12-17-2012 03:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PaulG (Post 2111133)
Looking good, like it.

Thanks Paul! Getting there...

ACFishTank 12-17-2012 03:51 PM

New Update:

Can't find any of the sakura shrimp. They were small, so I think the blue tetras got a hold of them during the night. :icon_cry: Well, I tried and know to either get bigger shrimp or forget about that all together.

Over the weekend I installed the Tom's surface skimmer. I was having a horrible time with surface film and this did the trick. Its a little big for my liking, but I'm sure once the rotala fills in it won't be too notable.

I'm excited to see some of the hair algae going away. My photo period has been reduced to 7 hours and I upped the Excel dosing to 2mL. I'm also splitting the Flourish ferts twice a week. Half a dose on Monday.. the other half on Thursday. Is 1mL enough? I guess I'm afraid to overdo it.

The chain swords are finally settled in and sending out new shoots. I'm thinking of trimming some of the larger leaves and just leaving the fresh newer growth. Would that cause any issues?

Here's a picture of the tank a week later. All comments and critiques are welcome.

Thanks,
Mike

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pH...le=photo2c.jpg

pweifan 12-19-2012 04:26 PM

I think it looks nice and healthy so far. More plants will help once they fill in. Keep it up :)


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