HC melting like chocolate on a double boiler!
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > General Planted Tank Forums > General Planted Tank Discussion


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-07-2012, 12:03 AM   #1
tetra10
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: now i know your a stalker ;)
Posts: 390
Default

HC melting like chocolate on a double boiler!


well the title was over exaggerating but I am having some HC melting problems. no it's not fungus or mold, no not algae, and no not the old mush problem. here is my setup: ADA aqua soil n Amazonia, regular tap water, Saran wrapped tank and two of these: http://www.adana-usa.com/index.php?m...roducts_id=747

my room temp is usually 70-75 degrees via small heater. I bought the HC at my LFS that sells it submerged only.my photoperiod is around 14 hours long I uncover the Saran wrap to let it air out every time I mist which is every 1-2 days. I understand that with this many variables, it will be hard to give me advice. I will be happy and content if you just leave a suggestion or a link or two. here is my journal if you want more info. it's been about one well and I'm seeing very little growth the leaves are yellowing, then they eventually turn grey and shrivel up.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=189120
tetra10 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 09-07-2012, 12:36 AM   #2
tylergvolk
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (12/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 940
Default

If you look at my journal (link in sig) you see my progression though 7 weeks.

As you probably already know, you HC is transition from Submerged to Immersed. It's been 7 weeks now and although I am getting new growth it hasn't really took of like I expected. Also, I am still getting melt.

My suggestion for you is to buy more HC and fill. Skip the DSM all together. Remember to inject Co2.

I tried a bunch of things to get mine to stop melting. Like:

-Lowering water level
-Add low dose of ferts to spray bottle
-Air tank out every few days
-Spray daily
-Don't spray daily

I dunno, at this point I'm ready to fill.
tylergvolk is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-07-2012, 12:49 AM   #3
Bluek24a4
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (5/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Queens, NY
Posts: 817
Default

I would think your HC is transitioning which is why you haven't seen growth for the week. It has to transition before new growth can occur. Its going to have to transition back again after you fill the tank.
Bluek24a4 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-07-2012, 04:31 AM   #4
Hoppy
Planted Tank Guru
 
Hoppy's Avatar
 
PTrader: (74/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 18,356
Default

You also need a wet substrate, with the water level just below the top of the substrate. Dry start doesn't mean dry start.
__________________
Hoppy
Hoppy is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-08-2012, 12:01 AM   #5
tetra10
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: now i know your a stalker ;)
Posts: 390
Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hoppy View Post
You also need a wet substrate, with the water level just below the top of the substrate. Dry start doesn't mean dry start.
im just really scared of mold and fungus taking over. i have read too many threads on this and i think it made me kinda paranoid
tetra10 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-08-2012, 03:18 AM   #6
Hoppy
Planted Tank Guru
 
Hoppy's Avatar
 
PTrader: (74/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 18,356
Default

Plants that grow as both aquatic plants and as terrestrial plants are essentially swamp plants, that need to be in wet soil when not submersed. I don't think you need to worry about molds and fungus, as long as you don't keep the humidity at 100% all the time. Keep a small area of the top open all the time, maybe a square inch. The problems I have seen here on the forum were from keeping the water too high, so there are very shallow ponds scattered over the substrate. Those are stagnant water, very subject to problems. The substrate should be wet, not underwater.
__________________
Hoppy
Hoppy is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Tags
brown, dwarf baby tears, melting

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 02:59 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012