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Old 09-07-2013, 01:39 AM   #31
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So, I did the water change and pulled out the Java fern to expose the rhizome roots and the fern basically came apart on me. A few leafs fell off and I took the rest and just put it through one of the openings on my bridge ornament, so the whole thing is exposed.

This will be the second Java fern that I've killed if this one doesn't make it.
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So, I did the water change and pulled out the Java fern to expose the rhizome roots and the fern basically came apart on me. A few leafs fell off and I took the rest and just put it through one of the openings on my bridge ornament, so the whole thing is exposed.

This will be the second Java fern that I've killed if this one doesn't make it.
If the roots are still alive don't worry it'll grow new leaves usually.

Keep that filter media in there for a few months besides the floss of course, when you decide you want to remove it take out 50% wait two weeks and remove the rest and replace if you really need to.
Otherwise is it hurting anything by leaving it in? Do you have a pic or anything on how you put the media in?
Just curious why you feel the need to replace it...
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Old 09-07-2013, 04:36 PM   #33
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No, I don't cel the need to replace it. It was just a general question.

My latest news is that my Hydor 25 watt heater is acting up. I have it set for 79 degrees, but my thermometer is reading about 82 and the light on the heater isn't shutting off.

I'm very concerned about it.
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No, I don't cel the need to replace it. It was just a general question.

My latest news is that my Hydor 25 watt heater is acting up. I have it set for 79 degrees, but my thermometer is reading about 82 and the light on the heater isn't shutting off.

I'm very concerned about it.
Don't be too concerned, setting it at 79 and reading 82 is pretty common for most heaters, turn it down a bit and keep an eye on it.
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:14 PM   #35
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Yea, as soon as I read what you had to say, I went over to check on it and the light clicked off. It's reading 80.4, so maybe the temp was uneven in the tank.

I just did the test for today:

ammonia = 0.25 ppm
nitrite = 5.00 pm
nitrate = 10 ppm

Nitrite seems to be steady and Nitrates doubled over night.
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Yea, as soon as I read what you had to say, I went over to check on it and the light clicked off. It's reading 80.4, so maybe the temp was uneven in the tank.

I just did the test for today:

ammonia = 0.25 ppm
nitrite = 5.00 pm
nitrate = 10 ppm

Nitrite seems to be steady and Nitrates doubled over night.
Just keep it up, takes up to a month to cycle sometimes.
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Old 09-07-2013, 11:26 PM   #37
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Yep, the 2.5 was a great learning experience. I know that water changes daily will have to happen. I just hope that 50% wc are enough.
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1 am and decided to test the water from the earlier change. Now I'm not sure if 50% is going to cut it.

ammonia = 0.25 ppm
nitrite = 5.0 ppm
nitrate = 5.0 ppm

I just don't know if I should do another water change at this point.
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I'm about to do my first water change of possible two for today. I removed Jor and went to remove the ghost shrimp.

I got one on top into the net and he jumps clear out of the net onto my floor. I tried to pick him up several times, but couldn't do it. He was bouncing around and luckily there was a small puddle of water, because I then get a gentle grip on him/her with a washcloth and put him in the jar.

He appears to be fine, but I don't really expect him to survive after that.

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Another thing that I'm kind of concerned about at this point, is the fact my plants appear to be dying.

I don't know what this plant is, because I got rid of the packaging, but it appears to be healthy and my ghost shrimp love to hide under the leaves. It's in the middle of my tank.



Again, I'm not sure of this plant's name, but it appears to be turning brown in spots and on occasion I'll find some of the tiny leaves floating on the surface of the tank.



Finally, my poor Java Fern. I'm about to give up on this plant, because I can't seem to maintain it at this point. Recently taken out of the substrate and rubber banded to a rock.


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Old 09-08-2013, 10:50 PM   #42
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I did a water change a couple of hours ago and just tested:

Ammonia = 0.50 ppm (I'm wondering if the prime has had a chance to work it's magic?)
Nitrite = 0.25 ppm

Nitrate = 0 ppm

Oh no, did I just reset the whole process or am I testing to early after the WC?
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You remove the inhabitants when you do a water change?
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Yes.
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:32 AM   #45
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I usually remove the Betta. I have kept the shrimp in while doing it the past couple of times with no problem, but they're getting great at hiding and decided to remove them this time.
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