65 Gallon Tanganyikan Tank with Vallisneria/Algae - Page 2
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 > Tank Journals


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-07-2010, 10:28 PM   #16
jerrytheplater
Planted Member
 
jerrytheplater's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Bloomingdale, NJ
Posts: 283
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by HouseofZoo View Post
I love your hardscape!
All free from my yard while digging the garden over the course of 20 years or so.

I travel around with a geologists pick and rock chisel in my trunk in case something looks interesting along the road. I haven't yet gotten anything with the pick though.
__________________
Jerry Smith Bloomingdale, NJ, USA
http://www.njagc.net/
jerrytheplater is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-03-2011, 03:39 PM   #17
wootlaws
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Irvine, Orange County
Posts: 136
Default

nice, would love to see an update on the tank if possible
wootlaws is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2012, 03:30 AM   #18
jerrytheplater
Planted Member
 
jerrytheplater's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Bloomingdale, NJ
Posts: 283
Default

Sorry I don't have any photo's right now to update this thread.

This tank is almost three years old now. My nice green growth of algae has died back and some BBA has shown up. Last week the tank was without power for 6 days during Hurricane Sandy. I am left with one adult Tanganicodus irsacae Moba and a pair of Julidochromis regani and one Synodontis upside down cat.

I replaced a burned out 55 Watt PC and turned on the 96 watt PC this past Monday. The 96 watt lamp is new too. The tank is pearling amazingly out of the Vallisneria and I am seeing new green algae starting to grow over top of the dark algae on the rock faces. Even this is pearling. This is without CO2 and without any fertilizers. There is a lot of build up of mulm in the substrate that could use some cleaning, but I have not figured out how yet.

I removed about 1/2 of the upright rocks on the right side of the tank while looking for victims of the cold to remove them and have not replaced them yet. I"m hoping the ugly algae will die off on me. I know I can use bleach-I just have not used it yet.

I'm still undecided what fish I am going to get for here. I may have to think on this for a while. I'll still stay with Tanganyikans.
__________________
Jerry Smith Bloomingdale, NJ, USA
http://www.njagc.net/
jerrytheplater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2012, 03:55 AM   #19
jerrytheplater
Planted Member
 
jerrytheplater's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Bloomingdale, NJ
Posts: 283
Default

Here's a video I took today, 6 days after the power went on after being off due to Hurricane Sandy.

http://youtu.be/-j1lNV_w5d0
__________________
Jerry Smith Bloomingdale, NJ, USA
http://www.njagc.net/

Last edited by jerrytheplater; 11-17-2012 at 09:11 PM.. Reason: More information
jerrytheplater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2012, 09:09 PM   #20
jerrytheplater
Planted Member
 
jerrytheplater's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Bloomingdale, NJ
Posts: 283
Default

I noticed on Saturday night, Nov 11, that I had accidentally plugged the 96 watt PC light into an untimed outlet so that it was on 24 hours a day for at least a week following the blackout of 6 days. Maybe that is why the green algae is starting to make a comeback in this tank. It is now on a timer for a 12 hour cycle. So I have about 150 PC watts on this 65 gallon tank.

This tank spent 6 days without power during Hurricane Sandy. The water temperature went down to around 55 F or so. I cleaned all of my Eheim filters on all of my tanks while the power was off so I would not get a huge anoxic spike in the tank when the filter started back up. I am glad I did.

I have two PC lamps on this tank, 96 & 55 watts. Both lamps were just changed as they would not start back up after the power failure, or failed soon after.

I removed rocks on the right side while looking for dead fish and weighed them. The ones removed totaled 65 lbs. So I am estimating I may have had 250 lbs of rock at one point.

The video in the post above shows the tank right after removing the rocks. This video I"m posting today shows the tank a week later. The green algae is really growing in and has already covered the bare areas which were shaded by the old rocks.

It is amazing how much this tank is pearling without CO2. The lights come on at 6 AM. I get to work at 7 AM. The tank is not pearling at this point. By noon, pearling has begun. By 4:00 it is almost like the tank is carbonated. The only plants here are Vallisneria and Green Algae. I would like to ignore the Red algae on the rocks, but I am really fooling myself. It does look like it is getting overgrown by the green algae.

I added enough Potassium Mono Phosphate to raise the levels to around 2 ppm as phosphorus, not P2O5, not PO4. I really did not see any difference in the bubble production at the end of the day. I normally don't fertilize this tank at all.

Noon time video, Nov 15, 2012: http://youtu.be/rzW10mwH_ec

4:30 video, same day: http://youtu.be/xnD0OMPzrOA
__________________
Jerry Smith Bloomingdale, NJ, USA
http://www.njagc.net/

Last edited by jerrytheplater; 11-18-2012 at 01:37 AM.. Reason: Clean up the wording, add new info
jerrytheplater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2013, 03:53 AM   #21
jerrytheplater
Planted Member
 
jerrytheplater's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Bloomingdale, NJ
Posts: 283
Default

This post is way overdue for an update:

Sept 14, 2013:

It has been a long time since I've updated this post. The tank has really gone downhill in the past 6 months. I was down to 3 fish and a huge green water outbreak that would not quit. Plus the lights all went two weeks ago. Last week I did a 95% water change to get a handle on the green water. The tank still had a tinge of green water all this past week.

I completely broke down the tank today and forgot to bring my camera. I removed all of the rocks and gravel except for the big rock seen in post number one. Since I never weighed the rocks when I started I did it today and came up with 321 lbs of rock. The big one in post number one I can only estimate as being 100 lbs by itself, the rest I weighed. Now I know why it was so hard to get in the tank by myself without breaking it! I have a 40 lb slab of rock that was one of the vertical rocks along the back of the tank. The large rock on the bottom is about 2.5 times the thickness and about the same size. I had a 5 gallon bucket of substrate as well.

I suspected the substrate went sour since it has been 6 years since it was set up and never vacuumed since. I began siphoning it out and saw the water in the bucket was deep green. I knew I had found my problem. It all had to come out and I had to figure out how to get under the big rock to clean it. By swooshing the water under it I was able to wash out a lot of the gravel. There were still some pockets of solid gravel under there because I looked under the tank to see under the rocks. I decided to use the idea I've been kicking around in my head: I set up a lance using solid 1/8" tubing connected to the shop air compressor line via a long length of CO2 tubing. I have a regulator I can use for my tanks and reduced the pressure to 40 PSI. I used this air lance to blow out under the rock until all of the gravel was out. It did work great.

I set the tank back up with different rocks in a different pattern to accommodate my fish from my home tank that sprung a leak two weeks ago. I've been keeping those fish outdoors in a heated and filtered 38 gallon plastic drum. I did loose a pair of Julidochromis regani Kipili outdoors. Maybe it got too hot last week. The pair of N. leleupi and trio of N. cylindricus did well as well as some leleupi fry about 3/4" long. The Bushy nose did fine too. I had a pair of Julidochromis regani Kipili in the 65 before the breakdown so they are back in there.

I plan to move my Synodontis lucipinnis from home to this 65 gallon tank soon. I may even put in a trio of Telmatochromis temporalis Shell in the open area I left.

I'll bring the camera in to work next and get some photo's to add in here.
__________________
Jerry Smith Bloomingdale, NJ, USA
http://www.njagc.net/
jerrytheplater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2013, 04:01 AM   #22
jerrytheplater
Planted Member
 
jerrytheplater's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Bloomingdale, NJ
Posts: 283
Default

Sept 17, 2013

__________________
Jerry Smith Bloomingdale, NJ, USA
http://www.njagc.net/
jerrytheplater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2013, 04:08 AM   #23
jerrytheplater
Planted Member
 
jerrytheplater's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Bloomingdale, NJ
Posts: 283
Default

I am not happy with the looks of the tank. I am thinking of removing the rocks on the left side because their color does not match the gravel and other rocks. I also am thinking I want to make a sandy area to allow adding some shell dwellers. I have about 25 Neothauma shells from Lake Tanganyika and they are Biotopically correct. So are the rocks. May end up making this a true Biotope and not have any plants.

Lighting is a single T-8 lamp for a 10 gallon tank. Just very subdued lighting. Also Biotopical. These fish live at 20-50 meters depth or so.
__________________
Jerry Smith Bloomingdale, NJ, USA
http://www.njagc.net/
jerrytheplater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-2014, 08:51 AM   #24
Bear Sage
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Bear Sage's Avatar
 
PTrader: (7/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: San Antonio,TX
Posts: 312
Default

Where did you find the shells? Update??!
Setting up a multi tank soon and looking for inspiration and ideas.
__________________
Bear Sage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2014, 01:47 AM   #25
jerrytheplater
Planted Member
 
jerrytheplater's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Bloomingdale, NJ
Posts: 283
Default

Neothauma http://www.thecichlidsplace.com/

Only update is that with the very low light I am not getting any algae. No plants in the tank. I have not added the Neothauma shells yet. I don't think I will. Will probably use them at home.
__________________
Jerry Smith Bloomingdale, NJ, USA
http://www.njagc.net/
jerrytheplater is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not 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 01:32 AM.


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