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Old 08-13-2012, 03:48 AM   #16
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Thanks any help is super greatly appreciated! I feed the otos zuchini overnight everyother day so I think theyre okay. As far as ferts go im dosing Seachem Flourish Excel if thats even considered a fert? But the filter is fairly old so I dont blame you! Marineland doesnt even make the 170 anymore.
I'm not really sure if that's considered a fert to more experienced hobbyists or not. I wouldn't think so but in a way it kinda is.

I would think your plants would benefit from macros and micros with the light and the CO2 that you have. Especially once you add the DIY CO2.

I also agree that your tank needs more plants. But it still looks really good so far. And I don't know much about that many plants so I don't really have any suggestions for foreground plants, either. I do know that c. parva stays small.. if that helps.
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:05 AM   #17
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Thanks mommabear for the help! But what are macros and micros? Are they a type of fert? Also got this picture of my oto munchin on some cucumber, the first time ive seen him eat it while the lights were on.


Please mind the fish poop on the cucumber, gotta have a serious talk with my tetras!
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Old 08-13-2012, 07:03 AM   #18
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Thanks mommabear for the help! But what are macros and micros?
Yes, macros and micros are ferts.

Macros refer to NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphate, and Potassium)
Micros refer to elements such as magnesium, sulfur, boron, etc.
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Old 08-13-2012, 07:04 AM   #19
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Oh, and for an easy foreground plant that will spread all over, look into Dwarf Sag.
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Old 08-13-2012, 07:19 AM   #20
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Oh I see will do some reasearch as to which ferts to buy that contains those. And thanks for the help! I like dwarf sag by looking at some picture and from what I have read it is somewhat undemanding. I think Ill go with it!
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Old 08-13-2012, 07:47 AM   #21
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Plant 1 looks.to be a hygro kompact. I have some grown both emmersed and immersed, yours looks to be the one grown out of water, I forget which is which.
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Old 08-13-2012, 01:18 PM   #22
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Macro Nutrients: Carbon (C), Oxygen (O), Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), Potassium (K), Calcium (Ca), Magnesium (Mg) and Sulphur (S)
Micro: Iron (Fe), Manganese (Mn), Zink (Zn), Copper (Cu), Boron (B), Nickel (Ni), Chlorine (Cl) and Molybdenum (Mo)

It's cheapest to dose with dry ferts. you can get them from greenleafaquariums.com and i think some other places, too.
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Old 08-13-2012, 07:39 PM   #23
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Will- Thanks for the ID! Even if it is the one grown out of water will ot be fine?

Mommabear- Thanks! I looked at the green leaf aquarium mix and then at the aquariumfertilizer.com mix, seems to be the same. Is one better than the other?

Edit: i forgot to add these pictures of the plants and a unwanted guest!

Any idea of what this is? Its been in my tank since I put the plants in, at first it was really small so I thought it was a shrimp but clearly not a shrimp. Seems more like a aquatic insect of some sort.


Its on the first leaf from the bottom right.

Also the plants seem to be growing some roots to the substate so I guess theyre growing well


On the bottom picture you can see the little insect thing going down the stem.
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:27 PM   #24
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It's a damselfly larvae, cool!


Look it up in google!
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Thats cool, its like having a tiny ecosystem in my living room!
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This is what must happened for you to have it there:





Those feather looking thingies in the larvae tail are gills.
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Old 08-14-2012, 04:56 AM   #27
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Love that picture! Is that how they actually reproduce? And yeah he/she twiches them whenever he/she swims its pretty neat. I was doing some research on it and thank god it wasnt a dragonfly larvae those can be pretty mean!
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:15 PM   #28
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i don't think one is better than the other. just check prices

i've never seen a little bug like that before, that is kinda cool! its not eating your plants is it?
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it really depends on the tank. sometimes they will rot, if it does it will rot from the base up.
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Old 08-14-2012, 05:08 PM   #30
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Your tank is really coming along great xD as the other people said. As for plants, you should get a couple of Creeping Charlies for midground plants. They have pretty bunched up leaves that also have a minty smell if they're "happy", as to speak.

How do you even put plants in a 29 gallon without falling in?!
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