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post #16 of 41 (permalink) Old 07-22-2016, 02:39 AM Thread Starter
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We've got nitrites!
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post #17 of 41 (permalink) Old 07-25-2016, 02:53 AM Thread Starter
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One week after planting:

Still melting but not nearly as much as earlier. Each plant is showing new growth except the Java fern, it's just kinda hanging out right now. Dwarf lily is showing the most new growth (I count 7 new leafs). Each of the 3 bunches of Retrospiralis has a new leaf. Bacopa is probably the worst of the bunch.

Did a 30% water change yesterday and dosed 1/2 tsp ammonia, Leaf Zone, and some flake food. Water is clearing up.

Cycle is progressing nicely.
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Tank has cycled and have added the first batch of fish; seven cherry barbs.

Most of the plants are doing well. The bacopa is still a little rough and the creeping charlie was a total loss. I'll probably get some more soon.
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Two weeks ago added 5 corys.

Saturday added 7 neon tetras, found one dead at feeding time last night.

Checked ammonia and nitrite both were zero.

Plants are doing well for the most part, the sword has several new leafs, the crypt undulata has tons of new growth. Anacharis has been trimmed a couple times. Dwarf lily has several new leafs but nothing getting real tall yet. Retrospiralis and wendtii are slowly coming around. Java fern and bacopa carolina aren't doing much...
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Two more dead neons last night.

Parameters are still good.

Bad stock?
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post #21 of 41 (permalink) Old 09-10-2016, 10:35 PM
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Two more dead neons last night.

Parameters are still good.

Bad stock?
How did you acclimate them? But I wouldn't be surprised if the stock was bad; it always seems like popular fish like neons get the short end of the stick with regard to care. Stores buy them in bulk and neglect them.
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How did you acclimate them?
Float the bag for about 15 minutes then suck a little fish store water out and add a little tank water over the course of an hour. My pH is a little on the high side (8.0+) I wonder if that may be part of the problem.

Now one of the cherry barbs is floating on the bottom upside down. I wonder if he ate too much? I may be overfeeding...
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I'm in a similar boat as you with the pH levels, my water is also pretty hard. I have lost about 10 neons in the course of 3 weeks and from everything I've read, they prefer a pH more in the low 6 range and softer water. They will be going strong for a few days and then I lose them a handful at a time. Granted they are also usually from poor stock in local stores, but I've come to the conclusion that plus the really high pH and hardness that neons are never going to survive in my water :/
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The cherry barb didn't make it, did a 50% water change tonight.

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Could be the case here also.
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Last week added some Hygrophila difformis and Bacopa monnieri.

Yesterday added 3 Otocinclus sp.
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post #26 of 41 (permalink) Old 10-30-2016, 03:18 AM Thread Starter
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Some water parameters:

N - 10-20 ppm
P - .25 ppm
GH - 3
KH - 8
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So the tank is in a room in the basement that is very out of the way. So out of the way the only time I really go in is to feed the fish. I normally only go in the room during lights on hours.

Well the other night I happened to go in during lights out hours but the lights were still on! I had switched the bypass on the timer so it was always on during some maintenance and this was probably a couple weeks ago.

So the lights were on 24/7 for at least a couple weeks! No wonder I was getting some algae and the poor fish.
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Well the last few months have transitioned from the Initial Excitement phase to the Negligent phase. Irregular water changes, feeding and dosing and plants are struggling with some algae issues. Fish are all doing well though. All the stem plants are pretty much toast. Now I head into the Repenting phase and hopefully bring things around. Regular water changes and dosing, I'll also be getting some new plants in the next few weeks.

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Temp - 76 F
pH - 8.4
Ammonia - 0
Nitrites - 0
Nitrates - 20
GH - 11
KH - 10
Phosphate - 0
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Depending on how stocked your tank is, you can skip water changes to something like once per month or even less once your tank finds a natural balance. I've went through the same phases as you, and it helped that during the times I didn't want to do anything but the bare minimum (feeding fish/shrimp), I simply cut the lighting period from 8 to 6 hours and didn't use ferts. Tank adjusted and even did pretty well
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I recommend fifty percent WC's from PE
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