Well things were going pretty well for the first couple of days. The fish were really enjoying the new plants and swimming all over the place, but as I'm quickly learning, it didn't last long :/ I already knew I would lose a bit of the plants , but so far they are holding out better than I had expected. I've lost maybe 1 or 2 stems per group, but I'm seeing a bit of growth on some. Right now the plants are quickly becoming last on my list though...
I ended up losing my male apisto, but by a freak accident >< He ended up getting stuck on the filter, and as pissed as I was, that wasn't even the worst part... Luckily it turned out one of the juvie "females" colored up over night and is now quite obviously a male, so there was a silver lining there. I picked up a few more neons and got the number up to 10. I also got a timer for my light and have scheduled 6hr on/6hr off/6hr on (though I usually have this as my moon light just so I can observe everything for a bit when I get home from work) I also have a group of shrimp coming either tomorrow or Saturday to help with the algae growth. I might end up picking up some snails too since I just don't feel a 29g is enough room for otos or even a BN pleco.
Well I thought
things were going well so I started dosing Excel again, and once again I lose 4 fish over night! 3 neons and 1 of my female apistos! Is it possible I've gotten a bad bottle of Excel? I know everyone swears it is safe, but there is no way all these losses or just coincidences... I've decided to give up on ferts/CO2 altogether at the moment. If the plants die, at this point I don't care, I just don't want to lose any more fish... I feel I'm just being cruel now.
I know in the batch of plants I got quite a few are going to die, but I'm noticing there are a few doing pretty well. Some of my Alternanthera reineckii (I think it is) still have bright colors and new leaves, some of my Ludwigia repens (I honestly don't think this is what it really is, but the only thing on the list that matches) are having decent pearling. And surprisingly some bulbs I forgot all about have grown like a foot over night! As frustrated as I'm getting with all this, I'm trying to sit back and learn from it all. I feel like I'm back in grade school with a science experiment. I'll admit it is irking me how I've had tanks before and never had a problem with my fish, but this one I can't seem to keep any alive. Maybe it's my LFS just has bad stock. I very rarely buy from them, but I just don't see the point of getting tetras off of aquabid when they are in town.
I know I will be rescaping the whole thing with better plants, and I'm doing more and more research of the low tech plant lists, but I'm trying to give everything time to settle before I tear it all up again. My whole thing was at first I didn't even know what kind of plants I even liked or how to find any that "go together". I feel like a bull in a china shop, but I've always learned better with hands on than just reading about it.
I bookmarked that CO2 kit you linked me and am working on getting everything to try that. Is there a link you can send me that explains to dosing for the CSM+B and Iron chelated? Sorry if this is a stupid question, I tried looking for it on the site and I wasn't finding much of anything.