i would rec dont have it too humid for the dry start. keep the soil wet. as long as the plants can dip into something wet, they are ok. but keep it not too hot and humid in the tank. otherstuff will start developing in there. i sprayed mine twice a day and left a small crack to air out.
Hmm, I probably should have left a crack, that was probably my mistake. I didn't I think because I had no easy way to spray consistently as the water pistol is less than ideal. Interestingly enough though, even my completely uncovered and open emersed bowls still have small mold colonies, why?? Perhaps I need to invest in some fungicides that can be diluted and just sprayed on.
Anyways, things were going pretty well after I decided 'f it' and just filled up the tank with some RO as well as old ADA fertilizers... The mold definitely disappeared pretty quickly underwater, but of course, I immediately ran into some other issues. As you can see, however, there are several brown areas that were the result of infection by the fungus.
It looks okay, plants were pearling and all, but it wasn't long before disaster struck... I was unable to find a wrench that was big enough for the nut on the CO2 regulator and found out unfortunately that tightening it by hand doesn't work at all. One day when I returned from dinner, I found it leaking profusely, and there were ice crystals everywhere on the regulator, a bit scary actually. The whole thing was freezing cold too but luckily not that much CO2 had escaped. The wrench I ordered came in today and that promptly fixed the other issue.
With that problem solved of course, something else disastrous had to happen of course. This morning, my Finnex Fugeray light refused to turn on. It didn't take long to confirm that the fixture itself was faulty, somewhere, and with a bit of guidance from customer support and the internet, I realized the power supply board was destroyed. As you can see...
... there are multiple 103 resistors that have been fried, and (not shown, on the other side) there's a capacitor that's dead as well. Plus, the whole thing continuously gave off a burning odor, even when unplugged for a while. This is a bit disappointing, because for such a light I would've expected better craftsmanship, and what's the use of LEDs lasting 40,000 hours when the other components breakdown much faster? They're going to send me a replacement power supply (for $30!!
) that I'll have to splice myself, with barely any tools, so hopefully that happens soon (and well). Interestingly enough, I've had a streak of pretty bad luck with various things this past month (including this tank), so I'm wondering if it's the result of bad karma from earlier...
In the meantime, what should I do about the tank not having light for at least the next few days?? I'm a bit concerned, and have noticed a tad of hair algae as well...
Thanks for reading!