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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-16-2017, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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A small tank journal for my first attempt at a planted tank. I'm going for a lower light and tech setup. I currently have a rescued office Betta (Sushi) that is in desperate need of a new home.



New equipment list includes:
Tank: AquaMaxx 7.1g 12" Cube
Lighting: Finnex Stingray 12"
Filter: SunSun 602B / Media: Bio Rings after Sponges
Heater: Tetra 50W
Substrate: Amazonia Light

Plant list:
Cryptocoryne becketti petchii
Lilaeopsis mauritiana
Cryptocoryne parva
Echinodorus Kleiner Prinz
Hygrophila pinnatifida
Staurogyne repens



Start Date: 12/13/17

Water Parameters after 3 days:
Only Tap water
ph: 6.4
ammonia: 2.0
nitrite: .25
nitrate: less than .5

Just did a 50% water change, replaced with RO
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Most of the Crypt parva is starting to turn yellow and melt. Any thoughts?

pH: 6.6
NH3: 2
NO2: <.25
NO3: 0

Thanks Raith, not too sure its going to make it into the new "more natural" setup
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I'm new to plants too, but don't most Crypts melt with any quick change? So if you just planted it a few days ago, or even the 50% water change, it may just be that. Don't rip them out quite yet!
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Thanks Ackphft, I just read up on them, seems to be a common problem, going to let them do their thing for now.
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Week 3

I've had a pretty consistent 2.0ppm Ammonia level for that past three weeks and a small Nitrite spike last week. Decent plant growth with minimal melt. A few bladder snails have popped up, tried removing a few. I added some cheap Hinterfield glass tubes, spin output, seem to be working well enough. I have one Pristella Tetra in the tank.

Any thoughts on the ammonia levels? I'm using Aqua Soil Amazonia Light, does it just need more time?
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Hey I love your driftwood! As far as ammonia goes, aquasoil is known to "leech" ammonia during the first couple months of use. This is due to the humic acid contained in amazonia. I would give it at least another month.

Also, are you running any ferts/excel? Just curious as I'm looking into getting a 12x12 cube like you and wondering how the Stringray LED holds up
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any ferts/excel?
Thanks Toadster, no ferts or excel at the moment, still new at this and not sure what to add. I was under the impression the Amazonia would be a sufficient source of plant nutrients. The Stingray works well so far, cheap option and it fits perfectly on the 12" cube. I tried to only use some lower light and slower plants which I think this light can handle.
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looks nice!
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looks nice!
Thanks Arn!

This morning I installed a dimmer switch for the Finnex Stingray, after the coffee set in I finally got it going correctly.

Adjusting the brightness at night is great since this sits right on my desk.




More info on LED dimmers:
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