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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-09-2011, 05:58 AM Thread Starter
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The Oasis of Crystal [10g]

I am taking the 10g my bettas were living it and use it in my new project. Gotta clean off all the greenish-brown algae off the glass. Splurged all my holiday monies on stuffs for it!! Dang it, now I can not buy stuff for a long long while .

This is also first time using a substrate that supposedly lowers my pH. Hopefully not too much ammonia problem...


Anyways here is the plan, setting it up Monday at my residence before moving, hopefully the weather will be nice...


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This aquarium is dedicated to Crystal, my beloved Siberian Husky. I adopted her from the Longmont Humane Society in May 2008. There is two meanings to this tank; (1.) An oasis can mean a refuge or relief, I believe I have provided a safe haven for Crystal by adopting her. (2.) An oasis is a green fertile spot. There is only going to be low light plants concentrated in a certain area of the tank and the rest of it is going to be barren.

And as you can guess, Crystal can either mean Crystal my Siberian Husky, or Crystal Red/Black Shrimp. So two meanings, at least to me. Enjoy!





SPECIFICATIONS

Size:
10g Tank
Lighting:
18w T8 Under Cabinet Strip... yea yea...
Heater:
50w Visi-Therm Deluxe Heater
Filter:
AquaClear 30
Substrate:
Mr. Aqua Water Plants Activated Soil
CO2:
None, maybe Excel or DIY as necessary
Ferts:
Root Medic Root Tabs
Decorations:
Mopani Wood


FLORA

Anubias barteri var. nana 'Gold'
Anubias lanceolata
Anubias nana
Fissidens fontanus
Taxiphyllum alternans



FAUNA

Caridina cantonensis spp. 'Crystal Red'
Caridina cantonensis spp. 'Crystal Black'


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Quick pic... at home so I had to use my sister's camera...

More Anubias than I thought xD


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Bad news, got home today and tested the water for ammonia, 2.0ppm on the API scale. Did a 90% water change, emergency dose of Prime, and double dosed bacteria supplements. Anubias are dying and melting... may be because they were grown emersed? Rhizomes are not buried in the substrate. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a definite answer if the substrate leeched ammonia or not so I took a costly risk. Got 13 CRS/CBS today, stayed alive for a couple hours... checked on them at 12am, all 13 were laying on the substrate dead. <insert curse words here>

Will give CRS/CBS another try in 1-2 months when the tank is properly cycled before trying something else...



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Yeah, that soil leeches ammonia like a boss. Out of the 20+ anubias i've purchased, 5 of them died from unknown reasons...
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Yeah, that soil leeches ammonia like a boss. Out of the 20+ anubias i've purchased, 5 of them died from unknown reasons...
4 of my Anubias died too, well technically 3... the 4th one only a 1/2 inch of leafless rhizome is still firm. All the other ones... rhizomes and leaves turned into complete stinky rotten egg smelling mush as I pulled them out to give them a spray of H2O2 since fungus was growing on them. i guess the fungi were growing cuz they were rotten.




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Current Tank Water Parameters---
pH: 6.4
Ammonia: 0.75ppm
Nitrite: 0.0ppm
Nitrate: ?.? (the color was a yellow, but not bright yellow like 0ppm but not orangey like 5.0ppm)
gH: 2 drops
kH: 0 drops



Tap Water Parameters---

pH: 7.4
Ammonia: Not Tested
Nitrite: Not Tested
Nitrate: Not Tested
gH: 0 drops
kH: 2 drops
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Anubias are dying and turning mushy... well silly me. I never could keep Anubias alive before so I have no clue why I even tried again, this is my $50 regret now pifffffffffff...



Current Tank Water Parameters---
pH: 6.4
Ammonia: 0.50ppm
Nitrite: 0.0ppm
Nitrate: 5.0ppm
gH: 3 drops
kH: 0 drops
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I actually really liked the driftwood mound and elevated look...

Are the rhizomes firm still? The leaves might perish, the but rhizomes will stay and keep going.
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I actually really liked the driftwood mound and elevated look...

Are the rhizomes firm still? The leaves might perish, the but rhizomes will stay and keep going.
I might stick that wood back in. I switched it with the smaller one, but I too did like it, I just can't decide which one yet... maybe both will fit somehow...

I haven't pulled them yet, but maybe I'll go poke them with a stick now to see if they are still firm. Last week I pulled them all to treat the fungi with H2O2 and the worst ones were the grossest mushiest smelliest thing I have ever picked up with my bare hands.
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I poked them all with a stick, and two of them felt soft so I pulled them and pinch them gently and sure enough they turned into a smelly mushy I swear this is my last time trying Anubias... or at least emersed grown plants. Everytime I buy emersed grown plants they turn into mushy leaving me nothing left to salvage to grow submerged.
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You may have too much light on em, not sure what ya got. But my anubias grows best hiding under wood/rocks out of direct light. I've never had trouble with them, even leaving them out of water for several days. Oh and I find that they do best if you get the ferts to a minimum as well.


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You may have too much light on em, not sure what ya got. But my anubias grows best hiding under wood/rocks out of direct light. I've never had trouble with them, even leaving them out of water for several days. Oh and I find that they do best if you get the ferts to a minimum as well.
Ahh okay... well I have around 1.8w of light. Im just dosing a little bit of ferts a little.
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Hopefully your anubias make it, just don't throw away those 1 inch rhizome stumps. If they're still firm, keep them 'till you know they're rotten.

http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h3...k/CIMG0009.jpg
The one of the right lost all it's leaves and stayed like that for months. Tied it to a rock, 4 months later, it's going good and strong. The one of the left I salvaged from my local pet shop. The employee thought it was dead; sad to admit I picked it up from the trash 2 months later (now) you can see that it is growing teeny-tiny leaves Hopefully by summer it has leaves as large as dimes. Both are anubias nana, one on the left is 1.25inch long.

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Hopefully your anubias make it, just don't throw away those 1 inch rhizome stumps. If they're still firm, keep them 'till you know they're rotten.

http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h3...k/CIMG0009.jpg
The one of the right lost all it's leaves and stayed like that for months. Tied it to a rock, 4 months later, it's going good and strong. The one of the left I salvaged from my local pet shop. The employee thought it was dead; sad to admit I picked it up from the trash 2 months later (now) you can see that it is growing teeny-tiny leaves Hopefully by summer it has leaves as large as dimes. Both are anubias nana, one on the left is 1.25inch long.
Don't think they are gonna make it. The leaves are definitely falling off, and everyday the Rhizome gets a little bit mushier or fungusier.


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Today's water parameters--- may not be accurate cuz I just added some fresh tap water (dechlored with Prime) to top off the tank and I did the test soon after that...

pH: 6.4
Ammonia: 0.25ppm
Nitrite: 0.0ppm
Nitrate: I can't tell whether it is 5.0ppm or 10.0ppm or somewhere in between.
gH: 4
kH: 0
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Sorry, kinda dark. Just kinda temporary look while I sort things out and salvage trimmings.



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