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post #31 of 39 (permalink) Old 03-24-2019, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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My tank seems to be doing quite well. As far as the burrowing tetras, this seems to have stopped. Still not sure what that was all about. I ended up having to remove the now loosened portion of HC and replant what I could. I tried to spread it out a little across the tank to help fill in the bottom. The Limnophila Sessiliflora is really doing well. I've cut and replanted a few stems already. It's neat to see the new growth vs original plant. I'll have to cut from the bottom soon just to get some continuity in colour. Everything else seems to be taking it's time in growing. Yesterday was WC day. I ended up doing a 70% change due to NO3, here are the water tests before vs. after the WC:

pH: 6.6 -> 7.6
NH3: 0
NO2: 0
NO3: 80ppm -> 10ppm
PO4: 0ppm
dGH: 11
dKH: 5 -> 6
Ca: 45ppm
Mg: 20.48ppm (calc)

NO3 is still getting quite high by the end of the week. Maybe I'm just overfeeding? I'll cut feeds down to every other day, see if that helps. I also noted my PO4 is basically always 0, is this normal? I've been holding off on dosing more KH2PO4 as algae is basically non-existent right now.

That's all for now, enjoy some pictures!
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One of my favourite male emperor tetras:
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Those emperor tetras are beauties! Tank is coming along nicely.
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Well, I'm at a bit of a loss with what to do with my HC carpet. Seems like the entire population is trying to tear it apart. Just today I found my bristlenose pleco completely underneath the carpet, so now I have another section of HC thats just floating around. Whatever I replant gets torn out by the angels, so....any suggestions? Tomorrow is WC day, for now I'll try to re-anchor the floating chunk into the substrate, but this is really stunting any growth. Maybe a carpet just isn't meant to be.
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Well, I'm at a bit of a loss with what to do with my HC carpet. Seems like the entire population is trying to tear it apart. Just today I found my bristlenose pleco completely underneath the carpet, so now I have another section of HC thats just floating around. Whatever I replant gets torn out by the angels, so....any suggestions? Tomorrow is WC day, for now I'll try to re-anchor the floating chunk into the substrate, but this is really stunting any growth. Maybe a carpet just isn't meant to be.
Try gluing a rock in the middle of the carpet so it stays down? If they're pecking at it, I doubt you can do anything
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Not sure how well attachments work, but it's all I've got time to do for now. You can see where my fish like to hang out underneath the HC, and the angels rip out what I replant, ends up in the skimmer. Sigh.....
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Just some shots post WC. I trimmed from the bottom this time, removing all the old growth, and moved some of the plants around a little. HC is still there for now...

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I've also decided to half by KNO3 dosing and double my KH2PO4 as it is consistently zero. Lets see how it goes this week!
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Just did a pretty big overhaul on the tank tonight. All said and done, took me about 3 hours from start to finish. Didn't even do any water tests, which is a shame, but I was getting pretty tired of it all by the end, hahaha! Here is the tank before WC:
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The HC carpet really was beginning to struggle. Half of it was no longer anchored, and since all the tank dwellers were determined to tear it apart, I decided it was time for it to go. I did initially think I would pick it all apart and try replanting it (you can see it in water on the counter) and I said to myself, "What the heck am I doing?! This is not worth the headache, I'll just find a different carpeting plant that isn't so finicky!"

I also removed the driftwood from the tank to try and scrub that red/brown stain left over from the BGA I battled a short while ago. Long story short, didn't work.

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While fiddling with the HC, I finally solved the riddle. Why on earth did my fish hate that damned carpet anyway? Look what I found swimming about in my dish of HC. I don't know what it is, but I assume fish find them tasty! Sorry for the bad photos, they're just so small it's hard to focus.

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And finally, I moved some of the plants around a little. The Alternantera Rosanervig was moved to the side of the tank closest to the window. The bundle I had there was growing a little better than what was in the middle. I think that extra bit of light is helping it. I also cut the older bottoms off and replanted the tops. Then I bunched up the other carpeting plant (can't remember what it's called) in the middle, and trimmed down the Limnophila Sessiliflora and replanted some of the stems. Here's where we're at now:

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Sorry for the long post, but thanks for making it this far. Now you can say you did a water change with me, hooray! Almost forgot to mention the new tank dweller. You may know him as Olaf. My daughter picked him out too, just like she picked the Emperor Tetras.
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Tried to pick up some hair grass yesterday for a new carpet. Unfortunately, the LFS sold out of it the day prior. Will check again in a couple of weeks, or seek out a Canadian supplier online.
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