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post #31 of 57 (permalink) Old 09-17-2019, 05:55 PM
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Tank looks great, those red shrimp really pop color! I also have a small cube, hard to get used to working with plants and hardscape. I love the wood, but I always get that nasty slimy bacteria stuff and algae which I hate. Making me think of redoing my tank! I got a nerite and some otos and they are totally getting rid of green glass tho. My next will be to add some small rasbora and goby. I also had issues with tissue plants, all melted and I started over. My Monte Carlo is doing well, so is saggitaria subulate, alternanthera reinecki, mini Bolbitis. Hope Zeus is ok!
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Tank looks great, those red shrimp really pop color! I also have a small cube, hard to get used to working with plants and hardscape. I love the wood, but I always get that nasty slimy bacteria stuff and algae which I hate. Making me think of redoing my tank! I got a nerite and some otos and they are totally getting rid of green glass tho. My next will be to add some small rasbora and goby. I also had issues with tissue plants, all melted and I started over. My Monte Carlo is doing well, so is saggitaria subulate, alternanthera reinecki, mini Bolbitis. Hope Zeus is ok!
Thank you both!

Just a little update. Here is Zeus's tank



Trimmed the stems back, especially the hygro polysperma. Replanted the Limnophila tops as well as I would like to have more of them. I've also removed all the lava rock since I suspect that Zeus might be scraping his tail on them. Zeus is doing ok, active and eating as usual. Tail still looks the same but at least it isn't getting worse. I do have a few plans for the tank this weekend. Since I removed the rock there is now a space for more plants so I will be heading out on Saturday to get more.

The DHG got hit by staghorn pretty badly and it isn't doing that great in the tank anyway so i'll probably remove the affected plants and replace them with more staurogyne repens. Here's a pic of the staghorn situation



I'll probably pick up a more crypts and possible hydrocotyle tripartita as well to fill in the empty areas. Just hope I'll be able to find some this weekend. I foresee that I might have trouble finding pots so probably will have to get tissue culture but we'll see.

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EDIT: was just looking at Zeus and notice that he has a fresh split in his tail that definitely wasn't there yesterday D: It is quite a clean split down the middle so it probably isn't fin rot, which is good, but it still stresses me out a fair bit. To folk who have experience with keeping bettas, is this more or less what I should expect, especially with the long finned variety? I feel like I probably wouldn't have to go through so much headache if I had went for a plakat instead.

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Small update! Tried to remove the DHG like I initially planned to but noticed that they had grown some really nice roots when I tried to pull them up so I decided to keep them in the end. I did give it a few squirts of Excel directly on the staghorn, which seems to have worked. Also obtained some crypts, pearl weed and emersed s. repens over the weekend. Here's a pic of the tank after planting:



More pics! The crypts I initially planted seem to be doing very well:



Here are some pics of Zeus




And finally, here's the staghorn algae a day after Excel spot treatment



They have started to turn red so hopefully they will be gone soon.

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Welp, I updated way too soon.

Came back from work last night and noticed that most of the plants I just added have begun to melt. I was thinking that it might just be the plants getting used to a change in parameters but for some strange reason, even my first crypts that were doing so well have begun to melt as well, and all this within a span of just two days. I hope it isn't some kind of plant disease which will eventually kill all my plants. I don't have a picture unfortunately but the tank just looks pretty sad right now. I did a bit of unplanned trimming last night to remove the affected parts and I am tempted to uproot everything in the foreground and try something else instead but I also recognise that I'm simply being impatient and that plants do need some time to acclimate to a new environment, especially if they were grown emersed. Fortunately all the stems at the back (including the AR mini) have done very well from the start without any issues so I hope they don't get affected by whatever is going on.

I guess that instead of doing anything too drastic I will probably leave the tank be for two to three weeks, trim dying plants as needed, maybe increase fertilisation slightly (fortunately Tropica's ferts are super lean!) and see if I there's any improvement.
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I'm running into something similar with my low tech also, (around 2-month mark) leaves are slowly deteriorating but new growth is visible. Do you see any new growth? (even tiny shoots).

Having the same thoughts about if I needed to change anything, but it's the patience game now. Let the plants do their thing as low-tech is much slower. Couldn't find much information about how long the transition takes, as im sure most answers will be it's just different for every tank/water parameters/plant species.

Also just a thought about sudden melting, could it be from the excel dosing few days ago?
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I'm running into something similar with my low tech also, (around 2-month mark) leaves are slowly deteriorating but new growth is visible. Do you see any new growth? (even tiny shoots).

Having the same thoughts about if I needed to change anything, but it's the patience game now. Let the plants do their thing as low-tech is much slower. Couldn't find much information about how long the transition takes, as im sure most answers will be it's just different for every tank/water parameters/plant species.

Also just a thought about sudden melting, could it be from the excel dosing few days ago?
Good point about the Excel, the DHG which received most of the spot treatment melted quite badly as well. The staghorn might have died, but I feel like it wasn't worth the cost.

I haven't notice any new growth from the new additions just yet. I will probably reduce the lighting intensity ever so slightly as well as I think that the lights might be driving the plants too hard especially since there's no supplemental CO2.
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Hello!

No pictures today, i'm actually posting this from work (heheh) just thought I might update the journal with what I plan to do over the weekend. Basically the tank has suffered quite a lot since I dosed the excel and added the new plants. I did use a lot of excel (like an idiot), not surprised it caused the plant melt like @Duboisi suggested. I'm lucky the shrimp and Zeus are alive!

The crypts seem to have stabilised but I'll have to wait until I get home to see if there is any more melt. I've trimmed a lot of the affected leaves off which I'm still quite bummed about since they were looking so damn good just a week ago! I do hope the melt stops and it starts to produce new growth again. The bucephalandra has also melted a lot, which is a huge shame. Like the crypts they were doing very well initially, but I have since lost lots of leaves and some of the rhizomes kind of look dead. Some of the roots have basically turned to mush. I'll take a closer look at the plant after work to see if there's a chance they might come back but if they don't I might have to replace the whole lot.

I have also lost almost all of my staurogyne repens and the DHG at the foreground which took the brunt of the excel dose. Fortunately the pearl weed appears to be hanging on after some initial melt. Surprisingly the DHG right at the back of the tank is doing very well. Basically the only plants that do not appear to be affected are the tall stems at the back, the AR mini and some isolated clumps of DHG.

The tank looks like crap because of all the melt, especially the foreground. I did say that I would try to be patient, but seeing as most of the s.repens and DHG are dead and the tank has already been cycled I have decided that I will give tissue culture another shot. I will probably uproot the dead plants, acquire a few more pots of TC DHG and s.repens and plant them on Saturday. If I lose these new plants again, then I will finally give up on them and slowly fill the empty spots up with pearl weed or some other foolproof plant.

Thanks for reading and wish me luck!
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Update!

So I picked up some plants over the weekend to plant the bare spots in the foreground after the melt from two weeks ago. Got some AR mini (emersed, unfortunately), crypt parva, one s. repens TC pot from Aquatic Farmer and one DHG TC pot from Tropica (of which I only managed to plant half before I ran out of space )

I thought I'd share a pic of the tank a day after planting. Seems premature since they will probably melt back again before stabilising but what the hell:



I think I also understand why crypts are such popular plants. They grow so easily and look beautiful.



And finally, here is Zeus



I do hope the new plants grow in without suffering too much melt in the process. Wish me luck!
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Hey all!

It's been just one week since I planted the new foreground plants. Glad to say that melt has been minimal this time. Thought I'd share a picture as well!



We'll see how the plants fare in a couple of weeks.

Zeus and the shrimp are doing well too.
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Looks great! Betta and shrimp appear to be enjoying the new additions.

Considered adding a background of some sort? Going black or frosted/opaque white would make everything pop. Not that it needs to pop or anything - it looks really nice.


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Looks great! Betta and shrimp appear to be enjoying the new additions.

Considered adding a background of some sort? Going black or frosted/opaque white would make everything pop. Not that it needs to pop or anything - it looks really nice.
Hello Jake and thanks for the kind words. Yes the foreground was looking very sad for quite a while after the sudden melt so I knew I had to get more plants in there asap. I won't be messing with this tank any further other than regular maintenance and trimming as required so hopefully things will stabilise and I'll have a full carpet after some time (don't know how long it's going to take without CO2 hahaha but it's going to take a very long time).

I have thought of adding a frosted background actually! I have heard you need soapy water to attach film to the back of the tank though so I don't know if I want to risk it. Just wondering if there is any product you could recommend other than film.
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Are you dosing anything at all as far as ferts go?
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Most will stick on with just water from a spray bottle.

You can even go to a hardware store to buy a roll of it - or black vinyl shelf liner if you decide to go dark.

I'm guessing you'll have quite a few aquarium-specific options if you visit a few shops in Singapore if you want to go that route. Since you don't need much, it may be worth checking out.

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Most will stick on with just water from a spray bottle.

You can even go to a hardware store to buy a roll of it - or black vinyl shelf liner if you decide to go dark.

I'm guessing you'll have quite a few aquarium-specific options if you visit a few shops in Singapore if you want to go that route. Since you don't need much, it may be worth checking out.
Thanks! I hope application will be easy though. I'll hit the shops next week and see if I can find anything.

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Are you dosing anything at all as far as ferts go?
Hello Dave yes, this tank gets 3 pumps of the Tropica specialised (so 6ml) after my weekly water change.

I'm fairly loose in my approach to dosing since I don't have that many test kits other than the usual API kit and JBL's kH and gH kits. This most recent week though I decided to add 2 more pumps mid week (so 5 in total which should add up to 10ml) and tested for nitrates at the end of the week. Ended up with a reading of just 5ppm nitrates. I'm not sure how accurate API's test is, but I'm certain it still works since I got a much higher reading in my other tank (gonna have to rectify that today with a big water change). I think I might start dosing 6ml after each water change and 4ml mid week from now and see how the tank reacts. Would appreciate it if you could share your thoughts on this!
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OK lets check my math here. You have a non CO2 tank thatís basically about 23L actual water in it but your dosing at the rate Tropica specifies for a 50L high light/CO2 tank?

Sorry but you need about 1 pump (2ml) twice a week.
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