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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-01-2020, 06:50 AM Thread Starter
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7.5 gallon crypt tank

Iíve decided to start a tank journal of my cube tank. Itís been running for 2 years but recently a seal blew in my co2 regulator and I decided to try to run it without co2. Within a few weeks of no co2 the steam plants melted but the crypts did ok so I replaced the steam plants with crypts.

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Plants
Crypt spiralis balansae
Crypt pink panther
Crypt wendeti red
Crypt lucena

Fish
P puffer
Chile rasbora
Cory hastatus
Otto cat
And one Nemo the my wife puts in my stocking every year he will come out at the next water change.

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12Ēx 12Ē tank
Fluval nano planted light
Dymax slim flo HOB
and a heater I put in about 4 moths a year.

I have ran this tank on a Eheim 2211 canister filters for a year, an internal sponge filter and a air stone for about 9 months. The HOB has only been on about a month

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Did a water change today and the lucens starting to outgrow the hair algae,
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About the only thing I have to update is that Iím am starting to see some holes on the pink panther and wendtii red, so I ordered the EI dry dosing kit from nilocg and will start that when it shows up. I probably wonít do full EI probably start with half or something.


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I'm glad to see another 7.5 gallon here. I almost want to encourage you to ignore your tank for three months, but who can do that?!

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I'm glad to see another 7.5 gallon here. I almost want to encourage you to ignore your tank for three months, but who can do that?!


Thanks for the reply,
the crypts might do something in 3 months


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The crypts in my 16 gallon doubled in height in about two months. I just have to keep up the feeding and general negligence. I just have to resist all effort to do anything else. Meanwhile my yellow neos keep breeding where I can't see them unless I peek closely.

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The crypts in my 16 gallon doubled in height in about two months. I just have to keep up the feeding and general negligence. I just have to resist all effort to do anything else.


The balansae has been in the tank about a year or better but took a hit when I unplugged the co2, it used to grow to the top of the tank emend it was high tech now it doesnít seem to want to.
The lucens have been in the tank for awhile and just melted when it was high tech when I took the co2 off they started to grow.
The pink panther was tissue plant added to replace steams it started to grow new leaves in2days itís probably more than doubled in size in a couple weeks


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So not much to update, started dosing EI Iím going to dose about 2/3 of EI, I donít think it will change much I was dosing easy green before and think I was putting in about 8 ppm of nitrate per week now I will be putting in about 10 ppm of nitrate per week. But I donít know maybe there ratios are different.
I mixed the dosing bottles at 1ml per one gallon for EI dosing so will be easy to adjust.

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The chillies are looking pretty good tonight



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I think I have a little bit of the BBA creeping up on some of my plants, So I did a few changes I added a bigger hob filter the one I got is the size rated for my tank, the previous one was rated for up to 4 gallons.
I also started dosing the full daily dose of excell I still havenít worked-up to the initial dose after water a change but I will be increasing the water change dose also.
I have my light turned down to 25% and I still think the C lucens would like a little less. The lucens are in front and get more ambient light from the window.


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MY PINK PATHERís melted
Pretty sure itís because of the water change this morning I have been slowly upping the dose of excell to get the the initial dose. Today I dosed 1.6ml to the tank within 8 hours.
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Updat on the crypt melt all pink panther gone, red Wendtii gone, 75 % of balansae gone and for some reason the lucens had very little melt. Click image for larger version

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This will be the last update on this aquarium Iím going to switch it out with a new aqua Japan 11.7 gallon aquarium. I will be keeping the livestock and plant, but will be able to add another type of plant or two.


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In your last photo, I see gas bubbles in your substrate, so it may have gone anaerobic, which could cause that melt.

I heave dealt with that myself from going too deep with substrate (dirt with cap in my case).

I had to reduce substrate snd/or cap and use a wooden skewer to degass the bubbles.

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