This tank will be what i would consider my actual 1st aquascape done by myself. Had help with a previous tank, which i’m very new to this hobby. Got into it maybe 5months ago.
My hardscape was a bit inspired by my favorite anime Naruto, which i called this scape ‘Jukai Kōtan’. Went with plants that i thought would look like the anime series when this move was used.
So, planting & fill day...
Original list of plants was a bit different. No Monte Carlo, and only a few Crypts.
After about a week in, most if not all Manzanita wood started to get that white fuzzy stuff. (1st pic)
2 weeks in, All but 2 Rosanvig melted away. 1st batch of Rotala H’ra were dying, and HC looked like it was not going to make it either. ( H’ra and HC plants tho did not look well from the day i got them so yea...) (2nd pic)
3 weeks in, decided to get more plants to replace what was lost. Added in Monte Carlo to fill missing HC spots in background. Added more HC in foreground. Replaced all Rotala H’ra with better batch. Replaced missing spots of Rosanvig with Crypt. pink panther. Filled in missing spots of Cyperus Helferi.
3.5 weeks in, white fuzzy stuff starts to get really stringy and some start landing on HC, mostly foreground. Some HC leaves start to go dark. I test water and parameters are ok, so i go and get some Amano Shrimp to combat white fuzz. A few days later i go and get some Otos to help out. End of the week or so, Amanos numbers drop to 3, others were adventurous. Found 1 in another room, and 2 behind my stand and near my door.
4 weeks in to current day, everything seems to be going well. 80% of white fuzz is gone. Amanos made a mess of middle sand area, lol. Days later noticed patch of Repens start to look like melting. Forums helped clear up problem, missing Otocinclus may be dead causing an ammonia spike. Still can’t find it but still very hopeful it’s just hiding and that my ADA Amazonia was the cause of the ammonia spike and burn. (3rd pic)
Will update in a few days for my 1.5months in.