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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-14-2020, 07:56 AM Thread Starter
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My 2 footer

Here's my 2 footer.


Tank
Aqua one 65



Light
Beamworks Vivagrow 24/7 currently running 10 hours a day


Fertilizer
LCA All in One Shrimp Safe Dry pre-mix Fertilise, 1 mill a day.
Seachem Root tabs.


Plants.
Staurogyne repens

Rotala.
Ambulia of some kind.
Vals
Baby tears


I have no idea about the rest,


Filter,
Aqua one Aquius 550.


Heater
Aqua One 75 watt I think.


Substrate
Pea gravel.


Tank maintenance
Change 50% water once a week
Add liquid ferts daily, sometimes I forget.
Clean front glass now and then.


Stocking
2 Bolivian rans M&F, these are a new addition I got the Friday on Monday they spawned.

6 Ember tetras.
6 Dwarf Rasboras.


3 weeks ago



Taken today, time and date this post



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Welcome! You appear to be one rock away from have a dutch scape

If everything works out well and you are happy with plant growth then no worries, but if you find yourself struggling you might want to reconsider the substrate. Peagravel tends to be 8-15mm in size whereas the ideal size for plant substrate is 1-3mm in size. Thus course sand or very fine gravel tends to be the recommendation for tanks.

Changing out substrate is a royal pita (I've done it... twice in the last year actually) so I understand not wanting to, but if you end up having issues, its something to consider.

Right now though, it looks lovely!
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I like the combination of Bolivian Rams and micro fish. Have the Rams harrassed the little fish now that they bred or are they just ignoring them?
Are the eggs fertile?
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Hi

Yes changing substrate is out of the question, I actually had sand once and did not like it as its too easy to scratch the glass when cleaning.

The rock in the left hand corner is a cichlid cave the Rans seem to love it.

I do not know if the eggs are fertile, next 24 or so hours will tell as for are the Rams peaceful with the microfish the answer is they seem to be unless a tetra gets too close then its pushed out of the way.

I read some place that Rams need small dither fish in the tank to make them feel safe, the small fish act as an early warning if there are any predators around.
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Hi

Got a question.

Can I just add a few pounds of sand on top of the gravel? I know the sand will fall between the gravel because its smaller but that's OK.

I have a bunch of Malaysian Trumpet snails so they will assist in turning everything over.
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Slight modification

I moved the rams out to another tank

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Heres another of my tanks
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Hi

Got a question.

Can I just add a few pounds of sand on top of the gravel? I know the sand will fall between the gravel because its smaller but that's OK.

I have a bunch of Malaysian Trumpet snails so they will assist in turning everything over.
If the goal is to give the plants better substrate then I don't think this will help. If it were my tank I would wait a few weeks and see how things are growing. If not well then I would bite the bullet and rescaped.


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Im trying something.

Today I got my hands on a Beamworks Hi Lumen 24" to run along side my Viva grow, see what happens over the next 7 days.

I also did a 50% water change so its not as clear as it could be.


For some strange reason Im thinking of removing the plants between the Ambulia and putting in more Ambulia along the back
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I did it, the tank needed pruning anyway.



The plants I took out will go in one of my other tanks
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Just noticed my plants are releasing tons of small bubbles
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/3...1-problem.html
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Just noticed my plants are releasing tons of small bubbles
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/3...1-problem.html
That stream in the tank is from the plant "bleeding" co2 from the cut stem. Also known as false pearling.
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That's the aquatic plant version of a big grin!
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Nothing good happens fast in an ecosystem.
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So not a problem?

Funny thing, If I turn off one of the lights the bubbles slow down and it stops.
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That stream in the tank is from the plant "bleeding" co2 from the cut stem. Also known as false pearling.
Agreed it's not pearling.

Nothing to worry about, just a regular event after trimming/water change.
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