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55G sausage journal

I took the plunge into a planted tank a while ago but I am trying to get picture perfect so it's time for a journal. The tank was set on 2/20/2005.
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Substrate: 3-4" 100% EC w/ laterite.
Lighting: DIY hood with 3 40W 2xODNO bulbs.
Filtration: Fluval 304 w/ ceramic rings, peat and bio-media.
CO2: 5lb tank with JBJ regulator setup (off at night)
Flora: Dwarf sags, Glosso, Hairgrass, Corkscrew Vals, Java Fern, Java moss, Amazon Sword, Ludwigia, Anacharis, Anubias nana, Hygrophila Corymbosa.
Fauna: Common 5 Tiger Barbs, 3 Green Tiger Barbs, 12 Pristela Tetra, 1 Dwarf Gourami, 5 Bosemani Rinbows, 7 SAEs.
Ferts untill today: Kent products causing green and brown algae bloom within the past 4 days.
Ferts starting today: PMDD Pre-mix.
Tank 4 days after initial setup:


Right now nothing has really changed except the algae bloom. The plant's seem to be doing ok; every plant seems to be growing fairly fast except for Java fern and anubias.

Update 3/9/05: After yesterdays death spell the fish counts have diminished somewhat (updated) and I have taken measures to prevent O2 depletion at night.

Update 3/10/05: Added hygro c. to the tank. The plants seem to be growing fairly good except the algae is steadily growing on older leaves of plants and the glass. I also installed a timer operated airston bar to help the fishies breathe at night. I am planning on upgrading the lighting one notch by ODNOing one bulb to 4x.

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Add some fast growers, that will help you get the algae under control. Ones that take neutriants out of the water collumn, Wysteria, Hygro, ancharis, etc.
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Thanks, I am trying to aquire some hygro from one of the forum member who lives in my area.

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plecko vs. Eco-complete

I let my 3" plecko into the tank last night. 24 hours later....

I had to replant the whole tank!
Thank goodness he didn't reach the laterite at the bottom.

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..so I replaced my common plecko with a small fancy one (Emerald) and all was well for about 5 days...
This morning I woke up finding all my fish gasping for air at the surface, plecko dead along with one tiger barb and one SAE. Another snag in the road and something to troubleshoot.
In other mods I installed a black background in my tank. Hygro is on order and should be here today.

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Your tank is brand new and I think is still cycling if it was set up on the 20th of February. If you didn't "seed" the tank with mulm from an established tank (or filter material from an established tank) then you are *definitely* cycling!

And you don't have enough plants in there to avoid big spikes of Ammonia or Nitrites in your cycle.

That is why your fish are dying!
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..so I replaced my common plecko with a small fancy one (Emerald) and all was well for about 5 days...
This morning I woke up finding all my fish gasping for air at the surface, plecko dead along with one tiger barb and one SAE. Another snag in the road and something to troubleshoot.
In other mods I installed a black background in my tank. Hygro is on order and should be here today.

If the fish are still gasping at the surface, get an air pump. (Unless you prefer to cater to the plants rather than the fish.....) It helps cure nitrite poisoning, and you only have to use it temporarily.
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Nice start

You may want to add more plants to out compete algae. With your light and ferts.

Put enough plants for your general scape then add more. These extra ones I call my throw aways. (anacharis, hygro, etc.). I'm not saying you can't use these in the tank permanently. Depends on what you want.

It seems I always find myself changing the setup, so I'm always at the LFS getting some anacharis or hornwort both of which can grow a inch a day in my tank.

They use up the ferts to fill the gap if I remove some major plantings. Not only remove but major trimming and replanting.

Now you can lower your 10:1 ratio as well.

This works well for me. If you already know this well sorry
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Thanks for the suggestions guys. I believe that the fish loss was 100% due to O2 depletion. I say this because that morning ALL of my fish were swimming at the surface and the bubbles they produced (almost foamy looking) wouldn't even burst due to surface scum. The tank should be cycled because I used a bio media filled tank filter which was in operation for over a year before this setup.
I have some Anacharis in there now.

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I liked the wood laying down better
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funny you should say this, I am acctually planning on replacing it with something from the river which will not float without 10lb of weights.

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