Good morning on this rainy Memorial Day. Has been a lot of busy weekends away from the tanks this month so I was very happy to be able to spend some quality time trimming and re-arranging things in both tanks. Some curiosities to consider before seeing the pics;
With the KH now hovering around the 2dKH mark (used to be 7-8dKH) I have noticed that my 1 to 1.2 ph range has definitely shifted down from where it used to be. Yesterday I noted 5.8ph on the controller and the fish were all just fine - kinda odd seeing as there was a time when 6.2ph would result in almost all fish gasping at the surface.
And the other thing of note yesterday - after the water change (finally did my first Sunday water change this month! fwi, Sunday is the "normal" water change day) I tested the NO3 and PO4 levels in my 75g. Oddly enough to me, the NO3 level was still in the lighter red range (i.e. 20ish to 40ish?) and the PO4 level was closer to 5 than 2. So, I once again made an adjustment to the fert levels. Now granted, I am putting a lot more emphasis on how the plants look vs the marginal API test readings. But, the API readings should atleast tell me when the tank water is the same level as the tap water.
Anyway, as shocking as it may seem, this weeks Weekly dosing will be 4ppm NO3, 3ppm PO4 and a total of 13ppm K. Will probably have to stay at this level for a few weeks to see if anybody gets a little grumpy. I did notice the Pogo Kimberly had stunted some at the tops but that has happened before under much different fert dosing. The rest of the plants don't seem to be complaining much at all.
Anyway, less blah, blah - more pics :-)
From @Maryland Guppy
- the Ludwigia polycarpa is really looking nice. I moved it from it's original location and trimmed off the bottom. Will have to give it a few weeks to see how it likes this location.
- the Hygrophila serpylla seems to be growing in nicely! This is likely the first carpeting type plant that I haven't killed.
I wanted to include this pic because this is the most "non green" I have seen Bacopa sp. 'colorata' in my tank - kinda liking it.
Sorry folks, don't have any really cool fish pics like @Greggz
so I guess a FTS will be the best I can finish with. I did a fair amount of re-arranging of plants in the middle and left sides of the tank. Kinda liking it - certainly more than the overgrown mess I started with.