hi, ive had many aquariums as a kid and have experience with growing a wide range of plants and vegetables but this is my first attempt at merging the two hobbies together into a planted tank. i started with a fluval chi and fluval flora but had to shut the chi down so ended up with many fish in the flora. im currently experiencing some problems hoping the planted tank community can help.
tank: fluval flora 7.9 gallons
equipment: ditched all orignal equipment. eheim 2215 (turned down), milwaukee co2 regulator on paintball tank 90bpm set on timer 1 hour before lights and off 1 hour before lights through a nano diffuser, 32 watt 6500k cfl in a zoomed mini deep dome reflector sitting 5 inches above water line on timer 10 hours a day.
substrate: eco complete
fertilizer: seachem flourish dosing 1ml every other day.
flora: anubias on driftwood, hc, java moss, some kind of crypt, marimo ball, and an unknown plant.
fauna: 5 neon tetras, 2 cardinal tetras, 5 rummy red nose tetras, 3 rasboras.
also have 3 zebra snails, 2 crs, 2 rcs, and had a blue shrimp that died this morning.
started like this.
slowly comming together
got 2 here
tank as it sits today 9/21/12
tank has been running for about a month and fully planted for about 2 weeks. everything was going smooth up until the last couple days. my co2 bubble count shot up last night which seems to be known of these regulators, but looking at the fish, none seemed stressed at all. this morning i woke up to a dead blue shrimp, his body used to be all blue with a brown stripe but now has a big orange spot on his back. all my other shrimp are doing well at the moment. he was the largest shrimp, had him since the beggining of this whole experiment so im wondering what took place to bring him to his death. i thought about the co2 but everybody else is fine and none gasping. since then i turned the co2 down a little.
heres a picture before and after.
hc looks to be unchanged, not dieing but not thriving. hoping to find a way to improve growth. both unknown plant is melting, thought it was the new water but am unsure, it is melting fast. both are same species of plant just separated.
water parameters are unkown except ph is 7.3. i dont own any test kits except a ph pen. last week got my water checked at a lfs and said it was good. i know the water comes out the tap at 7.5 and in my tank lowers to 7.3.
what do you think killed the shrimp? disease, stress, co2? he was twice the size of my rcs and crs, no fish mess with him or any the other shrimp. he did activly swim on the top spray bar. my crs has become more active wondering if it was his time or if it was his keeper. the orange body has got me worried. also what do i do with the melting plant? how do i save it, can anyone identify it? any advice is appreciated thanks.