Heya Guys and Gals!
This week has really reflected the weather (rain...rain...rain...) aquarium wise.
Well in all started on Tuesday when I noticed my foreground plants and one of my peace lilies doing badly. I hadn't fertilized lately so I threw some EI stuff into the tank thinking they where "hungery" and went on with my day. Later that week I looked at my dirty, ugly looking tank and decided to do a good cleaning. So I took everything out, planters, rafts, rocks and driftwood and began to scrape algae off the glass. After the tank was "Algae free" I started to move the pool filter sand around to make sure it hadn't gone anerobic on me. Everything was fine as I was rescaping until I notice that my center peice driftwood is rotting, and I mean rotting bad
. Bummed, I throw it in the garbage and commence to rescape my tank, minus my center peice. Now let me tell you, it is a challenge rescaping a riparium when all but two of your plants are quite skimpy. Well, after refilling the tank (I had done a 40% WC), I began my rescaping which causes me to look down at my tank's glass. I realize that I had missed several algae streaks but after feeling these "streaks" with my hand I is apparent that it isn't algae, but some deep scratchs in the glass! I still don't know what did it.
Well as I step back, look at my rescaped tank, and think, "Wow.... My tank looks horrid".
Unsatisfied, but glad I cleaned it, I spend the next day sleeping over at my friends house romping around their forest and getting muddy in the stream creek. When I came home, my fishianado instincts tell me something is wrong. I run upstairs and begin to look at my tank looking for the problem. I soon find it, the horror! A dead and bloated neon tetra stuck inbetween a rock and the aquarium glass. Which is a very tight fit. I quickly remove the dead fish and begin to inspect the rest of the fauna. All of which where accounted for and fine. Still panicky I sit down on my bed and grab for my Bible.... An older "Aquariums For Dummies". (
Just to get my fish mode on). Now guess what. Every good
aquarist would immediatly after removing the dead fish reach for their test kits and test the heck out of their water. But I guess I am not a good
aquarist.... I have no test kits!!! Over the next hours, (they seemed more like weeks) I did a small'ish water change and added an airstone. I have finally taken the tank off "RED ALERT" yesterday, but I still am bummed. I mean, in my book a "death" is like a big blotch on my record! I know what you guys and gals are thinking, "This is nothing!!! I lost a whole tank of fish and plants when whatevery happened!" But this is an all time low for me. Anyway I would really apreciate your opinion on a couple of things.
- What do I do about my plants?- (More fertilizers? Wait it out? Get new plants?)
- What do you think caused the death?-
FYI on the death, the neon was really caught, and if he had been free floating, he would have gone the other direction as my spray bar is pointing in that direction.
Also, the said plants have been going down hill for a while now.
Thanks for reading my gripes!
I had a whole large raft filled with Pilea
sp. but they all disappeared!
BTW, this peace lily had a bloom that I cut off. All it's leaves now have this stuff.