Plants, Tank, Filter
Ok so I have had my tank going and bought some plant's for a person on here. They were great plants.
I used PFS and OCote+ The tank was cloudy for quite a few weeks. I had no idea why. Well i think i know why now.
I went to a pond, that was quite hard to get to, that had a creek running into it. I found this place by accident just wandering around one day in the woods. I also go diving in springs around me. I found some nice plants from about 4" down in the pond to 40+ feet down in the springs.
The all of the plants are doing amazing but the cloudy part began when I put them in after I did the serialization of the plants. It was SUPER cloudy. I thought crap my fish will die but they could not have been happier, or so it looked. The plants were growing really fast and my tape plant grew so fast i had to cut it every 3 days to keep it from stretching across the tank all the way. My tank it a 75gal btw.
Well I tested. Nothing was really out of the ordinary. I use a trickle filter that does an amazing job and have a few snails in it to keep the bottom clean. I have moved some into my 75 as well. Well I started thinking, I did the test on water coming from the filter like a dummy. So I tested at the far end. By this time is was getting less cloudy. I had a an ammonia spike it had looked like and that was the reason for the cloudy water. I only lost one fish, an Angel. The issue was i had bought some clams a few months back before the plants and well 2 out of 3 had died. The sand they burried in was keeping the levels down.
That is until I planted the tank and stirred up the sand. The plants it seems took up a lot of it and that was why they were growing so fast, well a few of them...some were burned but have since recovered. Even water changes everyday of 25% were not helping.
Right now my tank is Clear! Only thing is I have green algae growing on the back of the tank near a light. it looks nice though and the snails LOVE it. It is time for me to cut the tape again and trim the wassertang. I haven't had to do a water change in about 3 weeks so far and levels are all good.
I am planning on buying a house this coming few months and a larger tank is in my future. I think I will go dirt this time as well.
Moral of the story, don't buy clams. Right now I have about 8 corries, green and albino that are breeding(I started with 4, the others are almost grown enough to breed) a 3 generation of ghost shrimp, not sure how they are still breeding but hey what ever, My MTS are growing nicely and my 2 Assassin snails are keeping them in check along with the pond snails, my lonely fantail goldfish/koi thing it fine( it looks like a cross breed), The scuds seem to be doing a fine job, my 2 nitrile snails are doing great.
I want to add a few more fish that are nice and active but is plant safe and look nice. Any ideas? The tank is under stocked I think.