Got the Alternanthera Reineckii "Pink" to literary pump o2 bubbles from it's stems and leaves (leafs, whatever) so I'm thinking lighting is ok. Did a video of it yesterday but it's horrible quality. Decease or increase the volume, depending on how cool you are. I'm not sure if embedded youtube video is allow, I guess I'll find out.
Did some trimming and replanting of a few of the plants. The main ones I chop were the Alternathera and Blyxa japonica. The Blyxa japonica was shedding all it's leaves, I was warned about this from the seller. It's now growing new ones and adapting very nicely. The Alternathera Reineckii is a monster! Every day it would have new roots and new stems, I chop off a few and replanted them. It hates me now with a passion now.
I added a UVB, full spectrum, something something from a free turtle kit. I'm experimenting with different light spectrum before I make the jump to LED's.
Oh and I added 3 lamp eye babies from my Fluval Edge to the tank. It took me forever to catch these guys.
Looks great! I don't see why that stand won't do the trick especially with that center support there. Ikea furniture is actually pretty sturdy for flat box furniture.
IME It takes a pretty serious 'bang' to break aquarium glass. I've had concrete paver bricks fall over and knock the glass with a corner with no incident. Putting a mesh bag of pebbles under a large rock is a pretty good idea. I have to say I'm quite jealous of that epic carpet you had going there.
SO I posted this without noticing there were 2 more pages. Those aren't 'broken' screws. They're self taping screws. The end acts like a drill bit so it will bite and screw itself in.
Silly question for your FlyingHellFish but how do you have the tertial lamps mounted to that stand? Doesn't look like it has a proper lip on it for you to tighten the lamps and looks like you dont have it screwed in either.
Yeah I have had the same light for a while, my tank is next to my bed I have it on my headboard for now but looks awful and the desk that my tank is on doesn't have a lip to attached it to. I might just get a piece of wood and shove it behind the stand and drill into it but not sure yet. I have a 13 watt bulb in it and works great as additional lighting on my Fluval Spec V especially for the price it looks great as is very functional!
Finally got the Ammonia to go down, all it took was 2 solid months. Added 3 former skinny Otos cat, they are now sporting beer bellies. Also had to move one dwarf puffer, he was getting bully by the vastly smaller puffer.
An Otos died, no idea what happen. Could be an overdose of KNo3, likely dosed too much after the water change. Water Parameters are a bit strange compare to my Fluval Edges. ADA AquaSoil stop leaking Ammonia, dosed more KNo3 resulted in a dead Otos the next day.
My Nitrate went from 40ppm, down to 5ppm in one night. No Ammonia, no Nitrite was detected. Fixed my curling leaves by raising the lights and adding more SeaChem Envy (trace + micro) , will monitor conditions more closely.
Dwarf puffer has grown since being in the tank, no idea what he is eating but he is no longer small.
3 Killi fish fry have grown much larger despite not eating crushed flakes, maybe they prefer Co2 bubbles as a diet.
Blue Green Algae has shown it's ugly face on the carpet, been cutting off portions of HC Cuba to slow the growth. No longer will raise KNo3 to 40ppm, will raise it to 10 ppm and monitor again tomorrow.
Old leaves on stem plants were cut to promote new growth, new leaves look healthy, will continue this process.
Alternanthera Reineckii "Pink" roseafolia is giving me weird colours. It is no longer the bright green with purple underside hues, it's now a wine red and purple rain - The Artist formerly known as Prince - purple.
I want the old colour back, not this crazy neon purple.
HC Carpet is looking worse, I used Hydrogen Peroxide while brushing the stems and it was a totally bad idea. I end up melting some of them and breaking the stems of the other. Growth is still good, just got to deal with some weird string brown algae.