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Note: I have not posted the progress of the tank on this forum, this is just a story about what will happen when you cheap out on the wrong things.

I walked into my fish room, I do a survey on all the tanks,
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Disaster, my 40 gal revamp for some old South American community fish, “the retirement home” tank, all the fish where at the bottom pale and rapidly breathing, I check all my water parameters,
Ph:6.6
Ammonia:0.5-1
Nitrites:0
Nitrates:20

I was in some doodoo. And I know exactly what caused it, when first setting up this tank, I used just enough sand to say I had a inch in the front and 2 inches in the back in a few places. Then proceeded to put 2 osomocote root abs for each place there was a plant, this lead to there being around 10 root tabs in a 40 gallon tank, which doesn’t seem that much, right?

wrong, at this point this tank had 5 stems of kambomba, a crypt, a sword, and a lace leaf, it was a under planted tank, then I added a some more plants, a red dwarf lily, a Anubias nana, and a couple of rotala stems, then a week later, and the fish were added, no problems for weeks.

Back to today, I realized that the Cory catfish moved around the substrate to expose alot of the root tabs,

what happened today, was all my fault, and if only I put a couple more inches of substrate, my fish wouldn’t have been put under severe stress.

don’t skimp on substrate
 
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