Got my specimen E. 'Kleiner bar' from god91234- it's huge and looks awesome!
Was a major ordeal planting it though... in the process I lost both of my clown loaches and the tiger barb :icon_cry: :icon_cry: :icon_cry:
I'm still not sure why it happened but it's got to be related to the 50% PWC.
I tested my parameters and everything still looks great (0ppm ammonia and nitrIte, 5ppm nitrAte, 7.0 - 7.2 pH, I still need to get hardness test kits but that really shouldn't be an issue b/c I'm still using the same water I started with and I've maintained regular PWC 25 - 50% since the tank startup.)
Temperature is a slight possibility, since I don't have a thermometer on this tank yet (keep forgetting to buy one), but I did the old "hand test" and the waters felt good. The tank is at room temp and the water came from our well on a sunny day...
All the rest of the livestock look great- it was just those three, which is also odd. I'm wondering if I disturbed some hydrogen sulfide when planting the sword (I did have to move around a ton of substrate b/c the thing is so big), but would that really have had time to build up this quickly?
Would having well water high in sulfur content promote the formation of hydrogen sulfide pockets??
I'm really leaning towards it's got something to do with my green water.
Up till now I've been thinking the green water is tannins from the driftwood and peat. However, I put the leftover Manzanita wood in my 46gal and that tank is staying crystal clear... which leaves the peat, but I only used a very small amount... so IDK what's going on?
The plan I've come up with so far is to keep doing PWC, 25% every other day now, and I'm going to switch this tank to Prime and add some Purigen to the XP2. There's AC in the AquaClear but it doesn't seem to be doing anything. I may also buy a media bag and replace that carbon with new... I think I can use all the toxin absorbtion I can get ATM...
I had to do some moving around to make room for the sword, and I didn't get to finish replanting last night, so that's on the agenda for tonight. I'll also try to take and upload some pics afterwards.