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Thread: Planted Betta Tank, 5 Gallon
08-20-2013, 05:46 PM #61
Here's a picture I took quickly yesterday, before finally getting the overflow back in and the sump working. Please excuse the smears of algae and hard water stains... I've been having a heck of a time trying to get those off.
08-24-2013, 06:36 AM #62
09-06-2013, 03:29 AM #63
Time for an update picture!
I think I need to add more ferts. the angustofolia is getting some pinholes in its leaves, even in new ones. And there's some minor algae growth up on the shade and the floating plants.
Still way more nitrogen going into the system than the plants are able to absorb. Not really sure how to handle that, especially since I'm pretty much at the limit of what I can have floating (I have to have pieces coming off of the shade to keep floating plants away from the overflow, and they're somewhat blocking the plants that like higher light).
The cycle is starting to stabilize. Now both ammonia and nitrites are evening out at staying less than .25ppm, but not going down to 0... Bah. I was hoping the new filter would cause the ammonia to finally drop to 0. And I didn't have any nitrites showing at all between when I cycled the first filter and when I changed.... The change caused me to have to grow new BB to eat the nitrites. My new filter should have more than the amount of ceramic media needed for a 5 gal tank.
09-06-2013, 08:56 PM #64
And whoo! The tank is as cycled as it was before I changed filters. Nitrites came up 0 today with my weekly full-round testing. Nitrates are way higher than healthy, but since my best efforts to pre-filter the water aren't doing much good, there's little I can do about that for the immediate future...
I'm thinking, since the tank is now cycled, about slowly doing a customized mix of tap and DI for water changes to start bringing down the pH and hardness (mixing 1 gallon at a time and using a scale that goes to 11lbs, when 1 gallon is 8lbs to ensure accuracy). Probably start off with 1/8 DI water and up it every water change until it's the ratio I want to be at to have the right mix of hardness... I really wish I had the money for an RO unit right now.