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10-19-2013, 06:57 PM #1
Sorting out my mess
Following on from this thread: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...d.php?t=114690 I have decided to keep a journal of progress. Hopefully this will motivate me.
The target: convince my husband I am able to maintain this tank (130L planted community tank) and thus be allowed to upgrade
1. gain control over algae, fix water parameters and learn about light/nutrient balance to achieve healthy plants.
2. make it all look nicer!
One thing at a time. I am a person who needs to understand what I am doing (and doing wrong). It is tempting to rip everything down and start anew, but I am going to do this as a top-down process.
Starting point 15th October: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...d.php?t=114690
New bulbs are on order, good fertiliser is on order, brain has started to become more engaged in the process.
19th October, I took advantage of some free time to do a 50% WC and tidy up. Rounded up the out of control weeds, though they are staying in the tank for now, disposed to the accused houseplant (!) and mowed the lawn. Did a big gravel vacuum along the back areas where I rarely go, about 20% of tank in depth vacuumed.
... and thus it starts!
All advice welcome -
10-19-2013, 08:49 PM #2
Doing a major water-change and cleaning up the extra plants is what you need to keep doing to maintain a crystal clear tank.
Getting new bulbs will only help keep the algae under control. But knowing how long to keep the lights on for is essential. 8 hours max. if the tank doesn't get any direct sunlight. If the sun does shine on the tank during the day, keep the curtains closed on that window until the sun is shining elsewhere.
Your tank is looking good after all your work. Keep it up and you'll have that bargaining chip well in hand.Warning; Bulldog Pleco guarding my Sons tank now..
Please remember; every keystroke has a consequence.
10-21-2013, 05:30 PM #3
Thanks Strider :)
New bulbs in today - a life-Glo to replace the old power-glo and new Arcadia FO18 to replace the old one which may or may not have been reaching the end of its spectrum life. Also installed a timer a few days ago, so we're now on a strict 8 hour light cycle starting at noon. Some ambient light from windows (nothing direct) in morning, but pitch black all night after lights out.
5 young guppies went to their new homes today so stocking is back on track. Neon tetras are starting to look a bit old; how long to they live? I got them "second hand" about a year ago and they were a couple years old at that point according to guy who gave them to me.
10-26-2013, 04:28 PM #4
Quick positive update
- I cleaned all the algae off one of the decorations so that I could keep an eye on regrowth and so far it has stayed clean. Water looks good, params are good, fish are healthy. Some new plant growth which is looking a bit less yellow ... So far, so good!
Most exciting, however, I won a new tank on Ebay. £60 for a 200L with stand. It's a nice shape than mine, slightly bigger (mine is 130L) and so in the next few weeks I will be starting the upgrade. Plan is to start from scratch, so will be running both tanks for a couple of months while I start growing plants and buying pretty new things for the new one. :)
New lights look different, fish are a nicer colour, so I guess they were no longer pefect!
10-26-2013, 05:45 PM #5
Glad to read about your progress Soot. A new tank always gets one cranked up with all the possibilities, awesome win.
I have had Neons live for over 6 years in my tanks and I have heard of others who have had them longer. But one never knows how old they really are if you weren't present when the eggs hatched.
Are you going to add another filter to the old tank? The reason I mention that is; adding a filter to an existing cycled aquarium will start a colony of beneficial bacteria in that filters media. That being said, you will be able to transfer that filter to your new set-up (when it's ready), and add a few fish right away. Be careful not to over stock the new tank immediately though as the BB colony in that filter may not be able to handle too much waste all at once.
I'm glad the new lights are working their magic. Nothing nicer then new tires on your car or bulbs for your tank.Warning; Bulldog Pleco guarding my Sons tank now..
Please remember; every keystroke has a consequence.
10-27-2013, 03:09 PM #6
Tyres for the car .. that's not bad idea ...
I have two filters in the old tank already. I also own a tiny internal one. Was thinking about popping that into the new tank when it arrives, just to keep water circulating/etc, while the plants start to grow. Then move my trusty old neons + guppies + old filter when the plants have started looking good ... And then move the rest of the livestock + the second filter over a few weeks after if everything is looking positive.
will be using new substrate so a lot of BB will be lost so am going to take my time. There is no rush, don't mind running two tanks for a couple of months :)
11-15-2013, 09:30 PM #7
I disagree :D. Keep the journal going, I'm looking forward to seeing your new tank progress to a controlled jungle!_______________________________________________
11-16-2013, 05:25 PM #8
Well I turned on a light for a quick mobile photo ... Most of the plants are salvaged from the old tank and pretty unhealthy, but with the new lights and new fertilisation routine we should hopefully be getting things right (maybe, at some point!). I also bought a cheap plant bag from the LFS. Most of these will probably not make it, but for now it helps me getting things established and it's survival of the fittest, right? So go for it, plants!
The great news is SO FAR SO GOOD, all inhabitants have survived, are greedy, looking bright and active, the kuhlis are loving the extra floorspace and there are shrimp everywhere - more than I thought I had, hmmmmm ....
Keeping water level low until the params are completely stable as helps me with the WC for now.
11-21-2013, 07:37 PM #9
Three deaths today
- two black neons (one missing, one found) and a large cherry shrimp.
Testing water later on as worried we are seeing a mini cycle. Had hoped we'd got away with the sudden move, A bit gutted as haven't really lost any fish before, don't want to make it a habit!
11-21-2013, 07:44 PM #10
Sorry for your loss, but it happens to all of us no matter how hard we try to give our fish the best environment possible..keep on top of those water parameters and PWC as necessary