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08-11-2011, 01:53 PM #1
Johns 29 gallon
I have never started a journalmfor this tank, and now I want to.
40 lbs Eco complete
Nutrafin plant grow once a day, doing less often, (see dosing for updates)
100 watt aqueon heater
96 watts t5ho, only running 48 watts until I get some plants that require more light
3 pieces Malaysian driftwood
And last, but the most important to me, my angelfish. One of my first fish(well first fish when I thought I new what I was doing, I'm not counting 'goldfish bowls' when I was little) she has been through alot. Very very very very high ammonia, high nitrates, cycling, aggression(well she is the one that killed the other angelfish) bad feeding, many other things including massive algae, ph swings from using those stupid chemicals, yeah, a whole lot. Obviously she is stunted and may be part runt too. She is about a year old and half dollar size.
Oh yeah I got other stuff
New Dosing Schedule started up today
Dosed NPK today(three major macro nutrients, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium)
Tommorrow will dose 5-15 ml nutrafin plant grow(probably 10)
Repeating this over and over
I'm still working on a perfect balance of nutrients. Going to get seachem fundamentals kit for better micro nutrients.
I have algae obviously(very small amount) and once again still trying to find the perfect balance. Before it was lots of micro nutrients and low light, I didn't have algae so yeah.
Every couple days 3-4, I take my plant scissors to disturb the substrate.
Attempt to vacuum a little bit during pwc
Once a week at least 10% water change, normally 20%. (pretty low maintenance)
At feeding if something gets away I try to get it out of the tank
Feed one flake, gets eaten, put in another flake gets eaten, etc.
Every once in a while clean the media in water form the pwc from the tank.
Wipe of algae.
Look for baby water sprite ready to clip off, clip them off, let them float.
Wipe algae off anubias nana (grows slow, so algae likes it)
I also have detritus worms and am stuck with them. Tried tearing down the tank with new gravel no help. Tore it partially down a second time and
changed to Eco complete
Ocean nutrition cichlid omni flakes
A mix I made(frozen food)
Used to feed a couple other flakes but they weren't high quality
I will try to get some pics up soon of the tanks evolution.
08-11-2011, 02:12 PM #2
The bad days
first i had 2 plastic plants (no pics)
i got rid of them
bare small tank with 2 angels = the death of one Angie killed the other one
tank got moved (while i was at school) to another room
algae went away
lots of stuff happened which if i explained could fill a book ( do not ask i really dont feel like typing it all )
anyway had more plastic plants when the tank cleared up and got live plants and some others, i think this is when i got the "nematodes" and took out my hardscape besides a little treasure chest ( they went under the hollow inside of the plastic ones that was their home)plants were left to float around
thats the only picture i have
then i added real driftwood and rescaped
Then i got the live plants IDed the one on the left is non-aquatic, the right is an argentine sword
i took out the dw, got an ammonia spike from on of the pieces
Next comes the tear down because of the "Nematodes" i think the thread i started when i made the choice to tear down i learded the "nematodes" were detritus worms
after the tear down
was a start of a new era
08-11-2011, 02:23 PM #3
08-11-2011, 02:34 PM #4
Gahhh! Again!!!Computer is almost about to crash posting one last thing on the computer. Then attempting on my stupid iPad that's impossible to copy. I hate technology.
Computer won't work. Posting on my iPad if I can get pics to work.
Last edited by Fisharefriends27; 08-11-2011 at 02:36 PM.
08-11-2011, 02:54 PM #5
Plant newb era
My iPad won't work right either. Hmmph.
After learning how to propogate and letting it grow it turned out like this
Don't worry did the whole process
Not sure if I had the new lights yet.
The next next era is next.
08-11-2011, 03:16 PM #6
My iPad is really being a pain now
After adding Ecocomplete, blurry
It needed a trimming because of those baby plants :-)
It has grown alot since then, but I can't get any new pics because of the computer.
Here's the link to the photobucket page (under my moms name)
Hope you enjoyed it, it took a long time to do. Comments welcome like I said before.
08-11-2011, 07:30 PM #7
how it looks today, computers working.
the anubias (one of them) is yellowing from th tip. I think if i remember correctly it that is a pottasium defieciency. dosed NPK this morning(already mentioned) and that should help.
just took that picture. now Angie
Technology is a pain. i take forever and spend so much effort to load like one picture. so here it all is.
Ive been keeping fish over a year.
sorry for all of the water marks. lol.
08-14-2011, 03:03 PM #8
Everything is good. I want to get a co2 test kit before I start running co2. I have it set up and ready besides the mixture. Dosed npk today. I need to top off today, most likely doing a pwc tommorrow.
I'm thinking about trying another plant soon. Probably a stem again, maybe a carpet. One of the lfs's had a HUGE melon sword. I mean it was growing out of the tank with massive leaves.
I need to see if I can sell them water sprite sooner or later.
It looks like haven't gotten anymore algae growth than what I already had. It's too soon to tell if the tank is getting better. I moved some water sprite around. The floaters have gotten a bit more growth. I would like to add some more fish sooner or later, but then the tank won't be as low maintenance so I probably won't.
Maybe I'll get rotalla indica. Or perhaps vallisnera. Or maybe a type of ludwigia. Or even dwarf hair grass. Maybe glossostigma elatinoides. Who knows.
08-14-2011, 03:09 PM #9
Your tank is looking good. It seems like you have a lot of the one plant in there. Ha. Kind of like a jungle goin on in that tank. Good job.
my two favorites in my life.
08-15-2011, 06:12 PM #10
Ok here is the plan
1) beg my mom to get some plants today
2) decide the plants
3) get some more dechlorinator
4) rescape(not the hard scape though)
Here are the plants I think I want
-dwarf hair grass
-maybe glossostigma elatnoides, but I think I'd like a carpet of dhg better
- vallisnera spiralis
-possibly some moss but I like the look of the driftwood as an accent to all of the green lol
Still need research done on them
This tank is supposed to have the sloppy jungle look, but still look ok.
Any plant suggestions, suggestions to change the set up, tips about non pressurized co2?