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Old 07-14-2011, 10:50 AM   #11
 
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Old 07-14-2011, 11:25 AM   #12
 
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Could be nitrogen deficiency (ammonium), this comes from fish and bacteria (don't clean the substrate to encourage organics). The roots growing into the substrate is natural, not the issue itself, just so you know.
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Old 07-15-2011, 01:14 PM   #13
 
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The tanks chemistry is all off. It has allot of hair algae but the java fern is dying, and that crypt that is now in the 10 (and I made another post before) grows very well. I need to really work on it. I have reduced the amount of light and scrubbed the wood and it has been better. The betta seems to be doing fine and parameters are OK, i just need to finally get rid of the algae and redo the plants.

As for the 10. I will be taking the filter out of my 29gallons canister tomorrow and putting it in the 10. I added a few more plants and I'm using stability. If I can get to the LFS tomorrow ill hopefully find some wood and rock, and I may try some moss. I think im going to do the community tank, and I'm set with ember tetra, just don't know when I can get/find them.

Should I keep the damaged java fern in the tank right now? I'm not concerned with looks as I have nice, healthy green fern from my 29 that I will move into this tank, I just want the plants to start filtering the water so its safe for the fish.
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Old 07-19-2011, 10:33 PM   #14
 
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OK so I decided to do the community tank, and bought 7 Ember Tetra 3 days ago. They are doing great, and I really like them, they are really active. This tank is on hold until i get the driftwood to sink in my 29gallon, as the wood in this tank is the old wood from the 29 and but I may have to move it back into the 29 for a while.

While I work on the driftwood issue, I would like to add MTS, but I cannot find them locally


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Old 07-20-2011, 09:40 AM   #15
 
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That's very nice. I would only add a pygmy chain sword in one front corner; it will settle and send out runners and you'll have a nice patch of thin-leaf plants around the wood.

If you could find some of the dwarf-species corys... that's an ideal setup for them.
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Old 07-20-2011, 09:13 PM   #16
 
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That's very nice. I would only add a pygmy chain sword in one front corner; it will settle and send out runners and you'll have a nice patch of thin-leaf plants around the wood.

If you could find some of the dwarf-species corys... that's an ideal setup for them.
Thanks for the plant suggestion, that is exactly what im looking to do.

Dwarf corys are in and out at my LFS so I will get them, but not for a while, especially because it looks like they are sensitive. My next addition will be some MTS shipped from a forum member hopefully next week.

Also, there are some white spots on the tetra and one had stringy white poop last night, so I need to keep an eye on that.
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:46 PM   #17
 
i have a chain sword and I started with one and now have 12 runners, it over run my ten gallon, but then again, it looks kinda good
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:37 PM   #18
 
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OK so its been a few days. Ember Tetra are doing great, I added some more plants, and adjusted the wood/heater/filter to the final positions.

I love the ember tetra. They are so active. Still light in color, but I will be feeding frozen food soon so that should help, plus I'm sure they are still getting used to their surroundings.

I will be adding MTS this week thanks to DKRST. He is sending me ~100, mostly small ones. How many should I put in the 10 gallon to be my clean up crew/move my sand around? The rest will go in the 29 gallon with the eco complete. My zebra loaches may enjoy them.

While messing with my 29 gallon, I broke the roots of my dwarf lily off its bulb. Will that continue to sprout or did I kill the plant? If its ok I moved a couple of sprouts with roots in the back right corner to see if it would grow, and I planted the bulb in the 10 so it would grow faster.

I cant decide on final stocking, although I know I want sparkling gourami (donno how many) and a dwarf cory (I was thinking 7). If I did that I don't know if I could add a dwarf rasbora if I ever found them. My LFS has rasbora brittani but I don't like them. I would rather have mosquito rasbora. I would also up my ember tetra from 7 to 10 maybe because I like them.

Here is a pic of the tank now:


What is this on my substrate. Is it snail/ fish poop or junk from the wood/plants?
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Old 07-24-2011, 11:04 PM   #19
 
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The stuff on the substrate looks like stuff from the wood imo. Is that the old piece of driftwood you said you had moved over to ur new tank? If so how old is it? Is it soft to the touch? If soo that stuff is probably from the wood and imo should be thrown away. But I would definitely get some others opinion for sure on this. As I am not really experienced on this matter. One thing I am sure of is I would definitely siphon it out of the tank.
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Old 07-24-2011, 11:08 PM   #20
 
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In a weeks time it covered a nice part on the tank. I got most of it out after I took this pic. The wood has been in my other tank for about 10-11 months. I also swished my fingers around above the substrate and it started to float an the filter got some of it out
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