10-27-2012, 11:01 PM
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Haven't updated this in a few months, but there has been some really big changes. I tried taking pictures, pre-trimming but for some reason they came out greenish. I've had some small algae problems (nothing too bad) but green water wasn't one. Green dust algae on the glass has come and been defeated. BBA appeared and I've been brutal in trying to eliminate it. I do mean brutal. I've ripped out entire plants to stop it from spreading and that might have been enough to solve it. Well it might have, if I really want completely through with it. I'm loathe to rip out my sunset hygro given the difficulty I had in finding a legal source for it.
To further prevent algae I'm only leaving the lights on 7 hours a day. I've also tried to adjust my two flow bars so that there are no dead spots (all the BBA occurred in the same area of the tank where the flow was poor). One more thing...I've added CO2. I was very nervous about that and the fish. The fish could seem to care less. There's enough fast growing plants in my tank that I'm guessing there's plenty of O2 even with the CO2. I've yet to see any red gills or gasping for breath. Just a lot of active fish.
Speaking of fish, I don't believe I have lost one yet. It's hard to try and count Boraras though. There's at least 20 of them still in there, possibly more of course. The Yunnanilus cruciatus and Dario hysginon are all accounted for at 9 and 6 a piece. I've controlled the urge to add any more fish, although I would certainly love to. Just am clueless if I have the space. Snails I have not been so lucky with. My pond snails are fine. Malaysian trumpet snails? I put them in, they dig into the substrate, the next day I find them dead on the substrate. No idea why and it seems cruel to keep trying.
Plant rundown since I tinkered of course
Hygrophila polysperma 'sunset'
Heteranthera zosterifolia (Stargrass)-This one isn't Asian, but it's my second fastest grower so I hate to take it out.
Rotala 'Yao Yai'
Rotala macranda 'Japan red'-really proud of myself for keeping something so hard alive and growing well for months
Rotala 'pearl'-well this one has been ordered
Not much for me to do at the moment aside from decide how I want to change things around, figure out if I can add more fish, and and enjoy the tank which I certainly have been.