03-16-2013, 09:41 PM
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Hi guys, figured it was time for another update!
Tank is still coming down from it's nitrite spike. Remaining ghost shrimp are doing ok, no more losses and water parameters are improving. I've blocked some of the light as raising the fixture didn't seem to do enough. The new light levels seem much better and put me at about 2.3W/G. I think I'll probably rewire it with a few less diodes soon. I've continued to lightly dose seachem flourish every few days (3-4).
I moved the rotala out of the flow of the filter outlet, so we will see how it looks in a little while. I think if it doesn't improve I'm going to take it out and try something else. Possibly cabomba, as I like the finer leaf structure. The bacopa is still giving me a hard time. The tops grow extremely fast, older growth wilts and eventually develops holes/tears. Generally after the new leaves are a couple days old and have a few newer leaves growing above them they start to wilt, no idea why. The anubias nana is alright, I think it's generally pretty healthy as it's growing a bit and the leaves look ok. Some of the leaves have little brown spots on them, but I think this is just diatoms. There is one leaf on the left that has developed a white tip, I'm not sure what this is or if I need to do anything. You can see both the supposed diatoms and the white tip in the picture. The hair grass is still growing like mad and just looks better and better. Each time I do a water change I tease out the new growth and replant it, so you can see it all over the front of the tank now. The old dead blades continue to thin out.
I noticed that my PH is drifting between about 6.9 and 7.2, is this ok? Part of it is probably just me slightly misreading the colors each time, but it does seem to vary a bit.
Thanks for showing me the wet spot strand, their selection is impressive!