04-01-2013, 08:57 AM
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Originally Posted by xfatdannx
I doubt this alone was the cause, but i may have been feeding the Cyano unintentionally. I was gravel vac-ing today, and i got a little close to my glossostigma, i disturbed it and up rooted it. It was a patch about a quarter in diameter. There were a few stems about maybe about 10 or even upwards of 15 dead leaves that were below the substrate just decaying. Needless to say i removed the Glosso and cleaned it off, separated a few them to spread around the aquarium, and replanted. Hopefully they will do well. Other than that everything has been the same the last few days. Its still coming back but it is over a wider area but less dense. Hope it clears out soon.
on another note, i wish i would have known the benefit of sand over gravel before i got in to this. Oh well. Live and learn. I would like to replace substrate but do not want to recycle.
With a planted tank IME and IMHO you can tear down an existing tank, replace the substrate, replant the plants and refill the tank with the water you took out all without any parameter spikes except for an initial nitrate spike.
Because the plants consuem ammonia directly preventing the dreaded tank crash.
FWIW I also use peat moss trapped under play sand. The peat moss helps keep kh and gh in line.
Still just my .02