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My 50g, oh boy! (big pictures?)
Old 04-17-2010, 02:16 PM   #11
 
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You're most welcome.

The nitrite reading suggests a mini-cycle from something; nitrite should always be zero once a tank is cycled. Nitrate at zero might indicate the same given the presence of ammonia and nitrite; in established planted tanks nitrate is often zero, depending upon the fish load balance with the plants.

Filter is fine in my view. On the light, there are two 15w fluorescent tubes over this 50g. I would (regardless of this other issue) recommend full spectrum or daylight tubes, around 6500K. Cool white is good plant light, but with what you have in the photos I think the two tubes will be adequate provided they are both full spectrum. I can go into this more if you ask.

If plants are growing/alive, then they are photosynthesizing (that's how they grow). Under adequate intensity and duration (minimum 10 hours a day) I see no reason why the plants you have can't make use of the CO2 from those fish and biological processes. I don't think this is the problem. One correction, plants need nitrogen and prefer getting this from ammonium; in acidic water the ammonia from the fish etc automatically changes to ammonium so plants grab it. In basic water, they have the ability in their cells to use the ammonia and change it to ammonium which they then assimilate. Chloramine is not involved in this; chloramine is what water suppliers are now often adding to water with chlorine; chloramine does not dissipate out of the water like chlorine does; chloramine releases chlorine over time, and ammonia is if memory serves me part of the process. Anyway, your water conditioner if it detoxifies chlorine and chloramine (not all do) will handle this if chloramine is present in your tap water. [Chlorine is interestingly a micro-nutrient for plants, but all of us who use declorinators still have excellent plant growth and I certainly don't add chlorine in my fertilizer, so I'm not sure just what it does but it can't be too important.]

I think the answer to this issue is a mini-cycle occurring. The tank has been running fine for two years; I assume (again) this ammonia/nitrite reading and other things is just recently? Did anything occur that you can think might have been connected?
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Old 04-17-2010, 02:25 PM   #12
 
it's been running fine for a month, mini-cycle is probable, I added the 5 albino corys and the dwarf gourami at once, and thought adding a few plants would absorb the bioload, guess I was wrong.

Oh well! Nothing a few weeks and water changes cant cure!

Thank you again byron!

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Old 04-17-2010, 03:11 PM   #13
 
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The plants should easily have handled this. Keep an eye on it, observe the fish; if they are not stressed, I wouldn't worry. And keep us posted.

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Old 04-17-2010, 10:40 PM   #14
 
I was out and about today and grabbed another fern, tiger lily, and 3 bacteria-laden bioballs fresh from the LFS sump filter, that should do me for now. I'll check the water again tomorrow to see how its doing.

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Old 04-20-2010, 09:03 AM   #15
 
So, I did my regular 25% WC yesterday, and everything seems to be back to normal so far... ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 5ppm

fish seem just fine, i think i'm in the clear now

on a happier note, i found a local fish distributor that delivers for free and has some pretty sweet prices, hoorah!

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Old 04-23-2010, 10:49 PM   #16
 
So I was at the LFS, and adopted a crayfish.

So far, he's doing great with all of the tankmates, he's already molted once, and he's eating detritus like there's no tomorrow (which is awesome).

I haven't seen him try to grab anything with his tiny pincer yet, and everything in the tank seems to be much faster than him.

And I took some pictures too!

I posted something in the invert thread, but maybe someone could look here too and tell me what kind of crayfish he is?

BTW, he's about 2.5 inches long.

Here's some pictures!


Also, I'm not sure if anyone else has seen or heard of these shrimp bamboo charcoal tubes, but my shrimp LOVE them. As you'll see in the picture below.
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:09 PM   #17
 
Ok, been a while since I've updated!

So, I had 2 bolivian rams, male and female, and they just weren't lovin' eachother... So I went on down to my LFS, and bought 2 more, seeing as how I have ample room.

Well, the new male, and the old female paired up, and vice versa! I'm so excited, I have 2 breeding pairs now... And just 2 days after the old female and new male paired (which is _SO_ strange, seeing as how the male is about half her size), they just mated, there are about 80 eggs on a small piece of polished rock now. I would rescue the rock right now, but my growout tank is actually completely full of about 100 danio and 30 mollies.

But I'm still very much excited.

I was lucky enough to catch them in the act, and watched them fill up the whole rock, which took ~2 hours. After they were finished, they both picked up sand in their mouths, and spit it on the eggs... And so far, the female does the majority of fanning the eggs, the male only comes in for about 10 minutes every 30 or so.

Anyways, very much exciting.. i've also added 2 shrimp tanks, both are done cycling, but I'm getting a good layer of mulm in the CBS/CRS before I add them, as I hear they like "well conditioned" tanks... It's also a blackwater tank.

Anyways, here's some pictures!
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Old 05-19-2010, 04:00 AM   #18
 
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Great looking tank you've got there! Good looking rams, too!
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Old 05-19-2010, 12:48 PM   #19
 
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That is indeed beautiful, very nice work.

Your experience with the Bolivian Rams is true to form; spawning is much more likely when the fish can choose their mate. When the eggs hatch, the female will shepherd the fry around, but be forewarned that although they try hard they are unlikely to protect them from the other fish. That's fine though, all part of nature, and they will spawn again and again. If you really want to raise the fry, in future you might be best to consider setting up a small tank for the pair, a 20g would work for this, just the pair of Rams and let them raise the youngsters. Be regular with partial water changes after the fry hatch, and obviously have somewhere to offload them (stores, other hobbyists) as they will outgrow the 20g fast.

That is a lovely aquarium.

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Old 05-22-2010, 01:01 AM   #20
 
Well thanks guys, been workin hard on this here setup for a while now, it's really startin to come together.

Speaking of which, I took pictures of some of my shrimp tonight.

Here ya go!
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