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Old 09-20-2011, 10:55 PM   #51
 
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Sorry about the clown loach. I would make sure to check under the wood, and other decorations in the tank. When I first started my 50 gallon I had picked up a clown loach, this was when still very new and just starting to learn. It had been a little bit since I had seen him. Started looking in the tank and found him under a piece of driftwood dead. Don't know how good of a jumper they are but it is possible that he may have gotten out.
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Old 09-21-2011, 12:14 PM   #52
 
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Sorry about the clown loach. I would make sure to check under the wood, and other decorations in the tank. When I first started my 50 gallon I had picked up a clown loach, this was when still very new and just starting to learn. It had been a little bit since I had seen him. Started looking in the tank and found him under a piece of driftwood dead. Don't know how good of a jumper they are but it is possible that he may have gotten out.
I'm thinking my bichir may have also eaten him over time. They are known to 'death roll' their prey if it's too large to swallow whole, much like alligators and crocodiles. I moved the driftwood around this morning, still nothing. At least he's in clown loach heaven with all his clown loach buddies.
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:53 AM   #53
 
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Okay, so surprising news everyone! My clown loach is alive! I was just observing my aquariums last night while reading a book, when all the sudden I saw a flash of orange in the dark of my 40 gallon go into the driftwood. My jaw literally dropped, and actually said "What the..." aloud! Then I saw him again, as he went back into the cavernous root structure. I don't know how I could have missed him when I searched the aquarium, but I suppose I should just be happy knowing he didn't become cat food. I saw him several times after that... then I realized that my knife fish was chasing him aggressively. D: No wonder he was so intent on hiding... This week I'll be going to a local pet store that I found and see if they could take him.

On another note... I'm going to be uploading picture regarding my aquarium plants. While the anubias has been growing very well and has been sprouting new leaves, I've been cutting dead leaves off my swords for a while now and still don't even show signs of growing their new, submersed leaves. A part of my java fern has also died, and another leaf seems to be dieing as well, though I have noticed a new leaf growing out of the rhizome. One particle sword that I got (one with no name) seems to be dieing completely as it's getting brown and mushy from the bottom up.
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Old 10-03-2011, 12:31 PM   #54
 
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I'll wait for the photo before commenting on the plants, but some additional info would be helpful. Going back through this thread I didn't find references to these issues.

Substrate, is that plain black sand, or an enriched sand (Flourite Black sand, or something)?
What is the light [# of tubes, brand, watts, kelvin, etc)? And how long is it on daily?
Are you using any liquid or substrate fertilizer additives, and if so, which and how often?
What is the hardness and pH?

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Old 10-03-2011, 02:37 PM   #55
 
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I'll wait for the photo before commenting on the plants, but some additional info would be helpful. Going back through this thread I didn't find references to these issues.

Substrate, is that plain black sand, or an enriched sand (Flourite Black sand, or something)?
What is the light [# of tubes, brand, watts, kelvin, etc)? And how long is it on daily?
Are you using any liquid or substrate fertilizer additives, and if so, which and how often?
What is the hardness and pH?

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The substrate is just plain black sand.
The lighting is one tube, Hagen, 30 watts, 18000 K, 120 lux, 900 lumen, 7500 h. It also has 100% blue light, and around 50% yellow-green, orange, and red. It's on approximately 12 hours a day.
I use a little less than a capful of Flourish Comprehensive once a week.
The hardness is high... not sure about the exact measurement, the pH is around 8.2

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Old 10-03-2011, 04:51 PM   #56
 
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I'm a bit puzzled frankly. Nothing really jumps out, but a couple things might be part of it.

The plants may have come from considerably different water parameters and be taking longer to adjust. I'm assuming from earlier posts that they were acquired online, not from a local store.

Flourish. Not sure how much a capful is (I use the 2 litre jug and measure with a kitchen measuring spoon) but for a 40g it should be about 1/2 a teaspoon per dose. With the sand and decor, there are probably closer to 30 gallons, and 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) treats 30 gallons. Once the day following the water change (if you use a conditioner that detoxifies heavy metals, as this will negate some of the nutrients during the first 24 hours), maybe a second dose of the same amount 3 days after that. But with your hard water (= high in calcium, magnesium), I would be tempted to get a small bottle of Flourish Trace, and use this along with one dose of the Comprehensive. The micro-nutrients (trace elements) sometimes are in short supply. I have very soft water so I use the Comp twice a week to provide some calcium, magnesium, etc. in balance.

The light is high in the blue and the red is very low. Is this a Power-Glo tube? I have read that others have good plant growth with this tube, but I myself am not convinced. Red is essential for aquatic plants. I'm not suggesting this is the issue totally, but if you could perhaps change to a Life-Glo, it might be better. Or the ZooMed Ultra Sun is much the same as Life-Glo but less expensive. Or even less to try would be one of the enhanced daylight tubes by GE, Phillips or Sylvania from a hardware store. I have the Phillips Alto Daylight Deluxe 6500K, and have previously used the equivalent Sylvania tube. The 6500K is the issue here. As these tubes will be a couple dollars, trying one of them might be worth it.

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Old 10-03-2011, 06:09 PM   #57
 
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The tube you are using it supposed to be used with Sun Glo tube . The one you are using is used more for saltwater. Your tank looks kind of Dark and I think Byron is right . I think the problem lays in the light. I posted a very good article in the planted Tank section on lighting you might want to give it a read.
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:26 PM   #58
 
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I'm a bit puzzled frankly. Nothing really jumps out, but a couple things might be part of it.

The plants may have come from considerably different water parameters and be taking longer to adjust. I'm assuming from earlier posts that they were acquired online, not from a local store.

Flourish. Not sure how much a capful is (I use the 2 litre jug and measure with a kitchen measuring spoon) but for a 40g it should be about 1/2 a teaspoon per dose. With the sand and decor, there are probably closer to 30 gallons, and 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) treats 30 gallons. Once the day following the water change (if you use a conditioner that detoxifies heavy metals, as this will negate some of the nutrients during the first 24 hours), maybe a second dose of the same amount 3 days after that. But with your hard water (= high in calcium, magnesium), I would be tempted to get a small bottle of Flourish Trace, and use this along with one dose of the Comprehensive. The micro-nutrients (trace elements) sometimes are in short supply. I have very soft water so I use the Comp twice a week to provide some calcium, magnesium, etc. in balance.

The light is high in the blue and the red is very low. Is this a Power-Glo tube? I have read that others have good plant growth with this tube, but I myself am not convinced. Red is essential for aquatic plants. I'm not suggesting this is the issue totally, but if you could perhaps change to a Life-Glo, it might be better. Or the ZooMed Ultra Sun is much the same as Life-Glo but less expensive. Or even less to try would be one of the enhanced daylight tubes by GE, Phillips or Sylvania from a hardware store. I have the Phillips Alto Daylight Deluxe 6500K, and have previously used the equivalent Sylvania tube. The 6500K is the issue here. As these tubes will be a couple dollars, trying one of them might be worth it.

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I've actually gotten all my plants from two local chains, Petsmart and Pet Supplies Plus. So far I've noticed only the ones from Petsmart are doing poorly, except the anubias which are the only ones growing at a noticeable pace. Two amazon swords and the water sprite are doing well, and are all from Pet Supplies Plus. I'll get some Flourish Trace on my next stop to either store.

As for the light, it's labled an 'Aqua-Glo' light. I knew that both red and blue should be high in the percentage, but this bulb was the only one that would fit in my tank's hood, and my mom told me 'Just get it, I don't want to go to Petsmart just for a light', heh... so I didn't have the greatest of circumstances to get a better bulb.

EDIT: Also, I've noticed a... milky/cloudy film, I suppose, just on the surface of the water. I've never seen the like of it before. When put my finger into water, the film separates and opens up to reveal clear water. Any thoughts? O.o

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Old 10-03-2011, 07:42 PM   #59
 
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I would definitely replace that tube. The Life-Glo is definitely the best for the money, but the others I mentioned previously will also work. From my experience you will have trouble with an Aqua-Glo, I have one and it is sitting in the corner.

The surface scum is nothing to worry about, it is a protein scum. Siphon it off during water changes if necessary. A slight surface movement from the filter will work to keep it at bay, so long as you don't have too much disturbance which will drive CO2 out.
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:44 PM   #60
 
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I would definitely replace that tube. The Life-Glo is definitely the best for the money, but the others I mentioned previously will also work. From my experience you will have trouble with an Aqua-Glo, I have one and it is sitting in the corner.
Your statement makes me breathe a sad sigh, lol. As much as I would run out and get a new bulb this very second, my mom thinks *again" that my tank will be "just fine". I know my hobbies are a strain on her, poor Mom, but she really does view my fish and plants in a different light than other animals... suppose I'll have to somehow get money for a new light before all my plants die. D: Having a job would make this hobby much easier on her wallet.
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