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post #31 of 57 Old 06-26-2013, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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I noticed on my micro swords that it looks like they have nodes and it looks like roots are coming out of them but im not sure because I've never had micro swords before and if they are roots how do I replant them. I have one big clump of them in front of the tank and a few that came out of the clump scattered around the front and sides, also i'm not sure when to trim them they are pretty tall right now I was thinking I needed to pull the clump apart and separate it into smaller sections. thanks for all the help I like having plants almost as much as I like having fish
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post #32 of 57 Old 06-26-2013, 12:24 PM
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I noticed on my micro swords that it looks like they have nodes and it looks like roots are coming out of them but im not sure because I've never had micro swords before and if they are roots how do I replant them. I have one big clump of them in front of the tank and a few that came out of the clump scattered around the front and sides, also i'm not sure when to trim them they are pretty tall right now I was thinking I needed to pull the clump apart and separate it into smaller sections. thanks for all the help I like having plants almost as much as I like having fish
If this is true microsword, are you referring to the runners? Check the second photo in our profile
Lilaeopsis brasiliensis
it clearly shows the runners under the substrate along the front glass. These will spread all over. You can leave them to have a nice "carpet," or if you don't want them spreading somewhere just cut the runner. This plant should be spread apart a bit when planting, as it explains in the profile.

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post #33 of 57 Old 06-26-2013, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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so the bunch I have needs to be separated then and it is micro swords in the tank. They've been the tank almost two weeks now and some pieces have turned brown and some have turned clear which im guessing means they died but so far about 90% of them are doing good so I think I will pull that bunch out and separate them and scatter them out in a cheaker board pattern like the article said.
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post #34 of 57 Old 06-30-2013, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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For the last five days my tank has been kinda foggy and i tried doing water changes but it is still foggy, i only feed the fish once a day and i have four fish the only thing i did was take the cartridge out of the filter and take the pieces of hornwort out of it and then i put it back in and thats when the tank started getting foggy, i wanted to know if this is a bacteria bloom and if it is what can i do to fix it. The tank was'nt cycled the right way when it was set up also can i use other media to put in the filter it's a hob filter or do i have to keep using the cartridges. Any advice will be very helpful.
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post #35 of 57 Old 06-30-2013, 05:00 PM
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Your tank sounds like it is about a month old or so... With few fish and plants in there it hardly matters now how it was cycled as it is doing it on its own regardless. Just stick with the existing cartridges and wait it out. Maybe don't feed for the next day and cut back feeding for a few days until it clears up. There's not much to "do" for this except reduce organics going into the tank.

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Small scale nitrogen cycle with a jar, water and fish food; no substrate, filter etc
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post #36 of 57 Old 07-01-2013, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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thanks for the advice jdm I will cut back on the feeding for a couple of days, sofar I have my three anubias plants, my micro swords and Friday I added crypotocoryne wendtii 'tropica', windelov java fern which is attached to drift wood and water wisteria. Do I need to put a root tab in the gravel next to the wendtii ?
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I would say no but some find they help. I tried it once and they wilted... once removed they perked back up.

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post #38 of 57 Old 07-09-2013, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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I just checked the water perimeters and the ph is at 6.0 which is normal because the tap water is 6.0 the ammonia is at 1.0 ppm at the moment and the nitrite and nitrates are at 0ppm now with the ammonia its been between .50 and 1.0 since the tank was set up about 4 months ago, I've tried doing multiple water changes in a week at 50% , I tried feeding the fish every other day just using a pinch of food, I tried changing the cartridge out and all that did was make the water cloudy not sure how that was possible and nothing has worked so far. Right now I have three anubias plants some micro swords some crypt wendtii some wisteria, and a java fern wendolov and since day 1 the nitrite and nitrates have always been 0 ppm Im currently doing a 50% water change once a week and dosing with flourish the next day I also use prime when I do the water change im using a air stone as well. If any one might know what might be going on with the tank I would try any thing to get it where it needs to be and I don't know if this may or may not help but the lights stay on for 8 hours a day from 8am til 4pm thanks for all the help.
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I just checked the water perimeters and the ph is at 6.0 which is normal because the tap water is 6.0 the ammonia is at 1.0 ppm at the moment and the nitrite and nitrates are at 0ppm now with the ammonia its been between .50 and 1.0 since the tank was set up about 4 months ago, I've tried doing multiple water changes in a week at 50% , I tried feeding the fish every other day just using a pinch of food, I tried changing the cartridge out and all that did was make the water cloudy not sure how that was possible and nothing has worked so far. Right now I have three anubias plants some micro swords some crypt wendtii some wisteria, and a java fern wendolov and since day 1 the nitrite and nitrates have always been 0 ppm Im currently doing a 50% water change once a week and dosing with flourish the next day I also use prime when I do the water change im using a air stone as well. If any one might know what might be going on with the tank I would try any thing to get it where it needs to be and I don't know if this may or may not help but the lights stay on for 8 hours a day from 8am til 4pm thanks for all the help.
Fortunately with an acidic pH (below 7) ammonia changes into ammonium which is basically harmless. The plants will take it up. So there is no harm to the fish, and I would not overdo the water changes.

Getting the biology stable might deal with this. From your info I've no idea where it might be coming from.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #40 of 57 Old 07-10-2013, 08:07 AM Thread Starter
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thanks Byron I was worried that the fish would be in trouble with the ammonia, the only other issue I have is a little algae on the leaves of the anubias plants and the water being a little hazy, you can see through it but its not crystal clear and on the algae do you think I should get some shrimps to take care of it and if so what kind of shrimp.
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