04-22-2012, 08:03 PM
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I'd definately encourage you to get a lot more deeply-substrated plants to keep the substrate healthy.
Crypts and swords are both great- E Bleheri will get extremely large, but there are smaller swords available online (klienar prinz, E. Blehirae compacta, Echinodorus 'rubin' all come to mind) .
A small filter will help keep the water clear. (sponge filter would be perfect)
Add a few floating plants and your fish will calm down and color up more- maybe some amazon frogbit.
Keep oxygen levels relatively high too. (the soil will produce lots of CO2- more surface movement won't drive the CO2 down, instead, in my experience, higher O2 will simply grow more bacteria in the substrate, which produces more CO2. In essense, soil tanks seem to balance themselves as long as there's enough oxygen to keep the soil from getting anaerobic.)
Definately keep an eye out for the fish hanging out at the surface- If you notice, then smell the water. If you smell rotten eggs, break the tank down and redo it. If you don't smell rotten eggs, then add a little surface movement.
Last edited by redchigh; 04-22-2012 at 08:05 PM..