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Old 10-03-2013, 11:06 AM   #121
 
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I rearranged the plants a bit. I was surprised how well the sprites were anchored already! I had to sift the sand to let it all fall away from the roots so I could move it. I moved them all from the front of the tank, and put one larger one in each corner. A medium one I am floating, and the two small ones I am floating in the 20g. I grouped my three anubias plants together so the gourami and corys have more "covered" area. My swords looks terrible. Well, one plant keep sprouting up new leaves but they aren't really getting any longer than a couple inches. The one withe the tallest leaves are falling apart. I have a root tab between all three of them, so I'm not sure what else I can do for them. I may pull them out if I have reason to think them wilting like this is contributing to my residual .25 ammonia reading :-/







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Old 10-03-2013, 11:07 AM   #122
 
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Wow, sorry those turned out so crappy, they didn't look that bad after I took them on my phone :-/
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Old 10-03-2013, 11:15 AM   #123
 
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Maybe these will be a little clearer...







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Old 10-03-2013, 12:04 PM   #124
 
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I'm not an expert on plecos but I'm pretty sure they need driftwood to thrive. Also, give the swords time to adjust. A lot of plants take a bit to settle in. Are those your anubias in the back row? If so, looks like the rhizome is buried. Make sure it's not. They're best attached to a piece of wood or tied to rock.

Looking good overall!
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:27 PM   #125
 
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I'm not an expert on plecos but I'm pretty sure they need driftwood to thrive. Also, give the swords time to adjust. A lot of plants take a bit to settle in. Are those your anubias in the back row? If so, looks like the rhizome is buried. Make sure it's not. They're best attached to a piece of wood or tied to rock.

Looking good overall!
I'm sure it's just the pictures, the rhizomes are completely out on all the Anubis plants.


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Old 10-06-2013, 05:20 PM   #126
 
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Added 4 more neons today, so now there are seven

Also one of my black phantom males is ready to spawn 0.0


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Old 10-10-2013, 01:25 PM   #127
 
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I'm still having ammonia issue. I've been adding Prime to neutralize it but it keeps rising. I've been doing water changes every other day, and on the opposite days adding extra prime. I moved everything in the tank to vacuum really well, and triple count the fish toke sure everyone's here. I took the filter apart yesterday too, to shake off debris that may be contributing to the problem. Nothing's helping

I've cut back on feeding as well. They get one meal every other day right now. I'm just at a loss, I sure hope this clears up soon!


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Old 10-10-2013, 01:31 PM   #128
 
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How high is the ammonia?

Have you checked your tap water to see if it has ammonia in it?
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Old 10-10-2013, 02:02 PM   #129
 
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Second what BDM says about checking the tap water. Never a bad idea to check it periodically, I've found that around here the parameters in my tap tend to shift seasonally. I've never had ammonia in my tap, but I do get nitrates in there in the spring, or after a lot of rain, especially - and I've read a lot of people on here who will also get ammonia readings in tap that can shift and change, depending on what's going on in the world.

Happy to hear those water sprites are doing so well for you! *dances* For the swords, I can only see the one in the front, but you might want to pull it up just a little bit. They don't like to have their crowns covered, so you want to be sure that the spot where all the stems come together, just above the roots, is above the substrate. I'd also consider separating them, and giving each their own root tab. Swords are heavy root feeders, especially when they're putting out a lot of new leaves. I've found that when I plant them very closely together, I'll have one or two 'hog' the nutrients from the others, and grow much faster. From the shapes of the leaves and stems, it looks to me that these sword plants were grown emersed (out of the water, on dry land). This is really commonly done with these plants, because they grow much more quickly dry. When they go under, it can take them a few months to slowly transition to their underwater leaves - so they'll really be needing the extra nutrients right now as they go through this process. Once they start thriving, you'll have to separate them, anyway - they're gonna get BIG (hopefully!)

Looks like things are going well for you!!! I hope you get your ammonia issue figured out. *worries* How high has it been, typically? It sounds like you're on top of it, with the water changes, but hopefully you'll get it under control soon! Keep up the good work!!!
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Old 10-10-2013, 02:55 PM   #130
 
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It had suddenly gone up to .25 a couple weeks ago, and I started doing a 50% water change daily and adding extra prime every two days. Then on October 4th it rose to .50 and I continued daily water changes and kept adding Prime. I did end up skipping weekend changes because we were usually gone. DF is only home on weekends so that's our only real family time. I did however always dose Prime after checking the ammonia levels to make sure everything was neutralized. I checked first thing this morning and the ammonia spiked to almost 1. I have not had any nitrites, and the nitrates have been around 5.

There is no ammonia in our tap water. I checked directly from the tap, and after letting it sit in a glass overnight.


Thank you for the tips about the swords Jes! I'll get those swords moved around and add root tabs once I get the dogs brushed out. I got super lucky today and Gabe is taking a nap! ::party:: HAHAHA!
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