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post #151 of 165 Old 11-06-2013, 06:40 AM
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Hope your into the blue now! With the the experts help and knolodge you will be able to control your tank, kepping your fish health and plants green, your in a good places at the right time, 1year of fishkeeping under your belt, the next year your ready and eger to learn as much as you can, things make sence as well its just remembering it all is my problem,
I dont know how your plants come to you but mine are grownin in netpots with rockwool in a bare bottom tank, once i get them home i gentle remove all the rockwool leaven just the rootmass, i then dig and lie the roots onto the bottom of my tank back filling the silca sand, i would never put root tabs or fetz in my tanks yet ive grown over 10 strains of swords each as good as the next, unless your plants are yellowing or drooping i would leave any fertzs.

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Hope your into the blue now! With the the experts help and knolodge you will be able to control your tank, kepping your fish health and plants green, your in a good places at the right time, 1year of fishkeeping under your belt, the next year your ready and eger to learn as much as you can, things make sence as well its just remembering it all is my problem,
I dont know how your plants come to you but mine are grownin in netpots with rockwool in a bare bottom tank, once i get them home i gentle remove all the rockwool leaven just the rootmass, i then dig and lie the roots onto the bottom of my tank back filling the silca sand, i would never put root tabs or fetz in my tanks yet ive grown over 10 strains of swords each as good as the next, unless your plants are yellowing or drooping i would leave any fertzs.

Best of luck to you
Thanks for the advice :) I wasn't using ferts at first, but I was getting no growth and the swords were practically dead. The leaves were yellow and see-through, so I started using root tabs. It's helped, but they still aren't thriving. I think I need new lighting (I'm fairly positive I do, actually) but I have to find something I can afford first.

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post #153 of 165 Old 11-23-2013, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Nothing exciting to update.

The 20 has been a pain trying to keep the gravel clean. I should convert it to sand but I just don't know if I can handle that mess again lol.

The 55 has been about the same. I can see new plant growth, but nothing is getting taller. I've constantly wiping diatomes from the Colosseum, and thinking of just removing it all together. My plan was to leave it until the plants got a little taller, but I think I'm going to have to just buy full grown plants if I want that.
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post #154 of 165 Old 11-24-2013, 07:54 PM
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Ahhh! Here's the hard part - patience!
*nods knowingly*

Give it time to settle in and grow, momma. . . the best tanks are the ones that grow in over time. <3

HAPPY to hear all is quiet and doing well over there! ^_^
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post #155 of 165 Old 11-25-2013, 01:35 PM Thread Starter
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I removed the Colosseum last night. My oh and I agreed that it looked awful covered in algae and I was so sick of cleaning it all the time, so it just came out. I gave the sand a good cleaning and a few hours later I noticed there were blotches in the algae on the plants. It appears that the diatoms are now dissipating slowly from removing the last bit of decoration from the tank. The water no longer smells musty either. I'm also hoping that maybe the plants will get more light without a tall structure in the way absorbing all the refracted rays.

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post #156 of 165 Old 12-10-2013, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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I'm on the search for something small that eats algae. I cannot get rid of the diatomes. I am almost positive it's my lighting, but I can't afford better lights yet. I am nervous about introducing any snails that can rapidly reproduce, and when I tried mystery snails, they had died quickly in the past. Our tanks are fully cycled now, but I am still nervous about finding dead snails and polluting the tanks. I was considering an algae eater, but read they are aggressive towards slow moving fish, and since I have baby angels, I don't want it to attack them. I would love for a small pleco to work out in our tank, but I've lost two now, and am nervous to try those again as well. Hopefully I can find something that will work :)

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Nerite snails are excellent algae eaters and do not reproduce.

You would be fine to get a small pleco, like a BN, with or without a/some nerites.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
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Nerite snails are excellent algae eaters and do not reproduce.

You would be fine to get a small pleco, like a BN, with or without a/some nerites.
Thank you jaysee!

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125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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I love my Nerites, too! ^_^
I don't know if they eat diatoms, I've never had an issue with those that didn't clear up with a little bit of time. . . they ARE fantastic algae eaters, though, and just neat little critters in general.
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