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- Hi OFL, How are you and your tanks. I think my tank is starting to stabilize. There is hardly any gas buildup anymore. The nitrates are finally dropping on it's own. It went from 40 ppm down to 5ppm. Ammonia and nitrites are always zero. I'm getting more plants in the next couple of days. I just hope I can fit them as my existing plants have grown so huge. The duckweed is still in there. I scoop some of it out as it's starting to populate in there. Everything that's living in the tank seems bright and happy. (New betta, neons, shrimp, and the MTS and the sneaky pond snails. Since you've helped me so much, I just wanted to give you a follow up on the tank :D Hope you are well! I've posted a picture of the tank in my gallery if you'd like to see :D
In how much water i should keep my turtle?
I have bought two red eared slider baby turtles and i am keeping them in 12 by 12 inch of fish tank and i was told by the shop keeper not to keep turtle in water, only the water should be till their legs to feel wet, keeping turtles in water will make their eyes blurred.So i have this question that whether i should keep them in water or in the way as the shop keeper has told me. Please help as i am very concerned about my turtles.
- Aw I'm sure she won't forget you. You saved her from dying in the yard. Must of been fun walking her. You did a wonderful thing for her <3 Yeah, duckweed is a natural looking plant. Just hard to test water, change water, or get in there without the duckweed clinging all over you XD It likes to leap into my test tubes..
- Thank you--she is a sweet heart....she was released back into the wild on the 3rd...really hard to do....but she is a wild animal after all....I keep looking for her to come back to eat....lol.....
Yes, once you have duckweed it can be hard to get rid of...but why...lol...its a great little plant....
- Fresh dirt smells good too! There's nothing like it. I hear once you expose your tank to duckweed, you won't be able to get rid or it. I don't mind it, it look natural and nice. I wanted to say, that little opossum in your gallery is a cutie pie <3
- I have never kept pennyworts-but I have read they can be hard to keep sometimes...so true-duckweed can get on everything....lol....my water lettuce and frogbit are like that too....I remove handfuls daily since it grow so fast....lol.....I have never had any problems with it shading out the rooted plants and causing growth problems as long as I get it thinned out for light penetration within a reasonable time....good that the water is clear and smells like cucumbers.....lol....never had mine smell like that...lol.....I wish they did...I like that smell.....mine smell like fresh dirt.....
- That is very true. The swords seem to like my tank. Even through they were stirred up a little, they are growing more and more every time I see them. Pennyworts aren't too enthusiastic but they are alive and growing. I got the duckweed and put some of it in. I didn't want to put too much to block out light. That stuff gets all over you lol.. Hopefully it will deplete the nitrate levels, then everything will be zero. The water is crystal clear now, which calms me down. The water smells like a giant cucumber which I guess it better then eggs. I'll keep posted, still waiting on the other plants :/
- Your welcome...and you will....as we grow and learn...a bit of trial and error.....we gain experience....sometimes we have to figure out what works for us and our setup...each one can be different---even sitting side-by-side with all the same stuff.....one plant may not do well in one tank- while in the tank sitting next to it grows like a weed.......soon everything will fall into place.....
- Okay, my duckweed was delivered today, so I will poke the substrate again and wash, and then place the duckweed in the tank. Yeah, I definitely do not have enough plants in the tank. I pray that my shipment will come in. I will also find a store near me to get a few more plants while I wait. Good to know about the snails. I guess they were eating the dying parts of a pennywort. Thanks for your continued support OFL. Soon I will understand this info better I hope :)
- Don't order more MTS...they will reproduce enough for you and I wouldn't feed them either....they generally don't eat healthy plants-but will feed on dead/dying plant material and algae/microorganism that are on the plants...if you see them nibbling on plants-it not a healthy plant and you want them to eat it.....good that you have duckweed on its way...this will help...odd that you have nitrate-you must not have enough plants or feeding plant....but it could be from the food for the snails too......