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  1. Oldfishlady
    10-07-2011 11:25 AM - permalink
    Oldfishlady
    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....
  2. aurasoulful
    10-06-2011 05:52 PM - permalink
    aurasoulful
    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
  3. Oldfishlady
    10-06-2011 02:54 PM - permalink
    Oldfishlady
    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.....
  4. aurasoulful
    10-06-2011 01:47 PM - permalink
    aurasoulful
    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 :/
  5. Oldfishlady
    10-06-2011 09:56 AM - permalink
    Oldfishlady
    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.....
  6. aurasoulful
    10-05-2011 11:54 PM - permalink
    aurasoulful
    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 :)
  7. Oldfishlady
    10-05-2011 05:36 PM - permalink
    Oldfishlady
    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......
  8. aurasoulful
    10-05-2011 05:20 PM - permalink
    aurasoulful
    Okay, thanks for responding. I poked it some more. I'll change the water again when I get home. I do have some MTS in the tank. Maybe I didn't get enough of them. I could order some more. The film could be from the veggies I've been giving the snails as they were nibbling the plants. The readings from my last test were Ammonia 0, Nitrites 0, and Nitrates 20ppm. I just panicked because there is so much gas build-up. I've got a cup of duckweed coming in the mail. I hope it arrives soon. I'm still waiting for the other plants to process and ship from Sweet aquatics. I've been smelling the tank. It doesn't smell bad, I'll keep you posted
  9. Oldfishlady
    10-05-2011 02:11 PM - permalink
    Oldfishlady
    That too bad...I would keep doing some water changes and add more stem and floating plants...along with some MTS and try to save it..its normal to have some bubble come from the substrate and not all bubble are bad either...its normal...the film may be normal organic substance too and the system needs more time to mature/balance itself....
  10. aurasoulful
    10-05-2011 01:57 PM - permalink
    aurasoulful
    Hey, I just wanted to thank you for helping me out with my NPT. Sadly lots of gases built up I guess after my water change last night. I discovered whitish film in places on top of the substrate. When I started poking around, bubbles kept coming up. I can go poke some more and I know more will appear. I've poked so much, the water is now cloudy. So I guess I have to take it down after all. Thanks again though

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