Wow I just got most of the plants I wanted in the cart, the total including shipping is like $35 or so. I think I am going to go with pygymy chain swords as a carpeting plant that will be slightly higher than the norm and if I get shrimp in there, they will like it. I need a bit more than 1 bag of ecocomplete, which is going to cost me more -_- Wish they had a 10lb option.
I think the cost of a redo may be the same as the filter so I might just tear it down Thanksgiving break and give it a fresh look. I think I am gonna trash all the plants as well so there will hopefully be no algae left. So I am looking at at least like $80 needed. That should cover plants and substrate. May also get some driftwood, the head is getting old lol. I think I will go manzinita hunting as some places have some around here and I already have some pieces. I am thinking mosses!
I have the rotala which is supposed to be somewhat reddish. The hygrophila corymbosa is supposed to be red under high light. Before the great snail invasion, a lot of the leaves were reddish. I have something that I think may be ludwiga repens or natans. Not sure, it was just labeled "assorted stem plant" at the LFS. It's reddish. When I started out the tank was densely planted but now it's more likely moderately planted. Everything is stem but the three crypt parvas and an amazon sword that is unhappy with the sand. Oh yeah. And I just tossed a forgotten moss ball in there.
If it's just cyanobacteria that you're dealing with, you might consider UV sterilization. There's a filter by TrueAqua that has UV light in it. I'll PM you the link.
How many red plants or reddish plants do you have and how would you say how densley planted your tank is?
I think I will just get Maracyn, if it doesn't fix it there WILL be a complete tear down, most plants will be thrown, but I will try to save some, like the hygros as I like them and they are easy to clean. I will probably just go ecocomplete and I might get some more demanding plants. Gonna order off the site you ordered off of and get rotala, as there was a lot in those bunches you gave me lol. Will cost a bit, but its annoying seeing all this algae/ bacteria. Oh and I heard it can be dirt related...
Oh and just to tell you, my plants are no longer stunted with buying all the ferts and dosing like Mrmomsfishtanks on Youtube.
Yeah, erythromycin. So you can get either API Erythromycin or Mardel Maracyn and get the same product.
I can't find dwarf sag yet. Still looking. The crypts might have an iron deficiency, the leaves are turning yellow. I put iron in last week. I don't have an iron testing kit but the Seachem bottle said to keep the iron level at 0.10mgl. Do you think I need to add iron every week?
Supposedly erythromycin is safe for bacteria. I really really want a foreground plant that forms some kind of carpet but the dwarf loaches uproot things. The best I can do is crypt parva and it doesn't like the fact that I don't have many nutrients in the soil. -___- I'm afraid to put root tabs in because I don't want the loaches to burrow into them.
No, it doesn't leach ammonia, so I'm guessing the wood, as it does have a lot of fungus. I'm gonna change the water and see how much the water change takes out and how much leaches out in 24 hours. I might add a pothos plant as well with Mars. So with the hairgrass I got a couple tiny pieces of glosso and they are growing a bit so maybe I can have two awesome looking plants. Scape is gonna be messed up though.
I might try it then, because it is really annoying, I don't know if it will kill all the other bacteria in the soil though...