Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 11:14 pm Post subject: Re: RESONATE
Its been 4 months plus since my last post. Here is the shpeel on all the happenings till now.
Late october, things were looking up and in november things remained the same. I added fish to the tank and was waiting for things to grow. Unfortunately for me the HC didnot want to grow. The culprit was the light, it was not sufficient fo the tank. Its a f feeter with a depth of 24 inches and needs light to pentrate more than the usual 21 inches. Add to this, the plecors and the Denisones and every other fish thought it would be fun to uproot the plants, just for kicks. The cat and mouse game continued for sometime. They would uproot, I would replant. End of november, I went out of town for a week and asked my folks to take care of the tank. I gave them instructions and left. On my return this is what I found. The picture doesnot do justice to what the initial state was on my return, this is after a lot of treatement with H202.
It was clearly a case of excess nutrient and low co2. The hair algae was about 5 cms if not longer. I am not exagerating. My folks thought that it was natural growth, didnt think anything was out of palce... LOL...
Well they didnt know what to expect, that much I have to say in their defence.
Well the fight was on, it was H202 coupled with a little bit of lights out etc. Finally the algae was under contorl. The run with the HC continued not much fruitful. I took the big boys (plecos) out of the tank into a holding tank, they were having just a little too much of fun at my expense.
The Glossos had done well but were growing straight up though there was some sideways growth. The Glosso and the HC were testimony to that fact.
Enter ACE hobbyist Shelly D'silva and he knew a thing or two about aquarium lighting, led lighting that is. A call to shelly earlier and he had told me the specs and the cost. One things after the other kept happening and I ran myself into a spot of bother with my finances. The light was delayed. In the meanwhile, I has a 52W HO T5 tune which I hooked up to the tank and started trying to grow the HC.
First I tried covering it with the luncheon wrap that you get. No go - less circulation meant algae and the HC withered. This was high quality stuff and set me back a K in cash. Not detered by the faliure I would try again, but after sometime.
It was late mid february by now. work load had considerably increase and there was not much time to spend on the aquarium. The layout suffered. Lack of attention and the Ovalis and peruensis suffered and I just had 1 stem of peruensis and couple of stems of ovalis left. It was going to be an uphill battle now. I wanted to get back the tank back up but didnt want to go buy plants again. Had a fight on my hand now for sure.
You can see the lone stem of peruensis, the ovalis and foreground hc all depleted.
Soon the Glosso also withered, lack of light etc was the cause of its demise.
Now the tank was stock with fauna but no flora.
Around this time I got Shelly to get the ligths built for me, it was mid feb by the time the lights were installed.
I was tired of the layout. There was no resonance in the layout anymore, the moss had started wilting, I think it was the incerease in temprature that did them. The tank was a mess. I needed a change.
I took the block of wood out, the center piece and decided to do another layout, one that would resonate. I am not sure what it was, but the tank didnt feel the same anymore.
So I took out the block if wood, installed the lights and ordered HC again. This time to keep the pesky demons out of the crop, I took advise from a friend and put stainless steel mesh in, dont have pics, but it didnt work. The plants withered. There was my third attempt. By now I had spent about 3 K on HC with still the old jinx playing on me. Disaster was the end result. But I was not one to give up.. I was going to get it right.....
I went pickedup HCagain after giving a lot of though to how I can keep the fish out. The solution is pretty simple I would say. Common household item to groung the HC.
I got the HC and grounded them. This the the fishes didnot get to it. Yeah, I was on my way again.
Now I dont know what had happened. It could have been the lights, the disturbance of the substarta when I remnoved the wood and put in new wood; the tank had a algea bloom, diatoms, slimy and long, not the dust.... It was all over the tank and it was bad, it continued for two weeks. I dont have pics because I was busy, cleaning the tank every single day, manually removing it with a tooth bursh and the planiting forceps.
I started EI, I had no control over ADA and didnt know if the dose was more etc. I could have been less nitrates, the light or the distrurbed substrate. The substrate is multi layered and when i siphoned to remove the wilted moss debry, I took off most of the top layer in places and exposed the peat moss. Peat moss stores nutrients and the excess of nutrients along with the fresh high powered lights could have caused it. It could have the cauvery water that had started flowing into my area. This was a disaster.
Three weeks of manual cleaining and the tank was starting to takes shape. There was no slow down of growth. The plants were responding well to EI dosing.
Well here goes, this is tank as of now, after the four month long journey. Must say it is shaping out well..
Posted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 11:19 am Post subject: Update 19-03
Had to take the Plecos out today. I had got them in there when I had slimy diatom / hairlike algae in there. They did clean up the muck. However when the algae went down, they started searching for food and the search for food only intensified over the past couple of days, they actually moved out the normal feeding grounds and started looking for algae on the tooth picks that are holding the HC. Result, HC is getting uprooted again.
They are in the holding tank for now.
Anybody, who is kept plecos in a tank with HC? Any pointers to keep the HC grounded with plecos around in the long run after the HC grows in and gets rooted?
Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:22 pm Post subject: Discus Discus
I was looking around to check if Discus fish were available. Didnot have any idea of buying one now but found these guys on OLX and went and got it from their owner who is going onsite and wanted a home for them.
I wanted only two to start with but he had three and was insistent that I take all three.
The Little one
The Big One
The Big One
The little One
They are in the holding tank for now. Will be in there for a couple of weeks till they are ready to be moved to the big tank.
Will keep posting progress.
Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:15 pm Post subject: Re: RESONATE
No the Discus are not in the planted tank now. They are in the holding tank. I want to make sure I do the following things before I put the discus in the tank.
Make the last changes to the layout - Time is running out and HC is not doing well. Sometime during the next week, I am going to replace the HC with Glosso for the carpet on the left hand side.
This will mean that I wont be making changes and distrubing the substrate after the Discus are in there. This should take about 3 weeks.
I also have to get a solenoid to regulate CO2 in the night. Discus are extremely sensetive and I dont want CO2 poisoning from a malfunction in the night.
Finalize my fertlizing regime. I have been making changes to my fertilizing regime as I moved from ADA to EI and now am moving to MCI. I have to finalize the amount of KNO3 needed for my tank on a weekly basis and the amount of micros. There have been a couple of instances of overdosing of micros as I am not sure of how much of step 2 ADA to use.
I have to get all these things in place before I introduce the Discus to the planted tank.
Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:37 pm Post subject: Re: RESONATE
Jabba, Hind sight is 20/20. I would absolutely agree. But I got impatient and got myself into this situation where the fishes wont just let the HC root. Time is running out and I want to get the tank ready for some contest and therefore am switching to a foreground of Glosso. I should have Glosso in there by next week.
Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:04 am Post subject: Re: RESONATE
Its been almost a month since my last post. The tank has changed some after that. I had a heavy green dust algae break out, which was brought under control and I can say is eliminated. Switched to MCI. I hardly dose phosphate. The tank requireds ~4gms of KNO3 everyday and I also dose micro ferts every twice or thrice a week - ADA step2.
I also put the Discus into the tank and they are doing pretty well. Feed them Discus biogold and also BHM. They did a turn a bit dark when I put them in, but now are back to normal.
Here are some pics. The Gloss planted as the foreground is growing in, but is taking its own sweet time, but is much faster than HC and far less demanding. I am finding it to keep the tenellus at bay. This thing grows like wild fire. I started off with one stem and it was not intentional. It can with some other plant that I bought and look at it now. The tank is due for a trim next week.
Well all I can say right now is that "Your eyes decieve you" my friend. Unless there is something specific that you can point out. They move around normall, eat well and are in the open 90% of the time. They have not peppered a great deal and look happy. The pecking order is in accordance with their size. The middle bullies the small one normally, so I have to put some extra food for them. They eat flake food, Bio-gold, BHM and show a healthy appetite. Initially, they used to hide when I put my hands in, but now they are used to my hand also in there. Loud noise irritates them but other than that they are pretty happy. I have checked their forheads and they have remained consistent and there has been no thinning.
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