Sterilize your tank. see how to make that twin star DiY, you wont regret it
Nah man, I am happy with the tank is, sure I'm battling brown algae, but thats is receding fast. I realized I had too much light and my substrate wasn't the best, nor was I dosing CO2 consistently(DIY systems are only little bit accurate). I reduced the light, am gonna add a few more plants, and it'll be contained. Just the moss and valls growing good seems to have deterred the algae a lot.
Posted: Tue May 15, 2018 1:46 pm Post subject: Re: 7G low tech tank Journal.
Another Update: Lost another guppy. Strangely did not find the body too. The remaining guppy does not seem to show any signs of illness. Gourami are doing really good, their colors have improved, they're always active. One of them had a torn caudal fin, which has completely healed. Rathbunis are doing great too. They are feeding good. One of them was very weak and looked like it had some spine abnormality when I got him 10 days ago but within this short span he has recovered well and now is indistinguishable from the rest.
Question: I am planning to rehome the gouramis, probably give it back to the LFS. What should I replace them with? Im thinking of tetras, can you guys suggest some options that would complement the tank and the Rathbunis?
Posted: Wed May 23, 2018 4:25 pm Post subject: Re: 7G low tech tank Journal.
Added 12x Juvenile Red Cherry Shrimps. The tank lacked a good clean up crew so hopefully the addition is going to improve over all health of the system.
A disturbing trend seems to be appearing. One by one fishes are getting sick and dying. One of my Rathbunis became pale, and was swimming erratically. This happened over night. By the morning he was too far gone. I just removed him from the main tank and put him in a hospital tank for, only for him to die shortly. I passed it off as the fish being weak already when I got him. However, today one of the honey gourami's is being lethargic. I need to find out whats harming my fishes!
Check for water parameter, some thing wrong with your bioload, first stabilize that. Then your soil lost all nutrition, how about adding root tabs.
Thanx for the suggestion, I didn't have a freshwater kit handy but i did have a saltwater kit, so after a bit of research I found out these tests are in fact interchangeable. The only difference being they turn out different colours for SW and FW so all I needed was the FW colour chart which was merely a Google search away. Also, the marine kit only has high range PH whose reading starts out at 7.4.
I feel the 5.0 nitrate isn't too bad, but 7.8 ph is quite worrisome. I lost a shrimp today as well. This is alarming. Ive changed the water today. Tested the water that I added and it wad 7.4, it can be lower but I'll have to get a low range kit to test it. I'll get the kit today and and test again. I think I should add an almond leaf, or atleast half of one to lower the ph naturally.
Do you think I should not be getting nitrate reading this high as well?
EDIT: High PH is even more alarming when you consider theres significant amount of driftwood already present in the tank.
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