Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:56 am Post subject: Re: 125G tank Journal
Sorry for disappearing completely, was dealing with some issues. The tank has been getting regular water changes and other maintenances, but there have been no additions. I dosed a few more of my DIY root tabs last month and the vals have been responding pretty well to it. Amazons are not gaining height but have started throwing runners and new leaves, albeit slowly. The one internal 1200lph filter was seemingly not enough for the tank and the water was always a bit cloudy. Added another 1000lph filter yesterday and replaced the foam with filter floss to clear out finer suspended particles. Tough times meant I couldn't add any more plants for some time but gonna order a few soon hopefully.
I still haven't added any fish, but November will see some life hopefully. Im really hoping to get a school of glass catfish along with rainbows and tetras.
I was worried about not being able to fill the tank with plants however vals have almost formed a meadow in the middle of the tank and Im loving it!
A few anubias and ferns on the wood and a few crypts here and there is all that the tank needs now, and maybe a few giant valls.
Picture for reference:
EDIT: Finally able to place an order for my plants!
Here is the final list:
Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:28 pm Post subject: Re: 125G tank Journal
Plants arrived on 17th October and I've planted them the same way. Wanted to have a jungle appearance and the valisneria meadow in the centre really added to that. While planting I had to pull out almost 20 valisneria individuals to make space for new plants.
4 individual Java ferns emerged from the SS pad, while 3 individual anubias plants were extracted from the single large anubias pot. The seller added 10x sagittaria extra as a gift and I am over-all extremely happy with the purchase from the seller, Sreepadma.com
While planting I went overzealous and added about 20x diy root tabs. The valisneria as usual have embraced it greatly and they seem to gaining height now.
There are new leaves in the crypts and a few echinodorus individuals. Sagittaria and e. grisebachii aren't looking good. Fingers crossed.
Hygrophila corymbosa is probably my new favourite plant lol. Its throwing new leaves and already has a few centimetres of roots emanating from the sides. I even mistakenly planted one plant under the shade of the wood, but it still grew from underneath the shade towards the light.
There is an expected outbreak of green water algae, what was I thinking blasting the tank with so much nutrients lol. Anyway, there's nothing I can do except for wait. Hoping the fast growing plants like corymbosa and vallisneria as well as floating plants will outcompete the algae soon.
Ive restricted my lighting to 8hrs a day as well, vs 10 hrs previously.
Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:27 pm Post subject: Re: 125G tank Journal
Happy New Year folks!
It has been fascinating watching the tank evolve. I added livestock in November. First ones to go in were red eye tetras. Then came in a few Serpae Tetras and Cherry barbs, added the three Rathbuni Tetras from my 7G to the tank too, 4 painted(dyed) glass tetras,a few swordtails and most recently Kuhli Loaches. Current stock is:
20x Red Eye Tetras
12x Serpae Tetras
5x Cherry Barbs (added 6, lost one)
4x Glass Tetras (P. ranga )
4x Sword tails
1x Rathbuni Tetra [added 3 lost two day one of adding them]
4x Kuhli Loach
All these fishes were added gradually over a period of 2 months. I really dislike the trend of "painting" fishes by injecting dyestuff into their systems, and Ive made it pretty clear to my LFS several times. However, seeing as though there is always a demand for these fishes, he isn't gonna stop bringing more, and this practice isnt gonna stop. I wanted to get glass catfish, so I was interested in the P. ranga for a long time. So I thought maybe I'll just get a few painted individuals and hope their dye fades soon and they turn back to their natural self.
The other event was the battle with cloudy water!
The tank had turned almost opaque with the cloudy water, first it was a bacterial bloom, then green water, then it was simply cloudy for some god forsaken reason.
Here is a picture of the tank in October, shortly after posting my last update.
As you can see, the water was already a bit cloudy, but it was okayish.
The floaters quickly dropped long roots. These ended us being a good source of snacks for the fishes later on.
The first pioneers to swim in this setup. Water is still cloudy and getting worse everyday. All my parameters were normal.
The tank was at its worse during this time. This pic is from 14th November, and the tank stayed the same way till the end of December.
I tried various things, total blackouts for days on end, reduced photoperiod to just 6 hours a day, daily 20% water changes, weekly 80% water changes, added "aquaclear" which supposedly removes cloudiness, but nothing worked. The tank was still cloudy. The only difference was that instead of green water, the water was now milky white. After scratching my head a lot, I had an idea about raising the temperature. I've seen plants absolutely go wild in warmer waters (35C and up), so much that even algae cant keep up. However, 35C is way too hot for a tank with livestock, so I raised it to what I felt was the highest fishes could handle, and kept it at 28C. And in just 3 days, this was how the tank looked:
You can see the stark difference within just 3 days in this image:
I wanted to share this picture of one of the male cherry barbs, its super saturated but looks cool
Here's a small gif I made, 5 minutes in the tank condensed into 15 seconds.
Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:52 pm Post subject: Re: 125G tank Journal
I have wasted all my money buying all other plants since valisneria has completely overrun the tank
So much so, that I over past month, I have given my LFS so many baby valisneria plants that he gave me a small 7G hex tank for free today
The tank now has a good number of fishes as well. This is the current stock list:
18x Red Eye Tetra
12x Serpae Tetra
5x Cherry Barb
1x Rathbuni Tetra
4x Glass Tetra
4x Kuhli Loach( could be 3, Ive not seen all 4 together for sometime now)
5x Sword tail
1x Month old sword tail baby
4x Black Mollies
2x Platinum Mollies
4x Albino Corydoras
4x Bronze Corydoras
6x Bosemani Rainbow
6x German Rams
Here is a (low quality since my phone broke) pic of my tank as of today:
And heres a side shot of the valisneria jungle. It almost looks otherworldly!
I know its a lot of fish, so I do 30% WC weekly and 80% monthly. Its running one 1200lph canister filter and 1 1200lph internal filter along with one 3000lph circulation pump.
Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 2:15 pm Post subject: Re: 125G tank Journal
The tank is doing fine. Nothing much to report on the fishes. The baby swordtail has grown into a fine juvenile now. There was one male molly who died after being sucked into the inlet of the canister, I wonder how that happened since its got a net over it and everything.
Here is the tank a day before the changes I mention later in the post:
The major highlights are the Corymbosa! They've become HUGE!! Not compacta at all
However, the crypts are not doing too good. They are yellowing in places, and while valisneria and corymbosa are thriving, Java moss and anubias have almost withered! I think its because the wild growth of these two species has sucked ALL the nutrients from the water, as I have almost negligible algae now. Thats not a good sign for the plants IMO. To tackle this problem, I have started dosing the tank from this week.
I was dosing KNO3 for sometime, a few months ago, but I saw no effect on the plants, while algae was increasing, so I stopped it. Turns out, my dosage was pretty low. Now I've started using the nilocg prescribed method, following this link. Nilocg Dosing
I already had KNO3, ordered KH2PO4 and CSM+B off of Amazon. Potassium Phosphate came very quick, and I used the same seller from whom I had ordered KNO3. It came neatly packaged and in time. I mixed the macros in a single 600ml Bottle. The website states to mix in 500ml, but I had a 600ml handy so went with it. To compensate, I dose 30ml instead of the prescribed 25ml.
The CSM+B is yet to come, so I'll probably make its solution in a similar fashion.
I also increased the lights a bit, and added two 18W phillips T bulbs(again without diffusers) to the unit. I'll observe for a week or two if there is any significant gain after these two changes, i.e. lights and dosing.
Side Note:I came to know that day that KNO3 cools water down significantly! It chilled the hot tap water down to almost freezing in under a minute, utterly cool stuff!
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