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Old 01-20-2014, 07:22 PM   #1
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Talking 29g planted very low light

It was pretty hard to do this and impossible without your help

I need to add maybe 1-2 snails, maybe 2-3 shrimps, 1 micro crypt and 2 moss ball.

My stock:

9 Harl. Raspboras
4 Corydoras sterbai
1 Angelfish
2 Bolivian Ram
1 Platy (Veryyyyy shy)
1 Otocinclus Catfish

1 Nerita snail
1 Bamboo Shrimp
1 Amano Shrimp

1 Anubias barteri
2 Dwarf Anubias
2 Cryptocoryne wendtii ‘Tropica’
1 Walker's Cryp
1 Wendt's Cryp
1 Windelov's fern
1 Hygrophila polysperma
1 Java Moss
1 Moss ball
1 Amazon Swordplant
1 Rotala
2 Micro crypt
2 Brazilian pennywort

Some advices:
1. Always sterilize the plants!!! I got Planaria, Pond Snails and Hair Algae (first two I already beat)...
2. Chose a good substance, I changed the cichlid sand to Eco-Complete and it was not easy...
3. Overdose Seachem Excel can easely kill the Neritas and Bamboo Shrimps!
4. Always have fish meds ready.
5. Buy the tank with the good light. In the future I'll switch to the LED.
6. Don't listen the guys in the fish store, always double check in the Internet before buy something!

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Old 02-24-2014, 10:30 PM   #2
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I know they're not all bad, but I sure have to agree with #6 after being convinced by a salesman at a small, normally reputable LFS to buy a $300 "reef ready" LED that was supposed to be this "amazing" light. It was terrible. So bad, that after a few months I started looking at the reviews online, and they were overwhelmingly bad, and basically said what I was experiencing... that they don't grow a darn thing. I had a 3 hour round trip drive back to the store to return it. Fortunately they took it back.
Nice looking tank! I definitely would like to see updates on your tank in the future. Most of my planted tanks are fairly low light.

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Old 02-24-2014, 11:42 PM   #3
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I think for the LED there is only one choice - buildmyled.com.

Lost 2 raspboras. They was unhealthy from LFS.
My micro crypts melting. Added root tabs.
Lost bamboo shrimp, it's escaped...
Added 1 Nerita.
Added 1 Draft Gourami Blue.
Added 10 ghost shrimp. Fishes don't care about shrimps. Angelfish can scare ghost sometimes, but don't hunt it.
Added 4 amanos and 1 blue shrimp, they always hidding. Are they nocturne? I see them during the light off.

My bolivian ram was infected by Callamanus worm. Levamisole resolve this problem. Neritas was in the hospital tank during medication, Levamisole paralyzed it.

My Angel run after Platy, Bolivian run after Angel and other bolivian, and Draft Gourami run after bolivian...
Angel run after Ghost Shrimp only if it's swim on the middle and near it.

All that without any visible injuries, they just protect their territory.

Added another Fluval C3 filter with 250g SeaChem Matrix and 100g Purigen. Water is much cleaner now.
Added a 240gph powerhead for better flow and run it on timer sometimes, Angel and Raspboras cannot swim well near it.
Removed airstone, it make too much noise and the cover glass is always dirt.

Got an ammonia spike (0.25ppm) after the filter cleaning. Add ammonia alert from seachem. 2 filters with many biomedia is a must, or 1 canister.

Future plans:
Enchanting mechanical filtration of Fluval C3.
Add 2-3 bamboo shrimp, 10-25 RCS, 2-3 raspboras. Maybe some Amanos.
Add a glass cover and LED.
Add wavemaker for my powerhead to replicate the natural environment a little more.
Add a small tubes for shrimps and cover it with Java Moss.

My problems:
1. Green spot algae (with low light???)
2. Brown algae (powerhead helps there), Java moss is more affected.
3. Hair algae is almost gone, no idea how and why...
4. Fuzz algae. Or it's migrated hair algae on some leaves.
5. Blue-green algae. Not much, but I need to deal with.

I started to dose Excel without overdosing.

I'll attach the photos tomorrow.
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