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Old 05-30-2008, 12:06 PM   #41
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Yeah, ammonia was a little high (as in just readable) after the deaths over the weekend, i've since done some massive water changes to clear out all the nasties from a tank full of dead plants and fish, ammonia is back to 0, nitrite 0, nitrates were low though (5-10) so i added some fert tabs for the plants. I'm not sure i trust the tank is FULLY balanced, but I didn't want the Oto I had to pass away also from lack of a friend (they need each other for digestive bacteria or something) so I wanted to get the Oto in ASAP, as for the rest, they'll have to wait until i'm comfortable that the tank is stable again.
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:28 AM   #42
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Just thought I would post a quick update. I went away for the weekend again and came home to a crystal clear tank with only a smattering of dead Wisteria leaves (only 1 or 2). The cabomba had little to no death, and the Crypt wendtii and the Anubias both has NEW growth. So it seems like the tank is starting to bounce back! Both Otos and my betta are doing well. Tank appears to be having a mini-cycle, ammonia and nitrIte are both at readable levels (~.25) NitrAte is 5-10, but I think mostly that's from the fert tablets I put in the tank. I did a ~50% water change to reduce the ammonia and added some pieces of wisteria with good roots growing out of them from my 20g to float in the water and hopefully suck up some of the pH, and hopefully the beneficial bacteria on the leaves will help as well The pH is low I believe from the driftwood. So i'll be keeping a close eye on this tank and trying to get it to bounce fully back.
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:29 PM   #43
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Sorry to hear about the deaths from a few weeks ago, but I'm glad to hear that things are coming back nicely! I hope the tank continues to do well and I can't wait to see pics!
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Old 06-05-2008, 07:18 PM   #44
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Just wanted to post another quick update, had a couple randomly melting crypt leaves today, but the wisteria finally seems to have bounced back and is growing instead of dying, so yay for that! I added a tiny bit of crushed coral to the filter, pH is up a bit! Betta and Otos are still happy. And the mini-cycling is progressing nicely, ammonia is still around .25, but the nitrIte is at about .5, and nitrAte is at ~10+ even though i haven't added any more fert tabs recently, so the bacteria seem to be kicking into gear and hopefully we'll have the ammonia and nitrIte back down to 0 again in no time! Here's a couple of pictures, i know i need to move things around a bit, but I want to let everything get some roots and get healthy again for a little longer before I start moving things

2 Tank shots (different settings):




And a couple nice shots of the Betta
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And a couple without the flash so you can see closer to the color that I see when I look in the tank:




Sorry...he got camera shy after the first one so he's kind of hidden by plants

Jessie - thanks! I hope so too, so far it's still doing nicely so here's hopin' right?
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Old 06-05-2008, 07:30 PM   #45
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Lookin better K! The stem plants you have in there look pretty good IMO...
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Old 06-05-2008, 07:58 PM   #46
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Thanks so much! I appreciate that! I'm starting to breath a little easier about this tank, but taking it slow to get it back to being stable
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Old 06-10-2008, 02:47 AM   #47
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Very quick happy update on the 5g....plants are all starting to show signs of NEW growth instead of dying on me! WOOHOO!!! mini-ish cycle is chugging along, should be good as new soon, and the pH is holding at a steady 7.2...I believe it's time to start thinking about getting my sad lonely Oto a new friend soon!
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Old 06-10-2008, 03:40 PM   #48
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looking good Karackle
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Old 06-10-2008, 05:16 PM   #49
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Thanks! I appreciate the support and encouragement! Without it I might've given up on this little tank....but i'm so glad i didn't.
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Old 06-17-2008, 08:56 PM   #50
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Quick update...plants continue to grow in nicely! WOOT! Parameters have been stable for about a week, ammonia and nitrIte are finally back to 0 and nitrAtes are rising, pH is steady at 7.2-7.4, GH is about 8, KH is about 2-3. Phew. So with more stabilized parameters I decided at the end of last week it was time to add back Oto friends for my one tough little guy that made it through all the turmoil. I got 2 in case one didn't make it, but both are doing well! So i have 3 active, fat, happy, healthy looking Otos in my 5g now. Might be too much bioload to add back the little cories, not sure. They might have to wait until the next tank I set up Or possibly i'll put them in the 20g. They're so cute, i'm absolutely in love with them now so I need to get them for SOMETHING!

Need to do a little trimming and replanting now that the plants are healthy again and then i'll post pictures.

So many projects now that both tanks are happy again!
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