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Old 05-08-2017, 11:43 AM   #31
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I'm too impatient to wait on my plant order!

Stopped at LFS yesterday and picked up a few plants for this tank. Added 3 crinums in the back left corner, behind the wood. Well, kind of 4, because one is two plants on the same bulb. And I picked up an Amazon sword "compacta", which I thought would stay small, but more time perusing forums implies that, in time, it will get just as big as the regular kind, it just takes longer to get there... so I went ahead and planted it in the the middle of my wood pile. It's not visible from normal viewing angles right now, but hopefully, in time, it will fill in that open space.

I inserted a fresh round of fertilizer tabs, especially around the crypts that are yellowing, around the vals, and under the new plants.

I found a few baby vals coming up in the middle of the crypts, so I uprooted them and moved them to better locations.

I freaking love my multi tool for inserting fertilizer pellets and moving small plants around - I can actually see what I'm doing.

Got a shipping notice for the plants today. Looking forward to that!
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Old 05-19-2017, 04:15 PM   #32
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This will look great when everything grows in! Patience is key of course. I had a Crinum once in my 30 gallon, but it got too big. It's a great plant though.

Get some activated carbon to get rid of the tannins if that is your goal. I had the same problem, probably worse than what I can see from the pictures, and it cleared my tank is one day. I used this product: http://m.drsfostersmith.com/product/...5&pcatid=28155
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Old 05-23-2017, 10:22 PM   #33
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This will look great when everything grows in! Patience is key of course. I had a Crinum once in my 30 gallon, but it got too big. It's a great plant though.

Get some activated carbon to get rid of the tannins if that is your goal. I had the same problem, probably worse than what I can see from the pictures, and it cleared my tank is one day. I used this product: Aquarium Filter Media & Phosphate Remover | Blue Life Clear FX Pro
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Not too worried about the tannins. I actually think they've helped with my algae problem by keeping light levels low. I've added some frogbit, which should add shade, so I'm going to work on reducing the tannins and see how it goes.

Life got crazy and I haven't had time to do much more than throw in the new plants I ordered and feed the fish once in a while.

New plants include:
Huge bag of buce from a guy in my local aquarium club
Small clumps of assorted buce ordered online
Red rubin sword (this may be a mistake - if it does well, it will probably take over that end of the tank)
Bolbitis fern
Anubias congensis mini (seriously, as cool in person as it looked online)

I'm done adding plants for a while! We won't see the new crinums for a while - they're behind the wood pile, but when I poke my head back there, they seem to be doing fine.

Here's what it looks like tonight:

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So, uh... hi!

About a week after my last update, non-aquarium things kind of went to hell, and the tank has mostly been on auto-pilot the last year. Daily feeding, occasional water changes, but rare ferts and no gardening except to occasionally pull out bigger clumps of clado. I just kind of let everything grow or not as it would. The only major changes have been repeated filter replacements, which I finally tracked down to an electrical problem. Nothing else on the circuit was bothered, but boy, it kept killing filters.

Here's a confession, which I add not to advocate neglect but just to make a point: This tank went 6 months without a water change. (I've restarted, though!) I topped up the water occasionally, but never took any out, and everything just kept trucking along without me. No algae explosions, no fish die-off, no clear symptoms at all. The resiliency of this type of setup always amazes me. I think it's mostly possible because it's a large water volume, the water is reasonably hard, light levels are fairly low, and the tank is lightly stocked.

And... I'm actually rather pleased with where things are at, considering how little I've done with it this year. Not magazine-cover-perfect, but healthy and still fascinating to watch.

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Good:
  • The larger buce are thriving. They've grown enough that I am going to divide them up. Love the colors and textures they add.
  • Fish are all healthy and seem happy. No losses as far as I can count.
  • Water chemistry has remained stable. Nitrate levels are still acceptable.
  • Algae, while present, is not overrunning the tank

Middling:
  • The vals never got as tall as I had hoped, and they keep heading for the front left corner of the tank - closest to the window. That's where they grow the tallest and greenest. Too little overhead lighting for them. I weeded some out, but I'll let them keep growing in the wood pile because A) I like the contrast against the wood, and B) they're hard to pull out when they're tucked way in there.
  • Too much light for the java ferns, I think. They still have narrow, dark leaves. Keeping a few for now, as I want to try a natural-light aquarium soon, and I think they'll be happier there.
  • The smallest buce are not a good fit for me. They're fragile and break off easily to float around and clog up the filter intake. Their numbers have been steadily reduced as I scrape them off the filter intake and throw them in the compost pile. I am NOT going to re-tie all those tiny little plants.

Yuck:
  • The small crypts in the open area don't like this tank. I think it may be too bright for them, because they're growing low and flat against the sand. Or maybe they just don't like the water chemistry? Whatever it is, they're not happy and I'll be looking for a replacement.
  • The crinums grew like crazy when the tank was new, but they started losing their roots a couple of months ago, and floating loose. I have one left, which I pulled out of the sand and planted in a net pot with fine gravel and a fert tab. It may be too far gone, but there's one more in another tank I might try.
  • The red rubin sword is still alive, but very sad-looking. I've tucked in a couple of root tabs and stirred up the sand around it. Also pulled out a bunch of wood and other plants that might have been shading it. Maybe it'll bounce back?

Anyway, I still don't have loads of time to dedicate to this hobby, but I thought I'd stop back and say hi and give an update
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Old 09-16-2018, 02:38 AM   #35
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So, uh... hi!

About a week after my last update, non-aquarium things kind of went to hell, and the tank has mostly been on auto-pilot the last year. Daily feeding, occasional water changes, but rare ferts and no gardening except to occasionally pull out bigger clumps of clado. I just kind of let everything grow or not as it would. The only major changes have been repeated filter replacements, which I finally tracked down to an electrical problem. Nothing else on the circuit was bothered, but boy, it kept killing filters.

Here's a confession, which I add not to advocate neglect but just to make a point: This tank went 6 months without a water change. (I've restarted, though!) I topped up the water occasionally, but never took any out, and everything just kept trucking along without me. No algae explosions, no fish die-off, no clear symptoms at all. The resiliency of this type of setup always amazes me. I think it's mostly possible because it's a large water volume, the water is reasonably hard, light levels are fairly low, and the tank is lightly stocked.

And... I'm actually rather pleased with where things are at, considering how little I've done with it this year. Not magazine-cover-perfect, but healthy and still fascinating to watch.

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Good:
  • The larger buce are thriving. They've grown enough that I am going to divide them up. Love the colors and textures they add.
  • Fish are all healthy and seem happy. No losses as far as I can count.
  • Water chemistry has remained stable. Nitrate levels are still acceptable.
  • Algae, while present, is not overrunning the tank

Middling:
  • The vals never got as tall as I had hoped, and they keep heading for the front left corner of the tank - closest to the window. That's where they grow the tallest and greenest. Too little overhead lighting for them. I weeded some out, but I'll let them keep growing in the wood pile because A) I like the contrast against the wood, and B) they're hard to pull out when they're tucked way in there.
  • Too much light for the java ferns, I think. They still have narrow, dark leaves. Keeping a few for now, as I want to try a natural-light aquarium soon, and I think they'll be happier there.
  • The smallest buce are not a good fit for me. They're fragile and break off easily to float around and clog up the filter intake. Their numbers have been steadily reduced as I scrape them off the filter intake and throw them in the compost pile. I am NOT going to re-tie all those tiny little plants.

Yuck:
  • The small crypts in the open area don't like this tank. I think it may be too bright for them, because they're growing low and flat against the sand. Or maybe they just don't like the water chemistry? Whatever it is, they're not happy and I'll be looking for a replacement.
  • The crinums grew like crazy when the tank was new, but they started losing their roots a couple of months ago, and floating loose. I have one left, which I pulled out of the sand and planted in a net pot with fine gravel and a fert tab. It may be too far gone, but there's one more in another tank I might try.
  • The red rubin sword is still alive, but very sad-looking. I've tucked in a couple of root tabs and stirred up the sand around it. Also pulled out a bunch of wood and other plants that might have been shading it. Maybe it'll bounce back?

Anyway, I still don't have loads of time to dedicate to this hobby, but I thought I'd stop back and say hi and give an update

Itís amazing what happens when you leave things be.
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