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    Default Re: Making Mistakes - 55g planted tank (mis)adventure

    Quote Originally Posted by ravvlet View Post
    I swear the photos are the bane of my existence. Let me clear up the one I took or try for a better one.

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    I am assuming these tiny holes on their “beak” area are not normal?

    I won’t add meds until I hear from you but I am going to do a big water change.
    This isn't HITH that will be treated by metro, Its more a water quality issue. The pits can get enlarged when the water quality is poor..too much organics, high bacterial loads, nitrates, nitrites and ammonia can all affect these.

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    ps... I would suggest a prefilter on that intake tube.
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    Default Re: Making Mistakes - 55g planted tank (mis)adventure

    Quote Originally Posted by brewmaster15 View Post
    ps... I would suggest a prefilter on that intake tube.
    Agreed! Aquarium Co-Op makes one that I like. Slap a "large" on it, ravvlet.

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    Will do.

    If I’d had the foresight to spray the bottom of this tank, I wouldn’t have minded doing a bare bottom so much! The textured looking spray looks nice.

    Edited to add: I will be removing the substrate this weekend! It’s always dirty so makes sense that it’s the problem. The plants I can feed with liquid ferts and root tabs and are a non issue; the substrate didn’t serve a purpose except that I thought it was pretty…oops.
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    Ok, took longer than I’d wanted thanks to a cold but the substrate is almost entirely gone. Next step is new prefilters on the two HOB.

    Might also give up on finding a 90 and just get a 75 - having trouble finding a 90 that has a stand but isn’t pre-drilled for a sump. I did find one 90 for $200, which isn’t too bad, but I’d have to figure out how to build a stand…hmm.

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    Default Re: Making Mistakes - 55g planted tank (mis)adventure

    It's a shame you don't live closer, I have a "vintage" (with the fake wood trim) 90 with a stand that I think I would probably give away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwcarlson View Post
    It's a shame you don't live closer, I have a "vintage" (with the fake wood trim) 90 with a stand that I think I would probably give away.
    That sounds like a fun project. It is too bad! Although I wonít lie, Iím a bit worried about doing tank maintenance with the added height of a 90. I already go nearly shoulder deep in the 55 as it is!

    Their behavior looks better without substrate after only a day. Did my usual water change and it was way easier to vacuum around. I may even (gasp) pull some of the plants out and move them to other tanks - or maybe just pull the wood. The Java ferns donít like the water changes or the high temp and have mostly melted, unlike the swords, rotalia and ludwigia, which have stubbornly hung on along with the jungle Val and dwarf sag.

    I know their natural habitats have lots of wood features, but the wood just looks sad and scraggly at this point. I suppose I could scrub it down and pull the ferns, but theyíd have more swimming spaces without it.

    Thoughts? Would just the plants and no wood at all be ok?

    Iíve only been giving them two feedings a day this week as Iíve made several big changes and want the bacteria to have a chance to catch up. Going to kick back to three tomorrow maybe and see how that goes. Itís been prime reed flakes in the morning, blackworms in the afternoon, and Iíll resume pellets at night. They seem to like Alís pellets better if I mix in the Hikari discus pellets. Donít know why.
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