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5g Adventure

Discussion in 'Beginner's Corner' started by xigtc, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. Orlandog7

    Orlandog7 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    What were the actual results? I use Equilibrium. My tap water is soft at 4/5 gh/kh. After each weekly water change, a half teaspoon is added, shrimp molt and reproduce just fine.

    You can add ember tetras and pigmy cories to the suitable livestock list.

    In my 5 gallon, I have very young true Siamese algae eater and long fin albino pleco. When they surpass the 2 inch mark, they'll be exchanged for smaller ones at my lfs.
     
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  2. xigtc

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    Just to clarify I'm using the API GH& KH liquid test. Kh was 3. GH I was at 10 with no change. I proceeded to test the tap water. KH was at 8 drops color changing from blue to yellow. and GH I was 18 drops in and test was orange and it's suppose to turn green.


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  3. xigtc

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    Awesome! I did a good amount of reading on several products geared towards shrimp tanks. But I know raising my GH will be better for my plants as well. Great suggestion ordering from her! I haven't but I know she's quite reputable.

    Do you have a TDS meter? I'm considering getting one since they're rather inexpensive.

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  4. xigtc

    xigtc Aspiring Aquascaper

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    TDS meter, Seachem Equilibrium, & more Seachem Stability has been ordered. I'm holding off on a different filter for now. I did some tweaking and got some more flow out of mine. Seeing that Orlandog7 is using a little pump I can use the one I had on the Spec V to help with movement if needed.




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  5. keithgh

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    Keep the filter sponges etc clean, especially the impeller and don't forget all the hoses and outlets.

    Keith :cat::cat:
     
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    The smaller the tank the more often these jobs must be done.

    With the Eheim Pro Canister it was a monthly and the hoses once a year.
    With the small 45lt I had a HOB filter every part was cleaned at the weekly water change.

    Overall it seems too much but a little extra time I spent cleaning was worth it in the end.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  7. xigtc

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    100% agree. I have a tool I use to clean the hoses.


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    With the very long hoses 5ft tank I would tie fishing sinker on a piece of very strong cord and drop it through, then tie a piece rag and pull that through several times, then run the hose on full to flush it out, not a quick job but it certainly increased the water flow.

    If every one who had an Aquarium and followed those basic rules they would have a far healthier Aquarium.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  9. xigtc

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    Sorry for a lack of updates. Been very busy and working long and late days. I'm off the next 2 days so an update up hopefully tomorrow.


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    Thank you.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  11. xigtc

    xigtc Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I'm seeing roots along the bottom in the substrate next to the glass. Tank seems to be doing well minus I have 2 little clumps in the back that have melted. I added some Equilibrium during a water change Friday and I added to much. I went from 106 TDS to 300. So I've been changing the water again everyday since. I'm down to 150 TDS now. So next time I add it I need to add much less.

    I'll post up water parameters tomorrow.
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  12. keithgh

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    Your plants are looking very healthy. The plants experts can comment when you can do a light trimming.

    Did you mix the Equilibrium directly into the tank or mix it into the new water before you added it to your tank?

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  13. xigtc

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    Thank you! I'm fine with it going a little crazy and then giving it a trim.

    I mixed it into a bucket of new water. I let sit 15 min one for temperature to adjust a little and for everything to dissolve.

    Test result from this morning. pH 6.6, Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate between 40-80ppm, KH 161, GH 179, TDS 200.


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  14. keithgh

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    A regular light trimming it will grow and thicken up a lot faster.

    Great that is the best way to get it into your tank.

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    Well tank seems to be taking a turn. Not sure what's going on. I have new growth but a good amount is wilting I believe. I found a co2 leak and I addressed it this evening. Water parameters seem good so I'm not sure what else it could've been other than the lack of co2.

    I went ahead and ordered the Eheim 2211 so I'll have better water flow. It's suppose to arrive the first week of June possibly sooner.

    Still no direct plan on tank inhabitants being in not 100% sure why the grass is wilting.


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    what's your drop checker looking like? can you take a pic?
     
  17. xigtc

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    CO2 has been on for three and a half hours.
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    I found this and your info could eliminate all these possible causes.

    Plant concerns and likely causes
    Leaves turning yellow or red. Nitrogen deficiency
    Leaves turning brown/black, plants dying. Excess phosphate
    Old leaves developing yellow spots, new leaves yellow on edges. Potassium deficiency
    Old leaves developing yellow spots, veins staying green. Magnesium deficiency
    Yellow spots developing on veins, margins, and tips of leaves. Zinc deficiency
    Plants failing to grow properly, white deposits on new growth. Carbon dioxide deficiency
    Leaves yellowing from the tip then become transparent. Iron deficiency

    Seeing your plants have been growing very well and this happened suddenly its obvious a very recent change of ???

    All I can think of at the moment seeing you do not have any inhabitants. Start doing big water changes 50% every day for at least one week.

    Also clean the filter first.

    Sorry I cannot help you more.

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  19. Orlandog7

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    How long have the plants been there? Melting is common until they adapt. You've had co2 since when? The only thing that recently changed is the addition of Equilibrium? Maybe plants now have the proper nutrients from Equilibrium and now need more of the other nutrients? My GUESS is they could use A bit more co2 by judging the color of that drop checker after 3.5 hours.
     
  20. xigtc

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    Grass has been planted since May 5th. I'm using a Micros+Macros fert by Ultum Nature Systems. 1 pump equals 7ppm NO3, 1.3ppm NO4, 5ppm K, 0.25ppm FE. I've been dosing twice a week and I use it at water changes. I still haven't started using Seachem Prime, but I'm still dosing Seachem Stability. I haven't added any more Equilibrium since last week.


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