1. Welcome to AquaScaping World!

    Become a register member to get FULL SITE ACCESS AND BENEFITS.

    Join the ASW community now!

    Dismiss Notice

Dirted aquascape

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Rachel Jo, May 23, 2017.

  1. Rachel Jo

    Rachel Jo Aspiring Aquascaper

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2017
    Likes Received:
    52
    Location:
    Hull UK
    This pic was taken yesterday, about 2 weeks post flooding, the plants are starting to romp away now, there is a little bit of an algal bloom, but I think this is from over spray when I was foliar feeding during the dry start. I'm feeding TNC complete once a week, Co2, and around 8 hours light. I have a slight increase in ammonia, zero Nitrite and low levels of Nitrate prior to feeding 20171028_121034.jpg
     
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2017

    Sponsored link:


  2. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2011
    Likes Received:
    601
    Location:
    Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
    the algae looks nice on the rocks though! it looks good right now.
     
    keithgh likes this.
  3. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2011
    Likes Received:
    4,723
    Location:
    Melbourne Australia
    Rachel

    You have proved a simple Aquascape created with a lot of care can look as good as many who have over done every thing.

    I like it very much. Let those rocks age naturally it will give the tank another dimension.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  4. Tim Harrison

    Tim Harrison Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2013
    Likes Received:
    434
    Location:
    Leicestershire UK
    Looks like it's coming on very nicely ;)
     
    keithgh likes this.
  5. Rachel Jo

    Rachel Jo Aspiring Aquascaper

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2017
    Likes Received:
    52
    Location:
    Hull UK
    I'm starting to get blanket weed at the top of the DW now, I'm reducing the light intensity directly above it to try and alleviate the problem. Any recommendations?
     
  6. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2011
    Likes Received:
    4,723
    Location:
    Melbourne Australia
    Rachel

    Here is a list of Algae each with methods of control it should help you.
    Have you tried removing it with a stiff brush? This could remove it but not stop what caused it.
    http://aquaticscape.com/articles/algae.htm

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  7. Rachel Jo

    Rachel Jo Aspiring Aquascaper

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2017
    Likes Received:
    52
    Location:
    Hull UK
    Im still not getting pearling on my plants, should I be worried? Co2 injection at over a bubble per second, daily doses of liquid carbon and weekly feeding with TNC complete, photo period of 8 hours.
    On the plus side the thread algae is disappearing and I have introduced the few fish from my now dismantled old tank which was 7 years old and looking dire
     
  8. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2011
    Likes Received:
    4,723
    Location:
    Melbourne Australia
    Rachel

    Sit back and enjoy your tank, things will change as the tank ages and you gain more experience

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  9. Culprit3

    Culprit3 Aspiring Aquascaper

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2017
    Likes Received:
    131
    Location:
    Tennessee
    Your light may not be high enough. As long as the plants are growing well, and algea is going away then everything is perfect! I would leave everything as it is.
     
    Zeus likes this.
  10. Rachel Jo

    Rachel Jo Aspiring Aquascaper

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2017
    Likes Received:
    52
    Location:
    Hull UK
    20171108_155414.jpg Plants are starting to grow well now, more fish just added. I've now switched to daily doses of tnc complete and liquid carbon, algae has all but dissapeared
     
    keithgh, Culprit3 and Tim Harrison like this.
  11. Tim Harrison

    Tim Harrison Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2013
    Likes Received:
    434
    Location:
    Leicestershire UK
    Looking great Rachel :)
     
    keithgh likes this.
  12. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2011
    Likes Received:
    4,723
    Location:
    Melbourne Australia
    Rachel

    I can see that you have used every design rule very successfully to create such a wonderful tank.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
    Tim Harrison likes this.
  13. Culprit3

    Culprit3 Aspiring Aquascaper

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2017
    Likes Received:
    131
    Location:
    Tennessee
    Everything looks extremely healthy. It will look very good when everything grows in.
     
  14. Rachel Jo

    Rachel Jo Aspiring Aquascaper

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2017
    Likes Received:
    52
    Location:
    Hull UK
    Finally got the tubing I needed to do the first water change today, took about half an hour to do a 50% change and the first trim of the lawn, wow what a change, there is so much more light in the tank, there was obviously a lot of tannin in the water from the peat and DW
     
  15. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2011
    Likes Received:
    4,723
    Location:
    Melbourne Australia
    Rachel

    If that is the case I would do at least two 45% water changes twice a week. Don't forget the filter as it could have some tannin in it as well.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  16. Rachel Jo

    Rachel Jo Aspiring Aquascaper

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2017
    Likes Received:
    52
    Location:
    Hull UK
    It doesn't seem to be colouring up again Keith and I think it was due to the fact, that was the first water change that I'd been able to do since I started the dsm, and it would be well steeped, but all the parameters are fine, apart from a nitrite spike directly after the water change
     
  17. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2011
    Likes Received:
    4,723
    Location:
    Melbourne Australia
    Rachel

    Did you by any chance disturb the substrate if so it could have been the cause or worst of all some thing in your water supply.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  18. Rachel Jo

    Rachel Jo Aspiring Aquascaper

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2017
    Likes Received:
    52
    Location:
    Hull UK
    No lol, it was me reading the chart wrong, when you're a leftie, it's upside down, the spike was in fact Nitrate, not surprising when you've just dosed.

    Does anyone want a large Angel? even larger now since it has devoured 12 of my new cardinals in the last 3 days #expensive fish food. Urghhhh
     
  19. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2011
    Likes Received:
    4,723
    Location:
    Melbourne Australia
    Rachel

    I did notice that rather large Angel I did not mention it as OK Rachel knows what she is doing. Unless you have done something I would be very surprised if any of the Cardinals are left.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  20. Rachel Jo

    Rachel Jo Aspiring Aquascaper

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2017
    Likes Received:
    52
    Location:
    Hull UK
    I assumed wrongly Keith, that it would be ok, as it had lived peacefully with neons all the time, but I suppose the cardinals were just a little smaller and made a tasty snack. I shall be taking the angel to the local Aquarist centre asap
     

Share This Page

Sponsored link: