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Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by lucasgg, Dec 14, 2016.

  1. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Remember I am far from a plant expert.

    If it was my tank I would remove any of the yellowing leaves (1st photo).

    Referring as a guide only the 2nd photo I would think about trimming the few longer leaves to the same length as the lower leaves on that plant only and see what the results are.

    I some plants the runners should be cut as it can weaken the original first plant (Mother plant) BUT at what stage can they be cut is the big question.

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    Orlandog7 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I've had pygmy cories uproot my HC. Your carpet plants have deeper roots than HC but I'd play it safe and let the carpet grow first.
     
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    Why all the concern over a 6.2 pH?

    It is not a concern. Aquasoil buffers the water to a lower pH. If you are using RO it will be low. I don't use RO and my pH is routinely in the 6's.

    It is unwise to try and fight the water chemistry so much. Do not use anything to buffer the pH and add hardness. You should remineralize your RO water however so you are providing enough calcium and magnesium. Most folks shoot for a KH of 2-4 with RO.
     
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    I am no longer concerned with pH after someone mentioned fish experience regular pH changes in nature during rain/drought seasons. I don't have mineralization capabilities but i do have partial limestone rocks in my aquascape


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  5. keithgh

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    Yes that can happen but its over a long slow progress during dry seasons but when the wet season arrives it can be a very sudden change. In the inland water of tropical Australia fish often die in massive numbers if the wet season is not a good wet season to freshen the older waters.

    If you are not going to worry about the pH it would be desirable to have fish/inhabitants/plants that are suitable for you tank conditions.

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    to be successful with RO you need to remineralize it. You can use special products like from Seachem or just get the very common household items used to add calcium and magnesium ie baking soda and Epsom salts
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Shawn is this the product you are referring to.
    http://www.seachem.com/equilibrium.php

    Using household products would certainly be cheaper but you would have to know exactly what you are doing to get the correct quantities to use.

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    I have one month experience with this plant so take my advice with a grain of salt. No I would not trim now or ever (in my tank configuration). It's not like glossostigma. It grows compact on its own; no need to trim; just pull out the excess when you reach that bridge.

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    Ordered Seachem equilibrium and a hardness test kit. I got an amano shrimp which needed harder water than I have so I pit him in a cup and added epsom salt and baking soda until the over all dissolved minerals was at 880ppm. Working on getting the aquarium up to this, currently at 400 ppm.


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    Temperament
    Peaceful/Semi Aggressive
    Breeding: Hard - Brackish water is needed for zoes to survive initial stages of life.
    Care Level: Easy
    Origin: South Eastern Asia
    Found in Wild: Yes

    General Water Parameters
    Range: 6.5 – 8.0
    Temperature Range: 70 – 80 F
    GH Range: 5-15
    KH Range: 1-10
    TDS Range: 80-450
    Life Span: 2-3 years
    Full Grown Size: 2”-3”
    Gestation Period: 30 days


    More info here
    http://www.theshrimpfarm.com/amano-shrimp.php

    My only comment would be could the conditions for the Shrimp effect other inhabitants and plants?

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    Everyone else seems fine. My TDS is at 980ppm by the way.


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    My water supply (RO water) is 100% raw, 000 ppm T.D.S. My shrimp is still fine, he's walking, eating, hiding etc. Fish also seem more apt to swim near and under plants and are nibbling at plants and wood.

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    Could it be a rock or rocks causing the hardness concerns? The only practical method I know of checking if its a rock/s is soak a few rocks in your RO water with a little aeration and see what happens it could be just one rock.

    At a way off guess could there be some thing in your filter?

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    I caused the hardness concerns. Added too much epsom salts. Slowly correcting it with water changes. Shrimp and fish are still fine, shrimp likes to hide under the driftwood


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    That sounds like very good advice you have given to yourself. Big water changes very often will slowly do the job for you.

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    It's official... I have shrimp fever!



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    Thank you for posting that great little Video. The only treatment for "Shrimp Fever" is get more Shrimps.

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    With all those places where food will fall and could eventually cause a minor concern have you considered getting any Khuli Loaches they are the perfect little vacuum cleaners?

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