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Mitch Norton

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  1. Our first tank was a 10gallon princess themed tank for my girls. They picked neon green, purple, and pink gravel. When we upgraded and I convinced the family to go with something more natural I placed a piece of the neon gravel on top of the substrate. You can’t see it unless I turn on the blue light.
  2. I agree with @Warren Peace and @JakeH looks like a rotalla to me.
  3. I know it will be a while before we start to see the videos… but I CAN’T wait for them to start.
  4. I was searching YouTube trying to understand aquarium plants. This guy who was straight forward and knowledgeable kept popping up. I thought it was weird that the channel was named Co-Op, but after watching a few videos I subscribed.
  5. Tennessee for me! I love it here. I’ve been here my entire life. I’m not far from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and I’ve grown up enjoying the waterways and mountains.
  6. He’s been fun so far, but a lot of work. We haven’t had a dog in years, and never one so young.
  7. I’m still tanking, but I haven’t been very active on the forum lately because we added a puppy to our family. We looked for several weeks and bought a newborn puppy a few months back. He came to live with us in late July, and learning how to take care of an 8- 10 week puppy has consumed much of my hobby time. Anyway, I finally get to post on this thread. Here is Bentley our 10 week old Shorkie.
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    It doesn’t really look like Ich from my experience. Ich looks like someone salted your fish. And typically I see more spots on the fins than body.
  9. Black background 100% on every tank. It makes the fish and plants “pop”! I buy the vinyl pieces from a local store. They sell it in 12” sections I believe. I most recently used vegetable oil to adhere it, and it hasn’t moved.
  10. We redid our home’s landscape after buying the house a couple of years ago. I water once a week from my 75 gallon, and my neighbors ask me what is my secret.
  11. I’ve been including Extreme’s Spirulina flake in my feeding rotation because it was recommended to me by a breeder. Seems to be good stuff.
  12. Sorry for the losses. What plugged the intake?
  13. I’m going to do another update soon. BUT I wanted to share. I went on vacation recently. I was gone seven days. This was the first time I didn’t scramble for a feeding block or shop auto feeders. I was nervous, but Cory said seven days should be ok. I came home to find… Everything was fine! I still had fry and I have more Red Cherry Shrimp than before. Thanks for the advice Cory. I certainly worried a few times while gone, but the next time I will be more relaxed about it.
  14. For sure. It seems to be a learning curve that gets easier with time. If I read that right you have your lights turned down in intensity? I also tried that. It did get rid of the green spot algae, but it also contributed to starving my stem plants. The Fluval 3.0 is too high for low light plants. You are probably doing it right, but you might try asking on this forum for setup recommendations (assuming you haven’t before). It sounds like you are grasping the issues, and only need some tweaks to get it where you want it. Like others have said in this thread, we can’t eradicate algae. Inhad read that Green Spot Algae can be cause by too many phosphates. That is why I am watching the decay plant situation closely.
  15. @Acara Mom I have high phosphates so I’ve never looked into how to raise them. I’ve tried bringing them down with more Brenda cleaning and light feeding. I believe raising phosphates can be done with heavy feeding, but phosphate test kits only test for inorganic phosphates. So you may have phosphates and possibly even raise them without seeing it. I believe you can raise them by over feeding and leaving dung plants in the tank. I am currently trying to remove plant debris as soon as I see it. Do your plants show phosphate deficiencies? This would be indicated by yellowing leaves with soggy brown patches.
  16. Algae update: It is coming along. I did another video of the algae, and this time I speak.
  17. I purchased this weekend as well and they got it to USPS in no time. Oh, and my package says it includes the red Cherry shrimp decal! It was high on my list.
  18. I have had that too. My understanding on that is the plant isn’t getting enough light on those lower areas. Maybe turning up the light would help? I think placement can be a factor too. If they are shaded out you will lose those leaves. If the stem melts it probably has more to do with the lack of roots. I think you need to cut the melting stem to the first roots node and replant if you are seeing stem melt.
  19. My understanding is that we plant can absorb CO2 from the air once they get that large. My concern over CO2 is that the water changes could cause CO2 fluctuations in the water and I know I’ve read that BBA thrives off the instability. But you are right, the plants that break the surface are not limited by CO2 in the water.
  20. This makes the fourth time I’ve tried stems. The first two probably shouldn’t count because I had no idea what I was doing. The last time I starved them to death trying to starve off algae. I have since learned my lesson. Haha. I’m trying to keep nutrients in the water for them, and keep the light intensity high. I’m currently at 70% on my NICREW Plus Planted. I am seeing some growth. The first picture is a screenshot from the update (which was actually filmed on Sunday) and this second pic was taken just now. I need to trim that PSO.
  21. I know, right! I am just hoping I can keep it healthy this time while not covering my Anubias in algae. 😂
  22. Oh man, I must be doing something right because I am overloaded with Molly fry. I know they are extremely easy to breed, but I have new fry every time I look in the tank. I did add some more Ludwigia. I have a couple of kinds. One reminds me of Repens, the other has a red stem with dark green leaves. One of my local stores sells stems 6 for $15 to members so I grabbed three bundles of each. I also came across a Flame Sword that looked really cool. It is a little deep in the Amazon Swords right now, and I may need to move it. I have been cleaning out leaves almost daily. I hope the Ludwigia are adapting to my water. I may be seeing less algae. I am keeping the tank fertilized. My nitrates went from 20 ppm to less than 10 ppm in three days with some pretty heavy feeding. I added Easy Green today assuming the plants are using up the nutrients. I’m trying to watch the stems to make sure they don’t begin to melt at the bottom. My fish have been healthy ever since I treated for livebearer disease. Hopefully, I can take some to one of the local stores for credit and lower the bioload a little. Anyway, here’s a quick video.
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