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  1. So idk much about lighting, but I got my 55gl running 2 25$ shop lights, (50w 6k lumen, color 5k, each) water Is 79°, A 0, ni 0, na 0, gh 300+ kh 40-0 pH 7.8-8.2, I'm having the issue of the water being to clean, like no amount I feed will shift the water and my plants (water lettuce and duckweed) are going the cycle of massive growth in couple days then massive die off just as fast, blasting my water to, A 1, ni 4, na 0, then swinging it back to 0,0,0 in a 6-8 day cycle, is there any way to stabilize this cycle, cuz I'm feeding 4 tbl spoons of repashy community Plus twice daily and it's just barley keeping it stable but it keeps going out of whack, anyone know what to do or any ideas, no easy green but I am using easy carbon 6 pump per day
  2. Hello, first time poster. Sorry if my query has been answered in different ways. Either way, it would be nice to get some feedback from you kind folks. I'm so appreciative of all the knowledge in this forum. My 20 gallon tank has been running since late April 2021, so about 2+ months. My last tanks suffered a tragic death from BAD black beard algae (BBBA). It was also located outside in the patio with a goldfish and a hillstream loach. Unfortunately, both passed after a water change. Sorry for being long-winded. As a result, I am highly afraid of having an algae problem. As I heard, having lots of plants would help my tank “cycled”. Here is the list current in my tank: Slow growing: Amazon Sword Red Rubin, Java Fern, Annubias golden Fast growing: Water lettuce, red root floater, Salvinia Natans, water sprite, red tiger lotus, Vallisneria Maintaining/not dead: Ludwigia Repens, Cryptocoryne Walkeri, dwarf hair grass, Christmas moss Deceased/melt: Bacopa Caroliniana, Water Wisteria I have high pH in my tap water above 8. Last test for GH = 8 and KH =9. I also put Seachem Equilibrium in the water bucket before any water change and added a small wonder shell recently to try to raise the KH. My tank has a medium size sponge filter and a OASE Biomaster Thermo 350 filter. My light is a Finnex Stingray Aquarium LED light for 7 hours a day on a timer. My stockings are 10 ember tetra, 3 Otocinclus, cherry and amano shrimps, nerite snails and one Japanese trapdoor snail. For some reason, I can’t seem to have a stable water condition (0.25 ppm ammonia occasionally) and there has been death to 2 Otocinculus, 1 trapdoor snail and 1 cherry shrimp. Every time it is devastating. My local fish store suggested using ROI water, but it seems like a big investment and inconvenience as I live in an apartment. As the title mentioned, my slow growing plants are not doing so well. I have lost the majority of my Amazon swords from melting and yellowing. My Java fern has spots and some leaves are turning transparent. Similar nutrient deficiency issue with the Annubias. After having 5 ppm nitrate since May, I have not registered any nitrate. However, my fast growing plants seem to be doing fine. I put one cap of Seachem Flourish Advance every night and started double dosing (4 pumps) easy green fertilizer three times a week since last week. However, there is no detectable change yet. I have considered installing CO2 injection. But I worried about algae. Basically, I have some surface green spot algae, but I think my snails took care of them. I am almost at a point where I prefer to cover the area under the floating plants with rocks since my Amazon sword kept melting. And I removed most of the floating plants recently in hope to provide more light. I am really looking forward to getting more fish, but if my tank is not stable, the additional bio-load might cause algae and/or fish death. Does anyone have any suggestions of medium growing plants that I can try? Should I get better light? CO2 injection? Any suggestion to keep my slower growing plants healthy and having more stable water condition would be great! Thank you.
  3. Greetings everyone this is my first post here, Wanted to know if anyone has any advice on my planted 55 gallon. I do a 40% water change every other week , I have a hang on back and a cannister filter on it . I'm not really a fan of how its looking so any aqua scaping tips would be greatly appreciated , also this is my first large aquarium and I have been struggling with the plants and algae, i am currently dosing the recommended amount of easy green and easy carbon and root tabs but due to the large amount of plants should I maybe dose more?, many of the larger leafy plants have brown spots. All the fish are doing great and look healthy the only aggression i have is from the Redtail shark. Any thoughts and feedback on the tank would be awesome Thanks.
  4. bought All Plants i bought from aquarium coop. This a newly established aquarium 29 gallon. its 21" tall ,24 wide ,12"deep Water parameters. Temperature :around 76F HRPH: 8.2 ammonia: 0-.25 nitrite: 0 nitrates: 40-80 GH: 0 KH: its high.. i don't know I use stress coat to condition tap water for changes, and let the water sit in a bucket for a few days. (Sorry about the cloudy water in photo.Doing a water change today. Just recently added 5 cory cats and had a bacterial bloom then my son accidentally turned off my sponge filter for a few hours i didn't know. 😮 So the plants Looked good on arrival, They got caught in that recent snowstorm somewhere during transit, but still arrived looking nice. (Props to aquarium coop for awesome shipping.) I Use the easy green and iron. Java Fern: I glued them to rocks and plants weights ,started having black spots in a few days now almost completely blackish brown now. Amazon sword: Planted in substrate with root tabs. leaves turned yellow in a few days, now almost see-through and brownish yellow. but the shoot still green. Micro grass: planted in substrate just melted and disappeared gone. Water sprite : planted but just melted and disappeared vanished. banana plant and moss ball are ok it seems. Running a brand new finnex 24" low light led. on a timer (i know micro grass is high light but thought it might ok.) Lots of money Not much success.And frustrating Would it better to condition my water for plants or just find plants that can handle my water conditions? (high ph and such) If so what plants would that be? ..I have a water softener system for my house that i use the tap water for tanks. And a separate r.o. system for drinking water. my ph runs high. Talk to me.
  5. Greetings! I've been watching Cory's youtube videos for over a year now and running my 5 gallon for almost as long. Two weeks ago was the 1-Year mark for this five gallon. Looking back through some pictures it feels like I've been through a lot since then - mostly plants... The creatures have thankfully stayed the same - or have grown at least! We've got: - 7 white clouds - a mix of the bog-standard variety and a couple gold-ish ones - including one that is offspring of the original six - 1 sort of helpful amano shrimp named Tony-Tina (pre-schooler naming committee FTW!) - 1 very helpful nerite snail named Beatrice My main concern is plants! I've got through a fair number of diebacks - some with known causes - over enthusiastic pruning of taiwan moss; others remain a mystery - like the anubias I had that basically melted and died right away. A recent addition of some luwigia repens seemed to mark the start of a big die off of plants in the tank. The two images are about a month apart, with the sparser one from today. There had been lots of great java fern growth over time - hoping to get some of that back. I've got some plants on their way from Aquarium Coop as I type, as well as some root tabs. Hope some more consistent feeding will help in making a happier environment for the plants. Everyone else seems to be doing just fine. If you're really eagle-eyed, you can see all the denizens of the tank in the "cleaner" pic. Looking forward to being part of the community.
  6. Hi, I bought some plants the other week along with some new fish because I decided to dive into the world of live plants rather then fake. I had a list of easy plants I wanted, but thanks to the pandemic deliveries to my local pet shop have been a bit all over the place, so I asked out of the plants he had which would be easiest to care for. And I left with Java moss, and 2 other species I’ve forgotten the names of. But I’ll post photos to help try and identify them. My issue is that one of the plants is turning brown, then kinda see through, and then the leaf falls off, but a new leaf then regrows in its place. Whilst the other planes are growing just fine, but have this brown algae growing on some of their leaves. I also have a problem with algae growing quite quickly on the glass. But the algae on the glass isn’t brown. I use a liquid fertiliser as last time I tried live plants my issue was they wouldn’t grow, and other then that i don’t really use anything else, and my lights are on roughly 7-9 hours a day. From around midday to late evening. Thanks in advance for your advice x
  7. First i apologies abiut the Algae you see in the photo this was taken right before a water change 😁 Anyway as you can see from my photo my plants go brown on the edges and then eventually die. Using Tropica Aqua soil Dosing TNC Complete Anybody any ideas what may be causing this? Im starting to edge towards possibly a lack of Iron?
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