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  1. This post was originally dedicated to my 35 gallon hexagon that I refurbished but I have decided that it is now the journal for my MTS journey! I hope you all find my MTS entertaining or aspiring as I grow my aquarium addiction! So I acquired an old 35 gallon hexagon aquarium from a friend that had been sitting empty and unused for quite a few years. The tank leaked, the stand had mold or mildew in the wood and was just over all in pretty rough shape. I stripped all the old silicon out and resealed the tank. Sanded and painted the rims. Sanded and sealed the stand with Killz and then painted it black. I replaced the old hinges with new stainless ones and added a matching handle. The tank did not come with a lid so I made a custom one from a plexiglass. Got it all scaped up. Now I'm waiting on the fish to arrive. Let me know what you think!
  2. 10G Betta tank with suspected columnaris. Take a look at the pics and let me know what you think about the diagnosis! Onset: 6 days ago, white patch behind his head suddenly appeared. Hasn’t seemed to get worse or better. He is more lethargic than normal, but is still eating and occasionally swimming around the tank (not just up for air). Fin rot seems slightly better now but is still severe compared to what he had before this started. Current treatment: water change and gravel vac immediately and again yesterday; darkness in the tank for four days and now limited lighting, Ich-X (5mL), and Maracyn (1 packet). Left the Ich-X and Maracyn to sit for three days, did a 30% water change and re-treated with both yesterday. (Yes, I did a water change but wasted a couple days trying to figure out what it was before medicating!) Thinking of treating with kanaplex, but have qualms because it’s a heavily planted tank, with a nerite and otos in it that might also suffer or die. Thoughts? This is following a bout of BGA from lack of nutrients, and fin rot from the nasty BGA tank conditions until I got it figured out, killed, and now mostly cleaned up (there’s probably a random dead piece in the gravel). Previous fin rot and BGA were treated with two rounds of maracyn two weeks apart, one round of Paracleanse, big water changes and plant prunings, and more consistent ferts. Tank is recovering and looking much better, but betta’s fin rot is worse again and now he has a big white-tinged patch. He does have the marble gene, and he is just over a year old (he’s been with me a year and was a medium-sized juvie when I bought him). This appeared very suddenly about 6 days ago, more than a week after the last rasbora death. After researching, I found that kanaplex was probably my best bet, but I don’t want to lose my corkscrew vals or my other plants, or my otos, or my nerite, and seachem says it is hard on inverts and plants and some scaleless fish. On other forums, people say most of their nerites survived, and all their plants survived, but they didn’t have vals (which can be more sensitive). Nobody said anything about otos. Parameters: pH: 7.8 Ammonia: 0 Nitrites: 0 Nitrates: 10 Temp: 79.5F KH was high last time I checked it, but I haven’t checked it in a while because it remained steady for a long time and I do regular water changes with tap water and it is fairly hard tap water. I always have to double-dose my Prime because of the chloramines present in my tap water. Other tank inhabitants: 3 otos, one zebra nerite, 2 emerald-eye rasboras (2/4 rasboras died suddenly after I added the otos two weeks ago; no symptoms…betta may have reacted to more stock being added to his happy equilibrium and killed them…or maybe columnaris killed them due to their own stress after the otos). If this was columnaris, wouldn’t the betta most likely be dead already? Or noticeably worse? Wouldn’t the other rasboras or the otos be showing signs of it too? (They’re not, even though I know the rasboras are stressed from losing their school from the way they hang out with their reflections and zip around.)
  3. My Vallisneria americana was turning my tank into a thick jungle this summer so I thinned it out. Of course, the gardener in me couldn't just throw away good plants, so I planted a few in my water lily pot outside. The val loved it! Ended up with a gorgeous red tint. I just discovered a flower bud coming up today after I pulled them out of the pot which has been moved to the garage for winter. Has anyone had val turn red and bloom in their aquarium? I was wondering what it might take to replicate the outdoor conditions in the tank. I did nothing special to it regarding fertilizer, but it was in full sun and had natural temp fluctuations.
  4. Odd question that I've never thought of before. Does Val grow from the top like most of our other stem and leafy plants or does it grow like from the bottom like human hair? 🤔 I swear the Val I added to my 150 that was trimmed when I took it from my 95 hex has grown 6" in a week but the tips still show the cut line. Been a long week at work so I thought I'd bring it here since I can't rap my brain around it right now. Or Google for that matter...
  5. I decided to take the valisneria out of the black plant pot. Bad idea as I had trouble getting it to stay in the sand and broke off a couple leaves. I just ordered a few more plants as well. With this still grow you guys think? Got a root tab in there and used some easy green.
  6. I have some Jungle Vallisneria plants in my low tech tank, but for some reason they are not growing vertically. They have sent out plenty of runners, so I know the plants are still alive, but they just do not seem interested in doing anything but sending out the new runners. My tank has a ton of plants, and my other rooted plants are doing great. I have plenty of root tabs in the substrate too. All of my crypts have come back after the initial melt and have a bunch of new growth, and my dwarf sag are getting bushy and starting to spread too. I am a little puzzled here, all the stuff I have seen on Vallisnera is it grows like crazy towards the light. I do have some frogbit, any chance they are making things a little to dim for the Val?
  7. I bought a Valisnaria sp. (the not-jungle-val one) back in early Feb from ACO because Cory talked about how fast growing they are and I wanted a sort of forestry corner to my tank but now I can't really seem to get it to grow much. The parent plants have grown to maybe 6" tall and they have about 8 runners total between the two of them, but the runners are all short and some of them have stopped growing or started to die even. I've loaded the area up with root tabs but they don't seem to make a difference. I'm also using easy green (1 pump in just over 10g of water, in a 14 g tank) twice a week. Is there anything I should be doing for it? I'm thinking of giving up on it. gh-8 kh-4 ph-high 7's to 8.5 depending on the day and time. (about 8.5 recently) Nitrogens: 0/0/20-40 depending on the day temp: 24C
  8. I’m wondering if the Finnex Stingray 2 is too powerful a light for my 29 gallon planted community tank and causing me to have bad algae problems. The algae keeps heavily covering my plant leaves, to which I have to constantly rub off. I currently have crypts, java fern, water sprite, anubias, and vallisneria in it. As well as growing on the plant leaves, a lot of the algae is concentrated on the gravel around the vals and crypts where I have root tabs buried. I currently have 12 neons, 4 corys, 1 red eye tetra, and just added 6 nerite snails to help eat the algae. I keep the light on for 7 hours and water parameters are: temp-75, pH-7.6, ammonia-0, nitrite-0, and nitrates 30ppm. Any help with this would be much appreciated.
  9. First planted aquarium. I clearly didn't buy enough plants for the 60. Got some rocks I found along the road for decor. (tested safe) Hoping they all survive. Got some dwarf baby tears and water sprite coming soon. Anubias will be planted in an easy planter.
  10. I recently bought my first two species of plants - vallisneria, and dwarf sagittaria. One reason I chose them is that I thought they only need liquid fert, but now I'm seeing that they *must* have root tabs. Which is it? Do they need root tabs? Frankly, I don't want to mess with it. (I was planning to buy more of the val and sag, but if they need tabs, I'll hunt down species that don't.) Thanks guys.
  11. Getting a planted tank set up and realized I may have gotten too many plants for my tank. I am considering leaving out the Italian Val I ordered. 1) If I decide to plant it can I aggressively prune it back later without killing it? 2) Can I later remove it without uprooting my entire tank 3) In general do you ever have to worry about aquatic plants choking out other plants like you do in a lawn/garden.
  12. Hey I’m a newbie to plants. I bought two vallisneria plants for my cichlid tank. Can I simply just put the plant in the planter? Do I need to remove anything like the plastic on the bottom of the plant? Both came from Aquarium Co-op. Thanks!
  13. Just ordered it from Aquariumcoop with another of the easy planter where should I put it towards the front or back ? How is it with taking nutrients from the water column ? Or is it better to use root tabs on the rock wool ?
  14. Hi there! I want to move some vallisneria plants to a different tank, but they're heavily infested with Ramshorn snails. Can I dip vallisneria in an alum bath? I know alum can destroy some fragile plants like guppy grass, but I've never heard of results from doing it with val. Thanks so much in advance, Mo
  15. I have Leopard Vallisneria in my 30g tank. When I first put it in they melted but then began to grow back strong and have side shoots. I have since noticed an outbreak of BBA. I tried using H2O2 but it only worked so much. I have now began dosing Excel. I am on my 3rd day only dosing 20ml in my 30 gallon tank. The Leopard Val has now started to melt aggressively. Should I power through and hope the grow back like they have in the past or stop dosing Excel immediately?
  16. I planted vallisneria from Aquarium Co-op on Thanksgiving into some Eco-Complete, and today at the end of January it's still only 2 inches tall. Is that normal?
  17. Hello everyone, I’ve read and watched basically everything I could on Fancy Goldfish, however I’m more interested in personal experiences. I have a ton of Val growing in a 75 gallon rainbow tank. I purchased a few ez planters and was wondering if I could drop one of these into their 150 gallon stock tank. I’d have to use sand in the planter with some root tabs, but will the goldfish let the Val be? Any and all feedback in appreciated. Thank you kindly, Manny
  18. Hey all, I am rescaping my 50 Gallon angelfish tank and I want their to be a vallisneria jungle. I have kept live plants before/ in the present but never vallisneria, any tips?
  19. I am setting up a new tank and will move some of my Val. Do I cut the runner at the mother plant end? New plant? And do I leave it hanging off or cut it off entirely and toss it? I’m not sure if it propagates from the same runner or if it melts back. I have regular jungle Val and dwarf that have both sent several runners and I’ll be trimming and moving.
  20. So I’ve started a new 29 pack gallon tank and have a bunch of vallisneria and juncus repens to scape the tank. I’m going for a grass forest tank, but I’ve never had either of these plants before. Which one should I put in the back or should I put one on either side or just mix them? Or doesn’t it matter? Should I get something like micro swords for the foreground? I’m too indecisive
  21. Hey all! Just a question about jungle val and how it grows. I'm trying to encourage it to grow over the back left to center in my 75, and it's been growing for several months. I've noticed that when I trim it, it seems to get... sad; the cut ends wither and die down to the roots. For a long while I let it just get long and cover the top, but it was getting out of control and not letting in hardly any light. I trimmed it again about a week ago, as I have heard that trimming encourages it to grow thicker. But the same shrively unhappiness is happening again. One clump (in the middle) seems happy though, and has grown some since the trim. What's your experience with jungle val? Do you trim yours regularly? Have you had this same problem? Nitrates range from 20 to 40, and I use root tabs. No liquid ferts.
  22. Just an appreciation post - I was about to be one of those .0001% of people who kill vallisineria except I had a long drive and listened to hours of old Real Fish Talk episodes and Co-op videos - and happened to learn that I was not supposed to bury the crown of the plant! (I'm sure I looked this up as I was setting up the tank, but it was a late night and lots of planting, so I just spaced and shoved those suckers deep in there as far as they would go!) As soon as I got home I unburied it. Fortunately it had only been that was 2 weeks and while I lost a few leaves, I'm hopeful it will bounce back.
  23. I bought some Vallisneria two weeks ago and their leaves are turning brown. Why is this happening?
  24. Hi all! I've had Valisnaria for over 6 months now and it initially threw off some runners and grew quite quickly. However, about 2 months later, it paused it's growth and it's leaves started looking pretty tattered. It's mantained this look since then, throwing out a runner here and there while also a few of them dying back. Since planting it, I've kept it fed with API root tabs and I give it about 10 hours of light a day. It is in a pool filter sand substrate The reason for this post, I want a gorgeous Valisnaria forest going on but I'm obviously not doing it right. Parameter's and other information pH - 8.2 Ammonia - 0 Nitrite - 0 Nitrate - 20 ppm Substrate - Pool Filter Sand Light - Finnex Stingray Tank - 55g Light Duration - 10 hours Nutrients introduced via API Root Tabs It's sitting on a hill of sand about 11inches from the light 1 large "mother" plant and 7 runners If you have a solution, advice or questions, please share!
  25. Is there such thing? I'd like the look of Val but can't seem to grow it.
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