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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. What's the proper way to trim them? Mine is out of control and is even bending so I wonder if that's from the current or it being too long?
  3. I am filling my 29 gallon with plants from the coop. My 1st order is: Amazon sword Water sprite Crypt wendtii Octopus plant Easy planter Hopefully it will be a jungle in a few months. I will post a starting point and follow-up photos in few months.
  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. @Cory first off I have to say easy green is some good( I've never used a fertilizer. LOL probably won't use any other one now) stuff. Doesn't change my water parameters that I can notice and I basically been underdosing and have seen growth rates of about 30 to 40% more. And for the water Sprite I think it will make a rebound. Probably around 4 months or so I should be able to grow out for plants the same size as the one you sold me
  6. I bought a pot of water sprite from Aquarium Co-Op. At first some of the leaves and smaller stems melted off and I thought it just needed time to get acclimated. But it’s been 6 weeks and still looks dull green and brownish. It’s in a 10G tank (8 cherry barbs, 3 otos, danio, 2 kuhli loaches) and nitrates are relatively high 20-40ppm so I’m not sure what the issue might be. I’ve been hesitant to dose Easy Green because of nitrate level. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  7. I like the water sprite called Ceratopteris Cornuta which is a broad leaf water sprite. Seems to be hard to find in Ohio. Why is that?
  8. This is a question. I want a bushy plant that grows fast that fry can hide in. I’ve researched water sprite and nit’s supposed to be fast growing and easy to keep alive. But every time I buy it, mine just dies. I have lots of other plants growing fine. What could I be doing wrong and could snails be eating it?
  9. Cory/Dean/Candi, I recently bought water sprite from the Co-Op and it's already dying back hard. The plan was to plant it in my 29g (soon-to-be) guppy tank which has stingray lighting, but the heater is wonky and, although currently on and set to 80°, the water remains at room temp (68°). That being what it is, I thought I'd keep it in my planted 75g until a new heater could be secured, but it is definitely not doing well in there (standard kit lighting that is very old). Does water temperature factor into keeping plants like it does with the fish themselves or do they do well regardless (assuming there's plenty of "food" for them? Thanks, Whip
  10. Hello everyone! I am experienced in keeping aquariums, but new to live aquatic plants. I have some recently ordered new Windelov ferns and water sprite. As I was cleaning them and pruning dead spots, I wondered what size rhizome can survive? If it is bright green, has roots, but no leaves, how small is too small to try to save? Any input would be greatly appreciated as I am eager to learn more.
  11. I have a very healthy watersprite plant in my 55g that has spawned around 15 new plants. I took 2 of the 6-8" plants and moved them to a newish 10 gallon tank. It's been up for a month or so with 2 guppies in it. After a week the plants have just melted away. I've been adding 1oz of Flourish to the tank since I put them in there (I dose the main tank daily). I also added some Fritz 7 a few days ago to boost the bac. and increased the guppy count to 5. Same water source and the 10g has a bit of ammonia 0.25-0.5 I added the plants to help the water conditions. Any ideas on what could be the problem?
  12. If I let my Water Sprite float, are the roots that develop OK being planted later? Or are water roots different than planted roots?
  13. My water sprite grows fine and then the new growth leaves brown (see image below, with sword and moss ball in background). Sluffing of the leaves then follows. Is this a sign of iron deficiency? A root tab was placed close to the sprite about 3 weeks ago. Does this continued browing call for another root tab?
  14. A few months ago I started a garden with only water sprite. Here is the update
  15. Hey everyone! I have a single betta, D'artagnan, in a 10 gallon tank with a bubble filter. There's a 50 watt heater that keeps the temp at 78F. I also have some java moss and water sprite. I bought the water sprite a couple weeks ago and they aren't doing so well. I have a plant light for them and it's on about 8 hours a day. I just bought some fertilizer, iron, and root tabs for them. Hopefully that will help my water sprite. Does anyone have any tips on how to get rid of the white fuzzy algae? (please note, right now I cannot get shrimp or snails) Also, enjoy a pic of D'artagnan (he doesn't have popeye, that's just a smudge on the glass) Thanks, Artemis
  16. I wonder if there is a second career in growing water sprite, or at least enough money to pay for the hobby. My very large sprite has now been divided again. I swear it grows a half inch a day or more. Out of one regular size plant in September, there is now a piece in my 10-gal (itself ready to split into 2), sacrificed 2 small pieces for each of my quarantines, and now I have 3 pieces in my main tank after splitting them over the weekend. What do you guys think if I take the two sprites at the top and, once my first 8 harlequins are out of quarantine, ask my LFS to trade them for 4 harlequins when I go in to get the next 8? Because if this works out I will do a tub of the stuff and start actually selling it to them.
  17. I have a new tank doing fishless cycling. I filled it on Sept 12, and have had this water sprite in there for about 3 weeks. It started out about 12" tall and maybe 5" wide. I had it floating until I bought some red root and they were getting stuck together, and it was growing too big. So I planted it in the back. It is now almost 20" tall and over 8" wide in three weeks!! I'm not a visual artist nor anything other than pure newbie on aquatic plants and aquarium design, but here's what I have. Some plants took a big hit during shipment (many arrived dead), and I've already removed several that didn't bounce back. Some still recovering. I think I need to do some trimming. Air stone is temporary to help the bacteria until I can get a control valve bc it's too forceful. (FYI the fake plants sitting on the decoration are going to be used for my quarantine tank when I get my fish). I cannot wait for fish!! I feel like a kid waiting for my birthday to come.
  18. Wondering if anyone experienced similar thing? I grow mine floating. One piece broke into several, and I have like a dozen crowding on top of my tank. Yet I noticed that all the floating pieces have very long stems at the base (leggy) and very small leaves. They send new shoots every day, but they all look leggy. None of my water sprite grow in that lush and bushy fashion that I see on pictures. Any thoughts? Water 82F, 7.8 pH, 40ppm nitrate. PS. First time in the forum. Greetings fellow fish nerms!
  19. I am hoping to get Java Fern and Water Sprite in my 10 Gallon tank with one male betta fish and 5 pigmy corydora catfish. I was wondering if I floated the Water Sprite could I use Seachem Flourish as a fertilizer and the Nicrew SkylLED 18" as the light? I know that Water Sprite and Java Fern don't really need that much fertilizer and I was wondering if Seachem Flourish would be enough of a fertilizer for micronutrients and the fish could provide the Nitrogen, Potassium, and Phosphorous? Thank You So So Much🙂!
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