PineSong Posted May 1, 2022 Share Posted May 1, 2022 (edited) I just realized I did not have good photos of progress in this tank so I wanted to start a journal. Apologies for the length of this initial intro. Here is a photo taken from a vid I made in November 2021 when I was still waiting for the wood to waterlog: And one from December: Here is a photo taken mid-March before things went totally haywire. It's not a great shot but it shows how dark the tank was getting from lily pads and duckweed blocking the light and the subtle neglect that comes from taking a tank for granted: I'm not sure what was the prime factor in what happened next, but some contenders are: due to tank overpopulation I thought I could skip dosing Easy Green as often = a sudden change in what nutrients were available; days getting longer (this tank sits directly in a window); I removed one lily to use it elsewhere; I cut all the hygrophila in half to start a hedge of it in another tank; I never cleaned the filter because I didn't want to bother the shrimp I'd just added. What happened was the brown crud everywhere, hair algae escalating incredibly, and my remaining hygro fading, getting soft, and developing pinprick holes in the leaves. Enter spring cleaning: I gravel vac'd and cleaned the filter, put on a HOB for 48 hours and stirred the substrate throughout the day, removed the wood to use in my pond, added Easy Green and more java ferns and replaced the stone the anubias was glued to as it had detached when I was cleaning. Here is the tank today: please ignore floating cuttle bone, I will re-anchor it later. Edited October 14, 2022 by PineSong Removing duplicate photos? 5 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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