Good advice Jay. I removed some substrate in the back right, now leaving 5cm.I would still make the soil deeper at the back give it a lot more height for the stems
Level out the front and raise it front to back
Also you will need more soil at the front left.corner at least 2cm deep
How do you trim Eleocharis Mini? Since the leaves are so small, i imagine they float away very quickly and are hard to gather to take out of the tank?Eleocharis 'mini' is a nice and easy carpeting plant. I think the scape would look great with glossostigma but that one is a bit trickier to keep compact.
Ammonia levels?Anubias shouldnt melt theyre one of the hardiest plants around.Time to share some progress with you guys.
Tank was planted 10 days ago, using a mix of 1-2 grow cups and potted plants.
*Eleocharis Mini (in-vitro)
*Althernanthera Reineckii mini (in-vitro)
*Rotala indica (in-vitro)
*Rotala walichii (in-vitro)
*Hygrophila pinnatifida (in-vitro)
*Taiwan moss (tray)
*Microsorum pteropus "mini" (pot)
*Annubias nana (2 pots from 2 different sources, 5 plants total)
All in all the tank is progressing rather good, i think.
I had 2 annubias glued on the wood, that melted completely within a few days. The other three are doing fine up until now. (they were not glued, i wonder if the glue was the cause?)
The rotala indica was also a trouble plant the first few days, 2/5 of all planted stems melted completely. They did have rather big root bundles when planted, maybe i should have removed them? (noob alert?)
The last problem area is the Eleocharis. Half of it is doing great and showing growth allready, the other half turned yellow and melted. For now i am leaving those yellow clumps in, hoping the roots are still fine and start producing new shoots.
The good news:
All other plants are thriving, and the tank looks better everyday. All equipment is working great as well.
Twinstar is at 55% intensity, lowered by 10% after losing anubias. Co2 is at 1-2 bubbles / second.
Currently dosing 3 squirts of Micro & Macro ferts from greenaqua / day in the morning.
Currents residents: 6 Fire red neocardina, 3 Otocinclus
Planning to add: Hydrocotyle tripartita & some 15 Rasbora Brigittae
I think you done right thing, everyone always says do 1 thing at a time maybe drop lights back to 6 hours and do 50%water changes and hopefuly it will be fine.Some strange things happening this week.
I started seeing all kinds of algae types at once pop up, diatoms, green slime, green thread,...
Also a few leaves of the H. pinnatifida melted and the moss on the wood showed some browning.
Last week i changed only 30% of water instead of 50% for the first time. I had increased lighting intensity to 70% and duration from 6h to 7h a day.
Ferts were also increased as well as CO2.
So in a panic i did a bigger 50% waterchange again, a few days prior than i had planned. I ripped out some of the moss that had browned. And siphoned away all dead plant matter. Cleaned the pre-filter, although it still looked rather fresh.
Should I increase water change frequency and volume for the time being? Or do i risk doing too much and unbalancing the tank?