QUOTE(N900rocks @ Oct 23 2019, 10:38 PM)
Im very new to aquascaping, im here to share my experience and hope to learn more from sifu2 and otai2.
My intention is to set up a tank with low maintenance (mainly because dont want to bleed too much), hence i opt to no CO2.
Lets start with
Tank - Crystal Clear 40x40x40 (64L)
Filter - Shiruba Hang On filter XB-2060 (Max 400L/h)
Light - Deebow Dee-301 (7W)
Soil - Ista Premium Aqua Soil 8L
Gravel - Pro JBL Florapol
Fert - Ista water plant fertilizer
Ista - Clarifying Nitrifying Bacteria
here is what went wrong, i believe most beginners are like me, very excited and cant wait to get everything in place.
I used aqua friendly super glue to glue java moss, and all my anubias plant.
I damn regret for not taking care of it, and just simply glue it to the hardcape. some batang patah because of the use of force.
then when planting those taller plant, some i didnt put deep enough, while some, due to first time plant, the root patah in half when i plant.
as for java moss, after removing it from the iron, i just simply glue and paste.
today is day three, after setting up everything on last sunday.
I found my rotala red, go botak, left a few leaves at the bottom part, my limnophila like melted. when i touch the leaf, it putus right away. then a few leaves from anubias turned yellow, because the stem snapped in half. some moss is turning brown at the glue part.
its only day three and i already getting frustrated, i cant wait to see them grow and go green
so im thinking if i should get some shrimp this weekend. help to manage my dead leaves. ive been having the thought of rescaping alrd. but its too expensive to buy those plant again.
so yea, thats all from me. So sifu2 sekali, please ajar me how to make it better. should i remove all the plant and replant?
heres side views foto.
Welcome to the club. I am no sifu- also a 3 months newbie. (many sifus go buzy with other hobbies liao).
i am still learning and struggling and buying plants now... just that i do stages by stages. u had put too many, too quick. I understand the excitement- but there is certain price to pay.
If u allow me to share some advice-
A- the lighting- it seems not enough for the tank size/number of plants
B- u are doing low tech, and i trust that you are builing low CO2 demand plant ? Aquacult is good as they list the CO2 demand, growth rate, light demand etc at each of the plant photo. It helps a lot and my favorite shop.
now - low demand does not means zero demand. When you have so dense planting- the demand had increase. u may refer my previous advice a few line earlier- using the simple kid, or seachem florish. At anyhow- Seachem florish is good for the long run and dose it with other fertizilie ( NPK first, and trace later)
C- Shrimp will eat those dead leave, then think again.... the leave is gone, but there will be shrimp pops.... which will be a bio load as well. It will be definitely easier to pick up a few pieces of dead leaves, then scooping out the tiny shrimp pops.
Also if u study science : Mass balance: we are putting plants and feeding fertizer and fish food. What goes in will no go out. Bacteria in filter will just breakdown the dead stuff/pops) to simple nutrient. but it still stay in water. so there come the important of water change.
a system need less water change if only it is balance- the number of plants and fish/shrimp balance. it take some time to achieve this- also means very less feeding.
Lastly, dont wait until the plant is melted only take action. Look for symtoms- like the edge growing yellow, or got some holes etc. start from very basic. Light +CO2 + clean water.