06-12-2020, 06:08 AM
Join Date: Jun 2020
| | So, I messed up didn't I?
Hello, newbie here.
So, I've run dirted nanos before; more specifically three 15Ls (4G) and an 8L (2G). I've basically been making wild guesses when it comes to soil, as I can't find Miracle Grow in Australia. Two went great immediately, the other two had some ugly starts involving a lot of tannins and a lot of diatoms, after which they would clear up and come good. Basically, I thought I had a handle on this ****.
Long story short, I got myself some Big Girl Money. I got myself a Big Girl 130L tank (35G).
Some Big Girl money.
Results of said Big Girl Money can be seen in the pictures below.
Soil depth varies from less than an inch of combined soil and cap in the foreground and about 4-5 inches in the back. The soil was marked as not having added ferts or wetting agents. As you can see, I put Big Wood and Big Rocks all through the thing. There's probably barely a few mm of dirt under the rocks themselves, but some there nevertheless. There's vallisneria at the back, four crypt pots, a handful of rotala stems, a pot of lilaeopsis, bolbitis, and a metric load of java fern. The sides and front are a mix of various small swords, monte carlo, and some pogostemon helferi, most of which have since melted into oblivion. On the rocks themselves is a mixture of buce varieties and anubias varieties.
Up and running for two weeks. Ammonia spike down. Onto the nitrite spike. Our water is rainwater with a PH of 7.4, GH 0 KH 0. I threw some of my parrot's shell grit in there which seems to have raised the GH/KH to 4 each.
Lets be honest, most of the side plants have melted. I know they're transitioning, but I don't think that postemon is going to make it... The front is also so awkwardly shallow replanting is a nightmare now that its full.
Essentially, I'm going through my Obligatory Panic Phase, involving doubts about how thin the soil is in the front, how deep it is in the back, how many plants, how few plants, how many deadzones I may have added with all that very pretty, very expensive stone, aaaaaand...
What sort of disaster potential are we looking at here?
Last edited by Vallisneria; 06-12-2020 at 06:29 AM..