07-29-2020, 07:20 PM
Join Date: Jul 2020
| | Re: 3 Week Update & Questions
Originally Posted by dwalstad
Your gravel size is bigger than ideal, but the main problem is that the gravel layer is too deep for such a small tank, small plants, etc. I would remove at least 1/2 inch (1 cm) of that gravel. Otherwise, the substrate could go severely anaerobic, causing all kinds of problems.
I also wouldn't trim the hair grass. I would definitely reduce the length of lighting and try the Siesta Regimen. I use cheap timers ($5) from hardware stores to manually program lighting schedules. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to do it.
Thank you! Since this post, I think the substrate has gone very anaerobic like you mentioned. There are bubbles on almost all the surfaces of the plants but I believe the bubbles are on algae and not from the plants themselves. There is some very thin layers of algae covering some of the back stem plants.
I will try my best to skim off some of the gravel throughout the tank without disturbing it as best as I can, continue doing water changes and try and get the ideal lighting periods. Hopefully it starts to balance in the coming weeks.
Again, appreciate all the help!