03-27-2007, 10:33 PM
Join Date: Mar 2007
| | HERES A DOOZIE for a 180G Discus SUBSTRATE ISSUE
Hey guys I recently had a 200G planted tank with a bunch of substrate(Flourite, Flora-Base, Eco-Complete) in it, to make a long story short, I sold my 200G and I bought a 180 which took too long to arrive and I had to store the substrate in plastic bags for a few weeks (maybe 3 tops), I added this to my new tank along with a a therma-root system(root heater) and a fresh topping of flora-base and eco-complete. I planted my plants and started up the co2 at 1 bubble every 3-ish sec. all plants seem to grow especially well int he refegium but when I move them up to the top tank they start to die off (turn yellow quickly and get holes in them) now I know SNAILS right! nope, see a few but not much even at night. Tank is at 82, 6.5 ph, 0ammonia, 0 nitrates, >.25 nitrites( i may have them mixed up its late) I don't ever see any fish eating the plants.
the strange art is the tank has been running for around 4-5 months. in the beginning alot of growth and then it all started going crazy a few months ago(about 1-2 mo into it). The only change was the lighting system from power compacts to halides but that was a few weeks ago, and no co2 but I used chemi pure to purify the water while I was out of cos, and no spikes. I was curious if this could be from the old substrate maybe some sort of anearobic bacteria from storing it(was it even safe?)
I use a mixture of R/O with tap water and discus buffer/prime with api stress coat and I have a lot of algae growth(green spots on the front only constantly, and now red hair algae) which I think is from the lights. but I need more plants I bet!
Please help and sorry for the epic novel above just thought I would try to be a little specific! thanks a MILLION!