Hello all, been into tanks for decades now and on a different planted tank forum for years and recently found this forum that seemed more equiped to assist in my current delima.
I finally got a Fluval Spec III this May and got everything set up for a betta tank.
Four months later im at a crossroads between turning high tech with a paintball co2 set up or trying a variation of the Wastlad method.
Current tank specs
- Stock Fluval filter and pump
- Purigen bag in filter
- Eheim Jagee 25watt heater
- Micros- 1/64 mon thurs
- KNO3- 1/16 tues fri
- KH2PO4- 1/64 tues fri
- Enhance liquid carbon . .3ml at arounfd 8:30 am
- Lights on a kasa timer. On at 9am off at 1pm on at 3pm off at 7:30 pm.
- 50%water changes on sunday
- Betta (Captian Pan)
- Mystery Snail (Plum)
- Netrite Snail (Hypno)
-Buce: Kappas, Sylvia and a third
- Ctypt. Nurii phang mutated
- Crypt. Green gecko
- Crypt. Wendttii bronze
- Rotala H'ra
- Hydrocotyle Trip. Japan.
- Star Grass
- Sty. Repens
- Pearl weed
- staurogyne porta velho
- Java fern
So part of the reason im having this debate is because of issues im having. The biggest issue really being the drastically differnt plant growth on the right vs left sides of the tank.
I can go into more detial if needed.
When this began to happen i immediayly began to think i was lacking in co2 for the lighting on the tank. Hense the research into a paintball co2 setup.
I wanted this tank to be middle ground. Not low tech but not high tech but clearly something is off.
I did not really want to go high tech on this nanao but i also did not want go fo the Walstad method on a established tank and have to deal with soil.
Then i found a article in Aquarium Hobbyist Magazine 2nd quater 2021 volume 5 where Paula Castro wrote a article about a walstad bowl she had and used Seachems Flourite Black as substrate. I liked the look of her bowl and wanted to see if i could adapt some of the Wastald methods into my betts tank with out having to loose plant varity or color variation.
I used a CaribSea rio grande substrate because i liked the look. Now im wondering if i should swap substrate but i had been told that the substrates with additives for plants were useless because once the nutrients, that i was told only last about 6 months, were used from them they were no different then any other substrate.
Another issue is if i need a stronger light. A post on the Planted Tank rated the new Fluval spec light at 60-70 PAR at substrate. If thats the case them why do my stem plants cral out on me on the left side of the tank.
Hopefully someone can make sense of this rambling and give some suggestions for which direction i should take or changes improve the health of the plants and overall eycosystem in the tank.
Heres a pic of the current set up which o despise right now most everything had been shoved into the right side of the tank.
The crypts and buce all do very well.
The trip. Japan is doing poorly as well as the pearl weed. I had ludwigia x lacustris, it was the first victium of the left side of the tank.
If i need to clarify or add more pics i will.