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Just ordered a new light, a red tiger lotus, a cryptocoryne undulatus and a aponogeton longiplumulosus. Boy, getting out the houseplants is a great excuse to try some new plants 馃槀. Will be a bit of a puzzle to get them all in and well placed 馃槄
 

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I'm sorry to hear that your fish are dying too. My oto's have massive belly's as well, but I think they are just fat 馃槃. A few days ago I saw a photo of a pregnant oto and you could see the eggs.

It's been a few days since I treated with dacticyd and it's been a big difference. The fish seem pretty normal now. Very happy with it, although I'm still a bit worried if it will stay this way. The shrimp didn't like the treatment, but they survived. I will have to treat again in about 10 days and hopefully after that I will have some time to peacefully enjoy my tank.
However I will need to buy some new fish because several species I have need a bigger group than they are now. I will do some research if preventive treatment is a good idea. I don't want to go through all this again...
If they aren't able to be prone when on a surface it is most likely dropsy is what I was just told at the LFS, they're not suppose to be anything but parallel to the surface and a well fed one should go more to the sides not balloon out. This is my first foray into fish and I'm still learning massive amounts each day.
 

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Sounds good and like fun.
Yeah it is, just had them today. Still very small, hopefully they will start to emerge one day. So far no plant is doing that, do I need to do something special or do I just need more patience? Probably the last 馃槀

The light was a bit of a letdown, my mistake. It has red, blue, green and cold white leds, you can choose red, blue & green, white or all together. It's supposed to be complementary to my other light and despite all my hours of research it didn't come to my mind that the color of the light should sort of match 馃う鈥嶁檧锔. Now there is a big difference, the new one is a lot colder whereas the old one has a really warm white tone. I like the old one more, it makes the colors really vibrant. I'll probably have to do with this one for a while 馃檮. At least my plants are not going to die of lack of light

Good news, the fish are still doing really well! No symptoms so far. I'll have to do another treatment next week (because it could be that worm eggs remained and hatch later on). I'm thinking about adding the new fish I want to buy on the same day so they will be treated as well. That would probably be less stressful than treating them in a quarantine tank? (since I don't have a suitable one because it is occupied by my dario dario).
I only have 4 Danio margaritatus, 5 whiteclouds and 3 oto's left, those numbers are not really ideal. The group of 4 rosy loaches was too small from the beginning (but it was all they had then) and I would love to have a partner for my apisto (as soon as I know if it is a male or female).
 

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Lighting is such a big can of worms...
I'd start with the full spectrum since we're trying to replicate the sun as best we can. Then you can adjust the intensity to find a balance between good plant growth and minimal algae growth. In my situation I found that virtually eliminating the blue light from the spectrum had a significant impact on reducing the amount of algae I had to deal with. This allowed me to increase the intensity for better plant growth. I'm not saying it will work for you but it has for me. Also, try to only change one thing at a time and see what kind of results you get. In this case, try the full spectrum for a couple weeks and see what happens. Then try something else, like increasing intensity, and see what happens.
And yes, unfortunately you must be patient. ;)
 

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This is how it looks now

With the white light
Water Plant community Plant Light Botany

And combined white, blue, green and red
Water Plant Light Wood Organism


Big difference in the colors...

It doesn't have the possibility to choose colors in a way that I can eliminate the blue. I'm thinking about selling the right one and get a second one of the left one. The plants always did fine with it. I don't know why I haven't done it the first place. Learning experience...
 

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This is how it looks now

With the white light
View attachment 76687
And combined white, blue, green and red
View attachment 76685

Big difference in the colors...

It doesn't have the possibility to choose colors in a way that I can eliminate the blue. I'm thinking about selling the right one and get a second one of the left one. The plants always did fine with it. I don't know why I haven't done it the first place. Learning experience...
An actual grow light instead of an aquarium light will be cheaper and full spectrum to promote plant growth. This is the way.
 
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