12L Nano Ryoboku Tank “Redwood” – Week 8

The plants in my nano Ryoboku tank are growing quite fast but they seem to be covered by diatoms. Some algae spotted here and there too.

Fast Growing Plants

When I chose the plants for this nano Ryoboku tank, I didn’t really consider how fast each one of them will grow. I just wanted a good mix of easy to medium difficulty plants.

To my surprise, the Micranthemum ‘Monte Carlo’, Heteranthera zosterifolia and Alternanthera reineckii ‘Pink’ can grow quite fast if left unattended. It’s not too bad. Weekly trimming or every two weeks should be okay.

I am concerned about some brown stuff covering the plants leaves though. It looks more like diatom as compared to nutrient deficiency to me. If that is true, then it should go away by itself after some time.

Hope it clears up soon.

The Invasive One

Carpeting plants are becoming quite a challenge for me. They are invasive and the Micranthemum ‘Monte Carlo’ is no exception. The lone Staurogyne repens plant is almost covered by it.

I had to carefully trim away the Micranthemum ‘Monte Carlo’ around the Staurogyne repens and at the same time being careful not to damage it. Not easy considering the location where I placed the Staurogyne repens.

At certain places, the Micranthemum ‘Monte Carlo’ is trying to creep up the wood that is in the tank too. I guess I’ll have to keep a close eye on it and prevent it from going out of control.

I’m just going to try my best in this case.

That Annoying Algae

This tank is not without any algae and I’ll be the first to admit I’m still not good yet at preventing and getting rid of them. The most obvious algae I have in this tank right now is green hair algae. It isn’t much but it’s there.

The plants that seem most affected by it is the  Vesicularia dubyana ‘Christmas’ or commonly known as the Christmas moss. Currently, I am able to remove the algae by syphoning.

Some of the algae are growing on certain parts of the wood too. They seem a bit tougher to remove compared to the ones growing on the plant’s leaves. It grows short and looks more like fur instead of hair.

It could be another type of algae and I’ll have to remove it in another way.

Adding Shrimps Soon

I’ve been delaying the plans to add shrimps to this tank. Mainly because I didn’t have time to get a stainless steel mesh that goes over the filter inlet (which prevents small shrimps from getting sucked in).

I don’t have the same concern as before about adding Neocaridina shrimps to a high-tech tank. It seems they are tough enough to be in it and in fact, they will even breed (as shown in my nano Iwagumi tank).

Goes without saying I’ll be transferring the Red Rili shrimps from my nano shrimp tank to this one. It’s kind of cool to be cherry picking shrimps from one of your own tank and transfer it to another.

Getting More CO₂

As a side note, I have also changed the CO₂ diffuser in this tank. Previously, I was using one that was L-shaped but now I’m using the U-shaped one. I get a feeling that it diffuses the CO₂ much better but I’ll monitor it for now.

Do you have any type or brand of a diffuser that you prefer?

What say you?

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