New Victoria Addict
I am still battling a high nitrite (NO2) level of 2.0. If I can establish my beneficial bacteria they will convert this to nitrate which the Victorias will use for nourishment. This level is very toxic to fish so I am going to have to wait until this is under control before I introduce the goldfish that I want to add to my Victoria aquarium.
The ammonia (NH3/NH4) level is currently dropping at 0.50 and is telling me that the beneficial bacteria are beginning to establish themselves compared to a level of 1.0 one week ago. I have added lava rocks as a home for the bacteria and should see better results by next week.
And as for a pH level, it is currently holding at 7.5. I would prefer a neutral level of 7.0 but since my water is running on the soft side I think this is to be expected at a level of GH (4.0') and KH (3.0'). I currently am maintaining a water temperature of 90F. Should I be lowering this temperature to 85F at this time?
If the sun runs your temp up during the day, it might be wise to lower the controlled temp. It depends on how high it rises with sun - over 110F can be detrimental to the babies. On the other hand, they are doing well so why change something successful?
I have had to drop my water table level at this time as I currently have one 'Atlantis' and three 'Longwood Hybrids' producing their first floating leaves. I have to maintain a minimum level of 5 ½ inches over the Victorias in order for the filter system to work so I have raised the Victorias up on an inverted cup.
This isn't necessary. The floating leaves will stretch as needed. We suggest that depth mostly to get adequate light to the seedlings with just hastate leaves.
I plan on potting my three Victorias with juvenile floating leaves into potting soil today as I believe this to be the appropriate time to do so.
Hang on! This may be a mistake! What kind of potting soil? Exactly what's in it? This is the critical stage where the seedlings need a tiny bit of nutrient but any other sort of change may be deadly.
Are you planning to use our nutrient package? It is designed for bland media like sand. We would strongly suggest you stay in sand through at least the second floating leaf. You need a reasonable root ball for transplant - the seedlings won't survive being barerooted and transplanted. Potting soil may also introduce elements into the water that throws everything out of kilter!