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post #32 of 47 (permalink) Old 08-08-2010, 02:12 AM Thread Starter
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Pictures I just took:
Cryptocoryne Melt:

Anubias Melt?

Four-leaf Clover (I expected this to happen)

Baby Four-leaf Clovers

Anacharis

Anacharis and Vals

Cryptocoryne

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Looks great
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post #34 of 47 (permalink) Old 08-09-2010, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks!
I just tested my water:
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 15 ppm
Dkh: 9
Ph: 7.8
Is this good? When can I start adding fish?
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post #35 of 47 (permalink) Old 08-09-2010, 04:42 PM
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What have you done to cycle the tank so far? Have you been dosing ammonia?

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At Rex Griggs site It is suggested that one use two bunches (4-6 stems each) of plants for each five gallons of water
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post #37 of 47 (permalink) Old 08-09-2010, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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I used some media from another tank I have running. Also I have a ton of plants in there (especially lots of anacharis), except the anacharis is short so it's hard to see. Definitely have 40 individual plants in the tank, and I am planning on getting more plants to put on the driftwood
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I used some media from another tank I have running.
Well then it is probably okay to start adding fish. Adding 3 weekly is the best way to avoid a mini recycle. Some fish can tolerate a mini recycle.
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Ok. I was thinking of adding cories first, then gourami, then tetras, and finally the sae. Is that good?
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The stocking order sounds fine, but you'll need to keep a close eye on your ammonia levels. From the pics I doubt you have enough plant mass to achieve a "silent" cycle.

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ok. I'll probably go to the pet store over the weekend and I'll just stock slowly. Thanks!
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Ok. I was thinking of adding cories first, then gourami, then tetras, and finally the sae. Is that good?
I would start with the tetra, then cories, then gourami, and then sae. This is the order of fish sensitive to nitrates that I have noticed. The sae can be aggressive from what I have read so I think they should be last.
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Ok, thanks Hilde!

I also changed up my stocking a bit. Here it is now:
1 pearl gourami
15 neon tetras
5 zebra danios
6 net or panda cories

so I should add the danios, then the tetras, then the gourami, and the cories last? Thanks a bunch!
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I also changed up my stocking a bit. Here it is now:
1 pearl gourami
15 neon tetras
5 zebra danios
6 net or panda cories
Danios are very hardy. Some use them to cycle a tank so add them first. Then the cories, gourami, and last neon tetra. Neon tetra aren't as strong as use to be. You need more plants to have more than 10 neon tetra. Start slow or fish die.
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yup! Also ~3 fish a week is not slow at all! With saltwater it's like 1 fish every few months
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