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post #31 of 39 (permalink) Old 02-07-2011, 07:48 PM
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Originally Posted by lauraleellbp View Post
I remember hearing some bad stuff about using that stuff in reptile tanks... Can't remember exactly what the issue was and if it would transfer to an aquarium, though?
My wife has had a variety of reptiles. From what I gather talking to her, the main issue with the calcium sand is that the critters can swallow bits of it while feeding, which can potentially become impacted in their intestines causing nastiness.

I know that may not clarify things in this scenario as far as water quality goes, but thought I would just throw that out there.

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post #32 of 39 (permalink) Old 02-08-2011, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input, Goodwill. I tried calling the manufacturer about the stuff, and they read to me word for word what was written on the back of the bag. When I told the guy that, he sounded pretty embarrassed. Nonetheless, what you say both makes sense, and does clarify things a little bit. If the only problem with a critter eating this stuff, is that it might impact their digestive tract, then it obviously doesn't have any chemicals in it that are too terrible to life, otherwise the reptiles would die of some sort of poisoning.

Update thus far: it's been about 36 hours since the new substrate went in. Since there was still about 4 inches of water in the tank (couldn't drain all of it, because the khuli loaches under the wall would die) I didn't put the NoSalt and calcium carbonate layered on the bottom, as per recommendations. I just mixed a couple table spoons of each, with the dirt, after I took it off the stove. I also poured in the nasty rust water from the steel wool, as the mud was boiling. I'm sure the substrate now has plenty high iron content! Well, I planted one crypt spiralis, two crypt parvas, some sort of grass that I picked up from petco about 6 months ago (sort of a long story about that stuff) the anubias, and a single strand of my unknown grass from the chesapeake.

Ammonia spike.
Nitrite spike.

I did a 30% water change, threw in an ammonia neutralizing alka seltzer tablet thing, along with some extra bacteria culture I had from when I cycled the tank. I also put some metafix (tea trea oil) and solazyme (alo vera extract) in, just in an attempt to keep the fish a little healthier. Once the water is all cleared up, I'll take another pic.
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post #33 of 39 (permalink) Old 02-10-2011, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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72 hours. Been doing daily water changes. Ammonia is way down, nitrite is at zero. All fish are still alive and active. Just as the dirt settled down, I put in the white sand topping, so the tank is all cloudy with sand particulates now. Hopefully I'll get some pics up by sunday.
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post #34 of 39 (permalink) Old 02-12-2011, 03:14 AM Thread Starter
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Ammonia zero, nitrite zero, and I personally think the tank looks a LOT better. Even if my photography skills suck more than a hungry SAE!

Thanks to everyone for their advice. I really appreciate it. I hope my plants do well with the MTS and all the substitutions I made. I capped everything off with some white play sand. It washes out my ram quite a bit, but for the overall look of the tank, it brightens it up a bit against the grey slate background.

Once again, thanks y'all!

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post #35 of 39 (permalink) Old 03-09-2011, 02:16 AM Thread Starter
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Not really intending to bring this thread back from the dead, but I wanted to do a little bit of whining... My german blue ram, Moe, was dead when I got home today. Somehow she swam sideways and jammed herself between two of the pieces of slate in my stone wall... Not really sure how she did it... certainly don't know why! I guess she got spooked about something during the day. We do have some minor construction going on. Also, she had gotten a little aggressive about owning the entire front half of the tank, and maybe she was chasing one of the other fish away? Don't know... But she was certainly my favorite fish.

Also, thought I'd say thanks to everyone who helped with this thread again. I REALLY can't wait to get my SLR back from my parents so I can take a picture of the tank that doesn't suck. The pics truly do NOT give it justice. Even if I am missing my centerpiece ram now...
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post #36 of 39 (permalink) Old 03-09-2011, 11:52 AM
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I'm sorry to hear about your Ram. They were a very pretty fish. There's nothing worse than coming home to a casualty.
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post #37 of 39 (permalink) Old 03-09-2011, 03:14 PM
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Marselea Minuta doesn't grow very thick or very fast in low-light... might grow algae on it. I think HC would do much better.
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post #38 of 39 (permalink) Old 06-28-2011, 03:51 PM
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The tank definitely looks a lot better with the natural look. I am not sure if its the photographs or the plants, but what could you do to get your plants to brighten their greens? or are those plants simply that color? Really need that green to sparkle to give the slate some constrast I think!
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post #39 of 39 (permalink) Old 07-13-2011, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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The plants aren't very green, but the picture makes it look a lot worse than it is. The crypt on the left melted, btw, and now the ram is dead, but I 'think' I can make the plants green up a bit more with more light. Which is one of my many projects that I need to do. Nonetheless, since the ram is gone, I think I'm going to try a bunch of fire red cherry shrimp. That should give it some really good contrast, I think.
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