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post #16 of 20 (permalink) Old 09-26-2012, 11:04 PM
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I would rinse it in tank water and see if that solves it.

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post #17 of 20 (permalink) Old 09-26-2012, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Will do! I'll try it this weekend. Studying for a test right now that's on Friday.
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post #18 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-02-2012, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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Finally an update. The pictures are a little old, but I'm in class and figured I would update the thread!

So far the tank seems to be coming along nicely. Seeing great growth in the HC as well as some of the hairgrass and especially the back left corner. Also, finally got around to tying down the moss on 2 rocks and already seeing vertical growth. I will probably end up having to move the rock with the moss on it in the front to somewhere in the back as it grows vertical and would cover up things if I keep it where it is. Not sure where to move it though.

I am getting a little bit of stringy algae (I'm assuming) on some of the stuff. Not sure how to get rid of it either. Don't think I have a close up picture of it though.

Edit: just realized I had already posted these pictures. Whoops! I'll take new ones when I get home and put them up.
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post #19 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-04-2012, 03:31 AM
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Ditch the carbon as mentioned. It really doesn't have a purpose on a planted tank as most of the toxins are eaten by the plants or removed via water changes. If you need to dose meds the carbon will absorb the chemicals once you no longer need them, but water changes are the real way to get things out of the tank (that is reduced to be a non-issue).

Don't ever toss out your foam filter pads! You are growing some great bacteria in there that are responsible for your tank 'cycling'. Swishing them in tank-water is also a measure to protect the little critters in the pad, chlorinated tap water can be pretty hard on them.
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post #20 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-04-2012, 04:00 AM Thread Starter
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Okay, will do!

Here are the current pics of the tank. I also picked up 8 Neon Tetras today and put them in there. I'm going to have to return one of them as he literally has no tail and is definitely the odd one out of the bunch.

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