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Plants! Plants! Plants!

Tank looks good!

Almost time to stock?

hope so...

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Not quite yet. Ammonia/nitrite bottomed out again so I dosed to 2 ppm NH3 Monday night. Yesterday night the nitrite was still showing a deep purple. Tonight it was back down to 0 ppm though, so I'm dosing again to see what happens.

Last time I thought I was in the clear I ended up with a huge spike...so I want to be 100% certain before I add fish.
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Nitrite at 0.5-1.0 ppm, Nitrate back up to 40+

The end is near.
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Whoa, your nitrates are high.

How long since you filled?

Where did you purchase your tds meter?

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I've been dosing KNO3. I wasn't sure how efficiently NO3 was being produced by the cycle given it's been stuck at NO2 for so long and I didn't want to starve the plants in the mean time. Doing a modified EI and I get about 10 ppm NO3 from that weekly based on what the calculators say, so the rest is from the cycle I suppose.

Doing 50% changes every Saturday.

TDS meter was from Amazon. If you search "EZ TDS meter" it's actually on sale for like $20 shipped, cheaper if you have Amazon Prime.
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Tanks looks great! I love that driftwood.

I really love my gold barbs. I have a school in my 29 gallon, affectionally named the them all Banana - not the banana barbs although they are just as pretty. They are very active and the males get a very pretty bright red stripe down the belly and on their noses. They are also a great size and their color pops extremely well against the plants.
Borrowed from google, mine never stop moving for a good picture.
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That was one that popped up as a potential stocking option, I've also been toying with the idea of snakeskin barbs ('Puntius' rhomboocellatus) although not sure if they are suitable for a 20 long.
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And we're cycled!!!!

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Awesome! What's next?

Can't wait til mine cycles...
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Awesome! What's next?

Can't wait til mine cycles...
Saving up some money for fish...

I ended up snagging a 10g from Petco to use as a QT tank for now. Needed to get filter/heaters for that and my 15g that's been sitting empty too.

Picked up some more Eco Complete from my LFS...wasn't impressed by any fish there, unfortunately. Probably going to be ordering online when the time comes. Kinda busted open my budget for the time being.
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What kind of fish are you thinking about?
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Not entirely sure.

The 20 long is definitely going to have some A. sidthimunki. I'm thinking also maybe snakeskin barbs and possibly dwarf gourami, if I can find good stock.

The 15 gal will likely be nano fish...Dario, Boraras, etc.

Thinking the 10 gal will eventually become a peacock gudgeon/Pseudomugil tank. Then will probably pick up a new QT tank at some point
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Congrats on a finished cycle! Now to test your patience is other ways

Tank looks awesome too!!

How are ya liking the dirt? Its an idea ive been juggling lately but i have a habit of constantly pulling stuff up and moving plants around so im still hesitant.
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I'm liking it so far...had good results in the past with low tech tanks but I was the same way, kept feeling that I needed to rearrange things. This time I'm trying to just let things go for the most part. I've trimmed when plants have gotten overgrown, which is a nice way to start filling up my other tanks. I moved the C. wendtii 'green' and Bacopa stems out and to the 15 since they were getting swallowed up.
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Trying my luck with a dwarf gourami I found at the LFS. Currently in QT with some pygmy corys that will be going in the 15g.
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