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post #31 of 35 (permalink) Old 06-26-2013, 05:16 AM Thread Starter
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tank after 30% water change and addition of plants! not sure how i feel about the hornwort, it detatched itself basically right away and is now floating and messing around with my heater and filter. We'll see....

Also wtf is up with that moss in the back, its just decided its going to do what it wants and go where it likes! O.o
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post #32 of 35 (permalink) Old 06-28-2013, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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Hi again!
Got our tester kit, and looks like all our levels are at zero, our water is VERY hard so I may get a softener to fix it since we are planning on some more sensitive stock for the tank.

I do feel a lot better after seeing the results, we may get another little school or a couple of additions for the tank this weekend. Rest assures we are NOT looking towards angels for this tank. After much research even dwarf angels will be much to large to place in this tank. So we will wait until we have the space for a 100gl or larger unit for our house


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post #33 of 35 (permalink) Old 06-28-2013, 06:26 PM
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I'm not a huge fan of hornwort either, particularly when it sheds. It looks like pine needles in the tank.
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post #34 of 35 (permalink) Old 06-28-2013, 06:26 PM
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2 week old tank, what next?!

Yep don't try to plant or root hornwort, just treat it like a floating plant. You may want to get a prefilter sponge to put over your filter intake tube if you are worried about big chunks of things getting in there.

All your parameters say zero? That's actually not a good thing. It could mean that there is very little beneficial bacteria in there, and what little nitrate it produces at the end of your cycle gets instantly sucked up by the plants...or it could mean the tank isn't cycled. Either way I think it's safe to put a few more fish in there and test for either the cycle to kick up another notch, or a mini cycle to start again.

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post #35 of 35 (permalink) Old 06-28-2013, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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cool beans, we are looking at another small school, like 5 tetra or so since we decided to build a community for a fullmoon betta. if not we may get one or two sword tails to go in there. we'll have to see what the shoppe has. either of those seem like enough??

Also as per our parameters, we were only able to find the colour change strips, and everything came out blank, we got an ammonia reader for the tank, it seemed like the most cost effective, and it has not changed colour at all after several hours. not sure if that means anything. The strip we tested showed everything at zero or near there, and that our water was at the maximum level for hardness. Do you think we need to soften it?? my research has led me to believe that bettas prefer softer water. so should we do it in preparation??


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