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Old 01-30-2013, 09:13 PM   #1
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Help with a mediocre 29 gallon setup

Hi all, this is my first post to the forum.

I've had this tank set up since November 2012.

Water changes: Distilled, but thinking of supplementing with half Davis water (with the addition of Seachem Neutral Regulator) 25% every two weeks

Substrate: Seachem black flourite sand (about 2 inches depth)

Fish: 9 Celestial pearl danios - Danio margaritatus (tank raised)
5 White cloud minnows - Tanichthys albounubes

Treatment: Aqueon "Aquarium Plant Food" weekly

- 1 large piece of African driftwood that takes up the majority of the left side of the aquarium

- 3 large amazon sword plants on the left, middle, and right of the tank in the background and foreground. (1 of which is flowering)

- 5 small corkscrew valisnera in the background

- 2 bunches of red ludwigia (Ludwigia glandulosa?) background of middle and right side of the aquarium.

- 1 clump of Subwassertang foreground

- 1 Echinodorus red flame right side midground

- 1 Barclaya (Barclaya longifolia ) flowering on the right side in the background

- 2 small Sagittaria subulata (?) in the foreground

- 4 small java fern in the background

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Please help! I know it has no empty space except for in the foreground. I feel like the wood might be too large for the tank and I might have to remove some of the sword plants. I would have liked to have added more substrate but I'm afraid of upsetting my fishy inhabitants.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:35 PM   #2
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It looks better than when I first started. Just wondering why you don't use prime to dechlorinate your water. Iirc, that neutral regulator comes as a powder, which takes a considerable amount of time to work. I'd say keep the driftwood as it adds contrast to your plants and many species will use it as cover or to knaw on(plecos). I believe the current "broad" leaves of your sword will die off and new "slender" leaves will take their place. And it's true if you renovate now, it'll make the water very cloudy. I did once, using fluorite, it looked like a sandstorm. Just one question, why is your water level 2 inches below the rim?
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:02 PM   #3
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Thank you for your suggestions. I will consider using Prime in the future. I love my flourite sand but it is incredibly dusty if I disturb it at all.

My water level is just low because I recently did a water change and I ran out of distilled water. I have filled it the rest of the way.
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