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My first planted tank - NEW LIGHT!

I haven't wanted to post any pics of my tank on here because I am not really happy with the way it looks. But, I guess I'll post anyway and ask for some comments/criticism/help...

Specs:

Tank: 29 gallon
Filtration/Lights: Marineland Eclipse 3 Filtration and Illumination System
Bulbs: Zoo Med Flora Sun Max Plant Growth Fluorescent Lamp - 24" (T8)
& Zoo Med Ocean Sun 10,000K Fluorescent Lamp - 24" (T8)
Heater: I don't remember, but it works

WPG: 1.1

Flora:
Aponogeton ulvaceus
Anubias barteri
Java Moss
Java Ferns
Tiger Lotus
Parrots Feather (floating)
Cryptocoryne balansae
Cryptocoryne wendtii
Rotala rotundifolia

Fauna:
Red Cherry Shrimp
4 Nerite snails
5 Furcata rainbows (2 males, 3 females)
10 ish Boraras briggitae/mereh

Soil: Amazonia II


I use excel every other day

So this is very low tech... I want to eventually upgrade and get better lighting and better filter and use Co2.

For now I am just happy that the plants are alive and the fish are happy.
The amazonia soil is so difficult to plant in! They just float back up after you put them in the soil! So frustrating... I ordered some of these http://www.aquariumplants.com/Profes...9_p/pr1325.htm
to see if they will help. They should be here on Monday.

So let me know what you think... Sorry for the reflections on the tank.



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it looks good
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nice i like the tank so far but eventually you def want to get some t5's going on and some co2 because honestly plants really need the co2 if you want to have a really successful tank like the ones u see on here a really good co2 system will help i am learning that the hard way right now but i ordered a co2 system so i can't wait. i mean im not a big marineland fan when it comes to filters but when you get a chance get a eheim their great for planted aquariums. Using tweezers helps to put the plants in the substrate.

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tweezers definently rock!!
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Which eheim would you recommend for a 29 gallon?
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i would say the classic aka 2213 http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...03&pcatid=3603 check it out =))))

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So if I can't find room for a canister filter - what is the best HOB filter to get?
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By the way... My fish have ICK!!!!! Apparently my heater stopped working and we had a cold front come in... I have to go buy a new one today.
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aww nooo well make sure you buy some melafix... temperature flucuations are the main cause of ick. i would get a aquaclear filter their pretty easy to use and i think the most efficent out of all the power filters.

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melafix? I wasn't aware that treated ick.
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melafix? I wasn't aware that treated ick.
It's supposed to, but it doesn't work. Raise the temp up about 5 degrees from the normal temperature and the ick should disappear from the fish, then add some aquarium salt to your water (i think it's 1 tablespoon/10 gallon). The salt will fry the ick, then just do regular water changes to remove the salt.

IME, that's the best way to treat ick and a lot cheaper, too

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better google melafix first ,, I have heard horror stories about it
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better google melafix first ,, I have heard horror stories about it
I agree with suebe. I never had success with melafix, it just caused more harm than good for me. The best thing for ich is to raise the temperature and add a lot of salt. However, that will kill your plants, so you may want to move the sick fish (or plants) into another tank temporarily.

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Removing the fish isn't going to work... Most of the are very small (less than 1")
I have some maricide. My plan is to raise the temps and use the maricide and pray that my shrimp don't die! I read some where yesterday about somebody using the maricide with shrimp and they lived.

Wish me luck!

When I am done treating the ick, I plan on setting up a quarantine tank for any future purchases. I also plan on rescaping my tank al ittle bit so I am going to need some input - but I need to get rid of the ick first...
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1 tablespoon of salt per gallon of water isn't going to hurt your plants unless you leave the salt in there for a long time. Add the salt and do a 50% wc the next day' that should kill the ick and leave the plants unharmed.

I've done this several times with great success and no damage to the fish or plants. The ick might think otherwise though

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