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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-24-2017, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Couple of questions

Hi guys! New here, just started my first planted tank about 2 weeks ago and have some questions

1. How long should I wait before I start adding fishes? My tank is an 8 gallon, medium planted? 17w light, cooler fan (27~28C most of the time) Started 12 days ago. See pic below.



2. My tank (12th day) is always cloudy (brown greenish viewed from the side or when lights off), despite 2 major water changes (90%) and using water clearing product. Any suggestions?

3. Will UG grass catch those wiggly nematode worms?

4. Any way to dose Excel/liquid ferts/other chemicals without the fishes thinking I'm dropping food?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-24-2017, 05:47 PM
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I'll start using aerator for a week to boost bacteria, and wc 30% once 3 day for about 2 week. Planted in 2nd week

First 5 gallon tank
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You should wait until the tank is actually cycled which means your ammonia/nitrites read 0. This being said you need to add ammonia to the tank in some way so the bacteria can feed on something. Some people just add some fish flake, other does chemical ammonia to 3-4ppm. You can speed the process up by heating the tank to above 80 degrees with your heater. You can also add something like seachem stability to seed some bacteria. People have varying results on how much this speeds up the process.

The brown/green water is probably from tannins leeching from the wood. Something like purigen will help remove the tannins while not removing the ammonia from the water. In the future, the best way to limit tannins going into the water is to soak the wood for a several days in water, boil it for a few hours if you have a pot that can fit it.
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Hey guys thanks for answering, thats very helpful. What about question 3 and 4?

3. Will UG grass catch those wiggly nematode worms?

4. Any way to dose Excel/liquid ferts/other chemicals without the fishes thinking I'm dropping food?



I actually cooked the wood a few times and soaked for a week. Guess that's still not good enough. :-(
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