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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-02-2012, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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How long till plants take root?

my new 5 gal iwagumi! planted just about 3 days ago! how long do you think i should wait before adding critters? i want to wait until the plants start taking root so they won't get knocked out of place. i'm planing on maybe 7 tetras, 2 ghost shrimp and 2 oto catfish. you think that might be overdoing it for a 5 gal?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-02-2012, 08:33 AM
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Those fauna won't uproot your plants but a bigger concern is making sure your tank is fully cycled. Don't add any fauna until it is so (if you go the fishless cycling route which I would recommend). Adding just 2 otos would be a start but give it some more time, maybe two weeks.

I like the tank, not too crazy about the background image though. Nice driftwood in there, should give the shrimps a nice place to hide.
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yes, i'm pretty exited about the drift wood, it has a front entrance and a back perfect for me shrimps. the background image is just there to block out the sun, my tank's placed right next to a window so i want to give it a little shade. u sure the tetras won't go sniffing around unrooting the plants? they're just barely hanging on in there... i afraid...
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Most Tetras are not digging fish, and the littlest of fish that you would select for that small a tank do not have enough body mass to disturb the plants.
Add a little ammonia to get started on the fishless cycle while you are waiting. By the time the fishless cycle is done the plants will be well rooted.
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I am far from an expert on the subject, but I can tell you through my own painful experience with my 5 gallon that 7 tetras will make it rough to keep your ammonia level down especially with a newer tank. I can testify to the fact that they dont disturb plants though. Another side note, you may want to get a prefilter for that intake or your shrimp might end up living in your filter.
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You should be waiting quite a while and I think a 5 gal is far to small for that high of a bio load...


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