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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-19-2005, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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question from a plant virgin....

I'm new at this plant stuff, but I saw some beautiful plants at Pet Smart today and decided to give it a try! Now that I am reading all this info. on it, I see that my $10.00 purchase of 2 plants has lead me to want to re-do my whole aquarium so I can have an all planted aquarium! My question (as dumb as it may be) is....how do you vacuum the bottom of the tank with such fine substrate and or a planted floor? Or do you at all?
Thanks in advance for any tips you may have!!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-19-2005, 08:56 PM
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Don't deeply vacuum the substrate. The waste (mulm) enriches the substrate. Just lightly vaccuum the surface to remove larger detritus.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-19-2005, 10:27 PM
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Kim,

Take a few minutes and read my Guide.

Now the bad news. There is a very good chance that the plants you purchased at PetSmart are non-aquatic.
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Thank you for taking the time to make such a guide for those of us who need our hand held through all of this!! I must admit that the CO2 and the lighting situation is a bit mind boggling to me (sorry...I'm a natural blonde!LOL! ). I read every part of your guide (including your bio....I obviously have a little too much time on my hands! Might I also add that the fruit cake thing threw me off! !) and it is obvious you know your way around a planted aquarium! How about this...I have a 60 gallon hex ( I know you said these were a bad choice for a planted aquarium, but it is what I already had) with a Magnum canister filter...can you please tell me exactly what I need to get or do to make it (hopefully)successful?
Thanks again!.....OH, what do you mean the plants I bought are probably not aquatic????
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Petco sells these a lot. They are not a true aquarium plant. They will rot, die and pollute your tank.


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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-22-2005, 06:04 AM
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toofazt,

Thanks for posting these pics.

I saw the last one at a Petco and couldn't find info there or online that I could use to find out whether it was aquatic or not.

Thanks for saving me some money!
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