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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-13-2009, 01:46 AM Thread Starter
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Amazonia emersed question

I recently set up a 10gallon with amazoniaI substrate. I filled the tank because I wanted the ammonia to leech out of the amazonia. Well the water turned yellow the next day and now its been almost a week and still very yellow. The ammonia is reading about 4ppm and nitrite is 1.0ppm.

I planted a little HC from my other tank and threw several stones with Riccia in the tank as well. A couple of days ago I received some more HC, HM, and dwarf hairgrass. I have just been floating them in the tank because Im waiting on some rocks for the hardscape. Just yesterday the Riccia and HC have some semi bad hair algae. Im using high light with 2x 26watt daylight spiral bulbs.

I am now thinking about draining the tank and starting the tank off emersed. My question is will the ammonia leech out with just the substrate submersed? Or will I be starting over with the ammonia once I fill the tank back up?
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you'll be fine it with the emersed setup. the ammonia will oxidize over time so you won't need to worry about it when you fill up your tank.

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If you want to do the tank immersed, you will need to clean the hair algae out and make sure the plants get some ventilation; otherwise, you will have fungus/mold issues.

If you continue to do it grow it submersed, then frequent water changes will reduce the tannins and decrease the amount of water column nutrients, which cause a lot of the algae during cycling.

For the first week, some recommend doing daily water changes (at least twice the first week).
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i decided to drain the tank and start emersed. I went ahead and planted all the plants even though I don't have the rocks yet.

I have a question about growing HM emersed. When it arrived it was in long stems, about 6inches long. I cut them down to about 4inches, do I need to cut them down even more because they are just dropping down and laying on the substrate. Also they arrived pretty withered and soggy which I'm sure was from the Texas heat. Will they recover with a little time in the emersed setup?
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