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post #11 of 15 Old 03-28-2012, 11:22 AM
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I can't tell from the small photo what the plant is, and the name "Primrose" suggests it may not be aquatic. Some stores sell terrestrial plants as "aquarium plants" sadly.

I would remove any dead fish and do a major water change and clean the substrate (siphon).

On cycling, the easiest way is with more live plants, especially fast growing stem plants and floating plants. With more plants, you could add a couple guppy and the tank would cycle itself with no issues. This is the method I always use.

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I can't tell from the small photo what the plant is, and the name "Primrose" suggests it may not be aquatic. Some stores sell terrestrial plants as "aquarium plants" sadly.

I would remove any dead fish and do a major water change and clean the substrate (siphon).

On cycling, the easiest way is with more live plants, especially fast growing stem plants and floating plants. With more plants, you could add a couple guppy and the tank would cycle itself with no issues. This is the method I always use.
For a 10 gal tank which I plan to have guppies and maybe a corydora or two, what type of plants would you recommend? I have regular light (15 watt I think?) and I keep it on for about 12 hours a day.

I went and found the tag that came with the plant. They have here that its a ludwigia palustris or a "water primrose" found in North America.
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For a 10 gal tank which I plan to have guppies and maybe a corydora or two, what type of plants would you recommend? I have regular light (15 watt I think?) and I keep it on for about 12 hours a day.

I went and found the tag that came with the plant. They have here that its a ludwigia palustris or a "water primrose" found in North America.
Ludwigia is a genus of aquatic plants, so that's OK. I've never noticed the "Primrose" common name before... This is a stem plant, we have the more common species in our profiles where you can read more, click on the shaded name.

More plants could include Corkscrew Vallisneria. You haven't mentioned water parameters (hardness and pH) but livebearers need medium hard or harder water with a basic (above 7) pH, so I'll assume this is what you have out of the tap. Vallisneria will do very well in that. And it has the benefit of being fast growing and a substrate-rooted plant so good on the substrate bacteria issue.

Floating plants like Water Sprite or some of the stem plants left floating are always good.

On the light, is it a fluorescent tube or is the fixture incandescent (screw-in bulbs)?

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Ludwigia is a genus of aquatic plants, so that's OK. I've never noticed the "Primrose" common name before... This is a stem plant, we have the more common species in our profiles where you can read more, click on the shaded name.

More plants could include Corkscrew Vallisneria. You haven't mentioned water parameters (hardness and pH) but livebearers need medium hard or harder water with a basic (above 7) pH, so I'll assume this is what you have out of the tap. Vallisneria will do very well in that. And it has the benefit of being fast growing and a substrate-rooted plant so good on the substrate bacteria issue.

Floating plants like Water Sprite or some of the stem plants left floating are always good.

On the light, is it a fluorescent tube or is the fixture incandescent (screw-in bulbs)?
The pH, last checked was at 7.4.

Um... the lights, its two little bulbs that screw into either side of the hood.
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The pH, last checked was at 7.4.

Um... the lights, its two little bulbs that screw into either side of the hood.
Good, that's an incandescent fixture taking two bulbs. The best bulbs to get are compact fluorescent (CFL)--these are those spiral type--in a "daylight" with a kelvin rating of 6500K, and two 10w bulbs will be fine. I use GE brand, but I believe Phillips and Sylvania also make similar.

You can buy them at hardware-type stores, usually in a package of two. The main thing is look for the Kelvin number, 6500K, GE calls theirs "Daylight". This has good spectrum and colour hue for the plants and the tank. And 10w for each is fine over a 10g.

And the pH is fine.

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