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post #21 of 71 Old 12-11-2011, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
Brought home 5 Corydoras Melanistius today! These little guys are awesome! They really liven up the place!

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30 gallon:
6 Harlequin Rasbora
2 Bolivian Rams (1M/1F)
4 Corydoras Melanistius
2 Peppered Cory
1 Sunburst Platy (M)
1 Guppy (M)
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post #22 of 71 Old 12-11-2011, 06:58 PM
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Very nice outcome, what other fish do you plan to add?

55 gallon planted tank, starting over!!!( looking crappy, needs a major rescape)
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post #23 of 71 Old 12-11-2011, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
Thanks Jayy! Want to get another 6 Harlequins to bring the total to 12, another 5 corydoras (Panda, more Melanistius, or Spotfin) and maybe a Bolivian Ram or two.

30 gallon:
6 Harlequin Rasbora
2 Bolivian Rams (1M/1F)
4 Corydoras Melanistius
2 Peppered Cory
1 Sunburst Platy (M)
1 Guppy (M)
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post #24 of 71 Old 12-11-2011, 07:51 PM
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Okay, sounds good.

55 gallon planted tank, starting over!!!( looking crappy, needs a major rescape)
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post #25 of 71 Old 12-11-2011, 09:06 PM
Those corys are so cute, they're gonna love that you used sand for your substrate too.
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post #26 of 71 Old 12-11-2011, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
Thanks SC. Yeah I kinda fell in love with these corys when I saw them. Never heard of this species before. And this is my first experience with corys. They are awesome! They are like the hogs of the aquarium world the way they root around in the sand with their "snouts". So cute.

30 gallon:
6 Harlequin Rasbora
2 Bolivian Rams (1M/1F)
4 Corydoras Melanistius
2 Peppered Cory
1 Sunburst Platy (M)
1 Guppy (M)
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post #27 of 71 Old 12-14-2011, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
Okay everyone this is starting to get to me. Everything I have read says that there really isnt a cycle with a planted tank. Would my tank be considered pretty well planted? Because my ammonia is 2ppm. I use Prime in my water changes and have been putting some in everyday since my API kit is saying there is ammonia. The hang in tank Seachem Ammonia Alert thing says it is safe (because it only reads the bad ammonia not the Prime converted ammonium like the API liquid kit). I know when I had the 10 gallon going it was the same way and after a while (normal cycle time because there were no plants) the ammonia was 0, but I thought I wouldnt see that with this tank being well planted? Am I missing something?

30 gallon:
6 Harlequin Rasbora
2 Bolivian Rams (1M/1F)
4 Corydoras Melanistius
2 Peppered Cory
1 Sunburst Platy (M)
1 Guppy (M)
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post #28 of 71 Old 12-14-2011, 07:41 PM
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Not sure if I would call it "well"planted but I think that's all a matter of opinion anyways. As for a no cycle cause of plants. Fast growing plants work best for this like stem plants for insteads pennywort, Wisteria, watersprite just a few that come to mind and lots of them. These will work best as they will absorb the ammonia faster then slow growing like your Java ferns. I definitely would keep an eye on the ammonia since you have fish in the tank. With the plant you do have I would think things hould calm down pretty soon though.
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post #29 of 71 Old 12-14-2011, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
Ok. I'll see if I can get some Wisteria or or Water Sprite real soon. I got the giant hygrophila corymbosa for that reason, but looking at it again, it was called a nitrate buster, so not ammonia buster like I was expecting..... I do have about 8 stems of pennywort, all but one floating. The one that isnt floating, a couple og the leaves (larger ones) are turning black in a couple spots...

30 gallon:
6 Harlequin Rasbora
2 Bolivian Rams (1M/1F)
4 Corydoras Melanistius
2 Peppered Cory
1 Sunburst Platy (M)
1 Guppy (M)

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Ok. I'll see if I can get some Wisteria or or Water Sprite real soon. I got the giant hygrophila corymbosa for that reason, but looking at it again, it was called a nitrate buster, so not ammonia buster like I was expecting..... I do have about 8 stems of pennywort, all but one floating. The one that isnt floating, a couple og the leaves (larger ones) are turning black in a couple spots...
Those were just examples I could think of there are others too lol. Just a word of caution Wisteria is somewhat light demanding. I have had success with it but know others on here who have not. If you like duckweed that would work to. I had it once it was a hitchhiker plant I got lol. It quickly took over the entire top of my aquarium. I found it a pain to keep trimmed down so I got rid of it.

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