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Old 04-25-2013, 02:53 PM   #11
 
When i start up my tanks, I just plant it with a bunch of fast growing stem plants and then fish in 1 week. Never saw an ammonia spike or a nitrite spike. Tossed out the stem plants after a month and let the other plants take over.

I think the speed of the stem plants growth really help with keeping the water stable, esp if its left to float and absorb CO2 from the air.
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:56 AM   #12
 
When i started up mine, i planted it straight away and after a month the water was good with no spikes, live plants seem to make life a bit easier.
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Old 04-26-2013, 01:28 PM   #13
 
i have live plants too but mine are all low light, i would say the anubias and 2 crypts are slow growers, the hygro, supposedly fast but i would say med-fast, and the Wisteria as fast. So the plants dont quite take up enough to put fish in. Plus i am trying to build my bacteria colony before adding fish. Ammonia is being wiped out in 24hrs but nitrites are not. should be a few more days. i am continuing to feed it fish food in the mean time.
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Old 04-27-2013, 04:01 AM   #14
 
My Anubis and crypts are really slow growers, wisteria soon takes off, i also have African tiger Lotus which has done really well (has 4 leaves on the surface). I didn,t use food to get things moving but just some good plants and Nutrafin Cycle, it did take a month though.

The only thing that is a little high is the pH, but not high enough to have to add anything yet.
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:45 AM   #15
 
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The only thing that is a little high is the pH, but not high enough to have to add anything yet.
Could you explain this? I'm a little concerned as I'm not sure what is intended.
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:45 AM   #16
 
we have higher pH in our tap here than a lot of places i am being told. Its coming form the tap at 8.2-8.4. My 6 gal tank thats established hold between 8.0 and 8.2. The 20g should hold a little lower bc it has drift wood. Since it is still a relatively new set up i have not been keeping an eye on the pH in it at this time.
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:15 AM   #17
 
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we have higher pH in our tap here than a lot of places i am being told. Its coming form the tap at 8.2-8.4. My 6 gal tank thats established hold between 8.0 and 8.2. The 20g should hold a little lower bc it has drift wood. Since it is still a relatively new set up i have not been keeping an eye on the pH in it at this time.
May have misunderstood all round. I saw OxonFish's statement and took it that he/she was intending to do something to adjust the pH in his/her tank, and I was asking where this was coming from.

If it was meant in relation to your (xfatdannx) situation...you are just leaving it alone I trust? Messing with pH can be very risky.
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:37 AM   #18
 
ya, i added some drift wood to bring it down a tiny bit but do not intend to adjust any further than that.
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