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Hi, im new here, have a few questions
Old 11-28-2011, 03:44 PM   #1
 
Hi, im new here, have a few questions

Hello everyone, Ive been lurking on this website for a little bit and have seen that this is a friendly communtiy that knows what they are doing in regard to aquariums. So i thought i would ask some questions and see if i can get some clairification.

First off i was thinking about trying a fishless cycle but have read in a few spots that having plants that are fast growing and in decent enough numbers can rapidly speed up the cycle or avoid altogether. So i made up a plant order recently and would like to run it by you guys to see what your thoughts on it were.

2 melon swords
2 amazon swords
1 ozelot sword
2 hornwort
3 water sprite
1 dwaf sagittaria
1 micro sword

My tank is a 29 gallon standard with a single T8 bulb lid, since aquarium kit lights are not normally enough for plants to grow under and went and upgraded the bulb to a zoomed ultrasun in the 65K range. If my understanding of lighting for aquarium plants is right that single to should give just enough light to grow most non stem plants. I also picked up some seachem root tabs and flourish comprehesive.

Oh and before i forget the conditions of the water is as follows
P.H. 6.5 to 6.6 kind of hard to tell on the api test for P.H.
Ammonia 0
nitrite 0
nitrate 0

Really appriate any answers i recieve and thanks for you time.
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:11 PM   #2
 
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Hi darkwand welocme to the forum you have alot of swords in you order and they will get to big for them all to be in a 29 gallon tank exspecially the amazon sword. Do you have certain plants you can choose from? If so what are they and maybe we can help you choose. ; )
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:25 PM   #3
 
Hi Calm Water, thank you for the greeting and the suggestions about the sword plants, i was thinking that pruning the swords regulary would help keep them in check, but if not I know several people who would be willing to take them if they dont work out. As for my selection of plants, i chose from the selection on liveaquaria. I have ordered items from the parent company Drs. Foster and Smith so i figured they would be a good choice to go with.
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:29 PM   #4
 
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I have never ordered from them but have heard good things about them. Good luck with your tank and post pictures when you can.
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:38 PM   #5
 
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Sounding good. Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

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Old 11-28-2011, 06:47 PM   #6
 
Thank you Byron, Ive been reading around on the forum and you seem to be the plant guru for members here.
What are your thoughts on these plants being able to absorb all the ammonia being produced by a single gourami or a group of small tetras.
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:56 PM   #7
 
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Thank you Byron, Ive been reading around on the forum and you seem to be the plant guru for members here.
What are your thoughts on these plants being able to absorb all the ammonia being produced by a single gourami or a group of small tetras.
They will handle all ammonia from those fish, without question. Most of what you have listed are relatively fast growing plants, meaning they need more nutrients and thus grab ammonia fast.

Looking back over this thread, I would go with just one melon sword and 1 amazon sword. Aesthetically, plants as striking as these look more natural as one, or 3+. But 3 of each would ruin a 29g.

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Old 11-30-2011, 12:44 AM   #8
 
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Yeah I agree that you have more than enough plants to handle the waste. And good fertilizer choices. I started using both of those in my tank and noticed a difference quite quickly. I do think the amazon sword will outgrow your tank but it sounds like you've got it all figured out. My tank at home is 18" tall and my amazon sword has grown so huge that I can no longer see the leaves... They're hitting the hood so when I look from the front of my tank all I see is stems.
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