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post #21 of 42 Old 02-13-2013, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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Here are the 3 plants, they said there getting more on Friday so i may go get more if any of these are what i need. Any help identifying these would be great!






This one here looks really nice but i don't have a clue as to what any of these are.
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post #22 of 42 Old 02-13-2013, 08:26 PM
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Top photo is a crypt, middle photo is a sword [Echinodorus bleherae], lower photo is a stem plant that seems to be Ludwigia, minus most of its leaves.

The sword should do OK, and a couple more will fill in some space as it gets larger. Check the profile. Crypts are fine, but fussy plants.

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post #23 of 42 Old 02-14-2013, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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Top photo is a crypt, middle photo is a sword [Echinodorus bleherae], lower photo is a stem plant that seems to be Ludwigia, minus most of its leaves.

The sword should do OK, and a couple more will fill in some space as it gets larger. Check the profile. Crypts are fine, but fussy plants.
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post #24 of 42 Old 02-14-2013, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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UPDATE: After the water change and added 3 live plants today my water levels are:

Ammonia - .6ppm
Nitrite - .8ppm
Nitrate - 20-50ppm

Should i continue daily water changes or start doing it every other day?
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post #25 of 42 Old 02-14-2013, 12:46 AM
Every other day is fine now what you want is ammonia and nitrite at 0 and nitrate roughly between 20-30ppm. Keep using the stability. You will see some nitrite rise and then drop dramatically. This is normal when using stability. Dont get scared and do something drastic. The nitrite will rise to remove the ammonia, the nitrates will rise to remove the nitrites. After ammonia and nitrite drop to 0 do one large water change to reduce your nitrate. I'm proud and happy that you are taking everyone's advice here. Good job, you will be a great parent to your fish.
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Every other day is fine now what you want is ammonia and nitrite at 0 and nitrate roughly between 20-30ppm. Keep using the stability. You will see some nitrite rise and then drop dramatically. This is normal when using stability. Dont get scared and do something drastic. The nitrite will rise to remove the ammonia, the nitrates will rise to remove the nitrites. After ammonia and nitrite drop to 0 do one large water change to reduce your nitrate. I'm proud and happy that you are taking everyone's advice here. Good job, you will be a great parent to your fish.

Awesome i hope they level out relatively soon! I wish i would've known all this information before i started but i'm here now and doing what i can. Thank god for these forums or i would still be a mess!
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Every other day is fine now what you want is ammonia and nitrite at 0 and nitrate roughly between 20-30ppm. Keep using the stability. You will see some nitrite rise and then drop dramatically. This is normal when using stability. Dont get scared and do something drastic. The nitrite will rise to remove the ammonia, the nitrates will rise to remove the nitrites. After ammonia and nitrite drop to 0 do one large water change to reduce your nitrate. I'm proud and happy that you are taking everyone's advice here. Good job, you will be a great parent to your fish.
Actually you want nitrates as low as possible ... less than <20ppm is a good target.

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Actually you want nitrates as low as possible ... less than <20ppm is a good target.

Also, just for fun...

I'm lost! I've gone to look for myself. If I should return before I get back, please ask me to wait for me.

LOL
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post #29 of 42 Old 02-14-2013, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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Okay i have some questions for you all again. Once my tank is cycled i will be doing some re-arranging" with the fish ever since i've been told about the aggression issues that may arise, and i have been eyeing up some new fish. I really like my Opaline Gourami's, but i have 2 females and 1 male so i am thinking 1 female has to go so i have just the pair. I think the Kisser might have to also go after reading the profile on it and i have noticed it picking on my other Gourami's.
I am also thinking instead of the 3 flame and 3 blue dwarf Gourami's i have right now i will either pair them or just keep 2 of the Flame Gourami's

So i am wondering what type of cichlid's, if any i am able to put in this tank, I LOVE the Electric Yellow Cichlids and i have been seeing some community tanks with them in it. I am thinking just a pair of them to add. And/or Kribensis Cichlids are pretty neat looking. I am just curious on opinions and other ideas for some nice colourful fish.

Thanks in advance!
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Okay i have some questions for you all again. Once my tank is cycled i will be doing some re-arranging" with the fish ever since i've been told about the aggression issues that may arise, and i have been eyeing up some new fish. I really like my Opaline Gourami's, but i have 2 females and 1 male so i am thinking 1 female has to go so i have just the pair. I think the Kisser might have to also go after reading the profile on it and i have noticed it picking on my other Gourami's.
I am also thinking instead of the 3 flame and 3 blue dwarf Gourami's i have right now i will either pair them or just keep 2 of the Flame Gourami's

So i am wondering what type of cichlid's, if any i am able to put in this tank, I LOVE the Electric Yellow Cichlids and i have been seeing some community tanks with them in it. I am thinking just a pair of them to add. And/or Kribensis Cichlids are pretty neat looking. I am just curious on opinions and other ideas for some nice colourful fish.

Thanks in advance!
I would leave the three Opaline Gourami; one male with two females is fine, actually better. It will allow him to divide his attentions. This species is in our profiles under Blue Gourami.

I would definitely remove the Kissing Gourami; profile explains clearly why. The others mentioned might be OK, this is a 55g, but be prepared to move them if the Opaline takes exception as he likely will when they spawn.

Cichlids should never be combined with Gourami, they are way too much alike. You want some quiet peaceful shoaling fish with the gourami. Rasbora work well, there are several species (the medium-sized, avoid the "dwarfs" in Boraras as they will get eaten). Some are in the profiles.

The electric yellow cichlids presumably are rift lake fish, so these need their own tank (= with only rift lake cichlids, and then carefully chosen). They are not community fish as they need hard basic water and have their own traits.

Byron.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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