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Live plants to help fish in cycle????
Old 02-12-2013, 02:17 PM   #11
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Low light fastest growing stem - dwarf hygrophila You could be cutting them and planting the stems once every week or two. Absolute best bang for the buck. I bought a bunch for $5 and got nine stems.

Floating - duckweed (as much as I didn't want it I got it for this purpose when adding a bunch of new fish) I understand that they are also great nitrate sinks too.

I went low light and tried 14 species of plants and those two are the best of the lot. If you want to see the whole list, it's in my aquarium tab in my name box (what's that called again?)

Quantity of plants to avoid the worst of a cycle, or to suck up the ammonia spike in a current cycle, would be 1 medium plant for every gallon of water and you could mix up faster growing with slower growing. Duckweed is so small that it would be a handful to a gallon... although I am not certain how they measure up in ammonia suckage.

Oh, I'll put a link in my signature to my shotgun approach I used in my planted tank.

I used about that quantity and put fish in (12 barbs) within a couple of days of filling and saw a very short nitrite spike about two weeks into the quiet cycle.

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Old 02-12-2013, 02:27 PM   #12
 
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JDM - I'm so jealous of your dwarf hygro. Wish I could get my hands on some! That stuff grows like a weed in your tank.
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:48 PM   #13
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JDM - I'm so jealous of your dwarf hygro. Wish I could get my hands on some! That stuff grows like a weed in your tank.
I'm looking forward to getting home and seeing it growing across the top of the water as I cut it back before I left... two weeks and it will be out of the water again.

If I had known... I have a single node floating in my tank starting to grow roots... I'm sure that I could have got it past customs in a wad of damp papertowel...

I was at Cindy's Pet and Aquarium today, not as much as we have at home, particularly in the plant department. One tank of bunches and pots. Big Al's has a plant section that is four feet by at least 10' of cascading plant only tanks plus plants in other thanks that don't like the flow and light (crypts and stuff).

Hey, but this isn't my thread .... sorry.

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Old 02-12-2013, 03:50 PM   #14
 
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Also what's gotta be mentioned are that java fern and anubias are slow growing plants, as in they won't take up ammonia/nitrite as fast as other plants, like say wisteria, water sprite, anacharis, even duckweed.

Do you know what lighting you have on your tank?
its the stock fluval edge halogen lights. 2 x 10watt. not sure the k rating. i will google and see if i can find that. I picked up the fern today i will also add a pic momentarily.
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:05 PM   #15
 
Okay, i updated my aquarium log, if you go over there i have a pic with the fern in it. Its got about 12 or 13 separate plants. Its wrapped in coconut husk. The husk is buried but the rhizome is not, which was one thing the guy at LFS said would hurt it, if i buried them. I did not separate them at this time since i am still getting used to the live plant idea.
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:29 AM   #16
 
update:

I added anacharis also, not sure if i stated that in this thread yet. They were turning brown and didn't seem to be growing as fast as people made them seem. I think i was blasting my plants with a little too much light earlier. I was basically lights on for 16 hours and off the 8 hours of the day i was at work. The last couple of days, bc i don't have a timer yet, i have been getting my girlfriend to chip in on light duty. I turn them on at 8am when i get home from work and she turns them off at 6pm (while im sleeping). My anacharis seems to be EXPLODING! I will have to trim more often but thats fine. The tallest one has grown almost an inch in two days! And ammonia levels have drop DRASTICALLY over the last 2 days also. From between 1 and 2 ppm to .25-.5 ppm maybe my cycle is almost complete?

My question about the anacharis growth rate, is that normal? Also, is anacharis like corn, in the sense that it takes in nutrients during the light hours and uses them to grow during the dark hours?
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:59 AM   #17
 
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Yes, that is normal growth rate for Anacharis. Some of my stems are a couple feet long. Guess it's time to trim it but I kind of like the look. Lol i have mine both rooted and floating.
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:17 PM   #18
 
thanks! my ammonia has been dropping like crazy the last couple days, it spiked at almost 2.0 pp two days ago and was closer to .25 ppm than .5 pp this morning. If this keeps up i will update with new fish pics soon.
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