07-27-2010, 06:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Inga
NUTNDUN I was in your boat not too long ago, waiting and waiting for the tank to cycle. I think live plants help a great deal and they look nice in your tank. Also, they offer great hiding spots for your fish. I have noticed since I put the live plants in that everyone seems more, relaxed. Might be something to think about.
I am really sorry to hear about your fish. Maybe you can switch your heater out for a better model so you don't repeat this tragedy. Glad to hear that some of your fish made it. Hopefully, they continue to do well.
By the way, you can never post too many pictures. I love seeing others tank set ups and how they arrange things also hearing how other combinations of fish are getting along.
I am going to switch out the heater as soon as we get some extra cash. I have it unplugged for right now as the house is kept at 78* anyway through the summer. I will definitely have it replaced before it starts to cool off too much.
I will post pics of the new setup as soon as I can. The fish are more relaxed now then they ever were. Before they would hardly ever just stay in one spot for a while, now the mollie she just sits there looking around and then gets excited when you get close to the tank, the red tail he will relax for a while then cruise around along the plants and decorations. I think he claimed the log we put in there.
I am just amazed that after all this time the tank never cycled and we move and I replaced everything in the tank except for the filter and added the safe start and it cycled in less then two days. It might not be completely cycled yet but the nitrates are a good sign. Would the water temp being real high for a little bit have caused the cycle to accelerate? The only other difference would be the water, at the old house it was public water and at the new house we have well water.
I am going to do a full test of everything on the tank tonight and I will post the results, I will also take pictures for yas.