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post #1 of 22 Old 11-25-2011, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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Semi-planted tank now

I started my first post about Tiger barbs in a 15gal but Byron (thx) suggested that I go the planted tank route instead and choose different fish. So, I started with a marimo, and now I have a tall mint charley and two other broad leafed plants in my tank to help with the cycling. I still want to fully plant the tank as well down the road. Right now the NH3 level is still at .25ppm. I removed the carbom bag out of the filter and added a second foam pad for now. I need to get more ceramic pellets for the filter basket. Temp is 78f.

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After:

The plants:


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post #2 of 22 Old 11-25-2011, 05:06 PM
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Looking good so far.

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post #3 of 22 Old 11-26-2011, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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I have fully planted the tank now. I had to return some items for the power filter that I did not need and got some more plants and just took out all of the plastic plants. I need to get 4-5 Anubis plants (2 for my shrimp tank) and I'm done for now. In 2 weeks I hope I can get some fish in the tank!

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post #4 of 22 Old 11-26-2011, 08:59 PM
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Looking forward to the updated pictures.

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Looking forward to the updated pictures.
I'll post some pics tomorrow once the tank clears up a bit. It's still a bit hazy. I'll need to get some liquid ferts this week as well. (will this bother the cycling?)

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post #6 of 22 Old 11-26-2011, 09:16 PM
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No the ferts will not hurt the cycle and if your tank is well planted you can go ahead and add a few fish because the plants will automatically cycle the tank for you. ; )

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post #7 of 22 Old 11-27-2011, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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All planted now



I found out this morning I had a hitch-hiker on one of the plants, it was a small snail. Oh well. I know it looks under planted right now and I must resist the temptation of over planting the tank, but all I need to buy now are the anubis plants and I'm done.
I'll be stocking fish in 2 weeks when I go to Atlanta (Asian food store run) I will stop by Blue Planet to get my fish (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-...45993078779139) because Petsmart and Walmart are the only places locally that have fish and I have looked and they are both terrible for fish.

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post #8 of 22 Old 11-27-2011, 09:50 AM
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It looks very nice. May I suggest adding a black background, it would really make the plants and the fish (once you get them) stand out. Also the plant in the left corner is that a sword plant? If so you might want to move it to the back middle of the tank because they can get very big and the when you get the anubias get something like Anubias Barteri Var. Nana Petite for the left front corner they do not get big and are a lovely dark green color.

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I have MTS and there is no cure.

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It looks very nice. May I suggest adding a black background, it would really make the plants and the fish (once you get them) stand out. Also the plant in the left corner is that a sword plant? If so you might want to move it to the back middle of the tank because they can get very big and the when you get the anubias get something like Anubias Barteri Var. Nana Petite for the left front corner they do not get big and are a lovely dark green color.
Yep, I plan on moving the sword later once I get the Anubias plants (I will put 2-3 in this tank and 2 in the 5gal I'm planning for shrimp). That is the fun in this, getting to where the tank is the way I like it.

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post #10 of 22 Old 11-27-2011, 10:14 AM
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I agree I am hopeing to order a large group of plants next week for my 55 gallon tropical tank as well as a few for my 30 gallon goldfish tank.

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