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post #11 of 59 Old 08-17-2012, 10:20 PM
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The panda corydoras are neat and you may even be lucky enough to raise some fry-:)
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post #12 of 59 Old 08-18-2012, 12:04 AM
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Java fern and anubias should not be planted in the substrate, particularly the rhyzomes. the plants will not do well or die when the rhyzome is buried.
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Rhyzpmes are above the substrate and in every article/post I've read about them they give substrate as an option. Eventually they will be tied to driftwood, but now the substrate will do.
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post #14 of 59 Old 08-19-2012, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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Currently at 2.0ppm's of ammonia and between .25-.5ppm of nitrite. There is no nitrate yet. Everything seems to be going according to plan. Going to try some other pet shops tomorrow to find some nice, beginner friendly floating plants (water sprite) and hopefully find a store that has a nice stock of corydoras. I know the pet shop I used to work at had some but I don't think we ever had any pygmies. I haven't been there in awhile but it's worth a shot.

Oh yea...ph is holding steady at 7. Last time I checked my water was soft but I'll make sure to check it again before putting any fish in.

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Are you adding ammonia, doing a fishless cycle?
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Are you adding ammonia, doing a fishless cycle?

Im using the fish food method with some filter media and gravel from my ten gallon.
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Hmm where the heck did my nitrite go? I still have a decent amount of ammonia (2.0 ppm) but no nitrite and little to no nitrate.
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post #18 of 59 Old 08-20-2012, 01:17 PM
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Maybe you misread the test kit, or your plants are metabolizing the nitrite instead of the bacteria. How much fish food did you put in the tank? Are you still dosing? Oh, and how densely is it planted?

Byron advised me against doing any sort of traditional "cycling" when I was setting up my current aquarium - the new philosophy I've learned is to plant adequately and see to it that the plants are thriving, and then introduce fish gradually. The plants, when there are enough of them, are so quick at sucking up ammonia/nitrite/nitrate than the you rarely see a ammonia or nitrite spike that you see with traditional cycling methods. The bacterial colonies will eventually develop as well using the "green" method as well, by the way.
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post #19 of 59 Old 08-22-2012, 10:25 AM
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If you get those plants mentioned previously you won 't have a cycle to fuss over.

Have you tested the tap water on its own for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate? This is worth knowing.

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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 youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre 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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post #20 of 59 Old 08-22-2012, 10:53 AM
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I just set up a 10 gallon planted tank on the weekend and have got no ammonia or nitrite reading at all. But I transfered Mature filter Media(sponge) and live plants from an established tank, so I guess I by passed the cycle? Was your plants and filter media from an established tank?
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