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post #21 of 45 Old 06-09-2010, 02:05 PM
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Yes, about 6-7 medium sized live plants.

Now as for the milky or haze i have, it was brought up to maybe be a bact bloom?? Could i have one that fast, even tho i just filled it last night?? Or maybe its b/c i added the Stress Zyme that has bact in it?? Other than that, i can only thing of maybe its from something i put into the tank, everything was bought from the petstore except the play sand, which is sanitized, and the one peice of flagstone i got from Home Depot, which i cleaned in Hot water.
The cloudiness is perfectly normal; I have had it in every new tank, sometimes a day or two, sometimes up to a week (in my case, it seems to depend upon the gravel, I have the dark gravel in one tank that always takes longer to clear). Harmless and should dissipate in a few days.

Comment on the Stress Zyme, I am not a proponent of this product. It claims to mess with the natural bacteria, and that is in my view not a good thing. Aquaria have a lot of differing natural bacteria that do various tasks, and a stable healthy aquarium should run on the natural bacteria. They take time to become balanced, but once they are, they handle themselves. This product may be OK at the start, once, but I would not recommend using it further. A good water conditioner is all you need. And speaking of which, while Stress Zyme calls itself a water conditioner, on the API site there is no indication that it handles chlorine and chloramine; if it does, fine, but if not, a good water conditioner that does is essential.

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The cloudiness is perfectly normal; I have had it in every new tank, sometimes a day or two, sometimes up to a week (in my case, it seems to depend upon the gravel, I have the dark gravel in one tank that always takes longer to clear). Harmless and should dissipate in a few days.

Comment on the Stress Zyme, I am not a proponent of this product. It claims to mess with the natural bacteria, and that is in my view not a good thing. Aquaria have a lot of differing natural bacteria that do various tasks, and a stable healthy aquarium should run on the natural bacteria. They take time to become balanced, but once they are, they handle themselves. This product may be OK at the start, once, but I would not recommend using it further. A good water conditioner is all you need. And speaking of which, while Stress Zyme calls itself a water conditioner, on the API site there is no indication that it handles chlorine and chloramine; if it does, fine, but if not, a good water conditioner that does is essential.

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Well it said to use Stress Coat first, which i did, and it says to be a tap water conditioner as well.
I hope it clears up soon, i thought maybe it was b/c i used sand.
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Well it said to use Stress Coat first, which i did, and it says to be a tap water conditioner as well.
I hope it clears up soon, i thought maybe it was b/c i used sand.
It is probably from the substrate, sand and gravel do this. I set up a 10g Monday with sand, it is today not quite clear yet. Not to worry, give it time.

Does the Stress Coat say on the label it detoxifies/removes chlorine and chloramine?

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It is probably from the substrate, sand and gravel do this. I set up a 10g Monday with sand, it is today not quite clear yet. Not to worry, give it time.

Does the Stress Coat say on the label it detoxifies/removes chlorine and chloramine?
Yes, yes it does.

Thanks for all your help, hope to see it clear up soon, ill lpost pics when i get home.
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Cichlids will definately dig everything up, and will more than likely eat/destroy them as well.

All I can say is good luck. I could be wrong- blood parrots might be different from other cichlids.

Also, you don't mention your water parameters. I would definately wait until you know ammonia and nitrite are 0 before adding any fish, and even then I would only add one at a time a couple days apart. Add the parrot last, incase he decides to be territorial.

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Cichlids will definately dig everything up, and will more than likely eat/destroy them as well.

All I can say is good luck. I could be wrong- blood parrots might be different from other cichlids.

Also, you don't mention your water parameters. I would definately wait until you know ammonia and nitrite are 0 before adding any fish, and even then I would only add one at a time a couple days apart. Add the parrot last, incase he decides to be territorial.
I would, only i have to get rid of the 10g friday to make room for the bearded dragon my wife has.
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Update ***PICS***

Ok, here are a few pics today, tank has almost been running for 24hrs..... Ammonia is at .50 and PH is 7.6......











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The tank looks great! nice job with the sand

If I may....one suggestion, do you plan on adding a background? a background will make everything stand out so much and it'll make great contrast with your colorful fish or plants....

most people go with a black, dark blue or a grey/slate color
it's your tank though! just my two cents!

have you decided on a stocking list yet?

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The tank looks great! nice job with the sand

If I may....one suggestion, do you plan on adding a background? a background will make everything stand out so much and it'll make great contrast with your colorful fish or plants....

most people go with a black, dark blue or a grey/slate color
it's your tank though! just my two cents!

have you decided on a stocking list yet?
Thanks, first time ever with a tank this large, and first time ever to use sand, lol

I want to get a background, are you talking one of those plastic ones at the petstore you tape on the back? Im not sure what color would look good with mine.

No idea what fish yet, all i have is my blood parrot, yellow chiclid, pleco and my lonley goldfish.
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There are all sorts of ways to do backgrounds, but the pre-fab kind at the LFS are simple enough (though they can cost a lot for a tank that large). I always find that the fake looking photo ones rarely look good. Simple black is best, if you ask me.

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