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post #21 of 25 Old 01-28-2012, 11:51 AM
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thank you for this help I am off to find a good stockist tomorrow. I have a large bag of 7 mm gravel i have soaking so I will wash this again when I get from work in the morning. How thick should my layer of gravel be?
About 2.5 inches depth overall (meaning, evenly when you first put the washed gravel in the tank). You can then build it up slightly deeper in the back (and consequently shallower along the front, maybe 1 to 1.5 inches) by using rock or wood. The larger-rooted plants will be in the back and this gives them more depth.

What sort of gravel? By 7mm do you mean that each particle of gravel is 7mm in width? This is pea gravel, which can work but not as well as a finer gravel with a grain size of 1-2 mm.

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post #22 of 25 Old 01-31-2012, 04:04 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry in the delay our internet has been down. Yes it is pea gravel the shop recommended it so i bought a 25kg bag. I have put it in and the plants I got as you say tall at the back short in the front I have started cycling so fingers crossed. I now have lots of reading to do on the cycling process.
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post #23 of 25 Old 01-31-2012, 03:58 PM
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good luck.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #24 of 25 Old 01-31-2012, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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When should I add my starter fish ? I have had filter from a friend out of her tank and I have added some aqua one bio starter to the tank also. It has been running now since saturday and I have tested the water and at the moment there is no ammonia present at the moment, I have been putting a pinch of flake food everyday.
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When should I add my starter fish ? I have had filter from a friend out of her tank and I have added some aqua one bio starter to the tank also. It has been running now since saturday and I have tested the water and at the moment there is no ammonia present at the moment, I have been putting a pinch of flake food everyday.
Did you read the cycling article I linked previously? That explains the cycling process. I very much doubt the tank could have cycled in less than a week.

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