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Old 05-15-2012, 07:32 PM   #11
 
Sounds great, thanks so much for all the help! I'll go buy some plants tomorrow after I check out what my LFS has in stock. And I'll grab 10 neons while i'm at it and set it all up! I'll keep everyone updated and post up some pics as soon as I can. If you think of anything else I should know then I'd love to hear it!

Thanks for the caution Byron, I'll leave the stuff in the pond then and leave my cousin's tank stuff alone too and rely on the plants. Will beneficial bacteria grow to take up whatever part of the ammonia that the plants don't soak up?

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Old 05-15-2012, 08:10 PM   #12
 
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Sounds great, thanks so much for all the help! I'll go buy some plants tomorrow after I check out what my LFS has in stock. And I'll grab 10 neons while i'm at it and set it all up! I'll keep everyone updated and post up some pics as soon as I can. If you think of anything else I should know then I'd love to hear it!

Thanks for the caution Byron, I'll leave the stuff in the pond then and leave my cousin's tank stuff alone too and rely on the plants. Will beneficial bacteria grow to take up whatever part of the ammonia that the plants don't soak up?
Yes, but it will be so minimal you will not detect it with our test kits. Plants need ammonia/ammonium and lots of it. Just make sure you have lots of plants, esp fast growing ones, and those floating plants are best of all.
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Old 05-16-2012, 09:49 PM   #13
 
So I bought some plants and 15 neon tetras for the aquarium, they look so tiny since there is so much room! I plan on having some rocks and some plants on the right side but my filter flow needs to be limited so it stops digging in the sand over there. In the mean time, I have some plants on the left side but couldn't find floating plants at the LFS, actually at 2 of them. Let me know if i'm going to need a lot more plants now or if this is an ok start. Here's some pics:





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Old 05-16-2012, 10:08 PM   #14
 
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What plants did you get? I think I see water sprite.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:11 PM   #15
 
I believe I got water sprite, wisteria, a sword plant of some sort, a crypt, and two (should have got three) mondo grass. Kind of picked what looked nice in the store and decided I'll look up how full or tall they get once planted and make moves that need to be done to them then.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:13 PM   #16
 
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I believe I got water sprite, wisteria, a sword plant of some sort, a crypt, and two (should have got three) mondo grass. Kind of picked what looked nice in the store and decided I'll look up how full or tall they get once planted and make moves that need to be done to them then.
Ok, what other fish do you plan to stock? Do you know yet?
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:17 PM   #17
 
Yup, that's on the first post of this thread. The list is:

Neon Tetra
Bolivian Ram
Turquoise Rainbowfish
Silver Hatchets
and some type of Corydoba.

That's the plan on fish for the moment. The only fish who is being considered still on that list is the hatchets, not sure if i'm crazy about them. May try and see if there are other options to fill their spot.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:19 PM   #18
 
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Yup, that's on the first post of this thread. The list is:

Neon Tetra
Bolivian Ram
Turquoise Rainbowfish
Silver Hatchets
and some type of Corydoba.

That's the plan on fish for the moment. The only fish who is being considered still on that list is the hatchets, not sure if i'm crazy about them. May try and see if there are other options to fill their spot.
Sounds good.
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:51 AM   #19
 
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Dont get anymore Mondo Grass. it is not trully aquatic and may die off. Boo stores for selling it. Keep away from bamboo unless u want it coming out the top of the tank.

If you want that mondo look, try corkscrew vallis. Looks even better.

That is a good start. In a week if your ammonia and nitrite are 0, id suggest getting another 15 neons and some more plants to top it off.

You can actually float both the wisteria and the water sprite. They will root really nicely. I have wisteria floating in my 29.

I would get a good bit more of both of those. Also Java Fern is wonderful.

If you find some nice rocks outside you like and test them with vinegar to make sure it eont bubble and harm your tank. You can really scrub the crap out of it, then soak it in conditioned water like Prime for over an hour. Then you can create a nice rock formation, caves, hiding spots or just a nice rock touch.

Byron what do you think of this? Ive done it twice.

Also, Byron, what do you think of the lighting for more plants?
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:36 AM   #20
 
The rocks sounds like a great idea, I was thinking about going and looking at rock wholesalers for scrap pieces from cuts of some nice looking granite and making a formation with caves on the right side of the tank. I'll try the vinegar to see if it bubbles, didn't know about that trick before!
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