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Old 06-30-2011, 11:27 AM   #11
 
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Barb, I would be interested in reading more on that forum to do with Aqua Safe, if you can find it again.

My Nitrate is down from 80 last night to 20 just now when I tested it. I will keep an eye on them and monitor the numbers.

How are your angels doing? What kind of water parameters do you have them in? I would love to have some Angels but will need a bigger tank and probably my water parameters would need to be worked on.

Here is a link for the tetra safe start Q & A With Tetra about Tetra SafeStart Had some good information about the product which I found can be hard to find.

My angels are doing good, growing like weeds at the moment actually. One of my smallest ones which was the size of a dime when I first got it is now the size of a quarter which was back around the middle of May. They still all have lots of growing to do, but they are full of personality. My water is GH of 7 my ph when I started the tank was at 7.5, although a month later when I checked my water levels I found that they ph has dropped to 6.5. Need to actually go back and check to see where things are after having done a water change a couple of days ago. The ph drop I am sure is from the aquarium establishing itself, along with the fact that I do have a couple of pieces of driftwood in there which is going to have some effect on the ph.
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Old 06-30-2011, 11:52 AM   #12
 
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Also thought would mention that Petco right now is doing their $1 a gallon tank sale right now, it is going on for the next couple of weeks until July 16 or 17 I think. It is good for their aquariums from 10 gallons to 55 gallons. I am pretty sure that it is only the aquarium, no hood or other items, although you can find good deals online for the other items. I believe that they do this sale twice a year.
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Old 07-01-2011, 08:24 AM   #13
 
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Hey Barb I just took a look at your aquarium. I enjoyed the photos. Your Angel Fish...is it a Marbled?...that is the kind I am looking to one day get. I also like the driftwood in your tank. I have a piece in my Betta Fluval Chi and didn't know it could change the ph. Go figure....I am learning a lot from this forum! Thank you for the link on the Safe tart...I'll be reading it.

Is that a Water SPrite I see planted in your tank? I have mine floating and had thought about planting them. I keep it floating in the Betta tank to block the open top because I've heard stories of them jumping out and he seems to like the roots to hang around in. In my 20 gallon since I have the roots towards the back of the tank it doesn't look so obvious.

Hmmm...I don't normally go to Petco...but maybe I will when we set out to the LFS this weekend! lol.....YIKES..maybe I'll find that 55 G there!!
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Old 07-01-2011, 12:39 PM   #14
 
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Hey Barb I just took a look at your aquarium. I enjoyed the photos. Your Angel Fish...is it a Marbled?...that is the kind I am looking to one day get. I also like the driftwood in your tank. I have a piece in my Betta Fluval Chi and didn't know it could change the ph. Go figure....I am learning a lot from this forum! Thank you for the link on the Safe tart...I'll be reading it.

Is that a Water SPrite I see planted in your tank? I have mine floating and had thought about planting them. I keep it floating in the Betta tank to block the open top because I've heard stories of them jumping out and he seems to like the roots to hang around in. In my 20 gallon since I have the roots towards the back of the tank it doesn't look so obvious.

Hmmm...I don't normally go to Petco...but maybe I will when we set out to the LFS this weekend! lol.....YIKES..maybe I'll find that 55 G there!!
Thanks, the most of the plants have been in for about a month, except for the anubias and the cyrpt wendtti which I added at the beginning of the week. Have had quite a bit of growth. I do not have any water sprite in the tank, in the back corner near my sponge filter I have water wisteria, and I also have another plant by the name of myriophyllum mattogrossense that was planted but kept coming up, now I have left it floating in the tank and it seems to be doing well.

With driftwood the tannins in the wood will naturally lower the ph in the water by a little, but it all depends on what the kh of your water, if it is lower the buffering capability of the water is lower and the easier it is to change, if the kh is higher the more stable the water will be because of the buffering capability. Others will be able to explain it a lot better I am sure than I can. Still learning about it myself.

I was thinking of going to petco myself to pick up a 29 gallon, but I found out that my local Meijer's (similar to Wal-Mart supercenters) sells 29's for $36. My nearest petco is about an hour away and I drive a gas guzzler which is not very reliabable. So for a little more I will stay local, would probably end of paying the difference in gas anyways But for anyone with a petco nearby it is definitly a great deal.

I have 3 marbles in my tank right now along with a smokey. I have found that marbles are fairly easy to come by
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Old 07-01-2011, 06:53 PM   #15
 
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Ok...must be the Wysteria I'm seeing then. Kind of has the same look as the water sprite.

BTW thank you again for that link on TSS. I read it and there's some good info there.
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