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post #1 of 9 Old 08-01-2010, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Got myself a 29 gallon tank and got it setup today.. will post pics soon, hopefully i can cycle this the right way. :P
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-01-2010, 10:10 PM
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If all else fails buy a new tank and try again! hehe cant wait to see what you do with it.
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post #3 of 9 Old 08-02-2010, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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I do have a question about my substrate. I got a sand substrate for live plants, I washed it (wasn't sure if I had to let it dry all the way or not) and put it in the tank. I washed it pretty good, the water is clear no cloud/tint. My question is, there is moisture between the substrate and the aquarium glass. Will this ever go away on its own? or do i have to move the sand around to get rid of the air pockets that blocked the moisture in? I know it might be better to take pics, but my camera is MIA.

Thanks in advance for any help with this!
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post #4 of 9 Old 08-02-2010, 05:32 PM
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You can use your fingers or something like a chopstick or plastic fork to run through the sand to pop those little air bubbles.

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post #5 of 9 Old 08-02-2010, 06:45 PM
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Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait! What? Are you doing fresh water after-all? What kind of plants are you getting? Oh and pictures... Hurry up man, we are excited to see. :)
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Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait! What? Are you doing fresh water after-all? What kind of plants are you getting? Oh and pictures... Hurry up man, we are excited to see. :)
Yea I went freshwater, easier on the finances. got two plants to help things get going, only to find out that one is a sub-aquatic.. stupid waste of money.. pics to come, still can't find the camera
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post #7 of 9 Old 08-02-2010, 08:24 PM
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+1 on the fork, I use a fork and "rake" the sand once a week in my 20G tank...

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post #8 of 9 Old 08-02-2010, 08:43 PM
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Yea I went freshwater, easier on the finances. got two plants to help things get going, only to find out that one is a sub-aquatic.. stupid waste of money.. pics to come, still can't find the camera
I hear you. When I was first thinking about doing Salt water, I was shocked at the initial cost. As it turns out, I have quite a load invested in my fresh water now too. One just has to learn to say "no" to the sales people. Which sub-aquatic plant did you end up with? Where did you get that from? Plants at Petsmart here are pretty inexpensive and I have had really good luck with mine.

You might consider looking for plants there. Also, I don't know which kind of plants you were looking for but I am thrilled with how nice and easy my Amazon Sword looks. So full and lush looking. I just added a few root tabs and 2 times a week I dump a cap full of Flourish comprehensive in the tank. Most of my plants look great.

I can't wait to see the tank. I have heard if you add enough plants right in the beginning you can almost skip the cycle process. I guess you should still start with a few hardy fish just to make sure.
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-02-2010, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Yea I got an amazon sword from petsmart, and a fern that I thought was aquatic but it isn't oh well, was only likst $2.00. I found a bundle of plants of dr foster and smith. its $34.00 and you get like 9 plants, so I'll probably be getting that here shortly
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