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post #61 of 174 Old 12-29-2012, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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post #62 of 174 Old 12-30-2012, 12:03 AM
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most softeners for home use are the cation exchange type and as the name suggests they work by removing divalent cations from the water (the hardness ions Ca++ and Mg++) and replacing them with Na+, so this affects general hardness not alkalinity which is anionic

the water from the softener is only soft in that it is lacking Ca and Mg, but it is higher in TDS than what is natural for soft water fish, which come from water low in all dissolved solids
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post #63 of 174 Old 12-30-2012, 10:44 AM
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Quantum has explained the issue with softeners, thanks for that clarification.

The Nutrafin Plant-Gro should work, but if you can get Seachem's Flourish Comprehensive Supplement or Brightwell Aquatics' FlorinMulti, I would. You will use far less of these two, so long-term they work out less expensive. Plus, they do contain everything in balance.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #64 of 174 Old 12-31-2012, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
Thanks for the advice. I will be getting the Seachem product in the near future...
On another note, I think I might have stirred up the sand a little too much when I planted the tank the other day. It's been 2 days and it's still cloudy... Ugh, I'm probably just being impatient but I did go buy some cheap panty hose and cut the feet off of them. I then inserted the filter cartridge into the feet and put it back into the filter. Rinsed it off last night and there was a little sand scum on it. Hopefully this will help clear the water faster. (I've got company coming over tonight )
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post #65 of 174 Old 12-31-2012, 12:05 PM
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Even cloudy it looks really great.
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post #66 of 174 Old 12-31-2012, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
Well I'm a little anxious to populate this tank...

That being said...

The tank now has 5 paleatus corydoras as well as 5 Bronze cory's in it now...

I introduced them last night and wow you should have seen them saying hello to one another. They were all over the tank, in schools of 3 to 6 and even a large school of all 10 swimming from one end to the other ! I swear it looked like a group of kids at Recess

I will try to get some Pics of this to share !
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post #67 of 174 Old 12-31-2012, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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post #68 of 174 Old 12-31-2012, 10:45 PM
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It's looking really great! I love the driftwood. Is it flat on the substrate or are there gaps underneath? It's a bit hard to tell in the picture.
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post #69 of 174 Old 12-31-2012, 10:59 PM
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Aren't Corys cute when they greet each other and all go off together!! Nice looking tank!!!

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post #70 of 174 Old 01-01-2013, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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It's looking really great! I love the driftwood. Is it flat on the substrate or are there gaps underneath? It's a bit hard to tell in the picture.

There are gaps underneath, there is even one that goes all the way through to the back

I got the driftwood from Dr. Fosters on the internet. There is also another website that sells Manzanite (Or however that's spelled) that has some really nice pieces. It was difficult to decide which piece to purchase.
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