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post #11 of 21 Old 04-24-2012, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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Provided the wool doesn't bring something else with it.

Live plants wold be your best choice, in this size tank some Echinodorus bleherae, and of course floating plants. Wouldn't have any ammonia or nitrite then.
Then adding fish would come a little sooner, correct? Yeah I'm hoping the wool is good to go. I'll be sure to grill the guy and make sure nothing foriegn is coming into my tank.

Also I plan to keep SA Cichlids, so I know these plants will not last down the road.

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Then adding fish would come a little sooner, correct? Yeah I'm hoping the wool is good to go. I'll be sure to grill the guy and make sure nothing foriegn is coming into my tank.

Also I plan to keep SA Cichlids, so I know these plants will not last down the road.
Some floating plants are best, and in this case better. Water Sprite, Dwarf Water Lettuce; even some stem plants left floating, like Brazilian Pennywort (ideal for this), Green Cabomba, Wisteria. If you have a good chunk of floating plants, you could add fish (few though).

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Some floating plants are best, and in this case better. Water Sprite, Dwarf Water Lettuce; even some stem plants left floating, like Brazilian Pennywort (ideal for this), Green Cabomba, Wisteria. If you have a good chunk of floating plants, you could add fish (few though).
So I'll be alright with the Java moss? I think the guy will be giving me a good chunck of it from his tank.

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So I'll be alright with the Java moss? I think the guy will be giving me a good chunck of it from his tank.
No, that is not going tohelp much at all. Mosses are slow growing [though to see JM grow in my tanks one would question this] but they use little light and few nutrients. You want the plants I mentioned.

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No, that is not going tohelp much at all. Mosses are slow growing [though to see JM grow in my tanks one would question this] but they use little light and few nutrients. You want the plants I mentioned.
Ok then. I'll try to find some of the plants you mentioned, though I only have a petsmart close to me. Ill still go with the java moss to add a natural look to the tank, couldnt hurt right?

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Ok then. I'll try to find some of the plants you mentioned, though I only have a petsmart close to me. Ill still go with the java moss to add a natural look to the tank, couldnt hurt right?
Fine. I like Java Moss, i let it grow on most of the wood and sometimes on rocks for a natural look. And when it grows thick, fish will spawn i it and fry can hide and find food in it. It is just a slow growing plant.

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Received the moss and wool from the guy. Looked like typical media after its been in the filter for a while. I just placed the wool in the canister with the ceramic media. Hopefully that will kick start the cycling process.
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Is there anything else I should do with the moss, or should I just leave it?

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Is there anything else I should do with the moss, or should I just leave it?
I usually attach it to wood or rock. Others have said it will grow over the substrate, and just floating, though the latter doesn't seem useful as this is a nice cover on wood and such.

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I usually attach it to wood or rock. Others have said it will grow over the substrate, and just floating, though the latter doesn't seem useful as this is a nice cover on wood and such.
Sorry meant to say wool. Was it a good idea for me to place it in the canister with my ceramic media?

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