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post #31 of 47 Old 03-16-2010, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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Well I got my gravel today and Im gonna wash it tomorow and then fill up my tank.
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post #32 of 47 Old 03-16-2010, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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Oh and thanks a lot for the info. Angel and Byron have helped me alot.
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post #33 of 47 Old 03-18-2010, 06:48 AM Thread Starter
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What should I use to tie plants to driftwood/rocks or other decorations and does driftwood kinda start to rot after awhile or fall apart or anything even if you dont have something eating it?
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post #34 of 47 Old 03-18-2010, 08:59 AM
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So what color did you buy in the end now?

Normal DW from petstores (not self collected wood from your home!) will not rot nor fall apart. Even my DW pieces I had for yrs & yrs now incl housing placeo's with that DW in the tank are as good now as on the first day. Only thing that'll change with DW is that usually when you first add it it will release sometimes more sometimes less tannin and stain your water; old DW won't do that any more.

For attaching I pers use either sowing string or rubber band - Either those 2 will break down by the time the plants rooted down and you can just take the string back out.

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Yup, I use sewing thread. Usually dark brown to match the DW and you don't have to worry about taking it out. Like Angel said, it will break down without any issues.
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post #36 of 47 Old 03-18-2010, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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I got a natural color variation kinda like this http://www.petco.com/product/107331/...t=OnSiteSearch but with less brown and more black and grey.
Today I also picked up a nice sized peice of Mopani wood and 6 little terra cotta pots. They all are soaking right now and the wood i may let soak tomorow too. I alos bought a 4 inch Amazon Sword.
Im gonna get 4 Java ferns this weekend when I set it all up. The tanks already been cycleing with a heater so should be ready.
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post #37 of 47 Old 03-18-2010, 06:32 PM
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You're posting ALL this info WITHOUT a picture of the tank now??? Please let's see it!!!

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post #38 of 47 Old 03-18-2010, 07:49 PM
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Tisk, tisk my friend. You're walking dangerous grounds here with all this talk of new stuff and not showing us....
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post #39 of 47 Old 03-18-2010, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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Haha well here it is without plants so far. Im going to be adding plants this weekend. Ill post pics when I do that. The pic is kinda big and not too clear but oh well. That filter is having trouble staying suction cupped to the side of the tank so I think im just gonna leave it on the ground like that. Not sure if Im going to keep it like this, we'll see how many plants i get and how I arrange them and Im going to sew a few Java Ferns to the Mopani wood.
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post #40 of 47 Old 03-18-2010, 08:36 PM
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That provides some interesting options for plants, nice going. Filter and heater suction cups frequently aren't much good; if you press it firmly against the glass under water it sometimes holds better. I think the filter should be up where they recommend it.

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