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post #1 of 10 Old 12-30-2010, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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Can I add plants to my new tank yet?

I have started a new 29 gallon tank and its been cycling without fish for about 4 days, 2 zebra danios were added 2 days ago and also some media (bio-max) from an established tank has been added to the filter as well.

I tested my water today and there was about 0.5 ammonia 0 nitrie and 5.00 nitrate I did a water change after the test about 15%.

I was wondering if I could add plants to the tank as I have read that plants also help with the cycle but I don't want my plants to die right away.
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-30-2010, 02:56 PM
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Plants can go in straight away as they use the ammonia produced in cycling for thier growth. Thier roots also provide a site where the cycling bacteria can multilpy. A large number of plants will effectively instantly cycle the tank as any ammonia produced will be used by the plants - the tank must be heavily planted though and only a small number of fish should be initially added.
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post #3 of 10 Old 12-30-2010, 03:10 PM
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you're tank is partially cycled since you have nitrate readings. Once your ammonia is 0, you're tank will be cycled for handling 2 danios. You can slowly start adding mroe.
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post #4 of 10 Old 12-30-2010, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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Perfect thanks guys, I will be getting some plants right away possibly tomorrow
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post #5 of 10 Old 12-31-2010, 02:28 PM
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Might need to pick up a liquid fertiliser like Flourish though... Make sure to research your plants before you buy them.

Ludwigea repens seems to grow fine without liquid ferts for a while though...

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post #6 of 10 Old 12-31-2010, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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My substrate is flourite black its meant for plants so I'm assuming there is some ferts in there
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post #7 of 10 Old 01-01-2011, 11:29 AM
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My substrate is flourite black its meant for plants so I'm assuming there is some ferts in there
Yes. In your 29g I would suggest some sword plants, there are many species [we have fish and plant profiles (second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top), several are included] and they are hardy plants. Echinodorus bleherae is the most commonly available. The pygmy chain sword is wonderful.

Light is important, even crucial, can go into this more if asked.

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post #8 of 10 Old 01-01-2011, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks again!

Should I be careful picking plants from the store? I've been looking at some plants and sometimes they have holes in the leaves or they have a brown tinge on the leaves. Will this go away if I plant it in my tank and they do good?
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Thanks again!

Should I be careful picking plants from the store? I've been looking at some plants and sometimes they have holes in the leaves or they have a brown tinge on the leaves. Will this go away if I plant it in my tank and they do good?
Probably, by which I mean the new growth will be OK; existing leaves never "recover" no matter what.

I always buy from stores, and sometimes I have brought home what many would consider almost dead plants, if it was a species I particularly wanted and had no option. But I try to get the best plant I can; look for new growth (on swords from the centre of the crown), if new leaves are appearing, the plant is OK.

Existing leaves often (usually) die on swords, due to water differences or they may be emersed forms [read more on this in our profiles on the Echinodorus species].

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post #10 of 10 Old 01-02-2011, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for that Byron, this will make it much easier to pick out plants
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