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Old 08-05-2011, 04:34 PM   #11
 
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Thanks. Wasn't sure if this was some form of plant or what. Now I know. So for plants, pygmy chain sword is ideal, fast growing and spreading, lots of leaves for snails to graze. Floating plants. Depending upon the light, stem plants (higher light). This type of tank does well in front of a window; algae will appear but snails eat some amount of algae so that's a bonus.

I will have this by a window. The Pygmy chain sword looks good.


Not sure what my LFS has. I'll check while I'm out. I know they have a few variations of swords, Val, java moss and fern, various grasses. No floating plants though. I will be going to a different store to buy the 10g so I'll see what they have also.
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Old 08-05-2011, 11:49 PM   #12
 
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Got the tank. Went with a Marineland 12g. They were drastically reduced in price and only $20 more than the starter 10g. Can't believe how big this tank is for only being 12g.

Got the quickcrete play sand from Lowe's.

They didn't have any Pygmy chain sword at the LFS. They had some other chain sword. I forgot the name already. They might be the same thing. Next time I stop there I will write it down so you can tell me for sure. I did buy a Java fern, some kinda Val, and something else... name escapes me now. Horrible memory I have.


It's all set up and running. I washed the sand but it's still crazy cloudy in the tank.

Now who has some Ramshorn snails for me???



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Old 08-06-2011, 01:11 AM   #13
 
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LOL What a good way to spend a day off. What new fish did you get?
A group of Carnegiella myersi, the smallest of the hatchetfishes, and quite rare. They are very delicate, sensitive to everything, and need very soft acidic water. These were imported from Peru last week, and are in remarkably good shape, considering. I've had them previously, in fact I have one left of the group of six that I acquired 3 years ago. Two of those jumped out overnight (they can find the smallest opening, and both times it was due to my having left the front glass pane open about an inch from when I fed them), and 3 just kicked the bucket. Now I have 8 to join the lone survivor who is currently in the 70g with his cousins Carnegiella marthae. Next water change I'll move him over to the 33g with the new arrivals.

I had expected to come home with more fish, but two species that were expected didn't arrive; and the Nannostomus rubrocaudatus, also very rare, came down with ich and are in quarantine. I thought it prudent to leave them; these fish are also sensitive, and I've had Nannostomus all die from an ich treatment--so given the very high price, I'd rather they died in the store QT than in my QT. If they make it, I'll probably pick up half a dozen.

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Old 08-06-2011, 02:25 PM   #14
 
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Ordered some Blue Ramshorn snails. She is throwing in some blue shrimp also. No idea on those things.

Hopefully they breed and I can feed them to the fish also.



That play sand is not settling very well. Still really cloudy.
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Old 08-06-2011, 04:22 PM   #15
 
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Ordered some Blue Ramshorn snails. She is throwing in some blue shrimp also. No idea on those things.

Hopefully they breed and I can feed them to the fish also.



That play sand is not settling very well. Still really cloudy.
It takes a lot of rinsing. I set up my 115g with this playsand last weekend. A lot of rinsing.

There are no fish in the tank; I would be tempted to do one of two things. First, drain it and rinse the sand some more [I did this when I used it in my 33g, I thought I had it "clean" but no, so I pulled it out and gave it another rinsing the next day]. Second, do a full water change. This might help to clear it, but some of the dust has undoubtedly settled on the substrate since it was filled so that would not be pulled out without option 1, the removal and more rinsing.

It looks a bit green, may be the light and/or camera. Is it that green in life? My cloudiness was more tan/buff/off white.
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Old 08-06-2011, 06:10 PM   #16
 
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Yeah that is just the lighting. It is tan.


I'll try dumping some water. I'd hate to have to scrape all the sand back out. *Sigh*


What's the best site online for some plants? My LFS is having a 50% off sale next week, but their stock is limited. Although i think they get a bunch of stuff in to keep up with the sale.
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Old 08-06-2011, 06:17 PM   #17
 
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One website I have heard that is good is sweetaquatics.com. I have never ordered from them but prices are good. Have heard shipping can take awhile though. If you want to pay a little more thatpetplace.com has a good selection also. Shipping and prices are just a little high. I have ordered from them but that was before hearing about sweetaquatics and their prices.
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Old 08-06-2011, 06:35 PM   #18
 
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Thanks I'll check it out.
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Old 08-06-2011, 06:52 PM   #19
 
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Oh wow... I'm confused already. Little to no info on each plant, plus there are hundreds of plants...


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Old 08-06-2011, 08:15 PM   #20
 
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Oh wow... I'm confused already. Little to no info on each plant, plus there are hundreds of plants...


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Some will be in our plant profiles, check those. If not, one of us will likely know about them. Redchigh, SinCrisis, zof, sik80, myself--between us we must have grown all of them at some point.
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