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Old 08-23-2010, 12:32 AM   #31
 
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Pea gravel from Lowes is great stuff it contains alot of the minerals and metals that plants love including iron. I would not worry about the cloudiness it will clear up soon.
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Old 08-23-2010, 01:36 AM   #32
 
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Cant wait to see what this turns out like!! Hopefully you will succeed! Ill be down to look at it some time today... I never knew you could put soil in a aquaruim... im learning more and more from this awesome site!
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:01 PM   #33
 
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Here some pics

Okay a few pictures of the ugliest tank in history. You can see it is clearing up nicely though. When I get some good plants, decor, background, and fish it may come together. Its just a project for now. My building takes up to much planting space Byron may tell me to get those landscaping rocks out of there, not sure yet. Checked the ph today at work and it was a 7.1 . I will be posting pictures of my 3 week old tank on another post.
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Old 08-23-2010, 10:53 PM   #34
 
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I like the bricks!! They look good!! Its going to be pretty when it gets done!!!
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Old 08-23-2010, 11:10 PM   #35
 
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You were right Brad..it is ugly.. Actually I think its neat and creative..haven't seen that yet..I like when people make their own decorations. Good job..but I must say your plastic plants aren't cuttin' it.
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Old 08-24-2010, 09:30 PM   #36
 
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I think I will do a vinegar or acid test on those big rocks sometime soon. They are probably limestone and most likely will be a problem. I was hoping to get moss and plants all around it to create that mysterious look. Working 12 hour shifts at the moment so I am short on time for aquarium work. May have to come up with a new layout this weekend, we will see.
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Old 08-25-2010, 10:32 AM   #37
 
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I wouldn't bother with vinegar or acid. Just test your water..

Also, I would get some plants in there ASAP, or else you will have an algae explosion.

I strongly encourage people to read up thoroughly before starting..
Any soil substrate tank should have floating or emersed plants to use up the excess nutrients.. Water lettuce works, but I use emersed live bamboo.
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:21 PM   #38
 
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Got some plants going last night! Was waiting on an order. Off for the weekend and looking forward to some fun with the new tanks.
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:42 PM   #39
 
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Checked the water today and it showed no ammonia or nitrite or nitrate. The ph has risen to my tap water of 7.5 Not sure about some of the other checks such as hardness.
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Old 08-29-2010, 03:43 PM   #40
 
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Might be CO2...

Also, do you have any fish in the tank?
Are you dosing with ammonia?

If both of these are a "no", then I wouldn't say your tank is cycled- the 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites are meaningless unless you have nitrate present. If all 3 are 0, then either you have a perfect aquarium with a light bioload and lots of plants, or your aquarrium isn't cycled.
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