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Old 08-29-2010, 06:08 PM   #41
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Im thinking its not cycled yet. Put 5 Cichlids in yesterday and added some plants a couple nights ago. The cichlids love the cave and seem to be doing fine for now. I expect some problems but so far so good. Petsmart had the Cichlids on sale for $2.50 ea, thought with the higher ph and all the hiding spots it might be good tank for them. I have heard they tend to root up plants, we will see.Id still like to get some more plants add a black background and some more decor.Also need to improve the lighting a bit using a standard 48" light with bulb that came with it.
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:32 PM   #42
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A few fish and plants added

Welll still building but got some fish in and added a few plants. Still looking rough, I gotta get some good plants in there soon. The water looks very clear as of right now. Still lacking a background and other decor. The fish seem to be doing outstanding so far.
The sword that I moved from the other tank has some new leaves poping out from the base, excited about that! There are more plants than it seems in the pictures, located in the deeper corners are swords. The plants in the pictures are temporary and will be switched out to somehting nicer soon.

Later guys,
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Old 11-30-2010, 06:04 PM   #43
I read through this thread with great interest. I am considering building a 55 gallon setup with a soil and gravel substrate. Diana Walstad's book just arrived today so I'll start reading that soon.

I like the brick in the tank and am thinking about putting some in my tank. Is this safe? Should I pour boiling water over the brick to clean and sterilize? Maybe soak them for a couple days?
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Old 11-30-2010, 07:02 PM   #44
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I would suggest that you read the topics linked to in my signature..

Also, Sand is a bit easier IMO.
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