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Is this enough plants?
Old 05-06-2012, 07:09 PM   #1
 
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Is this enough plants?

I rexently noticed a random spike in nitrite in my 125gal. I decided to get some plants for the tank and this is what I've got. 2 moss balls, java moss throughout the tank, 4 wisteria plants, and 4 amazon swords. You think thats a good amount for right now?
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:27 PM   #2
 
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If someone could chime in, that would be greatly appreciated. Just not sure with the plant situation of aquatics. Need to know if this is a good amount or if I nees to get more. I will leave a pic with all the plants and where I have them.
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:44 PM   #3
 
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Ok this is the amount of live plantsI have in my aquarium. The Java Moss and Moss Balls have been in there for a while, but the Swords and Wisteria have been just added. Let me know what you think and any help is appreciated.
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:06 PM   #4
 
I'd say add more plants, But that could also depends on what kind of lighting you have? I only have a 25 gallon and have 23 live plants, man if I have your set-up I'd be in my glory. I also started adding plants because of high nitrites, it started with 5 java ferns and I just kept upgrading my tank.I'd still add more plants, but ran out of room.
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:33 PM   #5
 
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Yeah thats what I thought. The only downfall is the closest thing I have is a petsmart. You think if I just kept adding the ones I have, that I will be fine?
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:46 PM   #6
 
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First of all, I would really really recommend NOT doing anymore live plants with the JD in the tank. I had a JD in my tank with live plants and it ripped them to shreds in the space of a few hours while I was at work.

Plastic plants, they will sample but not destroy once they realize they dont like the taste of them.

Also the Green Terror appreciates plants but can also be a very prominent digger and frequently dig them up. Once the GT matures then the molly will likely be a very small snack for it or the JD.
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:52 PM   #7
 
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Yeah I figured theyd end up being meals when they mature. The JD already picked one of the mollys to pieces, shouldve known that was gonna happen. Weird though, the black molly sticks with the giant danios as if he were apart of their school, kinda neat though. Just got the green terror today, but noticed that the nitrites randomly spiked, that was the reason for the plants from the get go. I have all the plants roots and bases cover by the rocks, knowing the whole digging part of these cichlids.
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:56 PM   #8
 
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It is more about the JD eating them than having them secured.

Keep a very very close eye on the JD and GT and how they react to each other. There could be very serious aggression issues if they decide they do not like each other, be prepared to possibly rehome one of them or put a divider in at the first sign of aggression. If they are aggressive to each other then it will likely be to the death.
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:01 AM   #9
 
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Hmmm...I thought the 125 would give them plenty of room to dispurse territory. I did leave plenty of caves, holes, and cover for all the fish. I will keep a close eye on them. If I'm getting rud of one of them, itll be the JD, love the GT!
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:03 PM   #10
 
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I got more plants for the tank. I hope this is enough to help with Ammonia, Nitrites and Nitrates, cause I can't buy anymore. But here they are:

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