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A few beginner plant questions
Old 01-15-2011, 03:49 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Seanmiller09 View Post
This has been an extremly helpful post. I appreciate all input.
I have been thinking about seting up another 10g (cheapo from walmart) and jumpstarting it with some of the decorations, gravel, and filter material from my current set up to take some of the stress off my fish in my current tank.
Any sugestions about wich fish I should move out once the tank has cycled?
Any chance of a larger tank, a 20g? Will your local fish store take fish, if not for cash (few will do this) maybe for credit, or in exchange for other fish or food, etc? I suggest this because in my view a 10g is not really suitable for either the Serpae (due to their aggressiveness which tends to be worse in small groups and/or small tanks) or the Zebra (their active swimming means a 2-foot tank at minimum, say a 15 or 20g long for a small group of 6-8).
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Old 01-15-2011, 04:21 PM   #12
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+1 on all of Byrons advice about stocking modifications, filtration, and fertiliser. As always.

The mystery plant- has the plant put on any new growth? It looks like the emersed growth of Proseprinaca palustris...
Here's a pic-

The middle stem is the emrsed growth- the leaf on the left is the submerged growth. In my experience it's an extremely hardy plant. The emersed leaves don't fall off once submerged- they stay on for a long time. (Until smothered by algae, which explains a bit.)

It could also be hygrophila (a strange variety, or as Byron mentioned, low-light growth. Of course, with flourescent lighting, it shouldn't be dark enough for leaves to look that way. Hygrophilas are durable IMO however, so if you like stem plants, Hygro Difformis is a good one.)

It could even be Mexican Oak-leaf (Shinnersia rivularis), but again, the leaves aren't quite right.

The stems look thick, so that's another reason to think it's the emersed growth of Mermaid's Weed (P. Palustris).

I'm a fan of dwarf sag, echinodorus bleheri "compact", aponogetons (Don't live more than 6 months or so, but are gorgeous) , Java fern, Java moss, and crypt wendtii. (crypts are finicky if you're moving things around though.) along with the ones mentioned above.

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Old 01-15-2011, 07:18 PM   #13
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Well I had an old $30 gift card to walmart, so I got the 10g (the 20g was almost $80 and this is just to hold me over untill I can find a cheap 45+g tank). I got the "complete beginer's tank setup" and 10lbs of black gravel for $17 out of my pocket.

I put in a few netful scoops of gravel from my old tank, the piece of lava rock pictured above, one of the columns, the entire bio filter (as well as the new one), about 3 gal of water from my old tank, and a raw piece of shrimp. Im hoping to have the tank cycled in about a week with all that good bacteria from my old tank.

I know there really arent any "good solutions" to moving the fish around, but I think I'm just going to move the two ZDs out since they are the most agressive in that confined tank.


On a different topic, does anyone know of any good, non-petsmart-esque, fish stores in the Knoxville, TN area? Or of a website that I could purchase live plants from (if thats even possible)?
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