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post #1 of 18 Old 11-23-2010, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone attempted "fish in" planting??

The live plants that I expected to be delivered at least a week ago will be arriving tomorrow or Friday. Since I'm hosting 12 for turkey day, I don't have the luxury of a weekend to transform my tank from silk to live plants. Aaaaarrrrggghhhhh!!

So I'm wondering if anyone has attempted to plant while the fish were still in the tank? I've got a 75 gallon long with a total of 33 fish (mostly tetras). I won't be changing the substrate to sand or soil but I will be adding the very small inert quartz to the gravel for roots.

Think I can get away with planting one side of the tank at a time? (i'd move the silks to the side not being planted first for hiding).

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post #2 of 18 Old 11-23-2010, 12:14 PM
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1. Why are you adding inert quartz? Is your gravel too large or something?

2. I don't wee why you are worried about transitioning to live plants... Just rinse the quartz really well, remove the silk, add quartz in, stir the substrate a little, and plant the live plants...

I guess you're worried about stressing the fish? I think you may be worrying for nothing. I don't think your fish are going to get stressed... Likely more curious than anything.
It won't affect water parameters..

Also, make sure you have some flourish comprehensive and root tabs... They'll make everything easier.

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post #3 of 18 Old 11-23-2010, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. Just worried about freaking out or overstressing the fish. I have the pea sized gravel which does contain smallish pieces but I was told that the plants would do better rooting to the really small quartz or other intert material.

Assumption is that the plants will be here tomorrow. Time is my enemy at the moment :0

Will be picking up the ferts. tonight while out shopping for the other 100 things I need to get LOL.

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post #4 of 18 Old 11-23-2010, 12:20 PM
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If you want to play it safe, do the tanks in halves like you planned, and feed the fish on the opposite side of the tank. They won't even know you're there. lol.

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post #5 of 18 Old 11-23-2010, 12:27 PM
I do it all the time. You won't be able to move the fish every time you gotta trim the plants right?

Fish don't seem to be stressed by it. Otos totally ignore me, even if I'm an inch away with my hand and rasboras think i'm edible, then swimming away with a frown.
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post #6 of 18 Old 11-23-2010, 12:40 PM
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I just changed from playground sand to substrate with my fish in still. I moved all the sand to where i put my big rocks and added the rinsed substrate all at once. 70lbs. then piled my rocks on the sand and planted it. i lost some fry but most of the 3week+ fry survived.
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I do nearly everything with "fish in". You won't have a problem at all. Now, as far as shopping tonight and having 100 other things to do?? Now that's where you're going to run into problems!!

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post #8 of 18 Old 11-23-2010, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks to all of you. I don't know where my head would be without this forum and the advice/experiences here. Think my stress level is a tad high this week??


@Kym - I just told work to consider me absent for Wednesday. That helps a little :)

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I just changed from playground sand to substrate with my fish in still. I moved all the sand to where i put my big rocks and added the rinsed substrate all at once. 70lbs. then piled my rocks on the sand and planted it. i lost some fry but most of the 3week+ fry survived.
Now I'm impressed!

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post #10 of 18 Old 11-24-2010, 10:31 AM
is quartz ok for the aquarium? I bought a piece from my LFS the other day because they said it was fine, i tested it with vinegar and it didnt react. Is there another test for if it is inert? Since you specified inert im guessing theres a non-inert quartz?
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