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post #21 of 57 Old 06-12-2013, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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I decided that I wanted to do pygmy chain swords in front of the tank and I already have my three anubias plants in the middle and since I have gravel right now I was thinking of putting some cypts in and some chain swords in the back just wanted some more advice on other plants I could put in thanks for the advice forgot to mention that the water temp is around 76 f before I turn the lights out and about 74' f in the morning before I turn the lights back on.

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post #22 of 57 Old 06-12-2013, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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Im thinking about getting a bunch of water sprite and floating it to
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post #23 of 57 Old 06-12-2013, 03:26 PM
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As this is only a 10g, you don't want too many different species of plants. The ones you've mentioned will be sufficient. And floating Water Sprite would be ideal to complete it.

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post #24 of 57 Old 06-17-2013, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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I was wondering what do I need to do to grow micro swords in my 10g with gravel I wanted to put pygmy chain swords in but I could not find any at the time and right now my water temp is at 74`f
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I was wondering what do I need to do to grow micro swords in my 10g with gravel I wanted to put pygmy chain swords in but I could not find any at the time and right now my water temp is at 74`f
You could try the microsword. I have it in my 70g and it is still alive but very slow spreading, compared to my pygmy chain sword and chain sword that are rapid. In a 10g with the two 10w CFL 6500K bulbs mentioned previously you might be OK. MS will grow in fine gravel, mine did when I had it in Flourite for a coule years; I've moved it into sand now (replaced the substrate, same tank) and I noticed this week it is beginning to send out runners. Ths is with plain sand, no substrate nutrients, just Flourish Comp added once/twice a week.

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post #26 of 57 Old 06-18-2013, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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thanks Byron for the help, I have the micro swords in the tank now and I did a 50% water change Friday and I dosed with flourish comp sat and I did a 1/2 tsp dosing today then I plan on doing a water change Friday. Do you think that is a ok schedule or do I need to try another way, my three anubias plants are doing great so far two of them are sprouting new leaves and I have a dwarf lily in the tank that I got from my lfs but its not doing to good and I think its because the difference between the lfs tank and mine I also had hornwort in the tank from the same fish store and in turned black so I took it out. I'm starting to think that every plant I get from there is gonna die, oh and I got a java fern from them to and it was kinda beat up to I hope it will live. They had the java fern planted and I just put a weight on the bottom and im letting it rest on top of the gravel.

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thanks Byron for the help, I have the micro swords in the tank now and I did a 50% water change Friday and I dosed with flourish comp sat and I did a 1/2 tsp dosing today then I plan on doing a water change Friday. Do you think that is a ok schedule or do I need to try another way, my three anubias plants are doing great so far two of them are sprouting new leaves and I have a dwarf lily in the tank that I got from my lfs but its not doing to good and I think its because the difference between the lfs tank and mine I also had hornwort in the tank from the same fish store and in turned black so I took it out. I'm starting to think that every plant I get from there is gonna die, oh and I got a java fern from them to and it was kinda beat up to I hope it will live. They had the java fern planted and I just put a weight on the bottom and im letting it rest on top of the gravel.
How often one needs to add fertilizer depends upon the specific aquarium, as each is slightly different biologically. In a new tank, I usually start with twice a week doses of flourish Comprehensive, the first a day following a water change, the second 3 days after that. I do this for a week or two, then cut back to once (the day following the WC). If the plants seem to be doing fine, and algae is not a nuisance, continue. Adjust accordingly. Less is always better than overdosing, as the latter is almost guaranteed to cause problems.

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post #28 of 57 Old 06-22-2013, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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since I have plants in my 10g and I have gravel in there to I wanted to change it and I was thinking that I wanted to put some miracle gro organic soil in there with either play sand or pool sand for a cap. does anyone have any other ideas that would work, and the types of plants that would work. thanks for all the help.
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since I have plants in my 10g and I have gravel in there to I wanted to change it and I was thinking that I wanted to put some miracle gro organic soil in there with either play sand or pool sand for a cap. does anyone have any other ideas that would work, and the types of plants that would work. thanks for all the help.
Is there a reason you are thinking of soil? I myself would replace gravel with sand, but just that.

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post #30 of 57 Old 06-22-2013, 04:40 PM
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Is there a reason you are thinking of soil? I myself would replace gravel with sand, but just that.
Ditto. There is no real reason to do one unless you specifically want to so a soil substrate for the sake of doing one.

Sand with root tabs for root feeders and a liquid comprehensive fertilizer will more than suffice.

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Small scale nitrogen cycle with a jar, water and fish food; no substrate, filter etc
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