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post #11 of 20 Old 01-29-2011, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Well I ordered the light and a glass top. Once it comes in, I'm going to square things away and reorganise everything. Are there any plants that do ok in a high current area? (mainly right under the filter in order to hide the pipes and tubing?

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post #12 of 20 Old 01-30-2011, 11:19 AM
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Well I ordered the light and a glass top. Once it comes in, I'm going to square things away and reorganise everything. Are there any plants that do ok in a high current area? (mainly right under the filter in order to hide the pipes and tubing?

Once it's all squared away, then it's on to PICTURES!!!
Java Fern is ideal for this situation; you can attach it to a bit of rock or wood and thus place it where you want it, it has very sturdy leaves that withstand currents (obviously to a limit), and it will grow longish. But you can also build up the rock or wood for this.

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correct me if i am wronge, but a 65k "daylight" is about the best all around tube to use aint ti... not overly bright , as to stress fish, but bright enough for good viewing of the tank. and is suffecient for planted tanks, with plants requiring moderate to subdued lighting, that is what i have been hearing anyway..
Yes, but allow me to clarify a bit. The kelvin, which is the colour temperature of light, is the important issue with 6500K, "daylight" as most manufacturers term it. This is ideal plant growth light, and it also provides a true rendition of fish and plant colours.

The intensity is another matter not directly related to the K although it is true that tubes in the 6000K-7000K range are (in my experience with them) fairly consistent in their intensity.

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post #14 of 20 Old 02-05-2011, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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Well, the cover and a light came in today. The wrong light. It's a single bulb and wow, is it bright. I can't believe the difference! I called drfostersmith and I can't believe how quickly they agreed to ship out the correct light. Customer service was great. With the light so dull from before the tank looked full and mysterious. With such a bright light now (with a brighter one on the way...) it definitely needs more cover & plants! I'm looking first for hanging plants. Anyone have any recommendations? I'm thinking about getting the package linked to below as well as floating plants. I have a fish that is pretty close to giving birth so I would like to get the floating plants asap so they have somewhere to hide. Any recommendations as to where to shop/what to buy?

Aquatic Plants for Freshwater Aquariums: Aquarium Plant Pack - Standard

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Well, the cover and a light came in today. The wrong light. It's a single bulb and wow, is it bright. I can't believe the difference! I called drfostersmith and I can't believe how quickly they agreed to ship out the correct light. Customer service was great. With the light so dull from before the tank looked full and mysterious. With such a bright light now (with a brighter one on the way...) it definitely needs more cover & plants! I'm looking first for hanging plants. Anyone have any recommendations? I'm thinking about getting the package linked to below as well as floating plants. I have a fish that is pretty close to giving birth so I would like to get the floating plants asap so they have somewhere to hide. Any recommendations as to where to shop/what to buy?

Aquatic Plants for Freshwater Aquariums: Aquarium Plant Pack - Standard

-Kevin
I would not recommend that assortment, there are some tricy to grow plants in there. Better to start off with plants more likely to suit your conditions. The Anubias and Java Fern are fairly easy, they attach to rock or wood, and will do well with floating plants to shade them. Stem plants in general need more light being fast growers, but some of them make excellent floating plants. Brazilian Pennywort is one of my favourites as a floater, it grows such that it looks like it was meant to be floating with large leaves on the surface and dangling roots that can get a few inches in length.

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post #16 of 20 Old 02-06-2011, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the heads up. Ended up being given a pregnant molly. She's very large, and I'm not going to get a chance to plant the tank much more before she gives birth, so I got a breeder box. I'm not sure when to put her in it though. She is very active, but is separating herself from everyone and chasing them away. I was expecting her to get sluggish and hang out at the bottom but she's been ALL over the place. Up and down the glass and back and forth across the tank. For the most part though, she's hanging out in one corner just up and down the glass. I'm not sure if I should put her in the breeder box now or if I should wait. This thread has gone through a number of topics. A good crash course on fish keeping! Thank you so much for all the help!

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Thanks for the heads up. Ended up being given a pregnant molly. She's very large, and I'm not going to get a chance to plant the tank much more before she gives birth, so I got a breeder box. I'm not sure when to put her in it though. She is very active, but is separating herself from everyone and chasing them away. I was expecting her to get sluggish and hang out at the bottom but she's been ALL over the place. Up and down the glass and back and forth across the tank. For the most part though, she's hanging out in one corner just up and down the glass. I'm not sure if I should put her in the breeder box now or if I should wait. This thread has gone through a number of topics. A good crash course on fish keeping! Thank you so much for all the help!

-Kevin
Personally I would not confine the molly to a breeding box. This can panic her terribly.

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post #18 of 20 Old 02-06-2011, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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If I allow her to give birth on the tank, any recommended way of getting the fry into the breeder box later? I'm going to go look for some pennywort now. I just talked to a lfs and they said they have "pond penny". The girl didn't sound like she knew any more than I did though. I'm going to go check it out in person. I've been told they have a pretty good selection of other plants as well.

Edit: If I get decent sized floating plants, I'll probably abandon the breeder box all together.

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If I allow her to give birth on the tank, any recommended way of getting the fry into the breeder box later? I'm going to go look for some pennywort now. I just talked to a lfs and they said they have "pond penny". The girl didn't sound like she knew any more than I did though. I'm going to go check it out in person. I've been told they have a pretty good selection of other plants as well.

Edit: If I get decent sized floating plants, I'll probably abandon the breeder box all together.

-Kevin
Molly fry will naturally gravitate to the surface esp with any floating plants, and they are easy to scoop out. I used to use a small cup or even a tablespoon (from the measuring spoons set).

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post #20 of 20 Old 02-06-2011, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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Just drove 40 mins to the lfs and picked out all my stuff to realize I don't have my wallet. Used my roll of quarters for the tolls to get a little bit, but will try again tomorrow :-\. Thanks for the time and patience everyone. It really is very much appreciated. Byron, you are great.

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