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Old 03-03-2011, 04:18 PM   #11
 
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Ok I've been shaking it for 30 seconds. After I shook it for two it became slightly and I do put emphasis on slightly less red though nowhere near 20 ppm. Should I do another water change today and take 50 % out instead of just 25 %?

Also on the light question, how will I know it will fit in my tank fixture? do I just measure the tube prongs and all?
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Old 03-03-2011, 05:46 PM   #12
 
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Ok I've been shaking it for 30 seconds. After I shook it for two it became slightly and I do put emphasis on slightly less red though nowhere near 20 ppm. Should I do another water change today and take 50 % out instead of just 25 %?

Also on the light question, how will I know it will fit in my tank fixture? do I just measure the tube prongs and all?
Measure the existing tube not including the prongs. If it is 15w, it will likely be 18 inches.

Nitrates at 40ppm is not going to cause problems, as mpost of our common fish can tolerate this, even higher--we like to keep it below 20ppm only because these fish in nature would never be subjected to nitrates so the less the better makes sense. Once you have live plants it should easily lower to 10ppm or even less. Provided you are not overstocked with fish (too many, or too large) for the volume, do weekly partial water changes, and do not overfeed. Without plants your weekly pwc should be 50% minimum, but more will not hurt. Once you have plants, this can be less as the plants do a lot of the work.
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Old 03-03-2011, 06:53 PM   #13
 
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It's 16 and a quarter of an inch >> does the quarter matter when searching for a tube?
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Old 03-03-2011, 07:43 PM   #14
 
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It's 16 and a quarter of an inch >> does the quarter matter when searching for a tube?
That's an odd size. Better take it with you to be sure.
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:03 PM   #15
 
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Ok ^^ I will check my nitrates again tomorrow cause I am planning on adding a plant after I get the light. I'm also thinking about getting a piece of driftwood, and getting a plant that will attach to the drift wood
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:59 PM   #16
 
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Ok I got a new light that is called flora sun it gives out 5,000k but it was the only one that fit in my tank fixture T.T the pet supply guy said it would be fine for low internsity plants. I also got a small java fern can anyone tell me what I should do first with the plant?
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Old 03-04-2011, 04:57 PM   #17
 
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Ack sorry guys it wouldn't let me edit the post

I have an idea, but I am confused, I kinda want to half-aquascape my tank, so I wanted to get some black gravel and change out the gravel already in there, but what would happen if I did that? Could all the good bacteria go away? Would I lose fish in the process?
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Old 03-05-2011, 09:59 AM   #18
 
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On the light tube, that will work fine for the plants. It is a bit "warmer" white [the lower the kelvin rating, the warmer, the higher the kelvin the cooler] than I prefer, but that is a visual issue to us. The plants will use the red and blue fine.

Java Fern should not be nburied in the substrate, at least not the rhizome (the thick "root" bit) or it will likely rot; it should be attached to wood or rock, either gently wdedging the rhizome in a crevice, or using some black cotton thread or fishing line. After a few weeeks the hair roots will attach the plant.

On the substrate, in a 25g tank I would change the entire substrate at one go rather than in stages. Yes, some nitrifying bacteria will be lost, but there is also bacteria on all surfaces covered by water, including plant leaves, wood, rock, tank walls, filter tubes, etc. The easiest way I have found to do this is to drain some tank water (from the top so it is relatively "clean") into a spare tank or even a bucket, move the plants and any pieces of wood or rock into this and then the fish, and then drain the main tank and remove the substrate. Do not clean or rinse the filter. Add the new substrate, replace wood and rock (if any), fill the tank with fresh tap water, condition it as soon as it starts to fill (to avoid killing off bacteria), recommenct the filter and heater, return the plants, and lastly the fish. Net them from the temporary tank back into the main tank; no need to use the dirty water.
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Old 03-05-2011, 07:10 PM   #19
 
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ok ^-^ I will do this all as soon as I have the money >> right now I have to save up for it thank you and I will keep you updated either in this thread or will post a link to another
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Old 03-11-2011, 07:55 PM   #20
 
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ok guys I got some wood and my java fern looks good though I think my puffer is snacking on it from time to time until she realizes it tastes horrible XD But I just got a small spike in my nitrites and I don't know what to do >> should I do a water change and see what happens? USually the Nitrites are at zero but right now they are at 0.25 and my ammonia is at 0 and my nitrates are now at 80 ppm. The nitrates aren't going down with water changes so I'm gonna test my water again and see if I got a false reading the first time. Also my tank is now cloudy again after being clear is that because of the nitrites?
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