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Old 11-23-2010, 12:46 PM   #11
 
I've already got about 4 orange platies of some sort... I would really like to have some angels. I've always loved them.

Looks like Petsmart has some sphagnum, so I will grab some from there next week. Would it be better for me to put that in one of my filter sections, rather than mix it with the soil, so that way the water is constantly running through it?

Lowes has the OC, so I may swing by there tonight to grab it. Should I mineralize the OC and dirt before I put it in the tank to prevent any anerobic reactions?

What kind of sand should I be looking for and about how much would I need? Is the Carib Sea Super Naturals what I need, or would I be ok with a regular play sand?
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Old 11-23-2010, 01:08 PM   #12
 
My room mate just called me and said he found a few more platies in the filter, so looks like its going to be a live bearer community after all... Wonder how long they've been in there.... lol
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Old 11-24-2010, 12:28 PM   #13
 
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Well any sand or gravel is fine. I personally wouldn't use play sand, since it can go anaerobic by itself.

There's some cheaper sands at the pet store that's about a dollar a pound...
It's good to mineralise the yard soil, but with the OC it's not neccesary.

Also, don't be suprised if you end up with lots of little organisms and tiny worms in the tank... It happens, and adds a touch of authenticity IMO.
It's just fish food.
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Old 12-04-2010, 07:11 PM   #14
 
well, I got my copy of ecology of the planted aquarium... wow that book is REALLY confusing!
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:20 PM   #15
 
You don't need to mineralize if you don't want too. That goes for yard soil and stuff you buy. I do highly suggest you wash whatever soils you use to the best of you abilities. I'm not talking about washing/drying thing. Just make some mud and make sure it is as "clean"/"pure" as you can get it. Sand is okay IMO.

I am interested in your ammonia results though. 4ppm out of tap. Are you completely certain of this? Cuz it sounds like you have an algae battle on your hands....
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Old 12-05-2010, 11:52 AM   #16
 
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I am interested in your ammonia results though. 4ppm out of tap. Are you completely certain of this? Cuz it sounds like you have an algae battle on your hands....
Yep. I've checked it several times. I'm going to try to dig some dirt out of the yard today. If the ground isn't too frozen that is :)
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Old 12-06-2010, 01:02 PM   #17
 
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If you're using yard dirt, it has a much higher chance of compacting. Wet it, slosh it around, and get every bit of root, grass, and earthworm out.

I like using oc (or mixing some in) because it's fluffy... Seems to prevent compaction. Only use .5 to 1 inch of yard soil...

Sometimes it helps to mix it with equal parts sand, and then top with pure sand.
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