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Old 03-09-2012, 02:03 PM   #11
 
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I had water lettuce in a pond one year and I was throwing a lot of it into the compost heap. It does spread quickly.
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Old 03-09-2012, 02:12 PM   #12
 
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I had water lettuce in a pond one year and I was throwing a lot of it into the compost heap. It does spread quickly.
i am hoping to have it spread becuase i would love to add it to my son and daughter's tanks. the fish really seem to like nipping at the roots :)
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Old 03-09-2012, 02:17 PM   #13
 
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this is a better picture of the tank. i do have a question about one of the plants. it is sprouting babies. when do i break this off. or do i let it fall off?
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Old 03-09-2012, 03:16 PM   #14
 
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also, i put the air stones into the tank because without them all my fish were at the water surface gulping for air. could there be a problem with my tank? am i missing something?
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:23 PM   #15
 
water lettuce reproduce really fast I bought a hand full of that and duckweed and now the water lettuce is taking half the tank 2 months after! the duckweek is doing ok but my fish eats it so i have a lot less hehe
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:25 PM   #16
 
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Then I think you have the perfect tank 8D as many people seem to have on here, it makes me envious T^T

Not quite sure about the plant baby but I do know that gulping could be a sign of ammonia. What are your parameters
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:42 PM   #17
 
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also, i put the air stones into the tank because without them all my fish were at the water surface gulping for air. could there be a problem with my tank? am i missing something?
As someone has suggested, this is more likely to be ammonia or something else. Oxygen shortage is next to impossible in planted tanks unless they are overstocked, and this one does not seem to be anywhere close to that from what one can see in the photos.

Check ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. And pH, tap water and tank (shake the tap water for several seconds to degass the CO2 before testing pH). Any sudden major change in pH can do this. Beyond that, I assume you did use sufficient de-chloorinator (water conditioner) when you filled the tank?
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:26 PM   #18
 
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they are all zero. i used an api master test kit. i treat the water at every water change and i do a 20% change twice a week. i also feed frozen food that gets eaten asap and none goes to the bottom. they do get dry food too but that is mostly for the cory fish as they seem to be less aggressive as my other fish when it comes time for blood worms. lol. so they have something to nibble on. i am going to slowly turn down the bubbles and see what the fish do. what if i add liquid co2 into the tank. will that account for my bubbler or will that be a mute point?
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:35 PM   #19
 
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Then I think you have the perfect tank 8D as many people seem to have on here, it makes me envious T^T

Not quite sure about the plant baby but I do know that gulping could be a sign of ammonia. What are your parameters
thank you. my ammonia is at zero. nitrate is 0 and my nitrite is 0 also. i do regular changes of about 20% water twice a week to keep all that stuff down. i am worried because my daughter's tank (established for about a year now) just recently had a weird spell where nothing showed up in my testing and for some reason all the fish were dying in her tank. i just recently got it under control and am just starting to consider getting her a few more fish but am still hazy about it. i don't want to upset any kind of balance that might be going on in my tank as i have invested much more money in it then her's.
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:52 PM   #20
 
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Go very slow with new fish in the trouble tank.

I am not a fan of liquid CO2 (carbon supplements like Excel). The are not necessary, and can cause other issues.

I am concerned over the "gasping" though. If the bubblers prevent this, keep them until we sort out what is causing this. You are sure this is something recent? Livebearers do spend a lot of time at the surface, perhaps seeming to gulp air. Don't want to get excited over nothing.
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