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planted tank. what should i add?
Old 03-09-2012, 09:00 PM   #21
 
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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.
this was about a week ago. when i took out the under gravel filters. right after everyone swam to the top of the tank and stayed there until i put in the blubbers and now they are back to swimming like normal.

i have not added any new fish to my daughter's tank only plants. i am going to wait a week and make sure none of the fish currently in there are dying. been checking the water every day, and doing 3x a week water changes. next week i am going back to 1 time a week. (i was doing it every day and decided to go with 3x a week this week to see how the fish were doing) i am happy to report no dead fish in a week. soooo. i am thinking it is getting close to fully stable again. though for the life of me i can't explain it! nothing in that tank has changed and it gets a 50% water change twice a week........ so....... i am not sure :( it has been running a year no problems (well not like this anyways....only problems have come from my kids at first but now they leave it alone)
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:55 AM   #22
 
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It seems to me that removing the under gravel filters could have released some trapped gases and that could have caused the fish to surface for air. Just guessing.
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:10 AM   #23
 
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It seems to me that removing the under gravel filters could have released some trapped gases and that could have caused the fish to surface for air. Just guessing.
to be honest i didn't take the bottom pieces out. i just snapped off the tubes...but maybe it did? i am not sure. it happened within 10 min of me taking it out. so it is very very possible. i took the under gravel off because i wanted to plant my aquarium and also because i thought it was overly over kill. with my filter doing 60-110 gallons (i have a 60 gallon tank) and putting the plants in there. i felt it wasn't doing any good, now that my tank is cycled and happy no sense in keeping it. i would like to get it heavily planted and kind of die down on the man made filtration as much as i can to give a natural feel. i am trying to see how this tank builds up before i make a huge purchase next year with a 100+ gallon tank. i am hoping to find a 125 at the min. next year to move my larger fish into. :) as they will need it by that time :) honestly thinking of looking into building my own tank. might be worth it :) and would be a fun project to be honest
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Old 03-10-2012, 02:00 AM   #24
 
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The possibilities would be endless if you built your own tank ! Way back in the day, two friends of mine built a tank out of wood and plexiglass. It was ugly, but it served its purpose (getting fish big). I'm afraid my 55 gallon is going to be my limit. Just don't have anyplace to go with a big tank. As it is, the 55 is in the basement. I'm really getting back into live plants also. It seems like the hobby really went through a very artificial stage. You were supposed to control everything with technology and chemicals rather than trying to reach a healthy balance.
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Old 03-10-2012, 02:09 AM   #25
 
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The possibilities would be endless if you built your own tank ! Way back in the day, two friends of mine built a tank out of wood and plexiglass. It was ugly, but it served its purpose (getting fish big). I'm afraid my 55 gallon is going to be my limit. Just don't have anyplace to go with a big tank. As it is, the 55 is in the basement. I'm really getting back into live plants also. It seems like the hobby really went through a very artificial stage. You were supposed to control everything with technology and chemicals rather than trying to reach a healthy balance.
so true! i want a healthy balance and be able to get everything where it should be and let nature do a good part of the work. that is why i spend the extra on frozen food and have been looking into growing my own micro-worm colony for my fish. i want to provide them with the best food that i can. and help them live to their full life spans. i don't want any more fishy funerals! after the mis hap with my daughter's tank and having to dig up frozen ground....not fun and very saddening for both me and my children. i hope that i can get everything planted and happy. :)
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Old 03-10-2012, 02:10 AM   #26
 
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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?
can anyone answer my plant question? i have no idea when to break this off or if it breaks off it'self. it has roots atm and i don't want to miss it and have it die from not being planted :(
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Old 03-10-2012, 08:05 AM   #27
 
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I can't tell for sure what kind of plant it is. Could you provide the name ?
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Old 03-10-2012, 08:51 AM   #28
 
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i think it is a pygmy chain sword....prob broad leaf. sorry don't remember for sure what one it is :(
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:21 AM   #29
 
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I just looked it up and they say you should let the new plant get about half the size of the mother plant, then cut the runner.
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:32 AM   #30
 
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that is pretty big. wonder how long it takes?
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