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Hey everyone, thank you all again for your responses. I am currently contemplating my next steps, as it seems I am not as prepared for this endeavor as I would have liked. I am considering purchasing two new double flourescent fixtures to make it easier on myself, or ordering one more 36" single light and using the timers as Byron suggested so I can have the correct amount of light all the time.

I am also starting to grow worried about the existence of plants which some of the fish I have been thinking of keeping in this tank. My potential stocking list is:

4 blood parrots (about 4 inches each now)
2 Angelfish (2 inches each now)
11 Neon Tetras (Will remove them when other fish get bigger or will get rid of other fish and restart)
Iridescent Shark
Sailfin Pleco
Some Corys

Does anyone know if any of these fish will simply not work with the plants I have discussed? I am talking most about Swords, Vals, Java Fern and Moss, Brazilian Pennywort, Annubias, or whatever else I decide on. I have a lot of these fish in various tanks around my house already and were planning on combining them into this 125; does anyone think this will be a problem?

If not I will probably go ahead and start this set-up.

Again, all input is appreciated. Since Petco sent me the wrong substrate I have returned it and am planning on a new order but if it is not going to be planted I figure there is no reason to go for the more expensive EcoComplete.

One last question: if I use EcoComplete as a substrate and decide not to plant it for the moment, will it lose its nutrients for the plants if I were to decide to use it in the future? Or does it always contain these nutrients somehow (I doubt this).

Once again thanks for all of your help.


Best,

Alex
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Hey everyone, thank you all again for your responses. I am currently contemplating my next steps, as it seems I am not as prepared for this endeavor as I would have liked. I am considering purchasing two new double flourescent fixtures to make it easier on myself, or ordering one more 36" single light and using the timers as Byron suggested so I can have the correct amount of light all the time.

I am also starting to grow worried about the existence of plants which some of the fish I have been thinking of keeping in this tank. My potential stocking list is:

4 blood parrots (about 4 inches each now)
2 Angelfish (2 inches each now)
11 Neon Tetras (Will remove them when other fish get bigger or will get rid of other fish and restart)
Iridescent Shark
Sailfin Pleco
Some Corys

Does anyone know if any of these fish will simply not work with the plants I have discussed? I am talking most about Swords, Vals, Java Fern and Moss, Brazilian Pennywort, Annubias, or whatever else I decide on. I have a lot of these fish in various tanks around my house already and were planning on combining them into this 125; does anyone think this will be a problem?

If not I will probably go ahead and start this set-up.

Again, all input is appreciated. Since Petco sent me the wrong substrate I have returned it and am planning on a new order but if it is not going to be planted I figure there is no reason to go for the more expensive EcoComplete.

One last question: if I use EcoComplete as a substrate and decide not to plant it for the moment, will it lose its nutrients for the plants if I were to decide to use it in the future? Or does it always contain these nutrients somehow (I doubt this).

Once again thanks for all of your help.


Best,

Alex
I believe the Parrots dig, and need soft substrate. I would not use Eco-complete with them (too rough), plus plants will likely be dug up. Java Fern, Anubias and Java Moss attached to rock or wood would work.

Angels like plants, so there's an issue. The more plants the better.

The manufacturers of enriched substrates say they only release nutrients slowly in combination with plants and bacteria. I can't confirm or deny this claim. But it would tend to make me think the substrate wil not expire in the bag. It is I think a clay-base substance.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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