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post #11 of 18 Old 07-18-2011, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I appreciate all your help.

I got my play sand and it went in today, man is the tank cloudy. It was rinsed too. I have a Penguin Bio-Wheel on it now, but want to order the Hydor 40 sponge. I plan to do partial water changes daily and let the Penguin filter it til it's clearer then plant it. I don't have the 65w light over it yet. Not until I get it planted. Right now it has the standard hood light the tank came with.

Am I doing it right so far?
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post #12 of 18 Old 07-19-2011, 11:45 AM
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Thanks, I appreciate all your help.

I got my play sand and it went in today, man is the tank cloudy. It was rinsed too. I have a Penguin Bio-Wheel on it now, but want to order the Hydor 40 sponge. I plan to do partial water changes daily and let the Penguin filter it til it's clearer then plant it. I don't have the 65w light over it yet. Not until I get it planted. Right now it has the standard hood light the tank came with.

Am I doing it right so far?
I would plant it now, assuming you have the plants. As for the cloudiness, first, you need to rinse and rinse and rinse sand. Even so, when filled the tank will not be clear. It will settle out on its own.

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post #13 of 18 Old 07-19-2011, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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I only put anacharis in and am letting it float. I'll be ordering the plants from aquariumplants.com now. Here it is day 1 with just the play sand, wood and a few rocks. Very cloudy but I know that'll subside.



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when i put my play sand in, i didn't have any cloudiness, except a little during the first hour. but i rinsed the hell out of it.


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post #15 of 18 Old 07-20-2011, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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I rinsed it more, much clearer today. I am sure it'll be even clearer, brighter when I put my Coralife over it. RIght now I just have the standard hood on it.

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post #16 of 18 Old 07-20-2011, 03:52 PM
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Mine was more clear then your last photo when I filled it. I made a bowl out of aluminum foil and poured the water into it. It floated on the top of the water mostly so made almost no impact on the sand underneath.

I also rinsed the sand for what seemed like an hour. When the bucket wasn't cloudy I removed the sand and started it over again with another 2-3 pounds.

Looks nice.
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post #17 of 18 Old 07-20-2011, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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I used the bucket method of filling the water above the sand then swirling my arm around in it, poured the dirty water out then repeated that about um...I think maybe 20 times. After that I could swirl the sand around and the water stayed clear. I give it a few more water changes til it's crystal. I hope.
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PMDD also has all nutrients in them, and should be fine. PMDD has all nutrients, as does flourish comprehensive.

The excel might kill the vals, but you could always dose half as much.I use excel sometimes, but I'm not sure how well it works.

You might need some root tabs for the rooted plants. You can make your own if you know someone who makes pottery, and can get you red clay. Dry the clay, and grind it into a powder. Make sure it is as dry as possible. Then mix 1 cup water and 2 TBSP liquid fert. (like flourish or PMDD) Pour it into the clay, and form them into balls about as big as a nickel. You can actually make them whatever shape you want.

When they dry, you're finished. Some people like to get fancy and mix a second batch of clay, dry and powder it, add gelatin, and roll the moist nutrient balls around in it to help them hold their shape.

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