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post #11 of 18 Old 12-18-2012, 10:16 AM
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Thanks to everyone for all the great tips! I can't wait to get my new 55 Gallon next week. I think waiting through the cycle period will be the longest time ever.
If you have live plants there will be no "cycling" to deal with. And the fish mentioned should have plants around them, they will be much more colourful and settled.

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post #12 of 18 Old 12-18-2012, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
So if I place live plants (which i planned on it) I won't have to cycle the tank?

My plan for the new 55 gallon is this...

1. Place the rinsed substrate and gravel in the tank and fill halfway with distilled water.

2. Introduce the appropriate additives (Water Conditioner and Bacteria) that will be provided with the
Marineland or TopFin starter kit

3. Place a piece of driftwood with Anubias Barteri attached to it. (Has been in my smaller tank for 6 months)

4. Acquire a few plants from what seems to be a Reputable Fish store near me and plant them in the tank.

5. Place all driftwood, rocks, caves and any other well cleaned decorations in the tank.

6. Fill the rest of the way with the remaining treated water.

(I also considered using the filter from my established tank with a used cartridge from my established tank on the new tank for the better part of a day. Is this a waste of time?)

(Steps 1 - 6 was planned on taking place over a weekend)


7. When the plants were purchased from the Fish Store. 2 Medium Scalare Angels are also to be ordered. Preferably Female, because the Angel I currently have I suspect is a Male.

8. Once the Angels arrive the tank should be cycled and all three will be introduced to their new habitat.

9. The following morning the Cory Cats will be introduced

10. The following morning the Ottos will be introduced

11. and finally ... a month or two later I planned on purchasing a group (6) of Diamond Tetras


any comments or suggestions are welcome

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So if I place live plants (which i planned on it) I won't have to cycle the tank?
Correct. And the plan outlined is fine. If any of the decor (wood, rock, plants) are coming from established tanks, don't rinse them off, as they will host bacteria. Just make sure the tank water is dechlorinated.

I myself wouldn't bother with the filter, I like to start filters on reset tanks from scratch with new or washed media.

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post #14 of 18 Old 12-20-2012, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
Byron,

Thanks for all your help with the numerous questions you've answered for me. I probably won't use the small filter I currently have and just put some of the decor straight into the tank to transfer the bacteria. That's essentially all I was trying to accomplish with the filter. However, there is a slight issue that has me wanting to clean one of the pieces of driftwood. This issue is planaria/nemotodes. At least this is what was speculated it is anyway (Some sort of Scattered Very Tiny White Dots). I've heard this is some kind of worm. At any rate, one of the pieces of driftwood was covered in it and was mostly cleaned a week ago. I would like to thoroughly clean this piece of driftwood before the new tank is established. What do you think?
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post #15 of 18 Old 12-20-2012, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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By the way, we seem to have gotten a little off topic. This thread was originally started for a quick diamond tetra question. I think i will start a thread for this new aquarium start up. That seems like it would be more appropriate.
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Byron,

Thanks for all your help with the numerous questions you've answered for me. I probably won't use the small filter I currently have and just put some of the decor straight into the tank to transfer the bacteria. That's essentially all I was trying to accomplish with the filter. However, there is a slight issue that has me wanting to clean one of the pieces of driftwood. This issue is planaria/nemotodes. At least this is what was speculated it is anyway (Some sort of Scattered Very Tiny White Dots). I've heard this is some kind of worm. At any rate, one of the pieces of driftwood was covered in it and was mostly cleaned a week ago. I would like to thoroughly clean this piece of driftwood before the new tank is established. What do you think?
Fine, if you can somehow boil the wood. That may not be sufficient of course. I've never had planaria or other worms, they are mainly harmless of course, said to be due to excessive food; are you sure this is what they are? Any chance of a photo?

And yes, I transfer wood and rock and plants without washing and bacteria hitches along for the ride.

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Vancouver, BC, Canada

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I posted a decent picture in the Thread I started about the tiny white dots. I'm not sure exactly what they are though. Someone stated they might be planaria.

You can see the pic I posted in the thread named "What are these Tiny White Dots" by VerdantGrotto
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I posted a decent picture in the Thread I started about the tiny white dots. I'm not sure exactly what they are though. Someone stated they might be planaria.

You can see the pic I posted in the thread named "What are these Tiny White Dots" by VerdantGrotto
I'm fairly certain that is not planaria; planaria move, they are flat and oblong.

As to what it is, I'm not sure, but I have had similar and ingnored it. Some suggested bits of food/particulate matter, etc. Wash the wood, but don't worry.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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