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Old 11-23-2011, 08:05 PM   #11
 
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Welcome I like your tank. What are your ph and hardness that may help with fish suggestions for your tank. You could make a nano fish tank with fish that stay small one of my favorites that I have are ember tetra they are a very pretty red color, and pygmy corys, or dwarf corys. Also if you like the tall fake plants you have along the back of your tank I believe the name of the real ones are Cabomba, and the one on the left front looks like it would be a Vallisneria Americana var Biwanesis that way if you want to replace the fake ones with real ones that look the same you know what to look for. ; ) The plants would really help your cycle along and if you get enough plants they will automatically cycle the tank for you.
I was just reading up on Byron's plant sticky's and I will be doing a planted tank. What sucks is the sources where I live at are limited for aquariums. Can I plant the whole tank at once? If so I would love to do that. I could drop the stone bubbler and take out the carbon bag in my filter. Man, I have allot of reading to do.

Oh, forgot. After 3 days of running the tank is at .25ppm right now of NH3. I need to get a PH tester as well (forgot to get it today).
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Old 11-23-2011, 08:21 PM   #12
 
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Yes you can put all the plants in at once if you do that you could add a few small fish at the same time because the plants will absorb the ammonia produced by the fish. Do you ever shop online? There are lots of great places online that you can order plants from and it would be cheaper than buying from the stores.
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Old 11-24-2011, 05:14 AM   #13
 
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Yes you can put all the plants in at once if you do that you could add a few small fish at the same time because the plants will absorb the ammonia produced by the fish. Do you ever shop online? There are lots of great places online that you can order plants from and it would be cheaper than buying from the stores.
Could you give me those sites please? I think I would rather order the plants from a place that knows plants rather than a big-box store.
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:45 AM   #14
 
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Yeah, I had to re-think what I wanted for this tank. I'll look through the profiles and see what would suit my tank size. I have allot of plastic plants now but I have allot of mid-upper open space in the tank. I'll take a pic of it later and post my setup. I do still have a few questions though: I have an Aqua clear 20 for primary filtration (foam, carbon and ceramic pellets) but I was thinking of adding my second spare 20 with just ceramic pellets for more bacteria surface area. Would this help with overall filtration? I do not have an UGF yet, but the tank is well aerated with a 3" stone. I am running the tank for the easiest water conditions and a temp around 75-78f, but I can adjust that with the heater setting. Ambient in the house is always about 68-74 year round as well.
I have an Aquaclear filter. The nice thing about those filters as you can choose what media you want in the basket. Most on this site, don't recommend or use carbon. Apparently, it is only good for a short time, and is used to remove medication from water. Instead, I would totally agree with you in putting in more ceramic chips or another foam pad, to provide more surface area for good bacteria. Tank looks pretty. Rocks that size are real traps for food to fall below and possibly cause problems with water parameters. You'll have to be careful not to overfeed. With a good syphon vacuum, you can get down in the rocks and suck up debris. A sinking wafer can be used in fishless cycling. Won't hurt to throw one in, IMO.

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Old 11-24-2011, 08:43 AM   #15
 
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Lets see there are four that I have used the best one in my opinion is Mikeswetpets on www.aquabid.com, then there is www.sweetaquatics,com they have good prices but sometimes it takes them a while to ship your order, and www.aquariumplants.com, and then www.theplantedtank.com also has alot of good deals in thier classified section.
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:25 AM   #16
 
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Cryptocoryne, parva, Ludwigia, Broad Leaf (Ludwigia repens), Anubias, Nana (Anubias barteri v. Nana), Glossostigma (Glossostigma elatinoides)(grown in pots)(top quality), Cryptocoryne, Wendtii Red Giant (Cryptocoryne wendtii), Dwarf Lily (Nymphaea stellata)

These are the plants I am thinking about. I read up on the plant in a 10gal tank in the plants section and I think these would be nice. I plan on getting tetras, cory's and red cherry shrimp. If I have all of these in a well planted tank, then I will be very happy.
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:32 AM   #17
 
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The only one I might rethink is the Glossostigma it is a high light plant while the others are low to mod light plants.
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:47 AM   #18
 
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The only one I might rethink is the Glossostigma it is a high light plant while the others are low to mod light plants.
Ok, will do. I will get a couple more Marimo anyway so no biggie.
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:51 AM   #19
 
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The shrimp will love the moss balls. ; )
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Old 11-24-2011, 10:36 AM   #20
 
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Now I am looking at my 5gal tank for a shrimptank, and since I will be ordering plants for the 15 I will get a couple extra for the 5 as well. All I need to get is coarse sand/small pebbles and a sponge filter. And of course the shrimp.
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