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Old 06-11-2012, 06:16 PM   #11
 
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That looks very good Chris, nothing wrong with light or plants. Now the big question, how long as this tank been set up like this?
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:50 PM   #12
 
Oh man I've kind of lost track of time. I would say about 6 weeks now, why do you ask?
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:58 PM   #13
 
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if your going for the natural look you might be better off swapping out your gravel or putting a thin layer of a darker substrate over that blue if you dont want to shock the plants, seems to me that would go a long way to giving you that natural feel
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Old 06-11-2012, 07:17 PM   #14
 
I know it's the blue gravel now. It was left over from our wedding center pieces and I was just trying to save a bit of money! If I could do it again I would use different substrate!
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:14 PM   #15
 
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I know it's the blue gravel now. It was left over from our wedding center pieces and I was just trying to save a bit of money! If I could do it again I would use different substrate!
Let the tank settle for a bit, but yes I would change the substrate; I know from my own experience that not being satisfied with the substrate will always cause you to think the tank isn't really working. I've been there. And for inexpensive, nothing beats a bag of play sand, Quikrete Play Sand from Home Depot or Lowe's. I have it in 5 of 7 tanks now, and it will likely be in the other two before this year ends. A bag of 25kg is about $7 or $8, and you'll have some left over which is good.

I asked about the 6 weeks because the plants look good to me, and if you had put this together a couple days ago... but six weeks is time for things to show up, so I think it's fine.

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Old 06-11-2012, 08:49 PM   #16
 
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If you can find a leslies pool center near you they have 50lb bags for $8 and their sand is extremely clean, barely have to rinss it and it'll never stir up a dust cloud.. Only downfall is its a very light tan sand so it might stress some fish out if you dont mix some darker sands with it
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:57 AM   #17
 
If I was to change the substrate would'nt I lose alot for my BB? And have to start the cycle over again, and how would you do this with out causing to much stress to the fish? Would'nt I have to take everything out of the tank?
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:15 AM   #18
 
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If I was to change the substrate would'nt I lose alot for my BB? And have to start the cycle over again, and how would you do this with out causing to much stress to the fish? Would'nt I have to take everything out of the tank?
Yes you have to take out all the fish and plants and wood/rock; a spare 20g is a good thing to have on hand. And changing the substrate does affect bacteria, though more the "other" bacteria in the substrate rather than the nitrifying bacteria which is also in the filter and with plants not really an issue anyway.

I've done this so often I have it down to an art.
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Old 06-16-2012, 01:42 AM   #19
 
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I do actually. I have a smaller marineland LED light on my 29 gallon planted tank. It says that this light is not great for growing plants, but I have had more success with this light then my T8 lighting and Clamp lighting on my other tanks.
Click the link in my signature to a youtube video of the tank if you want to see how well the plants are growing.
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