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post #11 of 19 Old 01-10-2008, 05:17 PM
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It is so nice.

You are using sand for a substrate, correct? What kind is it, and where did you get it?
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post #12 of 19 Old 01-10-2008, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Willow, thanks for the comment. I call it my little gem.

Cody, It's play sand I got from Home Depot for under $5 for a 50 lb bag (I still have half the bag left). I had to rinse it really well but it didn't cloud up at all when I put it in the tank.

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Willow, thanks for the comment. I call it my little gem.

Cody, It's play sand I got from Home Depot for under $5 for a 50 lb bag (I still have half the bag left). I had to rinse it really well but it didn't cloud up at all when I put it in the tank.
Wow, that is a pretty good price. $5 for a 50lb. :)

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Na, not too bad. I was able to wrestle it out of my car. I used a 5 gallon bucket and filled it half way with sand to rinse. Just had to make sure to do it outside in case I spilled it! lol

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post #15 of 19 Old 01-16-2008, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Wells here's a little update...
It appears I was a little hasty putting the driftwood in before it was fully soaked. My water was getting so dark and tannin stained. So, as much as I love that piece of wood I've taken it out and it is back in the 5 gallon bucket for some more soaking. This time I'm going to leave it for a couple weeks. I do plan to put it back in.

Meanwhile the anacharis has grown and is sending out some kind of long, thin stringlike roots maybe? They hang down from about halfway up the plant. The other plants are slow growers and haven't changed much except I've noticed the crypts have tiny baby leaves sprouting up from the sand. Also, my snail seems to have taken a liking to the crypts and a few of the leaves are munched on. But he leaves the other plants alone.

Today I added 3 more Harlequins.

Here's how the tank looks now (before the addition of the new fish).








You can see the water is still quite stained. A few more water changes should clear it up. I debated to put carbon back in to help clear it up but will this take the nutrients away from the plants? I've been using Flourish once a week.

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post #16 of 19 Old 01-17-2008, 10:03 AM
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it still looks pretty. :)
the stringy things should be roots and nothing to worry about.
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post #17 of 19 Old 01-17-2008, 05:42 PM
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At least you added rocks there. :)

Hope you can get the Driftwood to act better.
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post #18 of 19 Old 01-18-2008, 09:52 PM
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No go ahead and put the carbon in. I've had a planted tank for 2 years now and before I changed tanks I was pulling the pants out and giving them away. No co2, just used Forabase, http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...82&pcatid=4882. I added Flourish maybe 2x in 2 years. I'm just now really thinking about pulling the carbon out, I know I really don't need it, it's just in my head that it's SUPPOSE to be in a fish tank. I''m still trying to get that out of my head!

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post #19 of 19 Old 01-20-2008, 01:48 AM Thread Starter
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I've since done a couple water changes and the water is nice and clear again so i think I'll leave the carbon out.

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