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Old 04-29-2013, 08:26 AM   #11
 
Nice looking tank, i am pretty new to this fish thing but i waited a month of cycling before adding any fish, and that was in a well planted tank. Have lost some guppies to bullying but not ammonia.
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:53 AM   #12
 
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WOOOOO!! day 3 with neons, so far so good! They are still going strong, looking healthy and are starting to relax are not schooling as close together as the first 2 days.

Oh and I was just wondering how often I should be doing water changes for the first few weeks. I know weekly water changes are required once tank is established but how often for now?
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:15 PM   #13
 
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I'd be doing daily WCs of about 50%, with fish-in cycle, to keep ammonia/nitrite levels down. Do you have any live plants? They will help keep the tank more comfortable for the fish by removing some ammonia :)
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:02 AM   #14
 
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:12 PM   #15
 
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Tomorrow will be a week since adding neons, so far all are happy and healthy! fingers crossed tomorrow we will be adding 3 more to their little group.

Also tank is not planted. I only have a Reflector FluroGlow light are there any easy to care for plants I could have under this type of light? Something that I wouldn't need to re-lay the sand.

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Old 05-04-2013, 03:58 AM   #16
 
You could get some floating plants, then no need to do anything with your sand, also if you have guppies again they like floating plants.

My tank is planted and i do 20% water change once a week, and 50% water change every couple of months, i don't seem to have any water issues and have not lost any fish for a few months.
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:30 AM   #17
 
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You could get some floating plants, then no need to do anything with your sand, also if you have guppies again they like floating plants.
Any particular type?

What's java moss or java fern like? I have an ugly bit of wood that someone gave me from their old tank, but it was ugly so I just chucked it in a box in the spare room. But it may look nice covered in a plant of some kind.

I would need something that didn't need alot of maintenance and could survive under an 8 watt Fluro bulb.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:10 AM   #18
 
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You'll need to switch out your bulb for a full spectrum one to support plant growth. It may be already. . .

Java moss and Java fern both do great under lower lighting, and are really easy plants for a beginner. They both grow attached to things, like rocks, driftwood, and decorations - ugly wood tends to get a new life with a bit of fluffy moss growing on it - it's worth a try, for sure!

Floating plants. . . well, you can't kill duckweed, but it will take over, lol. WaterSprite, Frogbit, Riccia. . . there are really a lot of options to look into in the floating plant category. :)
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Old 05-04-2013, 04:33 PM   #19
 
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You'll need to switch out your bulb for a full spectrum one to support plant growth. It may be already. . .
The bulb says it's an aquaRed, so I'm guessing it's not full spectrum.

My husband is quite into gardening and used it for tomatoes in his indoor vege garden last winter, he says it's fine for plant growth. But I will be purchasing a full spectrum light in the near future as winter is coming and hubby will want it back to get the vege garden up and running again.
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Old 05-05-2013, 02:58 AM   #20
 
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Any ideas for what to do with this piece of wood? It has been boiling/soaking all day.

Best Position?
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Upright?

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Lying down?
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