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post #21 of 25 Old 02-01-2012, 12:02 PM
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With those fixtures and 6500K lamps (the stock lamps probably aren't enough), you can grow most low-light plants. Water Sprite is your first choice in this situation- get the functional stuff going first, decorate second. But before we change your lamps, what does it say on the bulb? If its not 6500K or close, its pretty inexpensive to grab some 6500K s from a big chain hardware store like Lowe's or Home Depot.

Its hard to tell from the pix, and I'm def not the best plant IDer... but it looks like maybe 2 Italian Val (vallisneria spiralis) (but possibly sag or even mondo grass) and some kind of sword? If you post close ups, someone can help you ID them. What store did you get them from? Were the little grassy plants sold in tubes from a display rack? Or did the plants come from an aquarium? But, whatever they are, it isn't enough to put a dent in your cycle. Floaters are the best for this- either true floating plants or stem plants that are left to float. The idea is to get a plant that's not rooted in the substrate (and not a root-feeder), and is very quick growing, so that it will suck up ammonia, etc, from the water. The quicker it grows, the quicker it sucks up the bad juju.

The two angels may be a problem. Scalare Angelfish do best in either a breeding pair or in groups of 5 or more. You can click the shaded name to find out why, and more.

You're livebearers require harder, basic water and your tetras/Angels require softer, acidic water. So there's some discrepancy there. Do you know your parameters?

At this point you should be testing at least every day. With your water quality now (all three values being too high), I would test after a 50% change to see if you need another 50% WC back to back. You have a lot of stock in a new tank, and its going to be hard work to get your fish through this. I'm glad you got a Python water changer!

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post #22 of 25 Old 02-01-2012, 12:04 PM
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Almost forgot- I love that your cats love the tank! At my house, I call the aquariums the "kitty T.V.s".

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post #23 of 25 Old 02-06-2012, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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Almost forgot- I love that your cats love the tank! At my house, I call the aquariums the "kitty T.V.s".
They love the tank, they will just sit there and watch the fish swim around. :)

I was finally able to get to a store and get some plants. I went to a store here in the valley who's specialty is planted aquariums and took my light in with them. With the light and substrate that I have they recommended some plants. I also got some floating plants to help. I will post some pictures in a few minutes.
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post #24 of 25 Old 02-06-2012, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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Here are some updated pictues with the new plant additions. I will be doing another water change tonight. I have been able to get the ammonia level to 0 and the nitrate and nitrite levels are dropping. Still need to work on the PH level and get it down. Any reccomedations?
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post #25 of 25 Old 02-06-2012, 10:14 AM
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Leave your PH alone, don't worry about it. mine sits at 8.2 and with my mollies and swordtails, which are both live bearers, I have an ongoing supply of babies that I can sell back to my LFS. You can sometimes move the PH naturally with adding certain pieces of Drift wood I think but I'm not sure... I make NO effort to change mine. Its too dangerous as messing with it can make the whole tank crash and kill everything. Again there is a science to this part.... but if you tap water is 7.6 then every waterchange becomes a battle and will cause fluctuations that are dangerous and stressful. You are getting thru your cycle, enjoy!!

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