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Old 12-29-2012, 06:37 PM   #11
 
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At that point it had been about two hours. I only hav eon heater and I was using it to try and get the water in the tank warmer, as the water coming in from the garden hose was quite cold. To keep the fish as warm and comfortable as possible I kept the lid on the tub (and also kind of to keep my cats out, they don't understand why they can't play with the fishes) and threw a towel over the gourami bucket.

Now, I had the tank filling slowly so as not to disturb the sand, so I decided to go through the other things that I ordered along with the sand. One of these things was granule fish food, which as you can see ended up being pretty smashed up. That was a pretty big disappointment.

Also, I went down to the lake today to collect some more Narrow Leaf Ludwigia, and stumbled upon this plant. Not sure what it is, all I know is it looks cool and apparently propagates through runners. No wonder it was a pain to uproot.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:52 PM   #12
 
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So while the tank was filling I started pouring in a few gallons worth of the tank water just to help bump up the temperature and also fill the tank faster. By the time the tank is full of water the fish have been in buckets about 3 hours. I wasn't too worried about the Gourami since they breathe air but I was really getting worried for the Harlequins and Rasboras.

I waited a few minutes longer for the temp to bump up a bit, but it's still a few degrees below what they're used to, although the water in their buckets has definitely started cooling now. So I take the risk and put two Harlequins in the tank and observe them for a bit. Besides being timid I didn't see any other negative signs. So in goes the rest of the fish. Of course the male gourami had to almost jump the bucket during the process, though

The tank was cloudier than I'd hoped but not as cloudy as I feared. I really do love the sand, my only complaint is this white/grey 'silt', which I think is the settled 'oozey cloud'. If that makes sense.

I'm honestly really loving how it's set up now, although I'm thinking about adding another piece or two of driftwood. I may also add oak leaves again depending if my loaches are have enough hidey holes or not.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:53 PM   #13
 
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The tank is still pretty cloudy but it's definately not nearly as bad as I thought it might be. I'm pretty surprised at that, considering that the sand is very soft and light.

Hopefully it will clear up by tomorrow and I can get a full tank shot :D
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:54 PM   #14
 
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Hope so! looking forward to how that black sand looks - espec after a bit of use to see if it really does get super dirty looking as i've heard!

Looking good so far though jen and hoping its cleared nicely for you tomorrow!
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:57 AM   #15
 
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Well it's morning now and while the tank isn't 100% clear, it has definitely cleared up a lot. Now it's just a vague fuzziness. All the fish survived and are exploring the new environment. I'm surprised that the Kuhli loaches are still out and about, the tank light has been on for over an hour. I'm a bit worried that thye don't have enough places to hide so I'm going to add in a few oak leaves behind the large stood up piece of driftwood.

Still trying to work it out in my head how I'm going to get mulm off the substrate...

Other than that though, I'm just madly in love with the sand. It looks so natural, and it really complements the driftwood and the plants, especially the bright green wisteria and aponogeton.

I'm going to do my liquid fertilizer today, but I think I'm going to hold off on feeding for two days, just in case. I'm also going to be testing the water today, to check the parameters. More to come later, along with pics of the much less cloudy tank!

(Also I'm so excited I finally started a thread. I hope I can keep up with regular posting and that people start to follow. Thanks so much for all your interest Nilet!)
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:28 AM   #16
 
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It's no problem! I've enjoyed following it and seeing these pictures as you've gone through the process!! Keep up the good work! And keep us tuned in!
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:19 PM   #17
 
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Well I noticed when I went to put the leaves in and one brushed the sand, it released some cloudiness and a ton of bubbles. Not sure if that will always happen, but I can tell that adding or moving plants may be a bit of a process. It's not a big deal for me but I think it would probably bother a lot of people.

Anyways, the test results are in!

Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 5ppm-10ppm (going to keep testing that to make sure it stays low)
PH - 7.6. A lot higher than I would like, I like mine below 7. This is probably because I refilled almost all of it with tap water (PH of 7.6). I'm going to monitor this to see if it drops soon. So far the fish are doing well, no one (from what I can visibly see) is stressed or acting odd. The Harlequins are schooling a bit tighter but I think that's mostly do to the 'new' environment.

Also, on another note, I'm looking in to added some MTS to stir up the sand and keep it 'fresh'. Although I'm wondering if that would just cause a bunch of cloudiness from them moving around...I'm still trying to decide if it's a good idea or not.

Pictures! You can see where I added leaves to make the loaches more comfortable.
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:24 PM   #18
 
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I forgot to mention, the PH in the tank is /usually/ 6.8 or so, because the GH and KH in my water are so low, plus the driftwood/plants/leaves. The PH /should/ slowly decline over the next few days. It's just a waiting game, right now.

On another note, I'm thinking about adding another piece of driftwood in front of the ludwigia, diagonal to the smaller piece. Any thoughts about that? Or the current set up?

I'm also going to add more anacharis and ludwigia to that corner if it does well there. The ludwigia was getting leggy before the switch, but I think where is was, the driftwood was casting a shadow. But maybe my light isn't bright enough. We'll see :D
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:27 PM   #19
 
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I'm also hoping a few pond snails survived the change, I really liked them in there.
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:40 PM   #20
 
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I'm also hoping a few pond snails survived the change, I really liked them in there.
You cant get rid of pond snails that easily.
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