08-28-2013, 11:13 AM
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Yeah, once I got it actually in the tank and capped, it was fine but for a few big chunks I netted out, it was the initial rinsing/soaking that left me cursing at everything in earshot because it just wouldn't friggin settle in the bucket.
once everything was in the tank and layered, it was fine, until my brother started helping me fill the tank and managed to drill straight down back into the peat layer, the moron. XP We got it fixed eventually, and I'm sure a couple of water changes will clear up the very last of the cloudiness.
That's good to hear Olympia! I didn't see any stringy poo today, so hopefuly either you're right and it's just the stress, or the meds worked pretty darn fast. either way, it's looking up. The platys still won't swarm the top of the tank when I feed, which is strange, but perhaps normal? The flag fish seem to prefer nibbling the plants to flake food, so I think I'll start feeding them blanched greens, and the others don't notice food at all until it starts to sink :/ I don't actually know how much they're eating right now, but they certainly don't seem very hungry...
Maybe I'm just still making comparisons to the horrid tank I had when I was a kid with no internet.
This isn't technically my first planted tank XD just my first natural planted tank. my very first planted tank is my 5 gallon betta tank; I used eco complete and just sorta stuffed it full of a bit of everything. it's got one heck of an algae problem, and I'm beginning to wonder if I shouldn't move all the plants over to the new tank just to let the flag fish clean them off.