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post #41 of 102 Old 12-11-2010, 03:22 PM
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If it's not too late, I'm totally partial to soil. Despite what some believe, with those huge swords, soil should be painless.

Only problem, is breaking it down to put garden soil (about 1 inch) under the gravel.
Advantage is that if you can find some anarchis, you can add a platy the day you set it up. :)

There's a link in my sig if you're interested.

If soil sounds complicated, that's okay, but you'll need to get root tabs at least for the swords... they are very greedy plants.

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post #42 of 102 Old 12-11-2010, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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is it a problem that i've put the filter a cm or 2 behind the plants?
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post #43 of 102 Old 12-11-2010, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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honestly, I'd be a bit nervous adding soil, but if it will help in the long run, that i dont mind trying. Do i need special plant food for those plants then?
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post #44 of 102 Old 12-12-2010, 04:50 AM Thread Starter
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ok, I dont know if it's normal or not at this stage, but the water is looking just a little cloudy. do i need to water change already, and if so do i need to add more Tapsafe to it, and more filter start?
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post #45 of 102 Old 12-12-2010, 04:52 AM
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It may be you didnt wash your gravel enough.. I didnt so my tank looked a lil cloudy for a few days.. Or it could be a bacterial bloom..

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post #46 of 102 Old 12-12-2010, 05:05 AM Thread Starter
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I used a siv to rinse the gravel in handfulls being as thorough as possible, and when I put the water in, it was all clear. I did use 2 pipettes of filter start, so could that be it? And is a bacteria bloom a good thing?
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post #47 of 102 Old 12-12-2010, 05:06 AM
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Bacteria blooms are good its showing that the cycling process is happening..

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post #48 of 102 Old 12-12-2010, 05:11 AM Thread Starter
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Ok cool, thats good then. So will it go back to being clear again, or do I need water polish?
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post #49 of 102 Old 12-12-2010, 05:17 AM
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Is water polish some sort of chemical to put in?? Refrain from using any chemical to fix a problem.. Levae it for a day or 2 and if its still cloudy do a 20%water change..

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post #50 of 102 Old 12-12-2010, 06:00 AM Thread Starter
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Yeh, its a chemical. It helps give the water a clear fresh look. But il do as you suggested and leave it.
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