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Old 05-19-2009, 12:31 PM   #21
 
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java moss will nearly halt that nitrate jump if you have a large enough clump if it. That's what i used with my 46 gallon. I cycled and near the end of it i planted all my plants. Never got a nitrate spike.

so i should just cycled my tank first then plant the java moss but cabomba and pearlweed shouldn't be a problem right?

And after a serious amount of consideration, i decided not to take the shortcut cause i want to learn from the very basic and the basic is always important. Imma take my time with the fish since this is a live and death situation here, i have to prove to my friend that i can raise guppies better than her. I will pick the tank up like in 4 hours from now after my final then imma go buy the pebbles and everything and hopefully cycling the tank tomorrow morning.
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Old 05-19-2009, 12:46 PM   #22
 
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By changing water weekly you mean every week i have to take out 80% of water in the tank and add in a new 80% of tap water right?
No, sorry I wasn't more clear.....once your tank has cycled, before you add fish, you will want to do a 80% water change to lower the high number of nitrates. Weekly water changes are generalyl 15-20%....keeping in mind always to dechlorinate the water before adding it to your tank.
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Old 05-19-2009, 12:50 PM   #23
 
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No, sorry I wasn't more clear.....once your tank has cycled, before you add fish, you will want to do a 80% water change to lower the high number of nitrates. Weekly water changes are generalyl 15-20%....keeping in mind always to dechlorinate the water before adding it to your tank.
how do i dechlorate it?
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Old 05-19-2009, 01:21 PM   #24
 
OMG!!! i didnt meant to double post but i found out that at petsmart, there is a product called cycle and it help you cycled faster. I read the review and it seem to work pretty good. XDDDDD so i probably try this out.

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Old 05-19-2009, 01:37 PM   #25
 
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how do i dechlorate it?
when you pick up your bottle of "cycle", which is a great product....pick up a bottle of dechlorinator. Prime by SeaChem is a great product as is Stress Coat by API....let us know how your shopping trip goes, don't forget a liquid test kit...
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Old 05-19-2009, 03:04 PM   #26
 
stress coat is very good. it will help in the future with injured fish. Another product by API called stress zyme will also help accelerate the cycling of your tank.
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Old 05-22-2009, 05:55 PM   #27
 
Ok, finally i done with my finals and stuff, it felt like forever. Anyway, i got the tank, and it is a 5 gallons tank. I was thinking of having 3 guppies (all male), 2 platy, and 2 shrimps. Imma plant the live plants and cycle the tank tomorrow once i get all the equipments after work. I will post a pic tomorrow if i have time. Also, is the plan out for the fish good?
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:15 PM   #28
 
platys grow to more than an inch and so do guppies. 3 guppies and 2 platys is overstocking. Also what kinf od shrimps? Ghost shrimp wont add much of a bioload at all but others do grow fairly big.
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Old 05-23-2009, 12:58 AM   #29
 
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platys grow to more than an inch and so do guppies. 3 guppies and 2 platys is overstocking. Also what kinf od shrimps? Ghost shrimp wont add much of a bioload at all but others do grow fairly big.

3 guppies, 2 ghost shrimps (if i can find em at my lfs) and 1 female betta?
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Old 05-23-2009, 08:16 AM   #30
 
my betta is 2 inches and still growing, i heard they can reach up to 3 so also pushing your limits. 3 guppies and 2 ghost shrimp would be a good amount for a 5 gallon tank. Unfortunately, 5 gallons are very limited. most 5 gallons vie seen usually house 1 betta and 1 apple snail or 1 betta and a couple of ghost shrimp. Also note, although it may be a bit cramped, if you really want to overstock, there are things u can do to make it work. stronger filtration and more surface agitation would allow you to have more fish than the incher per gallon rule. Just note that more surface agitation = less co2 in your water = bad for live plants.
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