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Old 07-21-2012, 03:36 PM   #41
 
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The guy at my LFS told me not to worry about that yet as I am still cycling the tank right should i get some later down the road like a month after it is done cycling?
If you intend to have plants then I would really recommend having some type of supplement for them. I agree with Byron's suggestion in regards to seachem flourish. I have been using this product twice a week for a while now and I have only seen improvements from it.

Of course if you are going to cycle your tank plant-less then none of that is necessary.

Some hardy plants that I used in my 20G are below, I enjoy them but it all really depends on your personal preference :)

Spiralis (Very messy when moving, adding, removing though. But they look great!)
Anacharis (Floater, one of my favorites)
Java Fern/Moss (Love both, the moss is a great addition to Decor)
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Old 07-21-2012, 03:44 PM   #42
 
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What kind of substrate is that? Gravel might be hard on the cories.
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Old 07-21-2012, 04:45 PM   #43
 
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The guy at my LFS told me not to worry about that yet as I am still cycling the tank right should i get some later down the road like a month after it is done cycling?
I've heard this advice previously, and I don't agree with it. Plants need food--nutrients. And in new tanks these are non-existant so it is even more important to provide them. A comprehensive liquid is sufficient.

Also, remember we are technically not "cycling" the tank, we are setting it up on day one and going from there, so the sooner we get all the biological processes working together, the better.
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Old 07-21-2012, 06:56 PM   #44
 
Bright White gravel made by topfin in hindsight I would have got something different but to late now I guess maybe later down the road when I have the time and money I will get something else but until then I am stuck with it.

And Byron I will pick some up on Monday as my LFS is closed until then thanks for the help will post new pics with my new plants added in.

I also got another piece of drift wood and when you see the pics tell me if I should add it i dont think there is room for it.
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Old 07-21-2012, 07:04 PM   #45
 
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Bright White gravel made by topfin in hindsight I would have got something different but to late now I guess maybe later down the road when I have the time and money I will get something else but until then I am stuck with it.

And Byron I will pick some up on Monday as my LFS is closed until then thanks for the help will post new pics with my new plants added in.

I also got another piece of drift wood and when you see the pics tell me if I should add it i dont think there is room for it.
Make sure the "white" gravel isn't calcareous, which will raise GH and pH; it should say this on the bag. If you want to change, now is the time to do it; tearing down a tank that has established to change the substrate is more work than changing now. And for something inexpensive, use play sand. I have 5, soon to be 6, tanks with Quikrete Play Sand. A few dollars for a 50 pound bag.
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Old 07-23-2012, 03:18 PM   #46
 
So I tested my water and everything is fine I am about to add my two new kribs in there in 20 mins
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Old 07-23-2012, 03:34 PM   #47
 
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Fine in what sense? what are the readings?
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:13 PM   #48
 
idk my LFS tested the water for me they didnt give me the readings but said everything was where it needs to be to put fish in
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:21 PM   #49
 
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idk my LFS tested the water for me they didnt give me the readings but said everything was where it needs to be to put fish in
Not saying anything is necessarily wrong here, but for the future so you know--always ask them for numbers. If there should be a problem here, and you asked us for advice, without those numbers we would be unable to offer any. What is "fine" to the store employee might not be to me, or Tazman, or whomever.

And it is worth the investment to get yourself a basic test kit. API make a "Master" liquid kit (more reliable than test strips) that includes tests for pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. These are the basic tests you want to be doing initially, and once the tank is both cycled and established, periodic tests for pH and nitrates is wise.
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:58 PM   #50
 
ok will do I will get a testing kit asap and post the numbers
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