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  1. Oldfishlady
    09-01-2010 09:55 AM - permalink
    Oldfishlady
    It will settle in time, I just found that if I do it this way I can get clear water in less than 24h.....

    You got to be really careful putting water in the tank and this can be hard...lol.....I have made lots of messes because I was not careful enough and disrupted the soil bed and one I didn't get all the perilite out and that stuff floats and looks ugly..lol...doesn't hurt anything...just looks bad
    And even when you are careful you can still get some soil in the water column that you have to net out for several months sometimes......
  2. weluvbettas
    09-01-2010 09:48 AM - permalink
    weluvbettas
    ok i will empty the tank the and try again . will it eventullay settle down? all i did was put the soil in then the sand on top. I know now that i have done it wrong.
  3. Oldfishlady
    09-01-2010 09:45 AM - permalink
    Oldfishlady
    Yes, when I first set up a NPT-I add the soil and then just cover the soil with a little water and then add the sand cap-I don't rinse the sand-so it goes in dry, I then add enough water to an inch above the sand and then plant. I then fill up careful not to disrupt the soil/sand....and then I siphon about half the water off and replace a couple of times and then let things settle a bit and then I turn a filter on and add fish if the temp is stable.

    At this point I would siphon half the water and re-fill and repeat until mostly clear
    Have you planted it, if not, siphon most of the water and plant first and then make the back to back water only changes
  4. weluvbettas
    09-01-2010 09:03 AM - permalink
    weluvbettas
    the tank has been filled but its so murky you cant see into it. is that normal? or bad?
  5. Oldfishlady
    08-30-2010 04:44 PM - permalink
    Oldfishlady
    As posted earlier, go to an aquatic plant site (sweet aquatic is a good one) and look for "bunch plants" and see what you like and read about them.
    This will help you learn more about plants.
  6. weluvbettas
    08-30-2010 04:07 PM - permalink
    weluvbettas
    what fast growing stem plants do you reccomend?
  7. Oldfishlady
    08-30-2010 03:56 PM - permalink
    Oldfishlady
    More sword won't work, too slow growing, you need fast growing stem plants for water safety reasons for the sake of the Betta.
  8. weluvbettas
    08-30-2010 01:00 PM - permalink
    weluvbettas
    ok wot about i will get more swords does it matter if there crammed toghther ??
  9. Oldfishlady
    08-30-2010 12:41 PM - permalink
    Oldfishlady
    I would get any type of stem plant-they are usually sold in bunches of 6-10 stems, lots to pick from, sword and marimo balls will not be enough to make a soil based tank fish safe
    Here is a link for you to look at some stem plants and to get names of what appeals to you...okay it won't let me post a link..so google sweet aquatics or any aquatic plant site and look at the plants and read more about them

    Remember you need at least 80+% of the floor planted in stem plants with soil based tanks to start, some can be removed later as the tank matures.
  10. weluvbettas
    08-30-2010 11:02 AM - permalink
    weluvbettas
    ok what other plants do you recomend i plan to have two amazon swords at the back two marimo moss balls in the front and a rock in the middle what other plants can i have round the rock

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