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  1. weluvbettas
    08-30-2010 01:00 PM - permalink
    weluvbettas
    ok wot about i will get more swords does it matter if there crammed toghther ??
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Oldfishlady
    08-30-2010 09:47 AM - permalink
    Oldfishlady
    No, you don't need CO2
    Yes, stem plants that you plant in the soil
    the stem plant is what will halp make the water safe for the fish while the soil is starting its emersed life, it can get toxic during this time and you will need to make daily to weekly water changes until the soil is stable and the stem plants start to actively grow and this can take a week for the plants to start to actively grow and 1-2 months for the soil to start its emersed life.
    Once planted and the water clears it is safe to add the fish as long as you make the needed water changes until the tank is stable.
  5. weluvbettas
    08-30-2010 09:41 AM - permalink
    weluvbettas
    thanks do you mean have many stem plants in? i was looking on theplanted tank website and whats co2 and do i need it? i was planning to plant the tank and add the fish straight away because the fish was all ready living in the tank before i wasnted to plant it.
  6. Oldfishlady
    08-30-2010 09:06 AM - permalink
    Oldfishlady
    Your welcome weluvbettas, the bulb sounds fine, make sure you have plenty of stem plants in the soil based tank before you put any fish in it and monitor the water and the fish itself for changes.
    It is hard to say if the plants are safe or not without know what kind they are, but most are safe IME-rinse well before use.
    Good luck...
  7. weluvbettas
    08-30-2010 03:32 AM - permalink
    weluvbettas
    I think the plants are just pond weed. oh i forgot to to tell you they were outside for 2 weeks and inside for 1 week are they safe to put in. oh and im getting a desklamp today for my nano tank im getting a 6500k watts bulb i think thats strong anothe and im getting soil on thursday so it should be set up on friday! thanks for all your help! one day i hope to have as much knowlegde on fish as you
  8. Oldfishlady
    08-29-2010 04:06 PM - permalink
    Oldfishlady
    What kind of plants? often plants that are collected need to be acclimated to indoor lights too, going from sunlight to tank lights can shock the plants and they can melt and/or die...but it sounds like you may have acclimated them already and they are doing well, depending on what type of plants...what you did is about all you can do to make them aquarium safe without chemicals...which I do not use or recommend.
  9. weluvbettas
    08-29-2010 12:54 PM - permalink
    weluvbettas
    i messaged bettaboy this question but he didnt answer so my question is i picked up some plants from my friends pond i had them in quarintine for 3 weeks . Yesterday i washed them and got of all the bugs off them are they safe to put in my tanks?
  10. Oldfishlady
    08-29-2010 10:51 AM - permalink
    Oldfishlady
    Your welcome and I don't mind.....I may not have the answers to all the questions and sometimes with my health I physically can't get to the computer or will have limited time in the up-right position...lol......so if I don't get back to ya right away I am not ignoring you I may be bed bound for the day......

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