First off, thank you so much!
... Well, I bought 2 moss balls and they have these eggs things connected to them. They're sorta see-through and they're hard to get off. But the thing is, all I did was get off as many as I can and put it in my currently cycling 20. >.> Big mistake. I only put in the smaller one in, I'm waiting to see if it's just debris so I can put in the bigger one. I did wash them in tap water, though! And they were in those Betta cups in Petsmart, just individual. No one else in their cups. I heard of that potassium permanganate, but where do you get it? Is it cheap?
I'll go see that forum, I need to learn more about plants. I have a LFS nearby, I'll go check for even more low-light plants. :) Thank you so much! I also have another question, what type of plants don't really need a 6500K bulb? I heard of java moss, java fern, anubias, and floaters. What about bacopa and dwarf hairgrass?
it didnt all fit, so here's the rest if it. read the post below this one first....
you should look at some of msjinkzd's stuff (google msjinkzd). I know I'm not supposed to post other forums,(well technically its a plants forum not a fish one) but plantedtank.net has a wealth of resources as to where you can buy really good stuff in the WTB/RAOK, For Sale and Sponsors sub forums.
Tropicalfishkeeping (mother site of bettafish.com) also has a classified section, that is slow but usually have a lot of great stuff.
best way is to locate hobbyists and aquarium clubs in your area (you will probably need your parents to go aling with you) check out their auctions for reallycheap, healthy stuff (friend got a large bag of java fern for $5 and 10 catfish for $10)
Hi! technically everything needs qt, I've had velvet travelling on some moss i bought once and it wasn't nice at all.
I now dip plant in potassium permanganate to get rid of parasites. just Qting something for a week or two can really help sometimes. Qting plants means planting them nicely in a bright place with fertilisation away from temperature extremes... not in a random bucket with tap water lol. however tap water can help you kill off some of the nasty stuff, so a day in tal water wouldn't be a bad idea.
It's always good practice to source things from trustworthy sellers. and I can tell you petco and petsmart are not all that trustworthy in terms of disease freeness>.>
getting stuff from a fellow hobbyist with nice tanks can almost give you a guarantee that your new livestock will be healthy and disease free :)
Hello Ao. I think you're the master of plants, snails, and shrimp and a question I have involves 2 of them . (; Do snails and shrimp need QT? I'm sure shrimp don't, the parasite they have are in their heads and if a fish eats them, it'll dissolve from their belly acids, what do you think? I have no clue on snails.. Thank you. :D