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Ptrain 03-12-2008 11:09 PM

Starting a new Tank.
So I was thinking of starting a second tank. I have been doing a lot of forum cruising and my friend and I decided that a tank with completely live plants and natural rocks, caves and such (to give it a natural look) I figured I would try it. Its nothing to big, just a hand-me-down 15 gallon tank. I was thinking of using pebbles from a local stream system, to give it a more natural look. I wanted to know what everyone thought of the use of stones from a stream. I'll be updating on what I end up putting in it, and the inhabitants when I get them.

Dtld9 03-13-2008 11:42 AM

Are talking about using the pebbles as your substrate? They may not work if they are too big and you want to plant the tank. If you want them for decor then the pebbles aren't a bad idea just make sure they get cleaned off, a bleach dip (1 part bleach to 10 part water)then air dry for a day. DONT BOIL!! They could explode.

Flashygrrl 03-13-2008 03:55 PM

Don't forget to rinse extremely well after bleach dip...then let em sit.

crazy4fish 03-13-2008 04:05 PM

i wouldnt use it as substrate. if you are going to have live plants then you will want some eco-complete or flouride or something. as decor they would work but like the other said if you use bleach rinse they EXTREMELY well and let them air dry for a day or two. if they still smell like bleach then rinse them again and let them air dry again. and again NEVER BOIL any kind of stones. they might explode and you could get seriously hurt.

willow 03-13-2008 04:45 PM

hay there
i'll just echo what everyone else has said, just add.......
Welcome aboard. :)

Ptrain 03-13-2008 05:59 PM

thanks for the input, i really appreciate it all. Being as i am still a novice at this, i dont know most of the terms, by substrate you mean my primary sorce of anchor in my tank? and what would you recomend if i was going to plant my tank, sand or something finer?

crazy4fish 03-13-2008 06:03 PM

yes substrate is the "flooring" or primary anchor in your tank. now im not a plant person so i dont know if you should use gravel or sand but i have heard that adding some flourite or eco-complete will help your plants a great deal.

how much of a begginer are you? do you know about the cycling process and how to do it?

Ptrain 03-13-2008 06:33 PM

to be completely honoest, im really new, aside from the ocasional betta or gold fish won at the county fair, this is the most i have ever really done. My folks think it will help keep me away from the drugs in my area and i really enjoy it, but im not totally sure of the cycle process

Flashygrrl 03-13-2008 06:40 PM

So I present to you as a new member

some reading. Have fun :)

Dtld9 03-13-2008 06:57 PM

Sorry I forgot to add the rinse part that could have been bad :oops:

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