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mgkdad 05-21-2013 09:32 AM

help with tank
im looking for some help with my tank but im not sure where to go or how to get there,if anyone knows where i need to go and how to get there i would be very thankful.

ZivaD 05-21-2013 10:30 AM

What, specifically, are you needing help with?

mgkdad 05-21-2013 02:26 PM

i want to put some plants in our tank but it has gravel in it and im not sure if the plants will servive in it and as far as water condition everything is where it should be except the ammonia its at .50 ppm which is down from 1.0 ppm because ive been doing water changes twice a week i thought about amazon swords for the back and java ferns on some drift wood in the middle just wanted to know if that was a good idea
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Bongox3 05-21-2013 07:39 PM

What are ur lighting conditions, tank size, and what types of fish do u have...? Java is very hardy, I'd also consider anubias (they're very forgiving too).... Amazons would be ok, but are less hardy, they do well in loose substrate with an iron rich additive... You could try either (or both) liquid fertz or tabs....another choice is adding a planting substrate (slowly) that looks similar to ur gravel (most come in natural or black)... These can be pricey though...

If u want (depending on ur tank size) co2 is also an option...a few choices include dyi, small already made kits found at most lfs, or pressurized co2 (expensive, but very effective)...

I never really had success till I used a plant substrate and co2... Now however, I have to constantly prune and trim.... I know others have great success with gravel and sand, but usually they're a great deal more sophisticated then myself when it comes to lighting, ph, etc .....hope this wishes.... -mike

fish monger 05-21-2013 08:04 PM

Sounds like you already have the fish in the tank and it is a 10 gallon. I'd get some fast growing stem / floating plants to help with the ammonia and perhaps some crypts and /or java ferns and/ or anubias if you keep your existing lighting. I am assuming that the lights are 2 15 watt incandescent bulbs. By switching to 2 9-10 watt daylight Compact Florescent Lights, you could add some moderate light plants; however, an Amazon Sword might outgrow your tank. If your gravel's grain size isn't too large, you could be alright. Use a comprehensive plant fertilizer according to directions should be enough. Many members here use Seachem Flourish Comprehensive. There are excellent profiles for both fish and plants provided here on the site. If you plan to get your plants a little at a time, start with the floaters. They'll really help with the ammonia.

Chesh 05-21-2013 11:47 PM


Originally Posted by mgkdad (Post 2109697)
im looking for some help with my tank but im not sure where to go or how to get there,if anyone knows where i need to go and how to get there i would be very thankful.

Welcome to TFK, Mgk - I think you found the place you were looking for - there are lots of people on here willing to help out, as you've already found! :smile:

If you'd like to start a new thread detailing your situation, you could try our Freshwater Aquarium area, or if you're looking for more plant-specific information, we have a great board for Aquarium Plants. Or you could stay right here, too - looks like you're getting gotten some great input already!

Ammonia in the water is something that we don't like to see, obviously. How long has this tank been set up, and who lives in there, if you don't mind my asking?

mgkdad 05-22-2013 07:55 AM

the tank has been set-up for about 3 weeks now and we have 2 tequila sunrise guppies 2 red mickey mouse platy and 2 dalmation mollies. The filter and the lights came with the tank when we got it, It's a 10 gallon i have ammo chips in the filter to help with the ammonia and a aqua culture 20-40 pump with a star air stone in it (daughter pick out the air stone) the pump has a air flow adjust knob on it so not to much air is pushing through the air stone and we have a marimo moss ball in there to.

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