more plants :D
So I took a trip to my LFS today to pick up a new lamp for my hood thats geared more towards live plant growth than the one that came with the hood, and of course figured while im at it, lets pick up another plant or two...I picked up another small crypt, and some java fern, the guy at the store told me that all I had to do was tie the java fern to a piece of drift wood and then let it do its thing...just curious as to how that works, because I did what he said but it just seems a bit suspect to tie it to something...any thoughts?? Also because my tank is mid cycle right now, im assuming this should speed things up a bit with that process...my ammonia went up between .25 and .50 today where as it was at .25 yesterday, and the nitrite is at .25, where it was 0 yesterday. As for the Nitrates, theyre at 10ppm, when they were at 5. Im assuming the 3 plants I have now should help out a little with lowering these levels. comments are always welcome and helpful :-) Thanks,
Yes, you do not want to bury a Java Fern's roots. At best you'll inhibit it's growth tremendously. At worst you'll kill it. Instead find a piece of drift wood or a rock, something elevated up off the floor of the aquarium and tie it to it. Use either cotton string or something else. Personally I use poly twine (a plastic nonreactive twine that won't dissolve in water like cotton). Eventually the fern's rooms will entwine what you've attached it to and the twine won't be needed.
Joe, I agree with Tyyrlym on the java fern.
On the water, are there fish in this tank? And I'm assuming other plants besides those bought today?
Yes, there are 5 barbs in the tank right now, and they're is one more crypt in the tank, so all together there are 3 plants
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To answer your water questions, then; yes, plants will assist the cycle. There have to be plenty of them, i.e., a "planted" tank as opposed to a tank with one or two plants. But each one helps as they assimilate ammonium (ammonia). Barbs are generally tough fish, which doesn't mean they should be subjected to cycling but in the event they are they are hardier than many others.
Interesting you're seeing nitrates at 10 when ammonia and nitrite are present. Have you tested your source water (tap presumably) on its own for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate? This should always be done at thebeginning of an aquarium as some water contins one or more of these and that is useful to know and deal with.
And when testing nitrate, if you are using the API liquid test kit, shake the regent #2 bottle for 2+ minutes (not just 30 seconds as the instructions say). Otherwise you will likely get a false reading.
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