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GoneFishin 08-01-2010 11:08 PM

Up and running
 
Got myself a 29 gallon tank and got it setup today.. will post pics soon, hopefully i can cycle this the right way. :P

zof 08-01-2010 11:10 PM

If all else fails buy a new tank and try again! hehe cant wait to see what you do with it.

GoneFishin 08-02-2010 06:08 PM

I do have a question about my substrate. I got a sand substrate for live plants, I washed it (wasn't sure if I had to let it dry all the way or not) and put it in the tank. I washed it pretty good, the water is clear no cloud/tint. My question is, there is moisture between the substrate and the aquarium glass. Will this ever go away on its own? or do i have to move the sand around to get rid of the air pockets that blocked the moisture in? I know it might be better to take pics, but my camera is MIA.

Thanks in advance for any help with this!

jeaninel 08-02-2010 06:32 PM

You can use your fingers or something like a chopstick or plastic fork to run through the sand to pop those little air bubbles.

Inga 08-02-2010 07:45 PM

Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait! What? Are you doing fresh water after-all? What kind of plants are you getting? Oh and pictures... Hurry up man, we are excited to see. :)

GoneFishin 08-02-2010 08:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Inga (Post 438046)
Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait! What? Are you doing fresh water after-all? What kind of plants are you getting? Oh and pictures... Hurry up man, we are excited to see. :)

Yea I went freshwater, easier on the finances. got two plants to help things get going, only to find out that one is a sub-aquatic.. stupid waste of money.. pics to come, still can't find the camera

JohnnyD44 08-02-2010 09:24 PM

+1 on the fork, I use a fork and "rake" the sand once a week in my 20G tank...

Inga 08-02-2010 09:43 PM

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Originally Posted by GoneFishin (Post 438092)
Yea I went freshwater, easier on the finances. got two plants to help things get going, only to find out that one is a sub-aquatic.. stupid waste of money.. pics to come, still can't find the camera

I hear you. When I was first thinking about doing Salt water, I was shocked at the initial cost. As it turns out, I have quite a load invested in my fresh water now too. One just has to learn to say "no" to the sales people. Which sub-aquatic plant did you end up with? Where did you get that from? Plants at Petsmart here are pretty inexpensive and I have had really good luck with mine.

You might consider looking for plants there. Also, I don't know which kind of plants you were looking for but I am thrilled with how nice and easy my Amazon Sword looks. So full and lush looking. I just added a few root tabs and 2 times a week I dump a cap full of Flourish comprehensive in the tank. Most of my plants look great.

I can't wait to see the tank. I have heard if you add enough plants right in the beginning you can almost skip the cycle process. I guess you should still start with a few hardy fish just to make sure.

GoneFishin 08-02-2010 10:47 PM

Yea I got an amazon sword from petsmart, and a fern that I thought was aquatic but it isn't oh well, was only likst $2.00. I found a bundle of plants of dr foster and smith. its $34.00 and you get like 9 plants, so I'll probably be getting that here shortly


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