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kris7047th 05-28-2011 02:41 PM

New Girl Just Couldn't Wait
I made a trek out to a few local pet shops to purchase a new 5 Gal tank, pump, heater and some live plants .. only to spy a pair of really nice Yellows (Guppies) to catch my eye. Better yet. Fancy Guppies were on sale with females at $1.00 :-P I noticed the large female was pregnant, but I didn't expect her to drop fry before I even got her out of the bag. There was only a single fry so I assumed she had eaten most while coming home and acclimating them (they were from different tanks .. thus bagged separately, and she was considerably smaller by the time I noticed the single baby. Oh well .. Eventually I got the baby safely with some others, and momma did have another. What I love about Guppies aside from their gorgeous colors, personalities .. they never stop surprizing me.

redchigh 05-28-2011 02:51 PM

Post your live plants in the aquatic plant section so we can check over and inspect them. :P

If you got enough, you won't have to worry about a cycle.

kris7047th 05-28-2011 04:04 PM

The new tank is bare of any fish. I put the fry into a netted holder which is in a different tank than momma is. I have three tanks. I set the third one up for some Endlers coming in sometime later next week. I have been crushing up some pelleted food to a powder for the fry. Two of the three tanks have no gravel, but do have live plants floating. I have been adding a small dose of aquatic plant food to help to establish the new plants .. also a small amt. of Aquarium salt.

kris7047th 05-29-2011 10:12 AM

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Some pics of mixed colors/varieties in a Fluval Edge tank, and fry in another 5 g tank.

Rip 06-03-2011 04:30 PM

that plant on the right looks like a plant i've seen in Petco tubes called Gold Ribbon or White Ribbon, and if i recall, it's not a fully aquatic plant.

maybe someone else can comment further, if i'm wrong about it.

kris7047th 06-03-2011 04:43 PM

The instructions read that it could be, but the gel must be rinsed off. The plant has rooted nicely, andis growing new shoots.

kris7047th 06-03-2011 05:11 PM

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Thought it prudent to call PetSmart just to be sure. The guy who runs the fish dept. said that it is absolutely OK for aquarium purposes, especially with guppies. Not the case with goldfish and other species that like to eat plants. Thanks for bringing this to my attention tho ..

Teishokue 06-03-2011 06:26 PM

mmmm i would not risk it. its most likely a bog or non aquatic plant. it will most likely rot after a while. perhaps you should choose a different plant. remember, dept. stores are there to sell so if it says aquarium safe to use -.- could mean that its possible to use it in an aquarium but will not survive the whole lifespan of your plant.

kris7047th 06-06-2011 10:11 AM

Called the number provided on the tube which the plant came in. They said that it can be toxic to pets such as dogs or cats should it grow to surface the tank water, but not fish.
It is considered a semi aquatic, but OK fully submerged.

Hey .. it pays to question and get answers.

Rip 06-06-2011 12:44 PM

we're not saing your fish are gonna die if you leave it in the tank. we're saying that it probably won't grow, and end up rotting away. and possibly polluting your water when it does. and wtf @ being toxic to dogs or cats, that's weird.

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