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sndurden 03-28-2012 11:06 PM

new additions to the 29g
 
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check out the new additions (gravel and mondo grass) to the 29g tank

here are the parameters of all my tanks


the ammonia is 0 yeaaaa
the gh is 25
ph is still 7.6
kh is 300
nitrates are 0
nitrites are .5 ppm

I think we are starting to move along in the cycling process and all fishies are swimming and healthy looking :-D

kitten_penang 03-29-2012 06:38 AM

cute guppies :-D

1077 03-29-2012 07:07 AM

If you have not mixed up the nitrite reading with Nitrates, then water changes to keep nitrites closer to zero are needed if fish are to remain healthy.
Don't believe Mondo grass is true aquatic plant, and you may wish to google this to be sure.
Plant's that are not true aquatic plant's ,seldom do well for long and then they simply rot, and can foul the water.

Geomancer 03-29-2012 09:08 AM

As mentioned, Mondo Grass is not aquatic, it may last a couple weeks, but will eventually die if left submerged.

Byron 03-29-2012 07:52 PM

Mondo Grass, scientifically Ophiopogon japonicus, is not a true aquatic, but it can last months if not years in aquaria, ironically. Can go either way, so before you pull it out (which you should do if it begins to rot apart), leave it and it may last a time.

afishcalledlinda 03-29-2012 08:13 PM

who sold you those lies-i myself will not get live plants again. my tank was infested with snails many years ago.

sndurden 03-29-2012 08:36 PM

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Originally Posted by afishcalledlinda (Post 1029223)
who sold you those lies-i myself will not get live plants again. my tank was infested with snails many years ago.

it depends on where you buy your plants from and to say that they are LIES is your opinion. I have bought my 29 g tank from an individual and it was over populated with snails, which I took everything out gave the snails to the LFS and rinsed the gravel and tank with vinegar and water before setting up and do not have any snails in it. Also I had to change the gravel that came with the tank out due to it being some kind of coral and was throwing my parameters out, So far I am LOVING my planted tanks I just havent gotten enough plants in them to suit me yet but I will.

sndurden 03-29-2012 08:48 PM

Byron I have already had to trim some discolored leaves off of the mondo grass but other than that it seems to be healthy for now and I think I am going to leave it untill I can get more of the plants I want.
By the way where is the best online place to order live plants from???

Byron 03-30-2012 09:47 AM

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Originally Posted by afishcalledlinda (Post 1029223)
who sold you those lies-i myself will not get live plants again. my tank was infested with snails many years ago.

I've no idea what the "lies" refer to, but a quick comment on snails. The small ones like Malaysian Livebearing and pond snails are the aquarist's good friends. They can get into spots we never could, eating everything organic which breaks it down quicker for the bacteria to more easily handle. The MLS especially are useful, burrowing through the substrate to keep it clean and fresh. These snails never harm plants, but the biological function they perform is unique and an important part of a healthy ecosystem. They will only reproduce according to the food available to them, so the more there are, the more organic waste there must be--and getting control over that is important.

As for live plants, the benefits of these cannot be overstated. Nature's way of keeping the aquarium healthy is always easier and more likely to succeed.

kitten_penang 03-31-2012 07:13 AM

i love the pesky MTS.they aerate the soil no other snail can do this they way they do it.they are little angels that keep the tank clean to some extent ( they vacuum long leaves),aerate the soil, and do waste disposal for the fish.


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