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post #11 of 15 Old 12-16-2014, 08:00 AM Thread Starter
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I wish I wasn't so lazy. My problem is I love the look of a sand bottom, but I also want to have plants. So far the only thing that I can get successfully to grow is a bulb buried in the sand, and the tank extremely underfiltered. The bulb pushes its roots through the sand and puts little tendrils up everywhere, and can still throw out lilies like no other. Aside from that, I need to have plants that attach to rocks or driftwood. I just feel that those look tacky until they have developed. I'm kind of an instant gratification kind of guy.
I too love the look of a sand bottom. I was thinking this morning about how much i was upset with the look of my tank. I could always cap off the floramax with sand...

I too am about instant graitfication. It's another reason why I was annoyed with my tank this morning. Nothing looks as good as I want it to be, but this is all about the learning experience. It will get better with time.
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post #12 of 15 Old 12-17-2014, 11:39 AM
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FWIW

I use peat moss, capped with sand and capped with pro choice select which is a red baked clay gravel.

I have found the peat moss kept kh and gh constant for 2 years. Plus neon tetras did much better then with a sand only substrate.

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maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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FWIW

I use peat moss, capped with sand and capped with pro choice select which is a red baked clay gravel.

I have found the peat moss kept kh and gh constant for 2 years. Plus neon tetras did much better then with a sand only substrate.

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I love Neon Tetra as a beautiful fish, but my past experience has made me decide to never keep them again.

I went from about 15+ neons to 0 in a week or two. Thats when i learned of the dreaded "Neon Tetra disease" never again.
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post #14 of 15 Old 01-14-2015, 05:56 PM
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Understand.

And BTW you may never return to salt tanks as there is never any extra money. LOL

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #15 of 15 Old 03-10-2015, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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I am extremely... EXTREMELY terrible with updating posts.

I've been updating my other journal on theplantedtank, but neglected this one.

In the last couple weeks ive moved and took that opportunity to make a change.

The walstad method. Ohhhh It was so awesome imo. After reading and reading and asking questions i decided it was time to jump in.

I added some plants and in the week i had done the change i noticed growth with the new plants and some of the old (now if only my dwarf sag would take off...)

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This photo was taken last friday. Since then i did a 60% water change, clearer tank.
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