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Old 03-16-2006, 04:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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hey everyone new to the forum here. have my first planted tank running for 2 month with plants and fish. Let me know what you think.

Also I have a quick question.... I have flourite in my tank and have notice three sprouting plants, guessing from seeds, has anyone has this happen from flourite before?

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Tank = 20gal long, co2, 2 filters (1 just for current), flourite/gravel mix, FloraGlow 20W, 10 neons, 2 black shirts, 2 bristlenoses, and 2 corys.

Suggestions welcomed, Thanks.
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Old 03-17-2006, 02:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi choonchie, I tried to open up the pictures to have a clearer view but unfortuntely the pictures did not open up. However the thumbnail pictures that I see are a good try for someone only two month into the hobby.

You write that you have two filters and one of them is solely to create a current. What kind of filters are they? What kind of plants do you have that need a high amount of flow in the water? All the fish in your aquarium are the kind that stay in calmer waters. My experience is that one filter creates enough current to keep things calmly moving in the water. Too much current is not appreciated by most plants and fish, therefore think of reducing one filter.
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My teen and I are babysitting indefinetly 2 corys my sister calls "Tarytons" indefinetly. Corys are so cute-these and the albinos etc. there's a big clown loach we're babysitting also and our own fancy guppies having babies like mad in same tank. Plants are doing well in a 20 ga. high with a flourescent light-probably 20watt plant or cool white whatever. doing great, but out of val. which I like. Clown was on side this morn but was "clowning around" I figured out after having my own little hyperventilation attack since he's one of my favorites. Have lots of giant Jave fern and some floating plants and Whisper filter. Plants are cleaning up the mess very well as well as filter. I like the El Naturel method because I'm lazy and I've finally converted to a green thumb in the aquarium after so many decades of raising guppies and livebearers in general in bare aquariums or luck of the Irish aquariums. I know the long tanks are better for the fish I hear. Your tanks are lovely. I've had trouble keeping neons and don't fool with them and others I don't have experience with unless someone hands them to me on a silver platter and they don't have disease and I have room! Is that val. I see? I had a lot of corkscrew val. at one time and that was cool.Yes, I've had unidentified plants coming up once. Not sure what they were. Probably weak form of crypt. -Paula
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hey everyone new to the forum here. have my first planted tank running for 2 month with plants and fish. Let me know what you think.

Also I have a quick question.... I have flourite in my tank and have notice three sprouting plants, guessing from seeds, has anyone has this happen from flourite before?

Here are pics..






My favorite skirt pic..


Tank = 20gal long, co2, 2 filters (1 just for current), flourite/gravel mix, FloraGlow 20W, 10 neons, 2 black shirts, 2 bristlenoses, and 2 corys.

Suggestions welcomed, Thanks.
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thanks for the replya

at the moment i have sags, vals, banana plants, tiger lotus, onion plant, and something i am unsure of looks like a crypt.

I will post a picture in a few days.
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Old 03-18-2006, 05:42 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The plants that just showed up are more than likely runners. You have a few plants that can reproduce from runners like sag, vals, and it looks like you have some form of crypt. Looking nice. Cant wait to see it in a few more months....once everything really fills in. Keep up the good work!
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Hi. I forgot I have some brown or red? crypt in a 20 ga. high with a few swordtails and a few guppies.Don't know how to message back. Can't teach an old dog new tricks. Might have some in the successful guppy tank I might have mentioned. I'm definitely into planted tanks though I shy away from a fully soiled tank with layer of gravel over. I have pots and lava rocks. Forgot about driftwood a member mentioned. I resort to filters, but am terrible about cleaning them and reuse the filter material (squeezing the matter out and reusing them. In emergencies, I'll get new material, like all these new baby guppies I'm getting and cloudy water from overfeeding. Again, have a lot of fish in all tanks and one 66ga. pond out back and wont try soil layer thingy just yet but am using Ms. Walstad's book Ecology of the Planted Aquarium just the same. Its big help especially the Q's and A's which are right up my alley since I got a D- my second semester in college chemistry.still can't teach an old dog new tricksShould close. I've hogged this page enough. Glad to type this out. I'm happy my aquariums are doing well. Today I vinegared two glass lids to get mineral deposits off so the lights could beam down on plants. Ever do that? Be sure to rinse well and dry well. Probably, should do the 10 ga. Might be why the plants there aren't doing as well. Is crucial because that's where my recuperationg Amazon is!-Paula
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