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post #21 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-31-2013, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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At this rate, I should have tons to put in my NPT :D
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I went back to Al's this morning to get some Java Fern, but they all looked like crap. The employee suggested "Willow Hygro". It looks similar and IMO, nicer. I also like that it can simply be planted in substrate.

I also picked up some liquid ferts. I'll watch and see how the plants do on it, but if they start looking looking bad, I'll get some root tabs.

I'll add pics a little later! :D
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The new plant. I don't know if I like it.
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Thats lovely!!

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If you've seen some of my other posts over the last couple weeks, you'd know that I've been having troubles cycling this tank. I've been reading up on "silent cycling", though and I think I'm going to give it a shot.

I'm thinking Java Moss, Ludwigia, Pennywort, Corkscrew Vals and some kind of floater, if I can find one.

Fitting all these will require some rescaping :D
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Wow... It's been a while.

I had a couple discouraging months for fish keeping. Between not being able to get my tank cycled, a bad algae bloom, and a pond snail infestation, I was pretty frustrated and was nearly ready to find Walter a new home.

Everything has settled down now, though.

The tank finally finished cycling and let me tell you, I do NOT miss daily water changes. The algae cleared out, seemingly on it's own and thanks to these little guys, my snail problem is nearly over.



The tank hasn't changed much, aside from some plant growth and a black background, but I plan to add some more plants now that things are going more smoothly.



I may even start a sorority in my other ten gallon :3
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Wow, it's been a long time since I've posted... Life just got so busy.

It kinda hurts seeing that picture of Walt's tank looking so good, because it currently looks so awful. I kept up with water changes and everything, but my plants died and the tank was covered in black algae. Aside from that, the tank is relatively healthy, and Walter is still a very healthy fishy. The tank is just ugly.

I started tonight by removing the white gravel that ended up looking horrible and scrubbing the algae off of the driftwood.

I've been gathering some nice rocks from the beach over the summer that I think I'll use after they've been tested and sterilized.

Petsmart is now carrying a coarse black sand by National Geographic so I think I'll try that out. I'm hoping to do my current tank and the new one on one bag, but I don't think it'll be quite enough so I have an idea... I'm thinking about putting a layer of 500ml water bottles at the bottom as filler so I don't need as much sand. They have a little air in them and they will want to float so I think I'll tie them together and put a few rocks on top.
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