First Tank Journal! 29 gal. planted - Page 2 - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
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post #11 of 70 (permalink) Old 07-26-2013, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, I'm getting new sand!!! What I have now just will NOT get clean. EVER.
That being said, I'm planning to get sand later today, so I should get 50 lbs.?
Also, will one Mystery Snail be enough to cycle my tank?
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I got the sand! It's called "Super Naturals Premium Aquarium Substrate", it is black and looks kinda like the black moon sand... (I can't remember the name at the moment...)
Also, I know with swords you need root tabs, but will I need it for the pigmy chain swords?
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I have that sand in my 29. Rinse it and don't be surprised if it has an oil on the surface of the water. A paper towel laid on the surface takes care of that. Hard to see poop so clean the tank well every week. A pack of root tabs won't hurt. Api and flourish both make root tabs. I forget which one I use. I just remember 1 brand sacked for me and fell apart easily and another brand was better for me. The problem is I can't remember which was which. If I remember I'll post a reply.
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I used Api but they disintegrate too fast. I got flourish at petsmart and I liked them more. I buy 1 pack and share it between 5 tanks every 3 months. Cheaper online if you have other items to buy. At petsmart they are $10
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OIL?! well, thanks for telling me!!!
Ok, I've heard people recommend both the API and Flourish... I think I've ordered everything that I need to (except the plants, but they don't have root tabs... weird...), so I'll probably go over to Petsmart and get some. AND I just found out that we have a FISH store!!!!! it's VERY small though, and don't have a wide selection of animals, although they had a lionfish in their saltwater "isle" (the whole store is about as big as my living room, and I have a small one at that.) STILL SO EXITED!!!
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Do you like the sand? I've started putting it in the tank, and will probably finish by Tuesday... SO EXITED!!!
After the cloudy water should I replace the filter media? Or should the "old" ones be ok?
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post #17 of 70 (permalink) Old 07-30-2013, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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Fish Tank-Take Two

Ok, I got all the sand rinsed and put in the tank, filled up (goes SO MUCH faster when you are using buckets instead on 1/2 gallon juice jugs) and it's had the filter running (with new media, but no bio-wheel, I should have replaced it earlier anyway... I've ordered it...so hopefully it'll get here soon) for a little less than 24 hours(I didn't start it right away). It's still a bit cloudy, but pretty clear. (I didn't put in the stuff that came with it...)

But now the filter is making bubbles in the tank...(video)
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Oh boy, I think my heater is broken, it's set to 26 C and it's 24 C in the tank, but it's not turning on, and when it un-plug and re-plug it in the light doesn't go on, like it usually does when you just plug it in... I'll see if It goes on later today, but I think I'll have to buy a new one...
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post #19 of 70 (permalink) Old 07-30-2013, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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PHEW, The heater is working now, not sure what that was..
Anyway so far so good as far as clear water is concerned, and STAY CLEAR WATER, you hear me?! I also got the "wood" rinsed off and in the tank. (sorry for fuzzy pic...)

Can't wait till it's ready for the snail!!! (I'm gonna use him/her to cycle the tank.) So I need that order to ship... Then when that gets here I can order the plants, then when that gets here I can plant, and then I can get my snail!! CAN'T WAIT!!

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Ok, now the heater is just being weird... it's set to 26 C and it just came on, but the thermometer says it's 27-28... Any ideas of what is going on? Should I buy a new heater?
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