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Old 02-22-2013, 11:54 AM   #11 
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Oh, I thought it was fertilizer. You don't need CO2, but it certainly does help the plants. Sand with root tabs is a good option though.

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Old 02-22-2013, 11:56 AM   #12 
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The window is a floor to ceiling window, and the tank is on a sidetable right next to the window. I could probably update it for when I have to move the tank home, but for now it might be alright.

I'll pick some plants up (java fern, moss, any other suggestions?), root tabs, algae wafers, and my otos when I head to the store today then?
I really don't want the otos there for very long in petstore conditions.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:56 AM   #13 
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Oh, I thought it was fertilizer. You don't need CO2, but it certainly does help the fish. Sand with root tabs is a good option though.
Nope. It's basically just crushed lava rock. There are a few more things in with it, but not anything overly beneficial. They do ship it wet, and claim the liquid contains beneficial bacteria already present, and water conditioner ... but without knowing how long it sat on the shelf and what kind of conditions it was stored in, i would assume the only benefit of the "included bacteria" is that it is now dead and has BECOME fertilizer.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:04 PM   #14 
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Learn something new everyday! (:

Anything with "included bacteria" makes me make a face. I'll make my own, thx. xD
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:07 PM   #15 
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If you're only getting java fern (which should be tied to driftwood or rocks and not planted) and moss, skip the root tabs. You only need them for root feeders.

Right now based on the algae, it sounds like you have more nutrients than you need so I'd not start any fertilizing right away.

Fast growing stems will be your friend ... they'll starve the algae super quick.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:26 PM   #16 
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Okies so nix the root tabs.
I will attempt to get everything else. (:
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:28 PM   #17 
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One that is really easy, even if it's a little ugly, is anacharis. It can be left floating, or you can plant it. It's a nutrient hog ... Petco here has it for 2.99 per bunch, so it's cheap too.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:30 PM   #18 
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I'll look into that too, I don't mind if it has to float.
If I plant it I'll need the root tabs, correct?
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:38 PM   #19 
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I'll look into that too, I don't mind if it has to float.
If I plant it I'll need the root tabs, correct?
No, even though it gets planted, it feeds from the water column. That's why it does so well floating. Some stems do feed from the roots (in fact, most do), but all aquatic plants can feed from the water column to some extent. Really, I wouldn't add any ferts at all at this point, and just let the tank feed the plants. Later if you want to add an abundance of plants, or you aren't noticing the growth you want, you could investigate ferts.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:39 PM   #20 
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Ooh sweet. Thank you! (:
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