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Old 11-30-2009, 12:46 PM   #11 
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The small bushy ones are the same as the really tall one on the left and right corner of the 20 gallon tank. Instead of using silicone since it really didn’t hold the stems very well I used those clips from ikea to hold stems together, works great and I can change the plants anytime I want. I also decided to do a fishless cycle using ammonia. It looks much easer and I don’t run the risk of injuring fish.

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Old 11-30-2009, 01:42 PM   #12 
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You 'might' be able to get driftwood cheaper from aquariumplants.com. I got mine for 12 dollars there. Look for smaller peices. They don't always have them but it's worth a shot.

Edit: www.aquariumguys.com have driftwood for as low as 5 bucks. :D

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Old 11-30-2009, 01:45 PM   #13 
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you could always just use fishfood to help get the ammonia started instead of actual ammonia
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Old 11-30-2009, 01:50 PM   #14 
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Christine what way is faster? I did add 3 crushed pellets to each tank today.
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Old 11-30-2009, 03:13 PM   #15 
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for all methods it can vary greatly on ur individual water and what ur doing to it.

i just would never add real ammonia to a tank.......i try to NEVER add any chemicals if i can help it

all tanks take about 4-8 weeks to cycle, even if u use store bought cycling products. i found it the easiest cheapest method was just adding fishfood and do ur testing.
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Old 11-30-2009, 05:14 PM   #16 
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Ugh why cant we just do it the old fashioned way and plop some fish in the tank! lol. I guess I'll stay with the fish food. I just read that it took longer because you cant reall measure the amount.
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Old 11-30-2009, 08:06 PM   #17 
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You should look into using live plants. Its a little more trouble, but I feel like my fish are much happier then in my old tank with plastic/cloth plants. Plus everything movies... Its alive :)
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