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Old 01-19-2015, 12:16 AM   #1561 
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Thanks :) just bought some aquatic wood it was labelled at petco today and made his bed. When I came to check on him tonight he was sound asleep in it. Awwww
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Old 01-19-2015, 01:06 AM   #1562 
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Finally did something to Reuben's tank. Much better :)
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Old 01-19-2015, 07:57 AM   #1563 
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Here is my 11 gallon tank with jones, a male betta. I really want to buy or make a cave but dont know how to
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Old 01-19-2015, 04:04 PM   #1564 
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That's a really cute tank! I like the house theme I havent seen that before
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Old 01-22-2015, 07:12 AM   #1565 
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It has been a while since I've posted on here but I just set up a new 10g tank so - I'm back! lol

The new tank is a soil based NPT. I've got Mopani wood as the centerpiece (boiled it for 6 hours to release tannins and then let it dry out before placing it in the tank). I'm running a filter that had already cycled and includes purigen - I've had a lot of luck using Purigen on planted tanks with driftwood to help keep the water from getting too dark. I've also dosed excel to get the plants growing faster as the tank sits near a window and I don't want algae taking over before the plants have a chance to get established.

Plants include:
6 stems cabomba (at least I think it is cabomba - its a trimming from a member I got a year ago and pretty sure that's what it was lol)
6 stems rotala
1 anubias
2 java ferns
3 stems ludwigia
1 crypt wendtii red
1 stem scarlett temple
1 stem giant hygro
2 stems...of something that I can't remember
A bunch of floating frogbit

Here is hoping the tank cycles quickly as I have my eye on a boy at petco I saw last weekend....I am a betta addict and I freely admit it lol
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Old 01-22-2015, 01:51 PM   #1566 
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Summersea, since you're doing a fishless cycle, are you adding ammonia to get the cycle started?
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Old 01-22-2015, 01:57 PM   #1567 
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I am adding fish food to the tank...I figure between that and the ammonia leached from the organic soil, I should be set. Hopefully. Usually I set up a tank and let it sit for 4-6 weeks, checking ammonia levels (with just soil I get anywhere from 1ppm to 2ppms from the initial leaching). Once the ammonia is gone, all of my tanks have been so heavily planted that it goes through the "silent cycle". I never see nitrites or nitrates (or at least very few nitrates). Yay for plants!

I'm hoping the process is sped up this time using the fish food, excel, and filter from a previous tank. I really want that boy lol
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Old 01-22-2015, 04:14 PM   #1568 
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I am adding fish food to the tank...I figure between that and the ammonia leached from the organic soil, I should be set. Hopefully. Usually I set up a tank and let it sit for 4-6 weeks, checking ammonia levels (with just soil I get anywhere from 1ppm to 2ppms from the initial leaching). Once the ammonia is gone, all of my tanks have been so heavily planted that it goes through the "silent cycle". I never see nitrites or nitrates (or at least very few nitrates). Yay for plants!

I'm hoping the process is sped up this time using the fish food, excel, and filter from a previous tank. I really want that boy lol
Ah, yes, I missed that it's a dirted tank. Plenty of ammonia sources in soil, usually. Should be good... good luck! :)
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awsome tank
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Old 01-22-2015, 06:31 PM   #1570 
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Ah, yes, I missed that it's a dirted tank. Plenty of ammonia sources in soil, usually. Should be good... good luck! :)
It's all good!! Though I checked my ammonia levels for the first time tonight since I set up the tank two days ago...it is showing the ammonia at 0ppm I was hoping that since the filter had been used in another tank for the past 4 weeks (and was showing as cycled in that tank) that the cycle would happen faster but am surprised it is already showing no ammonia! My tap water also has anywhere from 1-2ppm so i expected there to be some ammonia. It makes me suspicious lol


Stetez - Thanks! I was trying hard to make it visually appearing and less of a tossed together jungle like my other planted tanks have ended up lol
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