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Old 09-14-2010, 10:45 AM   #1 
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Is my Cycle dying?

I was lazy this week and delayed a few days for my weekly water change, and I was going to do it last night but I checked the water and the Nitrates were really low. Normally after a week without a change it is around 20-30. But this was like 10ppm... I figured for sure after a good 3 days late on a water change I'd be in the critical zone (60ppm, maybe 40?)

My fish are doing fine, acting normal, a little mulm on the bottom of the tank bt nothing I can't clean up tonight after work. I have a pretty well planted tank now for a 10g...
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Old 09-14-2010, 10:51 AM   #2 
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The plants probably sucked up the extra. I hardly ever get a reading above 5-10 in my planted tanks, even if I skip a week. BUT keep an eye on your ammonia just in case. :)
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Your plants are most likely actively growing and using the nitrate for food-they will use the ammonia first and then they start to work on nitrate.........live plants do an awesome job......
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:36 AM   #4 
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Yeah they do o_o they are booming lately lol. I need to get some root tabs for my anubias, and some good floating plants tonight.

Any recomendations for nice floaty plants? :D
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My favorite floating plant is water lettuce........I love the look of the roots hanging in the water column.....and they suck up the extra nutrients nicely too.....helps keep that algae in check.....
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Have you guys seen mini water lettuce? Any idea what it actually looks like? I was thinking about it for my Endler's tank. Or would a regular lettuce fit in a 16? I kinda got the idea they were huge.
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Old 09-14-2010, 12:51 PM   #7 
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Just do yourself a favor and avoid duckweed at all costs. I got two tiny pieces of it when I brought home some RCS, and now I can't get rid of it no matter how hard I try.

One of my favorites is amazon frogbit.
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Noted. :) I just googled the frogbit. That's really pretty.
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Old 09-14-2010, 03:06 PM   #9 
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Yeah they do o_o they are booming lately lol. I need to get some root tabs for my anubias, and some good floating plants tonight.

Any recomendations for nice floaty plants? :D
You don't need root tabs for your anubias - they aren't root plants. Just some Flourish (or something comparable) since they take nutrients via the water column.
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Old 09-14-2010, 03:46 PM   #10 
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You don't need root tabs for your anubias - they aren't root plants. Just some Flourish (or something comparable) since they take nutrients via the water column.
Should I use Flourish with a Co2 system? I also have a amazon sword.
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