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Old 10-08-2010, 10:14 PM   #1 
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Questions about Live Plants in 2.5G tank

If I get a 2.5G mini bow tank for the betta I don't yet have, how many plants would I need for a tank that size?

Something else that confuses me about live plants and new fish is how soon to put the fish in. Some of the posts here seem to suggest you can't effectively cycle a tank under 5G, but other posts say with live plants, the fish can go in right away. I've read the information about letting the water sit for a day before it goes into the tank to let any chlorine in the tap water settle, about adding water conditioner and testing it. I'm just not clear on the time frame for the fish.
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Old 10-09-2010, 05:29 PM   #2 
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Okay, I went looking and am thinking it might be a 5G or 10G.
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Old 10-09-2010, 05:39 PM   #3 
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It depends what kind of plants you're looking at. Personally, I think a couple of small variety anubias and some java fern (perhaps even the narrow variety if you could find it) with some moss would be a good start if you aren't going to be adding CO2 or ferts to your tank.

But if you're wanting plants to help with the cycle, faster growing stems like Elodea and Cabomba are good at sucking up nutrients, but they may show signs of deficiency after a while if no other nutrients (trace elements, macros etc.) are being added.

If you want to properly have a tank cycled before the fish goes in, that's going to take around 4 - 6 weeks and mean you will have to provide a source of ammonia to establish your biological filter and the beneficial bacteria in it. If you want to do a fish-IN cycle, you can add your betta and start performing large water changes every couple of days to keep the water params. in check.

You will need a filter to cycle a tank, so if your tank has no filter, it cannot be cycled, since the beneficial bacteria grow in the filter media. Also under no circumstances wash your filter media in tap water, or change the entire media over, it's just a ploy by filter manufacturers, and it will cause your cycle to crash.

Hope that helps, I know it's a lot to take in
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:34 PM   #4 
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Are you sure about not washing the filter media? It says in the instructions to wash it in tap water before replacing it to get the carbon out....
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:59 PM   #5 
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If its a cycled tank then you are supposed to swish the filter cartridge in tank water and put it back. If its cycled and you rinse it in tap water then you'll kill the beneficial bacteria.
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Are you sure about not washing the filter media? It says in the instructions to wash it in tap water before replacing it to get the carbon out....
You rinse it under tap water the first time you use it ONLYl

That is to get the dust off the carbon.
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