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Old 12-25-2010, 09:50 PM   #21 
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I'm hoping so too lol. My dad is obviously eager to see it start because he was like "So how ya ganna cycle it... I'm guessing your ganna need gravel to start it.... How will you cycle it *worried expression*.... You do have plenty of money, right?.... How will we test your water... I know! Lets use part of my testing kit!" He really wants me to start lol. He even spent like an hour adding extra support to the thing the tank is sitting on so it would be sturdy.

I've decided to not go for the driftwood. The ornaments around here cost $5 apiece. If I have enough money leftover afterwards THAN I'll buy some of that driftwood. I can't wait until the stores open back up and I can start up my fishtank!!!!!!
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Oh I got a better idea yet. For the gravel, do you think that blue mix of light and dark blue gravel that you see everwhere would look cool? It would add a touch of color, yet it would still look kinda natural. so maybe something like this (yes it is a big bag. I like deep substrate though...)

http://www.amazon.com/PETCO-Blue-Jea...=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

And scatter a few of these here and there on the gravel just for looks:

http://www.amazon.com/Marble-Accents...3355346&sr=1-8

Do you think it would look too fake if I did this?
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Old 12-26-2010, 11:23 AM   #23 
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My sister had some trouble with those flat marbles recently, said the paint started leeching into the water. Just keep an eye on it and I'm sure it'll look fine. :)
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Old 12-26-2010, 12:38 PM   #24 
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okay.

I'm going to the fish store today! Pics later...
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Old 12-26-2010, 06:02 PM   #25 
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I decided on a gravel with a mix of turquoise, green, and blue. It just looks kinda teal because of the color blend with bright turquoise dots. I'll get pics when the water clears. Oh, The filter only makes current on the very surface. Should I baffle it or is this good for sucking up dead leaves on the surface and such...

Luckily the tank looks easy to fill, so the plants I ordered and 2-3 ornaments should work to fill it! Question: If I leave the lights on for 9 hours of the day, 30 watts total, will there be an algea problem?
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are these safe to use with aquariums with fish?

http://www.shop.plantedaquariumscent...-flroottab.htm

My dad is making me verify.
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^ by that I mean does it add anything bad for fish to the water.
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Yes they are safe. those tabs are specifically meant for aquarium use.

And I dont believe it is necessary to baffle filters for female bettas. The are stronger swimmers than the males. My female betta has no trouble swimming around in my 10 gal.
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Old 12-27-2010, 01:23 AM   #29 
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Okay thanks. Another question (Yes, I ask alot of questions, but thats what this thread is for!)

How do I plant the java fern? I know, only cover the roots. It's SO hard though. There are just a few little hair sized roots and it's almost impossible to bury them. I managed to bury one in the 10 gallon today that came out of my 2.5 gallon tank, but that took 10 minutes and it's still not in very well.

So how do I bury these roots?
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Old 12-27-2010, 11:16 AM   #30 
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I don't bother with that. I just rubberband the base of the fern to a small rock. Way easier and easy to move around and redecorate.

http://aqualandpetsplus.com/Plant,%2...0Fern%20IV.htm

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