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Old 06-06-2011, 11:43 PM   #11 
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DON'T boil rocks! They can explode and cause serious injury. A good scrubbing with hot water is all that is needed!
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:52 PM   #12 
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Thank you. You have been so helpful! I think I'm gonna take a trip to my LPS and PetSmart tomorrow to pick up some plants and hopefully have these tanks set up by tomorrow night. :)

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Unless theyre a root plant (like swords), I usually just put liquid fertilizers in there and have my lights (CFL 6500K) and everything's happy :)

That's actually a 5 gallon!

All of the plants in this: http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=67565
are good for smaller tanks, so long as theyre pruned. If you can get stem plants to grow a lot, you can even sell them or give them away, which is what I did.
The only one that might be meh in a smaller tank would be the amazon sword, which can get HUGE (tank-busters), but if you have bigger sized tanks to transfer, theyre nice.

Also, banana plants are hysterical and stupidly cute. Theyre cheap, too! (which is never a bad thing ;D )
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:55 PM   #13 
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DON'T boil rocks! They can explode and cause serious injury. A good scrubbing with hot water is all that is needed!
Not even with a lid? Lol. And I believe they were referring to stone pebble like rocks. Not the smaller substrate rocks
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Old 06-07-2011, 12:04 AM   #14 
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Even then, sometimes bad stuff can happen... Trust me o__o

I would just soak in hot/warm water (so long as theyre natural) for a day or two if you have concerns, and for non-natural gravel (or even so), rinse in lukewarm water over and over and over and ovverrrrr and itll yield great results. Do until the water runs clear!

And youre welcome, pics when its done! :D
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Old 06-07-2011, 12:22 PM   #15 
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I wouldn't risk it. And with enough force, that lid could come off. Rocks just need a good rinse with hot water, or a soak in some white vinegar, then a REALLY good rinse in hot water.
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Old 06-07-2011, 01:14 PM   #16 
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OKay. I think i'll just stick with the natural colored rocks I already have rinsed and ready to use.
I will be adding a java moss ball into each tank (found out that they are 5g instead of 2.5gs)
Adding a Dwarf Anubias into each tank
and possible drift wood
adding other plants too..just havent decided on the types yet....
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You should get some Moneywort. I'm notorious for killing plants, but mine are thriving! Just make sure you have fluorescent lighting directly over the tank. A desk lamp works.
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Old 06-07-2011, 01:42 PM   #18 
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Everything other than plants and decor is on check. :]
I am thinking about adding some Pygmy Chain Sword
I might buy some moneywort for my other tanks but they are alittle large for a 5g so...?
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You can cut them down. Cut them off at the top, not the root. You can replant the clippings, as they will send out their own roots.
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Old 06-07-2011, 02:06 PM   #20 
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I guess I can try that out. What else do you think I should try? As you can tell. I LOVE a crazy planted tank.
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