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post #41 of 49 (permalink) Old 03-14-2017, 12:26 AM
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You got nice assortment of plants! Do not burry them too much because it might cause rot. You insert the plants in the sand, pull them up slowly, and release them right before they will come out and float. If you want to have Java Fern on the sand, just burry the roots (black parts) but not the rhizome (the green thick part). I used to have Java Fern and Corkscrew Vals. They are very easy and double triple if they love your tank!


I started liking Crypts a lot these days. I have seven crypts now


You might want to rinse the plants in tap water before planting to prevent snails.


One more thing. Make sure to test the tank water. Some substrate change water parameters.
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hey guys! i've got pics to share!

so i set everything up, let the sand settle, and tidied up after i could see a little better. some of the plants have browned and it makes me sad. but some are doing well so far!

here's a full tank pic:


it looks a bit like a wild jungle, but it looks better than it did!

this lil one got all brown on me, and it's the worst one so far:


and the ones in the back are suffering some brown too, but the ones in the front are doing pretty well:


you can see some more browning in this pic, but hey drift wood!:


this big guy right here is doing pretty well as far as i can tell:


and so is this itty bitty one:


i think i want way more of that last one if it works out.

so i used some CO2 and some Leaf Zone and have been leaving my light on for about 10-12 hrs a day. my temperatures took a dip last night because i left the window open when i went to work and the cold suddenly came on us. i still haven't managed to get these heaters to keep the temperature constant. OTL

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Good job! My tank looks untidy with new plants...


You can leave cabomba and water sprite floating. Sometimes it works better for these plants. Once they grow roots, you can plant them. Don't be sad if you see Crypt melt. It's normal. My new crypts are melting too. They are rather hardy. Once they get used to the tank, they will be OK.


It's better to keep the light on for 8 hours unless you want to get an algae tank.
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Good job! My tank looks untidy with new plants...


You can leave cabomba and water sprite floating. Sometimes it works better for these plants. Once they grow roots, you can plant them. Don't be sad if you see Crypt melt. It's normal. My new crypts are melting too. They are rather hardy. Once they get used to the tank, they will be OK.


It's better to keep the light on for 8 hours unless you want to get an algae tank.
This is amazing! The rules for gardening in an aquarium are so different from regular gardening.
And oop, def cutting it down to 8 hours lol.

My cabomba finally perked up, lol.

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Well... crap.
I apparently did not rinse the plants out well enough! I now have at least 5 adorable baby snails chilling in my tank.
What do I do with these l guys?? I have a feeling my tank isn't gonna support 1 fish + an army of small snails
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bought an assassin snail to take care of them. :)

though i think prism has been munching on them.. he's bloated and i haven't fed him since yesterday. sigh

anyway, a plant or two wilted away. i don't remember which ones they were. but the sword, crypts and the water sprite are all doing magnificently. they're really pretty and i might get more of them in the future, esp for the tank sunny is in.

i got a lil bit of algae.. but i've got a timer on it's way here so that i can take care of that issue lol.

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my assassin snail is here! he's such a fiesty lil beast. the instructions said he might not be active in the first 24 hours due to stress but nope. my lil guy was out and crawling about as soon as he got upright. i've named him Danger. he's really quick for a snail and i've found him burrowed into the sand a couple of times.

i found a BIG ramshorn snail in my tank too. he seemed like a cute lil guy but he was munching a big hole in one of my crypt leaves. so i vacuumed him out instead of waiting for danger to get him. the tiny pond snails are still open season though.

i got a timer for the tank too. but i need a more powerful vacuum b/c it's getting kinda messy and my regular one is not too effective, since the tank is close to the floor.

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I also wanted to say that Prism is feeling 100% better. He's super active and always swimming around and poking about. He's started flaring at me all the time again. He's also really shiny. I think the plants have really improved water quality for him.

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If you ever need to refill your sand, I use this method, and it keeps the cloud down and helps "aim" where you want the sand to go :)
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