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Old 10-28-2013, 10:29 PM   #21
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plants actually use ammonia
Learn something new everyday! I guess it couldn't hurt to add some plants immediately perhaps 2 or 3. Now I just have to find some hardy and easy to care for plants.
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Thanks solarz for your input!

So from reading some of your later posts about certain plants reducing PH, it would be best if I avoid such plants for my 55 gallon as the fish I keep are accustom to the current PH and if the PH were to drop it would make it far more difficult to add more fish in the future which is what I would like to do.
Plants do not reduce pH. I was talking about ways to reduce pH with substrates.
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I've never kept cichlids, so I can't tell you from experience. However, I've seen cichlid tanks with anubias in Big Al's. Unfortunately, anubias don't grow very fast, so you will experience minimal benefit related to water quality.

I can think of some plants that *might* be hardy enough for cichlids: hornwort, vallisneria, java moss, crypts. Hornwort and vals grow quickly, java moss and crypts grow more slowly. You can also experiment with java ferns, though I haven't kept them myself.



You will only get gas pockets if you use a highly organic soil. If you use mineralized top soil, you will not get any gas pockets.

Uprooting plants in dirted tanks is an issue, and I have experienced that first-hand. However, it can be minimized by keeping the soil to sand ratio low. In my current 20-gal, I put in only 1/2" of MTS vs 3-4" of fine sand. I have not experienced any muddiness from uprooting staurogyne repens or water wisteria.
So I picked up a crypt lingua, java fern and hyprophila for starters and we will see how that goes I will keep everyone updated on there growth if any lol.
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I'm alway curious, how do u remove fish poo from a planted tank? I used to keep a planted tank but eventually I find the substrate is over run by fish poo, and theres no way for me to vacuum due to plants gets in my way. my past experience with substrate bottom is not a very pleasant one.
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I'm alway curious, how do u remove fish poo from a planted tank? I used to keep a planted tank but eventually I find the substrate is over run by fish poo, and theres no way for me to vacuum due to plants gets in my way. my past experience with substrate bottom is not a very pleasant one.
Simply put, you don't.

If you use gravel, fish waste will eventually break down and fall to the bottom of the substrate as a sludge.

If you use sand, then you need malaysian trumpet snails. They will turn over your sand and ensure that large particles fall to the bottom.
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Updated the guide to add two sections about algae and beginner plants.
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Suggestion for quick cycling: Tetra Safe Start. It's amazing. Almost instant. Most other don't even work.
You can do just as recommended.
Add it to the filter and add some fish. Done.
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