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Old 08-08-2004, 11:04 AM   #11
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i think i've got a lot of phosphate in my tap water as well. I got that phos-x stuff, we'll see how that works. will any pleco work in my tank?
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Old 08-08-2004, 02:29 PM   #12
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When I first got that I was quite skeptical because it just looked like a bag of dirt, but it got the job done...
Hope it works for you too!
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You can find a pleco to suit most size tanks, except very small ones, and I can't remember what size tank you have, kmlong. Are you still planning to switch over to live plants? If so, stick with rubberlip or bristlenose, or clown plecos as they won't eat your plants, and stay small.

OT: BTW, if you do switch to live, do it gradually so you won't be removing the good bacteria that is present on your fake ones all at once.
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yes, eventually i'm going to switch over. I am also changing the gravel but am very leary on doing this. My cycle is at the end. Tankgirl, i don't know if you remember but i was having all the trouble with the cycling and then put that biowheel in. I've just got nitrate reading now, tonigh i'm at 20. I'm having to change the water every 3-4 days. Is that normal? Will the nitrates always be like this or will they settle down? But back to the gravel and plants. I guess i should just do the plants first, one at a time maybe and wait like a week before i take another fake plant out to replace it. Once i get my plants done they should have been in long enough to help hold onto my bacteria when i put new gravel in. I was thinking maybe i'll leave some of the old gravel in on the bottom to where you cant see it through the base of the aquarium and put the new on top. I've also got a media bag in the filter and biowheel. the biowheel has been running for about 2-3 weeks now. If my tank is still finishing its cycle then i will wait but just need to know if nitrate levels should be going up so quick(3-4days). thanks a bunch!
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Nitrate at 20 is not bad at all, and once you get live plants in there they will love that and you will see the levels drop, but I would not worry about 20.

I have crashed my tank's cycle when changing out substrate, and that was in a 12gal Eclipse with a biowheel, so be careful when doing that. Some people have described no trouble after changing out substrate 100% all at one time, but I've been burned so I'm cautious about it. All I did then was pop over to the LFS and get some Bio-Spira, but currently that's not an option so it is risky.

Your plan sounds good, and what I did when starting with live plants is I left the plastic ones in for a while, mainly to allow the live to fill in and grow to hide the filter intake or whatever, then when they were doing well I removed the fake ones little by little.

Sounds like your cycle is finished, but give it several more weeks to get the biofilter completely established. It is somewhat delicate in the very beginning shortly after the cycle completes.
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