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Old 03-09-2011, 05:18 PM   #91
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There is a lot of misinformation and conflicting guidance out there. It will all get easier, trust me. As your tank gets established, things will work a lot better. New tanks are frustrating, and that is why so many leave the hobby quickly.
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I should find a new hobby like drinking! lol

Nah come this far, and AA has made it easier, prob cuz nobody here is trying to sell you something!

Do you think putting live plants in is the way to go before introducing new fish??
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Completely up to you on the plants. It isn't going to provide any massive benefit either way... especially lower light plants. They do suck up ammonia and nitrate, but not at a dramatic rate, especially if they are slow growers like most lower light plants are.
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Are LED's good lighting for plants? I'll research plant more...
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Old 03-09-2011, 05:49 PM   #95
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They can be...

Check out this DIY thread. Lots of good info about using/building an LED fixture:

High-Power LED Fixture for a Planted Tank
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Update. Decided to keep away from live plants for now. I'm realizing my first tank purchased was just that, a beginner tank. So My 2 platties are happy as are the 4 neons. Just added 2 Emerald Corys, all looks well as far as all the kids getting along. I added some more faux plants to give everyone a little hiding quiet time. I think this will be it as for adding any more fish. Gonna throw some ghost shrimp and a snail eventually...
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Cool. Post some photos!
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Will do! Have a bit of the cloudiness going on again. Should I wait it out? Will using a declouder help without messing things up??
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It might help... but I personally wouldnt add it. Not a fan of chemical treatments like that. I would give it a few days. If it becomes an ongoing issue, rather than using those binding agents that "clear" the water, I would look at running some purigen in your filter instead.
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Darned if I don't learn something bout everyday on this site!
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