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Old 01-23-2014, 09:21 AM   #21
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I'm really interested in and considering taking the plunge into purchasing a few red cherry shrimp. Firstly, how many would you guys advise in a 72L tank alongside 6 neons, 6 micro-galaxy rasboras, a Betta and 3 otocinclus. And also, is there any point keeping both otocinclus and red cherry shrimp as I read both are good at eating algae (which one is better though)?
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Old 01-24-2014, 01:19 PM   #22
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Hey guys so I got my first plant today - limnophila sessiflora (excited!). Any tips on planting these?
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Old 01-24-2014, 03:07 PM   #23
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I'm really interested in and considering taking the plunge into purchasing a few red cherry shrimp. Firstly, how many would you guys advise in a 72L tank alongside 6 neons, 6 micro-galaxy rasboras, a Betta and 3 otocinclus. And also, is there any point keeping both otocinclus and red cherry shrimp as I read both are good at eating algae (which one is better though)?
Well the otos would be a whole lot safer choice and they are a favorite among planted tank enthusiasts for algae control

As for the new plant, I haven't grown that one in particular. But, I read a ton in anticipation of my shipment. The general guidelines for bunch plants are to remove the band, snip off any damaged ends, strip the leaves for the bottom inch, and then insert that inch into the substrate. You want a healthy, bare stem in the substrate so it will root without the interference of rotting leaves. Giving a bit of space between stems is ideal so the light can reach the lower leaves. Now, you can just shove the bunch into the substrate as it comes and cross your fingers. Some tough plants will survive that. But, most of the time the lower leaves and stem rot and you end up with floating pieces or a dead plant.

And, check out the planted tank section here. Lots of good help.
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:01 PM   #24
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Hey guys need some insight. Have had the tank setup for a couple weeks now and the ammonia levels are not coming down (they are consistently at 4ppm). I've read around to do a water change but any advice from you guys?
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:52 PM   #25
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Are you seeing Nitrites yet? That is very odd. DO you know anybody with an established filter that would give you some seeded (dirty) filter media? The LFS (local fish store) also might give you some, if they won't see if they will squeeze the filter and give you the gunk in a water bag. Then dump it into your aquarium, that should give you a jump start with bacteria I've never heard of nothing after a couple of weeks!
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Old 02-13-2014, 02:14 PM   #26
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Newbie with a tank - so many questions!

Unfortunately no one in my social circle owns a tank and the LFS are against fishless cycling and very adamant in adding the quick solutions which allow adding of fish in 24 hours. So I think asking them for some established water will only end up in a sales pitch for this unwanted item.
I'm not seeing any nitrites but I will have another test today or tomorrow.
I've read around about doing a 10-15% water change, do you think this will help?
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Old 02-13-2014, 08:16 PM   #27
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I don't see how it would help, but at this point it probably wont hurt. And you should ask your lfs anyway for dirty media (of media squeezing -not just water, not much bacteria in water you have to get the gunky stuff) if they give you a sales pitch, just say "yeah, I'm not interested, but thanks." end of story. Worst thing that could happen is they think your odd ANybody else have advice?
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:19 AM   #28
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LoL don't worry I think being weird is the new thing hehe
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Where do you live? There must be another fish store. Petco, Pet Smart ? A fish club?
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Old 02-14-2014, 05:21 PM   #30
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Maybe put out a wanted add on craigslist? Lol. I think there are companies that sell too. You are using a dechlorinator and not rinsing your filter, correct?

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