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Be careful introducing wild plants into your aquarium, they could potentially introduce some nasty stuff into your tank.
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I wouldn't even consider putting wild plants in a tank as an option. They are so cheap online, aquabid is your best bet for price.
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so i think im gonna go to petco and buy about 60-80lbs of this stuff this weekend and some dwarf HG pods and give it a go.... i dont have a co2 system yet tho but i think it ll be ok
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Start a thread so we can watch the progress of your tank. I'm pulling my 3 femals and 1 male out of the tank. They will either end up dead by the end of the weekend or no fins. Shawnee Pets said they would take them. I'm going to let Titus and mom finish this brood and I might pull them as well. With the recent job change I don't really have the time to take care of fry and a male who is being even more destructive in the tank. I was going to put the Blue german rams in this tank, but I think they might work out better in the 50 gallon. So back to the drawing board on this tank for fish. I love the convicts, I really do. They are amazing fish but I'm not going to be able to keep up with them now.
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Yeah I will.... I just need to find a place that has 6,500k bulbs in stock
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I bought mine on amazon with prime shipping. They were half the price of instore. Petco as agreed to take the 4 convicts. I'm going to run them up there after work. I'm not going to remove the pair until I see how quickly they will continue to spawn.
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Lol ok I broke down and just ended up buying shit to switch to saltwater
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I love the convicts, I really do. They are amazing fish but I'm not going to be able to keep up with them now.
Agree 100%. Con's are some of my absolute favorite fish but damnit they can be a pain in the ass when they're spawning. One day I'll have a tank large enough that I can have a pair mixed in with other larger fish that they can't kill and lots of good hiding places to spawn. My old 6' 120 gallon wasn't even enough room for a pair of cons and my massive Jack Dempsey.
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Ammonia is holding at 3ppm and I finally have 8ppm nitrite in the tank. 2 days of adding 5ml of ammonia from Ace kick started the cycle. How long is it going to take for teh nitrite to drop? A couple of weeks?
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I managed to get 3 of 4 convicts out of the tank. Trying to catch them with a net in a planted tank is a pain. After about 15 min of chasing them around the tank I put an algae wafer in the net and place it one of the plants. That worked, until my last little female caught up and would have non of it. I'm not going to feed her for a day or two and see if the wafer trick will work again. With the other 3 our, mom and dad started to venture out more. Mom is digging up he sand like crazy giving the fry something to eat. In return she's kicking up some ammonia in the tank. It measured just shy of .25, after a water change I was back to 0. I'm going to have to test a little more frequent while she's doing this.

The other 3 seem to be doing fine in the holding tank. As soon as I get the 4th out, I'm taking them up to Shawnee Pets.
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I've got a stem reaching for the surface. Flowers should follow.
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Update,

Cycle completed in 9 days. I've done some minor changes. It now houses a yellow betta and some neon gold tetra.

Plants are doing well on my dry fert solutions.






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I'm slowly getting this ready to switch to dry fertilizer. I just need 3 500ml bottles.

Convicts are coming out. New fish have been selected. Going to take a month and clean some of the mulm and algae up before they go in. 10 gallon low tech below is cominh along nicely. Its been up 3 weeks using the 50 gallon water. I already have lush green algae growing.

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First attempt at a 3d background. I'm going with a lighter color on the next one.
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New additions, convicts are gone.
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Your tank is looking awesome. What do you have in there besides the Rams? Where did you get your driftwood? Have you not had any tannis leach from it since you put it in because your water always looks really good in your pics.

My Red Devil died last week from some kind of unknown infection. Not sure what happened to her, poor girl. Her water quality has always been top notch, I do 2 50% changes per week, and she's been on a healthy diet of NLS and Hikari Gold for years.

I replaced the substrate with pool filter sand. I'm debating if I want to plant the tank or not. I want to get some driftwood but I hate dealing with tannis and I don't think I want a blackwater tank. I haven't decided what I'm going to stock it with yet.

This is what I'm thinking now.

2 Delhezi Bichir
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That may change. I've always wanted bichirs, but I love my SA/CA cichlids. Might look into getting some Geo's or something.
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Thank you, I just switched this tank to dry ferts this week. Seachem got way to expensive and it wasn't as hard as I thought to mix up my own solutions.

I picked up 2 of the driftwood from dr foster and smith. I've had zero issues with tannis b/c I boiled them 4 times for 2 hours each time, then let them soak in pure r/o water for a week.

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I'm going to add 2 more bolivian rams at some point.
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Thank you, I just switched this tank to dry ferts this week. Seachem got way to expensive and it wasn't as hard as I thought to mix up my own solutions.

I picked up 2 of the driftwood from dr foster and smith. I've had zero issues with tannis b/c I boiled them 4 times for 2 hours each time, then let them soak in pure r/o water for a week.

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1 albino BN
4 snails

I'm going to add 2 more bolivian rams at some point.
You got pretty lucky with your tannis situation. In the past I've had wood leak tannis for months to a year. That's after boiling and let cure for weeks haha.

You need some bottom dwellers in the tank. Cory cat's are a lot of fun but I've always really enjoyed loaches. Zebra botia are my favorites but dojos are cool tool. If you get some get at least 6-7 because they are social little guys. They'll dance for food and chase each other around in loach trains, they're hilarious to watch.
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The snails do a pretty good job of keeping my sand clean and moved around. I have 3 julii cory's in my 29h. The bolivian Rams sick the bottom for the most part unless they eating.
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The snails do a pretty good job of keeping my sand clean and moved around. I have 3 julii cory's in my 29h. The bolivian Rams sick the bottom for the most part unless they eating.
Ahh didn't think about snails. I was just thinking about something to give the bottom a little life and to pickup the excess food that gets missed and sinks.
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Added two additional female rams and finished the right side. I'm just going to let the tanl grow for now. Rotala needa to fill in. Star grass will go in around the right martii/slate as a carpet. Dry ferts have given much more growth in the last 2 weeks than the seachem line did.

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Tank is looking good. Are you thinking about adding any more fish?
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If I do, it will be more sarpaes. I'm shifting focus to the 29 and 10. I'm going to let the plants grow for a bit while I add some specific scaping plants to fill some gaps. The 29 needs some scaping, it looks a bit thrown together. I don't like the rocks anymore. I think I'm going to ornament the tank. One planted, one zen, one ornament. I'm putting together a parts list for co2, can't decide between an aquatek cool touch or diy.

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