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Got my PAC order! (tank pics :) )


tithra

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Since the brown algae has taken over my tank my crypts have been in seriously rough shape. They had been growing really nicely before, they had even doubled in size and I had to break them up into a couple more containers. But the algae totally took them over and since they have little dimples in the leaves (retrospiralis crypts), I often damaged them trying to clean the algae off.

So, I decided to order some new plants that will hopefully be easier to clean the brown algae off of.

I got:

3 amazon sword (only ordered 2)

3 aponongeton crispus (only ordered 2)

1 anubias frazeri (did not order this, but there were some issues getting the crispus and I was going to get these instead, so I think she threw this in just because of the issues with the crispus :) )

1 brazillian pennywort (hoping this will help some with the brown algae)

Anyway, PAC is awesome. They have amazing customer service and the plants always come super healthy (at least in my experience so far). I am blown away by the swords, they are tall and beautiful, hopefully they will stay that way!

I ended up putting the crispus in the betta tank bc I really wanted some tall plants for the goldie tank and the crispus was only like 3 inches tall.

Oh, I should also add that I put Puff back in the main tank. I took some video of their reuiniting which I will post later when I get it uploaded :) Anyway, here's some pics:

Sterilizing:

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swords:

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anubias frazeri (and anubias nana next to it)

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  • Regular Member

wow your tank looks amazing with the new plants, so green! How do you sterilise the plants? I think I should start getting into the habit of doing that just in case ;)

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wow your tank looks amazing with the new plants, so green! How do you sterilise the plants? I think I should start getting into the habit of doing that just in case ;)

thanks :) You should definitely always sterilize plants, they can carry nasties into your tank. I use a solution of 1 part bleach 19 parts water, soak for 2-3 min, rinse well, then soak in a bucket of water with extra water conditioner in it (this will remove and leftover chlorine from the bleach).

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I like the new plants!!

If you are having algae problems, I highly recommend a nerite snail. I just realized that one little horned nertie has completely cleaned my betta tank and DD's glofish tank. The only algae left is the kind they don't eat. (They don't eat hair algae apparently.)

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I like the new plants!!If you are having algae problems, I highly recommend a nerite snail. I just realized that one little horned nertie has completely cleaned my betta tank and DD's glofish tank. The only algae left is the kind they don't eat. (They don't eat hair algae apparently.)

Thanks :) I have been considering some nerite snails since everyone seems to be having success with them, I may go that route.

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how do you keep your plants so healthy?? they always look awesome! do you put fertilizer stuff in? that stuff makes me nervous, but I'm willing to try it if you use it! :)

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how do you keep your plants so healthy?? they always look awesome! do you put fertilizer stuff in? that stuff makes me nervous, but I'm willing to try it if you use it! :)

Thanks! these plants are brand new (besides the little anubias) so that's why they look so good now lol :) But no, no fertilizer or anything goes in my goldie tank. It makes me way too nervous. I would rather have dead plants than dead fish (I'm sure people use ferts with no issues but I don't want to risk it). I figure the goldies do enough of their own fertilizing that I don't have to. Plus I only choose easy, low maintenance plants for that tank. The betta tank however has Co2 running, and gets dosed with a bunch of different ferts. This is because I have several high needs plants in that tank and I doubt my little betta produces enough waste to fertilize all those plants :)

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  • Regular Member

interesting. do you have plant growth lights or something? mine start to look pretty sad after just a little while :/

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interesting. do you have plant growth lights or something? mine start to look pretty sad after just a little while :/

I do have pretty decent lighting on this tank now. I have this light http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=23753 which has 2 39 watt T5 HO bulbs, which gives me just about 2 watts per gallon. This is considered 'medium' light. But I used to just have the standard single bulb strip light on my 29 gallon and my anubias did just fine under that. My current light has a 6k white bulb and a roseate (pink) bulb designed for freshwater plant growth

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