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  1. I would have gotten flourish excel but no one has it locally.
  2. Not sure if this is the right spot for this question, so moderators please feel free to move it where it belongs. Thanks Went to Petsmart today and came out with some API CO2 booster. I am thinking I will try it at 1/2 dose in the morning to increase plant growth. Has anyone used this before? Will it harm my plants? My plants are: 1) 3 - anubias plants of different varieties 2) 1-anacharis narrow leaf 3) 1-Ludwigia palustrius (narrow leaf) 4) 1- narrow leaf ludwigia. I've never used this stuff before, right now I'm using Seachem Flourish twice a week as the label instructs. Thoughts, opinions, suggestions? Thanks!
  3. Let me talk to the boss of the house (my gf) and see what she thinks. I think we just might take those sprites if no one else wants em.
  4. Got the light thing sorted out...hopefully. I got the zoomed ultra sun and the flora sun from Petco. Hopefully these will do the job. The plants survived the night!! Those weights really did wonders. I only had to cover up the weights with sand today, and none of the plants were floating so that's good. I don't know if you guys use these weights, but they are awesome as my fish tend to run over anything in their way and dislodge planted things.
  5. I read somewhere that temperature can be important for plants. This got me wondering, what temperature do you guys keep your tanks to keep both plants and fancy goldfish happy?
  6. I just saw your thread, she looks very much like your blue oranda. Lovely fish by the way
  7. I think she's technically a "blue"? I don't know. She's not purple. The color you might be seeing is from the blue actinic light. Her face is a greenish gold with a dark dark green wen, her body silver and gold with a dark grey tail. Lol, I have no idea what color she would be technically classified as. If anyone wants to classify her color for me, that would be great! I'll get my dslr out tomorrow and take some pictures for you under the right lighting
  8. Aww thank you !! The darker one's name is Koko, named after this website for helping her when she got sick with pop eye. She's a constant reminder to me for the kindness the people have shown me on this site. And it is fun to tease THE koko using the double nuances. hehe.
  9. Okay, well since I'm going to get new bulbs tomorrow I'll just post this brief video. Those that view it tomorrow won't have to listen to "the walking dead" tomorrow and will instead, listen to music. Sorry the video is so short! My gf is watching TV in her pj's and requested i not pan the aquarium to all angles and our house is a bit of a mess (can't let the world see that!) Please excuse the algae on the filter intake on the right, the filter will be replaced within a week so I didn't bother. The heater on the front left of the aquarium will also be replaced with a fully submersible heater so the lid can close. I will do a more thorough video once my house is cleaned and open it to the public. Anyways, here's the set up.
  10. Just my 2 cents. From a microbiology perspective, the other organisms in the bio film process the wastes of the other bacteria. Some might even have a resistance to a bacteriophage (bacterial virus) or possibly resistance to certain chemicals/antibiotics. Which depending on the bacteria you are talking about could be a good thing. And since the nitrobacter and nitrosomonas species grow attached to surfaces, makes me believe further that the benefit out weighs the risks. I agree with Alex in that there is such a thing as "too clean", even for humans. Anyway back to the OP's topic. I have TSM sand. I feel that it gives the fish more "stuff to do". But be warned, that sand gets EVERYWHERE! I also think I've lost two filters because of it. If I were to change to something different, I might look at a soil bottom with a gravel top for plants. But unless I move and have to drain the tank, I doubt that will happen. But it is pretty and the contrast is nice.
  11. Oh nice! I will have to check that out! Yep, the bulbs are going back tomorrow. Seems the other one is for saltwater too. Go figure. >.> I'm just really new to this light stuff. Thank you guys for your patience! From a very brief google search/read, I learned that plants need both the blue and the red spectrum of the lighting. I think at present, I have two "blue" bulbs, rather than a red and a blue. I realize this is a really layman way to put it, but it sort of makes sense to me at least. C'mon youtube!
  12. How deep is your tank Ashlee? I know you got one of the bigger ones?
  13. Well the zoomed website seems to agree with you guys. I'll take back the lights tomorrow and exchange them.
  14. My aquarium is 29.5 inches high, minus a few inches due to the sand. Yes it's an actinic bulb. Should I try for the pink bulb?
  15. Ah nuts. Those bulbs were 20 bucks each! Well heck, now what do I do? I just want them to live. I have a deep tank, I hope it helps. Hopefully after a couple of physics classes and maybe a trip to the botany department, I'll figure this stuff out. Haha. I don't recall seeing "pink" lights at petco. I'll go back and look tomorrow or over the weekend then. I hope they'll take it back!
  16. Hi everyone! Plants arrived from planted aquarium central! This is what I got: 1 Vallisneria asiatica (tall background plant), 1 Anacharis narrow leaf, and a Ludwigia palustris, narrowleaf ludwigia. I also picked up a couple of annubias plants the other day (my one rock with the anubias on it was looking like more rock and less anubias so I got another one to tie to the rock) and the other one went on the other rock in the tank. I also read that lights lose some of their spectrum after a year, so I bought two replacement bulbs. One more of a blueish hue (the sales person said that it would reach the plants better, and the other a 10,000 k bulb). It looks pretty neat. We painted the back of the aquarium using black latex paint (Thanks Tithra for the youtube video!) . We were going to use acrylic but I wanted decided to go with the latex cuz Tithra did it. Also, I cannot find this PAR thing you were talking about I did the PP dip as suggested on planted aquarium central. And so far the plants aren't a salad. We purchased the lead free weights that are sold from the same website, and put them on all the plants. Hopefully, it will be enough to keep the plants in the substrate from the two Bulldozers. Currently, I am using flourish and nothing else. I'm still not sure if I need it or not. We will see I guess. What else? Oh, the 2nd new filter will arrive here tomorrow and I will put it in once my cycle stabilizes. I had to replace the AC 70 with a different filter, it is seeded but I've noticed a slight bump in my cycle. The ammonia is less than .5 but I am doing water changes every couple of days with Prime to play it safe. Other than that, the tank looks beautiful. Depending on how these plants do will determine if we buy more. Hopefully, these will grow enough to allow us to plant the offshoots (not sure on the exact term) in the bare spots in the back of the aquarium. I'm so excited!! I will try to post some pictures up later today. Right now, I need a break from aquarium-ing.
  17. I'm not sure anyone can give you a definitive answer to your question. The most important thing is to watch your water parameters. Wait to see what the moderators think, but if it were me I'd fill up the tank as much as you can. More water means the waste products are more diluted. If you get in a pinch you an get a big food safe rubber made type container from Walmart to put your fish in, with filter of course. Good luck!
  18. You might experiment with hand feeding your fish. Then you can make sure everyone gets their share.
  19. I think he or she is tryin to be a piggy like neon said. I've heard that fish have a pecking order, whether this is true or not I don't know. Just keep an eye on them.
  20. I don't know yet. I tend to get really intense with things until they are either done or I get bored with them. We had wanted to do an aqua scale with the tank. Maybe build an underwater waterfall (a sand fountain, check youtube if you are interested). I'm not sure of the lighting ad I have a deeper tank. The ideal lighting is expensive for that though, a long with that pressurized CO2 system like tithra is getting (jealous!). I will get there!
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