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  1. Question about the Chinese Algae eaters..... So they might go after goldfish, but would they go after small, quick tropical fish like neon tetras or zebra danios?
  2. Well, yesterday I went to the pet store and got two bunches of java fern and an anubias plant! I tied one fern and the anubias to an ornament, and the other fern to a modified miniature fake palm tree (The 'trunk' of the tree is a small plastic rod and has a suction cup on the bottom to hold it down, and I took off the little green top). Hopefully these plants do better in 1.9 watts per gallon. One last question: Do the roots of these plants need to be covered/buried in substrate? Because right now I have the roots exposed, above gravel.
  3. Oh, okay... So java fern, java moss, and anubias would all do alright with my 19 watt bulb? That's good news! I was worried about finding a bulb that had enough wattage but would still fit in my fixture. I guess I'll just scratch the anacharis. What about fertilizers? From what I have read, java moss shouldn't need it, but what about the other two plants? I'd like to have a variety of plants. And if these plants do need fertilizer, what kind would you reccommend?
  4. Or, as I'm doing a little more research on these plants, a 30 watt bulb.
  5. Thank you for the link! It's very helpful. So it appears I need a higher wattage bulb... probably need to upgrade to at least a 40 watt. What about fertilizers? I'm probably going to choose from java fern, java moss, anacharis, or anubias.
  6. Aww, celestials are such funny little fish Good for you for giving advice and helping that family out! And good of them to take your advice. And yes, pictures, pictures!
  7. I had some anacharis in my tank, and I had them in small pots with the bottoms of the stems stuck down in between gravel/river rocks. They did well for a few days to a week, then turned brownish and went limp, and presumably died. Leaves and small sections of plant broke off after they turned brown. I took the brown ones out and threw them away. I thought that the cause could be that they were stuck down too far into the gravel, so I lifted the remaining plants up and set them on top of the gravel in the little pot. These aren't doing well now, either. I thought that some of them might be doing OK because they had grown many little "roots" and sent out new growth, but eventually the bottom-half of the leaves would turn brown and limp, and eventually spread upwards. I'm not using any fertilizer or plant food, and my light is a standard hood lamp (19 watts). It's a cycled 10 gallon tank with 3 guppies in it, and the tank is in the basement, so the plants don't get any sunlight or much other light except for the hood lamp. So now most of my anacharis is gone, but I still really like the look of live plants, and want to keep some in this tank. Any suggestions as to what I did wrong, what plants to buy to re-decorate, and how to properly care for them? Much appreciated!
  8. I recently got some anacharis, and needed a way to anchor it. I didn't have anything good to tie it to, and I don't have enough gravel at the bottom of my tank to bury the roots, so I decided I needed to pot them. Well, I didn't have any cute little glass vases or any appropriate-sized terra cotta pots laying around, so I made my own pots! I cut the bottom fourth or so off a clear disposable water bottle so I was left with a little cup for one "pot", and I cut off the bottom portion of a heavier plastic water bottle for the other "pot". Then I simply tied the plants together with some fishing line to make a nice bunch, set them in the cup, and filled with gravel! The disposable bottle is nice beacuse it's clear and all you see is the gravel, so it looks more natural. But the opaque water bottle does the job too, and could be cute if you used different colors. The whole tank (please excuse the algae, lol): The clear bottle: The clear bottle again: And the opaque bottle:
  9. Hey everybody! I finally took the plunge and got live plants for my guppy tank: 3 bunches of anacharis! I'm just so proud of 'em So anyways. I've had these plants for one week today, and I've noticed some odd string-like things growing out of the stems of the plants. Some of them are growing straight down, much like roots. Here are some pictures to help explain: Sorry about the sideways-ness. Are these roots? Or possibly new growth....? Should I do anything about these? Is it a good sign? This is my very first experience with live plants, so any information is welcome!
  10. I like the idea of a school of neon tetras with a bunch of live plants OR of shrimp with live plants. I think I would go for the neon tetras.
  11. Wow... HUGE fish! That's fantastic to be able to have a pond like that. It looks really nice, especially the brick wall/ledge thing.
  12. Seconded! That would help a lot. Even if it was a drawing/diagram and not a photograph.
  13. Cichlids probably wouldn't be very good for a 5 gallon. All the pages about cichlids on this site [Fish Lore] say 20+ gallons each or per pair. I also read other things about 55+ gallons, so I think a 5 gallon is way too small. Here's a thought: a live plant(s) and some shrimp in your tank. Ghost shrimp or cherry shrimp. I dunno, I've always thought that'd be cool to do if I had a small extra tank laying around. I'm not sure I would even recommend fancy guppies for this tank. I have 5 males in a 10-gallon, and they make enough poo to earn weekly waterchanges. I suppose 3 males would be alright, though, if you kept up on the maitenence. Good luck, and I hope you can find something to do with your tank!
  14. Like this? ---> I think the kind above would be OK. The burning type of incense, probably not such a good idea.
  15. Ew..... That's odd, I've never had a problem with my freeze-dried bloodworms, and they've been open for way more than a week.
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