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    Re: 4ft planted tank

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    Quote Originally Posted by jermseah View Post
    nice scape... need more plants now!!

    what carpeting plants u intend to put?
    I have some Japanese hairgrass which I transferred from my old 2ft tank. They are at the front of the tank. Not so closely planted so cannot see from the picture. I am intending to get more Japanese hair grass to fill up the front.

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    Nice setup. Keep us posted on the LED light. Looks nice and high tech!

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    Cool! Following!

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    Days 1 to 3: did 90% water change
    Day 4: no water change
    Day 5(today):did a 50% water change.
    My readings before water change

    NH3 and NO3 have some readings while NO2 is zero.
    I have ada brightly k and step 1. When do I start dosing them?

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    Looking at others' blogs, I noticed that their NO2 has readings, however, mine is at zero. Is this normal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hann View Post
    Looking at others' blogs, I noticed that their NO2 has readings, however, mine is at zero. Is this normal?
    It is totally normal in my view.

    Currently Ammonia level in your tank is very high. Beneficial bacteria that "eat" Ammonia to convert it to Nitrite (NO2) has still not developed enough to transfer all Ammonia to Nitrite. Whatever Nitrate converted was "eaten" by beneficial bacteria and transfer to Nitrate (NO3). Hence, it can be seen the Nitrite (NO2-) level is at 0 and Nitrate (NO3-) is a little currently.

    Slowly, once the beneficial bacteria gain the quantity, Ammonia level will be reduced gradually and Nitrite level will increase as well.

    Once tank cycled, Ammonia and Nitrite will reach 0ppm and Nitrate will be at higher level.

    Having said that, every tank will develop differently. However, it will come to the cycled point in the end.


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    Seems like I am still in the phase 1 of the fishless cycling process according to the graph. Ammonia has yet to convert to NO2. I thought my eheim 2071 which I brought it from the old tank can help to expedite the process, but looks like it iss a wishful thinking of mine. Lol.

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    Yes if you use the old media and canister filter from your previous tank, it can instantly kick start the cycling. Since you have new tank and soil, let it run a week or so. Test the water parameter again. Most importantly the water parameter must be stable.

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    You can consider adding airstone to increase aeration. Just get a cheap pump. Oxygen helps to enhance the growth of nitrifying bacteria.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SGDiscus View Post
    You can consider adding airstone to increase aeration. Just get a cheap pump. Oxygen helps to enhance the growth of nitrifying bacteria.

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    I see. Thanks for the recommendation.
    What I did was push up the outlet slightly near the water surface for aeration.

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    Finally the doors are up. All cover up.

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    Sweet...!!!

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    Nice!

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    looking great!

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    Very nice set up, thanks a lot for sharing your start up. Lucky you found such nice driftwood

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Archer View Post
    Very nice set up, thanks a lot for sharing your start up. Lucky you found such nice driftwood
    Actually there are a total of 6 pieces of driftwoods.

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    I see, nice art work you did combining them, did you use a type of glue or tied them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Archer View Post
    I see, nice art work you did combining them, did you use a type of glue or tied them?
    No glue to stick them together. Just the arrangement with some soil, rocks and wood structures' help. Some of the branches can hook to the other driftwood.

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    Re: 4ft planted tank

    The 10th day update.
    More hairgrass(courtesy from bro goalkeeper)and plants added since the last update
    Lobelia cardinalis mini
    Ludwigia white
    Rotala mexicana goias
    Bacopa caroliniana
    Pogostemon erectus
    Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Kompakt'
    Hygrophila 'araguaia' and rotala bonsai (hidden behind the rock) will shift them after they stablise.
    Hornwort
    Dwarf water lettuce (floaters)
    Front view

    Left side close-up

    Right side close-up
    Last edited by hann; 11th Jan 2017 at 22:12.

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    Day 11
    Ammonia decreases from the last measurement (a week ago). However, NO2 is still zero.

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