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orandagal
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Continuation from "I think it's starting"
« on: February 13, 2012, 10:32:48 AM »

Morning all,
I just wanted to give a quick update and confess to my screw-up. When I received my bigger tank I was SO excited that I didn't think about where I was going to put it, I just wanted it up. I had my 12 gallon on a fairly tall cabinet, and for the smaller tank it worked fine. After filling the new 29 gallon tank up, and days later, after doing a lot of research on this site as well as other sites, it dawned on me, I should have gotten the correct size stand before filling the 29 gal. up. Lesson number #1 learned-always do your research first and get the proper equipment  Smiley I searched and finally found a stand that is the correct size and shorter (In order for me to do anything in my 29 gal. I had to stand on a step stool) so this past weekend purchased a new trash can to put most of the water from the aquarium in, removed the dying plants, vacumed the gravel, moved it to the new stand and refilled it with the water from the trash can and some new conditioned water. I worried if this would slow down or screw up my cycling, but checked levels today and this is what we have: PH 8.0, Ammonia 0.25, Nitrite 5.0 and Nitrate 5.0-10.00. It looks like things are still ok, the ammonia has dropped a little from the last check, my Nitrite has peaked, and Nitrates are moving up slowly. Last Friday marked week 3 of cycling and I've ordered some more plants on line which should be here Wed. and those will be added. Hopefully things will continue to go well and in the next couple of weeks my fish can be added. Has anyone ordered plants from LiveAquaria.com (Drs. Foster/Smith)? We are very limited in our area for pet supplies and have to drive over an hour to the bigger city, and even then, the plant selected was not very good the last time I went shopping. Will end here, but wishing everyone a great week. Thanks for listening and remember-do your homework first!
 
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Skwishee
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Re: Continuation from "I think it's starting"
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2012, 04:29:42 AM »

Glad to hear things are going well!

I had a similar experience, my tank had a stand, but when I filled it up, the water line was un-even, thus meaning my floor was un-even! So I learnt -the hard way- to check the level of my floor first Wink (It was easily fixed by just sticking some thick card under the stand).

Not sure about the plants, but I would always quarantine any before adding them to the tank, or if the larger tank is going to be empty for a week or more, you could quarantine them in the larger tank  Smiley
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Nossie
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Re: Continuation from "I think it's starting"
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2012, 05:31:29 AM »

Just stick the plants in and be happy! I never ordered online, I tend to pick out the best-looking plants in a shop, but you gotta get them from somewhere Smiley Let's just hope they're nice to them during shipping.
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orandagal
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Re: Continuation from "I think it's starting"
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2012, 07:53:30 PM »

Plants arrived this morning and were in very good shape, much better than what I have seen in the stores, so fingers crossed that they will live  Smiley Checked my levels again today, PH 8.2, Ammonia 0.25, Nitrite still spiking 5.0 and Nitrate also climbing 10.0 so looks like everything is moving along well. I tested my water in my old tank just to see how it looked, and everything is great in it. I had to order a new light for my old aquarium and that should be here in a few days. Poor fish aren't use to dull lighting from just the overhead light.
Will keep giving updates and thank you both for all the helpful information.
Debbie
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Nossie
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Re: Continuation from "I think it's starting"
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2012, 10:12:12 AM »

How about a little water change before adding the plants? I'm sort of suspicious about that rising pH... o_o
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orandagal
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Re: Continuation from "I think it's starting"
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2012, 12:25:35 PM »

Hi Nossie,
I did a slight water change  Smiley  when I added the plants and on Friday's test, the PH had gone back down to 8.0. It's always stayed in the high range, even on the old tank. Thank you for the suggestion and I'll continue to keep an eye on it. 
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Re: Continuation from "I think it's starting"
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2012, 02:11:25 PM »

Okay, good! Cheesy It'll probably be more stable once the tank has cycled Smiley
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