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Been just over a year since my dad passed, who handed the tank over to us.

Since then we spent alot of time just making sure that nothing died and that everything was happy. Well 2 dead discus.. (runts) later.. and we are happy with changing the tank!

Dad always hated substrate (other than fine river sand) as he would say "thats where the worms and bugs live"...

But we (my husband and I) have loved seeing planted tanks, ones with 'grass' and plants that are thriving! So thanks to @EvilCheif we got 2 bags of ADA Amazonia and our "Planted in soil" adventure began!

We learnt from Evilcheifs mistake... that we needed to empty the tank and start from the bottom up... laying the soil and planting before adding the fish back in (after 2-3weeks of plant growth and substrate settling).

So a 3ft later and we have a holiday house whilst the main display gets done :D (new peppermint Grow tank!)

Ill update photos as it grows!

*Top left photo - Temporary home top 3ft. housing unhappy discus.. a fanning male Pep (who doesnt even realize hes moved 1mtre across the room.) Clown Loaches, and neons.. Tank underneath is the peppermint fry holding tank at the moment.. (They are for sale in the catfish section of the forum)

** Top Right photo - Tank before anything happened. Plants were planted in soil dug from the yard and potted in old glass candle holders and pots.. .. haha yeah back when I didnt know about the nasties dirt could hold...

*Bottom Right - THE MALE BRED WITHOUT TELLING ME! DAMN he must have sneaked off and raised some fry out of the log (he did have a 3week break from the log..).. as these guys are tiny!

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I had to laugh when I saw the fork in the tank in the second pic. Anyone with catfish should know why its there. I have had a lot of family and friends look at me with a blank expression on their faces and ask me why there are several forks in my tanks. also not all forks are created equally as I have found out "stainless steel" stamped on the fork means little as to how much rust it will produce.

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I had to laugh when I saw the fork in the tank in the second pic. Anyone with catfish should know why its there. I have had a lot of family and friends look at me with a blank expression on their faces and ask me why there are several forks in my tanks. also not all forks are created equally as I have found out "stainless steel" stamped on the fork means little as to how much rust it will produce.

I got a bunch of these ones, if anyone wants their forks back :)

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interesting stuff.

so what sort of plants have you got there, cant' make em out.

and I notice - no substrate - you have your plants in pots. that is also interesting. can I ask what made you go that way?

lots to like.

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Thankyou for watching :D

[MENTION=17630]Soarer[/MENTION] forks are so useful! Heavy, you can cover the sharp bits with food.. and the fish eat like people! hehe They gotta use their cutlery!

[MENTION=17959]EvilChief[/MENTION] I can just imagine a discus wedging itself up in the corkscrew haha, I just went out and got some more forks from the op shop... So we got plenty!

[MENTION=18197]clickme[/MENTION] We bought tons of plants from the recent fish markets and didnt keep note of their names.. But the big ones.. (growing out of the tank) are.. Amazon Sword, theres... Elodia.. Ricca.. Baby Tears.. Hair Grass.. and.. Zuchini haha! No Substate equalled easier water changes.. you could see the poo to scoop! And left over food wouldnt go bad on the bottom because you could see it. Potted plants - because they would die without their roots in substrate.. (oh except the Anubias.. but i had to see what it would do with its feeet in soil.

** Ada substrates in the 4ft now! Has had 1 day to settle.. and its already less of a mud pit.. the bubbles ont he soil are cool but the foam/froth on the top of the water it a little scary.. Hopefully settles down soon.

** Close up of the swords in the pots :P

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The cloudiness will come once you add the bacteria :) I have stopped adding artificial starter for about 4 days and it all cleared up nicely now. The free floating mud particles got caught by an in tank pump nicely, which I only needed to clean once. Start planting right away, otherwise you will stir the soup again when you plant later. I am considering of adding a thin layer of regular gravel over the ADA to prevent accidental stirring by bottom dwellers once the fish go back in.

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Ok @EvilChief :D 

Bubs been teething like mad so its been all hands on deck for a while now! 
Just tonight we moved the discus/tetras/GWTTGuppies males over to the 4ft (everythings got roots now) so we felt it was safe to add fish! 

The Clown loaches x2, breeding pair Peppermint BN and a Pregnant GWTTGuppy are all still in the 3ft. (Gunna sell off the loaches as they are a pain at the moment.. Beautiful to watch.. but they would stir up the soil and they shove their way into the BN cave to eat their fry :( 

My favorite plants so far are the fern? thats shooting off little ones of itself all up and down its leaves.. and the sword :D its already shooting off more offspring everywhere! 

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Update: 

1month+ later and the plants are fully rooted :D 
Both Discus Pairs have bred 3x since being put back into their old tank. 

Now that the Clown loaches have gone to their new home.. (Thankyou kiind stranger.. I dont know your Online name?) The Peps have been able to do their THANG without getting shoofed out and their babies eaten.. 

 

Im still MESMERIZED by Java Fern. I cannot get over how beautiful it is! And that its got BABIES haha! 

How do we keep down the amount of green algae growing on the wood and back glass? Its turning into a thick cover (not normal algae?) Theres 3 baby Peps in there now and theyre keeping it down.. but not enough.. 

x Crystal

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13 hours ago, BristlenoseGirl said:

Update: 

1month+ later and the plants are fully rooted :D 
Both Discus Pairs have bred 3x since being put back into their old tank. 

Now that the Clown loaches have gone to their new home.. (Thankyou kiind stranger.. I dont know your Online name?) The Peps have been able to do their THANG without getting shoofed out and their babies eaten.. 

 

Im still MESMERIZED by Java Fern. I cannot get over how beautiful it is! And that its got BABIES haha! 

How do we keep down the amount of green algae growing on the wood and back glass? Its turning into a thick cover (not normal algae?) Theres 3 baby Peps in there now and theyre keeping it down.. but not enough.. 

x Crystal

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Looking good there.

To keep the algae down reduce the amount of light hours per day (from 8h to 6h). It limits the flora growth for the moment but once the algae is under control again, you can bump it back up. I also keep my algae in check with liquid carbon supplements and CO2. The rest the BN and shrimp will do.

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@clickme Yeah! Its just straight in the substrate... :D Its actually growing REALLY well! 

@EvilChief Thanks for the tips! Turned the lights off whenever we were out and kept it to the afternoons.. Algae on glass is now gone :D 

Thankyou @johnbetta?.. Not lettting me tag more than 2ppl? 

Peps have finally done a good spawn since the Loaches have stopped eating their eggs! 140 i counted all up. Only 1 lost to getting stuck in grill.. 8O

Ill post some more photos of the community tank in a little while :D 

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36 minutes ago, BristlenoseGirl said:

Peps have finally done a good spawn since the Loaches have stopped eating their eggs! 140 i counted all up. Only 1 lost to getting stuck in grill.. 8O

Ill post some more photos of the community tank in a little while :D 

Nice BNG ........is that one spawn at different stages or multiple spawns ?

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Well I dont know whats been added to the town water lately.. but by gosh its making the fish want to mate like crazy again. The peppermints have laid ANOTHER BATCH OF EGGS! I know... Its ridiculous! For the First time Our blue Diamondshave sucessfully raised Discus fry to the wriggler stage! Which is more than I can say for the Red Turqs who are up to their bazillionish batch of unsuccesful eggs.. the GWTTG's Are boinking like rabbits... and everythings growing!!!

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