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Thread: Retirement Tank

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    Always nice to see someone start a new journal. The pencilfish have such a small bio-load I believe you could double the school and still have as many Cory's as you planned. If you can't find the Dwarf pencils, you could go with the Three lined, Nannostomus trifasciatus they get just a little bigger and are hard to tell apart from the Dwarf's. I agree with you that the Adolfoi might be a little big for the tank to keep in the numbers you want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SueD View Post
    No rinsing of the sand at all. This is packed in liquid similar to Eco Complete. The sand and liquid is added to the tank. I've used Eco Complete, which is much coarser, in 4 of my other tanks and Super Naturals (Tahitian Moon), which is very fine sand, no liquid added, in 2 Spec V's. This Instant Aquarium is also fine sand (Tahitian Moon color also), but is heavier than Super Naturals and much easier to plant in.

    Eco Complete is packed with iron, calcium, potassium and other elements for plant growth. This one is packed as follows:

    "Instant Aquarium offers a variety of finer grade natural gravels and sands water packed with living, water-purifying bacteria, state of the art clarifier, and a complete water conditioner. Tap water is all you need to get started. Instant Aquarium™ immediately begins the cycling process, eliminating new tank syndrome, and discouraging nuisance algaes. Instant Aquarium™ detoxifies metals, eliminates ammonia, neutralizes chlorine and chloramines, and provides a protective slime coat for stressed fish. Instant Aquarium™ also reduces nitrates and nitrites. Starting a new aquarium has never been easier."

    I had often seen people posting about 2 grades of Eco Complete, one fine and one coarse. I had only ever seen the coarse one. What was interesting, however, was when I first looked at this Instant Aquarium substrate on the Caribsea website, the description called it Eco Complete but with the elements described above. So I e-mailed them to find out what the difference was between Eco, Super Naturals, and Instant Aquarium. They never responded to my e-mail, but lo and behold the description for Instant Aquarium has now been changed to remove the reference to Eco Complete. So this may be what people had been talking about when they mentioned the finer grade of Eco Complete. So far, this is my favorite of the three.

    I'm not sure how long the "Instant Aquarium" properties will last. But I will be adding seeded sponges and ceramic media from other tanks when I'm ready to add fish so I won't be going through a cycle of weeks. Since these TC cyperus helferi and the swords are small plants with small roots right now, I want them to be better anchored before adding cories - even though it will be the dwarfs. I want any other plants I add to get well anchored also. So I don't want to spend weeks adding ammonia, testing, adding, testing etc. while I wait for the plants to get established. I'm lazy, what can I say.
    Thanks for the info. I am considering changing the sand in my 75 gal to black and will have black sand in my future 40 long. The Petco sand I used in the dual 29s was a PITA to rinse, it took forever.

    With the cories as the stars, your new tank will be very cool!
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    So far so good on the Mopani driftwood and no tanins. I boiled it dozens of times over 4-5 days and each time the water was just as dark as the time before. I thought boiling it over and over the water would eventually start to look clearer but that didn't happen. So I took a chance and added it to the tank figuring I'd just deal with the tanins there, but so far no leaching after two days in. Not sure if it might start after several days - we'll see.

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    if it does, floss will take care of it pretty quickly, you just have to change it out often....which since you are not cycling should be no big deal.
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    Carbon removes it too (though I am not sure why you would want to, lol) .
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    So, I spoke too soon on the Mopani and tanins - it did start to leach again after a few days in the tank, weakly compared to when boiling, and I can live with it for now. I've added another piece of driftwood (not mopani) and a few more plants - some crypt undulata and crypt parva (might get more of these). Here's a few pics after a water change today so the tanins aren't really showing. I had carbon in the filter, but changed that out for purigen. Still need some more plants, but not sure what I want. I'm thinking I might try some bucephalandra on the driftwood on the left or a larger anubia, or both. I also want something behind the wood on the right, but it will be directly in front of the filter outflow.
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    Looking good, Sue!
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    Yes looks good. Like the Anubias on the Mopani.
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    congrats on the retirement and the new tank. Looking good already.
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    Looking good.
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