Finally started it!!

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Still cloudy so another water change tomorrow but I'm so happy with it already. Idk what to do with all the hornwort I got lol it's just kinda floating around right now until I figure out where to put it.
I took the overgrown sword out of my betta tank and gave him the anubis and a scrap of hornwort with his java since the sword was crowding out the entire tank pretty much lol

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Still cloudy so another water change tomorrow but I'm so happy with it already. Idk what to do with all the hornwort I got lol it's just kinda floating around right now until I figure out where to put it.
I took the overgrown sword out of my betta tank and gave him the anubis and a scrap of hornwort with his java since the sword was crowding out the entire tank pretty much lol

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Honestly it would be just fine to leave the hornwort floating. Imo it actually grows better free floating then it does planted. It also provides a nice amount of cover for smaller fish to hide in.
 

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Honestly it would be just fine to leave the hornwort floating. Imo it actually grows better free floating then it does planted. It also provides a nice amount of cover for smaller fish to hide in.
It kinda sunk down when I put it in, there is just so much.. I need a bigger male betta tank so I can put some in another tank lol

How long should I let it cycle before I add fish? I'm gonna snag a better test kit today while I'm out if I can find one and check where its at.. I always have done fish in cycles but I guess that's not the "norm" anymore from a few groups I'm in
 
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With new plants it is best to wait two weeks before adding any fish so that any potential parasites will have died off. I would recommend waiting longer to give the plants enough time to really get established and rooted too but that is personal preference that I don't even follow every time.
 

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Looks great!
 
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It kinda sunk down when I put it in, there is just so much.. I need a bigger male betta tank so I can put some in another tank lol

How long should I let it cycle before I add fish? I'm gonna snag a better test kit today while I'm out if I can find one and check where its at.. I always have done fish in cycles but I guess that's not the "norm" anymore from a few groups I'm in
It's usually a estimated time of 6 or more more weeks but with seeded bio-media from a cycled aquarium it will be earlier. I personally would make sure that my Ammonia and Nitrite level are stable with a positive Nitrate reading.
 

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With new plants it is best to wait two weeks before adding any fish so that any potential parasites will have died off. I would recommend waiting longer to give the plants enough time to really get established and rooted too but that is personal preference that I don't even follow every time.
Understandable. I will wait at least just to be sure I have the water situated as well. First fish in will be a gourami, just because that's what I bought this fish for when I was done cycling the other tank. Just to make sure before I drop a lot of money on the main reason I setup the tank etc.

It's usually a estimated time of 6 or more more weeks but with seeded bio-media from a cycled aquarium it will be earlier. I personally would make sure that my Ammonia and Nitrite level are stable with a positive Nitrate reading.
Thanks, that's the plan.
I did another water change and netted out as much floaties as I could get. It's looking clearer today. I used media from my already established tank and put in some starter bacteria stuff.

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Trimmed up some of the melt and I had to loosely string the hornwort to the top because it's just laying on everything and not letting any light to the smaller plants. Nothing died yet lol
I do have a new light coming that will offer what my plants need for the days when I dont have the window open.
I had the gourami in the tank but he was eating everything! So he went back into the community tank..
How long before I should fertilize the tank? It's new dirt with clay balls in it..
So far so good though!

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Looks good!
 
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