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    Help. What have I gotten myself into?

    Wow. Hard to believe that is how my water looked. I am now free of tannins and have a bacterial bloom going on. So happy to see the tannins gone :) This Fluval rocks.
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    Is this hobby addictive?

    And the tough part is that I want my nano tank in my living room. I want to SEE my tanks. Like the movie title, something's gotta give.
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    Is this hobby addictive?

    MTS... I'm guessing that is Multiple Tank Syndrome... ;) Another affliction we did not recognize back in the eighties :lol:
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    Starting 5 gallon betta fish planted tank, I have questions!

    That's a great setup. What size tank is that? And those are two tanks, right? Or maybe I can't see the wood in the first pic.
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    Is this hobby addictive?

    Of course it is! I knew that going in. What I didn't know was that I'd be ordering my third aquarium before I had even one fish in the first! o_O
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    Starting 5 gallon betta fish planted tank, I have questions!

    Yes, it is after his plants are established that he adds just a few fish. Maybe sort of a hybrid Silent/Fish-In. MD Fish Tanks is his channel. The guy builds tanks like I used to collect 1911's lol.
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    Help. What have I gotten myself into?

    On the positive side, I have all kinds of new leaves sprouting from the Glossostigma.
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    Starting 5 gallon betta fish planted tank, I have questions!

    There's a guy on YT who creates beautiful planted tanks with fish right then and there. He said in one of his videos that he can add a few fish right away (which will create the ammonia) and cycle the tank and it won't harm the fish if you do daily water changes. And I'm assuming test the water...
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    Help. What have I gotten myself into?

    Yeah, yeah... ;) I'll concentrate on the stuff I planted first. And maybe after I add fish. I do not want to deal with all that swirling stuff every time I trim a plant or add a fish :)
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    Help. What have I gotten myself into?

    I believe I have a plant "melting". I think it is this plant https://www.modernaquarium.com/jungle-vallisneria-americana-set-of-2-plants/ The leaves have gone yellowish and are all hanging at half mast. So I guess I wait and see if any new leaves appear? Then trim away the old leaves?
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    Water Parameters in new tank? UPDATE with API Master Kit

    This is interesting. I was searching ammonia in aquariums and came across a thread discussing ammonia spikes after adding plant fertilizer. According to the discussion, the Aqueon plant food he was using did not contain any ammonias, but when adding some drops to water in an API test tube and...
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    Help. What have I gotten myself into?

    Thanks. I removed them... mostly. There are still some stragglers that were evading me by taking cover under the rim. I just needed a much more aggressive netting technique. They are in a container in my plant tank awaiting further thought.
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    Help. What have I gotten myself into?

    They were either duckweed or pennywort. I was sent both. They're just so messy because they are so tiny. Like a bunch of gnats on the surface. And I just read something that said the shade they cause can interfere with light getting to the bottom plants. Although they are far from a single...
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    Help. What have I gotten myself into?

    I tried that. The loop moves around the tank because of the HOB's current. Then when it hits a wall things splash into and out of it.
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    Water Parameters in new tank? UPDATE with API Master Kit

    I was happy just to see the Nitrates go down to 20ppm. At least that is moving in the right direction, even though the Ammonia increased.
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    Help. What have I gotten myself into?

    Man, I don't know why I thought I had to add floating plants. Those little things are all over. Every time I want to reach into the tank I get an armful when I remove my arm. I tried to net them out and that wasn't working very well. The slightest current moving towards them pushes them out of...
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    Water Parameters in new tank? UPDATE with API Master Kit

    Well, my water source does have Nitrates. Supposedly at an acceptable level. I wasn't sure if this was all part of cycling. That is why I wondered if I should remove water or let it play out. Seeing as how there is nothing in the tank but plants. I didn't want to interrupt the cycle. If that's...
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