Thanks again. I don't really know how I will use the stuff yet. I MAY use it in patches as ground cover which would be good for any plant eating type bottom feeders. I also MAY glue to my fake tree trunk an patches but considering it gets to 4 inches that might not be the best idea.It won't float of it's own accord. It will sink. You can use a cork or airline tubing to make it float.
I worried about using straight super glue so got some Seachem Flourish Glue. Probably the same stuff but I feel safer considering my lack of experience with live plants.I just took chance on flame moss from Amazon. Cousin of java moss. Came in beautiful and green. I took mine and separated into 8. Then glued with gorilla super glue gell onto individual river rocks. Then spread rocks throughout tank
LOL! Of course another question...
Anyway the tank will be without fish while it cycles. It will have nothing but substrate, decorations and plants. Should I pick up some plant food/fertilizer? This is the plant list:
2 Java Ferns
2 Crypt Wendtii Green
2 Myrio Green
1 Java Moss Portion Cup
Plus 5 others that I don't yet know what will be.
Wow! Sounds pretty gross and messy, lol, but hey, at least with a dead fish, it's at least not stressing out cheap hardy "disposable" fish often used by people to do a fish-in cycle, like adding some zebra danios to a new tank to cycle it before adding their planned fish.Thanks for all the info!
BTW, putting food/dead fish in the substrate wasn't really meant to feed plants but to quicken the nitrogen cycle. Way back when (think 1980s) it was a fairly common practice to bury dead feed goldfish in the substrate to 'feed' the new bacteria.
Just gross as to handling the dead fish. Not messy as the fish are buried and never seen again. Since it proved effective in the past I'd do again but I have no source for dead feeders. This also involved having already 'live' substrate to seed the tank. You would put a little live substrate around each buried fish. I picked up some API Quick Start and mayhaps that will help. I also got a chunk of lava rock called an 'EcoBio-Stone' that is supposed to be 'seeded' with bacteria spores.Wow! Sounds pretty gross and messy, lol, but hey, at least with a dead fish, it's at least not stressing out cheap hardy "disposable" fish often used by people to do a fish-in cycle, like adding some zebra danios to a new tank to cycle it before adding their planned fish.
Yes, stuff taken from an established tank. When I lived near Cleveland Ohio and Ft. Worth Texas I was fortunate to have aquatic stores that would supply both dead feeders and live substrate if you purchased a tank from them. Nothing even close to that level in Sheridan Wyoming. While it may not be a proper term I call it live substrate as it is live due to the bacteria. Think about it... Especially when going strictly under gravel filtration the health of the substrate controls the health of the tank. If the substrate is not live with bacteria the tank is not going to be healthy. LOL! I guess, thinking of human organs, I'd consider the substrate the liver.How do you mean, live substrate? Like, stuff taken from an established tank so it's already got nitrifying bacteria on it?
No need toSigh! This will very much point out my lack of knowledge as to live plants.
My plant bundles have been shipped and I did the dangerous thing of having a thought. I'm sure that we all 'float' a bag of new fish to allow to acclimate differences of the water temperatures. While I can't really see a reason why it would matter, if the plant packaging allows, would it be good to also acclimate the plant temperatures?