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PostSubject: Beginner Questions...   Wed Sep 03, 2008 1:27 am

When would be the best time to introduce live plants to my tank? Is it possible to have plants without a light? The hood my tank came with is tinted, but transparent and has no place to hold a light. Or would it just be best to get a new hood?

What would be the safest way to introduce my fish to veggies and pellets? (gradually over several weeks or almost immeadiately, just changing foods?)

I read the articles about balanced diets and feeding veggies, I just need to know how to get started.
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PostSubject: Re: Beginner Questions...   Wed Sep 03, 2008 1:51 am

Hiya LRB. I am no means an exopert, but here's what I think I know :lol: .

You will not have much (if any) success with live plants in a tank with no lights. Even plants with low light requirements need some bright light during the course of the day, so some sort of light source is necessary.

You could either get a new lid with lights, or cover the tank with a clear perspex lid, and buy an external light source.

As for fishy diets, I think most people on here feed a mix of fish flakes, pellets, and veggies an a sort of alternate day basis.

My regime is this and it seems to work quite well -

Mon - Flakes
Tue - Defrosted frozen fish food (shrimp/daphnia etc)
Wed - Fasting Day
Thur - Flakes
Frid - Veggies and garlic (crushed)
Sat - Freeze dried food (variety)
Sun - Fasting and water change

Sometimes the fish need a bit of time to get used to some veggies, but my fish LOVE cooked broccoli, shelled garden peas, and cucumber. It's just a bit of trial and error and depends on what fish you have and what they like.

Hope that helps Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Beginner Questions...   Wed Sep 03, 2008 5:54 am

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When would be the best time to introduce live plants to my tank?

If the tank is fully cycled, anytime really.

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Is it possible to have plants without a light?

All live plants need 10-12 hours of daily light and they won't survive long without it. Even those with low light requirments such as Java Fern still need a few hours of daily light.

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The hood my tank came with is tinted, but transparent and has no place to hold a light. Or would it just be best to get a new hood?

Unless you're handy with DIY - I'd suggest getting a new hood. Wink

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What would be the safest way to introduce my fish to veggies and pellets? (gradually over several weeks or almost immeadiately, just changing foods?)

Just start by replacing every other flake feed with pellets and use veggies to supplement the fish food. The more varied the diet the better. I feed my fish as follows:

Mon: Flake, Betta Pellets & Algae tabs
Tue: Fasting Day
Wed: Daphnia/Brine Shrimp & Fresh Veg.
Thu: Fasting Day
Fri: Flake, Cichlid Pellets & Algae Tabs.
Sat: Fasting Day
Sun: Bloodworms & Fresh Veg.

Plus once a month I add garlic to the Sunday bloodworms. The combination smells revolting but the fish love it. :lol:

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PostSubject: Re: Beginner Questions...   Wed Sep 03, 2008 10:30 pm

Thanks... I just put some shrimp pellets in this morning and I'll start trying veggies tomorrow.

Another quick question: is there any point to weekend feeders? I got a pack of four so my fish wouldn't starve when I'm away, but after reading some of the articles, I'm doubtful.
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PostSubject: Re: Beginner Questions...   Wed Sep 03, 2008 11:50 pm

I have never used them, but most experienced aquarists say they cause more harm thank good. Fish can be left for a weekend without food no problems at all - they just forage in the gravel for bits that they missed the first time round! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Beginner Questions...   Thu Sep 04, 2008 5:43 am

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Another quick question: is there any point to weekend feeders? I got a pack of four so my fish wouldn't starve when I'm away, but after reading some of the articles, I'm doubtful.

Don't use them - they do dreadful things to the water quality. If you're going away for a weekend, just feed the fish before you go and they'll be fine until you get back. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Beginner Questions...   Fri Sep 05, 2008 6:49 am

Hiya LRB. I hope you have good luck with your plants. I tried to grow real plants but failed miserably! They all turned brown and squishy for some reason, and ruined my vision of having a lush green tank :lol:

GGone back to fake now, but might have another go in the future.
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PostSubject: Re: Beginner Questions...   Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:48 am

Plants basically need three things - light, food and CO2. If you get the balance right, you get the nice green plants - although you can provide all of those things and still end up with your plants being eaten by the fish... banghead

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