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Where do you keep aquarium plants until you plant them in an aquarium?

Not only can you put your plants in another container, but you should. It is always a good idea to quarantine plants in a separate container for a few weeks before adding them to your tank, otherwise ...
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What plant is this?

It is Caulerpa algae, although it has roots, stems and leaves (may be C. prolifera or C. floridiana). Tangs, Moorish Idols and other fish eat it. It grew very vigorously in my aquariums and so can ...
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Does store-bought coral come from coral reefs?

The import of live rock is under the control of United States Vital Reef Task Force in the USA. International Trade in Coral and Coral Reef Species International Trade Sub-Group Report to the U.S. ...
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How to choose good plants for a tropical fish tank?

There are 3 main factors in setting up a planted tank: Lighting, Substrate, and CO2. Lighting Some plants may grow just fine with minimal light (Cryptocoryne, Anubias). But most need substantially ...
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Where do you keep aquarium plants until you plant them in an aquarium?

For up to 4 or 5 days, you can keep them wrapped in wet paper towels surrounded by wet newspaper. You might have some die off, but this is the way they are commonly shipped. I've had hardier species ...
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CO₂ supply with KH 0 - pH effect

It sounds as though you already have a good knowledge of how water chemistry works. In basic terms, KH (carbonate hardness) affects how much the pH can change within the water. The presence of the ...
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Are thse Hemianthus callitrichoides aka Dwarf Baby Tears?

It does look like Hemianthus but the plant is dying so it's hard to say, it could also be a monte carlo plant. I recommend reading this guide Substrate Substrates such as Flourite and Eco-Complete ...
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Red algae in my tank

Here's an update on my research and how it went in my tank. I searched many sources for the cause of those algae and how to kill them. It was suggested to me that red algae appear in high pH water, ...
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How to choose good plants for a tropical fish tank?

Lighting It is first important to note that plants use photosynthesis for growth. In doing this, they have light requirements. Amount of light and Watts per gallon are useful measurements, however, ...
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How to anchor aquarium plants?

There are numerous ways. Best way I know of is use very fine sand. Plant substrate which I assume isn't fine, and then pour some very fine sand on top. This should keep your weed down until it roots ...
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Can I use any bulb in lighting my aquarium?

@Derrick K has the answer, first. You want to check with the specs on your aquarium. Sometimes the hood will say right inside it, or outside it, or include a sticker. You might also be able to look up ...
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Aqua plants and fish poop

Yes! Not only is it possible its a sustainable method of farming! Hydroponics is farming without soil, and aquaponics is hydroponics using fish. On a low level, the fish waste feeds the plants and the ...
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Help with Fishless Cycling with Live Plants

Just leave it for a month or so. More than likely you will get some decaying material from the plants which will naturally kick-start the cycle. If you put food in there at all, it will absolutely ...
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Species identification: fizzing plants

There is an aquatic plant called Ludwiga inclinada or curly tornado, that matches your description. I added a pic, although it may not be what you're remembering. I was originally thinking it was a ...
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Relentless Nitrites

The main problem is that the bacteria that convert nitrite to nitrate do multiply very slowly, and this is the reason for why the cycling of a tank takes a long time. Here is a Wikipedia article about ...
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Plants for a brackish water tank?

For brackish water, your plant selection really depends on the salinity of the tank. In general, plants need nutrients and light. Again, not knowing your light setup or your substrate is a little bit ...
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How to use Aquarium Substrate Soil

For my first tank I also bought some kind of soil and used it as a layer in the grit. Because the producer said it was very good for the plants and I did not have any experience. Meanwhile I do not ...
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White dots appearing on the drift wood surface

So most driftwoods are boiled down or treated at some point to be safe for all types of aquariums and terrariums. When dried out and then placed back into water, marine or fresh a fungus can grow, ...
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Keeping moss balls from sticking to aquarium filter

If the ball is not too small, you can force small pebbles inside it to weigh it down. As long as the pebbles are not big compared to the moss ball, the moss ball will grow around the pebbles with time....
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How to anchor aquarium plants?

The best way I've found at planting plants that don't root is with Cyanoacrylate gel - super glue gel. This is safe for fish and cures in water. I superglue java fern and anubias to driftwood, rocks, ...
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How to anchor aquarium plants?

There's various ways. A lot depends on the type of plant and whether or not they put down roots or want to float free. Pack some heavier rocks around the plant's base. You probably already tried ...
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Should I remove rubber bands from delivered flame moss?

You can do either but it's hard to give specific advice without seeing exactly how it's attached. Most mosses take a long time to attach to whatever they are being mounted to so rubber bands or small ...
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How to reduce anaerobic gas build-up in aquarium substrate?

I am going to provide my insight to hopefully serve as a complement to existing answer and comments because I think this is an interesting question. In addition to perfectly valid methods already ...
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CO₂ injection for Dutch style aquarium

Yes. Yes, you absolutely can inject the CO2 into the sump and many people choose to do this by default because, as you point out, it means less equipment in the tank. As long as the CO2 is diffused ...
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Can goldfish eat sea lettuce?

Sea lettuce might be given to goldfish, but only in a small quantity; this is to avoid it going bad before it is eaten. Sea lettuce is not toxic if fresh and it contains minerals and vitamins that are ...
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I'm wanting to have a female Betta sorority and Corydras- would that be over crowding?

You should be okay with that fish load, as long as you follow weekly or at least bi-weekly partial water changes (10-20%) and gravel vacuuming. If you want to get real nerdy pick up some test kits for ...
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Does store-bought coral come from coral reefs?

Some is collected, some is farmed. It would be good to a visit a large successful salt shop. It takes the same conditions to keep corals healthy as to grow them, so these shops often grow some corals. ...
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Will my bristlenose pleco eat aquarium plants?

No, they won't eat plants. And generally, nothing will eat Anubias, the leaves are too thick; there are some exceptions, though. Bristlenose plecos will eat some film algae but not actual plants. ...
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How to raise PH in RO water? (with chemical compounds no commercial products)

You can use crushed sea shells or even better egg shells (egg shells needs to be dried in your oven at low temperature 60-70 °C before you crush them). Another natural thing is to use marble (crushed ...
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Did I kill my plants?

At least Copper Sulfate is a possible cause of the plants' degeneration. NPIC has this to say about Copper Sulfate: Copper sulfate is an inorganic compound that combines sulfur with copper. It can ...
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