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 Hello from Lynchburg! And asking for seeding help

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PostSubject: Hello from Lynchburg! And asking for seeding help   Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:35 pm

Hey everyone! I just got started with my first aquarium. It's a 29 gallon low tech planted tank. I eventually want to set up a community tank with a betta, cory cats, tetras, and snails. I'm waiting for the cycle to start, and was wondering if anyone local (Lynchburg) could donate a bit of substrate or filter media so I can seed my tank for faster cycling?

Also, any tips and suggestions are welcome.

Any other schooling fish you would recommend in my tank? My daughter is 14 months and LOVES watching fish so that's one reason we got started with the tank. I want her to have lots to watch without overstocking.

Thanks in advance.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Lynchburg! And asking for seeding help   Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:04 pm

Fast-growing plants (in sufficient quantity relative to animal load) will consume ammonium quickly, and makes the nitrifying bacterial cycling process irrelevant. Hornwort (coontail), Elodea, Water sprite, Guppy-grass, Frogbit, Duckweed, and Hygrophila are good plants for this purpose. You can replace them later with slower-growing species that may fit your aquascaping plans better.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Lynchburg! And asking for seeding help   Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:41 pm

@naturallyeclectik Hi! wave Welcome to CVAS.

We have a few members in your area who might be able to help with the seeding material.

I suggest you send @cholt a private message. Click "members" in the search bar above, find cholt, and click "mp" to get to the pm screen. Or click "messages" in the search bar above, and go directly to the private message screen. Either way.

Fast-growing plants are the way to go, as Gerald says. Add one or two ramshorn snails at the same time, to get things started.

When you are ready to add fish, I suggest starting with Endler's livebearers. They are lively, very colorful, and swim together loosely. They have an interesting swimming style, in that they explore every level of the tank and are into everything. A 29 gallon is a good size for a decent size group. They reproduce easily, so at any given time you will have everything from tiny newborn fry to juveniles to adults.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Lynchburg! And asking for seeding help   Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:09 pm

Just saw this post. I could swap out my filter material in one of my filters to seed a tank easily. I could probably come up with a couple of plant clippings as well. I have a couple different plants that be clipped back here soon. More than likely you'd get some snails from the clipping as well. I have a 40g planted tank that I run co2 on.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Lynchburg! And asking for seeding help   Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:35 pm

@cholt that would be awesome! I will send you a private message.
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