The first stage of planting will take place some days after the impoundment. This step will change your aquarium a lot, it will bring life and color, but before planting, check one last time that the aquarium is watertight, not a drop of water outside the tank. Check that all your electrical appliances are working properly, adjust the temperature which must already be close to 24 ° c, the water must begin to be clear. If everything is ready, you can go buy your first plants. Take a few robust species like “Anubias barteri, microsorium pteporus, valisneria spiralis …” then some fast-growing species like “Cabomba, Hygrophila diformis, Bacopa monniera …”. Fast-growing plants will be positioned at the back, if you buy several plants of the same species, group them to make a massive. Before introducing the plants, take them out of their plastic pot, and release them from the cotton that they have on the roots, make sure that there are no tiny snails (which could become a scourge Because they breed very quickly). The anubias and microsoriums will bend better on peat roots or stones, attach them with fishing line, they do not like to have roots too deep in the ground, arrange so that only 1cm of root between In the ground (for these two), for the others, you will have to root them deeply, take the base of the plant between thumb, forefinger and middle finger, then turn by pushing in the ground slightly oblique , The aquatic plants are very fragile and break very quickly), once at the bottom, let go of it preventing it to follow your hand to the ascent because the plants like “Cabomba, Hygrophila” float and tend to go up before Be rooted, you must be careful not to leave an air pocket in the roots when planting, the plant death would be ensured because the roots rot quickly. Prune fast-growing plants regularly (weekly as they can grow 1 to 2 cm per day) and replant the cut. For more information on plants click here. Aquarium plants like terrestrial plants need fertilizers, you will find a whole range of products in your trade aquarist, liquid fertilizer, bulk, in ampoule … always respect the dosage, it is useless and advised not Put more (especially, do not put fertilizer for apartment plant).
10 / Period of the life cycle:
Once your tank is filled, you will have to be patient, during this time, I invite you to read this page which will be useful to you, it concerns all the elements which are to be known in aquarist, and in particular the article “the cycle of the Nitrogen “which should be part of the aquarium bible. To know the value of this or that element (NO2, PH …) there are colorimetric tests, ready to use, you will have to fill a small container of water from the tank and then add drops of the test product in This water, depending on the color obtained and in comparison with the color of the standard scale delivered with, you will be able to know exactly the value of your water. Namely the nitrite test N02, it is from him that will depend the waiting before adding your first fish, there is no fixed time, it can go from 10 to 30 days, start To carry out this test every two days, from the 6th day after the impoundment. At first, the NO2 test will indicate 0mg / l, this is normal, after 6 days the cycle can not be finished, it is not even started, testing every other day, will arrive a moment Or you will notice that the color “yellow = 0” that you usually get will begin to turn to pink, it is the beginning of the cycle, from there, do a test every day, days to days you will see The test will then turn yellow, and your nitrogen cycle will be en route, but be careful, very fragile at the beginning and Quickly unbalanced. For tests to have, the basic is to have a PH test that must be maintained according to the species of fish you want, but starting on a community tank, your PH should be as close as possible to 7, You will also need a NO2 test (nitrites) always at 0, these are indispensable, also having the test of Gh, Kh and NO3 can only be better.
It may happen that in certain cases the days pass, and you do not see the rise of nitrites, you might think that this is a good thing, but not, on the contrary, when you see the nitrites ascending and descending, At least, we know or we are on the start-up phase, but when we do not see it pass, we can not really know if it is
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