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Re: New Tank, New Scape, and New Fish!

Status Update 1/23/14:

Suffered minor End of Tank Dump on my CO2 system last week. Came home from work to a yellow drop checker and fish gasping at the surface. It wasn't too bad because the fish would skim the surface for a few seconds, then swim down for thirty, then up again. What REALLY made it annoying was the planaria were suffering so they were up the walls and milling around. Checked the CO2 gauges - CO2 tank pressure was down from 800 PSI to 500 PSI, and discharge pressure was up from 10 PSI to 13 PSI. Turned down the CO2 and cranked the filter output and all was well in a matter of 20 minutes. The next day I disconnected my CO2 tank and rattled it and sure enough - no liquid CO2 left. Replaced at the local brewer's supply store for $19, hooked up, turned back on, and all is back to normal.

Green spot and green dust algae were breaking out, and after talking with a friend determined the problem was zero nitrates and low phosphates. Performed water tests and verified - even with KNO3 dosing, my nitrates were completely gone. I upped the dosage, cleaned the tank thoroughly, and now a week later no algae on the walls. The new issue is brown fuzz algae that has overrun the ludwigia repens on the left side of the tank. I'll be uprooting the old plants, trimming the new growth, and replanting the new growth, as well as new growth from the right side of the tank.

Otherwise, all is well! Pics to follow some time when I have more time.

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Re: New Tank, New Scape, and New Fish!

Update, 1-31-14:

Turned up the CO2, did some gardening, and now for photos! Plants have been growing like weeds, especially the DHG and mossy log!
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Re: New Tank, New Scape, and New Fish!

If the pre-filter is on the input of your filter you can damage your pump or cause your filter to loose suction if that thing gets too fouled up. Looks like a lot of stuff on it. Most that use them have to take off and rinse at least once per week. Just a fyi.



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Re: New Tank, New Scape, and New Fish!

Thanks for the heads up Ben. I wring mine out thoroughly every week with my 50% PWC, but you're right - all that moss doesn't wring out. I've got some spare sponge I'll fab a new prefilter out of tomorrow or the next day.

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Re: New Tank, New Scape, and New Fish!

6-14-14 Update (Long Overdue!):
Had an overheating issue that killed Willy II (the guppy) - after tank cleanings, I plug in and run a 24W Green Killing Machine UV sterilizer to nuke any bad stuff. I was unaware of it, but this was SKYROCKETING my tank temperature, up to 85 degrees or so, and it cost us our guppy.

Also had a planaria outbreak, and after researching the cure I ordered some Panacur-C (yellow box) from Amazon. Dosed 0.1g per 10G active ingredient (fenbendazole) and it nuked the planaria like magic. My fish even ate some of the fenbendazole and suffered no ill effects. That stuff is amazing!

Upgraded from a Current USA Nova Extreme 36W T5HO to a Finnex Planted+ 17W LED. The light is just as intense, but much crisper and the shimmer effect is excellent.

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Re: New Tank, New Scape, and New Fish!

Looks great! I love those led lights, got one on my 29. I especially love the mossy log!
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Re: New Tank, New Scape, and New Fish!

Status Update 7/31/14:

Tank is running splendidly. I ripped out all the DHG due to buildups of riccia and marimo moss that was choking any new DHG growth. Also added 3 oto cats to try and mitigate the GDA that has been hounding me.

I'll get some pics when I get time, currently cleaning house post-wedding.

Also, bump.

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Re: New Tank, New Scape, and New Fish!

man! that is gorgeous i wish i could plant like that. no beauty at all

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Re: New Tank, New Scape, and New Fish!

It's easy to do, you just have to know how to trim and think minimalist - in a small tank, you want plants with smaller leaves to make the tank look bigger, in addition to having smaller fish. You also want to use the artistic concept of "negative space", meaning large open spaces (look up Takashi Amano and his aquascapes to get an idea of negative space use).

To trim, you can do 1 of 2 things - with long-handled scissors and tweezers ($5 via Amazon, makes it MUCH easier to garden without hands in the tank), cut the stem of stem plants just above a tuft of leaves, and new stems will sprout from the tuft of leaves. Or, rip the whole plant out, cut the top off, and replant the top. For mosses, treat it like a lawn and trim it liberally. YouTube has great videos on how to trim. I trim once every 2 weeks.

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huh, real good advice ill try it

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Re: New Tank, New Scape, and New Fish!

Status Update 11/20/14:

Just completed the move from our apartment (where I had to hide my tank once due to it not being allowed per the lease) to our new house. First off, the tank sat without water changes for 3 weeks before the move. Then I dismantled everything, removed the driftwood from the tank, drained most of the water (and discarded the old water), and moved the tank, all equipment, and stand in one trip.

Setup at the new digs took about a half hour, and filling the tank with freshautolinker.com autolinking image water took another half hour. Everybody was fine, even the few red cherries that had decided to follow the mossy log out of the tank into the bucket for transport.

Then the tank sat without a water change for another two weeks. Last weekend (Sunday) did a 50% PWC, a serious algae scrub, and some filter cleaning. Today I will be refilling my CO2 (after over a month with no CO2) and reinstalling.

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Nice Work!

I really love that "Clear for Life" tank. Feeling a little tank-envy right now.
Might have to upgrade sometime in the future.

Especially like the wood piece you have with all those great mosses on it.
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Re: New Tank, New Scape, and New Fish!

Thanks! I love the tank - it's super light and very strong, and very clear. The issues I have with it are the small openings in the top brace (can't get both hands in the tank at the same time), and the propensity for acrylic to scratch. Moving the tank was great - with 1/3 of the water in the tank, along with substrate, it's maybe 40 lbs.

I love the mossy log too, it's a combo of Marimo and Java moss, took close to a year to get the moss established on the wood. Now, I have to trim every month or so.

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Status Update, 11-15-15:
It's been quite some time! The wife and I bought a house last October and the move from the apartment went flawlessly for all people/fish/dogs/cats involved. Christmas 2014 the wife bought me an Eheim canister filter, I got myself an in-line heater, and my mom got me a heater controller. We also upgraded to a larger stand, and I decommissioned my CO2 system and sold it. I also added two otocynclus catfish (thanks majerah1!).

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Full tank shot, replete with guardian cat.

Profile shot of tank and stand.

The tank! Note: Shortly after pruning and water change.

The pit. Eheim Classic 2211, Finnex Heater Controller, and Hydor ETH200W in-line heater, amongst other goodies.


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Re: New Tank, New Scape, and New Fish!

Looking good

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Re: New Tank, New Scape, and New Fish!

Great tank. Love the design.

I have that same stand under both my 10s.
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Re: New Tank, New Scape, and New Fish!

Worth the wait!

Looks really good!
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Re: New Tank, New Scape, and New Fish!

Thanks you guys! Next upgrade will be a light that's appropriately sized for the tank. Tank is 20" wide, current Finnex Planted+ fixture is 24"...

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Re: New Tank, New Scape, and New Fish!

Very nice maybe try the marineland planted led. It comes in 18" with the legs that extend up to 24". And it had its on built in time for automated day and night cycle. I just bought one for my 47 gallon column tank that I'm gonna have as a planted community tank. Just haven't set anything up but seen good reviews on it. Says it's equivalent to a 3 bulb t5ho light. Has 6500k white led and a few red,green,blue leds for plant growth and blue moon lighting. I've seen vids of non co2 planted tanks pearling with that light. I just hope that will work with my 30" hight. Says good for upto 24" nut I plan on a 3"-4" substrate so will cut length down to about 26" so shouldn't be to bad.
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Update 1-15-2017

It's been awhile since I've updated, and there's a lot in store over this weekend! Another post will follow shortly, as I'm planning on overhauling the tank to replace the substrate and de-mossify a little bit. Here are the pre-overhaul photos, as of last night.

Our cat has gone fishing recently and so we're down to 4 rasboras instead of the original six. The otos have gone missing as well.






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