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post #16 of 317 (permalink) Old 01-07-2011, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I got my amazing crowntail from a guy in NY, and I'm sure there must be good aquarium stores there, LOL! And just so you know, AA will do mail-order if you call them with special requests.

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post #17 of 317 (permalink) Old 01-09-2011, 07:14 AM
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update? Anything?
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Bought more plants yesterday. Three different crypts (green and brown wendtii and one big balansae) and some java fern. Right now they're all just sort of stuck into the tank randomly while I wait for the wood from PlantBrain (think I might have it on Tues if it gets dropped off in SF on Monday).
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Im going to keep track of this journal. Looks a potential good one

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Im going to keep track of this journal. Looks a potential good one

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I sure hope so . . .

What part of London are you in? One of my favorite cities in the world. I have SOOOOO got to get my butt back over there.
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Added a "hill" (about 1/3 of a large bag of Amazonia):




My Rotala Rotundifolia arrived today (thanks, connordude27!). Like all the other plants, it's now temporarily planted while I wait for the hard scape to arrive.



Ammonia readings are down to .5 (they were up around 4 on Friday) and nitrate is up to 80. Yea!!! Tank is cycling right along . . . going to do another water change after dinner.
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Really wishing I'd de-rimmed the tank. I was afraid it was too big, but I see that others have done it with a 20L without problems. . . thinking I may attempt it with my empty 20L and then swap over everything if it goes well.
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Eheim 2211 Classic showed up today. Installed it (an interesting adventure in and of itself). Not sure I like it. The low-grade hum is driving me MAD. And it had parts that were not included in the directions anywhere. Look like some kind of valve for the tubing? Anyone know what I'm supposed to do with them or what their purpose is?
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Hmm... My eheim 2211 is silent. Did it purge the air completely? I had to give mine a little shake to get some air bubbles out.
If you are talking about the quick release valves you just cut the tubing and put it on either end of the valves. It lets you move the filter or take off the input/output for cleaning without having water go everywhere
It should definitely be quieter than any HOB filter you own...
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Quick release values. That sounds right. I'll have to install them when I clean it . . . I'll give it a shake and see if that purges anything. Plugging it in to the wall didn't make any difference at all.
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Going to take a handful of Excedrin Migraine and close all the doors between me and the filter from hell . . .
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Ooooh, I am excited for this tank!
It's looking great!

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I hope to have the hard scape some time this week so I can actually *do* something with it before the betta shows up next week.
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Ah, I hate waiting!

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only 5 more days until Crowley will be home! I'm looking forward to updates on this tank. It looks great!
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