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I love the tank. Can't wait to begin stocking it with fish . . . emailed the place I ordered the filter from. I really wish I could get it go silent, but the humming just won't stop no matter what I do (right now it's go a full 1G paint can sitting on top of it, which somewhat dampens the noise).
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Hey whatever works! I applaud your ingenuity with the paint can :P
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Ugh - noisy filters! I HATE THEM. Hahaha, good improvisation though with the paint can, I used a rock on top of some felt.

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Ok . . . the wood for the scape is waiting for me at Albany Aquarium (will run and pick it up tomorrow after work and try to resist the temptation to buy anything else, LOL!) and I've got some Limnophila aromatica on the way from the Swap Shop (I love the swap shop!).

Once I get my book in to my editor next week I should be able to actually get to work on this with a free conscience.
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Ugh - noisy filters! I HATE THEM. Hahaha, good improvisation though with the paint can, I used a rock on top of some felt.
Thinking about drilling out the back of the vintage sideboard the tank is on and seeing if closing it up (and maybe soundproofing with some Styrofoam) will fix the problem).
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in "The Inspired Aquarium" book I saw they used colored interlocking foam mats for sound insulation in one project, like the ones sold in home depot.
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loud 2211

I am using a 2211 on my 20 gallon also. If it is loud then it likely has air bubbles churning around the impellor.

To purge the air out after filter maintenance, i hook up the hoses back to the quick disconnects and open them up. I unlatch two of the clips, and slightly open the canister, just enough that the o-ring becomes unsealed, gravity will then start filling the canister rapidly. Be careful here and watch it until it gets almost to the o-ring, then push the top back on and latch all the clips. You will probably spray some water from around the o-ring here so put a towel around it.

After this some bubbles under the media will work their way up. You might have to mess with it every now and then until all the air is purged. Give it a little shake, and tilt it in different directions so the bubble goes into the impellor. Sometimes simply unplugging it and plugging it in again is enough to get the last air out of the impellor.
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Crypts are a little "melty", but I understand that's normal when you move them to a new tank. Picked up the wood from Tom Barr today (yea!!!). It's soaking now. As soon as it's waterlogged, I'll scape the tank and post new pics.
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Yeah when I got my Crypts not long ago they looked just terrible, wasn't long before they perked right up.
They've already started sprouting little baby crypts.

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The crypts I put in a few weeks ago look horrible but there's one little baby one that looks pretty good. They aren't going to like being moved again lol.

I can't wait to see the new scape!
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The tank went from high Ammonia and no Nitrate to no Ammonia and HIGH Nitrate like overnight . . . (ok, over the course of 2-3 days). Did three successive 5G water changes yesterday, got the Nitrate down to about 20.

Today I pretty much drained the tank so I could scape it. I love that I can drain it right out the window into the flower bed:



Here are the plants, all laid out so I can see them:



Here's me playing around with the hard scape in my empty 20L:



I've got one more plant coming, Limnophila aromatica, I'll figure out what to do with it when it shows up . . . And yes, that's a wine bottle holding down the wood. It wasn't floating in the bucket, but it sure started as soon as I filled the tank. Other than the large piece still wanting to float, I'm pretty pleased with how it came out, but I'm also totally open to suggestions!

And it's the camera that's crooked, not the tank:


Crowley arrives on Tues!!!
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Woe. That looks great. An awesome scape and the best betta house I've ever seen. Wildly better than a cup

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Crowley is going to LOVE it in there.
Are you adding any other tankmates? Snails and whatnot?

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Crowley is going to LOVE it in there.
Are you adding any other tankmates? Snails and whatnot?
Trying to keep it as a biotope (all the plants are SE Asian, and found in Thailand), so at the moment I'm planning on kuhli loaches and CPDs. If anyone has a snail suggestion, I'd love to hear it. I haven't found a species that's from SE Asia and won't eat my plants. Suppose I could go with apple snails since they've been introduced and are now found everywhere, but that's kind of cheating.
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Woe. That looks great. An awesome scape and the best betta house I've ever seen. Wildly better than a cup
Thanks. Now I really want to get on setting up the other 20L so I can upgrade my CT Nigel. Maybe I'll start on that next weekend . . . I want to try an El Natural tank, so it shouldn't be as expensive to set up as this one was (or so I try to tell myself).
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