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View Poll Results: Riparium or Traditional?
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post #151 of 2274 (permalink) Old 02-14-2011, 08:58 PM
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I use vinegar, but I really should use some muriatic (diluted hydrochloric, basically same effect as throwing up on the rocks and seeing if they fizz ). I bring a small dropper with on hikes, and I drip a little on a rock I like, to see if it'll dissolve minerals into the tank. If it's fizzless, I bring it home.

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post #152 of 2274 (permalink) Old 02-14-2011, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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oh! thats interesting, ill have to find somewhere to hike once it gets warm
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It's a tropical 48* here, I can loan you the money for the plane ticket so long as you pay me back in orchids, fish, and aquaria stuff. (Grass! And rooftops! Oh I missed them...) I'm only halfway kidding, there's still enough snow to cover rocks here.

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post #154 of 2274 (permalink) Old 02-14-2011, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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its snowwy here too! there are places i can hike, just never crossed my mind before im not setting up the tank id need the rocks for until spring anyways
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DO IT! FREE ROCKS!

Here's an idea for the algae http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ge...de-dosing.html but I don't know sensitive the oto's and Leroy will take it.

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post #156 of 2274 (permalink) Old 02-16-2011, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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thanks. i think think ill gove the co2 and the ei dosing a little longer. hopefully they will help
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here is an update...


i just looked at the old picture, and wow! the dwarf and and the vals actually grew!! haha. but the algae also grew i have been lazy/not home so i havent dosed or done WCs in about a week and a half ive been bad. but today is WC day and after i finish homework, ill do a WC and get back on track

ill see if i can find a picture for you guys. im probably going to buy a glass diffuser for the diy co2 and get an extra for the 20 long when it gets set up.

and im debating about a check valve or not.
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I know we're not supposed to post ebay links but this isn't my own product. I purchased this diffuser for my 10g and it would work great for you too.

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post #159 of 2274 (permalink) Old 02-28-2011, 12:55 AM Thread Starter
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could you pm it to me? i was thinking of getting the diffuser from mordalphus- he has then more 5 shipping, and 6 dollars each. and i was gonna get too. pm me if you got a better deal!




well a routine WC turned into a major re-scape LOL took everything out. and its in tubberware. im eating for a sec. and updating. then ill finish.... its going to be a riparium!!!!xD about 2/3 filled with water. hopefully ill get some stems or something that will grow in the tank and come out. and im going to moint a small cattleya i have onto the DW that is sticking out. ill get pics tonight!
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The deal I was shown is $5.99 with free shipping. It's pretty legit too.

Stupid TPT for removing the link! I'm just trying to help a brotha out!
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Thanks for helping a bro out! I got you pm


It's late pics In the morning. I had a few extra plants, so I did small bowl type thing. I wonder if I could keep some shrimp in there


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The deal I was shown is $5.99 with free shipping. It's pretty legit too.

Stupid TPT for removing the link! I'm just trying to help a brotha out!
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PM is the ideal thing to do.

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post #163 of 2274 (permalink) Old 02-28-2011, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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here are the pics! i like the scape better, but im still not satisfied. but i really am liking the riparium idea

the filter is loud though! what can i do to make the filter not be loud? should i buy a sponge filter? im thinking of adding a few cories. definitely want to get some stems or something else in the tank. to add color

i have a small little cattleya mounted on the DW where it is out of the water. and im planning on getting more plants that will grow from the water and come out. and some that i can maybe hang in planters on the back.

BUT ill have to do something about the hood. easiest thing would be to put more powerful bulbs in the fixture. and then mount it on the wall high enough so i can have some short plants under.

any suggestions about the filter? should i get a sponge filter?

any suggestions about the light? would my idea work?

any plant ideas? some that will grown from the water out, and some that i can have in planters

are there any good sites i can just read about ripariums?

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and the tiny cattleya

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post #164 of 2274 (permalink) Old 02-28-2011, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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im going to be getting some diffusers from the link aquastudent sent me.

i will have about 7 extra dollars to spend. if there are any sponge filters i should get. or i could get a kH and gH test kit.

the test kit can wait, but if there isnt a sponge filter i could get now that would work and help with the noise....

or if there is anything else cheap you can think of i should get that would help with this riparium..
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The only way I could think of dampening the sound from the filter without significantly changing the scape is maybe moving the filter to the left slightly so that the output falls onto the driftwood. The scattering may be quieter than splashing onto the water.

I've seen people build up stonework (possible with woodwork too I'm sure) and use that as the output of the filter. You could set up some little waterfalls. It'd be a lot of work but could be very cool.
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