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like the wendtii tropica

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Looks a lot better without all the green lily pipes in the tank. Did you plump that awesome spray bar up the the canisters? If so, how?

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like the wendtii tropica
Somehow I knew you'd like a Crypt!

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Looks a lot better without all the green lily pipes in the tank. Did you plump that awesome spray bar up the the canisters? If so, how?
I'll post some shots later this weekend but I'm too beat tonight, I put 2 Eheim 2217's each with it's own Hydor 300w inline heater and one also has a CarbonDoser EXT5000 external CO2 reactor, all plumbed together with quick disconects in between then finally the intake is 1" cpvc with a 6.5" x 1" filter intake wraped with vinyl screen to protect shrimp and the exhaust and spraybar is 3/4" cpvc painted black.

It does work very well but was a pain to install, but it confirms that Amano know the best way to do things in the aqurium or atleast if he prints it, it works. The flow is very strong across the front glass with flow from water surface to substrate and it returns to the intake fast, it was a matter of minutes and the intakes screen was full of debris, but there is 528 gph flowing between the 2 filters, Eheim classics can't be beat in quality and price, in my book!

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post #125 of 884 (permalink) Old 10-15-2011, 03:58 AM
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I may have to invest in an Eheim for my 20 gallon once I get it going. HOB filters just don't deliver enough power. And that tank looks a lot better now.

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So take some pics!
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Sorry I was out shopping all day and made a pretty good score. We had a club meeting at "That Fish Place That Pet Place" in PA and their prices were really good, the 500 ml bottle of Excel $9.29, not bad. The club offered the maintenance kit from one of their group buys for $20, a member sold me the driftwood for $5, another member gave me a bag of Hygrophila pinnatifida gratis, and the other bags of plants totaled no more than $15 or so, I got Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Green Gecko', Cryptocoryne crispatula var. balansae thanks to Mscichlid spliting her bag with me, Hygrophila corymbosa 'angustifolia', Hygrophila polysperma 'Sunset', and Mayaca fluviatilis.

Afterward we stopped by Racheals house and met her family and got to see her fish room, not to mention she fed us pizza and beer. After she got me drunk she tricked me into buying some more RCS and Chili Rasboras, it was horrible.

Oh and I got the dog a bone, gota show some love to fido.

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Nice haul man.

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Looks like its an early Christmas. haha

Those tools looks very nice.
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After she got you guys drunk did she make you clean the tanks?

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After she got you guys drunk did she make you clean the tanks?
I see you've been to Rachaels before.

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Auction plants and minor rescape

This is a shot of the right side, I pulled a dozen Corkscrew Vals and put in the Hygrophila pinnatifida and a very small but dense patch of Mayaca fluviatilis



On the left side what a jungle but in the bottom right corner you can see the C. wendtii green gecko and this was my favorite buy, in the back I ripped out my failing Ludwigia Peruensis and moved the Cryptocoryne crispatula var. balansae in it's place, I added 4 new plants and this is another favorite. Plus I added some Hygrophila polysperma 'Sunset'


I also added 4 or 5 Hygrophila corymbosa 'angustifolia' to the back, left of center to fill in a bit more, but it will need time to straighten and grow. I'm not really crazy about this plant but it will do for now as a filler. I was look for S. sp. porto velho to fill in the foreground and Fissidens but there was none for sale at the auction, maybe next time.


The plumbing under the tank is nothing special but it will make it easier in the future, I had to prime it by hooking my python to the hose connection on the intake side and I got my first mouth full of fish water ever, surprisingly it was not foul but had a rather clean taste just like tap water but there was a short period of teeth brushing and Listerine. It's less crowded but really still a mess under there but I will get the RO/DI unit (2012 maybe) and install a drain hose to the front lawn flower bed and that will be nice, but it will be a while before it happens.

The flow from the 2 x 2217's is high with all the plants laying over a bit, the circulation pump is off and will be removed and it is not needed, but the upgrade from the 2215's is huge and I couldn't imagine having a 2262 or FX5 it would just be too much for this tank. Most tanks of this size and larger are 6, 7, & 8 feet long so the 2262 or FX5 would then come in handy and that's a long way to blow flow.


This isn't even a good photo but I like how her feeler is twice her body lenth, she's cleaning that so I can remove it! Thanks for looking.

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I love Hygrophila pinnatifida as a mid-ground plant. I also love Cryptocoryne crispatula var. balansae as a background plant in place of Vals. Both are easy to grow and look very lush once they fill in. Looking good

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