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post #286 of 340 (permalink) Old 08-17-2013, 03:17 PM
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Amazing how clear the water is!
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Amazing how clear the water is!
It's a pain in the arse to be honest, the slightest cloudiness is immediately obvious through 3 feet of water. Need to run a second filter with a 1 micron filter to keep it clear, which needs cleaning every week.

On a mor epositive note, I just had an enjoyable couple of hours finding out what was in the fry tank; total tally was 10 rosy loach, 6 Sawbwa and 5 Danio erythromicron. Added 6 loaches and 5 Sawbwa to the Bucket, the rest need some growing on before they'd be safe from the peacock gudgeons I think.
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post #288 of 340 (permalink) Old 08-19-2013, 10:34 AM
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Tom, what do you use as second filter? (the 1 micron one)
I used to have a diatom filter (from USA a vortex) but i can seem to find one in the Netherlands anymore. I need to polish my tank too.
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post #289 of 340 (permalink) Old 08-19-2013, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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Tom, what do you use as second filter? (the 1 micron one)
I used to have a diatom filter (from USA a vortex) but i can seem to find one in the Netherlands anymore. I need to polish my tank too.
I've got a second hand Eheim 2213 with an 18" 1 micron filter 'sock' from ebay - with a slight trim they're just the right size to wrap around the internal basket. I've got 4 and just rotate them weekly, then once a month wash them in the washing machine to remove the gunk.

I don't think ebay links work on here - [Ebay Link Removed] - see! But if you search for "1 micron filter sock" they should show up, at least on ebay.co.uk. People use them for cleaning biodiesel and vegetable oil.

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Wel i do have on of those bags from the past and an old Eheim, lets see what we can put together, thx.
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post #291 of 340 (permalink) Old 09-17-2013, 02:20 AM
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This is still my favorite tank. One day, I want to set one (though probably a 24x24x12 of these up in my office, but I just have to convince the mister it's a good idea. I can't believe the growth between July and August!
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post #292 of 340 (permalink) Old 09-17-2013, 10:44 AM
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I just ordered these bags, could you show a picture of how you fitted it on the eheim?
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post #293 of 340 (permalink) Old 09-17-2013, 12:09 PM
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Really beautiful and an inspiration to all in the hobby.
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Your tank is epic. Your documentation is epic. Thank you.
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Love this tank, very inspirational. Did you ever get my pm with specific questions Tom?

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post #296 of 340 (permalink) Old 10-27-2013, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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I just ordered these bags, could you show a picture of how you fitted it on the eheim?
Sorry, I've been neglecting this thread. Hopefully you figured it out, but I just cut off the top 20% including the metal hoop, wrap them around the internal filter basket then apply plenty of brute force to reinsert the basket.

Thanks for the other comments, just time for a quick update - approaching full on jungle again, I wish everything would grow slower!



And a quick hand-held video, sorry for any sea sickness induced!

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Any updates? I would love to setup a tank like this one day.

Was this tank custom built?

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I haven't the slightest idea why I haven't seen this thread before, but this is friggin awesome! Thanks for the videos. They let me see how active the rosy loaches are. I want to do a cpd biotope with them as tankmates but was hesitant because the info about them that's out there makes it seem like they are inactive and loners, which they clearly are not. Keep up the updates man this thing is awesome.

Can you make a quick list of the food sources you have introduced to the tank?
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kwheeler - I have a CPD/Rosy loach tank as well - and the loaches are anything but inactive/loners. Very active bottom to low mid fish. A ton of fun to watch. I think they will start being imported again soon, and I believe that Msjinkzd will be getting some soon.
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