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post #31 of 172 (permalink) Old 12-23-2012, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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Have everything I need but the Archea LED. (Though, I think I'm going to use the current 45-F I've got as a coral frag tank and maybe order a second to use for this project.)

I could build my own fixture using aluminum C-channel but would prefer not to suspend anything above the tank.

Actually a bit undecided on the substrate. It's between the variety of pool filter sand I've got and ADA Aquasoil - which a lot of people are using these days for BTOE without any problem.

Hope to have time to get things going in the new year.
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Just traded a couple shrimp for a new ZooMed 501 so I'm thinking about using it instead of the Eheim 2211. That would free up the 2211 for use on another tank.

Now it's back to my internal substrate debate! Pool Filter Sand versus Aquasoil.
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Just traded a couple shrimp for a new ZooMed 501 so I'm thinking about using it instead of the Eheim 2211. That would free up the 2211 for use on another tank.

Now it's back to my internal substrate debate! Pool Filter Sand versus Aquasoil.
Nice! I love my zoomed 501. It is pretty quiet, has a good flow and keeps things clean.

I modified mine for my spec.


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Long time no see. I haven't been on the forum much besides looking at what's for sale.
The cory experiment was a success......until I brought the tanks home and they all suffocated themselves against the sponge...sad day.

Anyways I would go with the aquasoil.....I don't know what it is with Tigers but they just don't like anything but. Any attempt without the semi lowish pH just gives them bacterial problems sometime in the future. 2 or 3 vendors have just told me go acidic and save the trouble later on. I'm breeding OEBT pretty easily in Azoo. I would probably shoot for somewhere like pH 6.5. Can't wait to see this tank......I'm gonna get one when I settle down after I graduate.

Looks like once again we have the save taste in tanks.
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Can we see some Pictures of your wood layout progress? I would also think that aquasoil is good.
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No idea yet. Likely to use the piece in post #4.
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just curious... but here's a straightforward question for you...wouldn't the 2211 work better than the Zoomed???
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I don't know why the zoomed wouldn't work. It is a great filter. Pretty quiet, too.

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Yep, it'll work perfectly for my needs. And leaves the 2211 open for other tanks (like I need another - heh).
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Yep, it'll work perfectly for my needs. And leaves the 2211 open for other tanks (like I need another - heh).
Sure you do you need many more!

I wish people would recognize the zoomed as more than a turtle filter lol. I mean I see some people telling others they can't use it because it is only for turtles -.-

Jake, do you put anything special in your 501?

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It's not set up just yet but it'll be ceramic, sponge, Purigen and maybe some filter floss depending upon flow.
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I need to jam some filter floss in mine. Gotta get it first though. Where do you get yours?

I had to reduce the flow (Obviously on a 2 gal) so I fashioned a little cotton circle to cut some of the flow down as it leaves the filter.

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Any craft store - just make sure there are no chemical additives or flame prevention junk. A $2 bag should last years.

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There are additives to almost everything these days :/. I'll look around. Thanks, bud.

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Picked up some great black lava rock from a forum member that came in the mail today:




The ruler in the photo is 24 inches, for reference.

Maybe the tank will be pool filter sand with a black lava rock mountain scape and bits of Fissidens.

Maybe I'll set up another shallow 3gal long. Or maybe I'll just buy another tank? Too many options.
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