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post #31 of 94 (permalink) Old 05-02-2013, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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Dwarf Neon Rainbowfish!.......are impossible to photograph

Algae on the other hand, not so much haha I have an actual mound of it that I scraped off the back glass

Oh, and crypt melt=TDS through the roof, it's sitting pretty at about 450
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post #32 of 94 (permalink) Old 05-04-2013, 03:36 AM Thread Starter
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I'm starting my stockpile for when I switch everything to the 40b. Input is always appreciated! Will keep this updated as I think of and order the goods

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Tank/stand/top/lighting/heater (acquired)
Additional filtration (Eheim 2217 acquired)
Hardscape (Ryuoh stone acquired from Frank)
Dry ferts (acquired)
Substrate (MGOPM + Flourite mix and sand cap)
CO2 system (acquired)


Any other ideas??

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Just a simple modified EI dosing schedule based on the current plants.
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I'm a neighbor to you (near madison /walnuct cove & work in G-boro). Know any others around here ? Congrats on the new place in June (if that's still the case). The Eheim 2217 is great. I've had ot running my 135gal now for 5+yrs and has been flawless.

I just started my EI dosing yesterday (first time ever fertilizing). Got my ferts from nilocg on here. I'll have to show you some pics as my tank transforms as it's been a long haul and still have a long way to go. Got new LEDs for the tank about a month or so ago to replace my Coralifes (those were great...still have them but not using). Just began w/ a fully automated CO2 system on 4/23/13 (got from aquariumplants.com). Also added substrate pellets (iron & trace) that same day to hold me over until I got my dry ferts. Seeing pearling for the first time in my tank (ever).

I'd love to know where you get your shrimp & plants around G-boro, WS, & HP as I've not found anywhere that really has healthy plants. I have an 8" Clown Loach so the shrimp may just be a meal for that guy.

Right now I'm in process of just trying to nurse nana's & crypts back to health before I buy a bunch of new plants. So looking for a good place around here to get some.
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Got some incredible GBRs in from matt13 earlier! This is my pair of long-fins
These fish have so much color that my crappy phone doesn't want to share with everyone, but I should be able to get some high res shots sometime this week!
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Nice fish!
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Decent shot
Although the blues don't show up at all..
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post #38 of 94 (permalink) Old 05-11-2013, 04:21 AM Thread Starter
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Move in date set for June 13th so I'm hoping to have everything for the 40 set up by July, then get all the plants moved over followed by the fish.
I believe I have all of the equipment that can't be found locally. Got a NIB Eheim 2217 for $125! Pretty pumped about that score. Also had to order some new tubing for the 2213 as the current tubing is cut to length for the tank being on the floor.
Still looking for a cheap CO2 regulator and 2.5lb tank. Anyone have one or have any tips/suggestions?
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post #39 of 94 (permalink) Old 05-13-2013, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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This is what happens when my camera is returned..

Y'all get pictures and updates!

2 of my new rams from matt13 are already showing spawning behavior so it shouldn't be long! The close up picture of just the clumps of crypts is cryptocoryne petchii, it has some awesome patterning.

I'm mixing in pictures of my shrimp tank just for the heck of it
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Re: SouthernCichlids' "Limbs of a Reaper" Stockpiling new equipment!

Love your rams - Matt13 has only the best. I would watch those crypts - you may end up with no light reaching the substrate in a month or so .

Your shrimps look like pigs, even though you are trying to teach them some table manners.

Good luck with the move, may it be an uneventful one.

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His rams are awesome, the longfins are a weakness of mine for sure! Hahaha I think some of my other crypts are liking the shade, my plecos love hanging out on the underside of the leaves in the current from my filter.

Well fed pigs at that! They keep their tank spotless though so I guess that counts as manners

Thanks Oleg!
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Love your rams - Matt13 has only the best. I would watch those crypts - you may end up with no light reaching the substrate in a month or so .

Your shrimps look like pigs, even though you are trying to teach them some table manners.

Good luck with the move, may it be an uneventful one.

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GLA regulator and 5lb CO2 tank are in the mail and headed my way
Thanks Mitch! <= This guy is a lifesaver!
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Ryuoh stone, courtesy of Frank at ADG.

I'll start messing with the layout after I get the tank up and can tweak everything based on the tank and which angle it will be viewed from regularly.
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My shiny, new-to-me, toy from Mitch!
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Good deal. Congrats on the new tools. Carolina Carbonics in G-boro across the the coliseum was the cheapeat I found for CO2 in our area. $25 for my 20 lbs tank.
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