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post #76 of 110 (permalink) Old 04-27-2013, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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So i figure its time for some more updates.

I went to Van over the weekend and spent way to much money and got some new toys.

For the osaka forest i got some more rummy nose tetras bringing my current count up to 20.
I added an ivory nerite/mystery snail which was hiding during picture time.
and a co2 kit!






The new Rummy nose are much bigger than and lighter in color than my old rummys... they may be because they are full grown.. or possibly a different species? (i know there is 3 diff type of rummy nose)

The harlequins love to play in the current of the fx5 which is running about 80%


The CPD fry are starting to get their colors!


I decided to plant some DHG and see if it would carpet.
The tank is currently running 2x T5HO about 20-24" form the substrate.. I have a second fixture so i could double it to high light..but i'm not sure if i want to go down that road or not yet...




Addition of a Co2 kit. the bubbles get caught in the current and seem to hang in the water for 20-30 seconds before reaching the surface... which i'm guessing is some good hang time!



Sadly spotted some hair algae growing on some moss.. hopefully the co2 will get rid of it.... I have it running at about a bubble every .8 seconds


I also got a bunch of dry ferts to start mixing my own.. i'm going to the the PPS-Pro method of dosing


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20 Rummy Nose.
1 Ivory mystery/nerite snail
4 Neons
5 Harlequin Tetras
15 ish CPD's
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How in the world did I miss this thread? Thought you were still waiting for the tank, change up your signature good sir

What kind of Co2 kit did you get?



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Signature updated! Oddly i updated a it a while ago but had to re-save it for it to kick in.

I got a 10 pound CO2 tank with Milwaukee MA957 CO2 Regulator (built in solenoid/bubble counter)
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Welcome to the wonderful world of Co2~! I see you guys in BC have those aluminum cylinders with collars. I wanted that! Here in the east coast, we have those ugly steel cylinders with red paint. Heavy and ugly with a bunch of stickers.

Here my red Co2 tank with the 60P on top.



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On the flip side you dont have to worry about re-certifying it every 5 years
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Since the CO2 tank decided to kill my shelve space.. i decided to build a new one.. and even add in some led lighting!

First i cut some led strips to length and soldered on some power wires.



Then i cut out a new shelve using some old plywood i had laying around


Next came installing the LEDS



Testing it all out..


And re-fill.! Much cleaner!
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^ The smile on the Metricide bottle is awesome! Where you get that bottle and how much?



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The Osaka Forest

It was about $32 shipped from a medical supply place. If you really want the site PM me and I'll dig through my email and find it. At 5ml/day it should last ages! Haha happy dosing
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That is a good price, I was looking for some here but never found a local supply. Been trying to live off of those Seachem bottles. I'm guessing you just use a smaller bottle with distill water? That basically a life time supply for me.



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I does straight matricide 14.. i do 5ml /day in my 84G tank.. I have co2 also.. so its probably over kill but i bought it before the co2 so what the heck
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Need moar pics of the tank, how is your Alternathera Reineckii doing? I got the pink version in my tank, it was on sale and was the most gorgeous plant under MH lighting. Is your still keeping it's red colour?



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Time for an update!

In the past few weeks... i have added CO2, built a DIY reactor, added a power head. Mystery snail. 5 otts, added some DHG and built my auto dosser.
As always a the complete more detailed log is available at FishTankProjects - Oska Forest tank log.

Overall shot. It is really starting to fill in.. i have even had to trip a few stems (multiple times!)








New Clean-up crew.



Under this overhang seems to be the only deadspot in the tank... i need to find a way to get some flow in there.




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I dig that pumping action you got with those bottles. Any new pictures of the carpet? I want to compare since I started around the same time. Mine been going slowwwww. I'm starting to hate HC Cuba.



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