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post #31 of 55 (permalink) Old 04-07-2013, 03:29 AM Thread Starter
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Too much substrate?

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post #32 of 55 (permalink) Old 04-07-2013, 07:19 PM
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for plants it is probably not too much, but I would possibly level out or scape with a slope towards the rear of the aquarium to give the viewer some depth and perspective once the tank is planted.

Here is how much I have in mine:

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Picked up a small piece of malaysian driftwood today at a LFS. Letting it soak right now to leech out some of the tannins. But I may just put it in the tank to soak as I don't plan on cycling this thing for a little while longer. Will post pics if I do put the driftwood in the tank.
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Thinking about replacing this FloraMax substrate with something else. I don't really like the look of it as the individual pieces are too big. Looks kind of funny in such a small tank, in my opinion.
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Went out to a few pet stores today in search of a new substrate. No luck and I think I'm just going to stick with the FloraMax. I did, however, finally buy a 50w Fluval M heater, a Mag-Float mini, a floating glass thermometer and some fish food. Gonna try to cycle this thing with the Fishless fish food method.
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Just siphoned out about 1/4 of the substrate (along with all the water). Then repositioned the piece of wood and refilled the tank. Pics when it clears up!
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The blue light you see is my night LED setup behind the tank. I just leave them on all the time instead of purchasing another timer to control them.

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Video update on my tank:

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Just found a Neon Tetra that had gone carpet surfing.
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I never considered them jumpers, but over the course of a year I lost 4 neons out of my rimless to dry land exploration.

I broke down and moved my heater from the pump compartment into the main portion of the tank, I just couldn't get the water over like 75 degrees, even with the 50 watt hydor on full blast. The water in the filter compartment was 86 degrees.
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I never considered them jumpers, but over the course of a year I lost 4 neons out of my rimless to dry land exploration.

I broke down and moved my heater from the pump compartment into the main portion of the tank, I just couldn't get the water over like 75 degrees, even with the 50 watt hydor on full blast. The water in the filter compartment was 86 degrees.
I've noticed that the temperature in the pump compartment with the heater in there is higher than the rest of the tank. However, not to that extreme in my case (so far!).

On a side note, I couldn't find the Endler's Livebearer and figured it had died and there was simply no body to be found. I just so happened to mess with the air hose in the pump compartment and noticed the Endler's swimming in the compartment. It had jumped there from the main part of the tank! Needless to say it was a real pain to get it out of there. Ended up siphoning his ass out of there with some wide hose I had. Very stressful for both myself and the fish! Now I use the cover over the tank!
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