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post #136 of 209 (permalink) Old 09-27-2013, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Come see what's new in my dirted 20L:

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Head Count!

Today, I did a water change and a head count. I lost 3 more Harlequin's. One jumped out and I found him on the floor. Another looked like he had been dead for a day or two which makes sense because I couldn't find one for the longest time. The third was swimming around like he was stick or super stress out and didn't make it. Now, I am down to 7 Harlequin from the 11 I started with.

7/11 Harlequins Rasboras

The Habrosus are doing great as far as I can tell. It's hard to count them because they are so active and all over the place. I can count up to about 10 each time I try. There are always some I cannot see hiding somewhere, but I believe they are all still alive.

12/12 Cory Habrosus
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My Marineland 100w heater is crap! The damn thing is turning on when it shouldn't be... I think the thermometer is sticking or something. Right now I got another thermometer on my tank it says 80F but the heater is set for 76F and the thermometer in the heater says 76F.

My fish are not liking the temp changes either. I just ordered a new heater. I got one with a controller separate from the the heating source. I hope the fish can hold out until it arrives.
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Lost another 1 today. Is it weird that the harlequins are dying but the Habrosus are not? I thought harlequins were suppose to be hardy...

I got the harlequins from petsmart. Maybe that's why...
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Today, the new heater came in. I got the Archaea Mini Aquarium Heater 50w. I wasn't sure if there was enough wattage to heat 15g although it says it's rated for 9-17g, so we'll see...

Since my Harlequin number went from 11 all the way down to 3, I added 6 more for a total of 9. I want more but first I have the ones I got happy. This job is turning out to be harder than I expected.

On another note, the pest snail numbers are down. I haven't seen the assassin snail actually eat any other snails but he must be doing his job. I rarely even manual removed them anymore and in fact a hint of diatoms has shown up on the front glass. This may be due to the increase in light intensity I did awhile back.

I've been dosing the previously posted amount of fertilizers weekly, but my last Nitrate test was 20. This week I am going to skip NO3 and dose micro instead.
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Temperature stablizing and fish seem to be going better.
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Hello everyone,

I apologize because I haven't been keep the forums up to date on this tank. I've recently got engaged and naturally as you can assume life got busy. This tank is doing great thought. I've been keeping up with weekly water changes and dosing. I've noticed the heavy root feeder plants are doing much better than other plants. My water sprite and a few other steams died out. My water wisteria is growing irregularly but I've having fun watching is struggle. All the annubias, crypts, sag, vals etc are doing great. I've added NO C02 or excel in the tank at all since the fill.

Current Stock
x12 Harlequin Rasboras
x12 Cory Habrosus
x9 Neon Tetras
x3 Otto's
x3 Assassin Snails
x1 Longfin Plecostomus Temminckii

This tank is everything I could have asked for and more. I don't have to spend much time on it because it is LOW TECH. Everything grows slowly; therefore, I am not taking out handfuls of plants weekly. It's relatively cheap considering the deals I got.The metabolism of the tank is slow and gives me time to correct any algae problems. I am having a blast playing around this this 20L.

I am thinking about kicking up the water changes to a couple times a week due to my overstocking decision. I got a lot of fish in there right now. It's really a sight to see all action going on.

Pictures coming soon.

Thanks and stay tuned.
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Replacing Bulbs

I just ordered x2 GE starcoat 6500k bulbs from aquacave.

http://www.aquacave.com/GE-Starcoat-...lbs-P2673.aspx

Seemed like a good deal...
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My new GE starcoat 6500k bulbs came in today so I replaced the old on from the fixture and wow what a difference.

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It is hard to tell from the picture, but the new bulbs are much brighter. I think the plants will respond well. I raised my fixture back to where it was originally.

I would be sitting around 20PAR (Substrate) and 40PAR (Rim), but these bulbs have tons of output so I really don't know...
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That's a nice set up man. Did you derim that tank?
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That's a nice set up man. Did you derim that tank?
Yes I did. It's a de-rimmed 20L.
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From Low Tech - High Tech

I hooked up my pressurized co2 system and co2 reactor for fun today.

Now lets see what this baby can do!

Grow Grow Grow!

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What Next?

Today, I tested the water parameters and everything looks good.

What next? Well... The real estate market kinda shuts down here in Minnesota this time of year. People prefer not to sell their house and move during the holidays. So, I've decided to go HIGH TECH for awhile just for fun.

I got my bubble counter at about 1bps, and I turned the outflow (Spray Bar) for less surface turbulence. I will slowly dial in the Co2 injection to a stable green drop checker. I will start a full blown dry EI Dosing regimen soon and then I will move my light fixture accordingly.

As another fun little project / add-on, I am going to add a Planted HOB filter to this tank...

Stay Tuned for more pictures and videos.
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