Join Date: May 2013
Location: Burlington, Vermont
Changed a number of things around with this tank. I started with the ista mix max reactor and was having trouble with the flow. Decided to switch it up and try the inline atomizer. Thus far I feel like the bubble count is more controllable given the working pressure of the atomic regulators. Not sure I am a big fan of the cloudiness in the tank every talks about but there is no doubt that the plants are making the most of it.
I finally pulled the trigger to get a second canister filter. I was originally running the eheim 2215 with the in line reactor and my plan was to set up a second one with a hydor in line heater. They ended up sending my a 2217 instead of the 2215 so I've significantly upgraded filtration in the tank. I am trying to figure out if there is a better way of setting up the intakes/output to maximize tank flow, which will hopefully allow me to eliminate the use of my powerhead.
On another note, my flora and fauna is changing as well.
I brought my congo tetras and the rainbowfish back into my lfs for credit. Haven't decided what I want to replace them with. I got a few cardinal tetras from a friend of mine and I like the size of them in the tank. I am thinking I'll try and introduce another 10 or 15. of them. My lfs also had some pygmy cories in which I have always wanted to try. They most hide among the plants at the moment, which might be due to the flow in the tank.
I added some dwarf hair grass and glossostigma, both of which seem to be doing well. The DHG seems to be spreading a bit faster than the glosso but I have planted and replanted the glosso enough times that I think it's starting to settle in and send runners. Also added some more anubias and am trying to decide on what to do with the front right corner. I've got a small sword there now that I plan on moving to 20 long but haven't found the right plant to take its place.
algae has becoming apparent, which I expected after upgrading my year old aquaticlife bulbs to giesemann bulbs (aquaflora/midday). Im planning on cutting back the photoperiod since I haven't found a plausible way of raising the T5 fixture yet.
Ill take some photos this evening when the CO2 turns off and the water has cleared.
Last edited by MadRiverPat; 06-20-2014 at 04:29 PM.