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post #16 of 56 (permalink) Old 07-20-2014, 09:41 PM
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how about a full monty shot now (tank shot )

and whats your bps rate currently at?

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and whats your bps rate currently at?






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post #17 of 56 (permalink) Old 07-21-2014, 02:00 AM Thread Starter
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how about a full monty shot now (tank shot )

and whats your bps rate currently at?

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and whats your bps rate currently at?
Here's a few pictures of the tank as of today.

I believe the BPS is around 4-5.

I also attached a short video of the tank, and at the end, you can see the bubble counter in action





Video of my tank, as of 7/20/2014: Click Here (sorry for the camera quality, was using my Iphone to record)
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seeing any pearling yet?






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post #19 of 56 (permalink) Old 07-22-2014, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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seeing any pearling yet?
Sadly no.... tanks been up about 2-3 weeks and havent fully established yet.

Should I be seeing pearling already?
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post #20 of 56 (permalink) Old 07-22-2014, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
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As of 7/21/2014, I started to see a tiny bit of Hair Algae on my dwarf baby tears. It could be due to a chemical imbalance, since my tank is still going through the nitrogen cycle (should be finished soon), but in light of the hair algae, I decided to increase my Co2 a bit to help with the algae.

Also, I cut back my lighting from 10 hours to 8 hours. I feel maybe having a Kessil 150 WE Amazon Sun over a 30 gallon might be a tad too much, and 10 hours was too long.

Thoughts?
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post #21 of 56 (permalink) Old 07-23-2014, 09:51 PM
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I've 2 kessils on my 60 gallon cube. My Ludwigia peruensis is over 2 feet tall on 4 of the stems. I just cut and replanted them this afternoon.

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post #22 of 56 (permalink) Old 07-24-2014, 06:20 AM Thread Starter
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I ended up raising the gooseneck about 1-2 inches higher, and cut the light back down to 8 hours. Hopefully once I get some shrimp in Otos in the tank, it will start to clear up
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post #23 of 56 (permalink) Old 07-25-2014, 03:32 AM Thread Starter
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7/24/2014,

Did a 50% water change (15 gallons), and added 7 Otos, and 5 Amano shrimp.

Current PH: 6.8
KH 4

Showing about 19 ppm co2 (within range). I will be leaving it around 2-3 bps for the next couple days to let the shrimp and otos settle before slowly upping the co2.
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So... I went to San Diego for my brother in law's Bachelor party, and came home today (4 days later) to see my tank temperature reading at 88.9 degrees. It seems that a genius in my house, thought it would be smart to close all my windows and my door (basically trapping heat in my room) causing my tank temp to raise.

Lucky for me, all my Otos and neon tetras are ok. I lost a couple Amano shrimps, but still havent seen their bodies yet.

Worst part is, my Baby tears are looking like crap now. I assume the reason they look browned / yellowed out, is a cause of the high temp? Or could it be due to lack of nutrients?

Anyone have any ideas?
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post #25 of 56 (permalink) Old 07-29-2014, 06:15 AM Thread Starter
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Thinking about purchasing the Neptune system Apex Jr.. has a temp probe as well as PH probe for monitoring.

Also, with this system, I can monitor everything through an app on my cell phone so I can see the temp, PH, etc etc at all times.
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post #26 of 56 (permalink) Old 07-30-2014, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
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Added 24 Neocaridina Fire red shrimps today (Lost a little bit of color due to stress), and added the Pinpoint PH monitor






Currently my KH is at 4, and GH at 8
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So far, shrimps made it over night with Co2! I am not sure if I lost any but I can see a lot of them still around! *Thumbs up!*

I will probably be picking up a few more Amano's today to help with the little hair algae I have in the tank.
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Picked up 10 Amano shrimps today at my LFS, and they are going crazy with the cleaning
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post #29 of 56 (permalink) Old 07-31-2014, 09:42 PM
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your baby tears will bounce back. i would expect those red shirmp to breed, I had several in an aqueon evolve 8 tank and they bred like crazy.






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your baby tears will bounce back. i would expect those red shirmp to breed, I had several in an aqueon evolve 8 tank and they bred like crazy.
I am still a little worried about Co2 injection, currently around 30 ppm. They seem to be doing fine, but who knows.

PH before lights: 7.7
KH: 4
PH after lights / co2 turns on: 6.6

Overall, things are looking good. I think I was running low on algae in the tank, so I ended up putting in a piece of zucchini in there for everyone.

Been reading a lot about Ken's premium foods, and decided to pull the trigger on a 1/2 lbs bag of veggie sticks laced with calcium. This should give my Fire red shrimps some color / calcium for their shells.


http://www.kensfish.com/aquarium-sup...s-calcium.html
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