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post #121 of 145 (permalink) Old 03-29-2013, 04:26 PM
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Awesome tank. A great example of properly planning your landscape (unlike my mess ). Can't wait to watch its maturity.
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post #122 of 145 (permalink) Old 04-19-2014, 02:03 AM Thread Starter
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Well Well Well....

My how time flies as you get a little older. Since my last update, I've changed jobs, my wife and I have had ANOTHER baby, and this tank has continued to putter along. It feels like it's only been a few months since my last update...but it's been 2 years.n

Before I get into the updates, a few pictures of where we are tonight (didn't bust out the diatom filter, so patience please








Now for some discussion. If you read my last update, you know I wasn't happy with the plumbing. Things just didn't work right, so I turned off co2 and auto dosing and just let it all go. Then I had a few bad experiences with my Eheim 2028s (loved those things for a long time, but they have one part that breaks repeatedly and easily, at $27 + shipping a pop each time), so I changed up my filters to some Eheim 2217s. I've fallen in love with these Eheim Classics over the last few years (put one on my 60-P years ago and have loved it). I have 2 Eheim 2217s running and love.

I also decided to add one of those co2 atomizers (from the auction site) inline before one of the eheims.



I also redid the organization in my stand and installed a light. If you have a big tank and don't have a light in your stand.....no, scratch that....if you dont' have a light in your stand, add one (I have one in my 60-P and don't know what I'd do with out it).





The installed light



And finally some shots of a few of the inhabitants.









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Congrats on the baby! Tank is looking great, jungle look FTW!
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post #124 of 145 (permalink) Old 04-19-2014, 02:16 PM
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Congrats on the family addition! Awesome tank. Looks great.

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post #125 of 145 (permalink) Old 04-19-2014, 02:49 PM
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Very Beautuful tank, I love your angels, make me want to go back to a larger tank.

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post #126 of 145 (permalink) Old 03-31-2015, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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Ok. Let's resurrect this one.

So, last April I ordered two huge ole' pieces of manzanita wood from Tom Barr. After a month or more, hard to remember, I rescaped this guy. Sold off most of my huge narrow leaf java fern and a bunch of anubias too.

I took a lot of great pictures of that rescape process too. Then, before I could post, life got in the way. A few months went by, and somehow I ended up missing all of those. So, that sucks.

Anyway, tank is mostly crypts and anubias. Kind of a mess, too.

Fauna is down to 3 angels (had a good 5 year run on them), 4 Apisto macmasteri, and a ton of Otos.

Everything is running great with the plumbing and the automation. The only thing I do to this tank on a regular basis is dose dry micros and feed the fish. The rest of it is entirely automated (including macros, lights, co2, water changes). It's pretty much the perfect setup for someone with a couple of kids and no time.

Anyway, I'll try to get some pictures up soon.
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the tank is looking great!
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Well, it's a been a long time coming:



















As I think I've mentioned, I did a big rescape sometime last summer. Add in two big ole' pieces of manzinta from Tom Barr. Really lovely pieces. Of course, then I went and covered them up with a bunch of Anubias, but I like it and the fish do too.

Fish are down to 3 of my angels, 4 Apisto Macmasterii, 1 Sterbai cory, and a bunch of Otos.

I'm maybe half happy with this. I'm working on it. I have a lot of plants that I think could work great, but need more of them so I'm waiting for them to grow out and multiply. I'm really pleased with how open the tank is compared to before. The Barclaya longifolia I really love, but I just don't have the time to keep it trimmed back. I'm more or less happy with it growing the way it is cause it helps to keep too much light from hitting the Anubias.

My next big thing is to add more livestock. I'm leaning towards a big school of cardinals and probably a big colony of RCS.

Expect my next updat in 12 to 18 months.
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I also decided to add one of those co2 atomizers (from the auction site) inline before one of the eheims.
sorry for the late question
have you ever had any problems with air/co2 trapped inside your filter?
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sorry for the late question
have you ever had any problems with air/co2 trapped inside your filter?
Nope, no problems...not really. I've been injecting co2 inline since 2008 and the only thing is ill occasionally give my filters a shake and a few bubbles will come out. I don't do this regularly, will often go months without doing it.

Aside from these small bubbles, 100% diffusion. That atomizer inline before the filter is the best co2 injection method in my experience.

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Really nice setup, congrats on keeping it going. Very natural looking. Been looking at the apistos on aquabid, where did you get those nice Macmasterii?
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Nope, no problems...not really. I've been injecting co2 inline since 2008 and the only thing is ill occasionally give my filters a shake and a few bubbles will come out. I don't do this regularly, will often go months without doing it.

Aside from these small bubbles, 100% diffusion. That atomizer inline before the filter is the best co2 injection method in my experience.
thanks for the reply and it's nice knowing that info as i always afraid to put anythung befor my canister.

i have an inline atomizer but installed it after the canister. today i got sick of seeing tiny bubbles in my tank and put a cerges reactor after the atomizer.
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Really nice setup, congrats on keeping it going. Very natural looking. Been looking at the apistos on aquabid, where did you get those nice Macmasterii?


I got them from my local aquarium club auction. If you have a local club I highly recommend participating.
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Glad you resurrected this. Your tank looks great no and in all of its past incarnations. Both flora and fauna are incredible!
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Enjoyed your story, all the better for the periodic updates so we see the tanks phases. And you managed this while real life, like the addition of 2 children happened Great job!
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