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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-27-2010, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Fluval EBI

Got my EBI up and running. Stocked with 6 Green neon Tetras 5 White Clouds and 3 Glofish (They will be goon soon).

I have a Moss Ball, some Carolina Fanworth, some Crypt, and 2 other plants my dad got me from petco so im not sure what they are.

Im going to rescape this soon. The rock that is in there now is from my other tank, and it will be returning. I want to set up a small rock wall in the front corner and put some moss in front of it. Also still searching for the perfect piece of driftwood. Here is what i have so far. Let me know your thoughts.






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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-27-2010, 07:46 PM
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how about some small foreground plant?



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Moss will fill the front left corner then Ill probably transfer some microsward from my other tank. Not positive yet. Still in the process of the design.

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post #4 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-27-2010, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Something like this



I need to find out if i get another light will i be able to grow HC.

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post #5 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-27-2010, 08:26 PM
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You can grow HC if you get one more light I found them for sale for $30 for the whole fixture.

It's looking good so far. What kind of rock do you have in there? It looks like a pure block of silica. lol

Unfortunately santa didn't here me when I told him that I wanted a Ebi for Christmas. lol Good thing on the 3rd of Jan. I will be getting my check for $2,700. I hope my parents don't mind another tank.
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post #6 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-27-2010, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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HAHA. To be honest the name of the rock escapes me. I have a bunch of it in my other tank. So HC will grow with another light. Awesome news. I'm also thinking about getting the Fluval co2 kit. http://www.petsolutions.com/storefro...PressurinedCO2

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I'm currently in the process of trying to figure out how to hook my existing 10lb setup. I'm not sure if I would go with the CO2 kit, I have heard that the cartridge runs out reasonably fast.
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Yea i read that as well, but (i read) if you add a solenoid it will last longer.

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post #9 of 30 (permalink) Old 01-01-2011, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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The substrate that comes with the tank moves around easily and is not the easy to clean. Is anyone capping it?

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Ahh see I'm not the only one that substrate is a PAIN, its almost TOO natural, have you smashed one between your fingers? it seems like a really nice soil of some sort, but if you move it around it stirs up stuff every single time grr its frustrating lol. I have found that when I move stuff around I simple turn the filter off let everything settle, then fire it back up to clear it up quickly, otherwise you will clog up the filter or it will take alot longer to clear.

On a side note how do you feel about the filter, did you adjust the flow down? I have that same filter in my 10 gallon and it can create a vortex in there can't imagine what its like in small space like the EBI. I tried turning the flow down and it got a little noisy, ended up drilling alot more holes in the spray bar.
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EBI looking good.

I wish the Fluval Co2 they made for this same tank only the planted version had a solenoid. I really don't want to leave it running and I know I would forget to turn it on and off.

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post #12 of 30 (permalink) Old 01-01-2011, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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I like the filter because of its compact size, but it does get a bit noisy. I'm gonna have to put more holes in mine. I wish they made a spray bar about 3 inches longer, because that would help as well. I might grab some black gravel to cap it with. Just a small layer to hold it down some. Im going to the LFS later today for some stuff anyhow.

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I like the filter because of its compact size, but it does get a bit noisy. I'm gonna have to put more holes in mine. I wish they made a spray bar about 3 inches longer, because that would help as well. I might grab some black gravel to cap it with. Just a small layer to hold it down some. Im going to the LFS later today for some stuff anyhow.
The filter in my EBI doesn't make any noise at all, the spray bar is about 1" below the surface. Are you sure there isn't some air or something trapped in yours? Or are you keeping the spray above the water?

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The filter in my EBI doesn't make any noise at all, the spray bar is about 1" below the surface. Are you sure there isn't some air or something trapped in yours? Or are you keeping the spray above the water?
+1 on that, mine doesn't make even the smallest amount of noise and I have it 3 inches below the water line. I turned the filter down to about 50% , that thing is powerful for this small of a tank.
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My filter is noisy too... Drives me nuts!
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