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post #346 of 389 (permalink) Old 02-17-2013, 02:58 AM
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I was really disappointed to get to the end of this and it left off where it did. I have read all 23 pages of your journey, and I am also interested in knowing how ths setup is doing for you. I would also like to inquire about the plants that you have in the foreground, sort of looks like dwarf sag, but much thicker and taller. Blyxa perhaps? I have this tank, 6 gallon version. I have it lightly planted, but I want to possibly grow DHG in there, do you think that one LED light on that would grow it? The person I got this tank from seems to think it can grow pretty much anything, but I am curious. I am not opposed to putting on a paintball co2 setup on it. My Scarlet Badis need to have some grassy cover to reduce aggression, and I have some moss but wasn't looking to totally moss it out. If you have time I would love to hear your opinion on what I asked and see how your current set up looks these days. I really enjoyed reading this and am now subscribed should you choose to continue updating!

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post #347 of 389 (permalink) Old 02-18-2013, 08:00 AM
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I have two of these things, well 3 to be exact (I won 1 from eheim)

sad to say that the filters are complete garbage. I'm buying 2 HOB filters with verticle inserts for filter media, with that, you should be able to fill the aquarium up higher than the 1.5 inches from the top that the original instructions held.

I should get mine within 1-2 days, hopefully I can get my aquarium where I want it with the different changes . Not thrilled about lighting and filter getting in the way, but we'll see what happens.
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post #348 of 389 (permalink) Old 04-23-2013, 02:18 AM Thread Starter
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Before the move:


After the move & some clipping:


The tank now gets a bit of sun each day, drastically changing the dynamic. Got a green bloom for a few months then settled down.

Interesting note, I haven't messed with the tank at all for the past 6 months. No water change, no feeding, and not much evaporation with the lid on. Completely enclosed for half a year...



What survived? The rilis, and otos, sunlight creates food.



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post #349 of 389 (permalink) Old 04-24-2013, 02:50 PM
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Your interesting note makes me want to trade my fish for shrimp. ha

I agree on the filter. I have been thinking about a canister with Lilly pipes on my Aqua-style. Looks good.
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xenxes's EHEIM Aquastyle 9.2g - Rescaped Dutch-ish + Rilis + CPDs

Just added a eheim 106. At full blast it's a lot of flow but there is a valve on the unit to slow it down.

Water cleared up a lot too.
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Is that an oto baby in the last pic!!!??? :O
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post #352 of 389 (permalink) Old 04-29-2013, 02:27 AM
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got love the baby otos
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That last pic with the oto fry is amazing. The tank looks pretty good for no maintenance over that long period of time.
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So I'm restarting this tank, almost a year later on the other coast. Threw in a bunch of temporary plants and a hyacinth to eat up nitrates. I think I'll just plant this time, why waste water volume on a hardscape when I can have more plants?




Now sandwiched in a corner of my kitchen


Only shrimp that survived from my recent fiasco (dropped a shrimp bucket down the street off the UHaul) are some berried PFRs, 2 somewhat blues, and 2-3 mischling CBS

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post #355 of 389 (permalink) Old 01-13-2015, 02:33 AM
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what is that substrate? looks like some sort of moss
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post #356 of 389 (permalink) Old 01-13-2015, 04:21 AM Thread Starter
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Substrate is: (1) potting soil/peat + (2) backyard dirt (clay/mud) + (3) thin black diamond blasting grit cap + (4) long fiber spaghnum peat moss. Goal was to buffer to slightly acidic for TBs, but water is going towards neutral, probably due to the backyard dirt.


Water is stained slight yellow from the spaghnum moss



the PFRs / blues I threw in are all berried, they seem to congregate around this one stem of creeping jenny at the back corner for food, ignoring the pellets I drop. Bear in mind these guys survived in an outdoor tub from October to December, without any hand feeding.

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Few of the surviving mischlings


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post #358 of 389 (permalink) Old 01-16-2015, 02:29 AM
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I like the tea color water. Love the sphagum moss. I might try that for my black water aquarium. What brand of sphagnum moss are you using?
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The type from Home Depot (Mosser Lee) or Lowes


Growth update, I'm using 2x LEDs so keeping the hyacinth in until I cover every square inch of this little tank, vertical tanks are harder to plant. Contemplating doing a wall of anubias or moss again.
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Added some star grass to the back and pieces of moss, mostly fissidens. Water hyacinth is growing out of control as usual in a matter of days, but a necessary evil to keep the algae in check for now.
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