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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 03-03-2012, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Fluval Chi RCS tank

Finally got around to taking some pictures of the Chi

Started with 7 rcs and now there's about 11 with 2 females berried again.
2x9w compact fluorescents, 10,000k and a 6500k.
Zoomed 501 for filtration.


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Nice tank! I especially love your driftwood! Which Chi do you have?
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Nice tank! I especially love your driftwood! Which Chi do you have?
Thanks! Its the 5 gallon, with almost none of the original equipment in place lol.
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Thanks! Its the 5 gallon, with almost none of the original equipment in place lol.
I was planning to do something like that, just keep the tank and stand and toss the filter, etc.

actually I still might =) and put in a betta and some floaters
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Some updates, along with a couple pics of the 40 gallon.

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Really nice tanks... Whats the name of that little plant growing on top of the rock? I love them...
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Thanks! Dwarf baby tears I believe. A week or two ago I was making my rare trip to petco to buy frozen food (can't beat 120 piece frozen foods for $11) and noticed them covering this lava rock in one of their tanks. Usually I would never buy plants from Petco however it looked like a very healthy, well kept tank and I had never seen this plant in any other lfs. I got someone to help me and told him which one I wanted, however he couldn't find the price tag anywhere. Since I was buying the frozen food he ended up giving it to me for free so I was a happy camper
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Can't beat that huh!!! Lol... They are so cute tho!! I wonder if they'd grow good in a low light tank... :/
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Beautiful pictures
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Can't beat that huh!!! Lol... They are so cute tho!! I wonder if they'd grow good in a low light tank... :/
Hmm, not sure, the usual care guides for them say high light, however a day after I put them in they were already growing faster than anything else in the tank.

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Your welcome I just like the plants in the background. I have some like that in my tall tank.
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I ended up taking out the four leafed clovers (Marsilea quadrifolia) because they were almost at a complete standstill as far as new growth goes and wouldn't stay planted.

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Ballast went out on the shrimp tank light the other week, instead of fixing it though I think I'm gonna test the waters of diy led's with a small fw build, a little practice for the jbj 24 cube. A little expensive for such a small tank, but the plan is to eventually add an arduino and diy auto-dosing system, nerd out with it, so a modular system was the goal.


Got most of my supplies today




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Called up a computer store yesterday and asked if they had any trash/scrap heatsinks laying around. They were very cool and let me poke through their box of oddballs and take these two for free. Initially I was looking for both the LED and the driver, however since CPU heatsinks are so small I decided to build a heatsink for the LEDs. As for the driver I'll probably use the heatsink on the left, because the driver fits the copper surface area perfectly.



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