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post #31 of 38 (permalink) Old 02-18-2013, 03:14 PM
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If you're in jersey, have you been to ridgewood aquarium? small store, but they had a lot of plant variety the one time I went there.

If you buy RCS from any pet store, you are most likely only going to get females. I know from personal experience that pacific aquarium in NYC chinatown only stocks females (whether they know it or not).

I have two ada mini-S, which are 3.5 gal (true water volume is about 2.5 gal). One currently stocked with 3 cardinal tetras and 3 RCS (only males left, btw), and the other thank with a betta.
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post #32 of 38 (permalink) Old 02-22-2013, 03:16 AM Thread Starter
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JasonK, Ridgewood is where I got my microswords and crypt parva. Amazed that a store of that quality is close to me. I hope to get a tank & supplies from them as my career (hopefully) progresses. Most things in there are all quality and priced accordingly, yet fairly.

As for an update,

1. I did a nitrate test and saw it was consistently high, so I stopped dosing ferts and just continued with the Excel daily. So far, its doing ok.

2. I am starting to setup the proper components for pressurized CO2, probably paintball. I got the aquatek regular size with paintball adapter, but am thinking maybe I shouldve just went with the mini/paintball reg. I thought It would be useful in case i upgrade to a 5lb tank for a larger aquarium. But thinking about it now, when I upgrade, Ill just go all out with a dual-stage, and keep the paintball setup for a nano tank. So in hindsight, I shouldve just went paintball mini aquatek. Doh! Also, I bought a Victor hpt 270b on ebay, so ill be working on that when time permits.

3. I hope to stock the tank more:
- Maybe a few more sparkling gourami? I like tiny nano fish, but I want to have shrimp in there, so i'm refraining from the nice pygmy loaches i saw, even the pygmy cories (or are they ok with shrimp??).
- Plants-wise, gonna try the DHG in the front as planned, and i need to do something with those stem plants (rotala) in the back.
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post #33 of 38 (permalink) Old 03-02-2013, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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So here's my aquatek on a christmas tree stand, hahah.

Doing some minor rescaping/maintenance, so pics of tank will be later. I moved the wood forward to make space for stem plants in the back and adjusted the plants accordingly.

My Victor HPT270B is leak free! It had the wrong gauges and some scratches, so I was worried about it.

I also got a cheap regulator with chrome cga320 nipple & nut and USG gauges for cheap, so I harvested them over to the Victor. Im thinking burkert solenoid with a decent needle valve, and SS parts in between. Estimated total cost should be ~$175. There are some cheap dual stage regs all over. I missed out on one for $20!

I may just sell the dual stage since the aquatek is doing ok for my 5g, but I always dream of bigger tanks...
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post #34 of 38 (permalink) Old 03-24-2013, 01:44 AM Thread Starter
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I've been running CO2 at ~1 bps and the growth has generally been great.
However, there are 2 things that are bothering me:

1. I think I may have Cladophora. It's sad, because so far, it has been the only algae problem I've had! And it sucks because it's not even a technical issue!! My lighting, ferts, CO2 seem to all be decent. Any help with this problem would be appreciated. I'm considering doing a drastic H2O2 cleansing.

2. One caveat is that my rotala seem to have some possible deficiency. *See Pic below* What could this be due to?

1/32 tsp of KNO3 per week
1/128 tsp of KH2PO4 per week
~5mL of Flourish Iron per week
A few drops of Flourish Comprehensive per week (I'm not a fan of this product. I'm considering getting new micros)

A) Potassium deficiency?
B) Micros deficiency?
C) Flow or light deficiency? (I redirected the light more toward the front a little while ago)

3. Plans:

- I'm considering either just taking out the Rotala in the back and just doing microswords all around OR adding more colorful stem plants in the back-right (to create a stem plant section in the back). What do you think?

- I need shrimp!! RCS, maybe give CRS a shot? I'm leaning toward mail-order. Any insight/tips on deals on this would be cool.

Enjoy the pics!!
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post #35 of 38 (permalink) Old 04-11-2013, 03:25 AM
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very nice chi I just bought one too new in box for $10 (it didnt have filter or light) any updates on your tank and how are you liking the beamsworks led
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post #36 of 38 (permalink) Old 05-09-2013, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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So I had a bout of clado, and although it looked kinda nice, it irked me. I took drastic measures by physically removing and excel/H2O2/bleaching everything. The best was the bleach, made clado turn white pretty quickly. Unfortunately the plants as well. So you have to use a diluted soln. and dip for maybe a minute. I also bleached the gravel and excel/H2O2'ed the driftwood. In the end, I just put back the microswords and the crypt parva.

Now, I am snail and clado free (so far). I replaced the driftwood with a local piece of wood I had been soaking. I added a tiny anybias node as well. We shall see how this all recovers. The other salvaged plant species are in a small "creature container" in the other room.

The Chi is doing well and the Beamsworks led light is good. Only gripe is that it is not square shaped so it will give strong light to a strip of area and low/med light in front or back of that strip. A square version would be awesome.

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post #37 of 38 (permalink) Old 05-21-2013, 01:27 AM
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This would look lovely with some c. balansae growing in the back to cover the cords I think... they have a lovely dark greenish red color with those wrinkled leaves that give such great texture to the tank. Would really compliment the driftwood I think.
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post #38 of 38 (permalink) Old 01-05-2015, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Major update

After a poor experience with Clado infestation, I completely re-did the tank and made it a low-tech, no filter setup. Has been very stable.

-Same 9W LED light on timer.
-10W Heater
-No filter/flow
-Automatic feeder

-Fauna - some platys and guppies, ramshorns, and one nerite.

-Flora - Anubias barteri and Anubias barteri nana. Crypt Parva, Java moss, some rotala, small amounts of microswords and java fern emerging up top. Duckweed.

After a massive removal of java moss/rotala/duckweed.

Close up of Top half

Crypt Parva, Check out that Mulm!! about 2-3 inches thick.


I also setup a second Fluval Chi as my high-tech.

-Azoo 13W CF on timer
-Aquatek paintball CO2 on timer
-Hagen Elite Mini Underwater Filter w/o any filter material.
-Small doses of ferts here and there.

-Fauna - Currently just one nerite snail.
-Flora - Dwarf (Japanese) Hairgrass, Rotala. Hope to add some shrimp.

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