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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-28-2003, 03:39 AM Thread Starter
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Wanting to start with low-light plants, I foolishly bought some Crypts -- Lutea and Ciliata. Gadzooks they're HUGE in a 1g! The LFSs I went to today did not have a great selection, so maybe later I can get some smaller stuff from another LFS. This is fine for now though, mainly to determine if 4w of PC/CF is enough for 1g. There is also a mystery plant in the back that the LFS guy said would do "fine" in low light. Hmm well time will tell I guess.

I actually have the tank turned around backwards. It drove me nuts looking around the two 90 degree panes of the "front". Eventually I'd like to get a glass shop to cut some mirrors for those two sides. It would increase the lighting and perceived size of this little guy. I also noticed that this tank, sold as an AquaView Plus at Wal-Mart, is also Top Fin's AquaScene 1 at PetSmart.

Substrate is 1/4" of laterite and 1" of gravel. No heater -- temp goes to 66ish at night to 73ish with the light on during a 12h photoperiod. Circulation is provided by an airstone. I thought about skipping the airstone but due to the hood fitting so tightly I was worried about gas exchange. The tank came with it, so I figured I might as well use it. It had the special "Extra Noise" edition airpump though, so I built a muffler out of a film canister and hid it under the reef tank stand. The UGF got tossed.

The 3 White Cloud Mountain Minnows survived the trip home and a quick acclimation. I'll be testing ammonia almost daily and doing water changes as necessary for a while since there is no filtration. I scrapped the distilled + tap water idea. The water was really soft and had almost no buffering. Since the LFS keeps their White Clouds in straight tap, figured I might as well, too.

...and that's about it. Hope this works in the long term!

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LOL, nice tanks. Do you go to reefcentral.com often? If so, my screename there is Gramma Royale, obviously one of my favorit reef fishes .
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What, did I hear them say something? Yes...

The fish and plants demand a 2.5 gallon tank! Otherwise they will go on strike! They also want full medical and dental... Opps, eye care, not dental...

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Are you hitting on her... I was typing here first!

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I browse reefcentral.com once in a while, and search it a lot when I have questions. I like it ok. I spend most of my time on nano-reef.com though, as there seems to be a smaller, more closely knit group there.

Originally I got a RG just because I didn't want a clownfish -- all the reef neophytes would make references to 'Finding Nemo' when they saw my tank, which would drive me nuts. I'm glad I did go with a RG though, they have a really cool personality.

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Yes, but are you single?


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post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-28-2003, 04:54 AM Thread Starter
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Quote:
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The fish and plants demand a 2.5 gallon tank!
lol. In my defense, you guys said it would be ok:

http://www.plantedtank.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4017

Are you telling me the people on these forums have different opinions? That never happens on other boards!

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Are you hitting on her... I was typing here first!
Heh. You know, my avatar just might not be a picture of me... you probably wouldn't like me in person, anyway.

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To really find out if that is enough light for the tank you should eliminate all outside light sources. Ambient light could easily be doubling the light in your tank.

And I admire your avatar. And if it's you good. But I know enough not to get involved with red headed women. What general area of Idaho are you in? I was born in Boise and lived all over southern Idaho.
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LOL, I was judging you solely on your fish, and the subtle plug for this forum, in this forum... (Your monitor image with PlantedTank.net on it)

I didn't even notice you modest avitar!

Have you seen my pet list, I see inner beauty!

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Erm, I would get thank tank off the VCR or whatever its standing on...

Everytime you lift the hood, chances are condensation water may fall on it...

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LOL my spouse had similiar reservations. I have 12mil clear vinyl on top of and overhanging all 4 sides of the VCR which should protect it from wayward H2O.

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I smell disaster.

Try making an inner lip, so the splattered water falls back into the tank. That design of tank might have only been planned for betas.

Cut a rim from a milk jug, or just build up a layer of fish-tank caulking to form a lip. Don't forget to leave a slot for the air pump hose. You can also reduce splatter by making a splatter guard that sits just above the surface. Like a super porous sponge, which can easily be cut and glued, but not as effective.

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Easier, take it off the VCR...

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post #14 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-29-2003, 06:31 AM Thread Starter
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Zurp, I think the AquaScene is already built like that, with a rim on the tank that the top nestles inside of snugly. At least, no spills from condensation or even sloshing so far, and a lot of droplets do collect on the underside of the top (splatter from popping air bubbles).

Pretty illustration BTW, what program did you use?

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erm does your airpump include a control option? Decreasing the rate will help to stop the popping poppers.Alternate way is a valve.

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