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08-02-2016 05:29 PM
Jaguar Lost one ember, but the other 14 are doing great. Ram is ok too. Need to get him some better food.

Tank and CO2 situation are on hold though, I have a bad cold that's kicking my ass. Will update eventually.
07-21-2016 08:03 PM
Jaguar
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Originally Posted by Immortal1 View Post
Hate to say this, but in my area that is a hard fact! We are fortunate enough to have 2 LFS's that I would consider exceptional. One caters a little more to the salt world and the other is only freshwater. Honestly, I only use PetSmart/PetCo for pre-packaged items that just happen to be on sale (like the $1/gallon sale)
@Jaguar, your tank is looking pretty good. As you said, the nite time lighting in the corner is pretty cool.
It's always been a cost thing, unfortunately. The LFS is very well cared for, but the extra $1-3 per fish adds up fast. That and Petsmart does 14 day guarantees...

But everyone looks good, fingers crossed they'll continue to do this well... and WON'T try to go carpet surfing
07-20-2016 11:37 PM
Immortal1
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Originally Posted by Jaguar View Post
Fish are all doing great. I'm so used to half my stock dying in the first week that I'm counting them constantly in paranoia. I used to always buy fish from Petsmart because they were cheaper than the LFS, but never again!
Hate to say this, but in my area that is a hard fact! We are fortunate enough to have 2 LFS's that I would consider exceptional. One caters a little more to the salt world and the other is only freshwater. Honestly, I only use PetSmart/PetCo for pre-packaged items that just happen to be on sale (like the $1/gallon sale)
@Jaguar, your tank is looking pretty good. As you said, the nite time lighting in the corner is pretty cool.
07-20-2016 07:42 PM
Jaguar Fish are all doing great. I'm so used to half my stock dying in the first week that I'm counting them constantly in paranoia. I used to always buy fish from Petsmart because they were cheaper than the LFS, but never again!
07-17-2016 12:04 AM
Jaguar



I love the way the lights reflect off the corner.
07-16-2016 06:27 PM
Jaguar

07-16-2016 03:50 PM
Jaguar 15 ember tetras and a bolivian ram

I will snap some pics later
07-15-2016 09:52 PM
Jaguar The Great Crypt Melt of 2016 has occurred!

Even with a tank full of decaying leaves, my params are excellent. I was worried I'd lose my cycled media, I accidentally left my pump disconnected for a few hours. Trimmed back the crypts, did a good water change, and all is well. Gonna stock tonight, leaving the fish choices up to my partner. I think he'll pick the ember tetras. I told him to pick out something else too... the LFS guy knows what I like and will suggest something good I'm sure

07-15-2016 02:07 PM
Jaguar

Once upon a time, that was an immaculately cut, bent, and brushed aluminum reflector. Unfortunately I didn't store it properly and it got trampled on and oxidized something awful. I got most of the oxidized fingerprints off it but it still looks terrible. I'll spray paint it this weekend, maybe silver or a flat grey like the stand.

I broke the power cord to the light controller when I was redoing the airline cable... oops. Fortunately it was an easy fix
07-15-2016 06:33 AM
Jaguar
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Originally Posted by Julie7778 View Post
Sorry about the tough journey! The tank is looking really good right now though. I have a 60P as well, but itook it down because I wasn't happy with it and couldn't get a co2 system. This really inspires me to bring it back! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks! Tearing it down and redoing has been a long time coming, but I'm confident it will go better this time. I had gone into it planning on doing high tech, but it all just flopped without CO2. I'll still try to get my regulator fixed, but in the meantime I'm going to enjoy low tech for now... means less maintenance

Gonna pick up some fish this wekeend, debating between 20 ember tetras OR 10 ember tetras and 10 espe's rasbora with 4-6 oto cats... my betta will go back in my 5g Spec. anyone have an opinion on that?
07-15-2016 04:10 AM
Julie7778 Sorry about the tough journey! The tank is looking really good right now though. I have a 60P as well, but itook it down because I wasn't happy with it and couldn't get a co2 system. This really inspires me to bring it back! Thanks for sharing.
07-12-2016 09:35 PM
Jaguar DUH, I just realized that plant in the foreground on the right is s. repens, if I don't kill it all I should be able to get a bit of a carpet out of that
07-12-2016 08:53 PM
Jaguar

Bit more clear today. I replanted a few things on the right and stood up my rotala; forgot it was under there lol. I hate the color of the Flourite, I'm going to see if I can find some kind of carpeting plant to cover a lot of it. Don't really know what would get decent coverage in low tech though
07-12-2016 01:03 AM
Jaguar

Not quite sure what I'm doing with the right side, but I managed to cram everything in there. I'm gonna give it all a few days to get established before I poke some Osmocote tabs in there for the crypts. Gonna pick up fish some time this week, I'm thinking ember tetras.
07-11-2016 03:34 PM
Jaguar
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Originally Posted by Nordic View Post
That is the best way to start if you can, plant densely.
Yup. One of the crypts in there is absolutely massive. Most the plants I want in my scape are slow growers, so I grabbed some wisteria to hopefully grow fast and keep the algae away. Back when I had BGA, adding more plants completely eradicated it. I don't think I could've added more plants with the amount of clado I had though. When my plants thrived, so did it, and it was impossible to get out of the aquasoil without ruining it. If it comes back, I should have an easier time getting it out of the Flourite.
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