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09-09-2013 03:54 AM
austin.b Any word on the progress of the tank or those awesome blue rilis?
04-24-2013 11:34 PM
Drift Monkey
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Originally Posted by Ebi View Post
Beautiful Shrimp!
Thanks!

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Originally Posted by GreenBliss View Post
Love your Rillis!
Thank you!



So I added some plants courtesy of h4n today (thanks again).


My lone anubia were getting lonely so I added 4 more!


The blyxa japonica didn't look too happy about the trip...hopefully they'll bounce back.


Current full tank shot.


Bonus feeding time shot.


They love them some repashy!
04-16-2013 10:16 PM
GreenBliss Love your Rillis!
04-16-2013 04:13 AM
Ebi Beautiful Shrimp!
04-16-2013 04:12 AM
Drift Monkey Feeding frenzy!

04-13-2013 01:52 AM
Drift Monkey Maybe a mod could help me out and move this over to the tank journals subforum?
04-13-2013 12:55 AM
Drift Monkey So...it's been QUITE a while, but this tank is still up and running. I went on an extended vacation and it developed a SEVERE case of stringy algae that completely took over the top of the tank and I proceeded to neglect it for a while (terrible, I know). I"m not sure exactly what sparked it though...excess nutrients I'm assuming.

I decided to finally take care of it. The algae came off mostly in a single, disgusting mat. The shrimp didn't seem to mind it though...they just kept multiplying (although I'm sure they enjoy being able to see the light again, as do the plants). I have several blue variations now that I want to separate and perhaps selectively breed. Maybe in my picotope?

I lost almost 100% of my moss to the algae infestation though, as it seemed to fuse itself to the algal mat.

I took this time to clean the canister out (new floss) and clean out the lily pipes, which were beyond disgusting at this point. My purigen was dark brown, so I decided to dump it in a 50:50 bleach/water solution for a while before I pop it back in. I did a 25% (roughly) water change and topped her off and she's good as new. The tank's parameters seem to be in line, the TDS read 169 the last time I checked...maybe I'll do another partial at the end of next week.

Anyway...on to the crappy update pics:





I'm tackling my Edge now...which has literally turned into a moss/riccia jungle. This'll be fun...
09-28-2012 08:03 PM
SomeCanuck I'm actually the last person here that should be telling you what and how to dose. I'm still trying to figure it out myself and haven't been having much luck.

The only thing I can suggest is to try and adapt something like EI dosing to your needs, but water it down and do it very sparingly. I add maybe 10ml of a macro solution in a week, with some micros every few weeks if I notice some things looking a little off.
09-28-2012 07:26 PM
Drift Monkey
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The moss and ferns will grow without any kind of fertilization, but they'll definitely benefit from it if you do choose to add some. They require ferts in the water column though since they don't root in the substrate where they'd be able to use the Rootmedic tabs.
I figure that much...but, I'm leery of adding ferts to the water column in a tank I'm trying to breed shrimp in. If there are no negative side effects...I'd certainly do it, although I have read that those that dose ferts have to do water changes quite more frequently which could stress shrimp, so I'm not sure that'd be for the best.

Maybe just a small dose would work for me, though I have no idea what exactly I should dose for moss/ferns/anubias. Suggestions?
09-28-2012 06:59 PM
SomeCanuck The moss and ferns will grow without any kind of fertilization, but they'll definitely benefit from it if you do choose to add some. They require ferts in the water column though since they don't root in the substrate where they'd be able to use the Rootmedic tabs.
09-27-2012 09:17 PM
Drift Monkey
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Originally Posted by KFryman View Post
I want a rimless tank and lily pipes, but I don't get as much money now so it is hard to support the hobby. More I research, more I want to spend lol.

THe tank looks like it is coming along though. Are you going to carpet the pennywort japan?
You don't HAVE to spend alot! It's really easy to research and get carried away though...I'm guilty of it myself!

Yeah...I'm getting decent growth out of everything...not sure if I should be dosing anything...but have some root tabs from rootmedic on their way, mostly just for the crypts/pennywort. Hopefully the pennywort carpets the front up over (a long) time.

Not sure if the moss/ferns really need anything...anyone care to chime in on that?
09-27-2012 05:04 AM
KFryman I want a rimless tank and lily pipes, but I don't get as much money now so it is hard to support the hobby. More I research, more I want to spend lol.

THe tank looks like it is coming along though. Are you going to carpet the pennywort japan?
09-27-2012 12:32 AM
Drift Monkey
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Thanks! Also, where did you get that prefilter? I need to get one for the shrimp tank I am going to be starting up.
I got that from evilbay from a seller named e-shop37. They have 12mm, 14mm, and 16mm prefilters available. It was only around $9 bucks or so shipped, but the downside is it takes a few weeks to get from China.

Fits the above mentioned lily pipes perfect though!
09-26-2012 11:32 PM
KFryman Thanks! Also, where did you get that prefilter? I need to get one for the shrimp tank I am going to be starting up.
09-26-2012 09:48 PM
Drift Monkey
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nice tank! what lily pipes are those? do they get dirty easily?
Thanks! They're aqmagic lily pipes from evilbay. The outflow seems to grow a bit of algae on it, but the inflow never has. In fact, my acrylic tubes are what gets dirty the fastest!
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