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05-19-2010 12:21 AM

So far so good, but I want to make sure it stays that way. So in my last post I stated that I broke my bubble counter, well it seems that my diffuser wasn't all that great either. I just don't think I have enough pressure behind it to push through the airstone in the diffuser. So I decided to get a Hagen Elite Mini Filter and make a diffuser out of it from a post I saw online. It is working great! The little CO2 bubbles seem to be suspended in the water and seem to be getting dispersed pretty well. Problem is, is that today when I came home I had a lot of algae on the front of my tank and there was some foamy bubbles on the top of the water above the CO2 diffuser. I have the diffuser all the way at the bottom of the tank. I'm not sure if those bubbles are ok or not, but I don't want to lose my fish or my plants (I have 2 pearl gourami, 5 leopard danios, 1 bamboo shrimp, and 6 ghost shrimp with about 15 cherry shrimp on their way). Does anyone know what those bubbles are? I've read that it's because of poor water quality, but I just did a water change about 2-3 days ago. Also no one has written me back about the white fungus like substance growing on my DW or about preventing plant clippings from going up the intake on my filter. When my tank gets cleaned (my snails love algae ) and I get a few more fish in there i'll take some pics. Thanks for looking.
05-14-2010 08:59 PM
nemosreef Check out the plant trader. There are people on here that are always selling shrimp at real good prices.
05-14-2010 08:54 PM
esab So I am currently setting up my CO2 today, unfortunately my bubble counter broke as I was hooking it up to the airline tubing . Also I've noticed some white fungus around my driftwood, and looks like some shrimp would take care of it but unfortunately shrimp out here are really expensive I don't know what to do. Does anyone know of any place near Chicago that sells shrimp cheap?
05-10-2010 03:16 PM
esab So it's been awhile since I've written anything. So far so good, I made the mistake of not being careful in replacing the water in the tank (I don't have any plants in my cichlid tank) and a lot of the plants came up, so I had to replant them last night. I am going to be getting some fish this week, LFS had some Leopard Danios that i might get, I'd like those Galaxy Rasbora's but they are expensive online and haven't seen any in LFS. I am finding that plant clippings are clogging my power filter. Does anyone have any suggestions so that it doesn't get clogged? Some of my plants are melting (which I expected) but I'm hoping to put together my DIY CO2 this week and hopefully along with some root tabs this tank will take off. I've currently got the light on 12 hours a day.
05-07-2010 12:03 AM
msawdey good choice in plants.. I agree that you should probably take the ones in front out of "line"... maybe put a background up of a solid color (or paint)... like a light blue.. but your well on your way..

get some co2 going and maybe some ferts and you will see an explosion of life in your tank
05-06-2010 10:28 PM
Originally Posted by macclellan View Post
*las* fotos.
Lol oops, I dropped out of Spanish last semester.
Great tank, I like your plant choices.
05-06-2010 10:27 PM
macclellan Welcome and nice start!

Originally Posted by VincentK View Post
Quiero los fotos.
*las* fotos. it's irregular since fotos is short for fotografias.
05-06-2010 10:21 PM
Ravag3d1 I think foreground plants would look a lot better if you took them out of the lined formation and planted them in a more natural looking way.
05-06-2010 04:28 PM

So yesterday I received my plants, and spent about 2 hours planting and scaping. I have to say that I like what it looks like now, but know that I will probably have to move stuff around later on. Another member suggested I take the slate off of the pieces of driftwood to have more options. I was able to get the slate off the tall piece but not the other one, and I have to say I think it looks better than before. I took the rocks out because I didn't feel I needed them. Everything is planted except for the Aponogeton Crispus, which is floating on the top of the tank now. Unfortunately when I was planting I decided to accidentally step on my glass canopy I just bought, so now I need a new one . Does anyone have a good way of getting rid of the little leaves that float at the top? I noticed they were clogging my filter yesterday. I can't wait to get some fish in there, but I think I might wait til next week to do it.
05-03-2010 08:34 PM
benon For the rooted plants, try to clump them in groups. They're much easier to maintain that way.

If you want to go for a natural look, try and mimick some nice natural photos.
05-03-2010 08:02 PM
esab So plants are on their way, and my check valves, bubble counter, and diffuser are on their way. I am going to start to read about aquascaping, but if anyone has experience with the plants mentioned below let me know please.

> 2 Foreground- Lilaeopsis Mauritiana (potted)
> Anubias-coffeffolia (cultivar)
> 2 bunch- Rotala Indica, water wisteria
> 5 Val- Italian Val "Leopard"
> Aponogeton-crispus
> 2 cryptocoryne- crispatula, pontederiifolia
> crypt pot -wendtii bronze
> java fern

They should be here in about 2-3 days so I have a little time to do some more research. I'll post pics when I get them. I also got 5 olive nerite snails. Does anyone have any experience with these? I have read that they do a number on algae in the tank, but lay eggs everywhere.
04-30-2010 06:51 PM
esab So I finally got my light. It is a 30" Orbit with 1x65w Dual Daylight 6700k/10k/ 1 x 65w dual actinic (was going to swap it out for another daylight). The guy I bought it from told me I probably will need to replace the bulb which was why he sold it to me for cheap. I popped my new glass canopy on there so now I'm ready to get started finally! I should have my plants sometime next week, I was wondering what some opinions are on the driftwood I have in the tank? I've been reading some of the journals here, and looking at other people's pics, and I'm wondering if both pieces I have are too much? I like them both a lot as i think they are unique, but I want what is best for the tank. Suggestions anyone?
04-29-2010 09:55 PM
esab CanadianMatt,

Thanks for the advice, actually I liked about half of what they suggested and ultimately she will put whatever I want that's in stock in the order, she just came up with a list of various plants for me. I noticed you are in Chicago area, I'm in the west suburbs, and unfortunately the only places nearby are Petsmart/Petco, and SeaEscapes in South Elgin (a bit overpriced if you ask me). Where are you located, and what stores are near you? I don't have a problem going out of my way for good livestock/prices. Thanks again for the advice.
04-29-2010 05:58 PM
CanadianMatt81 Hmmmm, just an idea but perhaps going with sweet aquatics package wasn't the best choice as it seems you aren't very happy with most of what they picked out for you. I must admit I looked into these package deals when I first started but then I realized I was to picky and would rather do it all myself.

I'll admit, I'm blessed with having not 1, not 2, but 3 really awesome aquarium stores close by and my local selections have been fantastic but my first order did come from and all of my plants arrived happy, healthy, and it was pretty affordable. When I did my order online though it was only for plants I was totally sure I wanted and was just my starting point. 4 Dwarf Hairgrass, 2 micro swords, some cobomba, water sprite, and a few dwarf clovers.

My starting point was good but it needed a few little tweaks here and there and now a few months later it's totally changed yet again. I tossed the cobomba as it was a constant nuisance in my tank. I moved most of the plants around. I added Java Ferns even though I also kinda didn't like em and now I also have a Amazon Sword and a Melon Sword. To spice things up a little bit I also went and got some water lettuce, a floating pond plant that looks incredible in that front open space at the top.

I guess I'm saying, you don't have to do it all at once. Remember that patience in this hobby always pays off. Take it one step at a time and make changes as you go along and eventually all that work will pay off and you'll be very happy with the results.
04-29-2010 05:27 PM
My new 29 gallon planted tank *Update*

Sooooooo I was supposed to get my new light fixture two days ago, but apparently the guy I was buying it off Ebay got arrested and was in jail for 2 days, but everything has been worked out, and I now should have it by tomorrow . I also just got an email back from Sweet Aquatics with the list that they came up with for the plants in my tank. Take a look at it and let me know what you think.


2 Foreground-dwarf hairgrass ( I told her I liked Lilaeopsis Mauritiania better as a replacement)

Anubias-coffeffolia (cultivar)

2 bunch- Rotala Indica, water wisteria

5 Val- Italian Val ( I wasn't crazy for these, but I did like the Italian Leopard Val, as I like the look of the spots on them)


2 cryptocoryne- crispatula, pontederiifolia

crypt pot -wendtii bronze

dwarf onion (Wasn't crazy for this, any suggestions as a replacement?)

java fern (Same for this one, wasn't crazy about it.)

So the list will be tweaked a little bit, but you get the idea. I can't wait to get this thing started. Hopefully the fixture comes tomorrow *fingers crossed*. I'll get pics up when I get my light.

Anyone know where I should be putting each plant, once I get them? I am totally lost when it comes to that.
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