|Today 12:09 AM|
Built the Tom Barr CO2 reactor!
No more mist! Though mine is mostly submerged in the built in wet/dry in the back of the tank.
First day so Im sure I'll need to tweek it a bit!
|08-26-2015 06:27 AM|
Sunrise and sunset lighting... aka one fixture off. 2 hours in the morning and 2 at night.
|08-23-2015 01:20 PM|
|08-23-2015 09:36 AM|
|jcmv4792||So do you only run co2 to get the plants grown up? If not, how do you run co2 while not adding any ferts, and with a low-bioload?|
|08-22-2015 11:42 PM|
Plus I think I actually prefer the look of a well laid out planted tank, like yours for example.
I appreciate the kind words and the wisdom. I hope mine ends up looking as nice as yours does!
|08-22-2015 10:21 PM|
I switched to tap for the freshwater tank because its just too much work otherwise. My tap is hard and like 7.8 pH and pretty nasty... But ammonia/chlorine remover and water changes of 30% or less work fine.
I feel for you with the RO water...
But for the lowest maintenance you have to give up a few things- like fussy plants. I don't have any plants that require ferts on purpose LOL. And they are all easy beginner type. I do have a full pack of the 4 Fertz pump bottles- they just sit dusty under the cabinet.
But I bet if you have had good success up to now, your new tank will be just as successful!
|08-22-2015 07:33 PM|
|bk.||Thanks for the info! Seems like you have it down to a science . I'm currently running co2 and do dose ferts but I also never test the water. the thing I'm most worried about is water changes. Currently I use 100% RO water and remineralize each 5g bucket before it goes in the tank. I do roughly 40-50% a week right now on a 55 so if that regimen continues I could be in for some long nights!!|
|08-21-2015 06:19 PM|
I will say that going UP to a 125g is going to be EASIER than any tank you have ever had (assuming the 125 is the biggest). EVERYTHING is more stable. Things can go wrong with FAR less devastation.
If going CO2, get that straight first. Keep the light cycle around 8 hours in the beginning (or less) and make it longer as you see things are going well. My lights are on 13 hours a day now- 4 of those hours are only 2 bulbs (I run 4 bulbs total). I have 4 54w 48" T5HO.
But for me, the key to easy is-
A low bioload, cherry shrimp colony for cleaning and food source, amano shrimp for the heavy algae lifting and find a plant that likes your tank(tap water, lights etc.) and let it go OFF.
Even if you remove the plant later, getting a decent amount of growth ASAP is the key IMHO to a happy tank. Initially it will be unbalanced NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO!
My cardinal rule is LET THE PLANTS DECIDE. All my tanks for 20 years have had Anubias as the main plant- I LOVE anubias. I started that way with this tank but the rock made the water hard and the BBA seemed to thrive. I was still able to make a scape I was happy with but the BBA was annoying on slow growth, long life leaves. So as the tank evolved I found that mosses LOVED my tank- fissidens, Java and subwassertang. Now THOSE are the main plants and the Anubias is an accent plant at best.
Java moss, in my case, is simply for shrimp colony/cover and what a great giant filter! My center of Java moss easily doubled the shrimp population... Its crazy.
Sorry for the blather LOL! In short- the sooner you get decent plant growth of ANY kind, the sooner your tank will balance. In my uniquarium (this thread tank) I have MINIMAL filtration- just some prefilter pads stacked in the bottom of 2 chambers- easily less than 20% of the filter media area in the back- simply for mechanical filtration. The plants do all the work.
Note- I don't add ferts, I don't test my water, I have gone months without a water change (Im lazy LOL- BUT water changes are REALLY GOOD for the tank, don't get me wrong). I also run my tank between 75-77 degrees and run a chiller. My fish all prefer cooler water and the Panda corys are NIGHT AND DAY between 75 degrees and 78 degrees (too high)... The chiller really keeps the tank temp super stable. That really helped with fish health and longevity. (my hospital tank doesn't have a chiller and it hit 86 degrees 2 days ago... it gets hot here!)
|08-21-2015 05:57 PM|
|bk.||Based on your #2 stipulation on pg 1 "is it easy to maintain". How do you go about making it easy to maintain? I'm possibly picking up a 125 on Sunday and I'm kind of nervous about jumping from a 55 to a 125. Any tips on making the transition easy or how to make the tank easily maintainable?|
|08-21-2015 05:36 PM|
New crappy 720p video- 8/19/15
|08-19-2015 04:36 AM|
I saw my first berried crayfish today! Here's a crappy shot-
You can see the dark area under the tail- that's the eggs! I may completely lose it if I see little babies running around... lol
|08-18-2015 07:11 PM|
|Mikeygmzmg||One of a kind. Very nice tank! It reminds me of an Indianna Jones movie or something : )|
|08-18-2015 06:14 PM|
This is one of the best looking tanks I've ever seen across the entire internet and beyond. A huge congrats and job well done.
And PS, yes, AlanLe is THE MAN.
|08-07-2015 05:04 AM|
Hooked the Regulator up and it kills! Soooo buttery and accurate! Alan is the man! If you need a killer regulator, PM AlanLe. He had 2 for sale in the forum that were more than I wanted to spend, I PM'ed him, and he had this one available unlisted- I jumped on it. After checking up on his rep, I paid without a second thought!
I read a bunch of threads where people were considering Alan but were internet leery... Don't be! Way better decision than the storefront regulators I looked at- price and quality. And he responds to PMs so fast its silly... He offers a warranty and full support. I ordered it Friday and had it Wednesday!
Beware- new toy blather...
I also hooked up my Apex controller. Lets be upfront- Its an overpriced toy for a freshwater tank- especially without LED lights... LOL BUT I love the display unit and its definitely slick! The excuse I told myself is at least its a great safety net running CO2, heater and chiller... Instant notification of catastrophe... And remote ability to turn stuff OFF!
It will email me and text me if anything I want to know happens- high temp, ph swing, chiller wont shut off etc. And you can control everything via internet and smart phone app- lights, pumps, heater, chiller, CO2 etc. Anywhere in the world, I can turn my chiller pump off or the CO2...
Its a blast!
One of my favorite inconsequential things is the APEX light timers. SO accurate as opposed to individual timers. I love the lights turning on at EXACTLY 11:30. And when they turn off, my blue LED in the back of the tank turns on. No lag, overlap or delay between cycles with multiple lights.
Its the little things LOL.
The negative is its a lot of work to set up and things seem far more confusing until you actually just start doing things. And I had to set up port forwarding to make the android app work. You have to first update the firmware, which meant I had to download another program as well... Lots of that kind of stuff. You also need to learn to write the code if you want to really use it. BUT its easy in their software "Fusion" as the templates show you the code used to write them.
Finally after 2 days its all working killer! It was crazy checking the tank at work today on my phone... And showing my boss the pH graph...
|08-03-2015 01:02 AM|
Alan sent me pics of the built regulator- awesome!!!!! Ships out Monday!
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