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05-19-2012 01:18 AM
majerah1 Wow,I love the overgrowth!It looks fantastic and those shrimp must be super happy!

Im hunting a used Ebi for my daughter who wants some shrimp,lol.I have a good source for some blue pearls,so will see how it goes.In any case your tank has inspired me even moreso to look for this type of tank.
04-28-2012 04:31 PM
pedropete i've heard cleaning (like vacuuming) the fluval stratum isn't a good idea as it removes potential meals for the shrimp, who love to walk around, picking at particles and biofilm accumulated here and there.

my question for Big, the OP, is: how did you mod the filter intake so shrimplets were sucked in? thanks!
04-27-2012 03:21 PM
HammerJoe Hello,

I've enjoyed reading your journal. I am thinking of getting a EBI as well and I was wondering if you clean the gravel as well and if yes how messy it is and if its hard?
Ive had tanks in the past but they were alot bigger so cleaning the gravel was not much of an issue but with this small tank Im wondering if it can be done without disturbing everything?
04-15-2012 08:41 PM
bigboij Sorry for the lack of any updates, between getting married an moving to new house i have been busy

this thank was surprisingly easy to move, lowered water took out equipment road in the front seat of my car.

topped it off with distilled upon setup and added a splash of the minerals that come with the kit.

as for maintenance i do nothing but feed scrape front glass (side left green for the babies) and top off with distilled water. the shrimp and my light cycle seems to keep any algae of concern away to keep this tank glorious

cell phone is my only working cam at the moment







03-17-2012 07:55 PM
Hyzer
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Originally Posted by DesmondTheMoonBear View Post
We need an update!
I second this.

Somehow I missed this awesome EBI. Nice work!
12-28-2011 02:09 AM
DesmondTheMoonBear We need an update!
08-27-2011 08:39 PM
madness
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Originally Posted by bigboij View Post
I'm still using suction cups near the top rear to act as legs as the front rests on the edge of the tank. Just got married last week so I been insane busy and hadn't done any other than feed and top off for a while.

The moss wall i think ia java Xmas moss mix in the last picture you can see what i think is java at the top. At the bottom right corner you can see what I think is Xmas that makes up the rest.
Congratulations man!
08-27-2011 06:06 PM
bigboij
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Originally Posted by madness View Post
Did you ever find a solution for the lid/glass top when using the external canister filter?

Also, what type of moss is on the moss wall again? Was that the (maybe) flame moss?
I'm still using suction cups near the top rear to act as legs as the front rests on the edge of the tank. Just got married last week so I been insane busy and hadn't done any other than feed and top off for a while.

The moss wall i think ia java Xmas moss mix in the last picture you can see what i think is java at the top. At the bottom right corner you can see what I think is Xmas that makes up the rest.
08-27-2011 04:19 AM
madness Did you ever find a solution for the lid/glass top when using the external canister filter?

Also, what type of moss is on the moss wall again? Was that the (maybe) flame moss?
08-26-2011 10:48 PM
Cynth Looking awesome!
08-26-2011 09:39 PM
bigboij update

the fissdens tree is about due a trim its turning into a bush






the moss wall is growing nicely



07-25-2011 11:32 PM
bigboij
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Thank you for answering. Is there a specially timer that can handle two light cycles or do you just have them hooked up to two different timers?


two 5 dollar timers and a 3 dollar extension cord. its only on a cord cause then i can lower it back behind my desk and outta the way.
07-25-2011 06:45 PM
jeremyblevins
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Thank ya!

just crawled under the desk (didnt know what i was running) for the most part i started them at 8 each with a 4 hr overlap, that was to much so i just started decreasing the overlap little by little till i found a equilibrium between algae and growth. since im not using co2 or ferts this is my only true algae controller i have.

currently the left light runs 9am-3:30pm
the right light runs 12:30pm-9:30pm

12hrs is long cycle for most people, but its close to real time of light throughout the day. but I just bumped it back an hour later or so so i get to enjoy it at night.


as for WC's, for the most part i dont do em, since im not adding anything like ferts the filter does its job of keep the water clean. i top of with distilled (live in an apt no RO unit for home) due to evaporation. i may do a actual WC once every other month and even then its take a gallon or so out, and replace with a 50/50 tap and distilled bucket of water. I use the back drop as my splash guard for poring in the water and not having to worry about messing anything up. I used hoses and such at the beginning but developed my lazy way and stuck with it
Thank you for answering. Is there a specially timer that can handle two light cycles or do you just have them hooked up to two different timers?
07-24-2011 12:26 AM
kuro wow your phoenix moss look amazing, i have a ebi too and did HC dsm a few months ago hoping my phoenix moss will come out looking that great on my driftwood but i didn't tie it to rock i just superglue it onto my driftwood. i even glue mini x-mas moss onto the back wall like what you have there on your ebi but that moss grow really slow even my mini pelia on my driftwood is spreading faster. Hopefully when i fill it in few weeks the christmas moss will kick in.
07-22-2011 08:50 PM
bigboij Update pics of my attached moss wall.









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