|Topic Review (Newest First)|
|06-09-2012 06:14 PM|
Originally Posted by GMYukonon24s View Post
I appreciate the words. This tank is really fun/easy but has a lot of presence for its size in the house. We have another 20 long but even at it's best, it hasn't had nearly as much interest from friends/visitors.
|06-09-2012 03:50 PM|
|GMYukonon24s||That's a beautiful tank and nice pics.|
|06-09-2012 07:13 AM|
Here is a little update. I had to use and editor to sharpen it as my lens is scratched an my camera does not focus well.
If you haven't caught it, this is my girlfriends tank. We don't live together (yet) and I haven't been by as much as normal and because of some life changes, the little maintenance I do has been neglected. I usually dose excel 3x per week (not usually every other day though) but it's been about 2 weeks since the last dose. I usually do a water change every 2 weeks but it's been about a month. It still hasn't recovered from my last trim fully which was 2 weeks ago.
I can't really complain but some of the plants have a bit of a yellow tinge to them. The stargrass isn't doing well right now but it's one of the plants that should be easy but often suffers only to come back really strong for me. I don't know why that plant is challenging to me. That said, I don't believe I have cleaned the inside of the glass in over 2 months, only the outside. Hopefully it turns around pretty quick.
Lastly, I think it's time to replace my bulbs. These are atleast 1.5 years old at this point. I still am getting good color for the most part but it could be better and growth seems to have slowed down.
Best pic I could get off my camera:
|05-12-2012 05:11 AM|
|FisheriesOmen||You take a lot better pics than I do....|
|05-12-2012 12:35 AM|
Also, I took a new pic. For some reason, I just can't get it to look right. Looks better in person, only have a point and shoot camera.
|05-12-2012 12:27 AM|
Originally Posted by Stradevarius View Post
|05-07-2012 08:41 AM|
Originally Posted by talontsiawd View Post
|05-06-2012 10:07 PM|
I don't really plan to keep updating but I thought it would be cool to throw out an update. The glass heart is what my GF wanted (it's her tank though she hasn't ever got her hands wet really). I just added the Glosso about a week ago so that will need some time.
|10-31-2011 08:05 PM|
Non picture update....
My GF was out of town for a few weeks. I had luckily removed all livestock after accidentally over feeding (I mistakenly poured in WAY too much food). The tank was cycling so I didn't want to harm anything. Because there was no livestock, I did not check up on the tank a frequently as I should have. We I returned, I found many of the plants had melted. I also looked at the temp and found out that the tank was at over 95 degrees. Basically the heater was sticking on.
Between the two, the plants really suffered, not sure what the cause was. There was also no food being added at the time due to no livestock. That could be another cause. Anyway, it really disrupted the tank. Therefore, I decided to just redo the tank.
It is not much to see but I made a major change. I decided to use soil for the first time. I just used regular potting soil, did not mineralize it or anything. I only used a very small amount, about 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch.
My other change is that I am going to try to make this more "dutch" than "jungle". That is a challenge due to tank size so it will probably get a little "loose" and "jungly" but I am being more organized in my layout. I plan to go slow and pay attention to growth as one fast growing plant easily takes over the tank due to its size. I want to keep those plants to a minimum.
I will get pics up when I can, but not much to see as of yet.
|09-01-2011 04:57 AM|
My experience with bettas has been weird. I have had 2 jump out of tanks with a generic 10 gallon hood and I don't even get how they found where to jump, much less fit through the tiny gaps. I have also had them in open tops (but much bigger than a 10 gallon), never jumped. I know the size of the tank probably made a difference but it's ironic that I have had much better luck with an open top with betta's.
|09-01-2011 04:37 AM|
|xjasminex||Very true, id eventually like to go rimless, though i have a betta and i want the top covered, im thinking of getting a plate of glass the same EXACT size of the top of my tank then using a screw in CF bulb in a modified desk lamp.|
|09-01-2011 03:27 AM|
Not that I have really looked but I haven't seen a great florescent light for these tanks. I do see bulbs at the hardware store that are the right size. Maybe there is something out there. I only seem them in T5. I think 1 T5 would be doable with enough plant mass, without CO2, but I am not going to say that is certain.
I like the screw ins because you can change your light tremendously. I have bulbs ranging from 7 watts to 26 watts so I could go very low to extremely high light without changing the fixture and the bulbs are cheap, often cheaper on sale.
|09-01-2011 03:03 AM|
Oh great, thanks!
That should help me in the future when i decided to change my light!
|08-31-2011 11:29 PM|
It wouldn't be a hard DIY. You just need to make a light fixture with 2 incandescent sockets. You could either find a 10 gallon hook and use that (and may not have to do any wiring), or get the parts from home depot or similar. Then make a housing for it out of wood or plastic, whatever you want.
But yeah, it was just repurposing things I had.
And the mesh top is a "critter cage" top you can get at Petco. I needed it as I had a Dwarf African Frog and they have a tendency to jump out.
|08-31-2011 11:15 PM|
Hi, i was wondering what light fixture you have on top, looks like its some kind of light strip on top of a grate of some kind, i have a five gallon to and i havent found and light strips made for the small length.
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