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08-09-2012 11:22 PM
PRSRocker3390 I'm sorry guys that I haven't updated this in a while. I was in the process of moving and lost a lot of plants. So right now I'm pretty much back to square one... Pretty disappointed but I will move forward. I since got rid of the co2 and I plan to make this tank a more simple low tech low-medium light tank. My angels are still doing great, had to sell off my 2 wild Peruvian Angelfish because of hostility. The reason is because my two blue Angels are a breeding pair. The eggs are fertile and would be healthy babies if I had the time to raise them. I promise to update this more as I get new plants in it again. Right now it's just got the wood in it. Any suggestions are welcome. All I have so far is the idea of a large sword or two. Various crypts again throughout, possibly adding some rock work. Not sure what else yet... Once I get this tank back in order, there is a rumor of a Mini-L or 30C in the works....
04-30-2012 11:50 AM
charliemyers I don't have pics, but in the past I've kept several tanks with angelfish & cardinals. As long as the angelfish are too small to eat the cardinals when they're introduced, you'll not likely have any issues. I've found that the angelfish will ignore the cardinals once they've become accustomed to their presence.

Introduce some scrawny cardinals into a tank with mature angelfish that have never been kept with cardinals before, and I'd say that the angelfish will likely have a quick snack especially if they don't otherwise have a regular feeding routine.

My favorite tank was a 55 gallon planted tank with about 4 angelfish and 2 dozen cardinals. I painted the back (outside) of the aquarium black which really lets the cardinals stand out. I haven't kept any aquariums for the past few years, but I'm planning on purchasing & setting up another largish tank sometime over the next few months, and this is exactly how I plan to stock it.

Charlie
04-29-2012 05:59 PM
xxbenjamminxx I would also like to see this tank now. I am in the process of switch out my tanks inhabitants and really want cardinals with some angels but want to hear more peoples experiences with mixing the two. So many accounts of mixed results......... but it seems like its always, "I heard the angels will eat them" or "they naturally prey on them in the wild"
04-25-2012 02:49 AM
CL Any updates on this?
10-24-2011 01:19 AM
zenche subscribing i'm getting a 75G on Wednesday, and my plan is to make it an Angelfish tank...was googling for image inspirations and stumbled across your tank. As of now, I'm still leaning on keeping this tank w/o much vegetation. If I do plants, not sure what types I'll get either.

Right now, I'm going more hardscape with either large DW or river stones, with a white sandy base. it's gonna be a work in progress, slowly but surely type of thing. the fish will come last, but I'm planning for 4-6 super veil white kois. I've one right now in my 56G, love him/her...fave fish in my tank right now.
09-04-2011 04:20 AM
2in10 Congrats on the spawn and everything else.
09-04-2011 04:14 AM
PRSRocker3390 Thanks Drew for the awesome comments! Comments like yours make me love my tank and keep on doing what I do! It means a lot to get comments from all of you! Thanks so much, I really appreciate everything!


I will give this journal a big update in the next couple days, stay tuned! Here is a quick run down on the newest details. A more detailed post with pics will be in the next couple days!

Well first off, my pair of blue angels are now spawning! Had their first spawn but he didn't do a good job fertilizing the eggs so they didn't go anywhere. That's okay, we are now in spawning mode so fry should be coming soon! Anyone interested in some beautiful blue angels? According to genetics, I should possibly have a lot of Pinoy Zebras, Pinoys, Philippine Blue Silvers, possible Philippine Blue Platinums and Philippine Blue Platinum Marbles. Most should be veiled with 25% being possible super veils so I'm working on some beautiful angels! Stay tuned and let me know how you all feel about possibly wanting to buy some. I promise some of the lowest prices around if so! And possibly some for free as an ROAK if all goes well.

Next order of business, CO2 is now injected in a powerhead that I modified with a DIY needle wheel type impeller. We will see how this goes. So far since doing this my rotala that has been green now all have tops with orangish sunburst color. I am now doing pretty much full on EI dosing so everything is maxed except for lighting. Lighting is the limiting factor in the tank at still only 96 watts of T8 (3x32 watt). Loving the tank and will love it more once I see the tiny BBA is in check with good co2 levels!

Last little teaser, the foreground is out and up for sale in the S&S and it is a monster carpet! Check it out! The new foreground so far is Staurogyne repens "Tropica 049". I just love the look of this plant so I'm trying to make it spread as the new foreground. I planted 30 stems of it so we will see what happens!

I've been really excited lately though! Especially with my favorite pair of philippine blue and pinoy angelfish finally starting to spawn now.
08-29-2011 05:48 AM
BoxxerBoyDrew OK,

I just reread the post, and I have a few suggestions on the reactor. I too have the cerges type reactor, and the regular teflon pipe joint compound will seal the threads. It is usually sold next to the teflon tape! I used to run the Plumbing/Kitchen & Bath departments at Depot, and MANY people have trouble with the tape! If Ya don't wrap it tightly and the correct direction it WILL LEAK! I have had it leak on me even when doing it the "correct way". SO I stick to the teflon pipe joint compound and be done with it! IT IS MESSY, so have plenty of paper towels handy!

I try to find the "GOOD" pipe clamps too! They have a sleeve inside them to protect the hose from the screw slits in the pipe clamp used for tightening. They are double the price and are HARD to find, but they are much easier on the hose!

I have never tried the PVC type reactor, so I can't help out there, sorry! Also correct me if I am wrong, but with the 4dkh solution in the drop checker, we are shooting for a good green correct? I was thinking that Yellow is BAD, as the Co2 is getting too high for the fish.

Lastly, all I can say is FREAKIN' WOW, You have some AWESOME ANGELS!!! That Koi is BEAUTIFUL!!! The forground in Your tank has exploded!! I really like it, as well as the Sword. The Drift wood is perfect for the tank as well!!!

Keep up the GREAT WORK, and let us know how the Diffuser goes!
Drew
08-29-2011 05:17 AM
BoxxerBoyDrew FREAKIN WOW!!!!!

Man I love the tank!!!! Angels are beautiful as well! I WISH my 55 was a 75, BAD!!!

I LOVE the Flourite black sand too!!! Makes the angels color POP! I am going back to RE-Read the whole post again and maybe I can get my 55g looking as good as this tank, or at least close!

Keep up the GREAT WORK!
Drew
08-29-2011 04:58 AM
VeeSe I had the same problem as you when building the cerges reactor in that I couldn't stop the hose barb adapter to filter house connection from leaking with regular teflon tape. I took it off and applied pipe joint sealant instead (non hardening kind) and it sealed it right up.
08-23-2011 03:41 PM
PRSRocker3390 I will try it out. I've used the glass diffuser under the Koralia with alright results, better than the reactor I felt. Now I'll try it directly fed into the side. If still bigger bubbles and not getting high enough levels of co2, I'm going to probably get a MaxiJet 1200 or similiar and modding it with a DIY Needle or mesh wheel impeller and inject the co2 into that.

I don't know why diffusing co2 into this 75 has been so annoying and full of failure so far... I keep trying. This is the largest tank I've injected co2 into so I guess its a learning experience. The last tank with pressurized co2 was my 20 high and that worked perfect with a tiny powerhead.

Hopefully the next big update will be a permanent solution that works for my co2! Then the experimenting will start by introducing some new interesting plants, even the possible introduction of HC to try in the future for this light limited system.
08-22-2011 04:11 AM
TickleMyElmo
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Thanks for the comments guys! I really appreciate them all!

I've never really had to work with a planted tank this big before so I'm still working some kinks out. I want to put some really nice plants into the scape to replace some others but I can't seem to get my co2 stabilized and at a high level. What I mean is I can't a diffusion method that will get me a nice yellowish drop checker like I used to get in my old 20 gallon. Getting the co2 levels to be that high seem to be challenging me. I'm using a PVC reactor now but still don't seem happy. The 2" PVC at 24" length didn't work and shot out bubbles. Needed to go bigger so I made an 18" reactor with 3" PVC instead. No bubbles being shot out now but I'm using about 4 to 5 bps I would say and my drop checker is a darker green I would say. Don't think the filter has either enough flow to push co2 rich water around or the output on the marineland magnum 350 is to high right near the surface. My wisteria and lotus were pearling today for instance but just those and they are the closest to the outtake. Everything else away from the outtake isn't pearling. I also have minor BBA showing up so I have to fix this co2 issue ASAP. I use an XP3 as the main filter, with the magnum 350 just for extra polishing, circulation, and co2 reactor, and a Koralia for extra circulation. Do you think I should just go back to misting with a powerhead or glass diffuser? Or glass diffuser under my koralia? I just don't seem to be having luck with reactors giving good results.

Feel free to give me ideas on how to diffuse the co2 in a larger tank like this!

Thanks guys!
First of all, awesome shots, awesome angels, and awesome tank!

For diffusion, I used to use a glass diffuser, but now I just stick the c02 line directly into one of the little slits on the side of my koralia powerhead.....works great, you should try that...As long as you dont push it in too far it won't hit the blade, but yet you can put it pretty far in....Mines been that way for months and it's never came out or even moved...

Like so (I usually use black tubing, gotta' switch that back! Woops...)


C02 Diffusion Example by Hyer Expectations Photography, on Flickr

Although I'm sure thats what you were already doing lol...I too tried the diffuser under the powerhead thing, but found it wasn't as effective as putting the c02 line directly into the powerhead....
08-22-2011 03:04 AM
PRSRocker3390 Thanks for the comments guys! I really appreciate them all!

I've never really had to work with a planted tank this big before so I'm still working some kinks out. I want to put some really nice plants into the scape to replace some others but I can't seem to get my co2 stabilized and at a high level. What I mean is I can't a diffusion method that will get me a nice yellowish drop checker like I used to get in my old 20 gallon. Getting the co2 levels to be that high seem to be challenging me. I'm using a PVC reactor now but still don't seem happy. The 2" PVC at 24" length didn't work and shot out bubbles. Needed to go bigger so I made an 18" reactor with 3" PVC instead. No bubbles being shot out now but I'm using about 4 to 5 bps I would say and my drop checker is a darker green I would say. Don't think the filter has either enough flow to push co2 rich water around or the output on the marineland magnum 350 is to high right near the surface. My wisteria and lotus were pearling today for instance but just those and they are the closest to the outtake. Everything else away from the outtake isn't pearling. I also have minor BBA showing up so I have to fix this co2 issue ASAP. I use an XP3 as the main filter, with the magnum 350 just for extra polishing, circulation, and co2 reactor, and a Koralia for extra circulation. Do you think I should just go back to misting with a powerhead or glass diffuser? Or glass diffuser under my koralia? I just don't seem to be having luck with reactors giving good results.

Feel free to give me ideas on how to diffuse the co2 in a larger tank like this!

Thanks guys!
08-22-2011 02:46 AM
sevenyearnight Oooooh!
08-22-2011 02:17 AM
2in10 Gorgeous Angels and tank, great looking scape
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