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08-31-2012 01:25 AM
SpecGrrl
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Originally Posted by Ryi View Post
For rimless at a less-than-ADA price your friend might look at Mr Aqua. Still not cheap, great quality and a lot less than ADA price.

I've got a JBJ Picotope but you may not want to go that small? It's 3 gallons of awesomeness, no seams at all on front or sides. I added a Catalina Nano hood, emailed them and they put the 13w 6500k bulb in at no cost. The hood is only $15, shipping is $10...for $25 you can grow anything and it looks great to boot.
Does this have a lid?

It looks so beautiful!

But I need lids!
07-16-2012 07:52 AM
Eldachleich
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Originally Posted by xenxes View Post
imo you should move the "higher grade" ones, whatever that is, into a tank without predators. I bought 3 plastic bins at big lots today to grow aquatic plants in, not sure why lol. I guess in preparation of my 55g!
I'm gonna move the predators I think...
I have a few weeks before they become free swimming..
07-15-2012 09:46 PM
xenxes imo you should move the "higher grade" ones, whatever that is, into a tank without predators. I bought 3 plastic bins at big lots today to grow aquatic plants in, not sure why lol. I guess in preparation of my 55g!
07-15-2012 06:22 PM
Eldachleich
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Originally Posted by xenxes View Post
Haha nice recap. That gourami will om nom nom up all the shrimp :/
They have got a pretty tiny mouth so none of the shrimp you sent me are in danger... But they newborns... might.. not make it..
I've currently debating moving them to the 6 gallon.. Not sure if the flame gourami will go berserk or what..
07-15-2012 05:50 PM
xenxes Haha nice recap. That gourami will om nom nom up all the shrimp :/
07-15-2012 05:37 PM
Eldachleich
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Originally Posted by xenxes View Post
Oh I got confused, you threw stuff in the 6g and are tearing out the 5.5g.

I thought the 6g was the problem tank? Lol nevermind

I think platies can chain smoke cigarettes and still be fine.
LOL!
Ok...
Massive die off in all my tanks...
Heart stricken..
Cigs drops in 6 gallon.
Fish go crazy.
Mysterious disappearances start.
All original fish now missing in 6 gallon.
2 sparkling gourami's in 5 gallon.
Rip out hardscape from 5 gallon.
Completely tore down the 6 gallon and redid it with all new everything.
Started stocking 6 gallon mysterious disappearances continue.
To save remaining fish I transferred them to the 5 gallon.
Continues to eliminate options and buy fish for 6 gallon. All missing.
After I thought every option was tried and tested purchased 5 threadfin rainbows.
All but one went missing.
Later noticed that two previous bought fish were in fact still alive.
Made a few more changes. Fish remained. Bought a dwarf gourami.
Your package arrived. Fish and plants and shrimp went into the 5 gallon.
Everyone was doing well in the 6 gallon so I transferred the platty fry to it.
Now only the sparkling gourami and shrimp are in the 5 gallon.

And one is berried!! Still excited since its one of the nicest ones in the bunch!
But who? lol.. The rest looked like juvies to me.
07-15-2012 05:14 PM
xenxes Oh I got confused, you threw stuff in the 6g and are tearing out the 5.5g.

I thought the 6g was the problem tank? Lol nevermind

I think platies can chain smoke cigarettes and still be fine.
07-15-2012 04:50 PM
Eldachleich
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Originally Posted by xenxes View Post
Yay so you're redoing this tank from scratch?

I still think it might be nicotine residue caught in the substrate, the rust in my 6g from the SS steel + saltwater lingered.

Dump out the substrate, give it a goood long rinse. Wash out the tank too.
But I did!!
Every single things in the tank in completely new.
None of the stuff from when that happened is even in the tank...
All new..

Ah well.. Things seem to be going well in there now for osme reason...
I added in my two baby patties today since my confidence grew a little..

Yup!! I'm completely redoing this tank! Well... The background will remain.. And the PFS is gonna be re used...
But.. Not sure which direction Imma go in..
07-15-2012 04:40 PM
xenxes Yay so you're redoing this tank from scratch?

I still think it might be nicotine residue caught in the substrate, the rust in my 6g from the SS steel + saltwater lingered.

Dump out the substrate, give it a goood long rinse. Wash out the tank too.
07-15-2012 02:05 PM
Eldachleich An update... This tank got TORE UP!
Seriously... it did...
With only two fish to deal with, I decided to rip apart what little hardscape there was and use it in other tanks...
This tank didn't go quite as planned... But I'm really pleased I attempted it..
Currently its a mess.. What will I do?
I dunno...
Unfortunately since ripping it apart my other tank began to have problems. Every fish that goes in there stays for a little while.. a few weeks. And ultimately disappears.
So! To keep certain ones safe from the ghost in my other tank I transferred them.
I have a school of corydoras pygmaeus and a singe habrosus.
Recently XenXes (thanx!!!) sent me a pack full of plants and rili shrimp!!
How nice!
I fer sure have to make a wonderful plant package to give back to him.
Anyhow. I dumped most of the plants in this tank lol.. I have lots of potential uses for them but right now nothings ready for them. Plus I wanted the shrimp to feel comfortable and have something to eat off of.
So for now its a lake of white sand (need to trade it in for black soon as this most likely will be a shrimp tank) with floating bunches of plants and a bunch of shrimp!!
And some nanofish which might or might not be moved to the other tank depending on whether or not I think I've found a solution.
Anyhow!! One of them arrived saddled.. I somehow thought there was two but it was one. And it was a female with a nice rili pattern!!
I just looked and shes berried!! How neat!
So soon too!!
So cool!!
I have some plans for these shrimp.. Mainly alot of separating into different tanks lol..
05-04-2012 02:14 PM
Eldachleich
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Originally Posted by Ryi View Post
For rimless at a less-than-ADA price your friend might look at Mr Aqua. Still not cheap, great quality and a lot less than ADA price.

I've got a JBJ Picotope but you may not want to go that small? It's 3 gallons of awesomeness, no seams at all on front or sides. I added a Catalina Nano hood, emailed them and they put the 13w 6500k bulb in at no cost. The hood is only $15, shipping is $10...for $25 you can grow anything and it looks great to boot.
Good suggestion. But she really liked the Evolve.
Its already been set up planted and stocked with fish lol..
Its now home to an oto, a dwarf puffer, and a bumble bee goby...

A pico type would have been perfect.
The aqueon evolve 4 is 4 gallons. But theres only 3 gallons of actual tank space, the rest is the filter.









Tank updates...
Hate... Loathing... Hate....

My heart took a dip after my massive die off.
Finally decided to get back in it and redid my 6.6. Currently thats my project.
This one ...
All the cories but one ended up dying. The remaining cory is now in the 6.6.
This tank looks terrible... Just awful...
I hate it so much.
It was so sad to see scraggly plants (due to my negligence), hair algae covered moss, and a lone cory.
Its still in its sorry state.
I don't know how to win against this hair algae.
In all honesty I've been considering a total rescape...
Been pondering what to do.
Considering...
Well.. Not sure.. Perhaps two mountain type deals out of dark lava rock on either side of the tank...
Rotala maybe.. Possibly some HC...
Once my other tank is done I'll get to this one. One project at time.

Recently my LFS got in a butt load of sparkling gourami's...
They were cheap so I bought them. I realized I really like white sand in this tank so I decided not to go with darker more colourful fish.
What would be the point if they just washed out?
So now theres 3 sparkling gourami's in here...




This tank is also in my room with my 6.6 gallon. But the 6.6 gallon is viewed from the bed. Its on a shelf directly next to my pillow.
So I want to make it active and interesting.
This one is viewed form across the room so I don't care as much about how the fish look.
I have some pygmaeus in my 6.6 gallon.
I put my single habrosus in there so he would have some buddies for now.
I think my intention will be to buy more Habrosus and build up a small school. And transfer the pygmaeus over to this tank.
They hide so much. and in this tank I wont care how little I see them..

But for the most part I just stare at this tank and Hate..
I just hate everything about it so far...
05-03-2012 05:02 AM
Ryi For rimless at a less-than-ADA price your friend might look at Mr Aqua. Still not cheap, great quality and a lot less than ADA price.

I've got a JBJ Picotope but you may not want to go that small? It's 3 gallons of awesomeness, no seams at all on front or sides. I added a Catalina Nano hood, emailed them and they put the 13w 6500k bulb in at no cost. The hood is only $15, shipping is $10...for $25 you can grow anything and it looks great to boot.
04-06-2012 02:53 AM
Eldachleich
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Originally Posted by xenxes View Post
That sucks My fish are fine, but I think I lost close to 50 opae. Any new pond pics? I lost the thread link, put it in your sig :P
That sucks...
Well... no pics of the big pond as all weve really done is marked where were putting it and started leveling the ground and digging down. I hope to get the wall started by next week.
But were in a debate on which materials to use.

The tub pond doesnt look good right now lol.. Its functional not pretty.
Aha... We had a sudden frost any all my floaters took a pretty big hit and look suuuuper ugly. And I'm still waiting for the flowers on the side to start growing.
So it looks a mess. Plus I havent built a waterfall yet so theres just a tube comming out. Meh... Ok yes.. I'll go get a picture if I can..
I just wish I had gone to the garden center and gotten more water lettuce and hyacinth as well as some more parrots feather.. Before Taking a picture. Ah well..


As far as this tank. Not sure what to do on stocking.
See.. I love this room but it has a fatal flaw. It gets around 108 in here during summer.
And my tanks reach a heat point beyond what my crappy thermometers can handle.
So 86+
Nothing helps. Its like a box that just builds up heat. Worse is it stays in here. The heat doesnt leave no matter what you do. It just sits in the room and finally creeps away at around 6am before finally getting warm again at 10.. My precious window of summer sleep lol.
Mind you it isnt that hot outside. Its only that hot in this room.

So I am moving to the room next to mine. It stays cooler and has bigger windows and what not. So I'm not entirely sure I want to start restocking till I have everything moved over. And I am getting all new furniture and this is now the guest bedroom. So... I don;t know I just want to wait.
I'm waiting with my 6.6 gallon as well. It's not hurting to wait either. The mopani wood is getting a nice long soak in a tub outside for months on end. My crypts are getting larger and growing well. Plus it allows me to see their full potential and know where I want to place them. I always have the chance to go find more crypts and other lowlight plants.
Waiting isnt hurting me. Its just annoying me lol..

Plus all my spare cash is going towards a setup for my friend. It is her birthday and she wants a fish.
She likes a single small fish in a small tank. And she likes them territorial and possibly viscous.
So far she has a single betta in a 5 gallon. She adores him and has a deep emotional connection with him.
She likes sleek rimless LED tanks and what not, and not spending alot of cash lol. So (even though she want ADA) she got the marineland 5 gallon.
Anyhow... She has been expressing lately how cute and awesome dwarf puffers are. Rather she mentioned once how she liked them and kinda wanted one. So I plant to get her the Aqueon Evolve 4 for her birthday. And then take her out for all the goodies. Wood, plants, substrate, rocks.
She is actually a big fan of live plants. She just doesnt have a very good experience with them. In one tank she has the betta. But the LED are so crappy its barely enough light for the anubias. Theres some struggling water wisteria in there and some rotala too.
It's not doing well lol.
The other one would be doing better. But its the home of two goldfish lol.. So they sort of are ripping things to shreds. But were slowly finding what works and what doesnt.
After she cycles her tank I'm gonna get her the fish lol. A single pea puffer lol.

I guess I have more spare cash to do things. I just sort of want to spend it on a new bedroom set and my pond lol..
04-06-2012 01:56 AM
xenxes That sucks My fish are fine, but I think I lost close to 50 opae. Any new pond pics? I lost the thread link, put it in your sig :P
04-06-2012 12:49 AM
Eldachleich
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Originally Posted by Ryi View Post
Lurker here
Do you used tap water in your water changes? Try r.o. Some of the mystery stew that ends up in the public water supply can only be found with extensive laboratory testing. It's hard to even get a straight answer directly from the water utility. I'm in Florida and our water supply is erratic, to be polite. Sometimes you can smell the chlorine, other times it tastes like pure rainwater. All our water changes are r.o., finally going to hook up an r.o. unit to the kitchen sink and plumb it back through the living room wall to the tank, I'm tired of buying water and carting it home.
Had a friend lose a 200+ gallon salt (fish only) years ago when the local water dept. put something scary in and no one knew...until he did a water change and crashed the tank.
Good luck...keep the hate pure
I do use tap water. Unfortunately whatever it was has already taken its toll and passed.
I also don't have permission to install an RO filter anywhere in my house.
Wish I did..
Fortunately for me It was raining during this so I managed to collect and boil enough rain water for a couple water changes. Which helped alot and stopped some of the death I think.
Total I think I have 4 habrosus cories left. Maybe 5.

In my other tank I have 2 CPD, 2 leopard cories, and 5 pygmy cories.
And in my cherry tank I have 3 cherry shrimp left.
What else.
And 5 blue pearls.
So... no fish left.


In other news my tub pond was completely un affected. My 3 goldfish are thriving (and getting huge), I also bought some smaller fish to help deal with some issues.
One dalmatian molly for insect and algae, 1 creamsicle balloon molly for the same reasons, 5 white cloud minnows for insect control, and a platy for the same reasons.
A little over stocked I know. But the big pong has just started being built so soon the stocking for everything will be fine.
The pain in the ass part is all this algae. The lily was started from bulb so I had to wait forever while it sprouted. The sunlight in the pond did a number for a while algae wise.
Finally enough coverage to prevent that.
What else...
OH!!
My Petsmart got albino bristlenose pleco's in. I bought one for the tub pond. He is going to be a permanent resident in there.

My planned stocking for the tub pond is 1 or two show quality fancy goldfish (I'm leaning towards tosakins), a bristlenose, and apple snail, a few nerite snails, and a few black platties.


Other than that I'm sort of ignoring my fish.
I feed them and do water changes, but I'm avoiding looking at my tanks.
I think the shock of losing it all in one go is still with me.
I don't know.
I hate everything about this right now. I jut hate it. And not in a loathsome way. In a "I want to give up because this is ridiculous" way.
But I'm not giving up, I'm taking a step back. And taking a breath, and relaxing. And sometimes soon I'm gonna dive straight in and try harder than ever.
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