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07-18-2012 12:19 AM
blink Just a quickie update today.

The swords were looking so good and so much healthier than everything else so I decided to be logical and go with what works, I pulled all my stem plants and as I dug deeper into them I noticed that more and more plants were just butchered.
The ambulia was basically dead except for a little sprout that was already showing signs of being someone's dinner.
The stringy stuff was all barren of leaves on the bottom 2-4 inches of each stem and the red cabomba was covered in BBA basically in the span of two days.

So, it's swords, dwarf sagg, DHG and fissidens right now, and other than the lack of height in my hardscape, I like it.

I'm still working on getting my ecoxotic ready to use, I still need to build a stand but I've got some fluorite to put in and I have a couple bigger chunks of driftwood that all have a curved rake to them so I may be able to actually put a decent looking scape together.
07-05-2012 03:05 AM
blink Haven't taken any pics in a while but I'll update. Pics might come tomorrow, I've gotta take some photos of plants I've pulled for local trades anyways.

-I've been fighting black beard and hair algae and I think I'm winning.
-Ambulia is in bad shape, someone has been eating it.
-The swords are trying to take over the galaxy, I've been trimming them back pretty regular.
-The fissidens is growing well and looks great.
-My hairgrass is not doing so great but that may change.

I've got the CO2 working again and bought a less intense CFL so I think I can leave my light on longer and between the longer light times and CO2 I'm hoping the hairgrass will start to grow and maybe even carpet a little, if not, I may trade it to some local people.

All the livestock are great and I added a ton of cherry shrimp so with any luck they will start breeding.

Basically it's just rollin on while I try to decide if I should transfer everything over to the new tank or just keep it as is.
07-05-2012 12:36 AM
spidernids How's this tank coming? Got any updated pics?
07-02-2012 05:23 PM
blink Soooo, I've got a dilemma... I haven't been happy with the looks of my tank for a while and at first I wasn't sure what it is, but I've decided that I think it's the light substrate. Well, that and the fact it's not a very visually appealing "scape".

I've got two bags of fluorite dark sitting in the garage and I was all ready to tear down the tank and swap everyone over when a deal came up on a local forum, Ecoxotic 25 gallon rimless cube for $100. It's an all-in-one primarily meant for saltwater but as we all know, that's just a small modification away from freshwater keeping.
Needless to say, I jumped on the deal and it's sitting in the garage

I'm not sure if I should keep my current tank and try to fix the problems I have with it, or immediately press forward and get this Ecoxotic up and running?
I like this marineland but it's pretty basic while the ecoxotic has it's built in filtration, a spot for a heater, water top-up bottles and a skimmer which can apparently be used as a CO2 diffuser all hidden behind a nice black wall which really appeals to me.
05-20-2012 06:01 PM
blink Thanks, lots to do and always something to tinker with, but I love it.
05-20-2012 11:54 AM
JEden8 Nice looking tank you got! HAHA Glad to see you got your journal up and running! Looking good!
05-20-2012 08:08 AM
blink I actually cheated and just set the clamp light on top of the glass top. I had been planning on using the clamp but this just seemed a lot easier than trying to rig something up and fortunately the dome on the light is deep enough to fit the entire bulb inside, sometimes you don't get that lucky.
05-19-2012 08:21 AM
NightWalker How did you attach the clamp on light?
05-18-2012 01:54 AM
blink Time for an update.

CO2 is on hold until I get myself a Milwaukee regulator, local people seem to have really good luck with them and the price is right, plus the store is on the way home from work and I can pick up some coral or reef livestock for my fiancee's tank and PROBABLY have a good excuse for the credit card bill.
I even have a plan for getting her to sign off on buying or renting a cylinder from one of the local welding supply shops: she does airbrush tattoos and body painting Airbrushes run just great off CO2 so I can promise to let her borrow it before making it disappear into the back of my aquarium stand, never to be seen again (or for at least a few months till it needs a fill up).

I'm really not that whipped, or sneaky but it's more fun this way.

Today also marks the start of Operation: NoMoreBrownAlgae. I'm making myself promise to feed the fish less and do more frequent but smaller water changes. Hoping to get a handle on the crud without resorting to swarms of Otos but I might pick up a couple of the cute lil boogers anyways.

I guess that's it for todays update!
05-14-2012 06:13 AM
blink Tonight was water change night and I decided to get my butt in gear and clean the tank up. I'm also going to post everything I did which will probably bore most of you to tears but it'll help me remember.

So, in some semblance of chronological order here's what I got done tonight:
- Swapped out my carbon in the filter for more filter floss, cut the seachem matrix bag and just tossed my matrix in the bio media tray because the bag was disgusting and generally gave the Fluval 206 a nice cleaning.
- Removed the aquaclear 30 and cleaned it up to put back into emergency storage
- Moved some berried cherry shrimp into their mesh breeder box safe haven
- Replanted a couple plants which had come loose and fished out excess water lettuce
- Watched my Bolivian ram and a cherry shrimp gnaw on the same shrimp pellet... apparently rams aren't the decimators of shrimp I was warned they were

And the big one, I installed my CO2!
I've got a home depot needle valve and I've got to say it's definitely not the best for aquarium CO2, very hard to modulate and set but just when I THINK I have it set ok, about 1 bubble per second after a minute or two it slows right down and peeters out.

Guess a trip to the local swageloc is in order, was hoping to do this on the cheap but whatever, better to do it right.
05-14-2012 02:09 AM
Originally Posted by AzFishKid View Post
Can you snap a closer pic of it? It looks interesting... definitely a Hygrophila sp. of some sort (similar to H. corymbosa), but the color is quite different than i've ever seen.
I got a couple better pics, not sure if they're really going to help ID it with all the clutter in the shots. I may try to steal my fiancee's waterproof sony and take REAL close up shots if needed

Don't mind the Celestial pearl danios, they won't pose for photos when I want shots of them but they photobomb me whenever I want shots of the plants lol.
05-13-2012 11:33 PM
GMYukonon24s Nice tank I like the light
05-13-2012 09:58 PM
Centromochlus Can you snap a closer pic of it? It looks interesting... definitely a Hygrophila sp. of some sort (similar to H. corymbosa), but the color is quite different than i've ever seen.
05-13-2012 09:54 PM
Originally Posted by 2in10 View Post
Very nice tank and the plant is Ambulia, Limnophila sessiliflora.
Thank you, on both counts

Originally Posted by AzFishKid View Post
Do you know what the name of the copper colored plant in the center is?
I call it Shedus Leavuseverywhere... I really have no idea what it's called, my LFS sold it to me under an incorrect name (I've forgotten what they called it since it was wrong). I like the looks of it but it's not doing all that well in my tank, there are dead leaves everywhere and it doesn't seem to be bouncing back like I'd hoped but then again the Ambulia and the chain sword did much the same thing before they decided to shock the heck out of me and grow like proverbial weeds.
05-13-2012 07:47 PM
Centromochlus Do you know what the name of the copper colored plant in the center is?
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