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12-29-2014 04:32 PM
etane new fts

new sts

some thoughts: my first few encounters with planted tanks were interesting but somewhat high maintenance keeping the tank clean because of the soil particles clogging the filter. i used only sand in my 60p for the reason of keeping it as low maintenance as possible. but, after setting up a 2 gallon planted cube with soil, i found keeping soil substrate wasn't as hard to deal with so decided to give it a try in the 60f.

so far, the tank is very low maintenance. no floating soil particle to speak of at all. the sand is 80% UP aqua shrimp sand and 20% ada amazonia. the mixture is great. amazonia is too fine by itself, and the UP is too buoyant by itself. my sand sits on the bed with minimal maintenance required. only my glass pipe's output leaves a bit of bald spot at the right front corner of my tank.

all my plants are thriving. even the erio sp japan is growing lush green new leaves without co2 injection.

my nano fishes are sorta skittish. they were very brave when i had them in the office tanks. but, they hide in the back and are afraid to come to the surface when feeding now that they are in the 60f. tank is too big for them? only the macrotocinclus forage none stop without a care.

I threw in 2 amanos but only see one. and, the single yellow neo is still alive. i thought the yellow would die quickly because i have two types of shrimp killing fishes in the tank at the moment but it's doing good so far.

lastly, turned up the canister filter's current and less stagnant water. ordered a hydor pico 180 to try out but probably don't need it now.
12-23-2014 04:21 PM
etane found the water stagnant on the left side of the tank. added a small power head to improve water circulation near where the inflow pipe is. it's actually an aquatop internal filter with the filter part detached. inserted a small air line tube in front of the impeller to tone down the current. otherwise, the fishes were hiding and the plants were swaying too much. now the water is finally circulating in a gentle flow clock wise.
12-22-2014 01:45 AM
etane this morning, i removed half the water from the tank in order to lighten it. pushed the tank back so it's flush against the back of the stand. this is so i can install the lily pipes onto the back of the tank.

i rather put it to the side of the tank rather than the back, but i didn't want to put the tank so far to the side of the stand. so, now the intake is all the way to the left and outflow is all the way to the right.

it won't create ideal water circulation but it should be good enough. the eheim 2236 should clean the tank up pretty good despite the non-ideal water circulation.

i dumped all the animals i mentioned above into the tank after the cansiter filter was set up. i like the way the tank looks much better now with the lily pipe and with a higher fish population.

i have some red eye balloon tetras i don't know what to do with. they were from my 60p that i took down. i gave them a new home in a aquatop 8" cube. there's 5 of them in there with 2 bumblebee catfish. got a tom's internal filter, an aquatop 15w heater and an aqualighter nano led. the led is overkill but it works as a lamp for our kitchen and living room.

12-20-2014 06:09 PM
etane so, i took down my friend's office tank. thinking of putting the animals into my 60f. but, tank is already under filtered as it is probably.

also, these new additions are potential shrimp killers. neos and bees gets picked off by some of these fishes when they molt. amanos do ok.

new addition wiil be:

2 pygmy cory
1 macrotocinclus
3 celestichthys erthmromicron (shrimp killer)
4 boraras naevus (shrimp killer somewhat)
2 amanos

So, after putting these into my tank:

1) i need more filtration
2) my sole yellow neo will be bye bye sooner or later

As for filtration, I have an eheim 2236 canister and an aqueon quiet flow 15. the canister is harder to use in my new set up because of the shorter tank causing tighter tube bends. the aqueon is slightly more robust than the tom's filter i think. might have to go with that for now. but, it takes up more space in the tank. sucks.

Lastly, i can't find my amano in the tank and my erios is growing new leaves but is also somewhat browning.
12-19-2014 12:57 AM
etane hhahaahah no...
Originally Posted by Ach1Ll3sH33L View Post
based on how that shelf is bending in the last picture, im guessing the tank fell at some point
Bump: new tank shot. just revived my 60f

alternethea reineikki mini
linderia sp india
erio japan (browning)
ammania bonsai

panda cory (2)
pygmy cory (4)
chili rasbora (4)
rasbora u (1)
yellow neo (1)
amano shrimp (1) missing
macrotocinclus affinis (2)

filter: Tom's internal
light: truelumen pro 12k

yes, i am under filtered at the moment.

saving the left side for a pending salt water tank

09-09-2013 06:12 AM
Originally Posted by tetra10 View Post
any updates?
based on how that shelf is bending in the last picture, im guessing the tank fell at some point
09-09-2013 03:58 AM
tetra10 any updates?
10-18-2012 04:00 AM
Originally Posted by ASTRAL View Post
Totally love the ADA tanks. What rock and substrates that you're using?
Rocks are yamaya. Substrate is UP Aqua shrimp sand.
10-16-2012 11:52 AM
Originally Posted by etane View Post
Went to bed last night thinking I was done but kept thinking what if my shrimpies have shrimplets and get trapped under all that mesh? So, removed them this morning.

Totally love the ADA tanks. What rock and substrates that you're using?
10-15-2012 12:08 AM
etane I have a slight update. I upped to an ADA 60P. I transferred everything from the 60F to the new tank. Now, I wonder whether the Cal Aqua Nano pipes are too short for the new tank? The tank is probably not getting sufficient water circulation. What do you guys think?

06-11-2012 11:46 PM
etane Ok, NOW I think I am done done.

So, at the beginning of the day, I had the shrimps in a vase. I compared the water hardness in both the vase and the tank. The vase's water was very hard, and the tank's water was very soft.

I filled my mister up with RO water and sprayed it into the vase at the rate of a few squirts every 10 or so minutes. And, I topped off my tank with a gallon of Crystal Geyser spring water. After about a few hours or so, I tested the water again. The results showed that water from the vase and tank had close to equal all 6 parameters that the Tetra test strip tests.

Then, I put some tank water into the vase to acclimate the shrimps. Finally, I moved the shrimps over to their new home.

About a week ago before I started rescaping, I had 5 snowballs and 2 crs. When I moved the shrimps over to the vase, so I can rescape the tank, I counted only 4 snowballs and 2 crs. And, I didn't even find a body. Do shrimps eat the entire body of their fallen comrades?

Anyways, here's a view of my tank from where I am typing.

06-11-2012 11:36 PM
Originally Posted by talontsiawd View Post
Love the new scape. It's simple but I find it very appealing. With the simple/modern looking light and lily pipes, it really complements the style.
Thanks for your comment, Matt. I wanted a self sufficient aquarium like the Walstad way but didn't want a jungle in the aquarium. Just visited Mies Van der Rohe's pavillion in Barcelona a few months ago. That's sort of my inspiration for this scape.

06-11-2012 09:04 PM
talontsiawd Love the new scape. It's simple but I find it very appealing. With the simple/modern looking light and lily pipes, it really complements the style.
06-11-2012 07:46 PM
Originally Posted by halffrozen View Post
Love the tanks scape!!!!

How long did it take for that mister to fill the tank up a few inches??
I think it took about 30-45 minutes. I can't recall exactly how long it took. I had to refill the bottle bout 4 or 5 times.
06-11-2012 05:40 AM
halffrozen Love the tanks scape!!!!

How long did it take for that mister to fill the tank up a few inches??
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