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01-28-2015 10:26 PM
xenxes

Gnarly mess, threw in a mopani piece in the front and cholla wood in the back, now home to 15 surviving CBS

0/0/0, TDS 68, KH 0, pH 6.2
01-18-2015 04:44 AM
xenxes
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Hi Xenxes- I have a question about the filter you have. I received a 9g Aquastyle for Christmas. I'm a little concerned because I don't have much surface movement. Some tiny bubbles have occurred and are sitting kitty corner to the filter, not moving.
Have you got any thoughts?
The prefilter sponge is probably full of debris. Take it out and squeeze it a few times in old tank water.
01-18-2015 04:26 AM
Nuthatch Hi Xenxes- I have a question about the filter you have. I received a 9g Aquastyle for Christmas. I'm a little concerned because I don't have much surface movement. Some tiny bubbles have occurred and are sitting kitty corner to the filter, not moving.
Have you got any thoughts?
01-18-2015 03:11 AM
xenxes
Added some star grass to the back and pieces of moss, mostly fissidens. Water hyacinth is growing out of control as usual in a matter of days, but a necessary evil to keep the algae in check for now.
01-16-2015 06:16 AM
xenxes The type from Home Depot (Mosser Lee) or Lowes


Growth update, I'm using 2x LEDs so keeping the hyacinth in until I cover every square inch of this little tank, vertical tanks are harder to plant. Contemplating doing a wall of anubias or moss again.
01-16-2015 03:29 AM
Turboman I like the tea color water. Love the sphagum moss. I might try that for my black water aquarium. What brand of sphagnum moss are you using?
01-15-2015 06:37 AM
xenxes Few of the surviving mischlings


01-13-2015 05:21 AM
xenxes
Substrate is: (1) potting soil/peat + (2) backyard dirt (clay/mud) + (3) thin black diamond blasting grit cap + (4) long fiber spaghnum peat moss. Goal was to buffer to slightly acidic for TBs, but water is going towards neutral, probably due to the backyard dirt.


Water is stained slight yellow from the spaghnum moss



the PFRs / blues I threw in are all berried, they seem to congregate around this one stem of creeping jenny at the back corner for food, ignoring the pellets I drop. Bear in mind these guys survived in an outdoor tub from October to December, without any hand feeding.
01-13-2015 03:33 AM
Turboman what is that substrate? looks like some sort of moss
01-09-2015 05:52 AM
xenxes So I'm restarting this tank, almost a year later on the other coast. Threw in a bunch of temporary plants and a hyacinth to eat up nitrates. I think I'll just plant this time, why waste water volume on a hardscape when I can have more plants?




Now sandwiched in a corner of my kitchen


Only shrimp that survived from my recent fiasco (dropped a shrimp bucket down the street off the UHaul) are some berried PFRs, 2 somewhat blues, and 2-3 mischling CBS
04-29-2013 03:52 AM
fishboy199413 That last pic with the oto fry is amazing. The tank looks pretty good for no maintenance over that long period of time.
04-29-2013 03:27 AM
catfishbi got love the baby otos
04-29-2013 12:39 AM
Patson Is that an oto baby in the last pic!!!??? :O
04-28-2013 09:35 PM
dudebro
xenxes's EHEIM Aquastyle 9.2g - Rescaped Dutch-ish + Rilis + CPDs

Just added a eheim 106. At full blast it's a lot of flow but there is a valve on the unit to slow it down.

Water cleared up a lot too.
04-24-2013 03:50 PM
dudebro Your interesting note makes me want to trade my fish for shrimp. ha

I agree on the filter. I have been thinking about a canister with Lilly pipes on my Aqua-style. Looks good.
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