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01-20-2013 01:46 AM
toastedtoast Happy 2013 everyone! I've been pretty busy since the holiday, and have been neglecting both the tank and this thread.

I was away for a week over christmas, and while a coworker volunteered to feed the fish a couple of times I didn't want to complicate things with adding ferts. On coming back I was surprised to find that green algae on the glass was the only problem that had developed.



I've been working on it, but you can see it's still a long way from gone. I think it will just take some time to stabilize again now that I've restarted fert dosing. The whole tank also badly needs a trim--hopefully I get around to doing it some time next week.
12-14-2012 04:07 AM
laqu thanks!
12-13-2012 05:17 PM
golfer_d Got your blades at work too....nice!
12-13-2012 02:02 PM
toastedtoast I have the Atomic Nano V3 regulator, with an adapter to a 20oz paintball tank. It works really well, though I have a few issues with it--mainly the lack of a high-pressure gauge. Since working pressure is fixed it would make much more sense to see when the tank is about to run out then to see the working pressure.

Here's a cell phone snapshot of my filter/CO2 setup, sorry for the poor quality. I've used a milk crate to reduce the length of filter hoses somewhat, since it seems to slow down some with longer hoses (regardless of height). The milk crate also makes a convenient frame to zip-tie the CO2 canister in place and prevent it from getting knocked over.


Since the filter etc are in the corner under my desk I haven't taken much care about how they look--though I should probably try and improve that somewhat.
12-12-2012 03:27 AM
laqu thanks for the info on order... i just cleaned my tank today... good to know the 'sack' of purgen fits (I assume you just bought the sack premade) .. i'm slow so i bought the stuff loose (ack)

what c02 system are you using?
12-08-2012 12:16 AM
toastedtoast
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Originally Posted by talontsiawd View Post
I will let you know my thoughts if I buy one.
Thanks, I'd appreciate it. As I'm sitting at my desk this evening, it really struck me how quiet this finnex canister filter is once you get all the air out. Granted, I have it sitting on a foam mat to prevent vibration noise but it seems at least as quiet as my 2213 and it's much closer to my head.
12-07-2012 05:33 PM
talontsiawd
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Originally Posted by ReluctantHippy View Post
I'll second this. Two different tetra heaters on separate occasions raised my 5g tanks to over 110 killing all inhabitants.
Yup, mine didn't get that hot, only 101 degree's on the last one. Luckily, i spilled a bunch of food in the tank (5 gallon as well), so I removed all live stock quite literally the day before we left for the weekend. Only one plant survived. These shouldn't even be on the shelf.

Sorry, just want to make sure nobody replaces one, thinking that it's a fluke thing because it will happen again.


I have been not using heaters in many tanks successfully. Just stock accordingly. I am thinking about getting the Fluval one for the Edge as it's pretty inconspicuous. I expect more out if Fluval than some other companies and it is one of the smallest heaters I can find that sufficient for over a few gallons. I will let you know my thoughts if I buy one.

Can't wait to see how this recovers, I really enjoy the scape.
12-07-2012 04:29 PM
acitydweller consider the hydor theo heaters. i have two 50W running since january in a 5 and 10 g. both without drama so far.
12-07-2012 01:04 PM
toastedtoast
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Originally Posted by Jonnywhoop View Post
what did you glue your manzanita wood to? Its pretty smart to make it stable like that.
They're my favourite interlocking plastic waffles: pipette tip racks
We generate tons of the empty racks when we use the tips in the lab, so I try to find creative uses for them. I've also used a bunch for the substrate slopes in my 20g long: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=159478
12-07-2012 12:43 PM
Jonnywhoop what did you glue your manzanita wood to? Its pretty smart to make it stable like that.
12-07-2012 12:01 PM
toastedtoast Thanks for the comments everyone.

This cabinet is more for long-term storage, so it probably only gets opened once or twice a month. So far there haven't been any issues with the tank getting shaken around too much, though I've been careful not to fill it too close to the rim.

For the moment, everything seems fine at room temperature so I'm going to leave it without heat--at least over the holidays. The tank won't get its usual level of supervision so I don't want to chance a new setup going crazy.

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Originally Posted by laqu View Post
1) from top to bottom what is the order of stuff in your filter?
2) is the "open" or funneled outlet 'softer' then the bar with holes that came with the filter
3) can you post some photo of the filter/co2 setup on the side?
thanks ...
In my filter, I have eheim media and a small purigen sack on the top, and the included foam on the bottom. I think there's also some filter floss in there somewhere, but I don't remember where I put it.

I never tried the included spray bar, so I can't say how this compares. my placement of drift wood prevented a bar going along the right side.

Sure, if I remember to bring my camera to work over the weekend I'll take a photo or two.
12-07-2012 05:55 AM
ReluctantHippy
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Originally Posted by talontsiawd View Post
I have had 3 tetra heaters and each has failed. I don't know why I tried 3 times, mainly because they are small. They always fail the wrong way, sticking on and getting very hot.
I'll second this. Two different tetra heaters on separate occasions raised my 5g tanks to over 110 killing all inhabitants.
12-05-2012 09:31 PM
talontsiawd
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Originally Posted by ReluctantHippy View Post
I've had the majority of my tetra automatic heaters fail on me; several times with disastrous results. Your safest option is using a separate external temperature meter to control your heater but I do hear the Fluval edge automatic heaters work decently - at least a bit more reliably than the tetra version.

Tank's looking great. Keep it up.
I have had 3 tetra heaters and each has failed. I don't know why I tried 3 times, mainly because they are small. They always fail the wrong way, sticking on and getting very hot.
12-05-2012 08:52 PM
ReluctantHippy I've had the majority of my tetra automatic heaters fail on me; several times with disastrous results. Your safest option is using a separate external temperature meter to control your heater but I do hear the Fluval edge automatic heaters work decently - at least a bit more reliably than the tetra version.

Tank's looking great. Keep it up.
12-05-2012 03:41 AM
laqu i have the same tank (your is cooler), couple of questions
1) from top to bottom what is the order of stuff in your filter?
2) is the "open" or funneled outlet 'softer' then the bar with holes that came with the filter
3) can you post some photo of the filter/co2 setup on the side?

thanks ...
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