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07-10-2014 10:17 PM
AquaticLeisure What do you think caused the algae infestation? Lack of CO2?

If so, I'm curious why the algae infestation didn't happen earlier before you started the DIY CO2.
04-29-2014 02:22 AM
AquaAurora
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wtf is that thing at the very bottom of the photo? looks like a tan/orange monster sized spider leg(s)??
btw first photo on first page: awesome-ness, just about every true hobbyist feeling coming home with a new tank and a new project in mind ^^

I was going to de-rim my 20long but i had a nightmare the night i bought it about it collapsing and the glass getting permanently wedged together (at an unusable angle) as a de-rimmed tank.. soo just gutted the silicone and redid it (was globed in their real cheap like, now loks clean and minimal atleast).
04-29-2014 01:47 AM
tryank
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Thought I'd say hi and say I've found this thread very interesting indeed. Having spent an absolute fortune since starting fishkeeping last year, it's great to see the success you've had on a budget.

So I don't get over excited and try doing this with my tank, could you please fill me in on your water ph/kh/gh to see if I'm similar.


Hopefully someone more knowledgeable will correct me if this is wrong but boiling helps kill off any parasites / nasties that are in the wood, as much as helping it sink. I would definitely still boil stuff, whether it sinks or not.
Yeah, I boiled it for the nasties, and the internet suggested soaking it in a bucket for weeks to waterlog it until it sinks. I haven't checked my levels in FOREVER, and I didn't have a baseline to start off with so it would be hard to see how the wood affected the water parameters.
09-04-2013 11:45 PM
Jeynesey Thought I'd say hi and say I've found this thread very interesting indeed. Having spent an absolute fortune since starting fishkeeping last year, it's great to see the success you've had on a budget.

So I don't get over excited and try doing this with my tank, could you please fill me in on your water ph/kh/gh to see if I'm similar.

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You might notice some driftwood I found DOWN BY THE RIVER (not in a van though). I boiled it and was gonna soak it like the Internet said to, but since it was literally driftwood that I pulled off the bank of the Snake River, it was already waterlogged enough that it sunk! Some of the sticks I got though must have dried out a bit on the shore since they wouldn't sink.
Hopefully someone more knowledgeable will correct me if this is wrong but boiling helps kill off any parasites / nasties that are in the wood, as much as helping it sink. I would definitely still boil stuff, whether it sinks or not.
09-02-2013 06:29 AM
laurenjane Looks awesome... I almost spat my tea at the computer screen with your first photo of buying your tank, thanks for that!
09-02-2013 06:06 AM
tryank
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I'm excited to see what you have in mind for the next scape.
Me too. A few thoughts on the new scape...

1) I know I like open spaces.



...as opposed to how it eventually ended up looking...




2) I've never had anything but rocks in my scape. I wanna try putting driftwood in with moss.
09-02-2013 04:51 AM
tryank Look who made it!



Waiting for re-location...

09-02-2013 04:49 AM
tryank I kept some glosso that I can replant, but all the HC was algae infested. Hopefully I can find some HC in petco, but until then it'll be glosso, moss, and a few shoots of whatever the tall plant is that I have.

You might notice some driftwood I found DOWN BY THE RIVER (not in a van though). I boiled it and was gonna soak it like the Internet said to, but since it was literally driftwood that I pulled off the bank of the Snake River, it was already waterlogged enough that it sunk! Some of the sticks I got though must have dried out a bit on the shore since they wouldn't sink.
09-02-2013 04:49 AM
tylergvolk I'm excited to see what you have in mind for the next scape.
09-02-2013 04:42 AM
tryank Moved everybody out of the 20 long and into my 10 gallon. Cleaned out the 20 and de-rimmed it. Man, a tank is so much sexier with the rims off!

08-24-2013 01:40 AM
tryank I left for three months and the tank went downhill. Algae galore. I think it could have been prevented if I would have kept the CO2 going, since the plants STOPPED growing and the algae took over. The plants didn't die, but their growth was stagnant to say the least. I've decided to start again from scratch, aquascape-wise that is. I'll still use the same tank and filter and whatnot. I'm just going to move out the shrimp and fish, empty the tank and clean it, put new dirt in, cap it, plant and arrange it, and release the aquatic dudes into their new pad. I'm hoping that there won't be too drastic "cycle" spikes since I'll be using the same filter. We'll see though.
05-24-2013 05:25 AM
panchovilla1133 Sweet tank man! After seeing it I kinda feel bad for the shrimp you gave me, coming from a super cool tank like that and having to move into my lame 10 gal. When I redo it I'll be taking some lessons away form this thread, lessons like paperclip stakes and sweet Idaho potato dirt. It makes me want Glosso.
05-12-2013 01:39 PM
Saxtonhill That's beautiful...it is shrimp heaven! Really like the color contrast of the red fish and shrimp and the bright green glosso
05-12-2013 01:35 PM
AirstoND Shrimp Heaven
04-15-2013 10:03 AM
tryank I am now a HUGE fan of glosso.
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