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04-09-2013 07:20 PM
horsedude awesome your tank is looking great at the moment, I like the idea about the black water tank and I do also like bio type tanks more than the refined perfect ionised tanks, how do you clean your leaves to make them safe??
good luck and keeping the updates coming
04-05-2013 05:16 AM
andrewss Yeah, seems like you are correct but I guess it seems like captive bred fishes are said to be tolerant of PH changes... I probably need to also look at my KH/GH again... anyway I will add some leaves with the hope those whimsical "healing" claims are correct - but the tannins will suit me - I like the idea of leaf litter and a more biotype kind of look for this tank and the fishes - blackwater is a cool look imo. RO water is a great idea for "tuning" its parameters but I am not going to go that way lol =\

But yeah... we'll see what happens I guess

Thanks for the reply and input
04-05-2013 04:54 AM
blink Peat would probably work better than indian almond, but you'd have to tear up the tank to put it down under the substrate.

I always try to get inhabitants that suit my water, rather than making my water suit the inhabitants, it's MUCH easier.

If you are bound and determined to play with PH I'd look at using reverse osmosis water. The PH should be around 7.0, and if you do feel the need to buffer the water will change PH much more readily because it's not full of ions and minerals.
04-05-2013 04:45 AM
andrewss so I am leaning towards ordering some indian almond leaf... what do you guys think?
04-04-2013 06:28 PM
andrewss Hey guys, got the new guys in the tank about a week ago... everyone seems to be doing fine. I got 7 dwarf spotted rasboras (boraras maculatus) - thanks to msjinkzd for that! And I also got like 3 adult wild tiger shrimps and about 3 juvenile ones. Everyone looks great and after a week of being in the tank they all seem comfortable.

The one problem is I don't want die off to happen with either of these cool fish/shrimp. I think an obvious problem right now is PH - my PH is blue (7.6) out of the tap and I even did high range PH test and it came out orange (7.8) - and out of this tank it is basically the same... clearly blue without and green. I know these little rasboras like way low PH. I am shooting for 6.6 or so in PH.

I have put adler cones in every day or so now for a few days - the tank now has 4 cones in it. I test then add one then test again and so forth. I don't want anything to change too fast of course. What do you guys think about adler cones for PH? So far my addition of 4 cones has seemingly changed nothing. They have long sunk to the bottom - do they take a long time to actually affect water parameters? Well I have these cones on hand so I have been going this route... I dont want to over do it but maybe you can share some thoughts on this? Maybe about quantity or what not.

What other ways would you recommend lowering PH???

Well, here are some photos

03-23-2013 08:25 AM
andrewss welp, the CRS's have been declining... im at 4 now... and the copepods are quite apparent in the tank now... the fish coming will probably affect their numbers lol. I need to keep it cleaner or something. The amanos are heathy and active, the remaining crs seem like the robust so that is good.

I think I am stabilizing the tank more and more but I worry when the warm weather hits it might have issues there.

That said I have 5 boraras maculatus coming on wednesday for the tank (which I think is a bit small but has a ton of coverage on the surface with the greater duckweed and whatnot so they should feel pretty safe.

Oh and 5 wild tigers... maybe they will be more robust?
02-27-2013 05:25 PM
horsedude Any updates?
02-13-2013 06:26 AM
TheRiverRat Sweet set-up. Looking to do something similar, just got a 3 gallon pico going to be my first small tank. Quick ? Where do you get your manzanita branches?
02-03-2013 01:54 PM
horsedude cool nice to hear your shrimp are kinda ok, thanks to this tank journal i have begged my parents to let me get a shrimp tank and they let me , i got it today. its only a 3 gallon but i will be fine for a few cherry shrimp for now
good luck
01-28-2013 05:46 AM
andrewss thanks man

I swapped heaters with my 5gallon tank and it appears this heater is a bit easier to run cooler (it doesnt seem to want to cycle on as easy as the other on low setting) and the temps have been running around 75 and I dunno I think the shrimps seem a bit more animated now but maybe that is just in my head lol

I might get a REAL low wattage heater made for a betta bowl or something that is preset and see how it works with the setup...
01-25-2013 01:23 AM
Kinection Nice color on the shrimp! I like the scape.
01-25-2013 12:17 AM
andrewss soooooooooooooooo this tank is just too hot...

I know that CRS like the temps lower than what the tank is at...

I have my 25w heater turned ALL the way down but the tank stays at 77/78 .... I wish I could get it more like in the mid to low 70's - I have heard about CRS dying off when the temps are high and they really need 70-74 to be healthy and I am sure most all of you will agree with that.

I don't know what to do because all small heaters under 25w dont adjust and just automatically go to 78 degrees, and my 25w is too powerful even at its lowest setting that says it is set to 72 but wont drop under 77/78!!!

Maybe its just my 25w is low quality?

I dunno!

If anyone has any ideas about a heater that actually maintains low 70's and could work with my 2g tank I am all ears!

01-06-2013 01:53 AM
andrewss thanks
01-05-2013 03:47 PM
horsedude wow they look great. u finally got some
they look like they are healthy and the tank has some life in it now
great work!!
01-05-2013 02:58 AM
andrewss sooo finally got some CRS in the tank (ordered 10 from Msjinkzd, still waiting on her to get chilli rasboras in)

I am waiting on some giant duckweed to come in the mail from a user here, I plan to put a lot of cover for the lil rasboras that should be in the tank in a few weeks hopefully.

Besides this the tank is just going along it has a bit of algae but whatever... I guess the two amanos have been slacking

here are pix!

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