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02-17-2014 01:51 AM
boxboy Nice photos. What substrate are you using, I like the looks of it.
02-17-2014 01:44 AM
Octantis What ever happened with the diatoms? I'm also interested in how the 10" Fugeray worked out.
01-08-2013 10:16 PM
skindy I think at this point try to scrape as much off as you can and stick to regular water changes. Eventually all the silicates will be removed (which is what diatoms feed on). If you'd like to speed things up, maybe add an oto as a one-man clean-up crew (the RCS will help). There are chemical products but I would look at those as a last resort. Completely up to you! This thread was pretty informative for me when I had a diatom bloom: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=60144

Nice tank, either way I have a Chi myself! I have an Elite submersible Preset 25-watt mini-heater that keeps my water temps between 68-73 at the lowest setting. It's not super pretty but it works. I could have placed it sideways and behind the filter now that I look at the picture... not sure why I didn't, hah!

01-08-2013 06:43 PM
zerreissen
heater for Chi

Howdy guys, I'm new here and this will be my first post. Kayen, I saw that you're looking for a heater for your Chi. I've been using a Finnex 50w titanium heater on my Chi since last October with great success.

http://www.amazon.com/Finnex-Control...pr_product_top

My main complaint would be the power cord is thick and stiff, would be nice if it was bent 90 degrees at the heater since you're supposed to have the heater placed horizontally. I had it hidden behind a piece of driftwood.

Here's a pic from last November after I first set it up:

12-20-2012 10:01 AM
chou otocinclus will clear that diatom out in 1 day. guranteed
12-20-2012 08:55 AM
Kayen
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Originally Posted by belphegor View Post
What shrimps are in there? PFRs?
Just Cherries.

Also here's an update:

Some new pics taken with my new lens.
Stiphodon percnopterygionus + Tanichthys albonubes


Stiphodon semoni


Full Tank Shot:


As you can see, lots of diatoms. Anyone help me out with this (since i keep asking....)?
12-19-2012 10:04 PM
belphegor What shrimps are in there? PFRs?
12-18-2012 08:20 AM
Kayen Hello. Diatoms much worse now.
How to deal with diatoms
12-11-2012 07:24 AM
Kayen
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Originally Posted by talontsiawd View Post
That looks really great, especially considering how tall the tank is compared to the stones. I usually don't like Iwagumi in tall tanks, especially this tall but you pulled it off. That's a feat in itself. Great tank, love the stone and layout.
Thanks Matt, hairgrass is sending off runners. No update on Blyxa which seems to be not doing anything.

I lost one of the Stiphodons yesterday, it was struggling the moment I put it in the tank, and it seemed like it was only a matter of time. The other two are doing fine and feeding good.

Also diatoms seem to be taking over really fast, and getting some green algae as well.
Right now i'm only dosing some seachem flourish every week, in addition to 0.3BPS CO2.
12-05-2012 06:58 PM
talontsiawd That looks really great, especially considering how tall the tank is compared to the stones. I usually don't like Iwagumi in tall tanks, especially this tall but you pulled it off. That's a feat in itself. Great tank, love the stone and layout.
12-05-2012 06:14 PM
STS_1OO Thanks Kayen.
12-05-2012 04:55 PM
Kayen
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Originally Posted by STS_1OO View Post
How large do the WCMM get and do they school well?

I have a Fluval Spec V (just a notch above 5G). After looking at the tank, its clear i'd have to go with some micro rasbora for even a decent schooling fish. I don't know how CPDs do in that respect.

For now, I have pygmy cories also planned for this tank as well as cherry shrimp. We'll see how it goes!
Go get some microrasboras... WCMM will get too big, and these guys once they grow will join my school of WCMM in my 40b, as of right now they'll get eaten in there though.
12-05-2012 08:54 AM
STS_1OO How large do the WCMM get and do they school well?

I have a Fluval Spec V (just a notch above 5G). After looking at the tank, its clear i'd have to go with some micro rasbora for even a decent schooling fish. I don't know how CPDs do in that respect.

For now, I have pygmy cories also planned for this tank as well as cherry shrimp. We'll see how it goes!
12-05-2012 06:44 AM
Kayen Snack time


Also added 4 white cloud mountain minnows... the 3 Sparrow Rasboras will be moved once I have my 2.5 up and running again.
12-01-2012 12:49 AM
Kayen I was thinking of moving out the gobies and rasboras and throwing them into a more heavily planted, higher water flow tank where i don't mind aesthetics as much and can more easily hide a heater. Additionally I can start looking for some colder water fish - thinking about 4-5 white clouds ( one of my favourite species of fish..)
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