|01-08-2013 10:16 PM|
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|
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.
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|
Also here's an update:
Some new pics taken with my new lens.
Stiphodon percnopterygionus + Tanichthys albonubes
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|
Hello. Diatoms much worse now.
How to deal with diatoms
|12-11-2012 07:24 AM|
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|
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|12-05-2012 08:54 AM|
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|
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..)|
|11-30-2012 04:54 PM|
Your tank layout is almost exactly what I plan to do with my small bowfront.
I've haven't found many palatable options for reliable small heaters:
At the moment, the tank (Mr Aqua 7.5 gallon bowfront) is heated with a 7.5W Hydor Mini heater... and it's keeping the tank at 66-68 F in a 60 F ambient room, where the actual water volume is roughly 4 gallons after adding rocks, an aquaball, and substrate. (The tank only has White Cloud Fry and a couple of Amazon Swords) The 15W Mini may be a good choice if you're willing to dig up your substrate and your ambient temperature isn't quite as chilly.
When the fry finish their grow-out and get moved to another tank, I'm going to try a seedling heating mat instead. A low wattage (The 25W & 50W models are 9.56 inches long) Eheim Jager heater does fit, but it takes up too much room for my taste. My experience with chain store brand, Marineland, and Aqueon heaters hasn't been great. I wouldn't trust their small heaters to work for more than 10 - 20 months.
Edit: The mat might not work for your setup, since the plastic base would act as an insulator as well as break contact with your tank bottom. Heat transfer through the air works even less well than plastic, especially when you're trying to warm something with a high heat latency.
|11-30-2012 05:50 AM|
|BenderBendingRodriguez||subscribed! can't wait to see updates|
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