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08-12-2013 06:30 AM
Cinbos
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Why can't you keep rams?! I have...1 blue and 2 gold rams, 1 kribensi, and an Inka 60 in my tank and they don't do any harm. They actually have the most personality in the tank too.
No problem with the rams. Just lost a couple when trying to treat for Ich. It was more due to the hospital tank being too small, I have since upgraded to a 29 gallon.


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08-12-2013 06:26 AM
MrG Why can't you keep rams?! I have...1 blue and 2 gold rams, 1 kribensi, and an Inka 60 in my tank and they don't do any harm. They actually have the most personality in the tank too.
08-12-2013 06:20 AM
Cinbos

Made some changes, and trimmed the rotala.


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07-18-2013 10:36 PM
Cinbos
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Losing fish sucks. I feel your pain. I have 8 different setups right now and in the past week have lost close to fifteen fish due to the change in weather. Tanks have been running hot cause of a heat wave.

My opinion would be to make sure you keep the substrate clean, running fine sand prevents alot of the nutrients from waste penetrate and getting to the roots so it just sits on the sand and fouls up the water. In a heavy planted tank, your nitrate levels should never get above 40, even when not cleaned for a few, I use a very small pea gravel combo with fluorite, works amazingly. Also, if you're using flourish tabs, there's no need to use the liquid ferts, in my experience, it cause an algae outbreak every time. As far as plants go, I keep some red crypts, the things grow like weeds and are very hardy, also have red and green tiger lotus in my 55, I like the offset of the red and green plants. I also have four variety of anubis, java fern, amazon sword, moss balls. Also if you have more algae outbreaks or are starting tanks over, throwing in some anachoris, hogwarts and other stem plants, will help keep the tank water cleaner and cycle faster. Also, if you want a hardy schooling fish, you might think of harlequin raspboras, I've had my school for over two years. All in all, sounds like you've got a good grasp on things, your tank looks good, I wouldn't worry too much about being heavily planted and making making things congested, doubt that was a problem, sometimes things just happen, and most of the time tearing everything down and starting over doesn't solve anything other other than giving you a headache and hitting your wallet. Good luck with the tank, and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.

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Thanks for the advise. I have added a few more plants...more to see what grows well and which ones struggle. Surprisingly the anubias are the only ones that are still hurting...never had an issue with them before. Inalso added another 2 liter of diy co2. I upgraded my dual t8 shop light to a 4 t8 bulb shop light. All lights are still 6,500k, unless others would suggest mixing some bulbs. All fish have done well since the last "miserable" update. Im stoked to see how the s. repens do...they have been in the tank for 2 weeks now, and I have noticed growth since planting them.




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07-05-2013 10:39 PM
pantherspawn Losing fish sucks. I feel your pain. I have 8 different setups right now and in the past week have lost close to fifteen fish due to the change in weather. Tanks have been running hot cause of a heat wave.

My opinion would be to make sure you keep the substrate clean, running fine sand prevents alot of the nutrients from waste penetrate and getting to the roots so it just sits on the sand and fouls up the water. In a heavy planted tank, your nitrate levels should never get above 40, even when not cleaned for a few, I use a very small pea gravel combo with fluorite, works amazingly. Also, if you're using flourish tabs, there's no need to use the liquid ferts, in my experience, it cause an algae outbreak every time. As far as plants go, I keep some red crypts, the things grow like weeds and are very hardy, also have red and green tiger lotus in my 55, I like the offset of the red and green plants. I also have four variety of anubis, java fern, amazon sword, moss balls. Also if you have more algae outbreaks or are starting tanks over, throwing in some anachoris, hogwarts and other stem plants, will help keep the tank water cleaner and cycle faster. Also, if you want a hardy schooling fish, you might think of harlequin raspboras, I've had my school for over two years. All in all, sounds like you've got a good grasp on things, your tank looks good, I wouldn't worry too much about being heavily planted and making making things congested, doubt that was a problem, sometimes things just happen, and most of the time tearing everything down and starting over doesn't solve anything other other than giving you a headache and hitting your wallet. Good luck with the tank, and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.

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07-05-2013 03:11 PM
Cinbos Some more changes...




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06-28-2013 03:58 AM
Cinbos Came home today and found my male super red BN pleco dead and chewed up. Bummed, cause I got lucky finding these 2 and they happened to be a female and a male. Trying to get ahold of a male now. Really liked that guy, [censored][censored][censored][censored] happens I guess.

So crappy week with fish keeping...lost 4 bloodfin tetras in the qt tank, my blue cobalt angelfish, 1 electric blue ram, 1 male gold ram, and my male super red BN pleco. All of these (besides the tetras) had some significant meaning or plans to me. Really need to upgrade my hospital tank from a 10g to a bit larger. These fish are dropping like flies...even with a daily water change.


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06-27-2013 01:59 PM
Cinbos
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Nice tank! Angels if they find it and it will fit in its mouth, will eat it. I had a cherry shrimp hiding in my tank for over a month and somehow lived. Then i moved it to a safer tank.
I think you may be referring to the neons, but I no longer have them. I took them out, due to being picked off. Unfortunatly my Blue Cobalt Angelfish died, quite pissed to be honest. Feed him, and then 2 hours later came back and he was just lying on the bottom. He ate fine, and was the boss of the tank, so I am not too sure as to what the cause was.
06-27-2013 01:08 PM
adamkrom Nice tank! Angels if they find it and it will fit in its mouth, will eat it. I had a cherry shrimp hiding in my tank for over a month and somehow lived. Then i moved it to a safer tank.
06-27-2013 06:07 AM
Cinbos Also any ideas for plants? Running DIY Co2.




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06-27-2013 05:55 AM
Cinbos

So I made quit a few changes to the 55 gallon. I removed the 3 large swords. They really made my tank feel congested. I also moved the large manzanita branch to my 125 gallon, and I moved some pieces of driftwood from the 125 to this one. The large manz. Driftwood seemed almost too big for this tank. Also added a cap of pool filter sand from the 125. I really like how the tank looked before with the sand in there, so I went back to it. Plus the the sand will allow me to pin point the poop. I hated not being able to distinguish the poo from the substrate. I still have the floramax under the sand. When I took out all the substrate to clean it of all the poop, I coated the bottom with muriate of potash and dolomite. I will also place dried dim size balls of clay deep in the substrate for the heaving root feeders, as well as giving those heavy root feeders root tabs.

During this whole process, several of the crypts took a beating, as well as the dwarf sag and pygmy chain swords. Here is to hoping they make a recovery.

Just to clarify, I began this entire process because I noticed most of my fish had Ich. Hadn't dealt with Ich for this tank yet, so I assumed it was because I never cleaned the top of the substrate for poo, which led to deteriorated water quality. I had always done water changes and other maintenance, so if the poo covered substrate wasn't it, I am not sure of the cause.

Things I will be doing for this tank in the next few days:

I will be adding the fish back after treatment is done.
Add clay balls
Buy and add substrate tabs
Buy new bulbs
And add an extra canister filter to go along with my Eheim 2215

Here's all the updates, CHEERS!



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06-22-2013 04:40 PM
Cinbos
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Originally Posted by Aquatica Portal View Post
Great tank...keep those pictures coming...never too many...
Lucky for you, I am changing this tank up quite a bit, so I will have a lot of pictures coming this way here in the next week or so. I am going to take out the manzanita branch and place that in the 125 gallon with my larger cichlids. Luckily I have about 8 or 9 other pieces of driftwood in my 125 gallon to work with. Heres the 125 with the driftwood pieces I am talking about...



Plus I am also getting rid of the 4 large swords I have in there. They just take up too much space. I am going to work with rotala and other taller crypts loke the spiralis I have.


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06-22-2013 04:29 PM
Aquatica Portal Great tank...keep those pictures coming...never too many...
06-20-2013 02:55 AM
Cinbos
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Originally Posted by Aquaticz View Post
I can not keep neons or rams but have no problem with cardinals or angels. I am liking the added dwarf sag.


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The neons were just bought randomly. Had no real use or want for them. The rams do well for me. Right now I am just waiting on the dwarf sag to take off. Also bought the rotala to eventually take the place of most of them swords...like the sag, waiting on them to take off also. I wonder why the neon and rams don't work out for you??? You know, Bolivian Rams are much easier to keep...you ever tried them.




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06-20-2013 02:36 AM
Aquaticz
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I updated the tank a bit. Added some rotala, dwarf sag, and some more rams as well. Also added some neon tetras, we will see if those suckers last lol!


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I can not keep neons or rams but have no problem with cardinals or angels. I am liking the added dwarf sag.


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