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08-01-2014 08:02 PM
AnotherHobby Well this tank is coming to an end very soon. I got a wild hair yesterday and decided I wanted to change it up. It's been serving well has a home for about 40 cherry shrimp, but I want more plants, more color, and more room. I'm a bit bored with iwagumi.

I warned my wife that I was dropping about $300 for an office aquarium change out.

I've ordered a Mr Aqua 6 gallon long to replace it. I was tempted to do a 12 gallon long, but the water changes would just be too big and too much of a PITA to be hauling that much water around the office. The 6 gallon long (which I think is actually 6.5) is 24" long, 6.7" deep, and 9.4" tall. It's basically the same length, but half as tall and half as deep as a 60p.

I'm also addicted to CO2 now, so I'll be going high tech and ordered a pressurized paintball CO2 setup. I will be lighting it with a 24" Current Satellite Plus. It'll be auto-dosed EI ferts and all controlled via an Arduino so I can do full RGBW color fades for sunrises and sunsets. I'm going all in.

I'll start a new journal when I get going on it.

After decommission, I think this one will find a new life on my desk at home. Is 3 tanks MTS?
06-06-2014 03:07 AM
AnotherHobby It's doing okay. Over a year in and the HC is still kicking and I have about 30 CRS in there. However, I recently started getting hair algae, and when I pulled some out today it took almost 1/2 the HC with it. So, it's not looking too fabulous right now.

I'm still tempted to start over with something else.
06-06-2014 03:01 AM
vegakat Just read both of your tank journals. How is this little tank doing now? Great job on both tanks man!
01-29-2014 02:09 AM
Originally Posted by devilduck View Post
Do you have shots on how you mounted your ZooMed 501? I'm looking to hide mine also.
It's just sitting on the floor under the desk. I have 3' long hoses running up to the tank. There is no reduction in circulation by doing this, but since the filter isn't "designed" to be lower than the tank, I have it sitting in a 3 gallon Tupperware container in case something goes wrong.

Originally Posted by parrottbay View Post
How did you have Co2 getting pumped into this tank previously?
I've never had CO2 in this tank.

Originally Posted by Asu1776 View Post
How did your shrimps do when you dosed excel into your nano tank?
They didn't seem to have any issues, but I was dosing at pretty low amounts. It's now extremely low tech with virtually no fert dosing or excel. The plants do okay, but exhibit close to zero growth. On the other hand, I have almost zero algae. I'd like to tinker with it more, but I'm so busy at work right now that it's kind of perfect.
01-28-2014 08:06 PM
Asu1776 How did your shrimps do when you dosed excel into your nano tank?
01-28-2014 07:58 PM
parrottbay How did you have Co2 getting pumped into this tank previously?
01-28-2014 07:35 PM
devilduck Do you have shots on how you mounted your ZooMed 501? I'm looking to hide mine also.
01-20-2014 02:31 AM
Originally Posted by quark View Post
Nice tank! I'm setting up a similar sized tank, but cant seem to find a good sized lily pipe from [Ebay Link Removed] The item number doesn't exist any more, do you recall the vendor or have a link perhaps? thanks.
I'm pretty sure ebay item 161115780749 are the pipes I have. Mine are 10mm. They are selling them for $16.50 each with free (and likely incredibly slow) shipping from HK.
01-20-2014 12:34 AM
quark Nice tank! I'm setting up a similar sized tank, but cant seem to find a good sized lily pipe from [Ebay Link Removed] The item number doesn't exist any more, do you recall the vendor or have a link perhaps? thanks.
12-18-2013 04:35 PM
AnotherHobby It's all actually going quite well.

I haven't been using anything for the last few months. Since my last post, I have not added a single drop of excel or ferts. It's now 100% low tech. I had some HC die off after I treaded for algae, but since then it's been doing just fine. I haven't even trimmed a single plant.

All I do now is scrub a the front glass every couple of weeks. I'm getting almost no algae (just a dusting on the side and back glass), and everything seems happy. I haven't scrubbed the sides or back since the treatment, so what you can see below is 3 months worth.

I might start dosing a tiny bit of ferts and excel soon so that I can stimulate some more HC growth, but otherwise everything is going well.

I only have my iPhone with me today, so this is the best pic I can muster:

12-18-2013 01:58 PM
tylergvolk How is this tank coming along?

Are you still using Excel Only?
09-07-2013 08:57 PM
Psiorian That'll be cool! Get the new tank maybe don't rescape. Just put the new tank next to this one.
09-06-2013 12:31 PM
Originally Posted by Bserve View Post
Hey, any updates?
Sure... I went on vacation for a week and it turned into a bit of an algae farm. I had noticed that some hair algae blooming up just before I left, but I couldn't do anything about it. I had a guy at work take care of the tank for me, but it got bad by the time I was back. Not his fault at all, there was nothing he could do.

I pulled out all of my CRS on Wednesday and put them in a temporary 1/2 gallon tank I keep here for emergencies. I put the media and sponges from the filter with them, and then did 2 back to back over the top H2O2 treatments with water changes in between. Then I did a double dose excel treatment.

After changing the water a final time yesterday, I put the CRS back in, and put the media and sponges back in the filter. Hopefully the algae dies over the next few days. It already looks way better this morning.

The plants all look okay. The HC is still doing quite good, considering no CO2 and low lighting. I'll take a pic next week after the algae goes away.

As for the future of this tank, I'm contemplating a rescape. When I went backpacking/fishing in the Big Horns, I managed to grab some really cool nano sized gnarly wood that would be fun to work with. If I do this, I'll abandon the Iwagumi style and probably stop using HC and try something totally different. It'd be a while out though, because I'd need to pre-cycle the aquasoil that I'd use.

I'm also contemplating swapping out the tank completely for a 3.4 gallon low iron truAQUA. It'd give me a bit more room, and the low iron tank I have at home spoils me.
09-06-2013 06:52 AM
Bserve Hey, any updates?
08-08-2013 07:25 PM
AnotherHobby I just snapped this with my iPhone, so it's not the best pic. The water is also still a little cloudy from my cleaning and water change, but this is how it looks today:

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