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05-21-2013 03:31 AM
mosspearl Thanks for the tip!
05-21-2013 03:29 AM
MrAlmostWrong Sometimes if you don't ensure the pump is suctioned completely to the floor it will eventually start vibrating against the walls making the crackling noise.
04-24-2013 12:53 AM
mosspearl Sometimes it's quiet and sometimes it makes noise. Lately it was making a crackling noise. At first I thought the tank was having issues. I took the pump out, looked at it, and couldn't find anything wrong. Put it back together and it's running fine again. Check out the Evolve thread, too... someone else had a similar issue. Again, after she put the pump back in, it resolved.
04-24-2013 12:10 AM
Nanoful just brough the evolve4, have a question for you. Does your pum make alot of hum noise? cause my make a really nice hummmmmmmmmmm..creeee...creee...creeeeee and it drives me nut! thinking to return it but just want to know if it is normal or not
04-23-2013 02:44 AM
mosspearl Update: Tank has been running two months and I rescaped it a bit. I loved the cryptocoryne undulata in my 10g, so I divided it and put some in here. The chainsword was taking over, so I split it up between several tanks and moved the largest over to the left side of the tank. The front is a bit bare. Debating whether to tie some pellia to a stone and placing it there, or leaving it bare for awhile.
04-01-2013 03:57 AM
mosspearl Made some changes in the tank. Pulled out the zebra rock. Boy, was it taking up room! Split the chain swords... they were really getting thick. Put some on the left where the rock used to be behind the bogwood. Pulled the watersprite and put it in the 10g and changed it out for some bacopa caroliniana. It's short right now, but it will grow. Attached some subwassertang to the top of the wood. Click on the pic to see it larger.

I've been testing and I admit the results have me flummoxed. For awhile there, it seemed I was getting somewhere, but now I'm getting all 0's on my ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates. The snails are reproducing like crazy, I see the occasional nematodes and detritus worms, so things must be okay to some extent. Did I miss the cycle?

Since this will be a shrimp tank, I've turned the heater off. The temp is remaining between 68 and 73, depending on how long the light has been on. GH is staying between 3.3 and 6.7.
03-05-2013 08:13 PM
mosspearl This might fit my Evolve4 a bit better: The other would be perfect for our 10g.
03-05-2013 08:05 PM
mosspearl I had three of those rocks... put one in the Evolve and the other two in my betta's 2.5 gallon. I think I posted a pic of it in this thread.

Nice light! Thanks for the link... I'll bookmark that for future reference!
03-05-2013 07:40 PM
DefStatic What did you do with those rocks? ;-p

Also, I am looking at this for a light...

I think either that or a regular fugeray is good enough for an Evolve4 to have medium light. I think the stock light is low light at best. Too low wattage on the LEDs.
03-05-2013 07:01 PM
mosspearl Updated photos:
03-05-2013 06:59 PM
mosspearl I like it very much. It fits just right on the little shelf on my desk, but it gives me more gallons than the 2.5 I was going to put there. I also like that all the equipment is hidden in the back. The box said the light was suitable for plants, and I've seen members here who have grown plants well with it, but my choices seem to need a bit more. Too bad, because I like the LED look. I'll have to upgrade to a better LED when my budget can handle it.

The biggest issue I've had so far was scaping. At first, everything I tried in it was just too big. I like the driftwood I have in there now... it's just the right size, but when I was picking it out at the LFS, it seemed so small. Granted, it's only been a couple weeks so far, but I'd buy more of the Evolve series.
03-05-2013 06:26 PM
DefStatic How are you liking the Evolve4? I am still thinking of going with it with an upgraded light for a Betta setup on my desk.
03-02-2013 02:52 AM
mosspearl Got my test kit in the mail the other day and I've been practicing. Today's parameters in this tank are:
pH: 6.8
Ammonia: 0.50 ppm
Nitrites: 5.0 ppm
Nitrates: 80 ppm
TDS: 185
Temperature: 75.2

I did a 20% water change after the test, then added another plant. I'll be upfront... I don't quite understand the TDS thing yet, but I'm reading up on it. I don't have any tests yet for gH or kH (is that right?). From what I've read, I should be doing water changes to bring down the nitrates, correct? The tank has been set up since 2/23, so I'm hoping I'm on track.
02-25-2013 02:27 AM
mosspearl I'd ship some to you, but the shipping would be enormous. :P
02-25-2013 02:25 AM
DefStatic Wish my Petco carried rocks like that...
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