|05-06-2013 03:56 PM|
*** Update 5/6/2013 ***
So I really need to clean this thread up, and update. I see how people fall behind LOL as I am now.
I removed the "Asian Water Fern" or African Water Fern LOL. I saved it though! It was getting significant new growth, however I think it was just too slow a grower for my tank, and was causing an algae problem. Even after changing back to the Evolve light, in a weeks time I would be swarmed with algae.
The other problem was I was out of the office for a day, and some unconfirmed person fed my fish. Well, over fed would be more appropriate. I have not found out who yet. You can see I clearly have a sign that has been there the whole time. I found 6 or 7 pieces of food on the sand/rock/plants uneaten obviously and a few pieces on my desk.
When I got to work the next day, my fish was still alive, but I had a huge bacteria or algae bloom. My rock was entirely covered, and all my plants were.
I have since hidden my food. And the next day I came in on the weekend and removed the water fern into a plastic container of water. I cleaned the rock totally and sat it under a desk light for an hour. I cleaned all my Argentine Swords the best I could, sucked up any and all algae on the sand and cleaned the acrylic. It was the worst I had ever seen it.
I then went to a petco and picked up a tube of Wysteria, which you can see added in the pic. I am not a huge fan of it but at the same time I like it. I have read these really help soak up extra nutrients.
After two days, I can say I have not seen a resurgence of the algae, yet. I am going to add some Ozmocote tabs I bought as well. My swords are suffering pretty bad.
|04-21-2013 09:15 PM|
So after setting up my 30 gal at home with an Aquaclear 50, I took a closer look at the media chamber for the Aquaclear and the Evolve, and noticed they are almost the same size.
So I went to Petco today and picked up 2 sponges and the carbon insert. They did not have the biomax rings, which is why I picked up an extra sponge.
I also picked up this Fluval Nano black sponge that fits perfectly over the intake.
I stuffed the first sponge down to the bottom. Then the carbon bag on top of that. If I had the biomax rings I would have put that next, which would have put it at the water level. Instead I used another sponge. I also have the Nano Sponge placed infront of the intake.
As per standard Evolves, the water goes into the intake area into the media, then there is a spill way on top into the pump chamber.
Anyone have any thoughts? Should this setup be good? I am going to order the biomax rings online and replace the second sponge with that.
I did a 50% water change at the same time. Should I have any worries about my existing cycle? Which I still am not sure has even completed.
|04-15-2013 04:23 PM|
Once I detected the Nitrite spike, I went back to semi-daily 20% water changes for a week. Before this, it started to creep towards 3ppm. I do not know if this is a mis-reading though from starting to use API Leaf Zone.
Either way, I stopped with the Leaf Zone and started doing 20% Semi Daily water changes again. I left the tank alone all weekend (as this is my office tank).
When I got back I was afraid what I might find. But everything was fine, and I did a water test, and there was no Nitrites.
Now it is back to dealing with an algae problem. Although I am told this is a good sign my cycle may be finished. Because of the algae, I switched out my Fugeray for the original LED for now.
My Argentine Swords have doubled. The new growth looks good. The old leaves seem to be melting or dying. Some of them are hanging in there, but I am told this is to be expected and perhaps I should just cut off the old growth.
My "Asian Water Fern" is the oddball right now. They have been taking over fairly well by algae. Two of the bunches have a few new stems/tiny leaves sprouting. One hasn't really done anything. I have read that I planted them wrong. They came barely attached to some sort of greenish stem or plastic. And I planted them just so that the rhyzomes could attach themselves to the substrate. So they are kind of just barely hanging in there. I guess I need to get a small piece of drift wood to attach them to.
I am torn on keeping them or getting rid of them. I was surprised to see all the new growth on them. But they have been seriously over run with algae.
I am going to get some Flourish Excel and see what happens.
|04-03-2013 08:12 PM|
|Idrankwhat||I love your tank and I love Maine.|
|04-03-2013 08:08 PM|
So I had a bit of a Nitrite spike. I really gotta get that dang API Master Test kit instead of these stupid test strips.
Looks like only 1ppm, can't really be sure. I had not done a water change in almost 2 weeks. So I did a 50% water change today. Added a new root tab by the swords.
I tried to move my swords, not happening. I gave just a little tug at the base, would not budge. I have no idea how much I can actually pull on them. I am fairly certain they are too bunched up.
I am thinking of ditching the "Asian Water Fern", but I do not know what to replace it with. My fish likes to hang out under them, so I need something similar.
|04-02-2013 06:03 PM|
I have not reduced the flow yet anymore, I am thinking about giving the extra valve yet another turn.
I am still waiting to do a 50% water change by mid month. Still doing 20% weekly changes. When I do the 50% water change, I am going to reposition my swords, and add new root tabs.
Dosing with API Leaf Zone, 1ml a week.
Also, I had my light timer set from 8AM to 8PM. I have since changed this to 9AM to 6PM. From what I have read, for the light I have I was over-exposing I guess you could say.
|04-02-2013 05:19 PM|
|03-29-2013 09:07 PM|
|prasoonv||Which Finnex light are you using? 12inch? Where did you get it from? I setup an evolve last week and am looking for options on what I can use for the lights.|
|03-28-2013 01:09 PM|
The build quality is something to be appreciated. I mean, for $30, who knows what you are going to get. Not with Finnex, you know you are getting quality. All the heat is dissipated to the frame. Not that there is any heat, but what little heat there is goes there. I cannot feel hardly a thing directly under the light.
The option to have just the red LEDs on is nice, but something I doubt I would use.
As you can see from my pics, the light is just right. Doesn't have that washed out effect at the top. Isn't spreading all over places it shouldn't. Nice even spread throughout the tank. Colors are popping.
As for growth, well, can't really comment at this time. Maybe in another month. I would call this a fairly low tech setup as far as the substrate/ferts go. Medium to High Tech as far as the rest of the equipment LOL. But I am just using Petco Sand and Root Tabs. No CO2, no liquid ferts.
If I had the money, I would setup another Evolve 4 and either compare lights or compare this light with a better substrate and CO2.
If you look at the pic of the first week it was setup, and compare it to the 3rd week, you can see the Amazon Swords have really started to come into their own. They haven't gotten much taller, but they are starting to take their own respective spaces. Almost like they are staking their territory and moving around LOL. I really need to get in there and spread them out a bit more. But you can see the difference!
The "Asian Water Fern" is said to be quite a slow and difficult grower. I have not seen a lot of changes with it, however what cannot be seen is I already have a new stem growing out of one of the bunches with a new leaf. "
So yeah, I am going to keep a week by week pic log. I am more than satisfied with the FugeRay-R. I would recommend it to anyone with an Evolve 4 or 8. And any tank I think it would fit well in I will be using one of these. Although depending on the tank and what is growing, I might suggest one of the traditional Finnex lights.
|03-28-2013 12:47 PM|
Because of the clearance and sales I saw everywhere, I am wondering if there is an updated version of all the Evolves on the way. Or if it was just a spring cleaning sale.
|03-27-2013 08:03 PM|
|Lowe||Looking good DefStatic. What kind of growth are you seeing with our FugeRAY-R?|
|03-27-2013 07:04 PM|
|Jdiesels||Sweet looking tank, I have the 8 gallon version and I still think the flow is a little low, but I can live with it. The fish I have in it are 2 neon dwarf gouramis (male and female) and an Otto cat, but if you any questions feel free to ask!|
|03-27-2013 05:48 PM|
I just wanted to post a new pic from this week.
IDK if I posted a pic of what it looked like when first setup, if not I will. I cycled with no fish for a week, obviously this would not do much but verify the tank is setup and working.
1st Week Setup/No Fish
2nd Week Setup/1st Week Fish
3rd Week Setup/2nd Week With Fish:
You should be able to clearly see the cloudiness is 99% gone. This is also with no water changes since early Monday.
|03-27-2013 05:23 PM|
I am switching to only 20% water changed once a week now, instead of daily. The water params based on my test strips is not changing at all. The cloudiness is gone. I doubt there is any way I have had a complete cycle, but at this point I think daily 20% water changes is delaying in further cycling.
I think the 2gal Evolve (which actually, the number for the Evolve is not the gallon size from what I can tell, just their model number which happens to usually be close to the gallon size) is too small, although still better than how many people keep their Bettas. The Evolve 4 I got was on clearance for the same price as the 2.
After I get my 29gal setup someday, I might see if my office will allow me to have a second Evolve 4. They approved me to have a max 10gal tank, so why not two 4's? LOL
|03-26-2013 02:11 PM|
both combined under 26$ not a bad deal considering the master test kit alone at my lfs is 29.99
it seems that the 4 gallon is an ideal betta habitat and will be watching your thread and progress closely
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