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|01-29-2017 04:17 PM|
Im thinking about getting back into the the hillstream game. I got my hands in a 40g tank and stand.
I have been thinking aboug skipping the smooth rock bottom, and doing bare bottom front with a divider and then black eco complet with plants, kind of like an underwater river bank. Using some spider wood i recreate tree roots hanging into the river, would just look cool, not a normal part of theor habit.
I think that the flow outside of the river bed would be weak enough that i could keep cpds in the tank with them. I have kept cpds in a tank with hillstreams before and it worked well.
My big hang up now is wood. Ive ben trying to find someone who can sell me wood in bulk. Which i have been unable to do. I want to to get a lot of wood and sort through to find the perfect piece.
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|08-26-2015 12:17 PM|
Don't get me wrong it could have been something other than the R/O water. but it is the most likely scenario. Using water from a new machine, with TDS that was almost 400 instead of 0ish. i don't use Prime in my RO tanks so there could have been Chlorine or other toxic metals, which is totally possible since i lost my shrimp and snail population the tank as well. the crash begin sometime the night of the water change
the troubles i have had were in deed heat related. the place i first moved into, before i bought my home, was a manufactured and the inside air temp in the day would hover around 90 with the A/C set at 76.
when i lived in texas i was able to succsesfully keep 17 Hillstreams in my 40b with no losses. the exact same set up here in florida couldn't even keep 3 alive in florida.....
|08-18-2015 08:14 AM|
Hi Will. Sorry to hear about the fish.
Hillstream suckerbody loaches are my favorite fish (other favorites, but if I had to pick just one). Too sleepy right now to read through the whole thread, but how exactly did the RO water crash your tank? Was it just regular chlorinated water and so the chlorine killed off your beneficial bacteria? I could see possibly the inverts dying from non RI water (toxic minerals in non-RO water)
You mentioned other problems with losing hillstream loaches, what were they? (Florida heat? I will try to read thru later)
I keep several species of them and have had them successfully breed (very cool, I like the body transformations the developing young go thru, they look completely different). They look cool and are fun to watch them do their non-harmful dominance "battles".
Haha very cool.
Sorry again about the tank crash.
|07-29-2015 12:13 PM|
Originally Posted by AquaAurora View Post
Originally Posted by BoxxerBoyDrew View Post
yup :-( its dumb. thank you for the well wishes
|07-28-2015 11:04 PM|
WOW, SORRY that happened!!! Sometimes what you are sold as r/o isn't r/o! It has happened to me before!
Best of Luck with the Cichlids though! They should LOVE the Florida Water!
|07-28-2015 03:17 PM|
|AquaAurora||I'm very sorry for your loss :c Hope things go well with the dwarf cichlids. Did your plants survive the crash or have a mass melt?|
|07-28-2015 01:03 PM|
Whelp the Hillstream tank is over and done with.
i used a new Water refill place to get my RO water, and my tank crashed. i lost my entire hillstream population, basically all of my Tangerine tigers, all of my snails and one of my bamboo shrimp.
i'm so pissed off, and furusterated. but mostly i'm sad. i loved those fish. its been so difficult keeping hillstreams since i moved to florida, i just can't take losing anymore of them.
so it is with a heavy heart that i announce, i am getting out of the hillstream game.
i'm going to keep dwarf cichlids for a little while and maybe in a few years i'll do hillstreams again, but for now i just can't take losing them again.
|07-02-2015 11:31 PM|
just a couple quick ones. work has been busy so i haven't finished making this tank look perfect. but i get everything in it!
|06-20-2015 02:23 PM|
|The Dude||Tanks look awesome. I'm looking forward to seeing what you will do with the 40b|
|06-20-2015 01:48 PM|
|Aquatic Delight||the 40b has been broken down, and rebulit. it is no longer my hillstream tank. the hillstream tank will resurface as 20L....up dates and photos will be coming in a week or so.|
|05-15-2015 06:36 PM|
Originally Posted by mysticalnet View Post
Originally Posted by Phil Edwards View Post
Originally Posted by majerah1 View Post
thank all of you for the good wishes.
i'll try to take some photos and keep you updated on the build....i tend to get so caught up in building the tanks i forget to take photos...
|05-06-2015 03:42 AM|
|majerah1||Good luck with the move, and good luck with higher demanding plants! Please do a journal on the two new builds|
|05-05-2015 03:39 PM|
|Phil Edwards||Good luck with the move! I loved that Ataya shrimp, they're so cool!|
|05-05-2015 02:40 PM|
|mysticalnet||Good luck with the move!|
|05-05-2015 01:24 PM|
A Big Announcement
I have been in debate about what to do with my hillstream tank. I love these fish, i really do, but half of the year I can not find the ones i want, and my population shrinks. when i am able to find them i have to buy them in bulk, which is expensive, because who knows when they will show up again.
Also i hear this complaint from my girlfriend "I don't like your tanks, they are all green" which is a compliment to me, but a complaint to her.
My debate has brought me to this. i have a 20L housing Clown killifish, that i want in a bigger tank so I can have a large schooling fish like CPDs. i can not currently put a school of CPDs, or any other fish that i want in my 40b (Hillstream tank) because in addition to the cooler temps and HIGH flow i also keep Tangerine Tigers in the tank.
I also miss keeping apistos.
and Finally i'm not allowed to get another tank.
So here is my answer.
I will break down/transfer my hillstreams and Shrimp out of the 40b, and in to the Killis 20L.
The Clown Killifish, and pygmy cories, will be moved into the 40B which will get a Apisto, large school of small fish (such as CPD) and go CO2 High light to keep less green plants, and get more color. ( also remove the white sand and replace it with Eco-Complete)
This allows me to Keep the hillstreams i love so much, get a tank with more colorful fish and plants, including keeping plants i have not been able to keep due to lack of light and CO2.
I'm excited. i don't have a timetable on when all of this will take place. i'm thinking i will do it right, and get everything i need to build the tanks the right way, and then spend two days doing it.
i am moving into my first home at the end of may, so maybe in June after the move.
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