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Yesterday 11:04 PM
BoxxerBoyDrew 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!

Take Care,
Yesterday 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?
Yesterday 01:03 PM
Aquatic Delight 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
Aquatic Delight 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
Aquatic Delight
Originally Posted by mysticalnet View Post
Good luck with the move!
Originally Posted by Phil Edwards View Post
Good luck with the move! I loved that Ataya shrimp, they're so cool!
Originally Posted by majerah1 View Post
Good luck with the move, and good luck with higher demanding plants! Please do a journal on the two new builds

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
Aquatic Delight
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.
02-19-2015 04:40 PM
Aquatic Delight Just tested my water stuffs, someone in SCAPS asked me about them them i tested, and i'm shocked how much some numbers have come down. my PH is down my GH and KH are down aswell. TDS is high but i'm 4 days past due on my water change

PH 6.8-7.0
GH 3
KH 2
Phosphate .25ppmish
TDS 209

very different from around this time last year

Ph 7.4
GH 14
KH 1
02-12-2015 02:02 PM
Aquatic Delight been awhile again lol.

the LFS here in my area has been getting in hillstream loachs, and i can't resist myself (even as over priced as they are). they are Beaufortia kweichowensis, of which i had never kept before. about two weeks ago i had a really bad day at work and i stopped in the lfs to clear my head a bit, as i walking around just looking at all the fish and plants, i saw a tag that said "hillstream loach $14.99" i got really excited, until i started looking in the tank to see what kind they had, hoping it was gastromyzon, and not a Sewellia. i saw nothing and started to get a little depressed. then i saw one come swimming out from behind a rock. it was the last one so i snatched it up. i ask if they were getting more and the answer was yes on thursday, so i returned friday only to learn they didn't actually get any in. then yesterday i stopped in just for the heck of it and they had two more!!! so my tank is up to 3 hypergastro humilis and 3 Beaufortia kweichowensis.

sadly they are they shyest hillstreams i have kept, but i'm hoping with time they will become more friendly.

i've also picked up some dwarf cories to add a little life in the tank. i'm not going to replacing the white cloud population, i've decided i'm going to go in another direction once they all die off, and the tank had gotten a little stale. the addition of the dwarf cories has really brought the tank back to life, i've got 6 in the tank now.


and finally they anubias and buce have been in constant flower mod for the last 2 or 3 months now. i have a buce that the old flower hadn't even finish its showing and a new one was developing. its pretty awesome.

12-10-2014 03:17 PM
AquaAurora Sorry for your losses :c gl setting up a way to stabilize termperture!
12-10-2014 03:06 PM
Aquatic Delight i just realized its been a little over two months since i've updated on this journal. i haven't been as active on the forums since i moved to florida, life has been pretty busy as of late. and i've let my tank inhabitants die out without replacing them :-( shame on me. i have had a lot of trouble keeping filter feeding shrimp here, i blame our water, but i think it has more to do with the wild temp fluctuations in my tank than the water, which i think is also why i'm having trouble keeping hillstreams alive. I'm currently living in a manufactured home that has little to no insulation, so house temp fluctuates a lot. i really need to pick up a chiller, or i have thought about buying a small fridge and running water lines through it some how.

just a small update. i've got other things to do but the tank is still alive.
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