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04-13-2008 02:04 AM
Bk828 I personally hate hex tanks.. dont know why.. the view is just all weird.. But you did do a great job, it looked pretty good. RIP
04-13-2008 01:10 AM
Originally Posted by FrostyNYC View Post
..It also produced every freshwater species of algae known to man)

RIP 5 gallon hex tank

Lol, thanks for sharing that. It is good to know that I am not the only one who was having issues with this type of tank. For anyone interested in my trials and tribulations with the tank, you can check out my log at:

I had to also tear down the tank, bleach and disinfect it, and redo it. Don't know how things will work out. Diatom algae reared its ugly head one month after the tank was redone and running. The Otocat I put in made short work of the diatom algae. The tank also has two cherry shrimp, a zebra danio, and is pretty much packed with plants(anubias, ambulia, dwarf lily, java fern, cryptocorne). Now I am patiently waiting to see what other type of algae rears its ugly head. I am also dosing fluorish Excel and using a 15 watt 6500 K GE daylight compact fluorescent in the canopy. We will see if the split 9 hour photo-period helps deter algae.

Well, if this fails, it is on to plan C: Tear down, bleach, disinfiect and redo the tank using ADA Aquasoil with fluorish excel/and or DIY C02 with the 15 watt compact fluorescent bulb to see how that works out.
04-13-2008 12:27 AM
FrostyNYC This practice tank has been officially taken down, scrubbed, and bleached. It's now being converted to an unplanted blue&pink gravel tank and given to my 7 year old brother and sister, who will undoubtedly kill many fish in it. Well, hopefully I can prevent that.

FYI - Over the 6 months or so it was set up, this tank produced over 30 vallisneria plantlets and half a gallon of java moss. I kid you not. With only flourish excel and a 15 watt spiral CF. (It also produced every freshwater species of algae known to man)

RIP 5 gallon hex tank
02-08-2008 01:52 AM
mikeb210 Sorry to hear about the messy move. This will be a good opportunity for you to start over though. Keep us posted!

02-06-2008 10:16 PM
FrostyNYC The tank took a beating when I moved to a new apartment closer to my office. I thought I could just lower the water level halfway, but that resulted in swaying waves in the tank during the car ride to the new place. The driftwood dislodged from the substrate and started smacking against the sides of the tank, but as I was the only person in the car, there wasnt much I could do except try to drive a little slower...

All the fish and the two shrimp made it, though one very large MTS was crushed. The big ones are green inside, if anyone was curious.

I was seeing good growth before the move, so I'm a little disenheartened right now. Everything is back how it was, for the most part. Vals are growing, and most of the Guppy Grass ended up in the trash.

But now I can begin my plans for a new tank, now that I've got my new place. Something that's not an eclipse and not a hex and not acrylic. I've already decided to convert this tank to a shrimp tank once I have my next one set up.
02-06-2008 02:44 AM
mikeb210 How's the tank looking?
01-27-2008 12:46 AM
mikeb210 One can definitely reproduce by itself. I started with one small hitchhiker on some plants from the LFS and I tossed it in my 5 gallon as opposed to "humanely euthanizing" it. Now about 3 months later, that one turned into around 100 and the biggest one is about the size of a quarter. If you don't want them, get rid of that one asap. Mine started laying eggs after about a week.
01-26-2008 10:10 PM
neilfishguy One can reproduce by itself
01-26-2008 10:04 PM
FrostyNYC Mike,
I checked aquabid. There's only a couple people selling them, and none look nearly as nice as some of the pics I've seen on here and other websites. I'll keep looking.

And regarding the pond snail, I've only seen one so far, so I'm hoping its the only one. I guess I should have smashed it (uhhh I mean humanely euthanized), cause it's no where to be found now.
01-26-2008 09:06 PM
mikeb210 The vals will grow like mad and eventually take over. Thats what mine did under the CF light that I was using. That single pond snail will turn into a nation of snails if you let it. I started with one too and now I have +100. Aquabid has several auctions for red ramshorns in case you haven't looked there yet. Good luck!
01-26-2008 07:31 PM
FrostyNYC Well, I assume that today is the last day that my amanos will be eating algae. While feeding my fish, both amano shrimp swam to the surface and stole flake food. And in case you're wondering, they grabbed red "meat" flakes, dropped them, and went back for the green "spirulina" flakes. So they definitely have a preference.

Oh well!

On another note, I ended up letting the Najas grass float. I got two new runners on my Vallisneria, with two new baby plants so far, which I'm pleased about. Since every runner produces about five new plants in my experience, I really do appreciate every bud. It's funny how Vals are the only thing I have grown with 100% success so far. I can't wait to get a tank with more floor area and higher light to try new things.

Oh, and I found a pond snail in my tank today. Just one. I do really want to try some red ramshorns. Some really nice, really crystalline red ones. If anyone has some, or knows where to get really great ones, please do let me know.
01-19-2008 03:13 AM
mikeb210 No the hex definitely sucks. I'm just glad to see other people trying to make it work.
01-18-2008 05:50 PM
FrostyNYC Well, I was warned not to aquascape with Najas/Guppy Grass. I have learned my lesson. Also, disappointingly, quite a lot of my Najas melted away. I attribute this to 1. being manhandled at the petstore, as each stem is incredibly fragile, and 2. the insane heat in this apartment. The water temperature in this tank goes up to 86 degrees every day since they turned the heat on, and one morning the tank was 92 degrees. That anything survives in this tank is a miracle. Heck, that *I* can survive in this sweltering apartment is a miracle. And no, I can't leave my windows open, as I'm on the ground floor and I would be robbed. And no, the tank doesn't have a heater as I definitely don't need one.

Fortunately, I'm moving to a new place soon where I'll have my own thermostat for the heat and hopefully the tank will be able to hover around a normal 75+-.

Anyways, here's the half-melted Guppy Grass mess, which completedly spread out all over my tank... On the plus side, the grass put out a ton of roots, and between all the stems, I probably have 50 new leaves in the last week (seriously)... So I have hope that now that it's done melting and has roots, the growth will be good. This stuff is supposed to be indestructible.
01-09-2008 03:54 AM
FrostyNYC I actually just got a great deal from a fellow PT'er on some eco-complete for a larger tank I plan to set up, and decided to switch this tank over from inert gravel to the EC. I found guppy grass at a LFS, a plant I'd never seen before but is reportedly tough as nails. I also took out most of my java moss cause I felt that it was just an unruly algae magnet. I took a handsaw to my driftwood and hacked it in half, cause it was too large for my tank (and hidden by vals in previous photos). Anywho, here's my update. Redid the tank two days ago, and I already have a new Val runner. I am losing a couple val leaves right now, though. I suspect they dried out a little while I was rescaping, or maybe they're just suffering some kind of trauma.

First pic is my tank as of two days ago, second is my new Najas. Sweeet.

Mikeb210, I gotta say, Im not a big fan of the 5 gallon hex. I would never recommend it to a plant grower. Its difficult to aquascape. The light fixture is not good at all. Its difficult to photograph. The main benefit is that its a big space-saver.
01-09-2008 12:11 AM
mikeb210 ANOTHER HEX!!! We could start an army soon haha. This is some good inspiration for us fellow hexers(?) so keep up the good work.

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