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07-27-2015 03:50 AM
Wizard Well here is what I came up with. Dwarf anubias nana, dwarf rotala, crypts, and some java moss. I put some root tabs under the crypts and rotala, dosing seachem flourish. The white foam block will be replaced by a black fluval pre-filter sponge once it arrives. Hopefully things grow and fill in!
07-24-2015 06:55 PM
Wizard I am tearing down and resetting up my 6G edge this weekend. Was hoping to just use black sand as substrate, will this be ok?

I am only planning to keep low maintenance plants (anubias, java fern/moss) so thought this may be ok. I have slightly upgraded the lighting with the Fluval LED replacement bulbs but that's it.
07-04-2015 11:17 PM
TLE041
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Bump: It looks like the Fluval 12G also uses the Aquaclear 20. Could somebody confirm the impeller size on this?
Same filter, with the same 4 blade impeller.
07-04-2015 06:11 PM
haralds
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I have checked everything, cleaned, and replaced the impeller. The darn things are still rattling.
Bought a new filter for 25 bucks from amazon. After a couple of days running, it is very quiet.

Advice: if it rattles after several years of use, just replace the thing!

Bump: It looks like the Fluval 12G also uses the Aquaclear 20. Could somebody confirm the impeller size on this?
06-20-2015 04:58 AM
BrynnaCC
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Originally Posted by kman View Post
Your rams must have bigger mouths than mine, or you have smaller earthworm sticks than Ken's.
I use Almost Naturals micro earthworm sticks. They seem just slightly too heavy for the tetras to steal but small enough for the rams.
06-20-2015 04:27 AM
haralds
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You might pull apart the motor to check your impeller and see if it needs cleaning, or if it's worn. Replacement impellers for the AC20 filters are fairly inexpensive, IIRC. That's the only real moving part that's serviceable, I believe.
I have checked everything, cleaned, and replaced the impeller. The darn things are still rattling.
06-18-2015 10:00 PM
kman
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Originally Posted by BrynnaCC View Post
I don't mean to sidetrack this thread, but the secret to feeding rams with greedy tetras is to feed a sinking pellet like an earthworm pellet. The rams can fit the whole thing in their mouths while the tetras can't, and they blow the excess pellet dust out their gills, which the tetras gobble up.
Your rams must have bigger mouths than mine, or you have smaller earthworm sticks than Ken's.
06-17-2015 12:07 PM
BrynnaCC I don't mean to sidetrack this thread, but the secret to feeding rams with greedy tetras is to feed a sinking pellet like an earthworm pellet. The rams can fit the whole thing in their mouths while the tetras can't, and they blow the excess pellet dust out their gills, which the tetras gobble up.
06-17-2015 09:56 AM
Mxx
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We might just end up bagging the ram idea I'll wait a few years until we are done moving around and get a bigger tank.

Can you think of any species that would mind being the only one of their kind in the tank? I know Bettas fit this description but it seems bettas are everywhere. How about a Dwarf Gourami?

Also I don't have access to an old filter media for the fish less cycle is there a product you would recommend? I thought I had read somewhere you could just put a pinch of fish food in and it would turn into ammonia and start the process?
If you put in a bit of food then bacteria will naturally develop there in time before long, somehow. If you add any plants then those will come with some beneficial aquatic bacteria as well, which will continue to grow and spread if you continue feeding your tank each day the same as if you had fish there.

I tried Rams in my Edge twice, as a male and two females, and as a pair. They are WAY too aggressive to be kept together in a tank this small unfortunately, which would have definitely resulted in fatalities. Apistogramma borelli work fine though.
06-17-2015 07:25 AM
nomanni Here is the best place to buy led light, cheap price with best quality: http://www.phcheap.com/
06-16-2015 08:12 PM
kman
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Originally Posted by Razberry910 View Post
We might just end up bagging the ram idea I'll wait a few years until we are done moving around and get a bigger tank.

Can you think of any species that would mind being the only one of their kind in the tank? I know Bettas fit this description but it seems bettas are everywhere. How about a Dwarf Gourami?

Also I don't have access to an old filter media for the fish less cycle is there a product you would recommend? I thought I had read somewhere you could just put a pinch of fish food in and it would turn into ammonia and start the process?
Dwarf Gourami is ok, but they tend to just hide all the time. Sometimes they'll come out and harass the tetras, who proceed to hide, so you rarely see them out, except at feeding time...

Search the forum for fishless cycle. Lots of info on getting it going.
06-16-2015 03:21 AM
Razberry910
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Eco is fine for a substrate. You can add plants from the start. It's fish that need to be held back until the tank cycles.

A pair of Rams in a small tank like this is pushing it, so I'd hesitate to add a bunch of other species as well. Otos should be fine, perhaps get 3 (one is not good for the fish, as they are very social and need at least 1 if not 2 others of their own kind to be happy). And some Amano shrimp. That may very well be enough for your tank.

Bear in mind that mixing other species with Otos can also lead to feeding issues. Rams are very shy and reclusive (and yet highly territorial, so be sure to get a mated pair, since there's little room to hide in a tank this small). But also importantly is they are very slow feeders, and while much smaller, tetras tend to be fairly aggressive and "enthusiastic" at feeding time. It becomes difficult to get food down past the tetras and to the Rams, who will take their sweet time getting to eating it.
We might just end up bagging the ram idea I'll wait a few years until we are done moving around and get a bigger tank.

Can you think of any species that would mind being the only one of their kind in the tank? I know Bettas fit this description but it seems bettas are everywhere. How about a Dwarf Gourami?

Also I don't have access to an old filter media for the fish less cycle is there a product you would recommend? I thought I had read somewhere you could just put a pinch of fish food in and it would turn into ammonia and start the process?
06-15-2015 06:27 PM
kman
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Originally Posted by Razberry910 View Post
My wife and I purchased the Fluval Edge 12 Gallon and are waiting for it to arrive. We want to keep live plants and stick with the stock lights and no CO2. We are thinking of Java Fern and Anubias spread on driftwood/rocks and Cryptocoryne, Wendtii. For fish I would like a pair of Blue Rams I've had a pair in the past and loved them. We want an Otocinclus and maybe a couple shrimp for cleaning. I sort of originally thought a small school of Cardinal Tetra or Rummynose would be nice but we are now thinking having 3-5 other unique fish would be nicer that a small school of the same fish.

So I'm looking for suggestions for additional fish to the pair of rams and Oto.
Any other suggestions for plants particularly a short foreground plant.
Substrate. I've only ever used gravel would Eco-Complete substrate be fine?
Also when starting the cycle is it best to wait to add plants or can they go in from the get go?
Eco is fine for a substrate. You can add plants from the start. It's fish that need to be held back until the tank cycles.

A pair of Rams in a small tank like this is pushing it, so I'd hesitate to add a bunch of other species as well. Otos should be fine, perhaps get 3 (one is not good for the fish, as they are very social and need at least 1 if not 2 others of their own kind to be happy). And some Amano shrimp. That may very well be enough for your tank.

Bear in mind that mixing other species with Otos can also lead to feeding issues. Rams are very shy and reclusive (and yet highly territorial, so be sure to get a mated pair, since there's little room to hide in a tank this small). But also importantly is they are very slow feeders, and while much smaller, tetras tend to be fairly aggressive and "enthusiastic" at feeding time. It becomes difficult to get food down past the tetras and to the Rams, who will take their sweet time getting to eating it.
06-14-2015 10:55 PM
Razberry910 My wife and I purchased the Fluval Edge 12 Gallon and are waiting for it to arrive. We want to keep live plants and stick with the stock lights and no CO2. We are thinking of Java Fern and Anubias spread on driftwood/rocks and Cryptocoryne, Wendtii. For fish I would like a pair of Blue Rams I've had a pair in the past and loved them. We want an Otocinclus and maybe a couple shrimp for cleaning. I sort of originally thought a small school of Cardinal Tetra or Rummynose would be nice but we are now thinking having 3-5 other unique fish would be nicer that a small school of the same fish.

So I'm looking for suggestions for additional fish to the pair of rams and Oto.
Any other suggestions for plants particularly a short foreground plant.
Substrate. I've only ever used gravel would Eco-Complete substrate be fine?
Also when starting the cycle is it best to wait to add plants or can they go in from the get go?
05-21-2015 06:03 AM
nomanni ordered these LED's from e-bay for $13 each you can find them by searching for "Brightest MR11 12 V 10 SMD LED White 160 Lumen Wide Ang":

Or you can get them from their website direct. http://www.pbcheap.com/led-light-flashlights

Bump: I ordered my LED's from e-bay for $13 each you can find them by searching for "Brightest MR11 12 V 10 SMD LED White 160 Lumen Wide Ang":

Or you can get them from their website direct. http://www.pbcheap.com/led-light-flashlights

For the 10w light I added today, I bought a base for a light bulb at home depot for $3. I cut the socket portion of an extension cord off and wired it to the bulb base. I got the bulb at walmart.

And then zip tied it all to to the stock light fixture as seen in the pictures above. I put some aluminum foil under half the cover so the light doesn't shine through the top. So I'm working with about 14watts of light total. I have both sets of lights timed to be on at the same time for 10hours a day. If I start getting algae growth then I'm going to cut back the 10w for a little bit halfway through the day.....etc. I'll keep everyone updated how it works
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