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Old 07-25-2011, 02:34 PM   #1
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Another NPT or D's Dirt Tank


After testing coal slag blasting media (Black Beauty) in my 20L quarantine I've decided to continue using it.
The last $1/gal sale saw me buying more tanks ( LMAO that's a surprize, right!)
Anyhoot my last build included MTS in the plan for one of the tanks but that didn't work out as hoped.
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After the better part of six months wet/dry the vast majority of the organics are broken down to mush and this was used setting up this tank. Nothing else was added.


Single day setup using all the water, plants and other materials from the 20 long setting up the new 29g.


1 1/2" of mud pudding.


Capped with the black grit and planted. The crypts will fill this tank before long I'm sure.




Albinos with a black substrate have nowhere to hide LOL


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Old 07-31-2011, 06:21 PM   #2
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Two weeks into the tank change the cycle was saved using everything form the 20L so I think I'm good to go.
Haha i did this on purpose but sure to be hating this tank! why??
Black base, black fish.



Placed white paper behind the tank which helped slightly.
Tannins from the soil are present but not overpowering.
A single WC of 20g was done 5 days after the reset.


Here live in the room I like it but trying to capture my DDSV in a camera image has always been a PITA and the black sub compounds that, but I really like the fish and the sub is better for black effect than Eco Complete.
The cost savings simply can't be argued with.
The point of the tank change was to add the height for another pair tank and that's what I've done.




Yet to succeed with a spawn the two female DDSV have been pulled from the 110g and placed with males of they're choosing and it's time to put out or get out. Receiving a dozen fish from a breeder in Colorado only two were girls that was strike one, but I kept six in house.

Did get a couple clean pics.




Parameters remained flat for 10 days w/ 0.0 tested in the water so I dosed for NO3 5ppm, PO4 3ppm and trace is added every week.

3 LFBBN, 2 albino cory, 2 DDSV

Hoping black fry pics to will follow.
All here will be watching .



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Old 07-31-2011, 06:24 PM   #3
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nice pictures, I like the joke about the cories haha
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:25 AM   #4
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She's picking, he's pecking, first slate and then anubias leaves and then chasing each other so it won't be long. Tubes are out.













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woah mike how did i miss this thread
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I love black angels best of luck!
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Old 08-09-2011, 03:27 PM   #7
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woah mike how did i miss this thread
Bwahahaha! I've been kinda wondering when you'd catch me. Dropped one or two hints here and there hehehe
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I love black angels best of luck!
Thanks have a smaller spawn currently on the slate from late Sunday so we should have wigglers tonight. Only about 7-10 eggs went white so Myrtle is fertile. Guessing the spawn was only about 50-60 overall.

These are DD or double dark. Even caught in a camera flash you can't see any stripes on the fish.

Luck is needed with these I think,, so thanks twice
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Old 10-03-2011, 04:32 AM   #8
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Letting the temperature sit at 76F the angels aren't very exciting but the tank is a huge success if you like them really easy.
Using only those plants that will grow in cave light like anubias, java fern, swas tang, dwarf sag and crypts this tank can't grow algae with only 18wT8 LOL
Seriously slow growth and the tannins are almost over already.
Has me thinking of going ultra low light on another one.
Sorry but I couldn't beat the refection on the FTS, too much light in the house today.







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Lol, have you been doing a little spying on your fish at night Mike? *flashlight in-front of tank*
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nice tank mike! those angels sure are black!

nice deer!
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Lol, have you been doing a little spying on your fish at night Mike? *flashlight in-front of tank*
nope got the water to cold for em to be doin the nasty at night LOL
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nice tank mike! those angels sure are black!
nice deer!
Thanks that's the wife's bambi, 220lb. bow buck. She's hoping to pop another one in about two weeks.

The babies from my other pair of DDV's are now +40days and big enough to tell for sure. All the fry look exactly the same (rarely happens) I have standard and veils showing so yes fin size is varied but the velvet black color throughout the fish locked right through to another generation without any rabbits in the woodpile. Proof that both parents are double dose blacks. (yes I'm happy) straight fins and good ventral length without being able to spot a single cull yet (another rarity).
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:27 AM   #12
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Wow dude. Those are some pretty fish. And I'll bet that deer tasted might nice. Lol.

I like this tank. Nice and easy. What kind of crypts are those?
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:19 PM   #13
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hahahah mike's been peepin when the lights are off. those are some seriously nice double blacks tho.
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Old 10-11-2011, 04:37 AM   #14
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Maybe I should quit changing water on the dirt tanks.







OK D, I'll admit it, this tank needs a background upgrade.
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Nice lookin tank man. What size is that?

And I vote you paint it black.
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