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Old 11-17-2012, 08:46 PM   #31
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Ended up adding a second layer of window screen and it's finally where I want it.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:30 AM   #32
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Seems the Pond Snails and MTS I added are making quick work of the bits of algae in the tank. Will likely have to spot treat one of the crypts with Peroxide or Excel tomorrow.

Some of the crypts appear to have introduced BGA and I've removed it with a pipette a couple times. Not a lot of it but enough for me to keep on it.

Tank eats 1.5ml of 10% ammonia per day now. So it's definitely ready for livestock. Just gonna push it out a couple more weeks, I think, so it can be well-established.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:06 AM   #33
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Thanks for sharing photos of that FugeRay. I really like the look!
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:14 AM   #34
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Awesome tank. Stoked to hear the review on the fixture and see your progress
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:35 PM   #35
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Thanks. Though, I can't say it's awesome yet. At least not until all the crypts grow out in four or five months and there are tons of critters moving about.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:35 PM   #36
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Getting closer and closer by the day:



Crypts are adapting. Can't wait to find some C. habrosus!

Now that the tank has 'cycled', I'll be removing the cheap heater and hiding the thermometer.
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:07 AM   #37
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I was (wait for it) somewhat shocked to discover a pH hovering at or below 6 today.

Gotta be the manzanita Tom sent me.

Looking forward to seeing what my tap water does in the tank over an extended period of time. It usually hovers around 6.5 after it ages unless something has changed with our corrupt and horrendous water company, woo!
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Old 11-23-2012, 02:56 PM   #38
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Now the wait is on for the other half to decide whether 12 or 15 C. habrosus should be ordered.

You'd think it would be an easy decision.

In the meantime, I've removed the heater, added a bit more sand in a few areas and am considering removing a few of the crypts in the back to grow them in other tanks.

UPDATE: Wonder how much trouble I'll get in if I just order a dozen C. habrosus and six pygmies? Guess we'll find out...

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Old 11-25-2012, 11:11 PM   #39
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Stuff is growing in nicely:




Even the itty bitty crypts are growing up:



Looks like some Pond Snails will also be growing up soon enough:



Many would have done more to prevent the coitus but I enjoy snails.

There's also a giant Ramshorn that I did not add hiding somewhere in the tank.

Still need to add more moss so it's shrimplet-friendly Maybe I'll get around to that tomorrow during water changes with the rest of the tanks.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:58 PM   #40
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Tanks is coming along nicely, I love the driftwood branch out. Great job gluing together the pieces, and nice score from Tom. Can't wait to see it with a nice colony in there!
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:31 AM   #41
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Thanks! I'm excited for the crypts to grow out almost as much as I'm excited to move some shrimp over and to add some Cories.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:22 PM   #42
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Have been spot treating with about 3ml of Excel and it's doing a fine job:



I turn the filter off, treat, wait, then do a large water change.

Looks like it'll be cleared up soon.
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:45 PM   #43
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The addition of a new power outlet has made using the Finnex fixture possible. Really, shortest cord on earth.

That said - things appear to be going swell.

Now I need to find the time to order a few more Cories to go with the ones I've already got.
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:18 PM   #44
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Yet another update: The algae covering the crypts has finally turned red and is going bye-bye.

It's always nice to breathe that sigh of relief.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:04 AM   #45
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Jake idk how I missed this thread. But as I seem to be a fanboy, I'll follow here too. Lol.

Nice tank. I like the Manzy. The plant scheme here reminds me of my DBP 2.5 long. I really am starting to like crypts.


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