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Old 01-07-2013, 12:44 AM   #16
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Took a picture and some video during my water change today of the filtration...


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Old 01-07-2013, 06:19 AM   #17
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Was in a photographing kind of mood today, so here are a bunch more pictures of the tank inhabitants















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Old 01-12-2013, 04:42 AM   #18
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Quick update.

Had 3 guppies die in the last 7 days or so. The first was my turquoise with a spinal defect, and I think that was due to the increased flow in the new tank & his inability to swim very well. The other two were my red-tail guppies, and I'm not sure what happened to either of them. Water parameters have been fine, the other fish all look fine, etc. Going to chalk it up to stress.

We increased the school of Neon Tetras significantly (by 12, up to 19 now), as they are a lot of fun to look at and the 7 we had were getting lost in the huge tank.

Our red tail shark "Bruce" is an aggressive chaser, but there is enough hiding places throughout the tank that I haven't noticed too many problems.

We added about 20 ghost shrimp the other day, most of them became Angel food heh.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:51 AM   #19
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That's unfortunate. Sorry about the guppies. Make sure you watch the rest of them to monitor their behavior.

I thought guppies were supposed to be very hardy.
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:49 PM   #20
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Yea - so far no new problems with the other guppies or other fish.

I lowered my light period and increased CO2, as I'm having some BBA and hair algae growth. Hoping I can get that cleared up in the next week or so before school starts again.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:08 PM   #21
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You could always try spot excel treatments.
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:22 AM   #22
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Algae is driving me nuts. I must be doing something wrong with my dosing, lighting, or CO2...

I turned the CO2 way up this evening, but my fish didn't appreciate that too much (started hanging out at the surface), so I brought it back down. I'm sure the fluctuating levels aren't helping things out. My drop checker has been yellowish-green the entire time.

I'm dosing approximately:
KNO3 (K) - 2.173g 3x week
KH2PO4 (PO4) - 0.347g 3x week
CSM+B - 1.275g 2x week

I dropped the light period from 9 hours per day to 6 per day.

So far, the BBA hasn't shown signs of stopping. Once I get it under control, I'll do the Excel treatments to get rid of it.
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:39 AM   #23
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Not sure how high you have the light above the tank, but if shortening the photo period/raising the co2 doesn't help you could try raising the light. I had to do that with the t5ho i had on my 29g. The t5's put out a lot more light than other lights. Your dosing of ferts looks good to me though, with regular waterchanges. Might try dosing CSM+B the times a week as per the EI method which it seems like you are doing. That is what i do with my 55g anyway, with no ferts on the wc day. Tank looks great though! Keep up the good work!

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Old 01-18-2013, 12:29 AM   #24
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Thanks - I'll be building a DIY CO2 reactor this weekend to hopefully help with CO2 dissolution. My filter was burping quite regularly once I turned up the gas, and I don't like the bubble mist created by my diffusion stone.

I'm going to take the lights off the tank tonight and measure PAR at my substrate depth using a LUX meter as well, so I can get an idea of the light output from those T5HO bulbs.

I can't wait for my plants to start growing well again - this transition from my 29G has been fun, but I miss how hassle-free that tank was
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:13 AM   #25
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New drop checker arrived today


Also, taking pictures with the tank lights off means you can't see anything inside the tank.

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Old 01-22-2013, 07:48 PM   #26
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Tank looks awesome! I like setup, can't wait to see it grow.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:45 PM   #27
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Thanks! I'll try and take some more full-tank shots this weekend. Things have changed a bit, as I went to the SFBAAPS meetup and received like 16 more species of plants

New plants, some of these I didn't add to the 110G (the Frogbit went in my 2G and 5G, the Guppy Grass and Cryptocoryne Hudoroi) went in my 10G

A. Frogbit


B. Rotala (from Nevada Hot Springs)


C. Flame Moss


D. Guppy Grass


E. Myriophyllum Mattogrosensis


F. Hygrophylla Polysperma 'Tropica Sunset'


G. (Rotala wallichii)?


H. Cabomba sp.?


I. Limnophylla Aromatica


J. Ludwigia verticillata (either Cuba or Pantanal)


K. Ludwigia Arcuata 'Needle Leaf' (tissue-cultured)


L. ?


M. Rotala (rotundifolia perhaps)


N. ?


O. Cryptocoryne Hudoroi


P. Jungle Valisneria
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:15 AM   #28
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I feel terrible. I was getting ready to replace the impeller on my Fluval 405 (was making an awful noise), when I saw this (on the intake line to my Eheim 2217):



For the past 7 days or so I have been wondering what happened to 2 of the 3 baby otocinclus that I added... yes, that is one of them in the tube. He actually didn't seem too bothered. Apparently there was enough algae in that tube, plus space for him to turn around, that he quite handily moved about in the tubing.

Then, I noticed that I was missing one of my guppies... so I decided to pull the whole canister out, remove all the filter media and lo and behold, at the bottom of the canister is one of my guppies (his fins are a little shredded, but he is swimming regularly at the moment) and the other Otocinclus too!

The second rescue-cinclus is in pretty poor shape. He is clearly famished and not too active... I don't know if he'll survive or not.

Here he is, looking rather meager:


Finally, as I was sorting through the ceramic-ring media in the lowest compartment of my filter, I saw something else moving... then another thing... then another. There were 4 Molly fry in there too! That makes 14 in the containment unit (10G tank) now... plus, I'm not sure how many were eaten by my angelfish before I started rescuing them.

The cause of all this mayhem? I completely forgot that I cut a couple of the grills off the intake-cover in order to put my CO2 tubing in there. When I turned the CO2 way up to help fight the BBA, it was causing my Eheim 2217 to belch and so I removed the tubing from the intake cover, but never patched up the hole :-/

Sigh.

I posted about this in a separate thread, but I accidentally spilled about 150ml of Flourish Excel into my tank last Sunday during my normal maintenance window. To make it worse, I only had about 30% of the water volume in there when it happened. A bunch of my plants were injured or killed. After several large water changes, things are under control again now, and I'm just waiting for some new growth to pick up and help fill in the damage.

Double Sigh.

School started this week, so my time for working on the tank is going to be limited to mostly a few hours on the weekend.

Triple sigh.

Other things that I've done in the past week or so:
- Planted most of the new plants I got from SFBAAPS. No scape, just stuck them in wherever I saw a bare spot of substrate until they grow up a little.

- Removed 3 big pieces of driftwood in an attempt to open up the tank a little for more plant growth

- Removed and treated (H2O2) some of the larger Anubias that had BBA on them.

- Set up the 10G fry containment unit and transferred some plants/wood/filter material/etc., there. I'll resurrect the tank journal for that tank this weekend.

- Cleaned my canister filters and and fixed the impeller on the 405

- Built and tested a CO2 reactor. It failed (leaks). I have an idea for a very simple in-tank reactor that I want to try before I try fixing the one I built.


Mostly heartache this week :-/

I think that catches me up to today.

Today, I did a bunch of filter maintenance. After reading a thread about running a tank without a filter, I started day-dreaming about noise-reduction, and so I shut down the Fluval 403 (1 of 3 canisters I had running...) and removed it entirely.

I also removed about 2/3 of the media in the other two canisters (2217 and 405) leaving one tray of ceramic rings and then the large sponges for mechanical filtration in the 2217 and only sponges in the 405.

I should be receiving some Koralia nano 425 powerheads early next week, and once I receive those I might even shut down the Fluval 405 too, leaving me with only the Eheim 2217.

I was supposed to receive my new lights (2x 48" Finnex Ray 2 DS) today, but they haven't shown up yet and my tracking # doesn't show any change in status.
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:56 AM   #29
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Updated FTS:


My Cabomba Furcata wants to be the first stem plant to the surface:


Some of the battle damage from spilling my bottle of Excel into the tank (the worst of the leaves have been trimmed):
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sorry bout the damage.. But really. So beautiful.

A ton of people would pay out the butt to have their tanks look like this. Especially such a well planted large tank.

Keep it up.
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