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Old 03-02-2013, 03:44 AM   #91
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Dibs on the trimmings from the heteranthera and myriophyllum!

And regarding your feeding schedule, without some algae in the tank for them to graze, you may be slightly starving the plecos.
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Old 03-02-2013, 03:52 AM   #92
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Really? I was under the impression BN Plecos were common in Planted Tanks, which would typically not have much algae. Would an algae wafer every night solve the problem?

Edit: And if I'm able to grow it you certainly have first dibs on any of it!
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:10 AM   #93
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just watch their bellies, i never feed mine
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:44 AM   #94
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Really? I was under the impression BN Plecos were common in Planted Tanks, which would typically not have much algae. Would an algae wafer every night solve the problem?

Edit: And if I'm able to grow it you certainly have first dibs on any of it!

I'm a self admitted over feeder. . It's tough being Italian and a fishkeeper!
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:56 PM   #95
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The new plants added in look good. Having the extra plants in there should help curb the algae issues you have been having until the CO2 gets going. Then this tank will really take off. Good stuff
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Old 03-03-2013, 02:17 AM   #96
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Thanks Raulf. Still waiting on my bubble counter (Wednesday at latest arrival) and then I'll be all set. Until then I got all the pre-BC stuff together. I even decided to go ahead and add a T after the solenoid as I've been considering at some point putting a small tank nearby this one to experiment with plants and keep shrimp and snails. I figure I'd bait the snails and them add them to the 75 as a treat for the assassins as long as their population stays in control as it should. Anyway, here is what's constructed so far.



And here is where my stand is at right now.



I have several more improvements yet to come, but so far I have the drying area which includes nails for my nets, siphon, sponge, scraper sponge, and anything else that needs a place to drip dry. Above the big jug of ammonia is where I'll be installing a 12x12 shelf when I can borrow a saw on Monday. I happened to find a nice piece of wood that perfectly matches the stand, not that it matters in the back. All the ferts will go on the shelf. I just installed the light so I can see what I'm doing, especially when screwing with the CO2. And I put in two little hooks to be able to tie off the tank. I will at some point pick up peace ties to run between them for a more secure holding.

Edit: And I posted my fert/maint chart on the inside of the door so when I open it in the morning I know exactly what I'm doing!
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:34 PM   #97
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Firstly, I can't believe it took until yesterday to see someone post a link to AqAdvisor.com. Awesome reference site and it helped me do some additional planning.

That's the good news, the bad news is I've run into a bit of an issue. While I was reviewing things yesterday I found out my silver tipped shark is actually a Pictus Catfish (hooray Petco!). This is a problem because there are many reports of the active Pictus having no regard for plants as it actively swims about and as such can't move into the new tank. This couples with the fact that I've become more hesitant to move the Red Tailed Shark as they can be finnicky with certain fish and he currently gets along famously with my barbs. Unlike the Pictus though his size should never be an issue.

So this doesn't negatively affect this tank as much as it does create a problem for me as the Pictus continues to grow. I suppose worst case scenario I offer him up for people if he outgrows his castle, but he is the fish I've had the longest (over 4 years) and would hate to see him go. I suppose I can just hope he stays relatively shorter for his kind for now.

Anyway, back to the advisor. It did get me thinking about my gouramis, and to keep the stock lighter and keep just one species I think I'm going to cut back to 3 pearls. Will offset this by keeping a larger school of Roseline's probably. I also will probably cave and just spend the money on the Dwarf Chain Loaches I want (Probably over or around$100 shipped for 6). I will be letting the tank go at least a month though before I pick them up. So now my newer stock looks something like this...

Transfer from 29g tank:
Raphael Catfish
Red Tailed Shark

From LGD:
9 Blue Tetras
Koi Anglefish

New:
6 Dwarf Chain Loaches
2 Bristlenose Plecos
6 Roseline Sharks
3 Pearl Gouramis
6-10 Swordtails/Mollies/Danios/Rasbories/etc
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Old 03-05-2013, 03:22 AM   #98
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I'll try and post a picture tomorrow, but I noticed today that the Red Ludwigia, which recently had some of the absolutely tattered leaves and generally looked pretty bad, has taken off. New leaves, healthy, and bigger than ever before.

On the other hand the banana plant, as cool as it is and as quick as it was able to send out the new branch just looks worse every day. I can see it being pulled in favor of other plants, but I'll give it a shot with CO2.
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Well, here it is at last:



When I open the metering valve too much I can see a way of bubbles coming out of my diffuser, which should mean the CO2 is getting there no problem. And when I turn it down to where I want it (15 or so PSI, 2BPS), there are no bubbles at the other end. I hope and believe this means it's effectively diffusing in the diffuser and I'm getting all of my CO2 in the water.

Also, for those who may have actually payed attention to the budget in the beginning, I can safely say I've taken my $550 budget, and with hi-tech and some pricier fish than I originally intended will likely end up doubling that number.

Now I just hope all the plants show signs of doing very well over the next few days. They've had O+ tabs in, have water ferts, and so this should be the last piece to their puzzle.
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:50 PM   #100
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Also, after reading about it here, I plan to replace my filter carbon with Purigen on Friday when I do my 90% water change and first filter cleaning.
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Now given some time I do see a small bit of bubbles coming steadily out of the diffuser, but a good amount gets caught in the stream from my filter as I placed the diffuser just below.

I take it it's normal for bubbles to start to develop on the walls of the bubble counter?
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Seeing some videos of people with diffusers like mine I've upped my BPS to 7-8ish, to get a lot bigger stream more in line with others.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:34 AM   #103
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You know, you folks leave me hanging and I just go spend more money... after reading a bunch yet again I've decided to purchase a drop checker/liquid from a member here. Will just keep CO2 on the lower end of things until it arrives.
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Old 03-08-2013, 04:22 AM   #104
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You know, you folks leave me hanging and I just go spend more money... after reading a bunch yet again I've decided to purchase a drop checker/liquid from a member here. Will just keep CO2 on the lower end of things until it arrives.
I wish I used CO2 so I could help you out, but other than a very failed experiment with a homemade setup 15 years ago, I have no experience.
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I wish I used CO2 so I could help you out, but other than a very failed experiment with a homemade setup 15 years ago, I have no experience.
No worries, should probably have just gotten a drop checker to begin with. Snails are still kicking, so at least I know the CO2 isn't up too high. Tonight when I have the water level low I may to some plant pruning or removal depending on what I see.

Won't have too much time though as the fishless cycle guide says to add water back in relatively soon so the bacteria don't dry out.
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