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Old 04-04-2013, 04:30 PM   #31
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Nitrite spike still hasn't started to fall, so I did a 50% water change. May have to do do another one later today. Hopefully I can get them down to 2-3PPM. Once that's done, then I'll see what happens.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:11 PM   #32
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how do you like the pool filter sand?
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:45 PM   #33
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Really enjoy this particular pool filter sand. Using it in several other tanks.
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:51 PM   #34
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Nice hardscape and start. I am gathering the goods for my own 5g shrimp moss'o'topia myself. Can't wait to see yours fill in!
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:43 AM   #35
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Nitrite finally dropped from 893850238508 PPM to 0.5PPM. FINALLY!
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Old 04-13-2013, 08:28 PM   #36
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No Nitrite. Finally.

Guess it's time to do a full water change to see how things look after a few hours. If all is well, I'll start moving critters in.
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:25 PM   #37
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Changed 100% of the water and am seeing what appears to be a tiny ammonia spike, though it could be related to the Prime used to treat my tap water. Will test again in a few hours. If all is well, then I'll start moving Tigers and Cherries into the tank.

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Tossed in several Narrow Leaf Java Ferns that are in rough shape. We'll see how they fair. If they end up growing, I'm thinking the look could be pretty neat.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:44 PM   #38
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Of course the Ammonia spike led a Nitrite spike. 0.5 PPM of each. Terrific.

Strongly disliking this tank at the moment.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:13 PM   #39
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Looks really great! I loved pool filter sand in my 29G high, until I got a 20L to replace the 29high and all the babies blend into the sand!! I look from the top and think I got them all only to look from the front and see A TON!
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:19 PM   #40
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pastert33: Thanks.

To update: finally dripping in some Cherry Shrimp. I'll see how they do for a day or two and will then move a bunch of them on over along with some Tigers.
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:06 PM   #41
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The seven or eight shrimp added to the tank earlier today are alive and well:



Some nice algae is finally growing on the upper rock work:



Plan to add a bunch more shrimp tomorrow.
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:23 PM   #42
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Your tank looks amazing. The wait will be worth it! I'm starting a 5.5 for some painted fire reds and I'm liking your ideas. Maybe ill get some tigers in the future as well
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:33 PM   #43
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Cool! Thinking of getting a new 5.5 or redoing my current one. Has cherry shrimp in there now. It was set up for fish so it's really hard to see them.

Tank looks great!! Thinking of doing all moss for mine, then I can see them

I forgot to add, I've gotten really awesome large black pieces of lava rock at petco! Didn't look great in the package, so when I got it home I took a hammer to it and got two large pieces and one smaller one. Looks really cool My LFS has some 'lacerock' that looks pretty much like lava rock, I like it a little better. If anyone is interested in it, let me know. I can get some for you.
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:35 PM   #44
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Thanks for the kind words, folks.

I think it'll look a lot better in a few months. Gotta give the ferns time to recover and the moss a few more months to look decent.
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:40 AM   #45
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Figure it's time for an update.

Moved a bunch of shrimp into the tank ranging from Blue Neos to a PFR I discovered in my 210gal Cory tank.

Can't wait for the Fissidens and Ferns to grow in:



Some of the Neos:



One of the PFRs I didn't know i had:



A couple tigers I thought had died of old age:




Relieved to have everything going well. Though, all the cool-looking algae is starting to disappear because these little bugs are eating it.
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