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Old 04-05-2013, 04:18 AM   #61
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I think black will be great with them. As far as my luck with neos...I got no breeding with a lower pH tank (pH 6.4 - 6.5). I'm getting crazy breeding right now with my PFR's in tap water with Black Diamond. Water is 7.6ish. That's why I really want to be around pH 7 so I can also keep tigers. I think as long as the pH is 6.8 to 7.8, neos will flourish. If I didn't want tigers in the tank too, I'd just go tap and inert all the way. Might do that anyways and setup a different tank for tigers later and add Blue Diamonds as they breed.
I guess I'll be going black then! I'm going inert all the way, but I'm still stressing on how I'll keep my PH in check. I'll just give them 300 TDS, hope everything is kosher for them.

Thanks for all the help my tank arrives on the 11th. Probably just enough time to cycle. I'll just keep these BD's as I want to breed them out.
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I have OEBT in a jungle tank with black substrate. They don't blend in at all. Using white won't make much of a difference either!
Thanks I think some of these are almost pure black.

But I'm going to solve it by making a moss carpet . They'll be PERFECTLY visible on green.
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:25 AM   #63
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Yeah, I can't wait. I think inert is probably the best way to go. I just ordered another tank just for these guys. Another Mr. Aqua, this time the 11.4g. I think I'm going semi-rip with it, might even go high-tech. Just depends. So...I think the Buddha tank might be on hold for a short time until the Diamond tank is up and running.
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Yeah, I can't wait. I think inert is probably the best way to go. I just ordered another tank just for these guys. Another Mr. Aqua, this time the 11.4g. I think I'm going semi-rip with it, might even go high-tech. Just depends. So...I think the Buddha tank might be on hold for a short time until the Diamond tank is up and running.
I haven't told anybody yet but I'll be tearing down my much enjoyed DBP 18" to set this up. lol. I'm limiting myself to two nanos while in a dorm, so one has to go. And there seems to be a problem with the 18". Everything is dying while parameters are stable.
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Yeah, I'm limiting my self to two tanks at home and I might do a small 3g at work for culls. Right now I have four 20L tanks, a 10g, 40B, and a 75g. Not all are setup, but still a lot of glass taking up space. I'm trying to sell all but one 20L and the 75g. I'll keep those just in case and I'll set up the two new rimless tanks and someday the office tank.
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Yeah, I'm limiting my self to two tanks at home and I might do a small 3g at work for culls. Right now I have four 20L tanks, a 10g, 40B, and a 75g. Not all are setup, but still a lot of glass taking up space. I'm trying to sell all but one 20L and the 75g. I'll keep those just in case and I'll set up the two new rimless tanks and someday the office tank.
Hmm I'll probably go crazy when I get an apartment, then regret it when I'm forced to move.

But yeah I've got glass all over. (All nanos) that I'm not using.
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Oh just some pictures in this thread would be fine.
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Oh just some pictures in this thread would be fine.
You got it .
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I had a number of tanks sitting unused as well. We do that to ourselves. I've successfully sold everything except for my DBP 3 gallon, and I'll be focusing on that for a little while. I think too many tanks can distort your creative capabilities if you have to concentrate on so many scapes at once. If your just using them to breed, it's no big deal. Your new nano will be great, even if you have to sacrifice the DBP .
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Should I modify my old journal or add to this one? I'll receive the tank, the filter and the substrate Monday.
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I'd keep this one rolling since it's already established.

I'll probably end up starting a new one since I'm now doing a different tank, which should be here on Thursday. Not much time to setup before shipment of the Blue Diamonds
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I'd keep this one rolling since it's already established.

I'll probably end up starting a new one since I'm now doing a different tank, which should be here on Thursday. Not much time to setup before shipment of the Blue Diamonds
Something I wanted to talk about! Lol.

Do you think if I feed a little every 2 days, the lack of biofilm will be negated?

I'm going to ask to hold off a bit on shipment, but do you also think I'll be able to instacycle?

I was considering going to my old one because this IS titled marks first ADA lol. This'll be a TruAqua. I'll change ADA to rimless, then hahaha.

Thanks for the input!!
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Something I wanted to talk about! Lol.

Do you think if I feed a little every 2 days, the lack of biofilm will be negated?

I'm going to ask to hold off a bit on shipment, but do you also think I'll be able to instacycle?

I was considering going to my old one because this IS titled marks first ADA lol. This'll be a TruAqua. I'll change ADA to rimless, then hahaha.

Thanks for the input!!
I'm not gonna lie....I've gotten away with it. I setup a tank, dosed ebiken EI every day for a week and also left the lights on. All the while using Seachem stability (some tetra safestart equivalent) for a week. (stability needs more than one dose unlike TSS).

How many did ya get?
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I'm not gonna lie....I've gotten away with it. I setup a tank, dosed ebiken EI every day for a week and also left the lights on. All the while using Seachem stability (some tetra safestart equivalent) for a week. (stability needs more than one dose unlike TSS).

How many did ya get?
I only got 6. Would you be OK with putting shipping off at least a few days so I can try all the methods at my disposal? Lol. We can talk in person about the the tank cycling and such. I'll be excited to show you Monday
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I think it will be ok. I'm using seeded media in the filter and probably a well established sponge filter temporarily until I know things are good. I figure it's only 11 shrimp so the bioload will be almost zero. I'll also pull out some moss from my PFR tank to give some biofilm, otherwise, I'll feed a tiny amount daily for a couple weeks.
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