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Old 05-03-2013, 03:39 AM   #16
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Very nice tank! Great work.
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:09 PM   #17
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Haven't used test kits since my last tank. I should get an api master kit again.
Don't waste your money on 1. Just take some water to a pet store to be tested. After all when it gets balanced, which only takes 3 months, you won't be testing your water.
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:01 AM   #18
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The nitrate test that came with my API master test kit is very hard to read. On the reference card the colors for 20, 30, and 40 ppm is practically the same.
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:47 AM   #19
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Very nice. I like that scape alot and I am usually not one to go for the scrolly wood like that
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Very nice tank! Great work.
Thanks for the kind words.

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Don't waste your money on 1. Just take some water to a pet store to be tested. After all when it gets balanced, which only takes 3 months, you won't be testing your water.
Yeah I think I might of actually thrown the test kit out, wouldn't mind to have the ammonia test and the ph to use as co2 indicator. I usually can tell the water quality in the tank by anubias and other leaves. My tank has been up for I want to say at least 3 months, everything is perfect except for the peacock moss, which is too bad because moss really does give your tank that aged look.

Interesting side note, I am having more success with this Up substrate than Aquasoil. Could be I just know more and I now have more patience, but I was prone to thread and beard algae with Aquasoil.

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Old 05-04-2013, 03:26 AM   #20
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Your tank looks great. Wish I were brave enough to take the rim off my 10g.
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:32 PM   #21
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Your tank looks great. Wish I were brave enough to take the rim off my 10g.
+1. Is derimming difficult or risky?
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Old 05-05-2013, 03:04 AM   #22
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Your tank looks great. Wish I were brave enough to take the rim off my 10g.
Thanks. Appreciate the kind feedback from people. Still waiting for the chain sword to carpet, but this tank will be up for a while.


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+1. Is derimming difficult or risky?
I took mine off like a neanderthal. I just scraped off as much sealant as I could underneath the plastic with a razor and tore it off in pieces. Its a pain on the fingers and you do need to be careful. I wouldn't do it on anything larger, this is what the majority of people will say also. I tried it on an old 20 high and parts of the glass just popped off.

If I wanted to do a small tank again I would just go with a rimless Mr. Aqua. But my next venture will be something much larger.
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Old 05-05-2013, 03:12 AM   #23
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Nice tank.

BTW derimming is a major PITA. And if your not careful the glass will break, I also gave myself a large cut but it was 100% worth it. My fingers were sore for days...
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Old 05-05-2013, 03:12 AM   #24
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Your tank looks fabulous.
I've got to do the same thing with mine, to make it look at least somewhat similar/close to yours:

http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/...uspaul/Anubias
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Old 06-01-2013, 03:01 AM   #25
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Nice tank.

BTW derimming is a major PITA. And if your not careful the glass will break, I also gave myself a large cut but it was 100% worth it. My fingers were sore for days...
Thanks, and yeah its not a fun time but worth it as long as you don't cut yourself too bad.

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Your tank looks fabulous.
I've got to do the same thing with mine, to make it look at least somewhat similar/close to yours:

http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/...uspaul/Anubias
Nice tank. Thanks for your comment.

Changed up the scape, sold off all my stem plants and focusing on a low mixed carpet with anubias nana and crypts for ornamentation. Chain sword, dhg, java, and peacock moss. Pretty simple layout, easy maintenance, and no more trimming. Want to get some golden bee shrimp in the future, rcs and malawas are breeding well.

I also tried a riparium kit but there must be zero humidity where the tank is, the leaves just burned on a ruella plant.
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Old 06-06-2013, 04:41 AM   #26
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Need the moss and dhg to cover the back end of the manzanita branch.

Realized that what I thought was staghorn algae is actually cladophora. Luckily it only grows on the branch. I definitely brought it in with the moss I bought, sucks. I misidentified it because when I first looked at it there was hydra in my tank, which look very similar to staghorn strands. I killed off the hydra a while back but I remember now thinking "Did that algae just move?", when hitting it with excel.

Spot treating everyday. Very happy with this tank, its very easy, I wanted to get a rack and do a gbr or apisto tank but I don't know how that would sit well on carpet, plus being on the second floor, any advice? Hopefully going to be selling malawas and cherries soon. Just needs some contrasting color, probably golden bees if I can find them or crs.
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Old 06-22-2013, 03:13 AM   #27
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Got a 6 foot rack for more tanks and here we go to MTS...just waiting to get some plywood to swap out for the regular boards.

Its either a 20L GBR tank or a few shrimp breeding tanks...
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:52 AM   #28
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Interesting side note, I am having more success with this Up substrate than Aquasoil.
What is up substrate?
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:00 AM   #29
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Great looking ten gallon, very impressive!
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:25 AM   #30
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Amazing what can be done with a 10g!
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