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Old 05-23-2013, 02:22 PM   #76
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Nwa's 85 gallon starphire diy almost cube updated 09/01/13


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Maybe a thin (1/4") pc of slate?

Start with a pc that is 2-3" wider and taller than the overflow housing. plant some thicker leaved stems around the sides & behind the slate trio soften the look.

I'd try Staurogyne sp. "Bihar" or a broad leaf type of Hygrophyla 'corymbosa.'

Then in front a mid sized Crypt. If you want a few of my C. Nurii mutated I'll give you a good deal on a few mother plants. PM me on that.
That... Is an idea... Though I don't have any Slate that size! However I have multiple small pieces I could mosaic onto there possibly... Which would even allow me to attach plants into the gaps as well.

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Old 05-23-2013, 04:05 PM   #77
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This is amazing, how do I subscribe a thread? Cant seem to find it on my phone
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Old 05-23-2013, 04:21 PM   #78
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This is amazing, how do I subscribe a thread? Cant seem to find it on my phone
If your using an android hit your "menu" button, on the iphone.. No idea.

And thank you

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Looking great so far!

The "lace rock" you have is actually what's used in reef tanks for filtration. Seeding it with bacteria in a marine environment turns it into "live rock."

It can alter your water parameters when you least expect it if you don't monitor hardness regularly. If you're not keeping sensitive critters, though, it likely won't be too big of a deal.

I use it in tanks with sensitive shrimp like Crystals and Taiwan Bees with few issues but I keep up with water changes and constantly monitor parameters.
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Old 05-23-2013, 04:33 PM   #80
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Default Re: Nwa's 85 gallon starphire diy almost cube updated 05/22/13

Good to know, water changes are no issue, I used the holes from my 125 that go into the crawl space under the house, so I have a fill line and a drain line in the corner.

I do still need to order a hardness test kit, got my api test kit 2 weeks no water change other than top offs ammonia was only 2 ppm, not to bad.

Probably won't be keeping anything to sensitive, dwarf cichlids will probably be the most tempermental fish this go around

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Old 05-23-2013, 04:34 PM   #81
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Just a quick question. How do you like the clarity of a starphire tank?

I'm currently debating whether I should upgrade to a starphire tank.
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Old 05-23-2013, 04:55 PM   #82
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Just a quick question. How do you like the clarity of a starphire tank?

I'm currently debating whether I should upgrade to a starphire tank.
It's like looking through air.... It's amazing. I can't even imagine how fish are going to look. Probably like they are flying!

If you can any side your going to view, get starphire / low iron, especially on thicker glass as the difference becomes more noticeable

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Old 05-23-2013, 05:17 PM   #83
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Looking great so far! Can't wait to see everything grown out. Honestly the sump doesn't look that bad, and its nothing a few branches can't fix. I'm a firm believer in KISS.
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If you're keeping Cichlids, the rock will probably end up being really good for them.
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Old 05-24-2013, 03:41 AM   #85
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First inhabitant lol



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Old 05-24-2013, 04:24 AM   #86
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You should give him a name.

Did anyone mention using emmersed planters that you can place outside or inside around the sump? I think the sump is just asking for them and it would look just stunning. A healthier tank would be a side bonus.

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Default Re: Nwa's 85 gallon starphire diy almost cube updated 05/22/13

Emersed could be great, but I really know little to nothing about them

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Old 05-24-2013, 07:38 AM   #88
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Talk to hydrophyte and check his website.

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You should give him a name.

Did anyone mention using emmersed planters that you can place outside or inside around the sump? I think the sump is just asking for them and it would look just stunning. A healthier tank would be a side bonus.

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i did but apparently i've made NWA mad with my conversion tactics hehehehehe

NWA they are easy to grow.. you can do it my friend
plus hydrophyte is more than willing to tell you anything you need to know
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Default Re: Nwa's 85 gallon starphire diy almost cube updated 05/22/13

I will have to check with hydrophyte. so many options lol it's a tad overwhelming!!

Me mad?? No just feel duped thats all haha

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