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Old 10-06-2013, 07:19 PM   #46
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Are those the same archers from your 300g paludarium?
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:39 PM   #47
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Are those the same archers from your 300g paludarium?
Sadly, no. I was tank-less for a while after I broke down my paludarium so I didn't have anywhere to house them. I really liked the somewhat unusual spot patten on my old archers and I've been trying to find some new ones with a similar pattern but have so far been unsuccessful.
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Old 10-06-2013, 11:47 PM   #48
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You got some mad handyman skills!
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Old 10-07-2013, 02:36 AM   #49
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where did you find the cryptosperma? ive been looking for that for a year. hopefully i can keep it alive. i bet yours will perk back up once it gets over the moving shock.
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Old 10-07-2013, 02:55 AM   #50
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I find plants far more forgiving than fish at times. Your passions come across very clear in this journal and sharing your efforts in documenting the process is most appreciated. Are there any more details on the sump? will you be using that area as a possible refugium as well?
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:58 PM   #51
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where did you find the cryptosperma? ive been looking for that for a year. hopefully i can keep it alive. i bet yours will perk back up once it gets over the moving shock.
I got it from hydrophyte. I'm hoping it perks up though I'm a little worried about it. Definitely a really awesome plant.
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:06 PM   #52
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I find plants far more forgiving than fish at times. Your passions come across very clear in this journal and sharing your efforts in documenting the process is most appreciated. Are there any more details on the sump? will you be using that area as a possible refugium as well?
Thanks Albert.

The sump is a really simple design:



40g breeder tank with no baffles
200 micron filter filter sock over the outflow
Two blocks of 4" 10ppi Poret foam

I do have a little space between the two blocks of foam that I'm currently using as a refugium of sorts (a grow-out area for a fish that I'm trying to target feed).

The return pump is a Laguna Max-Flo 2000. Fantastic pump that's quiet and very energy efficient.

On the left hand side of the stand you can see that I built a little shelf to hold my Ranco temperature controller, which I wired up to a powerstrip to control twin 200W heaters. The thermostats on the heaters themselves are set a couple of degrees higher than the Ranco so they can act as a failsafe in case of an emergency but in general never have to switch on reducing the risk of failure.
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:57 PM   #53
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Beautiful! *drool*
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Old 10-08-2013, 04:09 AM   #54
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I think it looks great, it's just hard to see when the water is colored like that.

Are you sure it's diatoms? I wanna say it's tannins from the driftwood. Have you considered using purigen?

I'm a newb aquascaper, but I think sloping the substrate some would give your scape some depth.

Fantastic work!
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And, aren't archers the ones that blast insects into the water by spitting water??
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There are some tannins from the wood tinting the water, but the diatoms I'm referring to are coating the leaves and wood itself.

A sloped substrate would probably look nice. I actually tried to slope it a little initially but it levels out over time facilitated by the current and the aquascaping aspirations of the fish.

Archers are indeed the fish that spit water to blast insects. Very impressive little fellows. This tank isn't currently the ideal setup for them to exhibit that behavior, but here's a video of my archers in my old paludarium:

http://youtu.be/7_JADPuZ0zc

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Old 10-13-2013, 04:33 AM   #57
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Sadly, no. I was tank-less for a while after I broke down my paludarium so I didn't have anywhere to house them. I really liked the somewhat unusual spot patten on my old archers and I've been trying to find some new ones with a similar pattern but have so far been unsuccessful.
I didn't think they were as I assumed you were without a tank for the move but since I saw these, I had to ask. Good luck in finding those unusual spotted ones!
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omg, that archer video- coolest fish ever. makes me want a paludarium now
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Old 10-26-2013, 08:09 PM   #59
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Time for an update:



The riparium plants are all growing really well (except for the Cryptosperma johnstonii which unfortunately rotted away)



Things are getting a little leggy and might need a prune





The Alternanthera reineckii is growing well but unfortunately the new growth is no longer red. I guess my lighting is not bright enough or is missing some part of the spectrum. I'm currently only using a 50/50 mix of warm white and cool white LEDs.



There's slow but steady growth happening underwater too

The red and green tiger lotus in the back corner are putting out new leaves



I'm still having algae/diatom issues with the anubias but I'm getting new leaves there too



Some shots of some of the inhabitants

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Steatocranus tinanti





One of the my three Synodontis flavitaeniatus who are really hard to photograph because they're reclusive and also blend into the rocks and wood really well



Archers and my really cool hybrid synodontis

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Old 10-27-2013, 05:30 AM   #60
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Nice work! That Steatocranus is cool. Those fish are really entertaining the way they swim forward a little bit then sink back down to the bottom. Those Synodontis are pretty nice too. Where did you get them?

Your riparium plants look like they are coming along. You ought to get a big sword or something to use as a riparium centerpiece to add some more vertical dimension. That's also good to see the Anubias and other underwater stuff growing.

Does your camera have white balance adjustment? I bet you can get better color rendering if you tinker with the white balance.
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