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Old 10-17-2013, 05:20 PM   #256
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I'm sure they'll be fine as far as light goes. They may just grow a little slowly, but that's probably not a problem.

Hope the 13000K works for you.
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Old 10-17-2013, 05:59 PM   #257
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ETA for shipment date is October 26. Cool!! Pretty good customer service so far...even if most of has been automated. You can never communicate too much with a new customer (ok, well...spam aside).
  • Email direct from Nick after inquiring about shipping.
  • Replies indicating lead time from Nick.
  • Automated 'here's your invoice' email.
  • Automated 'here's your new account information'.
  • Automated order confirmation email.
  • Automated email confirming build in progress, and a nice write-up on the manufacturing process along with shipping ETA.

They live up to my expectations so far, cool beans.
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:45 PM   #258
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Ammonia down to 1-2ppm. I'm thinking that I added a ton too much at once. Going to wait for it to hit 0, then do 15mL, see how it goes.

Phil, the rapid-cycling chemicals are super expensive...like $30 a bottle...so I'll just go with patience here.
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:59 PM   #259
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Lights are great. I have the same, really makes my cardinals pop.

My planted setup… No dirt just sand, I am starting fert this week and no CO2. Plants are growing just fine!
Swords grow 1 new leaf a week; stems grow about 1' a week.

I will have to post some pics.
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Old 10-17-2013, 09:09 PM   #260
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I just setup my 50 gallon and added animals too fast. The ammonia spiked to 4ppm and killed 5 amano and 4 nerites. I used stability which i think is just a bacterial starter and does not detoxify ammonia or nitrite. It dropped my ammonia from that to 0ppm in 24 hours.

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Old 10-17-2013, 09:09 PM   #261
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I just setup my 50 gallon and added animals too fast. The ammonia spiked to 4ppm and killed 5 amano and 4 nerites. I used stability which i think is just a bacterial starter and does not detoxify ammonia or nitrite. It dropped my ammonia from that to 0ppm in 24 hours.

A 250 ml bottle was only 9 bucks.

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Old 10-17-2013, 11:27 PM   #262
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Hm, could just be the particular brand I looked at. At any rate...I already have the ammonia, so might as well not spend any more money, eh? It is hard to be patient, I'll grant you.

Will try and get all the plants in over the next few nights.
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:08 PM   #263
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Oh, haha, Diana posted this in another thread...

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...3&postcount=22
  • Start with 5ppm ammonia (important to not exceed this)
  • When ammonia starts to drop, check nitrites, and if present, allow ammonia to drop to 3ppm
  • Keep at 3ppm ammonia
  • If ammonia AND nitrites are both 0ppm 24 hours after the last ammonia add, then cycle is done
  • Test nitrates, do water change if necessary (nitrates should be well under 20)
  • If adding fish right away, no need to continue dosing ammonia

I have my marching orders...
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:28 PM   #264
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Wow...even with the USD being weaker than before that's expensive in CND!! Must be import taxes and shipping costs. That's about twice what I've seen it for at stores here in the US.

I'd go with the patience method too if I were in your shoes. I think I am, actually, but in my case it should be called the Lazya$$ Method.
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:40 AM   #265
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Bah, I caved. Picked some 'Colony' stuff up (it was $17+tax). Only instruction I'm not able to follow is temperature...hovering around 73-74F - recommendations are to have temps at 74-80. I'm not following it because my heater is already set at 74-75, and is probably undersized - so I don't want to break it.

So, tomorrow morning I check ammonia - if we're at 0, I'm moving the fish. The tank got 100G worth of that bacteria stuff, so better than nothing. Plus, another week prior with a decent amount of ammonia present to get things kicked off. We're just out of time on this build.

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Air stone
I'm finding the external overflow is getting surface scum - probably due to the pumps being so tiny compared to drains, thus not enough flow.



Bacterial stuff


Driftwood algae/mold


Moar plants


Idea of active water level in overflow
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:49 AM   #266
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Oh, link for the lazy re: bacteria booster: http://acrylictankmanufacturing.com/...ying-bacteria/
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Old 10-19-2013, 01:17 PM   #267
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Ammonia coming down, somewhere around 1ppm. I guess 12 hours is not long enough for that booster. Will check again tonight. Temperature overnight came down to low 73's, so that's also not helping.

At some point I'm going to have to modify the sump lid on the return side so that I can still have access to the heater without shutting the entire system off.
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:48 PM   #268
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After getting this out of the way...


Sheesh, as my son calls them



Yup, platies are in, and are finding the algae on the anubias (pulled out of the 30G temporary tank) delicious.

Been about 2-3 hours, and they seem happy as ever, once past their initial...'wat da heck just happened...where am I?' phase. It kinda looked like one of the larger guys was either courting or establishing dominance...chasing a smaller one around (no nipping).
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Old 10-20-2013, 01:45 AM   #269
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All done



Future shrimparium online



For better or worse, it's done. Fish are in, old tank draining, shrimparium ready for shrimp (some day), and new lights on the way.

Quick list of stuff that 'should' be taken care of:
  1. Sump sealing
  2. Sump top panel modification - allow access to heater
  3. Lights, and cabling/timer
  4. Trim existing plants to encourage growth
  5. Build some sort of cover for external overflow
  6. Route airline for ext.overflow air stone

Beyond that...other stuff is trivial.



I am really enjoying how the black skirts and cardinals school. My wife is super-happy with this, too.
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Old 10-20-2013, 01:46 AM   #270
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