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Old 11-03-2013, 12:58 AM   #16
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Are you going to DSM the HC? I think that would be a great idea to start with. And you should get some root tabs since eco is inert. They will go a long way to keeping the HC healthy.
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:39 AM   #17
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German blue rams!
are they not aggressive like a betta?
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:42 AM   #18
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That is not always true. I had 1 years ago in a 20G long with guppys. When I move out of town I left the tank with friends. When he died they replaced him with another Betta and it ate all of the fish.

I have 1 that is semi-aggressive with Gold Pristellia Tetras in a 10G. They are my favourite fish for they are playful not hyper like Danios. Main thing is to check if other fish are fin nippers. For fin nippers will attach the Betta.

My favourite light is the coralife (Now Aqueon) T5NO (2 18W Bulbs). The 1 you are looking on Ebay is a HO fixture. I think with it you would need more Co2 than a DIY system with give you in order to avoid algae problems.

With plants you don't need to water changes. I only do monthly water changes.
Thanks! I'll try to put the betta in the tank last and see if he goes along well with the other fishes.
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:45 AM   #19
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Are you going to DSM the HC? I think that would be a great idea to start with. And you should get some root tabs since eco is inert. They will go a long way to keeping the HC healthy.
I'm 1 week in on DSM and I put some API root tabs in the eco complete. So far not seeing any melting yet ...crossing fingers
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:09 PM   #20
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are they not aggressive like a betta?
It depends, if you get only females or males, they will be peaceful (male still has a little aggression over time though). If you get a pair, tank mate should be some fish that won't disturb their nest, i know corys do but neon/cardinal tetra are don't
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Old 11-09-2013, 12:13 AM   #21
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German blue rams are good, and they stay small enough that even an aggressive individual won't be harmful to other fish. They like planted tanks and do better in water with a low ph. Bolivian rams are a similar fish, though slightly larger and less colorful, and do better in a higher ph.

Other fun fish are corydoras catfish, as they are active bottom-dwellers, and can be amusing to watch root through the substrate. And you might want a school of some mid-top dweller such as some small tetras.
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Old 11-09-2013, 01:13 AM   #22
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Thanks! I'll try to put the betta in the tank last and see if he goes along well with the other fishes.
So what happened?
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Old 11-09-2013, 02:47 AM   #23
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So what happened?
Sorry, that won't be happening until I finish DSM which is on my second week now and after that, a few more weeks of cycling
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Old 11-12-2013, 06:56 AM   #24
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Week 2 DSM Update:
I got some good growth on the HC but unfortunately, on the second week, mold/fungus started growing in the middle area (see pics below) which caused some melting. So I started cutting down my misting from 2 times a day to only one and instead of completely sealing off the tank with plastic wrap, I'm leaving a corner open to hopefully dry out the mold. I'm also spot dosing the affected areas with hydrogen peroxide. I hope my hc will pull through. I'm now itching to flood the tank thinking if my hc will die, I might as well not wait a few more weeks and start enjoying an fish full aquarium, that's after cycling of course.
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:11 PM   #25
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I'm now itching to flood the tank thinking if my hc will die, I might as well not wait a few more weeks and start enjoying an fish full aquarium, that's after cycling of course.
If you add a lot of plants they cycling won't tank long. I just add 3 to 5 fish a month. That is called a silent cycling. The fish would eat the mold.
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Old 11-16-2013, 02:33 AM   #26
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Default Pressurized CO2

Decided to scrap the DIY CO2 setup before they were even put to use Found this Co2 setup in craigslist for $60. It includes Aqua Medic Regulator, Aqua Medic 1000 Reactor, Aqua Medic Solenoid 1W and a 5lb aluminum tank that I already swapped for a beat up tank in a welding supply shop near my work (Airgas is trying to rip me off by asking $40 just for a swap!)


Had to create a platform with a piece of wood to mount all the CO2 components as the solenoid is an inline one.


I also purchased a Sunsun HW-302 canister filter and hook it up to the reactor and tested for leaks. CO2 seems to be dissolving pretty good as I'm not seeing any bubbles reaching the outflow.


So in the week since, I already upgrade the unused DIY Co2 with a pressurized one and upgrade a brand new marineland hob filter with the Sunsun Canister filter

I'll be flooding this tank anytime soon. I hope 3 weeks is enough for the hc to establish some roots and not float up when I flood them.
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:16 AM   #27
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Flooded on 3rd Week of DSM
I decided to flood the tank as I'm afraid that the the mold and fungus will run over the HC. It already wrecked havoc in the middle section as can be seen in the pics below. Good thing the HC rooted enough not to float after being flooded.



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Old 12-02-2013, 06:44 AM   #28
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Default Fishes!

Pics Update: More plants and added fishes!
So far, I wouldn't say that the HC is flourishing, but they stopped dying . Local LFS had a BlackFriday sale and I got the plants and fishes 50% off. The stocks are Bloodfin Tetras, Neon Tetras, Angel Rams, Red Plattys and Cory Catfish.

Some Pics!



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Old 02-07-2014, 07:07 AM   #29
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It's been a while since my last update. So after some battle with various types of algae and stunted plant growth, things are starting to balance out and plants are starting to get happy. Here's the latest pic of my 20L.
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