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Old 04-03-2014, 02:05 PM   #16
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wow, looks great, no that I see your substrate, I seriously advise against discus at all. you would never be able to keep the nitrates down low enough for them not to stunt with that substrate.

as far as a centerpiece fish have you looked into any of the dwarf south American cichlids. I small group (5 or 6) of a smaller cichlid would really look good and do not require the high maintenance that discus do. a couple options for this tank that are plant friendly would be: (my opinions only)

cupid cichlid (biodotoma cupido)
red breast acara (laetacara dorsigera ) I have a group of 6 of these and they are extremely personable.
bandit cichlid (guinacara geayi)
golden dwarf cichlid (nannacara anomala)
bolivian rams (mikrogeophagus altispinosus)
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Old 04-03-2014, 02:27 PM   #17
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wow, looks great, no that I see your substrate, I seriously advise against discus at all. you would never be able to keep the nitrates down low enough for them not to stunt with that substrate.

as far as a centerpiece fish have you looked into any of the dwarf south American cichlids. I small group (5 or 6) of a smaller cichlid would really look good and do not require the high maintenance that discus do. a couple options for this tank that are plant friendly would be: (my opinions only)

cupid cichlid (biodotoma cupido)
red breast acara (laetacara dorsigera ) I have a group of 6 of these and they are extremely personable.
bandit cichlid (guinacara geayi)
golden dwarf cichlid (nannacara anomala)
bolivian rams (mikrogeophagus altispinosus)

Awesome, thank you. I'm going to google these right now.

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Old 04-03-2014, 02:45 PM   #18
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I'm thinking 5 will be too big and distract from the scale created by the smaller fish. Maybe I am over complicating it, but you make a good point that 5 of the same might not be an issue. I'll have to put some thought into what it is I'm shooting for. Thanks for your input.

I'm trying to breed some tetras right now in a 5g to save myself some cash, but so far no luck.

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I think the 5 discus w/ tetra would scale quite nicely in your tank. There is something quite beautiful about a larger school of smaller fish, and the larger fish will help them school by being a perceived threat. If you're concerned with the discus taking away from the smaller tetra, i wouldn't be toooo concerned.

But i think i understand your thinking. I love bigger schools of smaller fish.

As far as breeding... I'm trying to breed out 60 or so Barbus Jae... from 4 haha. these suckers are wild caught african community fish and $8 a pop, they only grow to about an inch. I've a 125g community tank and I want them to be the center piece.
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I think the 5 discus w/ tetra would scale quite nicely in your tank. There is something quite beautiful about a larger school of smaller fish, and the larger fish will help them school by being a perceived threat. If you're concerned with the discus taking away from the smaller tetra, i wouldn't be toooo concerned.

But i think i understand your thinking. I love bigger schools of smaller fish.

As far as breeding... I'm trying to breed out 60 or so Barbus Jae... from 4 haha. these suckers are wild caught african community fish and $8 a pop, they only grow to about an inch. I've a 125g community tank and I want them to be the center piece.
Oh, those Barbus Jae are stunning. Best of luck with that. I looked at your tank and it is beautiful.
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Oh, those Barbus Jae are stunning. Best of luck with that. I looked at your tank and it is beautiful.
Thanks. My jae's don't look so great haha. too much light and nothing in the tank but a ton of moss. so not much color going on. I just hope they're happy enough to let nature take over.

I'm redoing the tank at the end of the month. what i envisioned never happened to i've never really been happy with it. time for a big change!
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Here are some shots after my RODI finally got the sump and tank filled. Everything seems to be purring now.













Thinking I need to plant more hair grass...
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cool island!! yes you def need more hair grass but be careful, that stuff can choke out most all other plants once it is established.
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cool island!! yes you def need more hair grass but be careful, that stuff can choke out most all other plants once it is established.
Thanks. Going to pick up another pot or two tonight and spread it around towards the front.
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you're also planting it a little too thick. one of the reasons I hate hair grass is dealing with the initial planting... you want to grab 3-4 pieces at a time and then plant.
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Well disaster struck. My overflow box completely took a dump and spilled about 60 gallons of water on my floor. Need more acrylic tomorrow (and a better plan). So bummed right now.

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man that blows...sorry bout that, hope ya get it fixed!
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man that blows...sorry bout that, hope ya get it fixed!
Thanks. Better I learn the hard way now than after I get it stocked with fish. My new plan will feature much better bracing on the overflow. hehe
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Built the new overflow box. Much beefier now. Added braces behind. All the acrylic is solvent welded and backed by hot glue. Added 1" flanges to achieve a higher silicon contact with glass surface. 1/8" inch silicon was not cutting it.

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Worked on finishing a few things in the cabinet the last couple days, also preparing for my auto dosing system.

In the cabinet I mounted my power strip and setup an air pump in the sump to work opposite my lighting schedule. Finally got the doors put on and also added some 1" pipe insulation behind the back of the stand to cut the noisy leak from the pumps and filtration. Works really well. Also going to add some insulation to the doors to further dampen the sound.



I also started working on a upgrate to my trickle filter. This one will have more options for media and will save a little room in the sump tank. Picture here is me pre-siliconing the lids to the bottoms for quick drilling later.


The tank is cycling nicely. I did about a 20% water change yesterday after testing. The ammonia is starting to drop and the nitrites climbed a little. I am also registering Nitrates which means it won't be long now. I have water on hand to test and change again should I need to.

Here is my DIY dosing reservoirs for excel and flourish. I'll water test these today as they should be cured enough by the time I get home. My dosing pumps arrive friday. I bought two pumps that dose 1.1 ml per minute. I'll set them up to dose every hour (daily) for the excel and twice weekly (spread hourly) for the flourish. I'm going to start with dosing on the low side and add some as necessary.

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Have you researched Excel? It's not really "liquid CO2" and a quick-and-easy replacement for CO2 gas, like some hobbyists seem to think. It's a very powerful biocide (it's made from gluteraldehyde, which is probably most commonly used for embalming!). I'm not sure how good an idea it will be to pump Excel continually into a tank this size. I also know that Tom Barr (aka plantbrain) did some experiments with trying to substitute Excel for CO2 on large tanks that did not work out terribly well (don't recall specifics, may be worth some research there, too).

As stated before, your overflow and filtration system will outgas CO2 from this tank if you go with the pressurized CO2 route. I believe that some other members have managed to make some adjustments to their systems that worked out OK, though... trying to remember whose journal it was where they worked out a good solution to their overflow, but I'm drawing a blank... anyone else remember?

Are you going to be manually dosing the rest of the ferts that you need? If you haven't read these threads yet, you need to! http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=66050 and http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=46367

What light fixture are you using?
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