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Old 04-14-2014, 04:45 PM   #1
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Mr. Aqua 17.1 high tech


I just moved and my girlfriend only wanted one tank, so I bought a new Mr. Aqua 17 gallon. I brought over some DHG and the 7 harlequin rasboras from my old tank, and reused the substrate and the Eheim to avoid a cycle.

This is how I have it set up as of the weekend. It's my last chance to change the scape around (minor tweaks only to avoid disturbing the substrate too much) so let me know if you have suggestions!

I have some rotala rotundifolia and some ludwigia peruensis on the way. Probably going to plant them in the back corners.

I usually dose EI but I'm holding off for a week or two and let things get settled.

I'm thinking of adding some more fish and invertebrates. At least a couple snails to clean the glass. I have some RCS in a tank that I have to tear down soon, but I'm afraid they would get eaten...

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Mr. Aqua 17 gal (24" x 14" x 12")
Eheim Ecco Pro 2232
Finnex Ray 2
Aquatek mini C02 regulator and paintball tank
Eco Complete (from old tank) and Flourite Black
Seiryu stones

Flora/fauna:

Dwarf hair grass (needs a trim but waiting for it to root)
Harlequin rasboras x 7


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Old 04-14-2014, 05:39 PM   #2
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Nice tank, you should join the 60P club!
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:30 AM   #3
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Done- thanks!

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Old 04-15-2014, 11:09 AM   #4
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Skip the snails and go with the rcs. Rasboras wont bother them too much. Just keep up on scrubbing your glass or get a little rubberlip pleco. Reason I vote for rcs is that they will keep the detritus and algae from growing on those fine leaves much better than snails. Nice tank off to a good start here!
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:34 PM   #5
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Thanks for the advice. I'll definitely do that. I started out with 20 RCS a year ago so I must have triple that by now... They should be good cleaners. I'll probably get a couple otos for good measure, too.

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Skip the snails and go with the rcs. Rasboras wont bother them too much. Just keep up on scrubbing your glass or get a little rubberlip pleco. Reason I vote for rcs is that they will keep the detritus and algae from growing on those fine leaves much better than snails. Nice tank off to a good start here!


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Old 04-23-2014, 07:33 PM   #6
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Added 4 more harlequin rasbora, two amanos, about 20 RCS, and three otos. Two of the otos already died, despite my careful drip acclimation. All the others are happy and thriving.

Also added a few stems of ludwigia red and rotala indica. Not much growth yet but I haven't been doing EI yet and I still have the Ray 2 elevated a few inches to keep algae at bay until I figure out my CO2 issue. My Aquatek mini regulator solenoid has been failing to shut off the flow when power is disconnected. I don't want to gas my inhabitants...

I'll put a pic up soon.

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Old 04-25-2014, 02:33 AM   #7
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Stems aren't looking great but they'll shape up hopefully. I trimmed the DHG a little. Also tested the water and everything is OK.

Still using the risers on the light but they'll come off soon.



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Cool riser.

Where did you purchase it? It is just the photo or is it not level?
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That was my bad cell phone photo skills (or lack thereof). It's level but possibly crooked. I got the risers on here from another member who makes them. I forget his name but I'm glad he made the risers! They help a lot with algae control if my CO2 is not working or I'm on vacation.

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Improved thanks to blyxa from another member here. A little algae on the glass but not too bad.

Just started EI dosing and upped the light cycle an hour (now at 7). Soon when things get established I will probably drop the light back down.

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Cool riser.

Where did you purchase it? It is just the photo or is it not level?
Fuze has some for sale right now. Get em before they're gone again!
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Old 05-15-2014, 03:03 PM   #12
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I think everything is stable now. I fixed my Aquatek mini regulator (the solenoid crapped out, replaced it and it works fine). I got a Cobalt Neo-Therm 50W heater to keep the temp stable. I tested the params this morning before dosing macros and got:

NO3 = 10-20 ppm
pH = 7.6 (without CO2 running)
KH = 7
GH = 7

Still have thread algae, mostly on the DHG. Trying to remove as much as possible by hand and then pruning to try to get some new growth. There are lots of runners but the older plants are accumulating algae.

Dusted off the DSLR so I'll try to get a pic up later.
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