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Old 05-01-2015, 09:36 PM   #706
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Blackheart, did you get it set up last night?

Anyone else have anything going on?
Yes except for I've had another hiccup... I've filled the tank up all the way only to discover the gravel looks almost white and the tank is very bright. Not a fan of how bright it is.

So I will be tearing down once again and probably using just eco complete... Not really the biggest fan of how it looks, but I guess it might work considering I have an extra 80 pounds of it so it won't cost me anything.
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Old 05-01-2015, 11:07 PM   #707
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Mr pixel, perhaps raise the temps a bit?
Unsure of pro/con of fluidized sand beds for certain fish, such as otos, as the filter might trap/eliminate microorganism the otos need.

Could you check your TDS perhaps?

There is always the possibility the fish are being stressed by tankmates, lighting, an unchecked parameter
or it could just be poor luck.


Perhaps move one from the living tank to the killer tank?
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Old 05-04-2015, 02:02 PM   #708
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I bought another Oto for the death tank. I has made it past the 24 hours. There is a type of algae in the tank that no one can seam to identify. It's Purple Algae like what you see in a saltwater tank.
TDS was 113, lighting is medium low lighting. The only other thing that I can test for that the past test kit doesn't is silicates.
The Fluidized sand bed is for growing beneficial bacteria, so I don't think that it will be trapping or eliminating anything important. It doesn't filter anything really other than the pre sponge filter I have on the intake tube.
I picked up 3 more female lamp eye tetras for that tank since the 5 males currently in there are all trying to court the 1 female every morning. I'm going to have to document the courting process since it is different than what I've read online. Online doesn't say anything about the males losing almost all of there color every morning when they fight each other for right to breed with her. She just sits there and the males go crazy chasing each other around the tank.

A little side rant about Jerks.
A guy in Warran posted on FB a 90 Gallon tank with 2x4 stand for $140. I talked with him via chat and we came to the agreement of $120 and I would pick up the tank the following day (Sunday). I told him that I would Call him Sunday morning after church to let him know I was on my way and he said no problem. I get out of church at noon and txt him and he said that he just sold it at 10A.M.
I understand that if someone else offers you the asking price where as someone else was interested in it at $20 less than it's a no brainer to take the higher offer, but you should at least let the other person make a counter offer or see if they would match the new offer. $140 I feel was a great price and was surprised that he came down even further. I would have paid $150 for it if he had given me the chance to counter offer the new person. That was a dick move for him to sell it out from under me.
I've very glad that I didn't sign the papers on a storage unit in order to make room for the tank like I had planned to.
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Old 05-05-2015, 12:43 AM   #709
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Man that's a bummer. I would have been pissed. That is pretty rude too.

I re-setup my 55 again and filled it up with eco complete and a black background. I also picked up another Aquaclear 70 for it. Petsmart has it on sale for 40 bucks this week. Should be pretty well filtered now with an Aquaclear 70 on each side of it.
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Old 05-05-2015, 05:09 AM   #710
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Pixel, do you have an image of the algae?
If it's slimey reddish purple it is probably cyanobacteria.
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Old 05-05-2015, 03:27 PM   #711
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Maechael. I'll have to grab a picture to night. I'll also take a sample out and smell it. That should tell real quick if it's Cyanobacteria.
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Old Yesterday, 04:55 PM   #712
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It's hard to tell from the pictures but here is the algae. I'm pretty sure it's algae since it feels like silk and is going to require a razor blade to remove. No odor comes from it when it is scrapped and sniffed.
Looking at it from the side it appears purple, looking at it straight on, it appears wet dirt brown.

The other pictures are the latest results of my LED testing. A simple fixture that I threw together to test plant growth with LEDs that have a nanometer range in which chlorophyll A and B absorption happens. I currently have it on a house plant and I'm monitoring it's daily growth. Once I see results, I will move it over to a tank.
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Old Yesterday, 07:22 PM   #713
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Wow, MI is active! Eventually I will go back and read the preceding 47(!) pages, but for now I'll throw my intro out.

I'm Kirsten, I live over in Grand Haven and recently purchased a 50g tank from Bluefish (almost as dangerous a place to me as a bike shop...I'd originally been thinking 30-40g). I'm still gathering bits and pieces and DH and I are planning to build a stand for it this weekend, but hopefully I can get it running within 2-3 weeks. And maybe add fish in another month or two.

I currently have a low-tech planted 5g nano tank with a betta, ADF, and nerite snail. Purchased on a whim last Winter when I needed something uplifting to take my mind and heart off of grieving the recent death of my 12 year old nephew. I have found keeping aquatic plants and critters to be very therapeutic.

Really looking forward to having more room for aquascaping, too. And getting to know fellow "local" aquarists.
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Welcome Zoomy. Sorry to hear about your loss. My condolences.

What method are you going to go with on the stand? Just a simple 2x4 one?
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Old Yesterday, 09:42 PM   #715
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Hey guys,

Pretty cool there is a good number of us. I live in Cascade which is the Grand Rapids area. Right now I have a 29 gallon tank that I plan on redoing dirting it and capping it with sand. Very cool that there is a lot of people here that are into aquariums. I just started getting into them, but I absolutely love it. I remember how much I loved having one as a kid and decided it was time to get another one. My tank will be pretty low tech, but I plan to add co2 injections for that beautiful plant growth and I'll be getting the Finnex 24/7 when it releases. I recently visted BlueFish Aquarium in Grandville for my birthday and I must say that was awesome such a cool store.

This is my tank even though I'm planning on taking it down. http://imgur.com/v08tEuX
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Glad to see more activity here, hope you newcomers stick around for a while!

Setting up a frag tank at work tomorrow if all goes well.

My emersed tank has new out of water crypt leaves, and my newest anubias seems to be recovering from transition melt.


My newest 40b makes me very happy, will have to share it with everyone.
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Welcome Zoomy. Sorry to hear about your loss. My condolences.

What method are you going to go with on the stand? Just a simple 2x4 one?
Thank you. It's been a rough year-and-a-half, indeed. My dad passed away just before this past Thanksgiving...only 6 weeks after his colon cancer diagnosis and just before his 70th birthday (please, people, get your colonoscopies and stay regular with your doctor. My dad had a mild stroke years ago and only went to 1 follow-up after that). Maybe a month before that one of my closest childhood friends lost her DH to skin cancer that spread all over and <2 weeks ago a friend of mine died suddenly from acute kidney failure. Yeah, I'm really beyond done with this crap. Having a new tank to look forward to is really a big positive.

We're planning to build this stand, for the most part, but stained black. Haven't decided whether or not to add sides/doors, but probably not. Our only kid is 14, so he'll stay out of it. And our 3 cats are mostly well-behaved. I'll probably find some colorful baskets or bins to store chemicals and tools and things.
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