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Old 05-04-2011, 05:06 PM   #16
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I am really considering getting rid of the giant grass. I also have a ton of frogbit I need to get rid of as well.
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Old 05-10-2011, 05:58 AM   #17
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So I left my tank under the care of my cousin and I am pretty sure i wont do that again.

Looks like she or my nephew pulled on the cord for the Koralia powerhead and it came loose. It also raised the spray bar above the water level (pretty much canceling out any co2 being introduced into the tank because of all the violent spraying it did on the surface).

So the powerhead was pointing down ward and it made a 4 inch deep and 10 inch wide crater in the Aquasoil.

Those of you that know how bad AS is when it comes to being disturbed can understand my grief. Months and months of waiting for the water to clear up from this soil, it finally cleared up last week only to be thrust back into pee colored water yet again. Not to forget about all the freshly planted HC that is floating everywhere. About 10 pots worth I would say.

I didn't even bother fixing anything. Too exhausted from a 6 hour drive. I guess I have all day tomorrow to fix it. Hopefully it'll clear up soon.

Blah .....
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Old 05-23-2011, 02:58 AM   #18
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wow your an artist !! I LOVE IT bravo
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Old 05-24-2011, 04:41 AM   #19
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Thanks Nick! Well I am happy to announce ........ I am moving again. We just got an apartment at the Mayton Transfer Lofts in Petersburg, so I'm going to be draining this tank down and try to keep everything the way it is during the move. It'll be a 100% water change lol. Any advice?

All the drift wood is tied to the braces and to the spray bars.
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Old 05-24-2011, 04:43 AM   #20
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lol just try to keep everything nice and wet?
Is it close to where you are now?
The HC might dry out during the move....
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Old 05-24-2011, 04:55 AM   #21
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LoL about 15 minutes. I'm going to put plastic wrap on the top to keep the moisture locked in bus I need to empty as much water as possible. Any ideas on how to drain this sucker. At 8.5 lbs per gallon any water I can get out the better. The tank is at the back of the house with a maze of built in counters and hall ways haha. Worst and best place to have a fish room. I have a pond pump that can get the water down to about 4 inches from substrate which is 2 inches high. After that I'll use the python. Ugh. I'm not looking forward to this!!


I was think about salvaging about 20 gallons of the water plus what ever is in the two 2217s. Is that enough water to help prevent a bacterial bloom? I doubt any of the bacteria on the sub and wood will die but I don't want to chance it.
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Old 05-24-2011, 06:08 AM   #22
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From my experience of moving tanks 4 times a year at college for 3 years and then again 9 hours west after college, you should be fine with that amount of water you described. In particularly I've never had a bacterial bloom with a planted tank after a move. The biggest thing you might have is a algae bloom after setting it up again from kicking up the substrate, but if you stay on top of water changes it shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 05-24-2011, 06:13 AM   #23
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Thanks Rion. So should I even bother saving any of the water when I get it to it's new home? Just the water in the canisters should be enough correct?
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Old 05-24-2011, 06:15 AM   #24
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From what I think, as long as the bacteria is still alive in your filter media you shouldn't have a bacteria bloom. good luck with the move!
It's about time you actually let the plants settle down! Lol
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Old 05-24-2011, 06:34 AM   #25
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Haha JKan. You're so right about that! I haven't been able to enjoy this tank till recently and then we moved again! We are in the new apartment now, but haven't moved the tank. I'm waiting for some help lol. My uncle lives across the street but I don't think I want him helping me lift this tank. There's about five 9L bags of Aquasoil in there lol.
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Old 05-24-2011, 06:43 AM   #26
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If there are no fish in the tank, which I haven't seen any pictures of fish so I assume not, than what is in the filters should be fine. Biggest clouding is gonna be when you stir up the Aquasoil moving the tank and filling it.
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:21 AM   #27
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Yea I know how bad that can get with AS. Thats one other reason why I want to get out as much water as possible. Less sploshing and splashing of the water. Then I can fill it up super super slow. That's the only thing hate about AS. I'm wondering how this new aqua soil is going to be.
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Old 05-27-2011, 08:01 AM   #28
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Well I am done! Moved the tank still scaled but without water. Unfortunately the person that was going to help me do it as soon as I finished emptying the tank, couldn't do it so I had to wait 3 hours for help moving this beast. Some of the plants took a hit even though I covered them with moist paper towel.

Tank is at the new apartment up against a very old brick wall (sealed) on top of a beautiful finished concrete floor.

Tank is cloudy as you can see in the photos.

I am in the works as far as getting my self a really nice stand with a small work table and extra storage and also the LED fixture I have been planning. I have allocated all the cash for it, I am how ever pretty nervous about pulling the trigger on that project. I keep reading more and more info on the DIY LED and it just all seems to be gibberish to me!

Anyway, time for a couple of bad iPhone shots. I will pull out the beautiful 7D this week coming. Till then, here yah go.

I used a pond pump to remove the water, which was pretty fast!





Here is the tank being filled, if you fill it super slow there is almost no clouding. Except when I turned on the damn filters! It ruined everything! lol. I'm doing a 75% water change on friday.



My faucet doesn't have any threading on it so what I did was put a 5 gallon bucket in the sink filled it up and put that pond pump again and kept the water flowing.



Please don't mind the mess, I stopped helping my girl re-arrange and un-pack so that I could tend to my real baby! haha she was pissed but she loves me.



and here she is in all her cloudy glory:



I have to clean up the wiring a little bit more and find some sort of storage in the meantime till my stand is built.

Funny story, a guy that works at a near by coffee shop owned by girls boss happens to be one of those phenomenal handymen. Well on his spare time he decided, because he was bored, to build a 15 (+/-) foot boat. By himself. He's around 30. It looks amazing, about 80% done! This kid is good. I hope he can help me out with this stand. He's got skills lol.

N e way, it's late and I doubt anyone is even online so I'll find a reason to bump this thread tomorrow during normal business hours.

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Old 05-27-2011, 05:00 PM   #29
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Update coming up tonight ... Photobucket acting up for some reason.
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Old 05-27-2011, 06:18 PM   #30
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Wow the blyxa really took a bad hit, so did the Rotala Macandra. The leaves are very bad. Transparent almost.

The Bamboo has been doing this for a while tho. The leaves have been disintegrating for the past 3 weeks. It's been growing tall but its pretty bare. Its about 26 inches tall and I would say the leaves are gone from 20 inches down. It's also branching out and throwing out very long roots mid way! Once the plant grows out past the water level does it need to be sprayed with water at all??

I'm pumping Macro/Micros@24 pumps each everyday except friday and its been the same thing.

Is there something else I need to dose? I have root tabs as well.

I found some BBA on some of the branches. I read that might have something to do with co2 fluctuations which I know I had this month, with me leaving every weekend. Sometimes they would turn it on and sometimes they would forget or it would be left running for 24 hours. When I moved I lost the timer, I never got around to replacing it.

I will be purchasing a couple of timers for the tank this weekend. Hopefully the plants can make a good comeback from this.

Thanks for any replies.


PS: I notice I don't get too many comments, do people not like the tank??
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