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Old 08-26-2013, 08:19 AM   #1
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"Collage" 3L


started 27 Mar 13
tank: DBP 5 way betta tank
filtration: custom OTS "mattenfilter" (constructed box fm glass dividers & top, powered by Rio+90 powerhead, plumb w/ 9mm glass lily pipes (2 intake pipes), filter media (3) Fluval foam pads
lighting: Archaea 30cm clamp-on LED attached to glass divider & Up Aqua 25cm pendant LED attached to glass filter box
hardscape: manzanita DW nicknamed "the dragon", no substrate
flora: M pteropus "Windolov" attached to dragon, M pteropus "Trident", "Windolov" & regular attached to DW pieces, duckweed floating
fauna: (6)"wild" green swordtail fry, "wild" Neocardina hetropoda

Tank was started as GF's place to keep her guppies and has evolved into a no substrate, no CO2, DIY filter, low tech, Hawaiian fw introduced sp tank. Not only the equipment but the theme is a miss mash.
-Video will be posted on YouTube
Suggestions are always welcome.
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Old 08-26-2013, 08:36 AM   #2
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neat setup, love the dragon.
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Old 08-26-2013, 02:16 PM   #3
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neat setup, love the dragon.
Thanks Swoof. When the "Windolov" fills in on "The Dragon", it will be interesting how it will look. Maybe a uw topiary. haha
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Old 11-06-2013, 06:48 AM   #4
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Couple of tank update pics. I've added a blue background to hide wires and light reflections off the back wall. The java fern farm is filling in and growing in scale to the height and tank size.The "wild" green swordtails continue to grow but no males have developed out of the group. No losses found with this group of "wild" Neos either, but yet to see any berried females. The floating duckweed is a swirling natural tank cover, giving the swordtails a sense of protection from overhead and has helped to prevent any jumpers so far.
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:40 PM   #5
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Was @ LFS Aquascapes to check out their sale & found a really interesting piece of driftwood. Had to find a place for it in one of my tanks. Will probably superglue a few Anubias "petite" plants to the crevices around the base and wrap the extended arm w/ Hydrocotyle "Japan" for emersed growth. We will call this piece of DW "Slayer".




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Old 11-13-2013, 09:15 PM   #6
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Looking great. Any photos of the wild Neos?
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Old 11-14-2013, 06:44 AM   #7
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Looking great. Any photos of the wild Neos?
Took w/ my iPhone so very grainy.
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Removed one of the driftwood pieces and the blue background. The second DW piece was shading the some of the "Trident" java fern stands and the DW was needed for another project. The background was removed to lighten up the tank.

The "Windolov" java fern continues to spread and adapt to the tank's lighting. The "Trident" growth regressed when the 2nd DW piece was added but hopefully with the lightening of the tank & the removal of the 2nd DW piece, the "Trident" will recover and fill out.

The wild green swordtails are down to 5 in number and have yet to develop sexual characteristics. The wild Neo colony has some females that have berried but no new babies have been seen.

My custom "OTS" mattenfilter continues to filter without any problems. Experimenting with plants in between the foam blocks have proven to be difficult due to fluctuating water levels in the sump box. Welcome any comments.
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Old 04-19-2014, 11:04 AM   #9
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any issue with syphon breaks on the diy filter?
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any issue with syphon breaks on the diy filter?

Hi Scotty. No, haven't had a siphon break. The slits on the intake tubes are too low for that to happen. If the tubes were to clog for some reason, the filter box would attempt to drain the box but only to the point of drawing air into the powerhead. When the powerhead is off for some reason, the water level in the box will equalize with the water level in the tank so, no overflow. Unique feedback system.


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Old 04-20-2014, 08:09 AM   #11
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I may be trying something like this soon very interesting set up
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Good luck & let me know how it goes.


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Old 08-21-2014, 03:00 AM   #13
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I have dry docked this tank & filter. Needed the space for a ADA 60F so, placed the inhabitants & hardscape elements in other tanks. Filter & tank was taken down and placed in storage for now. May set up again w/ a new scape idea, possibly for the next "Aquascapes" sponsored planted tank contest! The filter will be mod for pressurized CO2 use & the two lighting fixtures will be replaced w/ a single higher PAR LED unit.
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