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Old 02-12-2012, 04:13 PM   #151
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Which sponge filter? The EDGE Pre?
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Old 02-12-2012, 04:57 PM   #152
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No like a sponge filter haha. This is what I bought. See how it says the dimensions are 4.72"/2.36"? That's the size of ONE sponge LOL. So you can imagine how large the entire thing is. I'm not that dissapointed, another excuse for me to rescape the tanks . I'll be modding the "T" joint so you only use one sponge instead of two.
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Old 02-12-2012, 05:10 PM   #153
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Uh, didn't you get AC20's already? That's more than enough for a 10g. Especially for shrimp, 5x turnover is enough and you have 10x already.
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:15 PM   #154
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Whatever happened to that red moss?
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:19 PM   #155
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Lol, fell off and got eaten, I move stuff around too much. It actually lives on the surface if I can stabilize it somewhere, I don't know if it grew at all. I might try some in my biofilter cartridges to see if they work. The submerged pieces definitely died.

VERY slow growers, and they root deep.
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:17 PM   #156
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Uh, didn't you get AC20's already? That's more than enough for a 10g. Especially for shrimp, 5x turnover is enough and you have 10x already.
I do have AC20 filters, but you know how my filter is angled differently from yours? Mine is like on the back so the water gets output to the front. Whereas your's is on the sides. I want better flow on my tank so having the sponge filter drawing in water on the opposite side will definitely help.
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:21 PM   #157
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I'm moving them back to the back after I get it painted. Maybe, hmm.
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:25 PM   #158
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Pics time! Thought I would utilize every available space, include the hanging filter basket, and yank out those huge lillies obstructing the view on the front left.


Ignore the 4th EDGE filter, cycling it for my new tank. Lol, quick math: 200+100+100+53=453gph/20g = 22.65x turnover per hour.


Half-dead orchid (sitting outside/neglected) & red club moss


Anthurium and terrestrial xmas moss; orchid & anthurium are both epiphytes so should live


4 different pepper plants behind the tank (habarnero, jalapeno, cayenne, and sweet).


Middle lucky bamboo circle rooting everywhere! I'm going to leave it be.


The lillies are getting way too big and obstructing the back view, so I yanked them out to move them.


Really long roots, bad idea, dirt everywhere in tank. I hope they survive the move/transplant, because I broke a lot.



Current FTS, right side isn't symmetrical, but I just added some new clippings, waiting to grow out. That Hydocotyle Leucocephyala in the middle has to go too, what a mess

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The pandas are still looking good.
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Old 02-13-2012, 12:58 AM   #160
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The pandas are still looking good.
Haven't lost a single one despite me constantly messing with the tank. The water didn't even get muddy after stripping 6" of root from the dirt, yay for over filtration and floating plants.
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:25 AM   #161
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I'm moving them back to the back after I get it painted. Maybe, hmm.
Hm... I think having the two on the sides is much better for circulation, and it looks good that way as well. Are you really serious about keeping plants in the AC filtering cartrigies? Once they root you won't really be able to take out the filter material o.O!!! Btw.. what filtering thingies are in there right now? Bio max.. sponge... anything else?

That corner of your house looks really nice btw. I bet the air inside your house must be very fresh haha. Do you need to control the humidity in your house at all?
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:35 AM   #162
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Lol I'm serious. These are both epiphytes (attach to trees/other plants in the wild) and have fat stems. Very easy to remove. I'm just not sure if they'll live because they've been growing in dirt/peat moss/wood chips, not part way in water. Also biomax lasts for 10+ years, you don't need to and shouldn't replace it unless it's starting to crumble.

Just sponge + biomax, I removed all chemical filtration, didn't see a need. The humidity in my apartment is 42% right now :/ I don't have a dehumidifier. I never got a "before" reading from the tanks. Then again it's humid in Miami and just rained heavily.

The air does seem fresher in the living room lol. I only have an orchid, 3' dracaena, and a desktop palm in the bedroom. Wouldn't mind another leafy plant in here but not much sun gets in. My balcony is starting to look ridiculous. I have a line of planters running down the entire length of it, and vines over the dividers.
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what's the golden-colored moss on the left side of the tank, xenxes? I love it!
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Old 02-13-2012, 02:32 AM   #164
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Haha ty, that's dead moss!
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:31 AM   #165
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Lol I'm serious. These are both epiphytes (attach to trees/other plants in the wild) and have fat stems. Very easy to remove. I'm just not sure if they'll live because they've been growing in dirt/peat moss/wood chips, not part way in water. Also biomax lasts for 10+ years, you don't need to and shouldn't replace it unless it's starting to crumble.

Just sponge + biomax, I removed all chemical filtration, didn't see a need. The humidity in my apartment is 42% right now :/ I don't have a dehumidifier. I never got a "before" reading from the tanks. Then again it's humid in Miami and just rained heavily.

The air does seem fresher in the living room lol. I only have an orchid, 3' dracaena, and a desktop palm in the bedroom. Wouldn't mind another leafy plant in here but not much sun gets in. My balcony is starting to look ridiculous. I have a line of planters running down the entire length of it, and vines over the dividers.
I expect you to have some vivariums or something with more plants lol. You seem to know a ton more about plants than I do. And I notice a difference in air quality since my home in China has TONS of plants like your home. As for moisture, that's good! Even with 3x 10G tanks my apartment is super dry and my skin cracks . Even worse at my GF's place with zero tanks at all!

Oh I see, but at some point you'll have to clean out the sponges and biomax so what will you do if the plants somehow root them all together? The moss might end up doing that with the flow ._.! My AC20 filter is jam packed lol. I should take a picture sometime. Sponge, carbon packet I made myself, 2 plastic pot scrubbies.

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