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Old 01-27-2012, 04:50 AM   #16
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The flourite came in today and I put it all in the tank! unfortunately it's too cloudy now for pictures so hre is one before i put the new substrate in.

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Old 01-28-2012, 02:46 AM   #17
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I've made a lot of progress today on the tank. The substrate is almost completely done, although I still need to add some sand to the back left of the tank. I planted what I think to be three narrow leaf chain swords and a little bundle of java fern started on my driftwood! Many of my leaves are starting to sink and the biggest addition of all....

My two corys!! I really like these little guys, I believe that I have one female and one male. I've had the female for two weeks now and got the male today!


They really like each other and will not leave each other alone!


I'm on the hunt for a supply of genuine inpaichthys kerri now. My lfs says they're too aggressive but everything I've read suggests that they're incredibly peaceful.. so I'm going to give them a try. If anyone has any idea where I can get some of these then please share.

Thanks for looking!
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Old 01-28-2012, 03:11 AM   #18
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al man.. ur tank looks awesome!


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Old 01-28-2012, 04:06 AM   #19
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Guilty of not reading the entire thread, but your tank is off to a good start in my book. A tip on the wood. Boil it for 20 min, rinse in really cold water and repeat. It will take some time, but it will sink that way.
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Old 01-28-2012, 04:20 AM   #20
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al man.. ur tank looks awesome!


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Thanks! I am excited about this tank and I think it is coming out even better than I expected so far.

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Guilty of not reading the entire thread, but your tank is off to a good start in my book. A tip on the wood. Boil it for 20 min, rinse in really cold water and repeat. It will take some time, but it will sink that way.
Ha did you notice the zip tie!!? well I'm not sure I have anything large enough to boil this in although I'm sure I could think of something. As of right now it's not really bothering anything and I'm sure it will sink after a few months? Hopefully!

I'm in the process of building a 3.8 liter co2 generator! I don't think I'll ever do anything bigger than this for my tank but I'm sure it will be beneficial to the tank.
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Old 01-28-2012, 03:21 PM   #21
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I set up a little diy co2 generator last night. I was able to keep an eye on the fish for the first few hours of operation. Today the bubble output is incredibly high... it looks like I have a small air pump connected to these airstones. I place the two airstone under the intake to my power filter. I wish that I could test my co2 levels somehow but I imagine they're fairly high. I think I need to refine my co2 mixture... In a 1.89 liter container I used 2 cups of sugar, one tablespoon of baking soda-to buffer the ph, 2.4 teaspoons of baking yeast and probably around 1.5 liters of water. I have two containers like this and I believe that they may burn themselves out fairly soon.

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I'm assuming that this will be beneficial. should I be planting large amounts of stems in here right now?
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Old 01-28-2012, 03:28 PM   #22
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How do you make those leaves sink?

If you had a bunch of those it would look like a natural habitat.

Btw, Your tank is coming along!!!
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Old 01-28-2012, 03:35 PM   #23
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Well I've heard it's safe to boil oak and beech leaves (of which there are TONS around my apartment) and place them into the tank. This will kill anything on them but more importantly break down their cellulose skeletons and allow water to penetrate the leaves causing them to sink! This process seems to remove most of the tannins, which I actually want, so I just stuck them in the tank and they floated around for about five days and sank one by one. I was thinking that one portion of my tank could be a little group of fallen leaves for the cories to play in and to help lower the ph and darken the water a little.
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Wow, that's sweet! Now are you limited to only oak leaves or can I use others?

I was thinking the same exact thing as you, having a small portion of them. I'm starting up a 75 gallon community tank with pretty much the same stuff as you. I have pool filter sand and eco-complete. But the leaves will look awesome with tetras and would be a great breeding spot for dwarf cichlids possibly.
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On the CO2, for my 20 gallon I use 2 cups sugar and 2 teaspoons yeast. I also have it set up so that both yeast bottles put the gas into a smaller bottle filled with water to act as a bubble counter, then from that bottle it goes to the tank.



The 2 liter bottles are the yeast bottles and connected with a "T" connector. From there it goes into the smaller bottle that is full 3/4 of the way with water. The gas in goes to the bottom of the water and then you have one out to the tank that is above the water. Makes for a cleaner look and then you only have to mess with one airstone.
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Old 01-28-2012, 06:29 PM   #26
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Wow, that's sweet! Now are you limited to only oak leaves or can I use others?

I was thinking the same exact thing as you, having a small portion of them. I'm starting up a 75 gallon community tank with pretty much the same stuff as you. I have pool filter sand and eco-complete. But the leaves will look awesome with tetras and would be a great breeding spot for dwarf cichlids possibly.
You can purchase those indian almond leaves, but I wouldn't bother. You can use oak or beech and actually I have one maple in there and two other unidentified leaves, maybe tulip poplar. The oak leaves seem to be staying together really well and I think that's the major reason why they can be used in an aquarium, they take a long time to disintegrate!

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On the CO2, for my 20 gallon I use 2 cups sugar and 2 teaspoons yeast. I also have it set up so that both yeast bottles put the gas into a smaller bottle filled with water to act as a bubble counter, then from that bottle it goes to the tank.

The 2 liter bottles are the yeast bottles and connected with a "T" connector. From there it goes into the smaller bottle that is full 3/4 of the way with water. The gas in goes to the bottom of the water and then you have one out to the tank that is above the water. Makes for a cleaner look and then you only have to mess with one airstone.
That looks excellent! Now I can count bubbles and lose an airstone. Thank you for the tip!
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You can purchase those indian almond leaves, but I wouldn't bother. You can use oak or beech and actually I have one maple in there and two other unidentified leaves, maybe tulip poplar. The oak leaves seem to be staying together really well and I think that's the major reason why they can be used in an aquarium, they take a long time to disintegrate!



That looks excellent! Now I can count bubbles and lose an airstone. Thank you for the tip!
No problem man. I usually change both bottles once a week, but, on alternating days so it stays pretty steady. Works really well when I keep up with it and don't get lazy. Lol.
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Thanks Cable guy, when you replenish it.. do you just dump everything out and start from scratch? or can you keep the same yeast alive for long periods of time?

I added the bubble counter bottle to the setup and moved the output into the impeller housing of the filter-no more tubes in display.

Here's the most recent fts! The tank-height rotala in the back is actually just uprooted and floating up to the surface.



Fed the fish today and both catfish ate very readily. My girlfriend wanted me to put her guppy, Tarzan, into the setup too so I did... not sure how long until I can get it out of there. Maybe Tarzan will just be a foreign visitor to the tank forever
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Thanks Cable guy, when you replenish it.. do you just dump everything out and start from scratch? or can you keep the same yeast alive for long periods of time?

I added the bubble counter bottle to the setup and moved the output into the impeller housing of the filter-no more tubes in display.
I empty it and start over. I think you can keep the yeast alive for a long period, but I am not sure how. Something I need to look into for sure.

The tank is looking great too man.
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Well I have two bottles too so I think I'll just empty them one at a time to keep the production somewhat similar. And thanks! I have a long list of things I want to do still
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