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Old 05-07-2012, 12:49 AM   #166
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did you rinse it first? oh please tell me you did not!! it normally takes about 2 days and a water change for my ebi to clear when i disturb the stratum too much.
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:50 AM   #167
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did you place the order???
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:52 AM   #168
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I rinse it in a 10 gal and then put them in the 38gal.

Yes.. ordered placed.. should arrive by Tuesday.
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:54 AM   #169
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oh, i should have told you. do not rinse the stratum, whether it be the shrimp or plant. you will never get it clear. i dunp the stratum in, cover my hose with a plastic bag with pinholes in it and fill. voila! no cloudy water

now you know you MUST send me pics when the news kids arrive!!
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:59 AM   #170
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If the tank ever clear up! I will have DW in the tank as well. I can't believe I've been staring at that tank until I did WC yesterday and then it daunt on me that I have the poret foam divider for it. That tank is going to have plenty of bio.
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Old 05-07-2012, 01:12 AM   #171
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wow, van has driftwood and shrimp in a tank. why i never thought i would see the day!!LOL

massive amounts of bio are not a bad thing so, um, when's the name change? i'm thinking discuscrsandprlonly........lol
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Old 05-07-2012, 01:17 AM   #172
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oh, i set up a crs culling tank today. nothing fancy, just a 15g i had laying around. threw in some peat, some leftover substrate from the 55 and a sponge filter. i figure even if i see berried females tomorrow, that still gives me about 5-7 weeks for the tank to cycle. plenty of time.
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wow, van has driftwood and shrimp in a tank. why i never thought i would see the day!!LOL

massive amounts of bio are not a bad thing so, um, when's the name change? i'm thinking discuscrsandprlonly........lol
Don't jinx me.
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Old 05-07-2012, 01:22 AM   #174
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oh, i set up a crs culling tank today. nothing fancy, just a 15g i had laying around. threw in some peat, some leftover substrate from the 55 and a sponge filter. i figure even if i see berried females tomorrow, that still gives me about 5-7 weeks for the tank to cycle. plenty of time.
Just throw a few of those new sponge you got into the 55 gal. Always good to have extra established sponge around. I have not cycle a tank for a very long time.
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Old 05-07-2012, 01:22 AM   #175
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did you get all his params for his tank so you can duplicate it best as possible?
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Old 05-07-2012, 01:23 AM   #176
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Just throw a few of those new sponge you got into the 55 gal. Always good to have extra established sponge around. I have not cycle a tank for a very long time.
55 is gone. it got replaced by the 75. but i am gonna toss a few into the 125 since half of it is now empty.
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Tank cleared up quite a bit today. I can now see the sponge filter..

I don't think there are enough stratum so I need to order some more. Is it me or does this stuff just turn into dirt once it break down?
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:47 PM   #178
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Yeah.....it's kid of like corn puff but using dirt. Break the air bubbles up inside and you have dirt.
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Old 05-07-2012, 04:26 PM   #179
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pics do not do this tanks justice. it's gonna be hard to wait a few weeks and not tinker with anything until this fills in.
such a kick ass tank!
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:47 PM   #180
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Tank cleared up quite a bit today. I can now see the sponge filter..

I don't think there are enough stratum so I need to order some more. Is it me or does this stuff just turn into dirt once it break down?
Yep - makes a mess when replanting in it also but settles pretty quickly for me.
No messier than a dirt tank really.
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