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Old 10-22-2012, 02:43 AM   #61
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I have the eheim quick disconnects for when I need to clean the filter. I was wondering if there's anything or a diy tip for attaching the tube to the lily pipes, so that it's easier to remove & reattach the tubing when the pipes need to be cleaned...?
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:34 PM   #62
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afaik I don't think so.
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:56 PM   #63
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Guess I'll just need to be much more careful (as the cut in my hand is reminding me)


The CO2 is up and running! It's the end of the second day and the glass checker fluid is green =) The CO2 isn't being well circulated around the entire tank though given the existing tube is too short to allow the eheim outflow tube to be positioned in the center of the tank to circulate the water better. Just temporary as I wait for the replacement.


In the meantime, my lfs is looking for some boraras maculata for me
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:27 PM   #64
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Very nice layout and equipment. I hope to rock that light soon. I am hoping they come out with a model that has some kind of suspension rig. Not to fond of the plastic legs.

Keep up the good work.
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:31 PM   #65
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Nice setup!
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:41 PM   #66
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Thanks for the kind words!

Cryptkeeper, the acrylic base on the light fixture is actually pretty nice looking. I'm looking at getting an ADA 45P down the road, and wouldn't hesitate to mount this light on it. In the meantime, I've suspended the light without the base above the tank using some binder clips and picture wire. It was inexpensive, looks ok and was easier to do than I expected. It would look better using cables as the light isn't heavy enough to hold the picture wire perfectly straight.
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Old 10-24-2012, 01:02 AM   #67
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How do you like the aquatek mini?

I think if they ever make pendant LED lighting, it will be for modular use like over the 75p, 90p, 120p etc, like the Solar series. I just can't see ADA making a 4ft or 6ft acrylic light stand. Actually an aquasky heat sink retrofitted in a solar I body would be perfect lol, they will probably use more powerful LEDs though like CREE, hoping for dimming.
I heard Frank mention ADA is working on a larger LED lighting system for the 90p, no info or release date though.
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Old 10-24-2012, 03:03 AM   #68
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So far, it's good. This is my first time injecting CO2, so I don't have any experience to compare it to, but it did set up easy and I didn't have a problem adjusting it to a low bps rate. The unit is plugged into a surge protector with a built in timer. So far, it turns on/off without needing any re-adjustment.

I also like that it includes an additional gauge to let me know when the tank is getting low.

You could suspend a couple of the aquasky units over longer tanks, or possibly make a diy bracket to hold them side by side.
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:01 PM   #69
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That's good to know, I was eyeballing that reg myself.
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:15 AM   #70
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Talking Fish!

Yesterday my husband treated me to a road trip to Portland for my b'day, to visit The Wet Spot fish store.

Came home with 12 rasbora maculatus (supposed to be 10), 5 danio erythromicrons (gorgeous!), 5 pygmy cories and 2 bee shrimp.












I'm feeling like I may have overstocked... we'll keep a close eye on the water parameters. Currently, the conditions are perfect for the bee shrimp with soft, acidic water (about 6.5) and 72 F. It's a little acidic and cool for the danios, but I think they can adjust easier than the shrimp. The others are all within their range of comfort.







Everyone is doing great today. The rassys, danios and pygmys have been shoaling together, playing off and on in the current from the lily. Since yesterday, the danios have begun schooling more together, being fond of the dhg patch. Based on the danios coloring, I think I have two males, and three females. The corys are adorable when they school together.



This is what my kitty thinks...






Hoping to take better pictures soon! They freaked when I added a black cardstock to the back, so they'll need some more time to adjust.

Just excited to finally have something moving in my tank that isn't the scud.
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:36 AM   #71
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Awesome! How exciting! I love the fish you picked out. Everythink looks great.
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:44 AM   #72
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Awesome! How exciting! I love the fish you picked out. Everythink looks great.
thanks, I'm happy that they all seem to be getting along well. Didn't expect the pygmy corys to school with the others.

The second picture above shows everyone, including the bee shrimp (if you look closely inside the top of the rock )
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I love it. Can't wait to see how your tank progresses, though it's fab as-is.
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:30 AM   #74
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Looking forward to the plants filling in, esp the hc.


They finally calmed enough with the background that I was able to capture them surfing together

The video is available at youtube: (sorry, not sure how to embed videos here yet)

fish surfing the current
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Old 10-30-2012, 03:09 AM   #75
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Awww, they are so cute. Does your tank have a top? Are you worried about them jumping out?
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