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Old 08-14-2012, 09:35 PM   #301
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Wow that's a good sized rattler. Guess you got dinner and a new pair of shoes
Actually my uncle took it cause he has been looking for one. He lives right up the road. Looks to me like the snake was about to shed cause his color fades towards his tail.

Got 300gallon tank yesterday. Also started putting ammonia in 75g tank with other sponges. Right at 4ppm
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:51 PM   #302
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Your insane! hehe

Gonna do the sponge "seeds" to start your other tanks?

300 gallon show tank?
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:08 PM   #303
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Your insane! hehe

Gonna do the sponge "seeds" to start your other tanks?

300 gallon show tank?
Yes much easier than checking ammonia levels in 72 seperate tanks lol. No the 300 gallon tank is a storage tank for my african water.
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:20 AM   #304
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Just a comparison...thats a 50 gallon water heater
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:53 AM   #305
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Cool snake. I've lived in mountain snake country but never saw a snake. Kinda glad kinda wish I would have seen something.

So what are you going to do with it?
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:04 AM   #306
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Cool snake. I've lived in mountain snake country but never saw a snake. Kinda glad kinda wish I would have seen something.

So what are you going to do with it?
My uncle wants to skin it and do something with it. Not quite sure.
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:10 AM   #307
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You're lucky he didn't see you first...
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Old 08-15-2012, 11:35 PM   #308
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Well i bought 2 cheap plastic 4-way manifolds for seed tank. Now i have 8 sponges running right now. Added another half cap ful of ammonia as well to get back to 4ppm. Other than that nothing new.
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Old 08-15-2012, 11:54 PM   #309
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Here is the most efficient way to cycle a LOT of sponges:
1) 3/4" PVC on the bottom of the tank running the full length. 90 degree fitting at one end, tee at the other.
2) Power head at one end fitted to the PVC 90, or to a short piece of pipe in the 90.
3) The tee simply sits at the bottom at the other end so water can enter, and holds the structure stable. A bit of pipe in each part of the tee can help, but not long enough to end at the front or back of the tank.
4) Pack the aquarium full of sponges except right where the power head is. Allow a gap so the force of the water is not deflected to splash out of the tank. Keep the power head high enough to create some ripple in the water at this point (better oxygen level in the water)

Reasoning:
The intake of the power head is via the PVC pipe at the other end of the tank.
The water has to flow through pretty much all the sponges to get there.

For a bit more about this idea have a look at this:
http://www.loaches.com/articles/hill...-the-fast-lane
Never mind reading through it. Scroll to the bottom and look at the manifold. You are not even building one that complex. (though you could).
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Great to always come thru here to see updates and that everything is progressing. I doubt if everything has gone smoothly for you for most large projects will need some improvising. The good thing is your making everything look easy like it is going smooth. Very time consuming project but the light is getting brighter on the other side. Your doing a phenomenal job bgallodoro. I bet you can publish a book with this journal for inspiration to us all and for those that may want to follow.

Ozydego, you have given a sticky quality piece of advice imo. A seed tank for this magnitude of a project is perfect. Bgallodoro glad so see you taking this advice. It should really speed up the process and we can get pics sooner of a full operation. I will try to incorporate this advice as well with any future multi tank builds I do.
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We want updated room pictures! lol
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Wow, lost track of this thread for a while. Now I'm subbing...won't make that mistake again lol
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Here is the most efficient way to cycle a LOT of sponges:
1) 3/4" PVC on the bottom of the tank running the full length. 90 degree fitting at one end, tee at the other.
2) Power head at one end fitted to the PVC 90, or to a short piece of pipe in the 90.
3) The tee simply sits at the bottom at the other end so water can enter, and holds the structure stable. A bit of pipe in each part of the tee can help, but not long enough to end at the front or back of the tank.
4) Pack the aquarium full of sponges except right where the power head is. Allow a gap so the force of the water is not deflected to splash out of the tank. Keep the power head high enough to create some ripple in the water at this point (better oxygen level in the water)

Reasoning:
The intake of the power head is via the PVC pipe at the other end of the tank.
The water has to flow through pretty much all the sponges to get there.

For a bit more about this idea have a look at this:
http://www.loaches.com/articles/hill...-the-fast-lane
Never mind reading through it. Scroll to the bottom and look at the manifold. You are not even building one that complex. (though you could).
This actually sounds as if it would work. Right now i have 8 sponges running spaced troughout the tank. I also have a 750gph circ pump running the length of the tank aimed at the front glass a little as to make a swirling effect in tank. I am hoping this is enough. Also i mentioned to my dad that u guys suggested setting up and maintaing a seed tank, but he didnt quite understand the concept after the original sponges are seeded. He views it as a waste of a big tank. Can u guys give me some pros for doing this or is he right?
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:24 PM   #314
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How long are you looking at keeping the seed tank running? Also, can you utilize all the 75's right from the start? I thought you were using a seed tank to get the filters started while starting to use the first set of tanks. So, is the seed tank to get the sponges started until the tanks get plumbed and filled, or is it a long term tank?
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:39 PM   #315
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How long are you looking at keeping the seed tank running? Also, can you utilize all the 75's right from the start? I thought you were using a seed tank to get the filters started while starting to use the first set of tanks. So, is the seed tank to get the sponges started until the tanks get plumbed and filled, or is it a long term tank?
Well thats what im asking. Do i need to keep a seed tank after everything is up and running.
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