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Old 06-05-2013, 06:57 AM   #1
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Free fluval chi


So I got a free fluval chi and cleaned it out and filled it with a black gravel/sand mix.

Putting the plants and driftwood in tomorrow!
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Old 06-05-2013, 12:22 PM   #2
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Can't beat free! What do you plan on using for equipment and livestock?
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Old 06-06-2013, 01:48 AM   #3
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I am using imported African rosewood as a centerpiece, thin leafed java ferns, anubius nana, marisela minuta as foreground plants and crypt. wendtii red for some color
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Old 06-06-2013, 01:50 AM   #4
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The rock is just meant to hold the rosewood down while it absorbs enough water to stop floating. The sole inhabitant at this point is a ramshorn snail.
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Old 06-06-2013, 05:25 AM   #5
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Dude some Anubias micro would look killer over some of that woods roots!
Nice looking tank man!
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Old 06-06-2013, 05:31 AM   #6
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Once I get that rock off the wood I think I would like to add some anubias micro... good suggestion! I love the look of the nana poking through that one root section as it is so the smaller variety would look really cool! Some moss might be cool too.
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I really like that driftwood. Where'd you get it from?
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I really like that driftwood. Where'd you get it from?
From my LFS, they said it was a new thing they were carrying... wish I had kept the tag so I could tell you the company name. The guy at the store simply called it "African Rosewood"
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:19 PM   #9
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So last night the water started getting cloudy, I thought nothing of it and went to bed. This morning the water was very cloudy and it looked like mold had started growing on everything... No huge surprise since everything just came in the mail and so some dead plant material is to be expected.
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:20 PM   #10
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To combat the murky water I installed a small filter... had to jimmy rig it a little bit bc it had a pathetic filter pad that came stock with it.

In the mean time, what should I do to combat the fungus? I'm hoping the water flow will discourage the growth... I'm assuming it is only growing on leaves that are probably dead but just don't quite look it yet.
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:08 PM   #11
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update:

so the white fungus died off on the java fern leaves but another type of fungus has sprung up on the wood. it looks like a spider web covering the whole piece of wood and some of the gravel... Is this even fungus?

I'm just leaving it alone in the meanwhile. I put a few more pond snails in and they don't seem to really be eating the fungus.

also, the wood is still floating and it is still being weighted down by the petrified wood... how much longer will it take to absorb all the water?
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Old 06-11-2013, 04:59 AM   #12
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I was reading other threads that talked about this and they made it sound like this fungus should be no big deal... just part of cycling the tank. I put some more pond snails in to help clean things up.

I took a piece of the fungus and put it in my healthy cycled tank and my shrimp seemed to love it.
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:15 AM   #13
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The fungus is dying down as the snails have gotten larger and have been able to keep up with it. The diatom situation has gotten better and the water is clear at last!

One strange thing: after adding water to top off the tank I noticed among the debris the exoskeletons of some mosquito larvae... apparently they grew to maturity in my tank and escaped into my house. I killed a mosquito last night... guess I know where it came from.
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