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Old 06-11-2014, 03:36 PM   #136
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The Anubis 'Stardust' has started putting out new growth in two different directions! I don't plan on splitting it anytime soon though, just pleased to see it recovering!
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Old 07-01-2014, 04:32 PM   #137
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This tank has been doing quite well. I'm pleased with the new growth. It needs a WC to removed some of the tannins, but I don't think it'll happen for another week or so. I have been getting a small amount of green dust algae on the glass, but very little. The amount you see in the picture is a little over 3 weeks worth of build up. The hydrocotyle is going to need trimming and replanting soon. The dwarf sag has started taking off. The spread was slow at first but it is picking up rapidly. Same with the MM! I'm really glad to see how well everything is doing in the new substrate. I'm still just running about 4.5 hours of light a day. No ferts, No co2 or excel. I think I would probably get a bit more growth out of everything if I were to dose excel and bump up the photo period, but I like this whole low maintenance aspect!



I think I'm going to have to replace my filters sooner rather than later. Probably gonna go with an eheim canister. Any suggestions on size 2215 or 2217?



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Old 07-03-2014, 01:14 AM   #138
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Just picked up 11 Black neon tetras to go with the one lonely fish. Also got two Otos, gonna go back next week and pick up several more.
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Old 07-03-2014, 02:11 AM   #139
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More filtration is better in my book. Once you get plants filling up the tank flow gets diffused rather quickly and you can always alter the outflow to get the desired current level.
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Old 07-04-2014, 05:54 AM   #140
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I spent a few hours working on this tank tonight. Did a little trim of the Hydrocotyle, cut them all down short, diced the tops and replanted them. Just trying to get a thicker overall look as it continues to fill in. I will probably add a bit more out of my emersed tank the next time I feel like working. Probably won't be for several days as I ended up with a pretty sore back after messing around this evening.

What I spent most of my time on was planting an entire package of Staurogyne repens I picked up from Petsmart. Somewhere between 30 & 40 individual stems! I have a few stems already in this tank but they were mostly dead from the move when planted & have been extremely slow to recover. I pulled apart all of the stems in the package, cleaned them off and stripped the lower leaves. If I had to guess I would think that 85% of the stems were planted with their bottom roots in the miracle grow. I'm hoping this well help them adjust and take off quickly! This will fill in one of the last wholes in the tank! The S. repens went into the open area in front of the driftwood. I tried to fill the entire area between the crypts on either side of this picture & from the front glass back to the driftwood.




On a side note..... I sent an email this evening about a 120 gallon tank that's listed on Craigslist!
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Old 07-12-2014, 04:36 AM   #141
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So over the last 5-6 days I've lost 6 of the tetras. I'm not sure why. The fish all look healthy, no signs of disease. They have shown up dead one every day or so, sometimes two per day mostly just one. I tested the tank this evening & all seems well. pH is higher than it was in SC, 7.4 but that's to be expected with the liquid rock that is az water. Ammonia is 0 as are nitrite & nitrate. Phosphate is about 3. My kh test is old, I didn't test it. Don't have a gh test. All tests were done using the API tests. I'm going to do a WC tomorrow. I'll use ro water, which here isn't totally pure to see if I can lower the pH a bit.

Anyone have any ideas? Suggestions? Want further info? Help?

The otos have been just fine. Getting fat & happy.

Plants have been growing well!
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I've been having frequent tetra deaths as well. Ive gathered from testing there is a quick 3 or 4 degree temp change from when my lights come on. I raised the lights a bit to take some heat off and gave them some taller plants to hide under.
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Old 07-13-2014, 01:40 AM   #143
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I've never had a issue with temp spike/drop on either side of lights on/off, even when I was running two dual t5ho fixtures 12+ hours a day. I'll watch it more closely over the next few days to see what the temp does. I suppose any fluctuation could seem more drastic since I'm only running 5 hours of light per day. If the light is causing the tank to heat up, it's not staying hot as long which could be make any temp swing seem more drastic.

I ordered a new filter today, an Eheim 2215. Also got some purigen on the way too. I plan on removing one of my current filters once the 2215 has had time to cycle & build up some beneficial bacteria. Use the remaining filter to add some more water circulation & a little extra filtration.
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:11 PM   #144
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Here's a shot of my Anubias barteri var nana 'stardust'! The crappy looking leaf is the only one left from prior to the move. As you can see it's got two sections growing. The new leaves are continually increasing in size. Nice to see that it has adjusted to the new spot and is back to growing.
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Old 07-18-2014, 06:59 PM   #145
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The new filter just arrived.

Everything looks great & I'm quite excited to get it installed. Due to the where the power strip is the filter will probably live on the right side of the tank when facing it. I need to go through and look at what will be the best as far as placement goes for the intake and spray bar. I think the current filter, that is staying will be in the back left corner of the tank, behind the tall Anubias covered dw.

Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions as to what locations create the best flow in a 55? Last time I had a canister filter on a tank it was a 29 many(12-16?) years ago. I'm definitely open for suggestions!

I've gotta run get a media bag to put the purigen in. Any suggestions on where place the purigen within the filter? Top? Bottom? Middle? I'm sure I can find it searching through the forums but my internet here is slow as hell & I've been blasting through data on my phone at an insane rate. LOL!!
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Dog's going "whats this? doesn't look like a toy or food :c" btw glad to see an owner that keeps up on toenail clipping their dog!
I can't offer advice from experience on canister since mine is hooked up to an aquaponic system then is just spills straight down into the tank. I'm thinking of adding a diy baffle (or be lazy and slap an elbow on the end) to push the flow across the tank though to try to push all the pleco poo towards the intakes since right now its just straight down, great for aeration.. but not much flow (got a new filter for my 55 too.. it has 2 intakes I put on the opposite side of the tank from the output).
(from past reading..) I think most set up outflow either on the back wall at the opposite side of long tanks and have it push to the front of the tank and over to the intake side... or will set it up on the opposite side's side wall and just do spray bar straight across... from what I recall people use different methods depending on what scape/plants are in the way of affecting the flow.
When I looked into purgerion as an option a while back many people said it did not matter where in the filter you put it as long as its got flowing water going over it.
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:49 PM   #147
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Haha, he was definitely interested in everything, always is! Oh yeah, all three of my dogs get regular nail maintenance! Although it's been much easier since the move. There's no grass, so everything they walk on is hard, like rock, cement, kool decking, it all helps keep their nails short.

I'd probably go for the elbow if I were you, but that's just personal choice!

I got the filter installed, I haven't figured out the end layout of the system. I want to play with a few different options. Overall, I like how the tank is looking. Most everything is growing well. I've gotta figure out something different for the back left side of the tank, next to the Anubias covered driftwood. I've got a couple marbled queen radican swords there that seem to want to stay low to the substrate. I don't think they like the low tech environment. I think I will pull them out and stick them in an emersed tank and find something else for that spot. There is also a C. affinis "Metallic Red" growing right in front of the swords. I think it was being shaded too much by the larger swords when I first planted the tank. I recently trimmed the sword leaves back some and the affinis has started growing more. I would like something in that spot that will grow taller but also add another color to the sea of greens. I'm probably going to take a look through my Cryptocoryne collection and see if there is anything that would work well to fill the spot, if not I will look around. If I do go with a Crypt I want something with a little different color and texture than the other plants in the area, probably something with heavily bullated leaves. I've not already got anything specific in mind. The right side of the tank has a nice patch of C. nurii that has been doing well. It's starting to get a little bigger. There is also, at the base of the right end of the driftwood, two Red Tiger Lotus plants. They are still fairly small but I doubt that will last a whole lot longer. When these plants get larger the tank won't seem like such a sea of green, which has been kind of bugging me lately. lol.



Here's a picture I took last night. It's overexposed but it's the best I've been able to do so far with my iPhone. I spoke to my dad this morning, who has been a hobbyist photographer for 40+ years(I grew up with a dark room set up in the bedroom next to mine!) he is going to help me get some better shots of the tank tonight. We will bust out the tripod and a real camera and see what we can do. Might try for some shots of the 20L too!
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Old 10-07-2014, 11:11 PM   #148
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The growth of this tank has been incredible. It looks nothing like the above picture. I've had a little bit of an algae problem. I think I will have to split the photo-period, which is still only 4.5 hours. The water changes probably need to occur more often as well. Been pretty hard to do that with the back issues I've been dealing with. I see the surgeon to schedule a date for surgery this Friday. There's a little more about that in the 20L journal.
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Old 10-08-2014, 09:58 AM   #149
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Any pics man?
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Old 10-08-2014, 07:33 PM   #150
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Here's a crappy one from about a month ago. You can see some of the algae in it. Most has been removed by hand since then. I think I might have some time to clean it up some this weekend and do a WC. I'll try to get some new pictures!

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