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Old 10-31-2012, 04:54 AM   #16
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Okay, thanks. I will contact Acro and see what he's done. The plastic container is a good idea for when we are re-homing it in a few years and need to take all the water out of the tank

The heat packs could work. I am going to talk to a friend of mine who has shipments of fish come into town and see what he does to ensure live fish arrivals. I'll get back to you on that tomorrow.

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Old 10-31-2012, 05:00 AM   #17
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This tank reminds me of mine with your random selection of fish ha ha
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Old 10-31-2012, 05:14 AM   #18
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This tank reminds me of mine with your random selection of fish ha ha
What fish do you have? I know my tank is all over the place isn't it! River fish with fish that thrive in an Amazon Biotope; but it was by accident. The Betta was free off craigslist. The large Angelfish was a "rescue" sort-to-speak and then the little Angelfish was a "gift" for the big one Ha Ha because I thought s/he was lonely. The Denison Barbs were planned and were in the tank before the Angels moved in. I wanted to have the Denisons with Kuhli loaches, rummynose and Odessa Barbs, but after I got the Angels, I have changed my mind about having a high-speed tank because I realize I enjoy the relaxed, easy going ways of the Betta and Angels. So! There you have it HaHaHaHa!

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Old 11-01-2012, 03:14 PM   #19
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Same fish with the exception of the loaches you have. They are from when i 1st started the hobby and went for "they look neat" attitude.
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:46 PM   #20
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Same fish with the exception of the loaches you have. They are from when i 1st started the hobby and went for "they look neat" attitude.
Ah okay. When we first got our tank a year ago, it was pre-stocked with single tetra specimens, common pleco, mollies, goldfish and platys. Then my husband added what he "liked" from the LFS. A zebra talipia, 2 Firemouth Ciclids and 2 Kuhli Loaches. I started researching and did a major fish swap! After that, my husband hates fish. He thinks it's stupid that I care if the fish are comatible and said qoute: "Survival of the fittest". Yeah, sure that's how it is in nature. The fish we had in our tank would never see each other in nature!
Anyway...What fish do you have now?
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:06 AM   #21
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Ah okay. When we first got our tank a year ago, it was pre-stocked with single tetra specimens, common pleco, mollies, goldfish and platys. Then my husband added what he "liked" from the LFS. A zebra talipia, 2 Firemouth Ciclids and 2 Kuhli Loaches. I started researching and did a major fish swap! After that, my husband hates fish. He thinks it's stupid that I care if the fish are comatible and said qoute: "Survival of the fittest". Yeah, sure that's how it is in nature. The fish we had in our tank would never see each other in nature!
Anyway...What fish do you have now?
I had the " survival of the fittest attitude when my gf brought home my first tank,didn't cycle it and dumped a huge variety of poorly chosen "pretty fish" in it. I believe my exact words were: "take it back when I'm done watching the fish kill eachother". My outlook has changed quite a bit since then. She now threaten to make my (9) tanks "disappear" while I'm at work. She hates them. She has also gotten much better with her impulse buying and random pet adopting problem since then.

Just introduce your husband to the equipment side of things. Men like building stuff and making things more powerful. Have him look into fx5's and and building co2 regulators. He will probably enjoy it more if he feels he can contribute. I wish binford made aquarium equipment


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Old 11-02-2012, 11:08 AM   #22
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I wish binford made aquarium equipment


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Old 11-02-2012, 04:57 PM   #23
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Hi Seth. I contacted Acro like you recommended. Nice guy! I am not worried about catching a BN anymore thanks to the two of you. Acro removes an object the BN is inside of, covering one end so it doesn't get out. I have a pre-meditated plan I will use a cylinder of some sort with a cap on one side for feeding so the BN is comfortable with it, then if the BN needs caught, it'll already go inside with ease when s/he goes inside cover one end and lift! Walla! BN caught with no torn fins. Sounds easy enough. Thank you for removing that fear! I can stop worrying and have BN!!! Yeah!!!
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Old 11-02-2012, 06:07 PM   #24
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Update: I did a 24% PWC last night. Since adding the Eo-Complete Planted Substrate, (and removing the natural gravel) my pH rose 1 degree. It has held steady since even through the water change. This tells me regardless of how spotlessly clean I try to keep my tank, I had some build-up in the gravel. I am meticulous about gravel cleaning, but obviously not getting it all! Curious to see if the pH raises another degree when the other half is done. It is reading at 6.6 now.

It was torture last night refraining from changing out more substrate! I am anxious to get the substrate finished. But, have another week ahead of me before it's done. Time sure creeps by when your waiting LOL!
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Old 11-02-2012, 06:47 PM   #25
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Since things are at a stand still for the next 3 days, thought I'd share a collage displaying some of the elements that will be creating my scape.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:04 PM   #26
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I put together in order, old pics to show the changes the tank has undergone. I couldn't find the pics from the original tank when we first brought it home after finding it on craigslist. The first 9 pictures show the 30 gallon tank and the last 5 are of the "100 gallon" I bought off craigslist. (I found out shortly after bringing it home is was infact not 100 gallons! Grrrrrrr.)
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When we first got the tank, I immediately started adding plants but most of them died. I didn't give up, but got fake plants to add "planted appeal" while I slowly added more live plants. I hated the plastic plants and was thrilled when I finally found some plants that could survive my beginner ways. As soon as I felt I had enough plants to keep my fish secure feeling, I removed all the plastic buggers!
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Below are a few pics of the process from 30 gallon to 100 gallon. It was stressful and I moved as fast as possible to ensure all my fish would be okay. It worked out beautifully with no problems at all!
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Wow looks like you've been busy over the past year!


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Old 11-02-2012, 09:48 PM   #28
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I had the " survival of the fittest attitude when my gf brought home my first tank,didn't cycle it and dumped a huge variety of poorly chosen "pretty fish" in it. I believe my exact words were: "take it back when I'm done watching the fish kill eachother". My outlook has changed quite a bit since then. She now threaten to make my (9) tanks "disappear" while I'm at work. She hates them. She has also gotten much better with her impulse buying and random pet adopting problem since then.

Just introduce your husband to the equipment side of things. Men like building stuff and making things more powerful. Have him look into fx5's and and building co2 regulators. He will probably enjoy it more if he feels he can contribute. I wish binford made aquarium equipment


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Good idea. I tried to get him involved using the "honey I need your help" route. Did not work! Last week I asked him to put a shelf under the tank for the canister filter. He did it and seemed to be happy until the filter didn't fit!!! He measured, but didn't realize the top has to come off while the filter without moving the filter. Ugh. So, he is even more uninterested.

I will encourage him to check out fx5's and building Co2 regulators. He might really like that. I hope I can get him involved. It would be fun to work together on the tank.
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LOL! Sounds like a great sig!!!! Do it
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Yeah Ha Ha Ha! I love being in my tank. I absolutely love scaping and wish I had more tanks to scape. Once this one is complete witht he dw, rocks and plants, I plan to leave it alone except for maintenance.
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