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View Poll Results: What variation of neocardina should I house with CRS?
Orange Pumpkin 3 20.00%
Yellow Fire 2 13.33%
Chocolate 0 0%
Blue Velvet 2 13.33%
Blue Diamond 6 40.00%
Rili of some kind 2 13.33%
Supreme Red (already have some elsewhere) 1 6.67%
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Old 04-02-2013, 12:22 AM   #16
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I got a 150gpd ro/di unit from PWC. The di membrane was messed up at first but they quickly answered my email and sent me a replacement ASAP. I am more than happy with purewaterclub, really don't see the point in spending twice as much on a name brand filter that makes the same 0tds water. FYI I convinced my wife to let me get it because we just had a baby and I sold her that ro water was better for him than the terrible city water we have. So do what you gotta do. We make probably 5 gallons every 2 days for drinking and making baby formula. Best of luck convincing your parents and it looks like you are off to a great start!
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Old 04-03-2013, 04:38 AM   #17
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^Thanks for the review Forumsnow. I might be getting an RO/DI filter sometime but really can't find the money now so guess it's gonna have to be Walmart jugs. My parents are being quite difficult, for the time being at least.

My manzanita is arriving this Thursday... can't freaking wait for all this to come together!!! Dunno why, but it appears my adgshop order has been "processing" for like 5 days now.

Also, I will be accepting donations for any GH+ shrimp product. Oh well, not getting shrimp any time soon so I can probably rake some money together by then...
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:58 AM   #18
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Mini update - my moss, ss mesh, and driftwood arrived! The question is, how should I arrange the manzanita? It will only fit into the tank diagonally 4 different ways. Opinions please. Thanks for the interest everyone.




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Old 04-05-2013, 02:16 AM   #19
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That driftwood looks like a piece of art. Very nice. 3 and 1 are my faves.
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Number one is AMAZING. Kudos. I agree, it is great.
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:28 AM   #21
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GREAT DRAGONS!!!

We had dragons for a long time when my Son was 5yo. They were awesome pets! Now we only have 2 Leopard Geckos, and 5 running aquariums. I will try to get some pics of Spots and Banana Man.

As for your ro/di search, I have had AWESOME DEALINGS with Jim at: http://thefilterguys.biz/

I had to replace all 3 of my prefilters, and I went ahead and got a new membrane too, and it was much cheaper then anywhere else I could find. Jim was very helpful when I called him too! They sure know their stuff!!!

I know it is a big cost upfront, but you will NOT REGRET IT!!! It is very comforting to know EXACTLY what is in your water!!! And if you plan on going to expensive shrimp you will want to know what they are living in! With a few small tanks it won't add too much to the water bill compared to gas and other expenses for going to the grocery store! I would also recommend you getting a TDS meter when you get your RO unit. They are only $30 or so, and are easy to use!

I am wanting to take the shrimp plunge soon too! I just have to come up with the cash and other stuff I need to get my tanks I already have going like I want them!

I really like the wood placement in pic #1! It draws your eye from back to front and left to right as well! I bet your shrimp will LOVE climbing all around it too!!!

Have fun and be safe with your new tank!!!
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:32 AM   #22
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my vote for photo 1. the larger branch protruding from the rear lends for more dimension
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:35 PM   #23
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Thanks for the input. I'm definitely going with choice #1.

OK more questions as I'm a newb.

A. Should I pour the substrate in before or after placing the wood?
B. How do I cut my moss wall so the filter doesn't disturb it?
C. Will the shrimp climb out using the wall, or use it to go into the waterfall?
D. Should the wall stick into the substrate?
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:44 PM   #24
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Sweet setup! I just recently set up a CRS habitat in a 2 gallon. Hopefully I can get the journal running today

I really like the driftwood you got! And I like photo 1 as well.

For me, I poured in substrate and then put my driftwood in on top of it. As for the other questions, I haven't had a moss wall yet but with shrimp climbing out, I might be a little careful with how high your moss wall is. My shrimp have "jumped" out before with nothing to grab onto so I am guessing its very possible?

All in all, really great tank setup! kudos to you!
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A. yes substrate in first. Doing so would also keep the branches from being tainted from the substrate dust.

B. it would depend on whether moss wall is mounted against the rear or side glass and the type of filter (canister/hob)

C. Shrimp have been known to climb against the current of a HOB. In the absence of current, i have not seen any escape the tank other than an amano but that was due to very high TDS in my tank when i first entered the hobby.

D. I suggest not to because the moss requires light and flow. The portion that is covered with substrate will likely yellow and die.

Be aware that moss walls will incur browning and dead moss on the back side due to lack of light. this is normal. The real danger comes potentially with livestock being stuck behind the wall. If you read the journals with moss walls done, you'll see how short lived moss walls are in their tanks... good luck
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OK maybe I won't make a full moss wall, I'll figure out solutions to those problems . But since my tank is not very large, I thought a moss wall would be an easy way to increase the climbable surface area, and bio-film. Maybe if I put a net in front of the waterfall it'll keep the explorers out of my media.

BTW both my H.O.B. and moss wall are on the back. Maybe I could move the AC30 to the side? Would that work and look good?

Thanks all.
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Thanks for the input. I'm definitely going with choice #1.

OK more questions as I'm a newb.

A. Should I pour the substrate in before or after placing the wood?
B. How do I cut my moss wall so the filter doesn't disturb it?
C. Will the shrimp climb out using the wall, or use it to go into the waterfall?
D. Should the wall stick into the substrate?
I don't particularly understand your moss questions, but I would just do a big mesh thing that ends a little below where you will leave your water line.

Also, I personally would think it easier to do the wall if you stick it in the substrate.

Pour your substrate in first. Figure out a good depth for you.
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Old 04-08-2013, 03:52 AM   #28
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Today I cut my moss mesh to size and attached a few suction cups on the top. At first I was annoyed cuz the plastic was bent oddly but then I realized the suctions cups' tension straightened it out. No pix way too lazy.

#@&% it my AS still hasn't arrived!!! Yes I know I'm really impatient! What's worse is that if I'm not busy I start thinking about future projects... not exactly a good idea when I have too much going on and a tiny budget.

So now I have 6 zebra finches, 2 bearded dragons, 2 Reese's turtles, a 5 gallon with supreme reds, and a 10 gallon that will eventually have CRS. Next project: 2 vertical 10 gallon R. Imitator vivariums.

Ugh it's probably gonna be summer break by the time I actually get some shrimp in this lousy aquarium.
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haha I have the same problem, just finished u with my two 10 gals and and already thinking about the next project even though I know I dont have the space/money for another tank, not to metion the gf would probably kill me. lmk what ro/di unit you get and how good it is, once I move ill have to get a new one so id love to know your experience. Also I like picture number 2 and 4. 1 looks too boxy?
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Great progress, I'd like to see your end result with the substrate in and wood in place!

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