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Old 01-21-2012, 01:51 PM   #121
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Nice thread and tank! What was the final outcome of the sump and the use of Co2? You may have said so but it's easy to miss things in a thread this size.

Well done!
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:59 PM   #122
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Nice thread and tank! What was the final outcome of the sump and the use of Co2? You may have said so but it's easy to miss things in a thread this size.

Well done!
Thanks for the compliment!
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Finally got around to buying another 20lb cylinder and testing the regulator. I bought two used units from member listings in SnS some time ago.
Combined the best regulator with the best secondary assembly. Charged it on a reserve bottle and closed the cylinder valve.
Full week on the bench and no leak by.




Pulled the stump and drained the tank.
Timed with a spawn removal I pulled the fry and went on the gas.



96 fry in a mixed spawn of albino and brown long fin were transferred to grow out tanks.




Trimmed the weeds, reloaded the tank and set the controller.



Currently this male is my favorite in a tank full of Koi. (wife likes the Koi)



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Old 01-30-2012, 08:24 PM   #123
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nice shiney new cylinder. Tank still looks great... guess you better bust out the mustache pans again for all those babies!
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:48 PM   #124
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I just noticed how low your return lines are in your tank. How do you keep all of backflow out of your sump?
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Old 01-30-2012, 10:44 PM   #125
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nice shiney new cylinder. Tank still looks great... guess you better bust out the mustache pans again for all those babies!
Yup in the spring the mustache pans are back if I don't do a LFS dump on the over stock.
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I just noticed how low your return lines are in your tank. How do you keep all of backflow out of your sump?
There is an air brake on each return above weir height
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Of course. Duh. Looking forward to your next pics.
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Old 07-13-2012, 12:48 AM   #127
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Any Updates on this tank Racer???

I don't know how you do it, but the last few sets of fish pics look as if they are 3D! Almost look as if the fish are PhotoShoped in!!! I know they aren't, but looks great!

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p.s. How has your arm been doing?

P.S.S. the last posts were on my B-Day! LOL On this and the 40B thread!
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:53 AM   #128
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Hey Drew! Tank needs the glass cleaned BAD but here are some high coverage Koi pics for ya. Koi from Baskington lines. Currently keeping 8 in the 110. Just going to say that my arms are feeling old. 3D is compliments of a new clicker for the pics.









and this girl is upside down at the moment hanging out on the cross brace.


just a touch of BBA for Sara on the slate but the plants are clean (mostly LOL)
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:07 AM   #129
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Hello wkndracer!
Im really interested in where you got your MS kit from...id like to redo my 55 gallon with one before i go big with a future 100+ gallon tank!
Im loving the look of your tank and a slate background is perfect for a 55 gallon since its not very deep!
Inspiration is the name of this tank for me!
Thanks for posting it!
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:41 PM   #130
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Default On the brighter side of things. Spawn x2

Time available and some not so nice tanking experiences have had me not updating the journals but events on the brighter side I thought I'd share.
3 pairs of angelfish have called my 110g home for some months along with my LFABN breeders. With the adult Ancistrus and other pairs present spawns haven't lasted much past three days (go figure).



This pair has claimed center tank for several months and the amazon swords planted there.



Imagine my surprise six days after a spawn occurred the end of January (and disappeared) when I discovered a wiggler group being fiercely defended by exhausted parents.
While the parents had developed enough skills to protect them from they're tank mates they couldn't stop the giant. I stole the fry clutch. While harvesting those angel fry I realized after months of not spawning my BN's had a tended group in the log,,,, so I stole those kids too.

Back in the baby business .
The 5g fry tank has a sponge filter, heater and free floating water sprite. The roots are a great anchorage point for wigglers and the rapid growing plant strips the water of any produced ammonia.

2/9/2013 (angelfish 2nd day free swimming).




2/16/2013 I think the photos show the plants have almost doubled in trailing root size and the Koi fry are developing fins. The baby BN's do a fantastic job of vacuuming up any missed BBS and have moved up to eating zucchini and algae wafers.








happy to have babies again!
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:44 PM   #131
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nice to see some things never change!
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:33 AM   #132
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PB (Philippine Blue) ghost and Koi
(Made for an interesting mix of fry)








taking tended wigglers to a fry tank



Photo's through large quarter being loaded
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:41 AM   #133
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10g wiggler, free swimmer to pea tank







29g grow out





*** note the sparkle of color below the dorsal in this pic because you'll see it again






The spawn threw lots of smoke.

Last three that I kept were re-homed last Saturday because they had started to get pre spawn pushy and sadly I'm out of tank space.




Koi and blue's are now kept apart here but betting the gene mix will throw interesting wildcards. I'm looking forward to the phone call when these spawn at they're new home.
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:09 AM   #134
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Current Ugliness







Big daddy claiming the veggies







(removed the stone stump center piece last week)
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Everything you have is beautiful, but man the finnage on that pleco just takes the cake
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