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post #61 of 70 (permalink) Old 06-12-2019, 02:17 AM Thread Starter
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So the tank is still up and going strong - it suffered mightily in the spring of 2018 when I went to work for HR Block as a manager. It was bad. BBA everywhere (I ran out of CO2 at the end of march and couldn’t get it refilled until after tax day)

This year I went back, but just to do taxes. That was muuuch less crazy, and the tank made it through tax season this year. I started dosing Metricide in addition to CO2 last month, and the results have been quite amazing. My buces have really taken off. This tank took a long time to get it close to where I want it, but I feel like I’m finally getting there. Pics to follow.

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Bump: Apparently itís been so long since I posted a photo that ive forgotten how,
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So this is happening in my tank:


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Buce is getting large. Thatís after I took two sizable chunks of it to Albany for store credit.

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Hey good to see this tank again.

It looks like things are going well.

Would like to hear more about what is working for you.

You need to update more than once a year!


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That looks fantastic. Stay away from H&R

10 G / 20 G long, low-tech planted / 125 G, working on the aquascape and collecting hardware
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Wow this is incredible. So cool how the flowers bloomed outside of the tank! love it
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post #67 of 70 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 01:09 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks. The tank was really nothing I could be proud of until a month or so again. Not as terrible as it got last year, but not good.

As I mentioned above, the tank went to hell last spring. And it didnít come back easily. Plants Iíd grown easily in my other tank just could. not. get. going. in this tank. My first problem was lights. I was trying to use the 24/7 feature, and getting that to work withCO2 but no ph controller was not going well. So I went back to the same split photoperiod Iíd used with success (although different lights) on my 29. That helped some. Second was flow. With 3 powerheads in the tanks, I actually had too much flow. Taking them out did a lot.

The last issue was, of course, CO2. In the interest of getting equipment out of the tank, Iíd put my diffuser in the sump, but I was having to run a ridiculously high bubble rate just to maintain adequate CO2. This was also causing my to go through about a 10lb tank of CO2 per 6 weeks. Moving the diffuser up into the tank helped some, but I was still using a lot of CO2. This slowly got worse and worse until I was using a tank every couple of weeks, but it didnít really sink in until I was deep into tax season and working a kajillion hours a week again, and at that point it was easier to swap tanks a lot than to troubleshoot. Once tax season ended, I was able to find the leak (check valve) and fix it. However, some plants (Iím looking at you, HíRa) were still not great. So what was I doing in the 29 thatI wasnít in the 125? Metricide. Lots and lots of Metricide. I started dosing 70ml/day with my ferts in the morning, and the results have been fantastic. I was an Art major, so I donít have ppm of the various nutrients or even a spreadsheet, but my current routine is:

W-F-Su: 2g KNO3, 2g KH2Po4, 7g K2SO4, 70ml Metricide
Th-Sa-M: 2g Plantex, 70ml Metricide
Tu: 70ml Metricide, 50%+ water change, 4g MgSO4, 2g CaSO4, 2g KHCO3

Lights 4xFinnex Planted Plus 24/7 36Ē on full blast 9:00-noon and 3:00-9:00

Ph pre-CO2 7.2
Ph post-CO2 6.1

Fish: 3x Congo Tetra
4x SAE
10x lemon tetra
5x Bronze Cory
15x black neon tetra
1x Cardinal Tetra
8x cherry barb
2x Hillstream Loaches

And I have 12 more lemons in quarantine. My quarantineís tiny, so thatís about as many fish as I can do at once. I want to get lots more of everything but the SAEs and Congo Tetras - large schools or small fish is my current goal for the tank.


Iíll try to update more often. Now that I actually like my tank, it should be easier to do.
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I have been having a lot of trouble keeping the tank temperature at a reasonable level this summer. I can keep it below 82į with a fan and ice packs that I re-freeze in the freezer, but thatís still too hot. I think the four Planted+s are a) covering too much of the surface area and b) generating too much heat. They are only ~3Ē from the surface of the water. Iíd just raise them somehow, but I donít think the tank would take the reduction in light intensity. I hate the idea of spending $1600 on lights, but I am starting to think about Kessils. They have a smaller footprint, and can be mounted farther off the water for the same amount for par, both of which should help with the temperature issue. But aaargh! $1600! Other options I should be considering?

Otherwise, tank is doing well. Two of three buces are blooming and the tiger lily has been sending up flowers nonstop. Iíll try to get pictures tonight or tomorrow.
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I have been having a lot of trouble keeping the tank temperature at a reasonable level this summer. I can keep it below 82į with a fan and ice packs that I re-freeze in the freezer, but thatís still too hot. I think the four Planted+s are a) covering too much of the surface area and b) generating too much heat. They are only ~3Ē from the surface of the water. Iíd just raise them somehow, but I donít think the tank would take the reduction in light intensity. I hate the idea of spending $1600 on lights, but I am starting to think about Kessils. They have a smaller footprint, and can be mounted farther off the water for the same amount for par, both of which should help with the temperature issue. But aaargh! $1600! Other options I should be considering?

Otherwise, tank is doing well. Two of three buces are blooming and the tiger lily has been sending up flowers nonstop. Iíll try to get pictures tonight or tomorrow.
With you discussing $1,600 in lights, I'm wondering if 3 of my Radions would be any cheaper? They do put out plenty of light and I have not really had any issues this summer with heat (house is kept at 77 degrees, tanks stay 77 degrees). I do know there is a new Kessel that looks less like a beer can (shorter, fatter) and seems to have some pretty good reviews.



Beyond that, I guess you would be onto other hanging options. Personally, I did not want to "hang" anything over my tank. Best of luck in your search.
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I fixed my temperature problem this afternoon.

So..... on the down side, I feel like a bit of an idiot. On the upside, my problem can be fixed for $29.95 instead of $1691.00. So thatís a definite plus. I finally asked myself: what has changed? You didnít have this problem last summer except when it was super hot. (As a former systems analyst I was a bit surprised this wasnít my first thought- guess Iíve been retired for a while.)

And literally nothing had changed except that I stopped using glass lids on the aquarium, but that should make it cooler, not warmer, right? I changed the water this morning, and what I was feeling out of the tap was no way 80į, yet the controller was registering 82į.

You can probably see where Iím going. I grabbed the heater and controller out of the other tank. Itís the Ä£&*;*$Ä controller. The water is actually about 74 degrees in there.

New controller ordered. It should be here tomorrow. While I would love a set of Kessils, Iíd like to buy them with a bonus or tax refund or something, not because I have to
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