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Smile MikeS's 210 Journal - UPDATE 5/26

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Well, I just got done rearranging the driftwood and rocks. I moved some of the plants around, and am expecting an order of plants on Thursday.

So here's what I have so far:

210 Glass Aquarium w/ Stand (black)
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72" Orbit 4x96W SunPaq w/Lunar Lights/Fan(Current) - 6700k/1000k
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Not sure if I forgot anything, so please ask questions if you got them. I will be taking more pics once the other plants get here (and I get the room cleared from all the crap I have playing with)

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it looks nice, but i think it would look nicer with a background (you could try a moss wall).

can you post a list of plants and inhabitants (animals)? just for my couriosity.

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What's a Moss wall?

Will post list after all plants are here (thurs). Inhabitants are in my signature.

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Thanks.

That is cool. I will have to look into that.

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Yeah, ditto on the background right now, though you may not need it when you get the rest of your plants in there. Keep in mind also that hillstream loaches have different requirements than many of your other fish. They require much higher level of oxygen in the water, considering their natural habitat, and usually require cooler water to help achieve this. Also since almost all are wild caught, they don't always adapt well to many foods. That tank will look WICKED when you get those plants in. I love big planted tanks.

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You might want to add a powerhead and aim it wherever the hillstream loach likes hanging out (the driftwood or wherever) - they need fast-flowing water. Also, like all other loaches, they are social, and love to be kept with other members of their same species.





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the tank looks good mike.. I have a few of the hillstream loaches myself.. I like them alot!

I actually have about 10 of the roseline sharks or torpedobarbs now.. they school together nicely!

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Thanks. I can't wait to get more plants though.

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what are you looking for? I probably have a few I could spare.. maybe some sunset hygrophilia?

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I am waiting for Anubias Gigantea (x 2), Anubias Nana (x 3), Limnophila hippuroides (x 5), Jungle Vals (x 10), Dark Red Jungle Vals (x 10), Sagittaria subulata (x 20), Red Wendtii (x 5), and Cryptocoryne crispatula (x 2).

After they are in, then I will see what else I need

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I just sold off a ton of anubias nana.. and shipped about 7 red wendtii. damn.. let me know if there is anything else you want or need.. I can see if I have anything ready to trim!

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Doh!!!!! Just let me know what your trimming when the time comes, no hurry. Thanks Ken.

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Haven't had the chance to mess with the ph controller too much, so I decided to bypass it right now, and just run the CO2 with the light controller. Got the new bulbs in too. Here are a couple pics:

The CO2 tank and bubble counter (while be hidden by drapes and chair once all set-up)






The reactor (in stand next to filter)






The pump that goes to reactor, and the outlet from the reactor is in the corner as well.






And the tank, now with all 4 96w bulbs being 6700k/10000k.



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You're tank is looking good! What kind of light (bulbs) did you have over it in the first pic? did the first pic only have on bank of lights on? Did the second one have all 4?
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