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Zac's Finnex 4 Gallon



Pardon the Black & White, I was playing with the iPhone. The green colors are actual colors though. Baby tears are growing like crazy. I purchased the Finnex 4 Gallon Deluxe model but ended up using the PX 360 canister filter on my Fluval Edge. Ended up using a Rea Sea HOB filter on this setup. I'll post specs below.

Fish are doing great. Water parameters are perfect aside from slightly high PH. My algae shrimp keep dying. Any suggestions? I want to buy some more expensive ones but am skeptical until I can get the algae shrimp to live first. Help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you

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Finnex 4 Gallon Curved Aquarium
Red Sea HOB Filter
Finnex Epoch Cliplight with Blue / White bulb 10,000k / 30000k
I'm not sure what brand co2. Can be found on eBay
"Nano aquarium CO2 system Kit diffuser regulator"

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I don't know why the image is distorted. Click the image to see actual size!


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What's the other pump for in there? circulation?

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That looks so cool! I am officially jealous, not to mention my search begins for that light!


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What's the other pump for in there? circulation?
Ya, I was looking online for ways to get rid of hair algae. More flow and more water changes was what I found. So far that combo has been just right.


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That looks so cool! I am officially jealous, not to mention my search begins for that light!
Goodluck with your search! They're on amazon with free shipping~~


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Wow, that's beautiful! Is that Blyxa in the back? It looks really cool! And the foreground! Wow, that's just so dense!

As for the dying shrimp, have you tested your water quality (ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH, etc.) Because shrimp will die at the drop of a hat if ammonia and nitrite are even 1 ppm. I know, ridiculous. But good luck and keep a good journal!

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what is it stocked with? nice job aquascaping!
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When you say algae shrimp, are you referring to Amano shrimp? The reason I ask is because I have found those to be nearly bulletproof.
A few things that I can think of to check for if your shrimp are dying are ammonia and nitrite levels, obviously, but if they are fine you might want to check your PH levels early in the morning. If your CO2 system isn't turning off at night it is possible that you may be experiencing a very low PH early in the morning just before the lights come on. I checked one of my desktop tanks just before lights on because I noticed the shrimp behaving lethargicly and if you disturbed them they would just sort of weakly flop over and then right themselves. It turned out my PH was extremely low, so I had to tweak things to keep that from happening.
Small tanks are prone to PH fluxuations so that is one thing to look into.

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I am an expert on algae, so ask me if you have questions. I know how to grow it, just not how to get rid of it.
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Wow! That is beautiful!!! What is the low plant in the foreground? And is it growing attached to something or is it in the substrate? Great job on the aquascape!!!
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really nice HC color!
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Thanks for the input about the shrimp Geniusdudekiran & Aphyosemion. I will def monitor the pH in the morning. There's really no hint of Ammonia so I am chalking it up to pH swings that have gone unnoticed. The shrimp are the cheap algae shrimp you can find a Petsmart.

Here's another pic for you guys:



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Quick question... I'm curious as to why I am experiencing pretty good color and growth with the 10,000k & 30,000k blue white bulb? I always thought 6500k was best. I was actually going to purchase the 6500k but the color the 10k-30k bulb puts out was more visually pleasing to my eyes. Can anyone chime in?


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Nice pics, especially for an iphone. I like ur tank. I have a finnex even tho mine isn't quite as nice.
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Nice pics, especially for an iphone. I like ur tank. I have a finnex even tho mine isn't quite as nice.
Thanks! It just needs some TLC!


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