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FTS 7/14/2015


Equipment

Display tank
  • 24"x11"x11" 13.3g Mr. Aqua rimless bowfront
Lighting
CO2
  • TBD
Filtration
  • Koralia Nano 420
  • Sunsun HW-302
Substrate
  • Black Diamond blasting sand 60/40

Livestock

Fish
  • Betta splendens
  • Panaqolus maccus
  • Paracheirodon innesi
  • Poecilia reticulata
Invertebrates
  • Neocaridina cf. zhangjiajiensis var. blue
Plants
  • Anubias barteri var 'petite'
  • Echinodorus amazonicus
  • Ludwigia sp.
  • Staurogyne repens
  • Taxiphyllum sp. 'peacock'
 

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Yeah, the balls tend to just get stringy if they don't move around in current, which this tank has little of. The AC30 doesn't seem to be filtering near its capacity, but the plants in it show some good growth! And I haven't even stuck the Amazon sword into the substrate yet, it's just been hanging since I put the tank together lol
 

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i recently switched my failing shrimp tank (15g) to all sponge filters. I must say, i should have done this from the start. I will be re doing the tank soon. Looking at a 10w led flood light, and making it strictly a shrimp tank (started at as a planted tank). Leave the filter running till the sponge filters get established if you do switch them. PICS!!! (followed your link from nano-reefs, ironically we are both on the same sites)
 

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Only thing I don't like about sponge filters is the bubbling at the surface and the 'spray', but at least it isn't salt spray like in a marine tank. :)

I took the guppy from my tank at work home for Christmas break (won't be back there til next week, so had to babysit him) and he's seeming at home in here, except my two cats have previously decided that the tank is their new water bowl and refuse to drink from their actual water bowl, and when they noticed him, they both immediately started watching him lol. They swat at him from time to time but very quickly realize OMG THERE'S WATER IN THERE and run off!
 

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So revisiting this after almost two years lol. Not too much has changed. Still using the same filtration, though I added a Koralia nano for more flow, moar flow moar bettar. I've had a Sunsun HW-302 here for the longest time but never hooked it up. I've got glass lily pipes (with the 'violet' outflow) for use with it, and going to use an inline CO2 diffuser.

I've been debating CO2 for a while now. A while back I bought a Milwaukee 957 regulator, but I've read mixed reviews, so I'm getting rid of it. I bought a Concoa 212-3301 regulator on eBay for $72, just need to add a check valve, bubble counter, needle valve, and solenoid to it, so looking at less than ~$250 total. Looking at needle valves now, not sure which I should get, thinking Ideal 54-1-12? Not 100% sure, there are so many choices it is difficult to narrow it all down and locate the proper parts.

Right now the substrate is black diamond blasting sand, that'll be switched out to Caribsea Moonlight and Tahitian moon sand mix after I get some biofiltration media on the tank, don't want to remove it all since it houses the biofilter.

Plants, I haven't really added much. Just some anubias a few months back, Staurogyne repens, and my peacock moss all died out but is now coming back from some that I had sitting in a bucket, unlit and covered by another bucket, for six months. There is also some kind of stem plant that I got with the blue pearl shrimpies, I have no clue what it is but it seems to like the tank.

LEDs will be determined. Pretty sure it'll be a mix of warm, neutral white, lime, blue, royal blue, and violet, mix of Rebel ES and custom violets. Working with Dave at Nanobox now to figure out what should look best.
 

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The tank looks good! So does your reef, that LED is insane! Makes me want to start saving up.. Too bad SW tanks cost more than my car..
The light is actually getting a little bit more insane :D











Also, in this tank's news, so I had a shrimpie decide he wanted to eat some algae growing on the HOB filter. He was up OUT of the water snacking. Never seen one do that!




This was the tank 12/6/2014


And 12/14/2014


And this was 1/3/2015







So I did a MASSIVE trim. This is 1/7/2015, haven't taken any more recent pics.
 

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Got my new light finished a little while back. http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=840722



























PAR at 50% (lime at 12.5%)



This past weekend I put a SunSun HW-302 on the tank with a set of lily pipes. Once the thing was packed somewhat loosely with filter floss, flow is seriously cut back. I had to put a Koralia Nano 425 in the tank to keep flow where it needs to be.

It could also be from the lily pipes used - I could only get 13mm instead of 17mm. I know that it would kill the flow a little bit, but it can't be THAT much. Not sure if I want to get a 17mm set to see if I am hampering it or just get an HW-303. The only problem with 17mm lily pipes is that the inflow are usually ~30cm tall - too long for this 12" tall tank lol.
 

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New pics. Added a carpet of Staurogyne repens and some sort of stem plants. It has been raining here lately, and the ditches are beginning to hold water, so soon I'll have more of a local species of Ludwigia than I'll know what to do with lol.










Did I mention this tank is also the cats' water bowl? They downright refuse to drink out of anything else.
 

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Did I mention this tank is also the cats' water bowl? They downright refuse to drink out of anything else.
All 3 of my cats use my 10g as their water bowl, too. Who wouldn't love fresh, clean, fish flavoured water with a healthy balance of nutrients? :p Makes for having to top off quite a bit every day, but it's not different than filling a water bowl. :p
 

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So the tall stem plants have grown so much they're bent over to stay in the water, and the staurogyne is growing like mad. Not bad for no CO2 and a small squirt of several-year-old all-in-one ferts every couple of weeks :)
 
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