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Hey there gang, been lurking for a bit and I figured it was time to get the ball rolling. After doing some research I settled on the Aquastyle 9. I just about pulled the trigger on a Mr. Aqua 11.4 gallon, but I am very new to this and I wanted to start with an all-in-one tank and go from there.

Anyway, the tank is cycling right now. I haven't added anything to the water aside from conditioner. Right now I have the light on a 8 hour cycle. Any pointers would be great, I am excited to get some life in here, shrimp, fish and snails. But I also want to give the tank some time to properly cycle. Any feedback is appreciated.










The water is a little cloudy right now but I expect that for a day or so. I wont be doing Co2 just yet, but I imagine in the future I will implement some type of Paintball system. I haven't done a aquarium since I was 10 (30 now) and I haven't ever had live plants. This is a wonderful site and I look forward to learning more.
 

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Is there anything I'm missing? I'm going by web based research here for the most part. Hopefully I'm on the right path.


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Nice tank... are you going through a fishless cycle, or are you planning on getting some very hearty fish. If you are doing fishless, you should check out:

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=569274&highlight=fishless+cycle

I would recommend fishless rather than stressing out fish.

If you are cycling with fish, you should find very hearty fish. Danios maybe?

Also, if you are going to do shrimp, you'll need some sort of cover for the filter inlet to make sure small shrimp con't get sucked into the filter... a fine mesh of some sort maybe? What are your water parameters now?
 

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Yes on the fish-less cycle right now. I haven't checked the water yet, I am waiting in the kit to arrive plus I am just letting it run. There is a fine sponge on the front of the filter before the intake, do I need more than that? Thanks for the feedback I'll check the thread you posted.


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I would not add fish until you check the parameters. The sponge is still inside the filter, it would be OK for juvi shrimp, but if ever have babies, you will probably want to put something in front of the filter..

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I would not add fish until you check the parameters. The sponge is still inside the filter, it would be OK for juvi shrimp, but if ever have babies, you will probably want to put something in front of the filter..

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I used that filter prior to upgrading to an Eheim 2215 (with 2217 impeller). It was an okay filter, but not the best once fully planted. It just doesn't create enough flow and I ended up with many areas with no flow. This translates to algae growth in the long run.

The filter itself is not a problem for baby shrimps. Initially bought 3 red cherry shrimps and by the end of the third month, I had over 20 of them. In fact, I had baby fishes as well and the filter was safe for them.

The one problem I had with the filter is that there is a small space at the corner where the filter meets the glass. I lost 3 cardinal tetras because they got stuck back there and couldn't get out. I would use a small amount of filter floss and so that you closed off the opening from the bottom up. Otherwise, you may lose a few small fishes there.
 

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Tank is doing great, since adding Co2 the plants are reacting well. Getting some stringy dark colored algae though.


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Dosing ferts helps indirectly with algae, as it helps the plants. Healthy plants discourages algae. ;)

To actually kill the algae, I'd pick up a bottle of Seachem's Excel. Go easy with it if you want shrimp in this tank, though. Alternatively, you could use a syringe or eyedropper and squirt some hydrogen peroxide on the algae. H2O2 just breaks down to simple water and oxygen when added to water.
 
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