Looks like its coming along nicely, im keen to see how your lights perform. i use floodlights with good success but these are definitely the more elegant option
Cheers! Thanks for the heads-up. What sorts of things are available at these mini-auctions? Fish? Plants? Hardscape materials? And I made a note of last year's Spring Auction but wasn't far enough along on this project to make it worthwhile... I'll definitely look into this year's.Hey there, looking very nice. I have a few plants but not sure if they would fit your needs. Shoot me a PM.
Love the barn wood and the lighting idea is looking great! Also there are great bargins at the Colorado Aquarium Society (CAS) mini auctions at every meeting. South Denver every 1st Friday of the month. Spring auction will be coming soon.
Everything!!! From old tanks and stands to rock and gravel, to nicer items and lfs donate new fish and tank related items as well. The CAS orders in a variety of interesting fish too for the sale and there are breeders of just about every kind of fish who bring items to sell. There is more detailed info on the websiteCheers! Thanks for the heads-up. What sorts of things are available at these mini-auctions? Fish? Plants? Hardscape materials? And I made a note of last year's Spring Auction but wasn't far enough along on this project to make it worthwhile... I'll definitely look into this year's.
Thanks - I appreciate the feedback.Cool looking setup! One quick question, what did you put between the tank and the stand? Some kind of foam?
Ha ha - farlowella is definitely already on the list. Here's what I posted originally as a fish wishlist...Great looking set up! Definitely add a farlowella catfish when your ready for fish, they are really cool the way they walk around on their pectoral fins and very peaceful.
(Though now I'm debating going with black neons instead of greens, as I'll be able to easily source them locally).Grendel said:The overall idea is a South American “biotopey” (see what I did there?) tank, with dicrossus filamentosas, green neons, some cories (Sterbai? Trilineatus?), and a few otos and more curious algae eaters like farlowella/nannoptopoma/hypoptopoma.
Thanks for the ideas - I've tried the paper towels and currently do the filter return at the water-line, but the film keeps coming back... I'd love to be able to tackle the root cause, but that seems really hard to pin down...Recently I got the film on a tank set up for awhile / Spec V, after I moved the spray directional lower as to make sure not to make excess noise when the water evaporates. It was more quiet, AND started with the glaze of oily film. I recently used StressCoat another item have not used in a long time. Stating that anecdotally.
Changed the spray upwards again and after a week it is nearly gone. Previously used good paper towels to help as well as better circulation at the surface.
It's funny - since I posted my comments about the protein film it's not come back at all... Previously it would start to return within a few hours, but at this point it's been four days and counting and there's not even a hint of it. I didn't do anything different - maybe it was just something that the tank had to work through on its own.The solving thing with the film always tend to be surface skimmer, or increase agitation by a lot. I think it may be a build of stuff that the plants and bacteria excrete but I'm not sure.
As for frogbit issues, it did well eventhough I had a decent amount of flow going through it, but usually floaters and flow don't do well together. Metricide is always a decent culprit but I'm sure there are a fair few online who dose Excel etc. with frogbit. I also had the occasional Excel use and I was seeing holes in the frogbit but I think that was mainly due to overcrowding of it. I think Excel was giving my Crypts trouble though. This is all just speculation. You may have to do a bit of trial and error.
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