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Old 11-10-2020, 02:11 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Old 11-10-2020, 02:14 PM   #42 (permalink)
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"He has since also died after getting sucked into the filter intake during a water change and getting blown into the yard."
-Sorry, I can't help but laugh at that. That would have been worth seeing, given his temper for all other life forms.

Looks like the sump is doing it's job, though. So, the pump in the sump pumps water up into the tank, and then the pipes at the top of the tank are intaking the overflow, right? So that, if the pump fails, the sump can't overflow, and neither can the tank, right? I have never thought about how the sumps work.
BTW - when you get here we can play around with it and see how this is set up in case you want something similar for Josh's tank. Why an FX6 won't clear my water is beyond me...but the sump is perfect because you can get picky with media and swap out what does or doesn't work in literally seconds, just kneeling under the stand and playing around.

We can also look at some ideas for silencing the intake. I wanted to buy the Maggie Muffler but they won't fit inside my drop box.
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Old 11-10-2020, 02:41 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Bummer about the Apistos, cichlids can be psychotic. But the tank looks great! The best behaved cichlids I've ever had are the Julidochromis reagani in my 40B. If you can start with one compatible pair they tolerate all offspring indefinitely, becoming a sizable colony.

No, you aren't supposed to keep Rift Lake cichlids in a planted tank, but this species does fine as long as they have enough stone work and caves. You can barely see the stones in my tank for the plants, but the Julies even coexist with many large bristlenose plecos.
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Old 11-17-2020, 12:29 PM   #44 (permalink)
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I might just consider some Juli's then...we'll see. I've got some distractions coming my way soon with the holidays approaching so I'll probably wait until after the new year to make decisions.

In the meantime I noticed my Crypts are all starting to thicken up really nicely under the stems. Sharing a photo of some C.wendtii under some Proserpinana palustris plus a couple other critter-shots.

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Old 11-20-2020, 03:06 PM   #45 (permalink)
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Okay, I hate to be a non-believer in a Seachem product, but I am thinking their Fluorite substrate is NOT what it used to be...like somehow in the past several years it just became cuh-rapp... I really mean no disrespect, but having had aquariums before, and having used their products, this is not what I expected. I can get this tank nice and clean, and then a day later it's cloudy again. And when I add my fine media back it turns fluorite-red, so it's not like it's algae or bacteria or fish goo. Not to mention that the tank is well settled, and there are only a handful of tiny critters in there to begin with.

I may do a full reset on my substrate when davemonkey comes to visit (sorry David, bring shorts and a t-shirt...LOL!!!). Dang...

On the plus side, the aquarium is otherwise doing GREAT and I have some very happy, easy maintenance low-tech plants with some super-sweet fish that are LOVING the layout.
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I may do a full reset on my substrate when davemonkey comes to visit (sorry David, bring shorts and a t-shirt...LOL!!!). Dang...
You got it! And then we shall celebrate.
I'm having the exact same issue with Fluorite, so I doubt it's just a bad batch either (since we're a few states apart).
In the very near future, I will be testing out Oil-Dri or Saf-T-Sorb in Genevieve's 5-gallon. It's less than $10 for a 40lb bag...so here's to hoping. If that doesn't work well, maybe Eco-Complete for me, but that would not be a good choice for your Cory's since it's a very sharp (lava rock) substrate.
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Follow this thread for updates on the OilDri. I will say that in tha jar, after the photo, I dumped and added back clean water and it’s fairly clear. But that’s not the same as in an active aquarium, so I am not making any conclusions yet.
https://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/#/topics/145273
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You got it! And then we shall celebrate.
I'm having the exact same issue with Fluorite, so I doubt it's just a bad batch either (since we're a few states apart).
In the very near future, I will be testing out Oil-Dri or Saf-T-Sorb in Genevieve's 5-gallon. It's less than $10 for a 40lb bag...so here's to hoping. If that doesn't work well, maybe Eco-Complete for me, but that would not be a good choice for your Cory's since it's a very sharp (lava rock) substrate.
This might interest you: https://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/...ol-filter.html
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You got it! And then we shall celebrate. <img src="https://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/forumapc/images/smilies/icon_pidu.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Partyman" class="inlineimg" />
I'm having the exact same issue with Fluorite, so I doubt it's just a bad batch either (since we're a few states apart).
In the very near future, I will be testing out Oil-Dri or Saf-T-Sorb in Genevieve's 5-gallon. It's less than $10 for a 40lb bag...so here's to hoping. If that doesn't work well, maybe Eco-Complete for me, but that would not be a good choice for your Cory's since it's a very sharp (lava rock) substrate.
This might interest you: https://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/...ol-filter.html
Yes, I’ve been following that one as well. And it appears the “oil-dri” is likely the same as “saf-t-sorb”. And I am thinking it’s also the same as that aquatic plant substrate from a dozen years ago by aquarium plants dot com.
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