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Old 12-27-2015, 07:00 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Just a text update on this. Nothing has really changed. I have not seen much growth in the E. 'Belem' and am trying to figure out a way to boost the growth. Maybe more light? Anyone have experience where it grows faster submersed? If so I might flood earlier than expected.
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Old 03-02-2016, 07:06 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Day 94 Flood!

Sorry for being away for a while. New year, new things going on and one of those things is a a contractor swap for work coming up and I've been working to get ready to buy a house!

I was hoping to hold off flooding the tanks until I moved, but I couldn't help myself with Inspire. The E. Belem was taking its bitter sweet time to spread, so I figured I'd play around by flooding. Here is a shoddy cell phone pic as I didn't feel like pulling out the DSLR:



Some changes you might notice on here are the lack of Littorella Uniflora. I ended up pulling it to propagate it more in my grow out. It's having a hard time transitioning, but we will see how it goes.

As for the hardware on the tank I've got a bit of an overkill running on it (heh, who would have guessed.)

Filter: Finnex PX360
Lighting: 16" Finnex Planted Plus & 16" Finnex Planted
Heater: Cobalt Neotherm 25w
Thermostat: Jump Start (I started using them for seedling mats, but works great for tank thermostats!)

I'm contemplating fauna now. I know I want an algae crew in there soon as the lights are going to be producing an algae farm until I decide to start injecting CO2 in there. Trio of Ottos and some snails to pick around should do that. As for center piece fish, I was considering the ever so boring Bororas Brigattae unless I find something else that pops with the ever green tank.
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Old 03-06-2016, 05:35 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Had a bit of a SNAFU with the setup... Forgot to get a timer for the lights and was going to be away from home for the weekend on an outing with the gf. Since I'm running two lights and didn't have a timer I risked the 2 days of 24 hour lighting with the lowest output light, the Finnex Planted (NOT the Planted+.) Came back after the two days to find the cyano that I was having issues with in the dry (well moist) start phase coming in strong as well as some hair algae and GSP. I plucked the cyano out, pulled most of the hair algae and gave a wipe down on the front glass. All seems to be back to normal. In hopes to get everything more in a balance I swapped over the CO2 from my grow out to the Mini-M with a mini TNA glass diffuser I had. It's not long enough to go to the lowest part of the tank, but near the output of the filter, the atomized bubbles are circulating fairly well. The worst thing I found coming back was a single planaria... I'm not too pleased. All my plants came from Bartohog besides some Windelov I picked up from the LFS. Not sure where it came from and I hope it's the only one in the tank.

Thoughts so far with the setup. It's fairly placid and needs some fauna for not only a little life, but to assist with cleanup. I'm definitely thinking shrimp, but wish that I could find a hobbyist locally who is willing to sell or trade some. Not sure I'll be that lucky, so I'll have to read up some reviews of places that ship. The hardware selected for the Mini-M seem to be holding up well. The lights are a great output to make the tank bright and show off the colors, the heater is working phenomenally keeping the tank at a constant 80-80.5, and the filter is doing a great job of producing solid flow. I'm still getting bubble purges which I'm not too happy to see. I contacted Finnex about it letting them know I have checked all the seals on the line and believe it's an issue with the seal for the fill port asking if I could get another O-ring. They claimed to not have had issues and I need to recheck the seals. If the fill port seal is the issue, I should lubricate it with Vaseline. From previous filter experience with Vaseline on seals, I swore that process destroyed seals more being that petrolium products and o-rings don't go well together. Thoughts?
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Bummer about the filter. Doesn't sound like their customer service is very good. I've normally only used water for O-rings, but I only have one in my filter. How about using some sort of hose clamp?
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The fill for the Finnex filter is more of a plug than a hose connection, so sadly I'm unable to use a hose clamp to fix the problem. I'm trying to remember the stuff I used on my old Marineland H.O.T. canisters years ago for a way to rehydrate the o-rings. I can't remember what it was called.

Please pardon the horrible pic, but here is an update Day 100, Flood Day 6 I'm happy to say everything is doing fairly well... Sadly so is some GSA all over the glass. In my run out to the local CO2 shop to swap out an emptying 5lb'er for a 10lb'er I also stopped by the LFS to pick up some Otto's. Until now they had been doing great! I kicked the CO2 levels down with the new compressed CO2 tank, and still saw the Windelov and Needle Java Fern pearl up a storm. I also replaced the drop checker solution to make sure I was going to see ideal values and I'm, as they say, in the green. All the otto's are scavenging, besides one. I did have a lethargic one out of the group and it looks like the lethargic one is social and one of the others is doing spins Generally that's been a bad sign for Otto's...

Here is the cruddy tank:

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Tank is looking healthy! How many oto's did you get? Every time I get them, they never last so I've given up on them. I always read on forums how sensitive they are. They're so damn cool though. Did you also get floaters? How do you like the lights for your tank? I'm contemplating a Mini-M myself as the Fluval Edge's top is making it difficult to keep the water flow high and water clean.
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Well I lost one Otto which I'm pretty bummed about, but that's just the thing with Otto's; you have to lose a few to keep a few I started with four and am down to three. They seem to only nibble on my GSA and not chow down as the one's I've had on the past did.

I went with floaters temporarily until the tank settles. It's a mix of Frogbit and Dwarf Water Lettuce. I would love to switch to some Salvinia in the future unless I decide to go without floaters period. I'm just trying to figure out the GSA, but I know that has a ton to do with my lighting. Dual Finnex 16"ers isn't helping, but I love how clear the tank looks with the pair.

If I were to look for a tank to replace an Edge, I'd want something long. That just might be me though. I'd highly recommend finding a center piece for your hardscape and plan a tank around that. With most of the fun stuff for aquaria these days being online, for those of us without really cool local shops stocking stuff, it's hard to get things right for the tank. In the case of the Mini-M, I had to scape for the tank, not honestly build what I wanted due to lack of local materials.
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Let me clarify something rather than edit all of my posts for the past few days, please disregard "GSA" in my posts as I actually meant "GDA". I spent some time cleaning the glass last night; front which is a daily task, the left and the rear. I left the right (where the heater is) alone as a constant variable to see how much more growth it has. Upon scraping everything it was in dire need of a water change as I couldn't see much going on in the green water. I did a quick 50% on it and the Otto's were freaking out. Once the water change was done, they seemed extremely spritely. The trio in there usually broke up into a pair that would swim and chase one another and a lonely one. After the water change they schooled for the rest of the night. The water had a slight micro bubble haze so I just let it go.

This morning I looked at the tank when I got up and it was crystal. The right pane actually had a lot less GDA, so it seems like the water change prompted the Otto's to go on a feeding frenzy. Hopefully we will see less GDA and I can start supplementing their diet with veggies over the current algae.

My plans for tonight are to pick up 10 cherry shrimp from a local. That reminds me, I need to shoot her a text. Once I do that I hope they can pick at the particulate algae that's accumulating on the E. Belem and substrate. So we will see how that goes.
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So I think I've got the algae under control, but it's a catch 22 of how I went through and did it... I don't like it, but I turned off one of the fixtures, specifically the lower output of the two, the Finnex Planted. This just leaves the output of the Planted + and the plants seem happy and the algae is not all over the place. The problem with it though is, the tank isn't pearling like mad like it had been. Since I turned the lights off and didn't adjust the CO2 I've noticed the drop checker has turned from a light green to a yellow. I hope the Otto's are OK with this.

I did a little rescaping last night to fill in a gap in the rock work with some substrate. I've also noticed that I might have lost my lush hedge of Mini Pelia I'm unsure if it's due to the original temp or the algae or both. Side note since I'm talking about temps here, my Neotherm died... I had to contact Cobalt for a replacement, but the tank went from running at 80 degrees to 75 being at ambient room temp. I noticed this when I got back from a weekend at the girlfriends and couldn't figure out what killed the heater. Glad it stopped working over cooking the tank, but I guess the thermostat would have saved me from that. Should be getting a new one soon in the mail.

I'm also contemplating adding more flow. One thing I noticed was how the algae never accumulated in high flow spots. The algae did something phenomenal and pointed out my low flow spots. Those were the right front corner of the tank, the front of the tank, and the entire left side. Not sure what I want to do about it yet, but adding extra flow is in the works. Just need to find a compact way of doing so.
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What happened to the MP? I think it usually prefers lower temps, so not sure why it would melt. Maybe the drastic change of temp? That sucks! MP is expensive too. Is there any way to get it back to life?

I set my tank to 78 degrees, but most of the time it's 80-82 degrees. Not sure why it gets so warm.

I use a Hydor Koralia Nano for flow. It's pretty strong, but I think it's fine as long as you don't have fish that are too tiny.
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