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Old 05-20-2011, 01:46 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Welcome to APC!! I love these big tanks!! What a beautiful set up. Great cabinet! Great plumbing! Great equipment. Looks like your plants and fish are enjoying it! You are the first person I have heard of using TWO 2262 Eheims! Quite a massive amount of filtration! I will stay tuned!




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Old 05-22-2011, 07:30 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Wow.. i love this big tank! i really like the driftwoods too =]
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Old 05-26-2011, 12:04 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Very nice tank; wow that's a lot of filtration, but I guess it keeps the water clear, plus the tank size is pretty impressive to begin with. The discus are fantastic!
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I love everything about it. The lighting, the plants, the cabinet, and even the plumbing. Although I think its maintenance can be a bit rough. But that's always been a problem with big tanks.
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Old 05-29-2011, 12:20 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Hey Tex Gal, thank you for the welcome and for your kind words.

Thank you thlim, mudboots and gwenschuck75, appreciate your input.

I know it's a lot of filtration but i kind of had to hope for the best and plan for the worst. I am still hoping to house 6 to 8 Altums in my tank, one day, so i wanted to have very good filtration. I upgraded the two Eheim pumps that came with to two 3400l Eheim pumps, i was hoping to get a bit more water circulation without using any power heads which would look ugly. Unfortunately this wasn't enough, I was hesitant to get rid of the return spray bar since it is holding one of the pieces of wood on the left (i accidentally moved it once and oh man that was a big big mistake), i am using two Tunze Power heads for circulation as well now.

I'm struggling to get rid of some algae, mainly BBA. Aquasoil must have stopped altering my PH and KH, my Co2 levels have fluctuated heaps. I cleaned the drop checker and re calibrated my PH controller. Phosphate and Nitrate levels were very low too, i have adjusted the dose rates of these now. I also added 15 Siamese algae eaters and they seem to be doing a good job so far.

I made the mistake of not testing my water when everything seemed good, then when i started testing again it's too late, algae jungle!! Lesson learn t. I'm using a GHL auto dosing system now, it's fantastic.
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Holy lord in heaven that driftwood is epic! If you ever grow tired of the left piece PM me lol. But seriusly....i want it. O_o. Tank overall is great as well. Congrats
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Old 06-02-2011, 11:04 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Keep us updated on your tank growth. I'm sure when your swords and such grow up it will be fantastic. Loving the blyxa. It really is such a nice plant.

I just saw the Tunze powerheads for the first time the other day. Is there any upgrade in using them instead of the Koralia brand? I've seen the brand (escapes me now) where the cord is on the outside of the tank which is preferred by me, but they aren't directional.



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Hi dabrybry, Thank you for your comments. There are two pieces of wood on the left, it does look like one. I was lucky to have a collector in Perth locate these pieces for me, to collect drift wood you must have a license. No probs i'll post them out to you if i get tired of looking at them

Hellooo Tex Gal, Swords are growing out of control, i prune them regularly. They kind of block light to all the surrounding lower plants. I'm considering removing one on the left, there is a Crinum that is not getting enough light, i'd rather have a nicely grown Crinum than a Sword. Crinums are very very rare to come buy, i paid $130.00 for it!! Perth is the most isolated city in the world, and quarantine is very strict.

Koralia is made by Hydor from memory, i've never used one. I've used a few Tunze in my previous saltwater tank, never had a problem with any of them, very quiet. I love the single and multi controllers that are available through Tunze. If you are considering on getting a Tunze pump get a controllable pump and go for the next size up than what you need, this way you can reduce the flow as much as you want. But if you buy one and at a later date want a bit more flow you are going to have to get another pump, it'll be worth the extra few dollars. Single controllers are quite cheap.

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Can you post another px of your tank with your swords grown some? I'd like to see it with the new height. Funny how we all want what is hard to get. Crinums are cheap, cheap, over here. You can get them for under $10 in many online stores. They are beautiful plants.

I couldn't find where you stated how many gallons/liters you tank is. Can you tell us?



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Old 07-14-2011, 06:08 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Hi Tex gal, sorry for the late reply.. My tank is 1000l, 1850 x 700 x 800H.. $10 is very cheap, lucky

I haven't done any pruning for weeks, here's a pic of the tank at four months.. Blyxa is growing like weeds.. My Narrow leaf is struggling though.. I'm starting to think the whole bottom will be covered by Blyxa very soon, both ends are completely covered now and the leaves are touching the front glass now. I think my tank lacks a bit of red... I'm thinking of keeping it all green and maybe adding a WC colony of (type) Red Discus or a few Altums..!

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