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"El Rio Grande"
Jake's 40g Biotope Riparium

Updates
Pg. 2 - In With The New, Out With The Old - Tank Setup, But Dry
Pg. 3 - The Drought is Over! Tank Setup!
Pg. 4 - New'ns
Pg. 5 - Thanksgiving
Pg. 5 - RESCAPE


Let it begin!


"El Rio Pico," this setups forefather

A Little Backround

Many of you have probably seen my "El Rio Pico" riparium. Great little tank. But if you begin to read the very first post, and many more, you will realize how unprepared, unlearned, and horrid at spelling I was. I mainly got by on luck, water changes, and hardy fish. Well, now that I have a good grasp of aquaria (and spelling!) I am going to up the ante. After getting the awesome parents of mine to OK the "Bigger Aquarium Bill" I freak out, and begin to scour Craigslist for a good deal. While looking around for a bigger tank, I decide on getting a 40g breeder sized aquarium. I also plan the tank out, a S. American Biotope, with riparium plant in the far left corner, lots of driftwood, and everything else that is needed, mostly using overpowered equipment from "El Rio Pico". This leads us to yesterday, when I learn of the Petco "Dollar Per Gallon Sale". I check my funds, think it over, and decide to get the tank new, and get a used stand. Late this morning (8/30/10) I come home with a brand new, Aqueon 40 gallon breeder aquarium! Which leaves us at the here and now. The tank won't bee setup 'till I get the stand, but getting the tank is a good excuse for starting a journal.


Petco a store that is on the rise... in my area!


The thing is huge!!!

(As of August '10)

Equipment List

Tank: Aqueon 40g Breeder w/black trim
Filter: Eheim Classic 2213 w/powerhead
Substrate: Pool filter sand
Lighting: 24" T5HO hydroponics light fixture w/24w 6,500k bulb*
Stand: Unknown
Flora: Vallisneria spp. Echinoduros spp.
Fauna: Unknown
Photoperiod: Unknown
Fertilization: Unknown
CO2: None Planned...

*Upgrading ASAFA

It will be a while before I can get this baby up and running, so be patient! (As I will have to be...) Please, feel free to comment and tell me what you think! If you see any problems with my plan, tell me. Please!


The tank...

Special thanks to: Hydrophyte and Riparium Supply, Hoppy, Sewingalot, and everybody else who I have forgotten and will remember later!

(Post August '10)
 

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Update - Goodbye 20g!

In With The New, Out With The Old - Tank Setup, But Dry

Today was a big day, atleast when it came to my aquaria! (And college football...) I begin with moving the flora and fauna from "El Rio Pico" to an extra 10g setup with a heater and air pump late in the morning. The fishes seem fine, which is a releif. Once all the "perishable" stuff was moved, I moved the substrate (pool filter sand) into some large buckets to be pust to use later. With the tank emptied and the stand cleared, it was time to say good by. *Sob*....


The final hours of "El Rio Pico"...


Takin' everything out


The holding tank


It's.... Gone!

Well anyway, my awesome dad "helped" (Ok, he did everything!) me make the stand. Several 2x4's, screws, and wafer boards later, the stand was lookin' good! So early this evening, everything was inplace! The Eheim was clean, the stand was up, and the tank was on top of it. But this is where a little problem takes place, the reinforced wafer board which the tank is sitting on is uneven. So I will have to wait 'till I can even the stand out, (tommarow) to fill the this baby up! This is totally OK with me, since am I pooped and the idea of filling and dumping around forty buckets of water into the tank sounds a little, "unfun." I did spend some time aquascaping the thing though, so this update isn't totally worthless!

Tell me what you think!


Da Mess!


The Stand in All Its Glory


More of The Stand


Aquascape!



 

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Update - The Drought is OVER!

The Drought is Over! -Tank Setup-



As the title says, Sunday was "fill up day" for the tank! I really like what is happening so far with thsi thing. I have filled up tanks by hand in the past (no Python... no fun!) so I figured out a way to do it "bucketlessly." With the help of the little bro, I brought our garden hose up though my second story porch door right up to the tank. It was sooo nice being able to fill the tank in three minutes with no labor, compared to an hour or more with alot of bucket lifting. :icon_smil Anyway, once the tank was filled, I had to rearange some of the driftwood as most haven't sunk yet. Monday afternoon I added the fauna, and all has been pretty good since. The only thing I have noticed, is that one of the Corydoras is missing the top of his back fin (anal fin?). He also seems to have been rejected by the other Corydoras. It appears that they chase on occasion and will not school with him. The two things that my have happened, is that my rejuvenating Betta splendens who is in the tank temporarily, could have nipped him and the others are picking on him because he is weaker. That or the other two are now a breeding pair? I highly doubt the second one.


As far as the ripascape goes, I will add on to the riparium plants that I have as this baby progresses.




Under The Tank - Featuring, the Eheim, baskets, and a Dracanea


I love spray bar current!


Side Veiw
 

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A No Picture Update

Huston... We have a problem. The SD card is lost!

Yeah, so this is kind of a no picture update.

So far, everything has been going well. The Corydoras have spawned several times and plants have been doing good. Before this tank was started, I had researched adding almond or oak leaves to create a leaf litter over the substrate, and finding no con's against it, I have decided to go ahead with it. I first collected a couple hand fulls from a neighbors yard, cleaned them, and added them to my 2.5g betta setup to see if they had any negative affects. Two days later, Sam (Da betta) is thriving and loves all the tannins and places to explore! With the thumbs up from Sam, I collected some more leaves and let them sit for a day. Earlier this evening, I sorted through the ones I collected and cleaned the select few and dumped them in the tank. After a quick rearrangment session, all is well... And awesome! I can't believe that I didn't add leaves sooner. They really give off an aura of rainforest riveness.

As far as stocking, you may have seen my thread in the "Fish" forum for stocking suggestions. After much deliberation, and help, here is my stocking rough draft.

Neon Tetra - 11
Corydoras spp. - 5
Apistogramma spp. (agassizi?) - 3-4

Maybes
Otocinculus spp.
Small group of other tetras

Please comment and tell me what you think!
 

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Leaves, Leaves and More Leaves...

Been a long time since I have updated, though, I do as always have an excuse... I lost my SD card. Pretty lame, huh? But anyways, alot has happend visually with this tank since I have updated. Probably a day or two after the tank was setup, I added oak leaves to create a leaf litter for the bottem of the tank, and in my opinion gives it a beutiful biotope feel. I took a trip a couple weeks ago to Advanced Aquarium Systems, and picked up some Vallisneria sp.. They seem to be doing OK, thought it will be interesting to see if I can keep them alive, because I haven't kept aquatics alive for more then three months. :icon_surp On Tuesday I got a package from Ripairum Supply. In it was some Ruellia, Pilea grandifolia, Echinodorus, and a Large Tank Planter Planter 2-Pack. (For more on the Tank Planters, take a look at this blog post). That night I replanted and cleaned all my Riparium Supply Planters in an effort to get rid of the most annoying springtails that like to call my tank home. One a very happy note, my Corydoras have started to regularly spawn! I have even gotten the chance to unknowingly raise one of the fry, who is now about +1in. long!

Equipment List

Tank: Aqueon 40g Breeder w/black trim
Filter: Eheim Classic 2213 w/Maxi Jet 404 powerhead
Substrate: Pool filter sand
Lighting: 24" T5HO hydroponics light fixture w/24w 6,500k bulb*
Stand: Homemade
Flora
Riparia Flora - Echinodorus Cordifolius 'Marble Queen'
Baby panda bamboo (Poceana spp.)
Pilea grandifolia
Peace lilly (Spathiphyllium spp.)
Tahitan Bridal Veil
Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia spp.)
Basket Grass (Oplismenus hirtellus?)
Ruellia spp.
Aquatic Flora -
Vallisneria spp.
Fauna: Unknown
Photoperiod: 10HPD with 2 hour seista period
Fertilization: Dry fertilizers 1 per week
CO2: None
Decor': Driftwood, oak leaves, river rocks

*Upgrading ASAFA













Pardon the fact that I was playing around with my cameras flash. I suck at photography...
 

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Update - Its ALIVE!

Don't worry, I didn't forget about this thread...

The tank has been going as well as the turkey tasted yesterday. With a few downs added. The riparium plants are recovering from a aphid infestation, which where eradicated after a qiuck 24 hour dunk. Aphids seem to really like soft tissued plants, having left the Spathyphillum and such alone but chowing down on the poor Echinodorus. Other then that, the plants have been flourishing. Fauna wise, the Corydoras keep doing what cories do. So far they have added two more almost adult fry to their ranks. Another thing I have learned is that neons love this.



Man do they attack every little shrimp until they look more like hatchet fish. I have been taking a look around most of the fish stores around here and unfourtunatly can not find any dwarf cichlids. Fish Ulimited is the only store I haven't checked yet... So keep you fingers crossed! The backup plan if I can not find any dwarfs are angels, which Advanced Aquarium has an abundance of.

For equipment, and I have researching some good light fixtures and heaters. So far I have these in mind for lighting.

http://www.aquatraders.com/Odyssea-24in-4x24W-T5-HO-Light-Fixture-Advance-p/52201.htm

or

http://www.hydrobarn.com/subcat343.html

Now on to the pictures! (Notice, I got a backround!)






Pilea grandifolia


My monsterous Dieffenbachia (aka Dumb cane)


Poor plant...


Daddy Corydoras with his son.

Enjoy! And please comment...
 

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Rescape Update


This tank is finally kind of starting to look like I had planned it to be. Remember the, "kind of" in that last statement.

The over all plan is to have the riparium section act as the obvious land section, being filled with Acorus graminius (spelling?). I would then place the driftwood(manzanita if all goes as planned) to make them looks like the root system/stump of a tree. The rocks would then be arranged so that the left side of the tank would be like the center of the stream. Vallisneria and a few Echinodorus would then be lightly added throughout. Sound good or what! :biggrin:







The current rescape is temporary until I can get some better wood/manzy.

The leaves are right now gone for a little as they where causing to much waste for my liking. But don't worry, they will return.

Also, I am in the hunt for some new equipment, if you happen to have a decent canister filter, 24-36" T5HO light fixture, or a good heater that you would like to sell, PM me!



I am still working on pictures my picture taking skills, especially fish and full tank shots so please bare with me.








Pilea grandifolia






Still a bit cloudy.



Please pardon my horrible skills with the camera...
 
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