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Old 09-13-2011, 03:15 PM   #71
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I made a quick and dirty feeding ring today to combat the overflow and spray bar. This is at the opposite side of the spray bar in the tank. I used a suction cup from the 6 pack I bought last week and some extra air line tubing and a scrap of the "T" I cut up for the overflow's air line attachment. Seem to work good so far



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Old 09-13-2011, 05:12 PM   #72
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That's a really great idea, tank is looking awesome by the way, good job.
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Old 09-14-2011, 01:37 PM   #73
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ok so I just used my dremel with a drill bit to cut the grooves another 1/2" deeper. This means I'll get another 1.2gal in the sump if power were to fail. So I cut the refugium wall down about 1" as well. Cutting that gave me another 0.21gal space in the sump. Testing a power outage, the water is pretty close to the rim but everything seems good. I may trim it down another 1" though to make up for the added depth on the overflow teeth. I have to think on it. It's not pretty now but it's doing the job. I can tell that the new pump will make a flow difference for sure.
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Old 09-17-2011, 04:56 PM   #74
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So SUPER big update today and maybe even another tonight. I ran out to the LFS and picked up my first 3 plants. I got 2 for the tank that are supposed to be less tasty to the future cichlids as well as a plant for the sump. I ended up getting an Echinodorus Horemanil, Anubias barteri var. nana and some Ceratopteris Cornuta for the sump. This is after reading the 2 part plant/cichlid article on Plants 102 - Plants and African Cichlids

I also scored 2 24" T5 fixtures and 2 extra boxes of T5 bulbs on craigslist for $65!!!!! One has two 14watt 6700k rated T5ís while the other has two 24 watt floramax rated T5ís. You can really see the bulb colors with the fixtures sitting on the glass but I think they will blend much better once mounted up in the canopy about 6".

Also, I ordered a new switched power strip after searching most of the usual local places like Best Buy etc only to waste 2 days and finally finding one on NewEgg.com. Why are these so rare??

Last, my new 1,300gph pump came 2 days early!!!!
I don't have time to redo the plumbing on this today so I'll work on that some tomorrow.

To top off the day, a local guy posted some cichlid fry on craigslist and I may run out to check them out today as well. I would be beyond stoked if I pick some up. It's a bit early but he tank seems to be doing well.







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So I just scored 10 fry for $3 each. Some are around 1/2" and some are almost 1". Will post pics and types later!!!
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So I was mixing water all last night and this morning and I can't seem to bring the PH down in the container I have the fish in. I would think I've turned over the water in there twice by now. It was reading 8.8 right out of the bag and after hours of water swapping we're still around 8.6. It's crazy. My tank is at about 7.8 right now. I added some buffer this morning thinking I might be able to bring the tank up a tad over the course of the day while I keep trying to bring the fry water down.
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Your setup is insanely cool!
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Thanks!!! I'm really working hard on it to make it a decent tank.
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I wouldn't mess with ph to much, it makes life alot easier to acclimate the fish to your setup than to change your setup to the fish. It's much more stable also if you keep your natural ph. African cichlids are pretty tough and adjust well, not to mention your ph is fine for them. If your concerned I would do a long slow acclimation.
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I would agree, I wasn't trying to bring the tank up too much. I've got them down around 8.2ish now and I think we're ready to make the jump soon.
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