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Old 11-16-2014, 12:59 AM   #7151
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The round spot on the back of the Tetras dorsal fin is gone. All I did was add the Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium and salt. Hmmmm. I am sure it was a bad spot. The fish seem more lively and I didn't do a pwc either (because I just added all the stuff).
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Old 11-16-2014, 08:31 AM   #7152
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Was sonic one of your inherited fish, I remember Brutus, it's always a shame when fish die, I mean fish you've looked after! I vaguely remember you taking on some fish from a friend?
Yeah Sonic was originally borrowed for a breeding project after initially looking after him. Then his owner moved away and left me with Sonic and 2 fantails. No tanks, just fish. Lucky i keep spares . Brutus is doing well, his pond is still a work in progress after some debates over what portion of a water bill i should pay. I don't want that heat right now with my real estate. I will eventually switch over to a very 4x2x2 tank indoors and the pond so the real estate can't complain. Soon i'll assemble it. I have the materials to build it and every plan made

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Great to hear the developments down under, last time we spoke this was pretty much a dream lying around in pieces.

I'm glad it's all working out, apart from the loss, tip top old chum.
I think Sonic was pretty old for the few months i had him so it wasn't unexpected.

I'm a procrastinator of epic proportions with my aquarium builds. Maybe it's the fact i always have 20 projects progressing all demanding of limited funds. This particular project is close to completion though.


Today i got wet hands in my first planted tank (community 20g)
I went through with part two of a big teardown and refreshing of my plants. My plants are all healthy but everything gets overgrown pretty quick. The stems i have growing get long enough to span the tank in about 1 week. I tore them all out today to take fresh algae free tips for replanting. I pulled about 70 tips of sunset hygro and ludwigia repens apart from the 12 or so of each i replanted 2 months ago. Continual trimming of tips seems to keep these hydras happy. Part 1 of the big trim in this tank was on dwarf chain sword which grows 2-3 runners from every mature established plant per week in my tanks. It was everywhere so i pulled that out and replanted 5 young plants in their original zone. I hadn't noticed crypt runners in the stem jungle but i have about 8-9 runners in various areas of the tank. So much for low maintenance. The crypts are growing like weeds now too. I took two runners out and replanted them with my Comets. They probably have a short time left in that tank but so far so good, 5 hours and no tear outs.
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Old 11-16-2014, 08:59 AM   #7153
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Limited funds is always a problem! Even if you chuck everything at it, it always needs more!
You have enough tanks that this may be of use to you;
In my house the biggest saving I made in the last 12 months was de chlorinator. Ok I had the background equipment in place so it wasn't too costly to transition but I'm saving the food bill and replacement water filter costs every year! Find a cheaper way to dechlorinate and that will free up significant funds for you.
(If you have ammonia free water, a 25litre container and an air stone should be sufficient but heavy metals may still pose a problem, some type of HMA resin through a filter should work but I'm unsure of the cycle times, it would vary by volume, perhaps a small tank (or one with an appropriate volume) using a canister with resin in a bag, that will be cheaper per year)
If you don't fancy that set up or an RO, maybe you have soft water or your tap water is fine, you can get a pond style pre filter set that fits to a tap but you need to be using volumes of water to make it worthwhile, anything over 500 litres a week I'd say do it. It looks similar to an RO device, prefilter, CCB, resin bed, just with hosetails and no RO membrane.
(You could hide that from the landlord and plug it on as needed)

Even if you need to pay out now, in six months you'll be saving.


Good growth is a good sign! It's good you make something from your effort too! That helps out a bit.
I'm still waiting for my next money project! I'm trying to settle my new Cory in, if they breed as often as my paleatus I will be very happy for a few years.
They eat, they seem happy but still a bit flighty, hopefully they will settle a bit soon, the puffer on the other hand is clearly settled!
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Clipped some zucchini to the back wall. My pleco has been rasping at it ever since. The gourami and the rainbow shark have been getting in on it too. I think I'll clip a piece of broccoli on the side so there's less competition+ crowding.

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Last night checked water parameters in all the tanks.

My dosing of magnesium, calcium and potassium seem to be working...my KH is looking better and the pH is a little low in the 72G (tank I have had so many problems with) but climbing with treatment and staying stable right now. Whew! Pain in the rumpus.

Looking at a beautiful 12G rimless tank with Starphire glass for sale with stand for $80 NEW! I can't seem to find out who the manufacturer is, it came from the MACNA SW conference a couple months ago. Best pricing I can find would still make that a decent price, like getting the stand for free. I think the guy used the lights that were on it because it only comes tank and stand for that price, nothing else... sooooo...

Pwc on the 6.6G and fill evap last night for SW 15G. Doing a couple more pwc today, on the 72G and 15G sw. Considering a FX-5 whole filter clean out on the 72G tomorrow. (I hate doing that, always worrying I will forget something when I put it back together and have to clean up a flood!)
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Had to put my water trash can inside because of the weather.
Interesting about the auto water change drip thing, I am in the planning stages for one myself!!!

Chilla thrilla! Its cold!
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Interesting about the auto water change drip thing, I am in the planning stages for one myself!!!



Chilla thrilla! Its cold!

I keep telling Trenna to invent and patent one of these and put those water changing discussions to bed.
Got some plants today (Blyxa and UG).
They were supposed to show up Friday but went AWOL for about 4 days somewhere between AZ and VA. Thank you, USPS. It's been in the 30s (F) today so I'm going to let these gradually warm up and sit in my room temp holding tank. Plants look pretty good considering the weather. The UG has a little algae and/or dark green mush and smells like bagoůng. For the non-Pinoy that's shrimp paste.
Here's my tank. I think I'll make some room in the back left corner for the Blyxa and the open space on the front right is for the UG.


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