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Old 03-04-2014, 10:05 AM   #181
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120 litre, post "shoe horn"
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:01 AM   #182
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The 120L is looking very nice. Love the DW.

How many Cory will you have in the school when those mature? I have some Rasbora eggs in my tank at the moment but with fungus treatment in there as well i don't think they will survive. Stoked to have my first eggs though and i got to see my juvenile Rasboras doing part of the dance. Theyre supposed to roll on their backs under a large leaf to drop and fertilze the eggs but i haven't seen them do so. I might have to try watching again with no filter running when i'm sure the tank is free of disease. They seem to try spawning every day after feeding so maybe with a still tank. i can collect the eggs.
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Old 03-06-2014, 08:53 AM   #183
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The 120L is looking very nice. Love the DW.

How many Cory will you have in the school when those mature? I have some Rasbora eggs in my tank at the moment but with fungus treatment in there as well i don't think they will survive. Stoked to have my first eggs though and i got to see my juvenile Rasboras doing part of the dance. Theyre supposed to roll on their backs under a large leaf to drop and fertilze the eggs but i haven't seen them do so. I might have to try watching again with no filter running when i'm sure the tank is free of disease. They seem to try spawning every day after feeding so maybe with a still tank. i can collect the eggs.
Cheers, I've been collecting bits of wood for years now! Even if I don't need it, if I see a nice piece I buy it!

Try a bare bottom tank with marbles or a fine mesh through which the eggs can pass. Then move fish to one of your many empty tanks, take the filter (that should please the niece!) run an airline for the egg tank. Check to see if they are affected by light. I know tetra eggs are light sensitive.

It's great isn't it, when your fish breed.
There are 15 Cory (not many, half my usual minimum), they will be moved to the big tank when they grow up. Some Cory breeders use methylene blue to treat egg fungus, check though to be sure.
Plenty o2 is key in my experience. That keeps things ok, no need for meds.
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Old 03-12-2014, 01:29 PM   #184
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Talking Big day! Nice story proving big chains aren't so bad!

corydoras agassizii, (my story of)

So I got up this morning, a new bulb had blown (under 3 months old) I tested it on a spare light starter got slightly annoyed and made my way to the fish store.
I still had the unresolved hill stream loach issue (the story goes, out of 6 I had 1 survivor! 2 jumped ship (one was a nasty accident the other was my fault) three deaths I believe to be colour fade<take note) so off I went with these issues.


(The original replacement was postponed until my water balanced as they had found nitrite in my sample, this confused me, I used a small whiskey bottle to transport the sample, it's all I could find with a stopper/cork/cap.
It turns out whiskey has nitrites in it!
Case closed)

(This makes for a less than impressed customer)

I explained the colour fade it didn't look good, time passed etc was the first and actually plausible excuse.
(providing photographic evidence from day of purchase)<note,
I asked to go to a more quiet area of the store where I explained myself fully and got my replacement as promised, I also managed to get 2 more loaches for free! As a gesture of "good will" so now I have 4 Pseudogastromyzon sp. in a rheophilic species tank.

(I did ask for the free fish and after presenting my case the manager agreed!)
They also replaced the bulb, I'm sure it was defective.

After talking to the "man" about corydoras (basically paleatus are so cheap they aren't worth my effort to him) I asked which species would he pay good money for, I introduce to you, Corydoras agassizii,
breeding stock, wild caught (6). Species tank.

(The spaghetti mob)

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(The tokens I earn off of these should see me well into my reef for stock!)

Please cross your fingers now.
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Old 03-12-2014, 02:01 PM   #185
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Pseudogastromyzon sp.

Hill stream loach, colour fade. (Applies to balitorine loaches)


DO NOT BUY LOACHES THAT ARE SEVERELY COLOUR FADED.

This is one of the pictures presented (still in original wrapping) so the case against time elapsed was agreed to be incorrect.

These fish will most likely not recover if the condition is bad, make sure you select nicely coloured up specimens. (They fade a bit during transport but the colour comes back just as fast)
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Thumbs up Chaotic Tranquility

Behind the scenes, hill stream loach tank. It's an eye sore from a distance but it's beautiful up close. A closer look at the equipment side of this tank. You can see a loach circled in yellow.
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Old 03-22-2014, 08:17 AM   #187
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RO/DI upgrade

20th March 2014

This unit is at least 6 years old, it has served me well in its basic form, over the years and mainly due to expansion, I've found a few crinkles I've decided to iron out. In a bid to assist trouble shooting and to help make water production easier and more efficient, the first in a series of upgrades to the RO unit. In line TDS meter to monitor water through the various system elements (A common fit on more modern machines). It has already highlighted one problem! Second on the list, an increased capacity DI stage is planned to improve the service interim time. ((From 250ml to 1400ml) 1650ml if I keep the existing DI bed in operation).
A split T from the CCB to a tap outlet will provide de-chlorinated water saving me money on one product (lots of money in this house! Can't believe I haven't done this sooner, the filters used is much less money than a de-chlorinator product per annum) Finally some flow meters will be installed to monitor throughput as I think I'm just on/over the limit of the pre filter stage for this unit. (Based on 6 months lifespan over volume throughput capacity) I will definitely be over if I use it as a basic de-chlorinator.

21st March 2014.

After experiencing problems with production water I had to find the cause, my choices were, membrane failure, pre filter failure (CCB past useful life) or DI resin degradation. I was experiencing problems similar to membrane failure, the inline TDS meter I recently fitted confirmed this. I thought that was weird as I had just installed a new item in December.
(After all the pipes I unplugged and plugged back in to confirm this the first time around, the new TDS system fitted sure makes this task much easier, just flick a switch and NO puddles!)

Today, (21st march)
NEW MEMBRANE and CCB/Pre filter stage. New flow restricter.
(After 10 minutes @ 60 PSI (244 TDS in (Line 1), 003 TDS post RO (line 2))
Output 000 TDS.
Running at 82.8% before membrane/filter change. (See picture Digital Evolution)
Runs at 98.8% That's a clear improvement!
The most likely cause of premature membrane failure, CCB spent.
This CCB has a useful life of 3500 US gallons (13,249 litres) or 6 months! A positive chlorine test confirms CCB expired.
(New membrane and filters dec '13)
Second plausible reason, incorrect installation/flush method on pre filter stage. (Unlikely as it has not happened in the last 5-6 years!)

The second part of the RO evolution, the flow meter. This will total up the number of litres throughput and should help to ensure this will not happen again. I'm quite sure I used the CCB up in 3 months! If the flow meter saves one membrane it will have paid for itself. It automatically switches on (off) when it detects flow (no flow) so reducing user error. It registers from 0.2 to 5 litres per minute.
The TDS in line system has also shown a discrepancy with my handheld meter, I think it's the batteries, still the originals so they've lasted for as long as I've had the RO unit! It has also revealed incorrect packing of DI bed once so far! That has proven it is a useful piece of equipment in just one day!
I've also added a couple of ball valves to maintain pressure on the membrane, apparently you're supposed to do this? The first membrane I never did this and it lasted until December 13, maybe it never had time to dry out! I hope membrane 3 lasts as long as the first one did!

(The pictures used show input TDS at 218 so here it is running at 98.6%)
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Pseudogastromyzon sp. Mis-identified (wrong label!)

4 Hill stream loach,

Gastromyzon ctenocephalus. X2 (or possibly G. scitulus)
G. ocellatus. X1

Possibly Sinogastromyzon puliensis. X1 (closest colour form, wrong size)
(unlikely as illegal, imports do happen, species protected)
(Beaufortia sp. ?)
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Ro/DI Upgrade, components.

The various components to modify my RO unit.
Increase DI stage to 1650ML, improve pre filter stage capacity, split supply to dechlorinated output (includes No3 filter), electronic measures for flow/volume and TDS, 200 litre reservoir.

These parts are the RO unit specific items. Reservoir in the post. Digital bits arrive Tuesday.
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The upgrade continues. . .

Almost fully converted to my custom spec. 205 litre Reservoir arrived today. (UK Monday 31st March)
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