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Postby cantrell00 » Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:14 pm

Agridion wrote:
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Nice overflow! I see you have also a backup canister? What substrate are you using to keep those plants alive?


Yeah.. I added a Magnum 350 because objects floating in the tank ALWAYS seem to stay suspended & never seem to make it to the overflow. That is the only negative that I see with the glass-holes overflow. The positive is they don't take any room. The large Aqueon megaflow overflows do a much better job of sucking lower & intermediate detritus that is suspended. There is always a trade off somewhere it seems. :roll:

Nothing special on the plants. Just pool filter sand. As for the type of plants, they are all different types of Swords. They have only been in there for a few weeks but seem to be doing really well & miraculously, the fish aren't eating or uprooting them. Well, yet.

I feed them a iron rich fertilizer every water change. 200 watts of 10K bulbs from 12-9 PM, 7 days a week. That may actually be too long of light duration. I am noticing some black hair algae starting to spread.
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Postby gliebig » Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:04 am

The 180 looks great! Makes me want to redo my tank.
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Postby cantrell00 » Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:46 am

gliebig wrote:The 180 looks great! Makes me want to redo my tank.


Thanks! The greenery really helps...
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Postby cantrell00 » Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:39 pm

DIY Bulkhead

1" Male Terminal Adapter - $.52
1" Female Terminal Adapter - $.59
4 pack Spout "O" rings - $2.16

I needed 8 for the overhead storage tanks... Beats $5.00 each & no freight.

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Postby cantrell00 » Sat Jul 30, 2011 2:29 pm

Here are a few shots from last night & today...

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32 X 12 Acrylic that I am building is going here. Guy with the 40 BR skipped out on the deal, so I am one short.


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Fit testing..

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Bracing the overhead reservoir..

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Postby Rhinox » Sat Jul 30, 2011 4:47 pm

Looking good! :thumb:
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Postby cantrell00 » Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:01 pm

Rhinox wrote:Looking good! :thumb:


Thanks!

More from today. All of the supports for the 40's & the reservoir are done. Went ahead & set up the 20's for some fry tanks & fry.

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Postby Picklefish » Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:08 pm

Looking good. It's always nice to get that first tank with fish in it set up.
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Postby cantrell00 » Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:17 pm

Picklefish wrote:Looking good. It's always nice to get that first tank with fish in it set up.


For sure... I have one more 20 to place & then I can run the sponges & get the cycling going.

I was going to attempt to set up all of the sponges in one 40 + some substrate from my 180 & let them do their thing. Once that was done, I could move all of them to their individual tanks.

Basically attempting to cycle 6 at once...

Do you think this will work?
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Postby Aulonocara_Freak » Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:23 pm

You can definitely cycling them at once. The best thing to do, to speed thing's up, is ask all your aquarium buddies to give you there old tank water. Do not take an LFS'S water because 90% of the time there is a disease in the water column.
10 gallon:
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RCS Tank

65 gallon:
18 x Aulonocara Jacobfreibergi Lemon Jake
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Postby prov356 » Sun Jul 31, 2011 7:18 am

Aulonocara_Freak wrote:You can definitely cycling them at once. The best thing to do, to speed thing's up, is ask all your aquarium buddies to give you there old tank water. Do not take an LFS'S water because 90% of the time there is a disease in the water column.


Tank water does little, if anything, to seed new tanks. The bacteria reside on surfaces. You need media, substrate, rocks, decor, etc.
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Postby cantrell00 » Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:06 pm

Filtration is in...

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Postby cantrell00 » Mon Aug 01, 2011 7:51 pm

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Postby dielikemoviestars » Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:07 pm

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:


So cool! If you don't mind me asking, how much did the air blower set you back, and how many tanks (gallons?) will it work for?

I think cycling in the method you've suggested will work, but there was a recent cautionary tale about a CF member who did that and lost a ton of prized Tangs. Personally, I've done it many times and never lost a fish from it.
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Postby cantrell00 » Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:47 pm

dielikemoviestars wrote::popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:


So cool! If you don't mind me asking, how much did the air blower set you back, and how many tanks (gallons?) will it work for?

I think cycling in the method you've suggested will work, but there was a recent cautionary tale about a CF member who did that and lost a ton of prized Tangs. Personally, I've done it many times and never lost a fish from it.


Around 100.00 - Ken's Fish.

It is powering 12 Pro 3's right now & I think it could handle a few more...

Yeah - I am cycling all 6 tanks individually. I hope there is plenty of nitrifying bacteria in the substrate from my 180.. If it drags too much, I may remove some of the bio-balls from the sump...
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