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Old 02-24-2012, 12:18 PM   #11
 
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I am going to look into the Water Sprite this weekend. There are a few good stores around town so I am sure on will have it.

Here is another question unrelated to tank layout. I am trying to remove my bubble wand from the tank because I feel that it doesn't add to the realistic look of my tank. I would prefer to have no "extras" in my tank as far as cables and equipment goes. I removed the wand the other day and had to put it back in last night because all my little guys seemed to be suffocating. So, here is my question. How can I get rid of an unsightly bubble wand without killing my fish?
Your fish don't need the bubbles, the plants provide enough oxygen. The plants will actually grow better without the air-pump/bubble bar.
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:25 PM   #12
 
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your co2 isnt cranked up is it? If it is not (and it shouldnt be with so few plants) it should be no big deal to take the bubbles out. The bubbler is actually going to off gas your injected co2, so the two dont mix, unless youre using a bubbler FOR your co2, but you didnt include details.

Let us know if their distress gets any worse. Are you dosing with chemicals or meds at all? API algaefix causes my fish to suffer in my 110g, I need to add an airstone when I use it.
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:34 PM   #13
 
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Thanks for the advice. I am actually using API algaefix right now. I am assuming thats the problem. After about 10 minutes with the bubble bar back in the tank they started settling back in. I unfortunately did have the loss of one of my SAE's :( I think he had other problems already though because we was getting extremely fat.

Once I stop dosing the algaefix then I will try to take the bar out again to see what happens. How long after I stop the algaefix should I wait to remove the bar?
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:37 PM   #14
 
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48 hours should do it, but I would time the algaefix with a water change, so when the dosing is done, the following day a water change should get rid of some of it.

My advice, is to try to figure out whats causing the algae and throw that bottle of algaefix in the trash. I have used it for unruly BBA, but I hate doing it. It has always made the fish clam up.
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:59 PM   #15
 
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As a few people have mentioned earlier, I recommend ditching the bubble wand(s). The don't work out too well in planted tanks because the bubbles off gas the CO2 that the plants use to photosynthesize and make oxygen. I also recommend putting your spray bar on one end of the tank and your intake on the opposite end. This will help circulate the water better and provide a more natural current for the fish.
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Old 02-24-2012, 01:12 PM   #16
 
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How do you guys feel about circulation pumps?
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:04 PM   #17
 
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I ordered a Hydor Koralia Evolution 750. Do you think that would allow proper water circulation?
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:04 PM   #18
 
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Weekend Update.

I rearranged the plants in the tank, added some Giant Hygro and some Jungle Val, removed the bubble bar for now and added a black background. Still think we are on the right track!

Here is a photo of the progress.



Let me know your thoughts!
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:18 PM   #19
 
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Weekend Update.

I rearranged the plants in the tank, added some Giant Hygro and some Jungle Val, removed the bubble bar for now and added a black background. Still think we are on the right track!

Here is a photo of the progress.



Let me know your thoughts!
Looks good! I am jealous of that wood you have in there, where did you get it? Only place I can find it is ebay, and I don't want to pay $25 for shipping!
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:26 PM   #20
 
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Looks good! I am jealous of that wood you have in there, where did you get it? Only place I can find it is ebay, and I don't want to pay $25 for shipping!
Thanks! I bought it online from a place called Manzanita Driftwood . The vendor seemed professional and got the piece to me in less than a week. It was the first and only time I have dealt with him but I know the folks over at the simply discus forum seem to like him.

Shipping was still $15 dollars but IMO he has the best pieces of driftwood I have seen on the market. He always has a lot in stock even though I have seem some pieces move very fast.

The one thing I can say though is if you are buying a bigger piece of driftwood from him make sure you have some place to waterlog the thing before putting it in your tank. That piece floated in my tank for over 2 weeks!

Glad you like the tank and thanks for the comments!
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