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post #11 of 26 Old 01-21-2010, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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THANKS FOR THE INFO. I AGREE THE LIGHT IS A BIT OVER KILL!!!

I'M HAVING PARTITIONS REMOVED FROM MY TANK SOON AND AN OVERFLOW BOX ADDED ON.
THE MAIN REASON FOR SUMP IS BECAUSE THE TANK WILL BE ON MY KITCHEN COUNTER, SO I
DON'T WANT ANY CLUTTER.

HERE'S MY TANK AND SUMP:





THIS IS WHERE I WANT THE TANK POSITIONED - SCALE NOT TRUE OR LOOKS FOR THAT MATTER!



AND MY DEARLY DEPARTED SW AQUARIUM:

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post #12 of 26 Old 01-21-2010, 03:13 PM
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Man that's a evil nice height on that tank - Did you have it custom built? I love that height.
On a totally unrelated side now...what's the design program you're using there please?

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post #13 of 26 Old 01-21-2010, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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Oh and as for water parameters, i'll be using ro water and won't peat work to acidify
water?

What else can i do to keep water soft and slightly acidic?

Angel, don't stress, the longer the post the more info. Type away..............................

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post #14 of 26 Old 01-21-2010, 04:15 PM
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Oh and as for water parameters, i'll be using ro water and won't peat work to acidify
water?

What else can i do to keep water soft and slightly acidic?

Angel, don't stress, the longer the post the more info. Type away..............................

'EDIT'

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'EDIT AGAIN...'

TANK CUSTOM BUILT YES!
Peat will acidify water, but the amount depends upon the initial hardness and how low you want it. If this spread is significant, say tap water around 8 and you want pH in the mid 6 range, it will take more peat and it has to be regularly replaced as it wears out, also the water will be tannin coloured (yellowish brown), OK for fish but not every aquarist likes this aspect. I would get a RO unit. It is more accurate and long-term. Others with experience with these units can offer comments.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #15 of 26 Old 01-23-2010, 08:25 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info.

Most r/o units i've seen for sale are quite expensive and large. Initially i'll be filling my tank from lfs r/o and then doing water changes by myself. Any leeds on an inexpensive unit or one that does smaller volume?

Any other methods more viable for softening water and increasing acidity? Also what are general parameters of r/o water?
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post #16 of 26 Old 01-23-2010, 10:25 AM
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I have used the peat method before (breeding A. Australe). This method strongly depends on what the water from your tap is you're dealing with right now. If 'too hard' a mixture of RO will work better.
That said you then will need to ensure you have the SAME exact mixture of tap-RO EACH water exchange. Otherwise if you keep exposing your fish to swings every week that is not healthy at all.

Hey thanks for the software....here I am using just about any new googel tool released and hadn't heard of that one...my geek's must be asleep

Really...I can only encourage you go out to any pet store/ chain store today. Buy yourself a liquid test kit (such as offered by API) that incl NO2, NO3, Ammonia, pH and Hardness and TEST your water before going don the route of heavy RO set ups there. You'll need the kit anyway once you start your tank so you may as well go ahead and buy one no. And yes I know they range from $20-30 but that's WELL WORTH the cost considering the health of your fish and you'll always need it over & over again and these kits last forever & a day

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post #17 of 26 Old 01-28-2010, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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Thanx for the info guys, really appreciate it.

I'll take a sample of tap water to lfs to do test! My mom in law's bf owns a pet store
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I'll be setting up my tank in two weeks from now so look out for my new thread!

One last question to pester you all. My tank is going on a counter 'see-through' (look-able from both sides.what's your thoughts on stress to the fish?
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post #18 of 26 Old 01-30-2010, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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Any thoughts???
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post #19 of 26 Old 01-31-2010, 05:04 AM
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Are you asking if the fish will be stressed by having the tank open for viewing on both sides? I don't think so, as long as you provide them with what they need anyway (appropriate school sizes, hiding places/caves, plants and driftwood, etc.).

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post #20 of 26 Old 02-03-2010, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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THANKS FOR THAT! I'LL FEEL BETTER KNOWING THAT. MOST BOOKS AND INFO CLAIM A BACKDROP IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

I PLAN ON HAVING MY TANK PLANTED QUITE WELL.

HERE'S JUST A FEW IN MY ACCLIMATION TANK!



ALSO I WOULD LIKE INPUT ON HOW YOU GUYS RATE I SHOULD HAVE THE SUMP SETUP. HERE'S A PIC!
JUST ADD ONE MORE BAFFLE AT THE END FOR RETURN PUMP. I WANNA USE BIO BALLS UNDER MATTING AND AFTER THAT CHAMBER THE DSB FOR NITRATE REMOVAL. THE INLET WILL HAVE PH BUFFER ETC IF NECESSARY. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COMMENT AS I GOT THE WHOLE OF NEXT WEEK OFF TO MAKE IT A MASTERPIECE!

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