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Old 10-18-2012, 10:25 PM   #21
 
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I'm going to use duckweed in my amazonian bio-type,since I sorta killed my amazon frogbit.
I LOVEEE the branches, its so natural. Makes me want to change the blue/green gravel out of my ten gallon even more :)
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:21 PM   #22
 
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I'm going to use duckweed in my amazonian bio-type,since I sorta killed my amazon frogbit.
I LOVEEE the branches, its so natural. Makes me want to change the blue/green gravel out of my ten gallon even more :)
thanks! :) does the duckweed have the same benefits as the frogbit? im in it for the sahde and benefits :)
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:40 AM   #23
 
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thanks! :) does the duckweed have the same benefits as the frogbit? im in it for the sahde and benefits :)
Yes and no. Duckweed is a tiny floating plant [check the profile] that does not shade all that much light, being so thin. It is very fast at reproducing which obviously assimilates a lot of nutrients/organics.

The more robust floating plants, of which Water Sprite is far and away the best, add more shade, more water stability, and look nicer with their mass of dangling roots which fish absolutely love.

Frogbit is very similar, though not so easy to grow. Dwarf Water Lettuce is another. The stem plant Brazilian Pennywort comes close to Water Sprite. Salvinia is nice, but again less "depth."

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Old 10-19-2012, 12:57 PM   #24
 
updated pictures october 20, 2012

already added 40pcs rummynose (their nose are very red, so i guess im in good shape)
2 pcs otocinclus
added 2 more albino cories

**scrapped the idea of discus(maintenance issue) and angelfish(aggressive issue)
**opting to go for 4-5pcs pearl gouramis or 5-6pcs red line torpedo barb / deniso barb

my tank's all brown (and i like it very much )
all water parameters are great

been playing around with lots of designs, so medyo chopsuey ang itsura nito
here you can ive tried adding talisay leaves, kiapo (water cabbage) on top and some hornworts plant (since they require lease amount of light)
- wanted to put kiapo for nitrate absorption, but its an eye sore so far, so what im thinking is adding a light below my sump and placing the water cabbage's their. this way i wont get the eyesore on my main tank, and they will keep my nitrates down.
- the talisay can help stabilize the pH and so far i kinda like how it looks, plus it can be a future home for my shrimps
- the hornworts are just a trial if my tank will look good, and sure it will help cause they are plants ;p





what can i use to pin down the talisay leaves that's aesthetically nice? i dont wanna use rock just to pin it down im thinking of sewing the together in train like manner, this way i can just worry pinning down two sides rather than per leaf...? your thoughts? TIA
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:01 PM   #25
 
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Yes and no. Duckweed is a tiny floating plant [check the profile] that does not shade all that much light, being so thin. It is very fast at reproducing which obviously assimilates a lot of nutrients/organics.

The more robust floating plants, of which Water Sprite is far and away the best, add more shade, more water stability, and look nicer with their mass of dangling roots which fish absolutely love.

Frogbit is very similar, though not so easy to grow. Dwarf Water Lettuce is another. The stem plant Brazilian Pennywort comes close to Water Sprite. Salvinia is nice, but again less "depth."

Byron.
the roots dangling down is an eyesore for me byron :( i dont think i can opt for any floating plants.. im planning on making a light and support the plants on my sump below.. this way i can benefit from its nitrate absorption and some other helpful stuffs.. im thinking if just adding plants that require the LEAST amount of lighting required.. or if i just wanna add shade, i can just cut styro foams and place them on my water surface.. :\

those plants that you mentioned are not available in our LFS as well..
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Old 10-20-2012, 01:12 PM   #26
 
ultimate bad news... i called home 1030pm at night and asked our helper to turn on the lights.. i cant be home, im outside drinking.. my mom called saying that my main tank water is HALF EMPTY... T___T long story short, i think my main 100gal tank had a leak or broke something on the bottom.. the water is all drained now.. its a mess.. all the fishes are inside my sump and im running an aerator right now.. this is very depressing.. i cant express how i feel.. this is really sad.. i feel like quitting already.. i was just watching it last night and admiring my accomplishment, and in just an instant, its all gone right now... after investing for a long term tank that will operate in 3-4years, it just got broke... really depressing... :(((((((((((((((
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Old 11-04-2012, 02:03 AM   #27
 
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how many pearl gouramis can i place in my aquarium? :)
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:00 AM   #28
 
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"Your putting the cart in front of the horse." Don't worry about adding fish!

The issue now is to find how the tank or sump leaked. Did you observe any water on the edge or sides of the stand? This would indicate a leak from the tank. If there was no water on the edge or sides, then either the sump leaked or there was a electrical power interruption that allowed water to syphon back through the discharge pipe to the pump and then into the sump causing it to overflow.
The deeper you have the discharge, then thats how much water will empty into your sump.

When I was part of a reef forum on "Compuserve" , most of us, if not all, would mark the pipe at the water line and then remove the pipe and drill a 3/16 or 1/4 inch hole 1 inch below that mark. Then when performing weekly maintenance, would check the hole to be sure it was not getting clogged.
This is called a syphon break.
So when a future power failure occurs; only 1 inch of water would syphon back to the sump.
let us know what you find.
Some fishkeepers may have installed a check valve to prevent a syphon. The problem with them is: they will accumulate solids over time and not seal completly.

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Old 11-04-2012, 04:20 PM   #29
 
im sorry, but i forgot to post this.. i was suppose to post this before i asked what fish to add...

as you all know the bottom glass of my previous tank broke..

its up and running again on october 26, i made a brand new tank.. now with a 1/2 thick glass for bottom.. hopefully it wont break this time.. cant make the exact arrangement if the woods like i wanted to, but i did what i can..

first attempt:


current attempt:




i kept 50% of the original water, kept it aerated.. so its like i made a 50% water change.. used API quick start for a day before i added the fishes.. ive lost about 20% of my stock, luckily i didn't lose all.. i plan on adding the cardinals in probably a week.. :)

thanks for looking :)
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:01 PM   #30
 
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I hope all is back to normal. You asked about Pearl Gourami numbers earlier. If you read the profile, it mentions that this fish occurs in plant-thick waters and females need plenty of hiding spots. If you are not intending floating plants, I would not go with this fish.
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