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View Poll Results: If I had a 220 Gallon Aquarium, I would stock....
Cichlids. Duh. 34 30.36%
It would be Saltwater. That's how I roll. 11 9.82%
Bala Sharks 14 12.50%
Tinfoil Barbs 6 5.36%
1 Male Betta 6 5.36%
100 Neon Tetras 23 20.54%
Rainbowfish 13 11.61%
Goldfish 4 3.57%
Other - Please elaborate in a comment in the thread. 22 19.64%
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post #831 of 1118 Old 12-02-2012, 04:28 PM
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Gross. I was like a girl at her junior high prom. I touched it, but I didn't want to. I couldn't wash my hand soon enough afterwards. Now I'm just glad it's over.

No odor, no film on water's surface.

Definitely slimy. Blech. But nothing seemed to rub off on my finger.
---> Now I have to go wash my hands... brb.

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post #832 of 1118 Old 12-02-2012, 06:27 PM
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Whilst obviously having to be done on a much smaller scale (unfortunately!!!) i dont think something this stunning is overly undo-able in a tank your size. its at the sumida aquarium and if you take a peek on the tube there is a full video of how they assembled it, which you can obviously take from. On their site, they also have a range of beyond stunning natural looking tanks, any and all of which would be a dream to have but im sure could spark up some interesting ideas for your tank.

Something along this kind of lay out would also provide you with great 360 views
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post #833 of 1118 Old 12-02-2012, 07:04 PM
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No odor, no film on water's surface.

Definitely slimy. Blech. But nothing seemed to rub off on my finger.

Could it be form of algae?
Yes. At least, I would think it is. That close to the surface means close to the light, and that is where a brown/black algae frequently appears. Also on filter spray bars a lot. The "slippery" is due to the natural biofilm that forms, trapping various bacteria.

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post #834 of 1118 Old 12-02-2012, 07:11 PM
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Sounds like the stuff that grows on the baffle I put under my filter outflow.
When it gets bad I drop a couple of snails up there, make 'em earn their keep.
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Yes. At least, I would think it is. That close to the surface means close to the light, and that is where a brown/black algae frequently appears. Also on filter spray bars a lot. The "slippery" is due to the natural biofilm that forms, trapping various bacteria.
Nice, thanks. True, it is close to the light. And the only other heavy algae build up occurs on the glass on the top center of each side, right where the light is. I've been scrubbing it off.

Maybe I should get some sort of alga eater in there, after the tank has aged a little more. I'd like a Saillfin Pleco, but I know it won't work with my plants. Maybe a few bristlenose?

I could put snails in, though it would be with the understanding that one day I will be adding loaches to the tank and they will become food. Hey, loaches need to eat too.



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Nice, thanks. True, it is close to the light. And the only other heavy algae build up occurs on the glass on the top center of each side, right where the light is. I've been scrubbing it off.

Maybe I should get some sort of alga eater in there, after the tank has aged a little more. I'd like a Saillfin Pleco, but I know it won't work with my plants. Maybe a few bristlenose?

I could put snails in, though it would be with the understanding that one day I will be adding loaches to the tank and they will become food. Hey, loaches need to eat too.
If this is what I think it is, there is no fish or snail that will eat it, or do more than nibble.

Leave it on the wood, it is natural and will provide microscopic food for all and sundry. On filter tubes/spray bars, you just clean it off periodically. An old toothbrush can get it, if not left too long. My filter tubes don't get cleaned as regularly as the filters are rinsed, so by the time I get to this I usually need a scraper tool, such as a putty knife.
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My filter tubes don't get cleaned as regularly as the filters are rinsed, so by the time I get to this I usually need a scraper tool, such as a putty knife.
Not to derail from the uggy topic at hand, but how often DO you clean your filter tubing? *ahem* Better question, how often SHOULD you clean it? I've been wondering about this, though I'm sure it will depend on stocking and such. . . is there a normal recommendation? Everything I read pretty much just says 'when output is reduced,' but I want a rough idea of when that will happen!
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Not to derail from the uggy topic at hand, but how often DO you clean your filter tubing? *ahem* Better question, how often SHOULD you clean it? I've been wondering about this, though I'm sure it will depend on stocking and such. . . is there a normal recommendation? Everything I read pretty much just says 'when output is reduced,' but I want a rough idea of when that will happen!
It will completely depend on stocking, plants, what kind of plants, feeding and many other variables. Assuming you clean your tank every week, this would most likely occur either bi weekly or on a monthly basis in my tanks.

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That's a sweet setup. Did you get that at the Ottawa West store?
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That's a sweet setup. Did you get that at the Ottawa West store?
Yep, at the last Giant Tent sale they had in September.
You shop at that location?


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