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Old 04-19-2013, 02:24 PM   #31
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I honestly don't know. Some sort of flake that really stinks... which can't be a good sign. I use NLS at home and there is very little filler in it so less waste gets to the bottom after the fish are done with it. I'm pretty sure that is why I have nothing to vacuum on the sand. I would just switch them now but the feeding is rather loose here... dump it in and walk away... so it would all end up on the bottom and filter into the gravel before the fish get much of it because it is a sinking pellet.

I was going to try to do sand this weekend but I have ended up with other plans and I really want to know what the staff decide on the fish list. I know they have decided on the red lizard whiptail catfish (YAY!) but if they want to send the existing fish back I would deal with sand while there were no fish, easier to stage it that way.

Maybe I'll swap off the background this weekend.

You know I''ll keep you up to date.

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Old 04-27-2013, 10:04 AM   #32
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Silvertip tetra will be the primary "viewing fish". Yellow gold so very visible and the store does regularly have them in stock. Once I decide on numbers I may decide to put in a contrasting tetra group.... something red perhaps. I just need to decide how many fish I want to load the tank with in total to know how many to start with. It will be a progression anyway but I'd like to know my target up front.

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Old 04-29-2013, 04:27 PM   #33
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Lighting is not working out so well. I changed the bulb and set it onto a 10 hour schedule and many of the plants that thrived at home are yellowing and slowly melting. I haven't been paying as much attention to them due to the reverse day night cycle but I was changing water today and noticed it. The crypts seem to be doing OK, sword is holding it's own but some of the stems are crappy.

I am adding flourish comprehensive each week.

I think I'll bump the light up to 12 hours although I really don't think duration is going to fix this issue. I will need to get the fixture changed out sooner than I thought if only to bring everything into line with what I am more familiar with.

I guess I'll get the sand in this week one day as well. For some reason that thick layer of nasty looking gravel might be partially to blame somehow.

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Old 04-29-2013, 09:00 PM   #34
 
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How interesting that you are giving your co-workers input on the fish. It must be a small office? Are any of them in the hobby? Are you providing pictures and they are choosing what appeals to them aesthetically?

I think it's an exciting project but like the other person, I am excited to see that gravel situation change.
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:05 AM   #35
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Yah, the gravel. I tried vacuuming it a bit but the vac tube is HUGE compared to what I use at home. How do you guys use such a large tube in a planted tank?

Small staff. I have them pictures and links to the only fish that would suit the tank size and water parameters then eliminated anything that was not at least somewhat colourful or had any aggressive tendancies or pernickity diets. I think I took it down to about 6 fish... too much choice is not good for people, they get hung up on the possibilities. Even at that they couldn't choose.

It's sort of at a bit of a standstill right now, just need time to do what needs to be done and trying to keep it within my normal hours. Extracurricular projects can be problematic.

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Old 04-30-2013, 03:08 PM   #36
 
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I'm still insisting on you videotaping the entire process of removing that gravel. It's going to be awesome.

I can't wait until you decide the final stocking, I know it's going to look gorgeous. You're getting LEDs for this tank right?

Oh, and did you replace the tube on the fixture? I can't recall. It could just be going bad. And you could be right about the gravel impacting it, I find it odd that the plants aren't doing well in there.
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:29 PM   #37
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Yah, new tube. Crappy plants. I can't add the LED for other reasons yet.

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Old 05-07-2013, 10:32 AM   #38
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It looks like ALL the fish are going to go to the store. I was going to keep the single oto but in order to redo the tank I don't really want to have to deal with a single fish in a pail for a few days. I will be changing the gravel out this weekend for sand, the only opportunity I will have for almost a month as it is looking like I'll be very busy soon.

So as of later today all the fish will be rehomed, more plants will be purchased... probably an assortment of crypts to match the low light issue... oh, and some more shrimp for the home tank if there are any large enough (now that Oscar is eating again I want to be sure they are not bite sized)

Thursday sand will be washed and perhaps gravel removed.

Friday gravel removed for sure, sand added, plants planted and water in.

Saturday perhaps some fish... I am not sure if anything is in at the store yet so I will ask today while dropping off fish.

If Mr Oto is still there when I get more fish I may pick him back up as well. I'm sure he doesn't care as long as he gets food. It's just far more flexible to be totally fishless for this stage and I can't put an oto in my home tank or I would have already had a batch of them.

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Old 05-15-2013, 08:38 PM   #39
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Well, plans are plans and sometimes they stay that way. We ended up with a major system failure at the office forcing us to operate manually for a while (those were the days back when everything was manual) and now the conversion to new equipment and software that was already pending is near completion... it wasn't supposed to be done yet but there wasn't much sense in fixing the old only to replace it in a month.

Anyway, here are a couple of shots of the fish that are still in the office aquarium, the rummynose and serpae tetras. The rummys have a very bright colouration that they previously didn't. The serpaes are not quite so transparent and their fin markings are far more distinct.

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Old 05-15-2013, 08:54 PM   #40
 
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Yay!

I like that: "Plans are plans and sometimes they stay that way." I'm going to borrow that.
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