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Old 10-04-2011, 02:29 PM   #11
 
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So I did some switching between my 10 and my 20. I moved essentially all the fish from my smaller tank into this bigger one, so the inhabitants are now 6 Zebras, 3 Corys 2 Tetras and my lone Barb.


After taking this picture I moved all the plants from the old into this one. I've used the older filter media and reused substrate, also used tank water from the previous. Shouldn't be an issue cycling at all.


My 10 gallon has three small blue Kenyi Cichlids in it now, and two neat lil' Figure-8 puffer. The 10 is my quarantine tank for now, until I decide if I want to do small community tank or something. I know the puffers can get upwards of 3 inches, so those two may find the 10 gallon as a permanent home. I'm well aware the Cichlids won't be in there for long, just waiting for them to acclimate.


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Old 10-04-2011, 04:25 PM   #12
 
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Just to add, the Cichlid and the puffers in the 2nd picture of my previous post are insanely small, about 1 inch if that. I'm so excited for the puffers to grow up. I've spoken to the girlfriend about it, and we're going to make that 10 gallon their permanent home until they get bigger, and then relocate them to something slightly bigger such as an alternate 20. Once the Cichlids have a few days to acclimate to the new system I'll move them over to the other 20.

Sweet aquatics shipped today, fingers crossed the plants don't look like garbage. I've heard some poor testimonies so I don't have great expectations but I'll see what happens when they get here. Also have Java Moss and some MTS coming from Enthusiast on this forum which shipped today.

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Old 10-04-2011, 09:03 PM   #13
 
Let me know how your plants end up I'm wanting to place another order with SA, my first order was pretty ruff but they are finally coming back to life.
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:21 PM   #14
 
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Let me know how your plants end up I'm wanting to place another order with SA, my first order was pretty ruff but they are finally coming back to life.
Anticipating exactly that, I've got root tabs and liquid fert on standby lol
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Old 10-04-2011, 11:59 PM   #15
 
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My two figure eight puffers ganged up on a full grown 3 inch bamboo shrimp and killed him and began eating him. I didn't think small little guys like them (less than an inch each) would go after big prey, but I guess I was wrong. Had to move my other Bamboo Shrimp to the other tank. And they ate Bloodworms twice today too. I was a little disheartened when I found out, that was a beautiful shrimp specimen lol
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Old 10-11-2011, 07:46 PM   #16
 
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So it took 10 days but Sweet Aquatics emailed me back, and basically said they'd ship when they ship. Bogus answer, but I'll wait. Last time I'll do business there again, unless the quality is absolutely superb.

It was a week of 50-75 percent water changes daily, but now my ammonia is done spiking and the nitrites are at a solid 0. I'd say another week tops, and this guy is fully cycled.

Time for pictures! Thanks to others on this forum that have contributed. I've purchased plants from about a half dozen people on this forum, a few orders I'm still waiting on relieving. You guys are great.

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Within two weeks I should have a large shipment from SA and about 3-4 more shipments from forum people, so this tank should be quite well planted by then. Then I'm going to change up the stock. Currently 1 RTS, 3 Blue Kenyi Cichlid, 6 Zebra Danio and my 'cycle fish' which I'm hoping get eaten (Is that evil of me or what mwahahaha).
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Old 10-16-2011, 03:51 PM   #17
 
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Cycle is really heating up now! Ammonia is done spiking, now the nitrite is going high. I'm doing daily 50% water changes to keep it at zero...nitrates are starting to hit 20-40 also keeping those below 20 with a regular PWC. Within another week or two I'll be free of daily water changes. Most of this would have been avoided if Sweet Aquatics shipped faster than three damn weeks. /frustration
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Old 10-19-2011, 01:55 PM   #18
 
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Woke up to 0 ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrate...like it cycled overnight without a water change. Praise jesus.

My 25 Red cherry shrimp are thriving! Thanks Krystal!
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Woke up to 0 ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrate...like it cycled overnight without a water change. Praise jesus.

My 25 Red cherry shrimp are thriving! Thanks Krystal!
Fish tank looks great and im glad to hear the levels have leveled off lol. Keep us posted with pics :)
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:43 PM   #20
 
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Well, still no word from sweet aquatics. Placed the order on the second of October. Tomorrow is the 22nd, so that would be 20 days since I paid them. I have been more than patient. Next tuesday will officially be 25 days since I originally paid, and they say they ship 'next Tuesday or Wednesday'. I'll have given them three weeks to ship at that point. If I don't receive any shipping confirmation on either of those two days, I will file my pay-pal dispute thereafter.

My 20g looks so great, it's heavily planted now. Another special thanks to k19smith and enthusiast, both of these forums. The inverts I've gotten from them look great. The anacharis with java moss in the corner of the tank has created a huge environment for all my RCS to hang out in.

I added 2 very, very large black mystery snails from Petco two days ago. They stayed put for about a day and didn't come out of hiding. They're now climbing adventurously around the tank. My MTS orders are now breeding, and I see little babies cruising around in the substrate.

My LFS sells plants, and turns out has an amazing size stock and very cheap (small plants 2.99, medium plants 3.99, large plants 4.99). Large meaning swords that are nearly a foot in length. My jaw dropped, and they have over ten 20g tanks that are planted with the stock for sale. So happy.

Full tank shot:


My 10g has done some remodeling as well. Here's a picture of a bunch of 'Hawaiian rock' I bought at one of my local fish stores. The rock was very expensive, 2.99/lb. I spent about 40 dollars here, but it looks beautiful and the cichlids love it. This tank currently houses 3 blue kenyi mbuna and one electric yellow cichlid. As the blue mbuna mature, I see the bigger of the three is turning yellow. I am excited, because that means I have 1 male and 2 female! Perhaps we'll get lucky and see some mouth brooding as the fish continue to age, and eventually migrate into the 20g.

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Blue Kenyi Mbuna group (the male is the biggest fish on the right):


And my one Electric Yellow Cichlid, who usually hangs with the Mbuna females:




I have gotten rid of my terribly loud tetra whisper filter. My Marineland HOB **** the bed on me. I was forced to purchase two new HOB filters. I lucked out with a cheap, but amazing quality filter. Fluval C2 meets the needs of both my 10 and my 20, and is DISGUSTINGLY QUIET. I highly recommend this filter, and for any future freshwater endeavors will be using this filter.







Sorry all the pictures are poor quality. I'll get some nice ones this weekend or sooner, the 20g is really something to look at lately - new things to find everywhere! I'm quite content with these two, which will hold me over until I can start my saltwater tank when I move out (which isn't until my promotion 1st quater next year...grumble grumble).

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