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post #71 of 174 Old 01-01-2013, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
Clearing Up little by little... The PH is also pretty high (8.8)

Just did a 40% water change ... Hopefully nothing detrimental happens...

I knew I should have waited longer to put any fish in it ...
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post #72 of 174 Old 01-02-2013, 12:51 PM
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The cloudiness will not have any detrimental impact on fish. It is most likely either the substrate settling or a bacterial bloom. In a new tank I have had the latter last for a couple months, in other tanks it clears in a couple days.

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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

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 #73 of 174 Old 01-03-2013, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
Well, It appears that I have Mating CoryCats ! I counted 97 spread out over 5 clusters. 1 cluster seems to have been either knocked off or consumed, but there are still 4 clusters with approximately 95 to 100 Eggs!
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post #74 of 174 Old 01-03-2013, 08:25 PM
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Fantastic.

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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 #75 of 174 Old 01-04-2013, 09:42 AM
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Let me see if I got this right.

You set the tank up with $3 of play sand and some plants.

The cloudiness cleared up.

PH is high (over 8).

And the new fish are spawing.


so is that basically correct?

Wow what an experienced, successful, advanced, aquariumist you have become!!!!!!!!!!


ps tank looks great and congrats.


From the .02 guy.

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #76 of 174 Old 01-06-2013, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Let me see if I got this right.

You set the tank up with $3 of play sand and some plants.

The cloudiness cleared up.

PH is high (over 8).

And the new fish are spawing.


so is that basically correct?

Wow what an experienced, successful, advanced, aquariumist you have become!!!!!!!!!!


ps tank looks great and congrats.


From the .02 guy.
LMAO

Thanks bud

But seriously, Thanks to you and Byron for all the great advice you've given me.
It has helped tremendously.
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post #77 of 174 Old 01-06-2013, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
Well... It is as I expected. The fish eggs were all consumed

On another note, I acquired a couple of Angels so I could introduce all of them to the Habitat all at once... It didn't go well. The angel that I raised from a wee little one (about the size of a dime) didn't like the other two. I'm thinking that the two I found were both males due to the behaviors they were expressing. Because of this, I have spoken to a local upscale fish store and the manager has assured me that the ones he is ordering for me will be Female (99% certainty). He has a breeder that he is getting them from which will ensure they will be female. So hopefully the second attempt will be more successfull.
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post #78 of 174 Old 01-07-2013, 09:42 AM
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LMAO

Thanks bud

But seriously, Thanks to you and Byron for all the great advice you've given me.
It has helped tremendously.

and you feedback to us is helpful and very rewarding.

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #79 of 174 Old 01-23-2013, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
The Tank is nice and established now and seems to be doing well. All the levels are at the appropriate numbers. Although, the filters in the Biowheel 350 are becoming dilapidated. I purchased a 12 inch X 15 feet X .75" pond filter pad (10 micron I believe) from Amazon and will be trying that out to see how well it performs. If this works it will save me quite a bit of revenue because the filter cartridges for this equipment are rather expensive.
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post #80 of 174 Old 01-24-2013, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
Fuzzy Growth on Driftwood

I was once warned about using Mopani, Manzanite and another type of wood (can't seem to remember right now) because they could develop a fungus...

I believe this might be occuring right now. I have a nice piece of Mopani that has been in my 55G for a little less than a month. I was reluctant to place it in the tank but couldn't help it because the appearance really brought the tankscape together. I have been watching for this and fearing it would strike at any moment... and guess what.

I would post a pic right now but the Mrs. is getting our little one off to bed at the moment. I hope this isn't something that is going to wipe out my fish tonight. I plan on doing a water change tomorrow morning. That being said, I will take the driftwood out of the tank (making sure that no hitch-hikers tag along) and scrubbing the affected areas. I also planned on boiling the wood in case it is some sort of bacterial growth. It actually looks like the fuzz one would see on an Old loaf of bread except that it isn't as white (more like a very light tan white)

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