09-12-2013, 10:36 AM
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Day 15. Morning. Woke to find the electricity shut off to the plug for my tank. There's a short in the wiring of the plugs in my office I have to find & fix. I've bypassed it for now. Temp was down to 82, so it had been off for several hours, as that's the room temp of the office. I'm going to have to get a chiller to keep the temp down to 80 on the hottest days, if the air circulation system I'm going to build into the outside stand that will hold the overhead lights doesn't take care of the problem --- it should. I'm working on the design in Blender, along with the design for my sump. I'm not that good at Blender, yet, so it takes me plenty of time to work on that, so I don't get too anxious waiting to get the tank cycled, lol. The plan for fish is 5 Blackfin Corys, 10 Black Neons, 10 Cardinals, & a pair of German Blue Rams. I want to get a system working that will keep the pH & hardness down to 5, which is going to cost me a lot of money, as well as time. I'll settle for 6, if that's the best I can do with what I've got. Obviously, the system will have to have a means of adding to what the rainwater & R/O water doesn't have, but that's just design details. I've kept aquariums off & on my whole life, & I'm no longer interested in just settling for what is cheap & easy. Time to try something seriously difficult. The fact that the West Texas Drought has made things more difficult, just drives my determination to overcome the problem.