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post #21 of 68 Old 12-13-2008, 09:07 AM Thread Starter
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After the deathcup he was in at the store I can imagine the tank is monstrous to him. it was a weird realization as I took him to the office that he was probably about to go into the biggest tank he'd ever been in.

Oh, turns out my RTBS is probably female. Her belly is gray instead of black.

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post #22 of 68 Old 12-14-2008, 08:51 AM
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Shark is adorable! Watch out, he will soon get you addicted ;) Oooo, I am loving the black sand too!

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post #23 of 68 Old 12-18-2008, 06:56 AM Thread Starter
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Last night my RTBS was added to my tank.







She immediately began to scope out the place, inspecting the other fish, poking her head into every gave and nook in the tank. To my delight she seems to have staked out the slate cave I built as her own. This tickles me to death because I intended that cave for her when I made it almost six months ago.

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post #24 of 68 Old 12-18-2008, 09:05 AM
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She's a cutie. She looks really nice against the black substrate. I also wanted to comment on your QT tank a few pictures back. I'm not sure why I didn't see those pics until now but that is a great QT set up. What a great idea that I will be utilizing. Smart, economical & efficient. Good thinking!
Your tank is looking really, really nice!

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post #25 of 68 Old 12-18-2008, 10:28 AM
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i'm glad to see she has settled in well,
i've never kept a RTBS before,and i have no room anyway.
are they as agressive as the males ?
the tanks are looking fab i'd like to say.
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post #26 of 68 Old 12-18-2008, 03:58 PM
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Ahh... reminds me of my old RTBS who is now at my favorite LFS (my reefing LFS with ONE 180G FW tank that only has 3 18" plecos and the Shark...). I got him at around that size. He easily grew from 1.5"-2" to almost 5" in a span of only 6 months. You will love her if she stays calm.

And the tank looks great. I have always loved corner tanks.
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post #27 of 68 Old 12-19-2008, 06:54 AM Thread Starter
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Shark's tank does look great and I absolutely love the sand. Unfortunately at $1 a pound using it in any large tank would cost an arm and a leg. I'm thinking of changing the background from black to a dark gray. With the way the water is staining from the wood, and the light positioned right at the front of the tank its getting really dark in there and hard to see him if he moves to the back of the tank.

I wouldn't call my RTBS calm so much as timid. In the QT tank she would actually back up from the neons, and not full grown neons, juvies that aren't even 3/4" long. I've got my fingers crossed that she stays that way. I don't know if the females are as aggressive as the males, I'm hoping they aren't we'll see.

Thanks, I'm actually breaking the QT tank down right now as I'm not going to be getting any more fish at home for a while. The light was one of my Craigslist specials that came with one of the tanks. It's a pissant little 15W light but I wasn't trying to grow anything in the tank. The 50W Visi-Therm Deluxe was the same and kept the tank at 79. Air pump came with my 55 gallon as did the gravel. I bought the pots for $1 each, the plants for $1.50 each, the rock was a gift and I spent $10 on the sponge filter. It was less than $50 all told. If I'd had to buy things off the shelf instead of recycling it would have cost more but not that much. That tank really convinced me that anyone can set up a QT tank, and should.

When I first got the corner tank I wasn't wild about it, then again I wasn't going to turn down a 48 gallon tank with stand, filter, and light for $20. once I got everything in it though... WOW. The front to back depth is amazing and it's really made me dislike my 55 gallon for exactly that reason (a standard 55 gallon is only 13" deep). Heck, even the circulation in it is better and things stay clean and detritus free for the most part. I have to vacuum along the back edge of the tank only to pick up what little the filter doesn't get. It's an awesome tank.

On to less pleasant things. Shark's tank is undergoing a bit of an algae outbreak right now. I'm used to brown algae in a new tank but this stuff isn't brown, its gauzy white, almost like mucus. The the tank receives no direct sunlight at all (yay cubicle) and the light it does have is only on for about 8 hours a day (I need a timer). Any insight in what this is and how to deal with it?




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post #28 of 68 Old 12-19-2008, 07:25 AM
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I had a similar expierience with a 20 in piece of mopani wood that i put in 75 gal. It appeared the majority of the growth eminated from the wood. I had soaked the wood for a week but the white cottony looking growth seemed to get more pronounced as each week (3) went by. I finally took it back out and took a brush to it. After replacing it it was a matter of another two weeks and the cottony looking crap all but dissapeared. The hundreds of trumpet snails in the75 gal did and still swarm all over the wood but at least the white crap has dissipated. The photo you posted looked exactly like what I saw.

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post #29 of 68 Old 12-19-2008, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
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Well I'll add giving the piece a good scrub to my maintenance routine until it goes away.

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post #30 of 68 Old 12-19-2008, 09:39 AM
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[quote=Tyyrlym;158260]Shark's tank does look great and I absolutely love the sand. Unfortunately at $1 a pound using it in any large tank would cost an arm and a leg. [quote]

Then you have clueless people like me who are new to the hobby. I buy the black sand for a 100g tank and put it in thinking, "Wow, that cost way too much for just sand but it sure looks nice". Then I decide to plant the tank (which is what I intended all along) and am told that my measily one inch substrate will have to be increased to at least two inches. Major OUCH.

Needless to say, my next tank will be white play sand from Home Depot!!

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