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30L "cube" - beginner

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Cip, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. kylumi

    kylumi Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Roy got in before me:eek::ROFLMAO:
     

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  2. keithgh

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    My knowledge is based on many years of experience including being an Advisor and a Moderator.

    I thought about it once and that was it I went with all Low Tech tanks.

    All experienced members can do is pass their practical knowledge.

    As many have been there and done that and know all the things that can go wrong.

    Many years ago my LFS did not adjust their Co2 correctly and next morning every tank that was connected all the fish were dead.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  3. Cip

    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Hey Roy,

    I really enjoy to try things out and also I like to do it with my own 2 hands, but also I get bored very fast on doing something on a regular basis and the fact that I need to change bottle every now on then it's one of the things and if I start using the DIY CO2 I will switch to a pressurized system very quickly.

    I have a local community of aquarists that are doing tank without fertilization, without CO2, just good lighting and dirt, and the results are amazing, I'm at a point that I don't know exactly which way to go haha, growing plants, breeding shrimps, making a rainbow fish tank so I'm trying to fit in somewhere that's why I want to try as much as possible.

    I really appreciate what are you guys are doing and your advices are with high priority.
     
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  4. Cip

    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Understood :)
     
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  5. Cip

    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    photosynthesis in action :)) great bubbling, what plants are those ? so familiar but I can't name them.
     
  6. Cip

    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I can't agree with you more, your knowledge and of other experienced aquarists are with great value to all beginners, believe me the things I've read on the internet are **** in comparison to your advices, a lot of incomplete information out there.

    I've learned yesterday about all the bad things that can happen with adding CO2 pressurized and DIY, it's a bit scary, like your LFS it's enough to make one single mistake and your back to day 0 :).

    Again I will think about it more, which way to go, before I make a decision.
     
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  7. Cip

    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Here is an update :) without CO2 hahaha

    ~5weeks

    update-12dec2015.JPG
     
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  8. keithgh

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    Is for High Tech tanks.

    Look at yours now, is it a competition winner??

    Are the plants growing well and all look very healthy YES

    Are you happy with the tank as it is YES

    Would you like to learn more and one day go Hi Tech YES

    Simple solution is learn as much as you can about Hi Tech and save up $$$

    Then and only then you will have the knowledge and experience to use a quality Co2 unit.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  9. Cip

    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I will know at the end of december but I highly doubt it, there are some very experienced participants :).
    I am happy with it now :)
    I agree, low tech first and then when I have more knowledge go Hi Tech just to see how it is.

    Thank you!
     
  10. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    That is one thing I am very glad to hear.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    look good , keep doing it like that .
     
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  12. keithgh

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    I agree its a nice looking little tank.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  13. Cip

    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thank you guys for the support!
     
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    Keep us updated please.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  15. Cip

    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    As much as I like solving problems I now have hydras :) I've read about it, how to stop it from becoming a huge problem ? I'm not going to introduce new fish in the tank since my last few days losses: 1 blue moscow female, 1 black bar endler, and now the male guppy is show sign of sickness, so I need to get rid of the hidras in another way, chemicals are the last resort.

    Thank you.
     
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    http://freshaquarium.about.com/od/problemsolving/p/How-To-Combat-The-Aquarium-Pest-Hydra.htm

    Cip I found this for you it should help.

    I would try this method first using young adult Gourami

    This means finding a temporary home for your shrimp.

    Re your other fish losses have you taken any of them to your LFS.

    You will have to find the cause other wise this problem might not go away.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  17. Cip

    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I've read that article already, thanks, will go to LFS today to talk to them so I could find a solution.

    I haven't taken them to LFS it's kinda far away and my car is in the repair shop, but showed them tons of videos and images. No obvious signs of diseases. They said to treat the water before I add it to the tank with a water conditioner and also raise slightly the temperature to 27.5 degrees Celsius.

    I'm going right now to the LFS and I'll keep you posted on what I'm doing.

    I have just one tank so I can't move the RCS anywhere and I don't want to keep them in a bucket. I'll think about it to find a solution.

    Let you know, thanks!
     
  18. keithgh

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    I always had a water concern, all I ever did was store it in 20-10lt water containers for one week

    I would warm the water containers up in the laundry trough temp test used my finger.

    I also took my water from the instantaneous HW service this also killed a few nasties in the water.

    I always added the water conditioner just before it went into the tank.

    See if you LFS has a cheap kit tank it can always be used as a fry or a medical tank.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  19. Cip

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    I thought that it's ok just to leave the water to sit for a few days, but it seems like the water has some nasty things in it, I bought a conditioner and a declorinator, Tetra AquaSafe.

    Keith, what is the prefered temperature to keep fish ? I've researched it but found many answers, the lady from LFS told me to raise it up to 27,5 degrees Celsius, is that safe ?

    I'll get a small quarantine tank soon. I can't do it until january, busy end of the year.
     
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    This is another depend question but as most aquarium fish are cultivated in many various conditions as long as they are healthy they can survive very well in various temperatures.

    24-27c is what could be considered the safe average temp.

    Now this will vary depending on too many variants including species of fish, climate, location, and water movement.

    In the wild its totally different many live in frozen waters during winter and in the tropics the water can be 30+c

    99.9% Aquarium fish are very adaptable its only the extremes that does the damage.

    That is the reason why you should have very good heaters plus at least two thermometers plus use your finger possibly the most reliable

    A long answer for a simple question.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     

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