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Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by cooledwhip, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. cooledwhip

    cooledwhip New Member

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    Ladies and gentlemen...

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    Well done. Remember frequent water changes in the beginning.

    That val may get a bit unruly

    sent from tapatalk on my phone so auto correct and other errors are bound to happen
     
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    Keep us updated with photos please.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  4. cooledwhip

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    Thank you!!

    I plan to do so.

    What do you mean unruly? The val isn't fully green and kinda yellowish. Hope it will start doing better.

    As for the tank, It is at my dad's office where I set it up, so I will be back sunday. The impeller on the filter broke (Or may have been broken idk)

    I understand and now agree with you about the price for quality, and I still have the eheim 2217 waiting for a really nice good tank. But for a used filter for $25, and the impeller which I just bought for $24, not too bad for a $200 filter.

    I will be back in on sunday to install the part, I'll take more photos. The water is still until sunday.... Ugh.

    Got my chemicals in the water, I might add more Clarity later.

    As for ferts, Would flourish be sufficient? Should I also do some excel? Thanks
     
  5. ShadowMac

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    If the Val begins to grow healthy it will spread everywhere. Since you have put it in the front left it will most likely spread across the front viewing panel obstructing the view. Vals are nice background and sometimes midground plants. They do not make a nice foreground plant.

    Leaving the water stagnant until Sunday isn't starting off on the best foot. At the very least adding some aeration or a pump to move the water would be helpful.

    What do you mean by "chemicals"? Flourish may be enough for now. You did not plant anything terribly demanding, which is good. You may want to add others like Iron, nitrate, and potassium. You can dose excel if you'd like it will not hurt. It works its absolute best if you can do so every day. You can wait on the fertilizing for about a week. I recently did a nice little tank for a friend who used aquasoil and will not ask him to start fertilizing until week 3.
     
  6. kingkoopa

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    Looks nice

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    I like it.
     
  8. keithgh

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    What Chemicals and quanities


    I could not agree more, get some one to install a small air stone for water movement.

    It might not be worth $0.00 if it does not do a good job or last very long.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    I will be replacing the filter part tomorrow so it will be good to go and running tomorrow.

    Chemicals I did some prime, dechlor, and also some of the small bio clear packages that came with the sand to clear up foggyness.

    Also if you guys wouldn't mind checking out my other thread about my tank rack, that would be cool. :)
     
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    Did you remove the fines and wash the sand first?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    I washed half of the sand.... :/

    I know its my mistake.
     
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    I guarantee you will never make that mistake again.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    I wont...

    The part came in today. I went to the office and saw the tank after about a good 30 hours and it was covered in grime and white clear crap everywhere. I fixed the filter but it still has this problem. You have to like jimmy rig/macgeyver it everytime you start it, so every month I will have to play with it to pull water. It's good for now and is running now but if the next time I don't get it working I will just use the eheim 2217 I have or purchase a new one.

    The tank looks really grimy now but the filter output is very powerful so its really stirring it up, and all the gunk is being sucked up.
     
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    Something sounds very wrong, post several detailed photos some one might be able to assist you.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Ok I came in and there was like this fuzz all over the plants and everything. It was NOT floating in the water. I stuck a poking stick in there and kinda nicked one of the plants to see if it was sticky or something and no. It just came right off. I also saw this happen when I used THE EXACT SAME SAND in my 2.5 gallon. Same gunk everywhere. It's aquaruim sand. Maybe theres bacteria in the sand or something? I didn't wash it for either tanks. The dirty pic is of the tank right after I swirled all the gunk up to get it off the plants, the second pick is of the tank after I had the filter running for 5/10 minutes and all the gunk was gone.

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    Might be from the driftwood iv seen manzinita wood do this but yours looks like alot

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  17. cooledwhip

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    It is manzanita driftwood, you are right on that. I have two large peices in there.

    I really think its from the sand. I saw this exact thing in my other tank with the same sand.
     
  18. kingkoopa

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    Does it look like a jelly substance?

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    If it is fine sand which looks it could be you could be in for a greater concern than cloudy water.

    Where are the fines going when you are running the filter?

    Straight through the "impeller" those fines could be cutting into the impeller shaft.

    You might not like my advice but here it is pull the tank down completely and wash it with plenty of water, strip the filter and hoses down and wash every thing.

    Filter pads you might be lucky enough to wash 100% of the fines out but I doubt it.

    Invest in a quality substrate medium or 2-5mm natural gravel.

    Before you scream cost just think what the sand has done.

    Its your tank your decision.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    I do not think such drastic measures are needed.

    You have some micro filtration in the filter it will clear in time and I do not think it will kill the filter. You should probably clean the filter material more often in this beginning phase to remove the particles from the filter.
     

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