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Mystical Mountains Journal

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by ashley, Nov 23, 2015.

  1. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    I've kept microworms. Tried daphnia but more work than I cared for. Brine shrimp I feed now. Do you think they would be fine on a diet of microworms and baby brine shrimp? Vinegar eels are also easy but really stink.

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  2. ShadowMac

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    I'd be interested in how you keep the grindal worms

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  3. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    And your daphnia for that matter

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  4. ashley

    ashley Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Should be okay but grindal worms are probably their favourite. Microworms are more for fry.
    Sure, it's pretty easy. With oatmeal and occasional algae wafer. Though they stink too! Lol
    This I don't culture, I work in a lab and the department next to mine always have extras for me! :)

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    Cheater!
     
  6. ashley

    ashley Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Lol! Working in a lab is very convenient! Where I can test all my water parameters too.

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    ashley

    The obvious question is what exactly do you do in a Laboratory?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  8. ashley

    ashley Aspiring Aquascaper

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    We (workplace lab) do all sorts of testing that is directly related to the environment e.g. water, soil, air, rock, petroleum, food, antibiotics and hormones, microbiology, DNA and paternity, ecotoxicology and a few others.... I look after one these departments.

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  9. ashley

    ashley Aspiring Aquascaper

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    As requested, here are some disgusting and somtimes a little smelly - worm cultures.

    Grindal worms feeding on oatmeal, ADA amazonia substrate.
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    Grindal worms can live in the aquarium for a few days until hunted down (if not immediately hunted down when put into aquarium, usually within seconds!) thus the ADA substrate so they get used to the same kind in the aquarium, just in case. Fishes go crazy for these worms.
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    Microworms eating oatmeal, see all that shimmering and glistening? That is not light reflection, those are all very tiny worms moving
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    My two main cultures and two backups
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    Enjoy the yucky pictures >. <

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  10. keithgh

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    Those worms are too small to use when going fishing.

    Great information and photos.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  11. ashley

    ashley Aspiring Aquascaper

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    2016.02.26 - got two nice shots today.

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    Have a good weekend! :)

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  12. keithgh

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    I like the way the rocks are aging naturally it gives any Aquascape the realistic feeling about it.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  13. ashley

    ashley Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Update 2016.02.28

    After treating my tank of cyanobacteria with erythromycin, a few water changes and trimming the UG a bit shorter, the UG has returned to being green and vibrant, some spots are still slightly brown but I would say 90% is good, yay!

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    Mini pellia behind the tree on the rocks are growing great too
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    There's some thread algae on the weeping moss, so I bought 5 japonica shrimps to take care of it but they're all hiding. I only saw two today briefly. Alternanthera reinickii mini growing well and almost fuscia colour. Anyways, a full tank shot:
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    Will need another UG trim soon I guess.

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  14. keithgh

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    Every thing is looking extremely well, be careful with the UG as you already know a very light trim is all it requires and only when necessary.

    Finally this is my 6.000 post on ASW as long as my health continues I will keep posting.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  15. ashley

    ashley Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Update 2016.03.04

    Today my cheap very affordable ebay bought bubble counter finally arrived. Early last year I had also got on ebay a Wyin needle valve. My original intent was to complement the milwaukee CO2 regulator since it was very difficult to do fine adjustments only with the milwaukee alone.

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    Then I got my current ADA CO2 regulator for a smashing deal so I didn't use the Wyin needle valve until now; ADA regulator by itself is not bad but definitely a lot easier to make fine adjustments with the Wyin needle valve added.

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    The reason I got an ebay bubble counter is because I couldn't count properly with the crappy do!aqua one, it looks nice sure but in my opinion sucks as a bubble counter.

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    My current CO2 setup, with the new ebay bubble counter and also switched the original ADA pressure resistant CO2 tubing to CO2 proof hard tubing. I can immediately see the difference in CO2 dissolution and can finally count, 3 bubbles per second!

    Thanks for looking. Comments always welcomed.


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  16. jagermelifter

    jagermelifter Aspiring Aquascaper

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    sell me that do aqua counter?


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  17. ashley

    ashley Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Will pm you. Or you can text me on my cell, you know my number anyway :)

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  18. keithgh

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    Looks like a costly buy then.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  19. ashley

    ashley Aspiring Aquascaper

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    The ebay one is less than $10. The do!aqua one was part of my CO2 package and it was cheap too :)

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  20. ashley

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    2016.03.05

    Full tank shot after a little bit of trimming, mostly the UG and a water change.

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    Hope you guys all are having a good weekend! :)

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