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02-18-2014, 01:44 PM #191
02-18-2014, 02:41 PM #192
02-18-2014, 02:52 PM #193
Yep, my red plecos definitely don't have red eyes. Should have thought abut that when I was thinking they were albinos, but the thought completely eluded me.
Will do, Larry.
Chris, to answer your question, I bought the cheap red lava rock from Lowes. Cost about $5 for a big bag (I imagine 20-30lbs - can't recall). It's very dirty, so you'll have to clean it out. I just dropped a load of the rocks in the bath tub and rinsed them off there. Then I just picked the smaller pieces for the HOB filters (generally ranging in size from marble to golf ball sizes). Hard to say what size the bigger pieces are. They're not as big as tennis balls or baseballs, but they're bigger than golf balls. lol Let's say they have about 1.5-2" diameters. I will, however, be using all sorts of shapes/sizes in the canisters - there's still a plethora of smaller rocks left.
So, before I could fill my canister with lava rock last night, I fell asleep. Tonight's the night for that transition. Too many nights of staying up until 2am finally caught up with me.
02-18-2014, 02:54 PM #194
02-18-2014, 03:29 PM #195
02-20-2014, 11:02 PM #196
So I switched out my sponges/floss on the Rena canister filter two days ago. So far, so good. The water flow from the HOB and canister has improved quite a bit, which I'm pleased with, but that doesn't really bode well for my floating plants. I don't really mind, though, because even with modest flow they would get kicked around. They grew really well in there, when my filter kept getting clogged. lol
Anyway, I can see tiny particulate matter floating around, but I saw that floating around previously. I expect that with a water change much of that will dissipate and I'll be left with clearer water (at least I hope). When I was looking at the tank earlier today it wasn't that noticeable from about a foot away, but when you get up close and personal you can't help but notice.
I did test for nitrates last night (a full day after removing sponges from the canister) and the results were still 10ppm. It's remained 10ppm for at least 3 days, so the levels are stagnant. I'll be pleased if they continue to remain stagnant throughout the week and very happy if a water change lowers them further and they remain stagnant at a lower level.
We'll see what happens. I've taken a few pics & videos that I'll post later (you'll definitely notice the particulate matter). Also, I should have cleaned the glass before taking these, because I have water spots all over the outside of the tank (oops!).
For now, here's a pic of the tank from Tuesday:
It really looks like a mess in there. I think I'm going to take out that big piece of grape driftwood and replace it with some malaysian. I have another piece that's sitting idly by in the 20gal Long that isn't being utilized. I think I'll move some plants around and make room for it in the back left. It's a taller piece so that might be pretty cool. Kind of a cascading mountain of driftwood. Meh, we'll see.
02-20-2014, 11:30 PM #197
1When I was looking at the tank earlier today it wasn't that noticeable from about a foot away, but when you get up close and personal you can't help but notice.
I think the tank looks just fine as it is now. Keep in mind that those plants are gonna grow and fill in the space, try to picture it in your noggin before moving too many things around, mmmkay?...LOL
02-20-2014, 11:59 PM #198
I wonder how lava rock would work along with crushed coral as a 'substrate' for a cichlid tank along with larger texas holey rock to form the larger rock formationsCurrent tanks:
37G FW - 3 Pearl Gourami, 4 Black Mollies, approximately 20+ Molly Fry, 5 Assassin Snails | 10G Planted FW - 14 Molly Fry, rocks, DW and an Anubias Nana - journal
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How to cycle without fishies!
02-21-2014, 01:20 AM #199
530 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
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02-21-2014, 02:07 AM #200