04-16-2014, 07:22 PM
04-16-2014, 09:37 PM
Hey Kev, did your SS mesh pre-filters ever come in?
04-16-2014, 09:50 PM
04-17-2014, 04:25 PM
Thanks Laura. That's true, but it never seems long enough! =]
@Matt, my mesh filters did come in and I applied them all last night. I really like them so far. Very sleek. I'm just hoping that they do the job without clogging too badly. So far, so good.
So, speaking of last night... *sigh*
I wanted to conduct some water changes, so I started emptying my 75gal tank with my pump. I have another pump going in there, about 1/4 of the way up from the substrate that I use for CO2 injection and additional circulation. I noticed that it was clogged and saw some plant matter stuck in there. It was still blowing, but much weaker than normal. So, I didn't want to disconnect it and was just feeling around down there, removing the plant matter - then I hit a round, smooth object. I figured it was one of my nerite snails, so I tried to move him around to get him off. Unfortunately, when I removed him, it appears that his head was sucked out of his shell, when he tried to close his trap door. I have no idea if it was my fault or he just got stuck to the pump and couldn't free himself.
Anyway, after I removed him, the pump started blowing with more force and the nerite's head looked flat and sticking threw his door. Very sad. I put him on the substrate, hoping he was still alive (somehow), but then the fish started pecking at his head. Well, I took him out and decided to poke around, because I didn't want his loss to be completely worthless. I started fiddling around with his trap door and eventually ripped his remnants out of the shell and decided to feed the fish his carcass. The fish were ravenous over this little guy. Sorta' fresh meat.
Anyway... enough of the pleasantries. After that ordeal (and feeling much guilt/regret), I went to refill the tank with the water changer. Started up the water and lo and behold, I sprung a leak! The fixture that fits the shower head (my water changer is hooked up to the shower, not the sink), had completely broken off.
Now I'm stuck with a tank about 1/3 full of old water and a broken water changer. My only option is to either get the bucket and start filling the tank or head over to Petsmart. So, I dropped everything, sped over to Petsmart and picked up a replacement part (thankfully only $11). Got home, finished the water change and fitted the new mesh filter guards over all the filter intakes.
The wife starts yelling at me about dinner, yadda yadda yadda, so I had to drop everything and ascend the steps to eat dinner.
I was exhausted, but after dinner and cleaning up the kitchen, I had to feed the fish replant some plants and mix up some dry ferts. I now realize that using dry ferts is going to be an enormous PITA, so I've decided to go the Seachem route with Flourish Comprehensive, Trace, Iron & Potassium. I just bought 500mL bottles of each right now on Amazon and signed up for the 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime (which I fully intend to cancel after 29 days), so I can get the 2-day free shipping.
SO... if anyone wants 1lb of Calcium Sulfate, 1lb of Magnesium Sulfate and 1lb of Potassium Sulfate, just let me know. I'll be happy to send them to you. Think I'll keep the iron, since you can actually make the same solution as Flourish Iron.
Anyway, that was my night... Now we're babysitting a friend's dog and my cat is having a conniption. He gets nervous just looking at the dog, which is bigger than mine (but very friendly), and it makes him throw up. lol
04-17-2014, 04:41 PM
You'll like the pre filters, they clog a bit, but less than the sponge ones, IME.
Sorry about the nerite, poor little guy, it was just an accident, no reason to beat yourself up over it.
Sounds like a crazy night...is it a Python you use for water changes?...regardless, I'm glad they had the part you needed
There's no way we could babysit a dog, Ginnie is very jealous of any other pets...that's HER house, dang it, lol...most of the time when I sit in front of the tank, she whines because she's not getting every bit of my attention...she'll come and put her "play ball" in my lap to distract me, lol
04-17-2014, 04:59 PM
Good to hear. I'm looking forward to using them.
Yeah, I just feel like if it was me, it was due to my hastiness. I wanted to get everything done last night... and clearly I wasn't able to do that. lol One thing just led to another. Tonight I'll finish up the PWCs.
I use the Aqueon Water Changer. It's the only thing that'll fit my shower head... and nothing will fit my sink faucets. I have a python, but I ended up using that for my pump to empty tanks.
Mattie is Max's best bud. They've known each other since they were pups, so we've always taken turns watching the dogs when we went on vacation, etc. It's our turn now. They just watched Max over the weekend. We haven't watched any other dog, yet.
04-17-2014, 08:28 PM
So, some good news! Not sure if you remember, but I was going to the recent Fish Club Auction with the intent to purchase some killifish. I purchased two pair, but missed out on a 3rd (the Rocket Killi or Clown Killi, otherwise known as Epiplatys annulatus). Well, I found a post on my fish clubs forum of a guy in MD that was selling a slew of fish that he breeds. At the bottom of the list was the Rocket Killi. Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity, hoping they were still around. He said he had a few pairs left, so I ordered two pair for my 20gal long micro fish tank. =]
Apparently it's likely these guys will breed in a heavily planted tank, and I think my tank is pretty heavily planted, so it'd be really cool if it works out. Either way, I'm fine with just having the two pair. They're such interesting looking killis and I can't wait to get them. Should arrive tomorrow.
This is them: http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species...tys-annulatus/
04-17-2014, 10:19 PM
Sorry to hear about the nerite. But good news about the killies; those are some unusual but beautiful looking fish!
50gal - planned community tank - cycling
40gal - species tank - 18 tiger barbs
04-17-2014, 11:24 PM
I remember those guys from even the oldest aquarium books but have never seen a live one, nice find, looking forward to pictures.
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04-18-2014, 12:02 AM
Thanks guys. =] Hopefully the apple snails that Matt sells me will make up for the lost Nerite. Lord knows the Rabbits aren't making much of a dent. The little they do is pretty much clear up the substrate, I think. Otherwise, they're just interesting to look at, when they're out (which isn't much these days).
Love the killis man, I'll definitely post some pics and vids of them in the coming days. =]