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04-26-2014, 10:29 PM #2131
::gasp:: Cindy said it out loud!? Say it ain't so...must have been a typo...damn auto correct right?_______________________________________________
04-26-2014, 10:56 PM #2132
04-28-2014, 06:14 PM #2133
04-29-2014, 04:11 AM #2134
Well, the local guy at Batfish Aquatics tried ordering me a L204, but he received something that didn't even resemble a L204, so I had to go a different route. I decided to just order one from Gunpowder Aquatics. The L204 is the Flash Pleco. I really didn't want to settle on the L052 (Butterfly or Flounder pleco), which was my other option. It's a nice looking pleco, but I kept going back to L204... just really like the looks of that one and didn't want to settle for something I wouldn't be completely happy with. So, order in. I'm risking it with Priority 2-3 day, but it's coming from Florida, so hopefully that means just 2-day. =X Didn't want to spend another $45 for shipping. Priority is $20.
Other than that, I asked the Batfish guy to just get me the female Apistos I need and he'll bring those to the May meeting (this weekend). So, I'm about to round out my stocking in the 75gal.
Speaking of which, I was taking a head count the other day. I noticed that I'm missing about 2 Rummynose Tetras. No idea how that happened or where they went, but I'm thinking that when they were a tad smaller, something got a couple. Probably the Raph cats again. I'm surprised I didn't notice until now, but it is really difficult to get a head count. The BRBs are sitting at 19 and the Rummys at 18 (I think). It was either 18 or 17, but I'm pretty sure it's 18. Everyone else is accounted for.
04-29-2014, 04:18 AM #2135
Thats to bad about the Rummy nose, always something looking to make a meal of small fish.
Glad you could find the pleco you wanted, I keep meaning to give GA a shot but need to get that new tank first, LOL!!Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
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04-29-2014, 01:17 PM #2136
The Flash pleco is gorgeous. I can see why you'd want to hold out for it. Fingers crossed on shipping!
04-29-2014, 03:31 PM #2137
Yeah you do, Lee! I've been pleased with GA so far. Really looking forward to my new arrival. =]
Thanks Cindy, appreciate it. And I completely agree... love the Flash Pleco. Why settle, right?
04-29-2014, 03:33 PM #2138
Can't wait to see that baby cruising your tank! I've never seen one before you brought it up. What an impressive fish.Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.
You know what this tank needs? ........................ Crypts.
04-29-2014, 04:48 PM #2139
Gorgeous pleco.75 gal - Smudge Spot Cories, Silvertip & Pristella Tetras, Scissortail & Red Tail Rasboras, Pearl Gourami, Black Kuhli Loaches, Whiptail Cats, Wild Caught BNP
Dual 29 gals - Diamond Tetras. Harlequin Rasboras, Bloodfin Tetras
10 Gal - Mr. Betta's Fishy Paradise
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04-29-2014, 06:26 PM #2140
Same here! I'm a little perturbed with my tank at the moment, though. Not sure what I should do with it. Nothing is growing the way I want it to and algae is still a problem, despite my using injected co2. I just did a large dose of metricide last night (in combination with co2) and I also switched up my lighting schedule to fight this stuff.
I just bought this book: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/076...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
It's from 2003, so there's not much about LED lighting, but the principles remain the same. I was perusing through some of it last night and I picked up some things while reading, especially about certain plant species. I read some stuff I already know, but several things I didn't... and some things I've heard through the grapevine, but haven't followed the advice of, yet.
Anyway, I made some changes:
First, I trimmed all of the stalks of my Tiger Lotus. In order to keep it short and display the leaves, submerged, you're not supposed to allow any leaves to surface. Hopefully I can make this work out. If I can, it should look pretty cool where it is. Otherwise, I can remove the mother plant and start over with one of the plantlets (I have about 4 of them in the tank, now). This thing grows ridiculously well in the tank.
Second, I changed my lighting schedule. I had it on for 8hrs straight for the day and that's it. While that's good for plants, it's also good for algae. The suggestion from this book is to actually increase the photo period to 10hrs, as that would mimic natural lighting from the Sun, which is perfect for plants. However, to combat algae, you should split the day up. So, 5hrs on, 1-2hrs off, 5hrs on. Plants can adapt to the lighting schedule and photosynthesize on the fly, but the more simplistic algaes cannot. They require longer, uninterrupted photo periods to flourish.
They also recommend that during this photo period, you should stagger the light intensity (which is also natural, is beneficial to the plants and to the fish). So, here's how I have my timing set to:
At 9am, one of my lights will turn on. At 10am, the other light will turn on. At 2pm, one of my lights will turn off and then at 3pm the other will turn off. Then at 4pm, one light will turn on, followed by the other light at 5pm. Then at 9pm, one of the lights will turn off and the other will turn off at 10pm.
I'm going to see how this lighting regimen goes for a week or two. If things remain unchanged, I'm going to increase the mid-day break to 2hrs of blackout, instead of 1. The staggering should reduce any fish stress that might occur from the flashing on/off of the very bright lighting and should relieve some stress on the plants, as well, in addition to interrupting the algae's ability to photosynthesize.
Meanwhile, I'm still going forward with the EI dosing method and I actually increased my CO2 injection to about 3 drops per second. I had the setting at only about 1 over the last week or two... which seemed fine, because the drop checker was green, but I didn't notice any real growth in plants. I raised it to 3dps the other day and the checker remains green. Not sure if I should increase it any more, but we'll see how that goes. I may refresh the drop checker with new tank water & solution, because something may be off. Always good to double-check. Wouldn't want to harm the fish.
I've also been thinking about switching out the circulation pump with some kind of glass/ceramic reactor/diffuser for co2 injection. I feel like the pump creates too much turbulence and its placement kind of sucks, because it's right in back of the stem plants (and they're pretty much all stem plants). It's literally pushing some of the stems over onto the driftwood, which isn't any good.