Category Archives: Equipment

Algae r Us

The algae have discovered my tank and the otos and amanos are feasting! Suspect causes are too much light (probably around 80-90umol) from the T5HO plus some afternoon direct sun, a¬†huge increase in bioload and inattention to fertz. The new … Continue reading

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Safe fill with air break!

I don’t know why I didn’t think of this in the first place! Rather than running a pressurized line directly from the house plumbing into the tank and risk backflow contamination, I can just fill a container in the basement … Continue reading

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Final plumbing…for now

Here are the details of the “final” plumbing; more on “final” at the bottom. First a full shot of the undertank arrangement. Flow comes from the right hand side travels through parallel paths to filter and auxillary flow pump then … Continue reading

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Honey gouramis, food, pumps, and more

I went to Exotic Aquatics to look for some T5NO lamps; no joy but scored some fish and food. I had in mind getting some Colisa chuna (aka Honey Gourami) to act as a relatively peaceful “fish herd.” I wanted … Continue reading

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It’s been a busy week!

After several days of zero ammonia and zero nitrites I’d gotten comfortable that the tank had fully cycled. I was then ready to do some dosing Estimative Index style to give the plants a boost. I also wanted to begin … Continue reading

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