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Old 02-21-2013, 02:15 PM   #71 
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great looking tank!
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:07 AM   #72 
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Well it's been a while and I will post some pics as soon as I can but first I need to ask you guys for advice. 1/2 of my wood (smaller) pieces were boiled directly for 3 days but the other half was so large I could only soak it outside in cold water. Anyway I really am regretting not boiling it longer a I now have massive issues with tannins. I have been constantly filtering with carbon (changed every 2 weeks) and it has done little to the water as a matter of fact the tank looks darker than ever.

As a result the aesthetics of the tank are ruined, I have to edit to make insides of the tank visible, and I am wasting money on carbon. I am sure the fish enjoy it but unfortunately I do not. Now here is where I need help, Purigen. I have been looking at it as a alternative to carbon but am worried about the effects on an npt.

So have any of you used purigen or what else can I do to combat the tannins. Also if I were to use it would it affect my fert. dosing in any manner. Thank you

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Old 03-01-2013, 05:02 AM   #73 
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I thought the only way to battle tannins was water changes...?
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:12 AM   #74 
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I thought the only way to battle tannins was water changes...?
I think you're right although I'm not sure.

It's probably easier and cheaper to just step up partial water changes until the tanins aren't so dark. I ended up soaking my mopani for about 12 hours but I changed the hot water out every 30-40 minutes until the water was just brownish enough that I liked it.
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Old 03-06-2013, 02:47 AM   #75 
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Update:
-Did 2 water changes and water is about 1/2 visible anymore would be pointless.

-LFS was selling what I believe is African water fern naturally I got it (cost me 5 bucks)

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Also before I forget out of all the "fauna in the tank" (oto's amano's, tetras, ram, corys) The most aggressive are the corydoras. Apparently when it is feeding time they all flock in a bunch and don't let anyone else eat without difficulty. Also I have taken to calling one particular cory "Gigantor" pics next week will explain why.
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:04 PM   #76 
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Yeah cory's are really unique, it's one on the reasons why they are probably my favorite fish oh and also videos like this fuel my addiction http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWIVCdLOImw. Also an update I got a fluorescent fixture which can hold two bulbs, there is so little room on my tank that the only led's I can possibly put on will probably be the Current USA pros or some other ultra thin led's. If anyone can help me out I was wondering how many water changes should I be doing for the neons in quarantine? There's six of them in a 2.5 gallon luckily it should only be for 2-3 weeks.
Cories are probably my favorite fish other than bettas. They are hilarious, adorable, hardy, and adorable. Did I mention they're adorable? My school of albinos is one of my favorite parts of my tank.
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:20 PM   #77 
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Update

-Added another golden ram (observing to see if they become too hostile but they should be different genders so I guess I'll see.)

-Added 3 cherry shrimp (2 females 1 male,) and 2 more amanos for a total of 5.

-Really starting to regret not doing soil...I have even been considering tearing down the tank in summer and redoing it with soil so I can put more stem plants in the soil.

-also considering taking out "the cave" and doing a patch of anacharis to get a sort of "corn field effect so that the fish can hide in there as well.

-Fuzzy stuff on wood so I am hoping the shrimp and snails I added will take care of it.

-Also had some unknown species lay eggs.

-Java fern has been propagating like crazy almost each plant has a baby growing on it and I have several in a 5 gallon.
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Meet gigantor \/








I have a few questions (as always) 1. out of all my cories there is one big one (called Gigantor) and always seems to have a swollen ... "abdomen" is that normal?

2. Are golden rams normally super shy? The one I have is hesitant to eat with the cories if they bump him around a bit or if someone approaches the tank he swims away to hide under all the wood.

3. Is there anything I can do else to the fuzz? I know boiling it would help but there is just no way I can get that wood in a pot and if I were to I might as well tear the tank down and re do it with soil in the process. I have some mts I introduced.

4.(not a question) Thanks for reading this obnoxiously long post and dealing with the mass of photos posted.

-Paul

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