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post #71 of 89 (permalink) Old 07-02-2019, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
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More fun and games :)

The pH is almost certainly (how can I ever be 100% certain?) due to the HOB filter and the excellent oxygenation. I am down to 1 pH test a day, and number is holding steady at 7.4 which is higher than I would like, but is rock steady unless I do a water change when it dips a bit before returning to 7.4. I would rather live with that than start mucking about with chemicals.

Tagawa is now IN. Day 2. Too early for him to be properly settled, but he seems quite happy.
Hasn't noticed the shrimp, despite them being very active and bright yellow.
Nor has he got the hang of the new feeding routine though. I think he always used to rely on the rest of the tank occupants to rush about and signal Feeding Time. He is very slow to realise that I am offering food. Unless he sees it actually land on the water within an inch of his nose, he will miss it completely.

Shrimp are happy. They have demolished an entire mulberry leaf and are working on the banana leaf piece and the catappas now. Water has a healthy peaty tint, so the Catappa are helping with the pH. Of course I don't want it too soft now, or the shrimp will suffer.

Oh, and the Finnex Stingray died. :( less than 6 months old. :( am wondering if it was the journey - had to buy it from an American seller and import it, because I couldn't find it here in England. So was it handled roughly by courier? Did that shorten its life? Pointless speculation. Return postage cost would make returning it a nonsense.

Anyway, this time have bought closer to home.
Much internal angst over quality, plant illumination needs, size of tank, need to use it as a desk lamp too...
Decided to go with Fluval, for the App and AWESOME controllability from anywhere with a wifi connection.
Then went for the Fluval plant spectrum LED nano.

Arrived today.
Incredibly easy to set up, and... dare I say it... very sexy!
Just a minimalist black tile, perfect height, perfect size, and up and running in 5 mins with 24 hr timer, dawn til dusk and blue night light, all adjustable.
The light is currently golden sunlight, but will cool and soften as evening draws in.
Very natural looking!

Had enough of 22 litre tank aggro for the moment.
Have told it, and all its occupants, that they have to buck up and run smoothly for a while.

70litre tank: (Kham) mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
22litre cube tank: (Tagawa); betta, 2 amano, yellow dwarf shrimp. Heavily planted.
57litre cube tank: (No Name); betta, ember tetras, 2 amano, 1 nerite, 1 assassin, doing his thing. Heavily planted.
200litre tank; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, kuhli loaches, otocinclus, nerites, pond snails, amano. Heavily planted.
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Golden afternoon light using the automated settings
No Tagawa in sight, on account of him snoozing in the hornwort at the back:



And shrimp spotting - the new work avoidance technique:

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70litre tank: (Kham) mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
22litre cube tank: (Tagawa); betta, 2 amano, yellow dwarf shrimp. Heavily planted.
57litre cube tank: (No Name); betta, ember tetras, 2 amano, 1 nerite, 1 assassin, doing his thing. Heavily planted.
200litre tank; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, kuhli loaches, otocinclus, nerites, pond snails, amano. Heavily planted.
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It is a pretty tank. Really the PH is not that high. at 7.4. For most tropical fish anything between 6.8 and 7.6 is acceptable. (unless your a purist and then it has to be 7.0 exact.) LOL Things that will change and Raise the PH are some plants and even some rocks. When Ben's tank dropped to 6.0 I decided to go the old fashioned route and add some rock chips that were known to raise the PH. Add so and wait 48 hours test and if still too low add a few more. wait 48 hr. test and either add or subtract a few. Once it got to 7.0 I left it alone and tested every couple of days to make sure nothing changed. Did the trick.

Sounds like Tagawa and Little bee should be housed next to each other. They both like their hides in the plants. Except Little Bee is a chow hound, he knows when I reach for his food no matter where he is He's ready to eat.
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Gorgeous tank you have!

I never advise messing with the pH. Fish can adapt to steady low or high pH but not fluctuating and not all pH adjusters are equal. My pH runs from 7.8-8.0 and I've never had any pH-related issues.

I wish I could remember where I read that pH is no longer the issue it was when fish were wild-caught. Now it depends more on the pH and hardness, etc., of the tanks in which they were bred.
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Thanks guys :)

I must admit that this tank gets the most attention and gives the most pleasure, when it is not stressing me, of course! haha!

Can't believe I have never had a desk tank before. Wouldn't want to be without it now.

Incidentally, Tagawa has now worked out the new food system and is permanently hovering just under where I sprinkle his Bug Bites. A glutton is born.
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70litre tank: (Kham) mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
22litre cube tank: (Tagawa); betta, 2 amano, yellow dwarf shrimp. Heavily planted.
57litre cube tank: (No Name); betta, ember tetras, 2 amano, 1 nerite, 1 assassin, doing his thing. Heavily planted.
200litre tank; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, kuhli loaches, otocinclus, nerites, pond snails, amano. Heavily planted.
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And here he is. Settled in and busy getting the hang of the new domain.


70litre tank: (Kham) mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
22litre cube tank: (Tagawa); betta, 2 amano, yellow dwarf shrimp. Heavily planted.
57litre cube tank: (No Name); betta, ember tetras, 2 amano, 1 nerite, 1 assassin, doing his thing. Heavily planted.
200litre tank; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, kuhli loaches, otocinclus, nerites, pond snails, amano. Heavily planted.
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I bet he is having a ball exploring and patrolling that new home of his. It doesn't take too long for them to figure out where food comes from. He is such a beautiful boy.

I know Little Bee plays games when it's time to feed. The left side of the tank has a spot where the current doesn't wash away his food and I place it there for him. But if he's lazy and on the other side of his tank I drop the food in there and he has to chase it down. (he enjoys it) When Ben did that he would just wait until it came back around, (not Little Bee he hasn't learned that trick yet.(one of these days he will)) LOL
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I swear, sometimes it takes me a while!!! I've been meaning to post this all day.

About the Finnex: Does it have a one-year warranty? If so, you could send then an email and ask if they would replace for cost of postage? They might ask you to cut off the power cord and send them a photo. That's what TruAqua had me do instead of returning my "new" filter that wouldn't start.

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Drat. I wish I had thought of doing that with the finnex. I threw it out 2 days ago and the dustmen (garbage collectors) came yesterday.

I’m on a bit of a purge at the moment. We have a box of ‘just in case’ electrical leads, plugs and adapters. I am determinedly clearing out stuff I can’t see us using again.

70litre tank: (Kham) mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
22litre cube tank: (Tagawa); betta, 2 amano, yellow dwarf shrimp. Heavily planted.
57litre cube tank: (No Name); betta, ember tetras, 2 amano, 1 nerite, 1 assassin, doing his thing. Heavily planted.
200litre tank; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, kuhli loaches, otocinclus, nerites, pond snails, amano. Heavily planted.
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I’m getting v good at this work avoidance thing

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70litre tank: (Kham) mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
22litre cube tank: (Tagawa); betta, 2 amano, yellow dwarf shrimp. Heavily planted.
57litre cube tank: (No Name); betta, ember tetras, 2 amano, 1 nerite, 1 assassin, doing his thing. Heavily planted.
200litre tank; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, kuhli loaches, otocinclus, nerites, pond snails, amano. Heavily planted.
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