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Re: Rebirth of our Display Tank

PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 2:01 pm
by PVT-Kanaka
By "invisible fish" do you mean "fishless cycling?"

Re: Rebirth of our Display Tank

PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:19 pm
by PVT-Kanaka
As of Friday, the tank looked like this:

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Next time, I won't coat the file as uniformly so that the texturing is more evident. At 10 minutes of work and pennies on the investment, I can screw up this type of backing multiple times!

We are going to drain and refill the tank again today just to make sure we got out the last dram of chlorine. We will also place the driftwood back in the tank. I have to get some more pre-filters for the intake on my "river system," and I want to replace the bio-wheels just to make sure the old ones aren't full of algae spores.

We'll start feeding the "invisible fish" this week to begin cycling over the next two weeks. We still have time to mix in nutritive soil if folks think that is worthwhile and / or advisable.

Aloha,

Eric

Re: Rebirth of our Display Tank

PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:16 am
by ScottFish
Looking good. Do you have the necessary equipment to do the water tests to monitor the cycling?

Re: Rebirth of our Display Tank

PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:02 pm
by PVT-Kanaka
Strip tests. To be honest, this'll be my first crack at fishless cycling. I've generally had good luck just going slowly, adding fish over the course of weeks and months.

Re: Rebirth of our Display Tank

PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:43 am
by PVT-Kanaka
OK, tomorrow we go to the LFS and see if we cannot bring this tank back to life!

Re: Rebirth of our Display Tank

PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:34 am
by ScottFish
Good luck Dr. Frankenstein

Re: Rebirth of our Display Tank

PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:49 pm
by PVT-Kanaka
It lives! IT LIVES!!!!! 6x rosy barbs and a couple strands of "Anacharis" grace the tank. Picture to follow. With algae being the cause of the tank's collapse, I thought it wise to get some stem plants going from the start. I also took the time to observe the light over the tank throughout the day (A byproduct of a strange work schedule...), and I am limiting the artificial light to 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

- Eric

Re: Rebirth of our Display Tank

PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2019 5:57 pm
by PVT-Kanaka
Update:

The rosy barbs have settled in, and the Anacharis appears to be doing well. I wedged a piece of Anubius sp. into a piece of drift wood. This is a daughter plant of the original Anubius that died in the algae plague, so this is a bit of sweet revenge! I will put some of the Crypt's daughter plants in as we move along. Here is a picture to date:


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We are now debating what to put in next. A must have is a shoal of clown loaches (Yes, that will mandate an eventual upgrade in tank size. Break my heart!), but I want to wait until the tank is a bit more established. We are considering clown barbs (Puntius everetti), but that would preclude a nice school of angelfish. The decision is on hold until after Halloween. Oh, and I will probably get a nice Amazon sword plant. I love those, but they never thrived in the tank's old configuration, even pre-algae. I have root tabs ready to hand, so maybe this time it'll be different!

Until next update, fond aloha!

Eric

Re: Rebirth of our Display Tank

PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:18 pm
by ScottFish
Thanks for the update. You are off to a great start!

Re: Rebirth of our Display Tank

PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:32 pm
by PVT-Kanaka
Thanks, Scottfish. With Halloween astern of us, we can turn back to this project in the coming week. It is nice to see this tank come alive again.

Eric

Re: Rebirth of our Display Tank

PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:28 am
by PVT-Kanaka
Look who's in quarantine as of last Saturday:
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Five of these fellows will join 6x rosy barbs and a Red Tailed Botia, a returnee, sometime next week.

I also popped a Cryptocryne sp., another daughter plant of parents that went to compost as part of the tear-down, into the tank. The Anacharis continues to grow, so we trimmed it up and planted the trimmings. All seems well...After the clown barbs go into their new home, we have agreed on some rainbowfish, species dependent on price, availability, and who wins the argument.

As an aside, I planted some of the Crypt from the tear-down in a pot and plopped it in the tub / guppy pit at the center of our garden railroad. In the words of a famous movie, "It's not dead yet!" That tub is getting a major redo in January when it is going to be cooler. Different thread, though!

Aloha,
Eric

Re: Rebirth of our Display Tank

PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:28 pm
by PVT-Kanaka
Here come the clowns! Quarantine is over and these guys went into their "forever home!" I am disinfecting the quarantine tank now (almost dumped the bleach in the Cichlid Tiki Tank it hides behind. How did that happen?!?!?). Let the arguments over what's next...BEGIN!

Have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving!

Eric