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xXTheGameAceXx #21 Posted May 10 2019 - 20:30

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View PostTheManFromKekistan, on May 09 2019 - 17:11, said:

 

Nah. I'm a simple guy and have a 55 set up with live plants and plenty of logs and rocky stuff with some black striped angelfish and emerald barbs a few pleco for keeping the algae and food waste down plus a handful of snails and crawdads to annoy everything else. Pretty and other than water changes and occasional testing is more or less maintenance free.

 

Ah that's a shame. Lots of really unique and beautiful stuff out there in freshwater~

I actually just took a long drive out to a store today to get some new unique stuff. Will get pics up later.

Got a female Celestial Pearl Danio since I already have a brightly colored male, 2 blue cherry shrimp, 3 Endler Guppies (one appears to have some injuries though. Looks like the others may have gotten a tad feisty), and a Banjo/Dwarf Anchor Catfish. Absolutely awesome fellas, and hope to start breeding the CPDs and Shrimp soon.



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  I used to keep aquariums but kind of got out of it a little while ago. Had tanks from 5 1/2 for freshwater shrimp up to 29 gallons for small tropical community fish. Also had a 55, but that was set up for a snake, then a painted turtle (used to catch one at the beginning of spring and keep it till near the end of the summer for a few years) then a baby snapping turtle i took in when I was working at a pet store that I basically just kept for the winter and released it (at about 7x it's former size) in late spring...

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View PostxXTheGameAceXx, on May 10 2019 - 14:30, said:

 

Ah that's a shame. Lots of really unique and beautiful stuff out there in freshwater~

I actually just took a long drive out to a store today to get some new unique stuff. Will get pics up later.

Got a female Celestial Pearl Danio since I already have a brightly colored male, 2 blue cherry shrimp, 3 Endler Guppies (one appears to have some injuries though. Looks like the others may have gotten a tad feisty), and a Banjo/Dwarf Anchor Catfish. Absolutely awesome fellas, and hope to start breeding the CPDs and Shrimp soon.

 

Oh I understand you are more into it than I am. When I was younger my friends and I would build the most ridiculous tanks just because it was cool and didn't mind the cost or high maintenance since it was a competition. Now I'm old and more interested in ease and relaxation so the nice woodland brookish setup works well for my dens muted and dim decor.

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View PostTheManFromKekistan, on May 10 2019 - 15:29, said:

 

 Now I'm old and more interested in ease and relaxation so the nice woodland brookish setup works well for my dens muted and dim decor.

 

   Pretty sure they do make tanks where it has a streamlike current across the tank but they're expensive as hell...



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View PostNutrientibusMeaGallus, on May 10 2019 - 17:20, said:

 

   Pretty sure they do make tanks where it has a streamlike current across the tank but they're expensive as hell...

 

I kinda did that with the external canister filter I'm using. The intake is on one side and the outlet on the other. Not much of a current but it does keep the fish active when they venture out of the plants and logs and adds a subtle sway to the plants.

 

Wasn't all that expensive either considering its good for up to 100 gallon tanks. Keeps mine crystal clear and the plecos frantic for something to scavenge.

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002DJ9NY



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So I'm officially paranoid about canister filters. Right before I was going to bed around 2AM this morning, the output connection broke and water started going everywhere. Just spent over the past hour cleaning up around 15 - 20 gallons of water off of hardwood with towels and rags. Some still under the boards though and seeping through the cracks as I step on it. A certain company that manufactured these parts is going to be getting an earful tomorrow...

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Ouch good thing you were still awake and avoided a total loss and probably extensive water damage to boot..

 

Had no issues so far but when I researched using a canister filter many reviews recommended a small dab of purple loctite on the threads so there would be no way for the connections to separate.

 

Its the weakest loctite formula so you can still remove the links but it takes a bit of grunt and make sure to only use a dab or it will never come loose.



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View PostTheManFromKekistan, on May 16 2019 - 00:54, said:

Ouch good thing you were still awake and avoided a total loss and probably extensive water damage to boot..

 

Had no issues so far but when I researched using a canister filter many reviews recommended a small dab of purple loctite on the threads so there would be no way for the connections to separate.

 

Its the weakest loctite formula so you can still remove the links but it takes a bit of grunt and make sure to only use a dab or it will never come loose.

 

Interesting, never heard of loctite before. Some people also recommended some sort of metal ring clamp which I think I'll look into. Otherwise today I have to cut some of the tubing off and refit it properly.

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Man I keep forgetting to get back to this post. Should get some pictures up like I've promised finally. Just wish the forums were a little more picture friendly. In any case, getting in about a $150 shipment of fish today and still waiting for UPS to get here so I can unbox them. Some real beauties coming~

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The forums are very picture friendly as long as the pic address is on the allowed list. Tinypic.com works every time.

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View PostTheManFromKekistan, on May 31 2019 - 17:44, said:

The forums are very picture friendly as long as the pic address is on the allowed list. Tinypic.com works every time.

 

Awesome I'll give that a try shortly. Just snapped a bunch of pics, although they aren't the greatest, so I'll upload them after I walk my dog. Absolutely thrilled with some of them so far. One DOA sadly though, a dwarf sunset rainbowfish.

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Alright, put a bunch down here - https://imgur.com/a/UQamzsV

Tell me if you have issues seeing it. I'll list off each picture top to bottom:

*55 Gallon Overall (right side still needs work, need to move that massive Tiger Lotus because it's killing off my Staurogen Repens)

*Albino Cherry Barb (partially obscured by algae)

*Blue Cherry Shrimp

*Emerald Rainbowfish (hard to see the colors well between a bit of algae and his movements)

*Endler Guppies (Endler x Guppy hybrid), photobombed by a female cherry barb

*Female Endler

*German Blue Ram (will be a while before it colors up. They're all stressed out. Both a male and a female in there)

*Threadfin Rainbowfish (male and female pair, male shown)

*Red Tiger Endler






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