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#61 malawiman85

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 02:05 PM

Watch that your bigger fish don't start getting lethargic. Not saying it won't be ok but just be careful... I was lucky... if I'd got home an hour later I'd have been looking at fish soup.

#62 Leichardti

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 03:44 PM

Will do, cheers

Got the wavemaker pointed up hitting the lids for the exact reason haha, plenty of air exchange in there



#63 Leichardti

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 05:39 PM

Reactor Build

As you will be able to tell this reactor is highly based on upon PeteThePlantKillers cerges design: http://www.aquariuml...VERSION-2-below
My design is differentiates in that I’ve added an elbow on the inside to create a bit of a vortex effect and have done the in/out fittings a bit differently in order to suit my setup slightly better.

Parts for my reactor:
1 Meter of 100mm PVC DWV Pipe
2x End Caps
2x 25mm barbed 20mm BSP male threaded elbow
2x 20mm Female Tank Fittings
1x 25mm Hose Screw Connection
1x 600mm 20mm Riser
1x 4mm Joiner Barb/Thread
1x 25mm Male Hosetail

First off was cutting the DWV pipe down; at first I was going to copy Pete’s design and go with a 50cm version however to avoid having to cut the poly riser I went with a ~60cm version
The DWV pipe was cut to about 63cm to take into account the space needed between the riser and end cap.

Next up is drilling the top cap for the tank fittings. The holes were marked by holding the fittings the furthest they could be apart. After drilling this meant that instead if having to slice part of the nut off it could simply be screwed on whole

Once all the fittings were put on I ended up with this:
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The elbow on the inside was a bit of an extra I added to the design which should create a vortex effect
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With poly riser attached
Next the bottom and top end cap were glued onto the body
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Once this is done you basically have a reactoe - without a Co2 inlet
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Above you can see there has been a small hole drilled into the “In” elbow. A small screw driven through this hole, then the 4mm joined pushed / screwed into place with a coating of SikaSeal 401 both in the hole and around the joiner
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Not the prettiest but does the job
Tooth pick was then put through the joiner a few times to make sure there was no SilaSeal which was going to block the Co2

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Finished Product Would look nice painted however it’s going to be hidden away

Edited by Leichardti, 10 July 2018 - 05:48 PM.


#64 Leichardti

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 02:41 PM

Put the reactor on today since everything seemed pretty sealed
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Removing and slicing into tubing to put the reactor in
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Whoops
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Got the reactor on and everything turned on only to realise there were leaks...
Some effort, swearing and an O-Ring later we have a reactor with no leaks, no noise and running well. I reversed the pipes which are inlet / outlet in the tank to allow some more flow and as I no longer need the surface skimming I was going to have for the sump.
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Co2 Cylinder is now at AGP getting refilled

Edited by Leichardti, 11 July 2018 - 02:42 PM.


#65 Jules

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 03:17 PM

What substrate are you using? I like it.



#66 Leichardti

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 03:37 PM

I made a two toned mix, stuff on the bottom is propogating sand
Top layer that you see is just Gin Gin River Quartz from soils aint soil, probably has a bit of propogating sand and shel grit in the top layer too

#67 Leichardti

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 02:30 PM

Sleepy Cod showing signs if fungus around his jaw..
Off to get a litre of Methlyene Blue from AGP

Edited by Leichardti, 13 July 2018 - 02:31 PM.


#68 Leichardti

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 08:21 PM

New fish!
As I lost my Neo. Ater I’ve been on the look out for another, so I decided to contact a fish collector in Darwin.
I had 2x Neosilurus Ater and a Neosilurus Hyrtlii sent over last night from Darwin to Perth airport.
The result?
One 42cm Neosilurus Ater, one 25cm Neosilurus ater, one 20cm Neosilurus hyrtlii and a very happy me!!!
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Will get some more / better photos tomorrow

Big thanks to Dave Wilson for helping me get them and Jules for helping me out with freight / quarantine etc

#69 Jules

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Posted 25 July 2018 - 07:58 AM

Awesome man, look like there in good nic, haha had me worried with the freight!



#70 Leichardti

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Posted 26 July 2018 - 06:24 PM

Thats what I thought, lost the Hyrtlii yesterday tho..
He had a slightly reddened whisker which I didnt pay enough attention as I should have to. Proceeded to turn a lot redder overnight + gills and dorsal
Put him in his own tank with clean, ammonia free water and stress coat but he died 15 minutes later
Guessing it was ammonia burn from being in the bag for 24h+ as they were all in the same bag
The rest are fine and slowly becoming more active thankfully
Big shame about the hyrtlii though, quite a big one for the species, RIP ☹️
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#71 Delapool

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Posted 27 July 2018 - 07:32 AM

That’s a shame

Seen some interesting test results from water in bags. Not knocking it. Made me wonder how any fish used to survive when I was a kid as used to ride them home on push bike (on plus side I guess they saw a lot of new scenery very quickly).

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Posted 27 July 2018 - 07:41 AM

I think it has a lot to do with how you do the conditioning and how long you take. I leave them in the sealed bag until they have acclimatised to the temperature at which point I transfer into a bucket and add prime and some tank water immediately so the fish can adjust to my water parameters over the next 10 minutes or so as i add more tank water. In the sealed bag the C02 builds up and drops the PH which detoxifies the ammonia to an extent, the moment you break that seal and let oxygen in the water gets gas exchange and the PH will raise and render the built up ammonia toxic, this is where the damage is done.



#73 Jules

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Posted 30 July 2018 - 08:04 AM

Far out - Large fish should be bagged separately IMO.

 

This is why my 2 jardini last year died - putting 2 x 30cm fish in the same bag, of course ammonia will spike, the water was filthy and slimy, stank of ammonia and rotting fish. The fish literally dying when I opened the bag, still, but breathing heavy and slime coat all eaten off the,

They should know better than that, id tell them- that's something that isn't your fault, therefore you shouldn't be responsible for your money getting burnt like that.



#74 Leichardti

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Posted Yesterday, 10:59 PM

Just a little bit of an update, haven’t been very active lately:
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Pretty sure the two Neos have been eating bits of prawn, secretly. Going to worm the tank soon since they’re a bit skinny and w/c
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I bought a 25cm Sooty Grunter today.. he’s a pretty cool and laid back fish, tanks now divided though as the Coal Grunter was bashing him. Hopefully some timeout will give the Sooty time to settle in and for the Coal Grunter to stop.
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Plants are doing well as you may see in the background of the photos, Bacopa monnieri has had good growth. Hoping that within the next 3 months I’ll be upgrading my lighting to a DIY with Lumia 5.2 multichips with a custom LED layout.
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Ive also nearly finished the cladding for the stand. This is an older photo but I now have each panel pretty much fully painted with edgebanding on.
Needing some dither fish for this tank I think to even out the aggression a bit. Thinking Giant Glassfish as I should have access to them soon
That’s all for this update
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#75 Delapool

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Posted Today, 07:26 AM

I really do like the layout in this tank - hope the fish settle in ok. Love seeing tank blog pics :)

That’s nice on the plants - did you get CO2 going?




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