A new day’s 1,5m

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    For the sake of the tank log: the pH tested 7,5 today which is higher than expected and desired. Tapwater tested 7 as expected and is soft. Might have too much crushed coral in the filter.

    In another thread @TheGrissom replied “I had a look at some solubility charts of calcium carbonate. About pH 8 its stops dissolving completely but by pH 7.4 the solubility is so low it can be seen as negligible. So the pH should end up somewhere between 7 and 7.5 in reality”

    I removed some of the crushed coral and did a small 5-10% wc. Livestock have been doing great though, despite being softwater fish.
     
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    This looks amazing! If I may ask, how much time per day do you spend on upkeep of that tank? If I tried that setup, my tank will have hair algae in 5 mins.
     
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    Thanks @Zuraki ! Probably about 5 mins a day (or less) and there is indeed some hair/ string algae at the surface which I manually remove. Trying to toe the line between “wild” and aesthetically pleasing (to me). I like the wildness of this tank (the fish do too) but also need to keep an eye on light penetration...

    The way I see it, it’s about engaging with the tank more than ‘maintenance’ on this one. Cleaned the filter last week for the first time and that was a job!!! Mostly because I’m not so familiar with canisters and I needed my ducks in a row. Next time will be quicker, not easy being blonde :lol:
     
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    Adopted @Chandz ’s pet Festivum called Hedwig. He’s a big boy around 15cm but such a gentle giant :)

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    Cute time to get another tank. Is @Chandz getting out of the hobby?
     
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    Lol no to the contrary- she has 20 tanks and has ramped up recently. But Hedwig was in their big tank that they have taken down and she is struggling with space for him, focusing on breeding smaller species.
     
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    Well the effort and time really shows, and I am sure it pays off for you personally. I am pretty sure my main tank is overstocked and I should cut back on my lighting duration. I like your distinction between maintenance and engaging with your tank. The difference being you actually look forward to enhancing your setup whereas the other is viewed as a mandatory chore.

    I also have a Dophin canister on my main tank. The self priming function is broken and the return pipes are very long. To date I probably drank 2 liters of tank water attempting to siphon and kick start the filter after cleaning. Just use a serial boyu pump to prime it now. I also have a tank sitting outside with some type of Juncus rush with emergent growth, nymphoides thunbergiana and some vallisneria. I am playing with the idea of bringing it inside, but I think the plants will suffer without some direct sun.
     
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    Thank you again! He couldn’t have gone to a better home


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    It’s my pleasure, he’s such a lovely boy :)
     
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    Lol yes that sounds like fish keeping!

    Thanks for the lovely message, great hobby this with so many avenues and things to learn. The forum has been and continues to be incredibly helpful and inspiring for me.

    each tank has its quirks. I have a pond / swamp with white clouds, really should update that thread. All healthy but overgrown and needs a massive plant thin out!

    You also have a pond I saw in another thread, with platys? Is it the one with the juncus?
     
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    Corys are spawning and the whole tank’s activity level is up! Peaked the interest of Hedwig also and he picks off eggs as they lay them right under his nose. They’re seemingly not at all bothered by the boulder of a festivum looming over them :lol:

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    That's too funny! Lovely photos as well!

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    The corys are still at it (marathon session) but Hedwig is full now, apparently :lol:
     
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    Haha

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    Ohh. Thank you and congrats on him.

    @Chandz good luck with the breeding. I'll come knocking for more geos one day:lol::lol:
     
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    @Whoknows thank you! I sold both of my breeding pairs

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    No worries. Thank you for these guys though they doing great:thumbup:
     
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    I'm glad to hear that!

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    Sorry for the late reply, the weekend was crazy busy hosting a halloween party.

    Yes I have a 1.5m x 3.0m pond built with stacked cincerblocks and pond liner. I have my whiteclouds breeding in there and then also tried some high-fin variatus platys and swordtails during summer. There are some juncus and nymphoides thunbergiana in there as well. But I also have a 90 cm tank next to the pond with the same plants in that I have left outside since last Nov. I was thinking of bringing that tank inside but I think the lack of sunlight will strain the plants.

    Your tank looks stunning as always.
     
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    Sho that’s a sizable pond! Why don’t you start a thread, would love to see!

    The 3 foot also sounds intriguing, do you keep livestock in there? What’s the temperature fluctuations like?
     

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