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Old 10/16/2018, 05:31 PM   #276
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I'm still in pre-beautiful stage. As soon as the snow melts, I might try and slip out to do some sanding.

Thanks for elaborating Dawn! The smaller the tank, the easier the fake wall! I really love mine. For the wood decoration, you can use real wood. If you have a creek or river nearby you can collect whatever looks good. Throw it in a trash can of water to waterlog it. That's what I did in my fresh water planted tank. I've seen some pretty fancy wood for sale at my LFS lately too.

Adding new macro species sounds like fun. So jealous! I think jaw fish (two!) would work well with ponies. They're quite shy. I haven't tried them in my tank because I keep faster-moving fish. From past experience, I consider jawfish better in a sea horse tank, rather than a fast community tank. If you don't have one already, a top is recommended to keep them from jumping. They'll be so cool in your tank!


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Old 10/16/2018, 07:00 PM   #277
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I'm still in pre-beautiful stage. As soon as the snow melts, I might try and slip out to do some sanding.

Thanks for elaborating Dawn! The smaller the tank, the easier the fake wall! I really love mine. For the wood decoration, you can use real wood. If you have a creek or river nearby you can collect whatever looks good. Throw it in a trash can of water to waterlog it. That's what I did in my fresh water planted tank. I've seen some pretty fancy wood for sale at my LFS lately too.

Adding new macro species sounds like fun. So jealous! I think jaw fish (two!) would work well with ponies. They're quite shy. I haven't tried them in my tank because I keep faster-moving fish. From past experience, I consider jawfish better in a sea horse tank, rather than a fast community tank. If you don't have one already, a top is recommended to keep them from jumping. They'll be so cool in your tank!
I already have a screened top. I know blennies can be jumpers too so I am good that way.

I'd like to add a shaving brush and a mermaids fan. I know they go through a die off period so I maybe should not do those while keeping ponies. I might need to look into that more.

I did not know that wood could go in a marine tank. That is definitely interesting. Do you know of any threads of an aquarist doing it in a saltwater tank?


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Old 10/16/2018, 07:56 PM   #278
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I've yet to build my new screen top - another system project to do. I built one for my QT, so I at least I have practice.

I have seen a few salt water planted tanks with wood, but not many. Google. I think wood preserves well in salt water. Tannins leeching out could color the water, but charcoal, etc. would take care of that.

What are the characteristics of a sea horse-friendly macro? I'd imagine if die off is bad, then caulerpa going sexual would be bad as well. But you have caulerpa. Has it caused you any problems? Sargassum might be a good horsey haven. They could blend in with it! But I've heard that one's hard to keep. A seagrass might work in your clean setup. Seagrasses can thrive in low nutrient conditions that macros cannot.

Good luck with whatever you decide!


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Old 10/17/2018, 07:06 AM   #279
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A jawfish would be very cool in your tank... I agree with that. I've seen a few anecdotes that show a jawfish (or group of them) doing just fine in a "community" tank with all sorts of fast fish. They will simply dart in and out of their burrow to get food. I have considered getting 1-3 for my 300DD and it was the same fear that kept me back. Still thinking about whether or not I'll add it/them.

Blennies!! I am about a week away from putting the tail spot into my display. Michael, you gave me a great idea to use some barnacles. I glued 3 of them in a cluster and he loves them! Darts in and out constantly. My hope is that I can simply take out the cluster, drop it in the display and he'll be happy as ever. :0)


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Old 10/17/2018, 07:47 AM   #280
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Right on McPuff. I've seen jawfish do well in community tanks as well. In my own experience, I've watched them slowly starve to death over time. They were just too shy to compete at feeding time. They would eat, but not enough. Maybe if they are introduced as the first fish they would do better. I've found the barnacle blennies to be bolder and tougher. But I introduced them first.

Barnacle clusters are awesome. Your strategy should work perfectly!


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Old 10/17/2018, 04:21 PM   #281
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Wow, waiting for the snow to melt... I'm shivering at the thought! We're chilly out East, but not that snowy stuff yet!


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Old 10/17/2018, 08:08 PM   #282
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We often get a little snow in October. It was 70 degrees the day before it snowed. It'll be in the 60s by the end of the week. We live in the foothills above Boulder, so we get more snow. All in all, our weather is awesome - over 300 sunny days a year!


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Old 10/18/2018, 05:58 AM   #283
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We often get a little snow in October. It was 70 degrees the day before it snowed. It'll be in the 60s by the end of the week. We live in the foothills above Boulder, so we get more snow. All in all, our weather is awesome - over 300 sunny days a year!
I love it out there. Unfortunately, I haven't had the time to get back. I spent three summers out there with family and played baseball during my college years. I lived in Westminster during that time, and for the rare moments that I had time to get away from either work or baseball, I'd spend them fly fishing for trout in Boulder Creek in the canyon. The summers were beautiful, hot and dry. It was much more enjoyable than the humidity that we have out East. I have family out there still, and I'd like to visit them before too long...maybe next summer if my wife and daughter can sync their schedules with mine.


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Let me know if you ever get out this way, Kevin. I'll have you up for the full geek out session!

I gave fly fishing a try. It did not go well. I spent most of the time trying to untangle my line from the bushes behind me. I do love the scenery though. My brother is an excellent fisherman, and tears it up on Boulder Creek. Fly fishing, like golf, is a little too rich for my blood. Keeping my mountain bike and aquarium up and running is expensive enough! These days I get my fishing fix once a year with my dad and brother. We go bass fishing in Deland, Florida, using ridiculously large, live shiner minnows for bait.

My goal for this weekend is to get the fake wall project DONE. If that actually happens, I think I'll do a wet test of the pumps and plumbing. My wife came up with a cool idea. She suggested I set up some plant stand-ins to see how well the wave pump works. It could be helpful for making any adjustments that may be needed. Wish me luck!


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Let me know if you ever get out this way, Kevin. I'll have you up for the full geek out session!

I gave fly fishing a try. It did not go well. I spent most of the time trying to untangle my line from the bushes behind me. I do love the scenery though. My brother is an excellent fisherman, and tears it up on Boulder Creek. Fly fishing, like golf, is a little too rich for my blood. Keeping my mountain bike and aquarium up and running is expensive enough! These days I get my fishing fix once a year with my dad and brother. We go bass fishing in Deland, Florida, using ridiculously large, live shiner minnows for bait.

My goal for this weekend is to get the fake wall project DONE. If that actually happens, I think I'll do a wet test of the pumps and plumbing. My wife came up with a cool idea. She suggested I set up some plant stand-ins to see how well the wave pump works. It could be helpful for making any adjustments that may be needed. Wish me luck!
Good luck Michael!


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Here's a couple of pics, with sanding in progress.


It's coming along, but the foam is pretty thick! It seems crazy to sand two thirds of it away, but that's my process.



From a different angle. So far so good! I think it's going to work. It looks like it's going to be low-profile enough to not be too intrusive. If I can get it to blend well with the back wall I will be happy/relieved!


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A quick fit test. I need to trim down the right edge, to fit against the back, fake wall better. Looks pretty good so far!




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