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I had the joy of breaking down a leaking 40 breeder last night!  😑I had purchased 4 40breeders off local club members before I set up my fish room 2 years ago.  Talking with @Dean’s Fishroom he mentioned he thought they were Marineland/Tetra tanks and that the history with those tanks includes a period of time with poor quality resulting in bad seals, and boy was he right!  Lucky for me I had a spare Aqueon 40 breeder in the shed that is almost new.  Just need to have a hole drilled for the overflow.  I mean, what fish room having nerd doesn't have spare tanks lying around??

Here are my steps from last night:

1. Get pissed that a seal failed.

2. Be in denial that a seal failed and look for another source of the leak (ie overflowing AC110, unseated water line, etc.)

3. Accept that the seal failed and the tank has to be torn down and replaced.

4. Drain 25 gallons of tank water into a black tote.

5. Remove lid, AC110, ZIss filters, sponge filters, and all other junk.

6. Move a million Super Red Bristlenose, pea puffer, and guppies.

7. Gently remove cruddy, good-for-nothing, 7-year old tank from rack and fish room without busting it or any other tanks.

8. Move and drill spare tank.

9. Silicone seal new bulkhead for added leak protection.

10. Wait for silicone seal to cure, install drain line and move tank onto rack this evening 

11. Add water and fish.

12. Pray the other 3 40bs last much, much longer!

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Isn’t that one if the worst feelings. Especially when you are looking forward to some other project or family time. So lucky that you had a spare tank available. Somewhere around my place I have one of every sized tank I’m using in the fishroom. Sounds like you were able to save everything. Cut that old tank up for tops.

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9 minutes ago, Dean’s Fishroom said:

Isn’t that one if the worst feelings. Especially when you are looking forward to some other project or family time. So lucky that you had a spare tank available. Somewhere around my place I have one of every sized tank I’m using in the fishroom. Sounds like you were able to save everything. Cut that old tank up for tops.

@Dean’s Fishroom it’s going in the dumpster?  Want it?  Let’s make a top making video from an old tank 😊 

 

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On 10/30/2020 at 12:21 AM, Dean’s Fishroom said:

Isn’t that one if the worst feelings. Especially when you are looking forward to some other project or family time. So lucky that you had a spare tank available. Somewhere around my place I have one of every sized tank I’m using in the fishroom. Sounds like you were able to save everything. Cut that old tank up for tops.

How big is your house?! Don't you have 20 different tank sizes?

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On 11/3/2020 at 10:05 AM, Randy said:

Last night's extracurricular: organize the bits and pieces.  I am really surprised it has taken me so long to do this. 🙂

Okay, you're a little understocked. Here's mine. 🙂 I buy multi-packs from Amazon, and there are countless times I've been really glad I had this or that doodad.

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15 hours ago, Bill Smith said:

Okay, you're a little understocked. Here's mine. 🙂 I buy multi-packs from Amazon, and there are countless times I've been really glad I had this or that doodad.

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Are we going for an arms race @Bill Smith?? HAHA

I will have to go through ALL my bins and fill my little bits organizer up!

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Updates from last night.

  1. Got a cluster of eggs from the new Super Red Long Fin tank.  Woot!  These guys really do not enjoy keeping their eggs in the cave.  Into the Ziss Egg Tumbler they go (pic 1)
  2. Found a cluster of eggs from the Super Red (normal fin) tank.  Another Woot!  These guys rarely kick out their eggs.  Hmm, only one Ziss Egg Tumbler, gotta use my mini-bucket with an airstone trick.  This does fine but I do change the water every night.  I feel like I have to have another Ziss Egg Tumbler somewhere in the fish room.  If only I was more organized. 🤣
  3. Decided to go with spawning mop egg harvesting for my Blue Gularis instead of one large pull from the gravel.  I totally believe Rosario LaCorte crushed it with this method, but I am not having the same luck.  My test pair using the spawning mop on the tank bottom is giving me at least 5-6 eggs per night/every other night it seems.  With 3 pairs in 3 tanks this should prove to be quite the Blue Gularis egg factory.  Now to figure out peat moss incubation.  Thankfully @Dean’s Fishroom has already dropped so knowledge...might make for a good podcast episode.🤔
  4. Took a massive ball of java moss out of the Corydoras venezuelanus  tank.  I think this giant plant might have actually been hindering them from spawning...maybe, what do I know! lol

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Betta breeding attempt Round 2 looks promising!

Differences this time:

- no floating water lettuce

- curved piece of styro from cup

 

i don’t the lack of water lettuce has anything to do with potential success, but that curved piece of styro could.

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1 hour ago, Daniel said:

Back when I bred bettas the curved piece of styro from cup worked everytime.

I should actually start telling people that the Aquarium Co-Op Medium Coarse Sponge Filter as a line-of-sight blocker is the real secret! BAHAHA

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4 hours ago, Randy said:

Betta breeding attempt Round 2 looks promising!

Differences this time:

- no floating water lettuce

- curved piece of styro from cup

 

i don’t the lack of water lettuce has anything to do with potential success, but that curved piece of styro could.

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Wait a second, I did put a piece of water lettuce in there!🤪

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On 12/5/2020 at 2:34 PM, Ryan S. said:

@Randy any chance you can take pics of your fish room racks so we can see how you set them up and can you let us know what size they are?  

I'm trying to decide what racks to use between gladiator and the edsal 3 shelf rack. 

@Ryan S. did you check out this video yet?

Dimensions aside, my vote will always be for Gladiator racks.

 

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42 minutes ago, Randy said:

@Ryan S. did you check out this video yet?

Dimensions aside, my vote will always be for Gladiator racks.

 

That's perfect!  I had forgotten you did that build video.  That is such a clean set up!  Hope we get to keep seeing your projects unfold. Thanks Randy. 

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I thought that the green water explosion in this 30 breeder was stifling breeding, as I had not seen another group of fry from the lyretails.  Well, last night I was pleasantly surprised to see a nice school of fry at the surface crunching on some Aquarium Co-Op baby brine shrimp!

I count 25 in this pic alone.  The group extended to the other side of the center support with at least another ~10 fry?

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