"I looked into this when starting up and it seemed to me like there was a ton of prep time (aka work) into setting up the proper tank since they are aggressively territorial. I personally would love to see a successful shrimp setup here in the…"
"Cool. Thanks for the feed back on the Solar. I haven't started my research fully yet. And I do agree, that harbor freight solar set up they have is crap. :) I wonder what the life of a deep cycle battery would be with this heat. I know car…"
"Well hopefully I can get a few fry out of this season. We'll see.
Watching the colors change on the males is kind of neat. I have one super huge aggressive one that is completely white with some red around the face. The fish are constantly…"
"Males are fighting. Isn't this a sign that the good ol procreation is about to take place? I've made some "fish houses" for the smaller fish to hide out in out of 5 1' long PVC pipes stacked. I figure that if they are going…"
"@Randy currently using some fish food. I've also been rinsing my hands in the tank when digging and planting the rest of my garden.
@John I'm pretty sure I was taking your queue on using the lava rocks over the river rocks. :D I have an…"
"Lava rock and cycling a new system question. I've added water from another system, about 50% (I have a brand new chlorine filter - inline). It's been about 2 weeks running - flood and drain, about 200 gallons. What is the average time that…"
"Hey all! It has been a while since I've posted. Mostly due to work but I'm still at it. I'm about to add a new tank to the system, 150-200gal, haven't done the math on this yet. I'm, planning on using a reclaimed wooden…"
"I picked up a 450w heater from Ocean Floor yesterday with a 180g threshold. Added more warm water last night. Had 2 more dead this morning. I'm sure it is just fallout from when they were all swimming upside down. The rest of these guys look a…"
"@John I was right at about 50. Went out this morning, there was one dead.
@Kim I changed out a ton of water and added hot water throughout the day yesterday. Seemed to work as they were all moving around upright last night. I have to repeat…"
"Argh! My fish are not doing so well. I'm off to try to slowly bring the temperature up. I have a bunch that are upside down on the bottom, fins still slightly moving. Hoping I can save them or we're having fish tacos. Solar heater…"
"@Robert and John Thanks. I'm headed for the Depot now. I think I am going to go the route of the blue connectors you mentioned John. The pump, I may have to hit harbor freight this afternoon if my current ones do not work. Thanks! "
"@John Ha! I figured I'd be doing some head scratching at the Depot for this one :D Looks like I have some work to do this weekend.
I'll try to do something like this: 1/2" to 3/4" headers(4' long) with T connectors…"
"@John Thanks for the write up. I follow your math :). I was expecting more from the bottleneck out in the pressure department. So, with this said, waht is the easiest way tos connect all of these parallel tubes? Trying to think, T joints... But then…"
"Hey Matt, I was hoping to keep this on the least amount of build time and least amount of real estate used. If you have one hose out and one hose in, aren't you using the same amount of pressure to flow water through the heating tubes?"