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  1. Designs in clay plants
    08-09-2016 07:11 PM - permalink
    Designs in clay plants
    Hi Paul. I am back at the studio a bit with short trips. My total to the left knee went very well but still have a significant amount of pain yet and more recovery time. Brother Louie has kept the tank very well. It went through some kind of darkening? no algae though and crystal clear water. It probably could use a WC to clear up the lighting effect but won't do that just now and all the water perimeters check out OK anyway. I think I can safely go to a bit longer hours of lighting now that the plants are taking off. The waterlily has gone to town. I also need to learn how to take better photos to avoid all the glare but have to study up on that methods etc. On the mend here.
  2. Designs in clay plants
    06-05-2016 05:13 PM - permalink
    Designs in clay plants
    trying a photo send again of the 75 gal . Finally got it to work here. Sorry about that.

  3. discuspaul
    05-25-2016 02:02 AM - permalink
    discuspaul
    You need to add more ammonia than that. Try a teaspoonful, wait a few minutes, then test & see what it registers. Add more if need be, to get a reading of 3-4 ppm's. You'll soon get the feel of how much, or how much less, you need to put in, to maintain a daily reading of 3-5 ppm's. It's not rocket science.
  4. Designs in clay plants
    05-25-2016 12:50 AM - permalink
    Designs in clay plants
    Hi Paul,
    I have the 75 gal. tank filled and circulating with the Aquatop- last night... and this morning we put the amonia in - one drop per gallon ratio. Today I took two amonia readings and the water is clear? I have the canister set up with bio-balls, removed the charcoal, and have purigen in a bag at the upper most tray. Shouldn't I begin to see some color on the test files, or perhaps I just need to add a bit more increments at a time and try and get the reading of 4 or 5 ppm. The white sand looks nice and I have the heater going as per your information for beginning to cycle the tank.
    Llewellyn
  5. discuspaul
    05-20-2016 09:42 PM - permalink
    discuspaul
    I've mixed warm & cold tap water for many years for tank fills or for water changes, and never ran into a bit of a problem, or even a small concern. If your Fargo fish people have no problem with that either, that doesn't surprise me, because while younger I lived & kept tropical for years in Winnipeg (where I was born & raised) & I would imagine the 'Peg water was not dissimilar to North Dakota water.
    So I really think you needn't be concerned.
  6. Designs in clay plants
    05-20-2016 08:28 PM - permalink
    Designs in clay plants
    I have my pool sand on hand and the thermometer. The canister filter arrived and the glass vial around the UV light was broken in shipping so I am waiting now for a replacement for that. Meantime I tested my aerated tap water and get a pH 7.6. I am re reading how to calibrate my electronic pH tester, although it may not be necessary as the ease of liquid pH works very well. I am only doing this for my own experience and to see if I can get that equipment to work.

    I understand the need to condition water for fish but still not sure about the temperature thing. I don't think it is wise or possible to use ones (warm) tap water? I thought the fish people in Fargo said they just turn the tap on both (warm and cold) and that works for them. I need to sit down with the test kits and read and get some readings for various water quality anyway and see where I am at and how it compares to the API test results.
  7. maybemark
    11-21-2015 02:33 AM - permalink
    maybemark
    Hi Paul
    I ordered the aquaclear 70 from big Als up in Canada, they were the best price
    So once the filter comes, I can start the cycle
    Mark
  8. maybemark
    11-19-2015 11:12 PM - permalink
    maybemark
    well, the 135 is now clean and ready.
    I haven't ordered the filter yet, I am hoping they will have them on sale for black friday
  9. maybemark
    11-16-2015 12:27 AM - permalink
    maybemark
    someone asked the strength of the ammonia, no one answered the question.
    I looked at the walmart then put in clear ammonia, found the right bottle
  10. discuspaul
    04-16-2015 06:30 PM - permalink
    discuspaul
    Hi George,
    Yes, it's completely normal, and can be particularly bad since you only have 3 of them. Keeping only 2, 3, or 4 discus is not a good number for compatibility reasons, and in some cases results in overly aggressive bullying by one over the other(s), at times causing serious harm, which in turn causes much stress and leads to ill health.

    One should keep no less than 5 discus, preferably more, to significantly dissipate the pecking order aggression.
    If the bullying continues & gets worse, you'll really need to consider getting 2 or 3 more fairly soon.

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06-23-2016
03:29 PM - Seattle_Aquarist mentioned discuspaul in post What Filtration for a 75 gal. aquarium
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06-05-2016
02:56 PM - thedood mentioned discuspaul in post Does Purigen remove Iron iron supplement and other fertilizers from aquarium?
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05-06-2016
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discuspaul As usual you provide...
02-09-2016
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02-07-2016
10:23 PM - thedood mentioned discuspaul in post Best White Sand?
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02-06-2016
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02-03-2016
08:22 PM - thedood mentioned discuspaul in post Pool filter sand
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02-02-2016
11:38 PM - sohankpatel mentioned discuspaul in post Talked out of discus tank
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12-24-2015
08:05 PM - sohankpatel mentioned discuspaul in post Preparing tank from discus
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12-04-2015
03:37 AM - rhiro mentioned discuspaul in post Who knows what surface film is?
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11-13-2015
05:42 PM - bassbuster23 mentioned discuspaul in post UV sterilizers vs Algae
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11-12-2015
07:01 PM - Daisy Mae mentioned discuspaul in post sand for media in tank
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08-09-2016
03:11 PM - ichy quoted discuspaul in post Do you use a UV steralizer? Why or why not?
A UV can actually rid your tank...
02:55 PM - discuspaul quoted II Knucklez II in post Finally my Dream 180g Discus show tank
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02:48 PM - discuspaul quoted 691175002 in post Do you use a UV steralizer? Why or why not?
Sometimes I consider it, but I...
02:48 PM - discuspaul quoted ichy in post Do you use a UV steralizer? Why or why not?
Sometimes I consider it, ...
08-08-2016
05:46 PM - Waterski quoted discuspaul in post Do you use a UV steralizer? Why or why not?
They are just intolerant of poo...
08-07-2016
04:29 PM - hubble13 quoted discuspaul in post Do you use a UV steralizer? Why or why not?
UV's are commonly used to impro...
07-15-2016
02:02 PM - SwissCheeseHead quoted discuspaul in post Can someone recommend some media bags
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07-13-2016
08:44 PM - discuspaul quoted SwissCheeseHead in post Can someone recommend some media bags
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06:25 PM - sharkbunnie quoted discuspaul in post Can someone recommend some media bags
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06:01 PM - Bushkill quoted discuspaul in post Can someone recommend some media bags
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05:20 PM - discuspaul quoted sharkbunnie in post Can someone recommend some media bags
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06-27-2016
02:40 PM - discuspaul quoted brandy3392 in post Will Siamese Algae eaters eat my cardinals?
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06-25-2016
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06-23-2016
06:20 PM - discuspaul quoted AWolf in post Green Dust Algae (GDA)
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06-11-2016
03:09 AM - discuspaul quoted Plantednoob7 in post Some discus eye candy for you photo buffs
Added some extra light today. Lov...
06-07-2016
12:28 AM - discuspaul quoted Plantednoob7 in post Some discus eye candy for you photo buffs
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06-06-2016
10:03 PM - discuspaul quoted Axelrodi202 in post Some discus eye candy for you photo buffs
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02:47 PM - discuspaul quoted Darkblade48 in post Does Purigen remove Iron iron supplement and other fertilizers from aquarium?
I am curious why Purigen would n...
11:16 AM - Darkblade48 quoted discuspaul in post Does Purigen remove Iron iron supplement and other fertilizers from aquarium?
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