|11-21-2013 02:50 AM|
|11-20-2013 07:15 PM|
|Jahn||Good idea, I'll take one when I get home!|
|11-17-2013 06:36 PM|
|Hilde||How about an updated pic?|
|11-16-2013 08:16 PM|
Pulled a bunch of val and amazon sword leaves from the tank - looked like a jungle in there! The seachem matrix is doing a great job - right before the weekly water change, it shows as 10ppm, not the 40ppm that killed the rams. The new honey gourami is still going strong and loving the better water parameters!
Funny thing is that the wisteria died off. i guess less nitrate means less for the nitrate suckers. oh well, would rather have less wisteria than dying fish!
|11-09-2013 11:29 PM|
No changes in nitrate reduction yet, but it should take a few weeks i heard. In the meantime, the CO2 really has helped the plants explode, and this - NO BLACK ALGAE. Yes! The plants have outcompeted the algae! Thanks to the ratio of CO2 to light being more in favor of CO2 than I had before. Even the floating plants have exploded - the tetra can't keep up with eating their roots anymore, and they've spread very nicely across the top!
|10-30-2013 06:25 PM|
Ah good to know. I actually have an unopened jar of denitrifier here now as a result, I guess it's usable then to go with the aquaclear 30 I have now as a backup (replaced with a fluval C4).
Funny thing is, I did all the impeller tricks to quiet it, but it still seems to be a bit louder to me than the AC30. But hey, nobody else round here seems to mind the noise, and it's not near the bedrooms so no worries.
|10-30-2013 03:38 PM|
|acitydweller||Hi, i have both matrix and denitrate and the media seems to be the same. the granuals are slightly different in size but im feeling its almost the same media.|
|10-30-2013 03:21 PM|
Well I read up on it and decided to get seachem matrix instead of denitrifier since my HOB flow is pretty fast- the filter is loaded up with matrix and hopefully in a month we'll see a considerable drop in nitrate.
Speaking of drop, this morning I noticed that the co2 drop checker was blue. I checked the bubble counter and yep, all dry. I de-gassed the bit of co2 left in the valves, and disconnected my tank. Time for a refill! A 5lb tank lasted 5 1/2 months, not bad!
|10-18-2013 01:59 PM|
|Jahn||Yep, doing weekly 30% changes now but I have to look into upping that it even getting seachem denitrifier.|
|10-18-2013 01:49 PM|
According to Rex Griggs
Calcium 10 - 30 ppm
Iron .1 ppm
Magnesium 2 - 5 ppm
Nitrates 10 - 20 ppm
Phosphates 1 - 2 ppm
|10-18-2013 03:48 AM|
|Jahn||just did a phosphate test, it was 1.0, i'm guessing that was high? nitrates are 40ppm|
|10-18-2013 03:00 AM|
Try decreasing phosphates and increasing KNO3 and see what happens.
To help the gourami you could minse the food in a small cup with tank water and then squirt it in the tank with a syringe.
|10-18-2013 02:52 AM|
Here's a video of the gourami!
|10-16-2013 05:14 AM|
A day later and the new gourami is swimming nicely with everyone else, but he's still not grabbing the food when it's feeding time - not yet trained to know that when i open the hood, it's chow time. He'll come around I'm sure. Here's a group shot, and a solo one:
|10-14-2013 10:06 PM|
|Jahn||Stopped by Pacific with the kids today on my day off and we bought one male Honey Gourami. Looks like a Sunset or Red Flame, maybe too early to tell. A whole bunch there, if you want to grab one! Hopefully that'll be it for the tank, as a Ram replacement.|
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