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Forum: Tank Journals 04-13-2013, 03:34 AM
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Posted By bbrackeen
Thank you and thank you! :) Seems...

Thank you and thank you! :)



Seems nothing good in life comes without debate and contradiction of opinion. Its difference that makes uniqueness.
Forum: Tank Journals 04-12-2013, 04:14 AM
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Posted By bbrackeen
Thanks Paul. I know some of what I'm doing goes...

Thanks Paul. I know some of what I'm doing goes against the grain, but I'm taking a very scientific view focusing on things I can measure and perceive. My end game is finding simplicity in what was...
Forum: Tank Journals 04-12-2013, 03:37 AM
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Posted By bbrackeen
April

Late update, my wife just gave birth to our 3rd child (It's a girl!) and I've been very busy with that as you could imagine. In fact, its long story but I delivered the child. :eek: A first for me.
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Forum: Tank Journals 03-19-2013, 09:49 PM
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Posted By bbrackeen
Thanks for the kind words. I'm enjoying it...

Thanks for the kind words. I'm enjoying it tremendously, just slowly but surely simplifying my process. :)



I use a AquaticLife 48" T5 HO 4 Lamp FRESHWATER Fixture w/ Lunar Lights. I love it,...
Forum: Tank Journals 03-04-2013, 02:40 AM
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Posted By bbrackeen
Thank you, and love the Big Lebowski reference in...

Thank you, and love the Big Lebowski reference in your sig. One of my favorite movies!

This is by far one of the most amazing things I have ever done. Its really insane in person. I'll have to...
Forum: Tank Journals 03-04-2013, 02:00 AM
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Views: 7,200
Posted By bbrackeen
March Update

Everything is going fine, the discus have adjusted well and seem to be more comfortable every day. I've not been as heavy on the dosing, and it shows in the HC (Dwarf Baby Tears). The carpet is...
Forum: Tank Journals 02-17-2013, 06:43 AM
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Posted By bbrackeen
Thank you very much Meganne. While we as...

Thank you very much Meganne.

While we as humans define things as we see them; this is pretty and that is wrong... and the other such and so... It appears the real truth is through the looking...
Forum: Tank Journals 02-11-2013, 02:21 AM
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Posted By bbrackeen
Thanks Paul, without your added nudge, I might...

Thanks Paul, without your added nudge, I might have not gone through with discus. They are just fantastic to watch... Amazing fish. They are establishing their pecking order, and so far the carnation...
Forum: Tank Journals 02-11-2013, 02:18 AM
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Posted By bbrackeen
No worries at all... :) I love to talk about...

No worries at all... :) I love to talk about designs.

When I did the layout I did so with the "Golden Selection" in mind. If you were to draw intersecting triangles from the top left to the bottom...
Forum: Tank Journals 02-10-2013, 10:24 PM
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Views: 7,200
Posted By bbrackeen
Ok, so here is the re-scaping. I'm really liking...

Ok, so here is the re-scaping. I'm really liking it. For the first time the tank is really staring to show some design. I still need the carpet to grow out, which shouldn't take more than a few...
Forum: Tank Journals 02-08-2013, 07:55 PM
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Posted By bbrackeen
Thanks for the kind comments! Itís been a labor...

Thanks for the kind comments! Itís been a labor of love for sure. :)

So I've been thinking....

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8523/8455892641_9397798163_z.jpg

That tank was one of the...
Forum: Algae 02-08-2013, 04:37 PM
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Posted By bbrackeen
I had the exact same stuff about a month into my...

I had the exact same stuff about a month into my tank.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8347/8235936279_23ac25d65e.jpg

I did a large water change, removed all of it I could by hand, and started...
Forum: Tank Journals 02-03-2013, 07:03 PM
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Views: 7,200
Posted By bbrackeen
February Update

The BGA is gone, and I've been fighting a little staghorn and hair algae, but nothing I would find threatening. I added a couple of SAE to replace the jumpers, some amano shrimp and a group of Panda...
Forum: Tank Journals 01-14-2013, 02:39 PM
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Posted By bbrackeen
You might look into a TOM Aquarium Surface...

You might look into a TOM Aquarium Surface Skimmer. They are cheap on amazon like $10. I LOVE mine, it works really well.

As for algae, don't be upset if you get any, its a part of the journey....
Forum: Tank Journals 01-12-2013, 05:13 PM
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Views: 7,200
Posted By bbrackeen
I call all out war on the BGA (Cyanobacteria),...

I call all out war on the BGA (Cyanobacteria), and have resorted to a EM (erythromycin) dosing. I know EM is a last resort, and if you have any ideas on what I might be doing wrong speak up. ;)...
Forum: Tank Journals 01-07-2013, 02:24 AM
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Posted By bbrackeen
January Update

Things are going well, pearling away like crazy! I'm thinking by next month I should be ready to add some discuss. :fish:

Dosing
8ml PPS-Pro #1 (Macro/NPK)
1/8th tsp Plantex CSM+B dry
8ml Excel...
Forum: Equipment 01-04-2013, 08:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 461
Posted By bbrackeen
PH Drop Post Canister Filter

I have a Milwaukee PH controller to control my CO2 regulator. The PH probe is inserted after the canister filter to measure PH (but prior to the co2 reactor).

So the plumbing goes like this.
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Forum: Tank Journals 12-15-2012, 02:43 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,200
Posted By bbrackeen
Haha!! Paul! :) You know I said that and...

Haha!! Paul! :)

You know I said that and then started looking at discuss again tonight talking to the wife. :)

I sure would like to... my concerns are water changes and a little fear of the...
Forum: Tank Journals 12-15-2012, 12:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,044
Posted By bbrackeen
That a red tiger lotus in the middle? I love...

That a red tiger lotus in the middle? I love those, need to find room for one as well. :)

Looking great!
Forum: Tank Journals 12-15-2012, 12:22 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,200
Posted By bbrackeen
Its been a week or so, and in this case no new is...

Its been a week or so, and in this case no new is good news. :)

Everything is going great, algae is under control, brown algae is non-existent.

Dosing is more less the same although I've moved...
Forum: Photography 12-12-2012, 02:05 AM
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Posted By bbrackeen
Some pics with a new lens (Nikon 1 Nikkor 18.5mm...

Some pics with a new lens (Nikon 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8, 50mm equivalent in 35mm speak)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8345/8256584618_a6238ee92a_b.jpg...
Forum: Tank Journals 12-04-2012, 01:47 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,200
Posted By bbrackeen
Everything is looking fantastic, pearling like...

Everything is looking fantastic, pearling like crazy.

I can only attribute this to dosing excel... I've never seen a large water change have such a drastic effect, but I could be wrong. I'm sure...
Forum: Tank Journals 12-03-2012, 06:44 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,200
Posted By bbrackeen
Oh of coarse not. If I didn't want advice or...

Oh of coarse not. If I didn't want advice or other peoples perspective, I wouldn't post in a public forum. I always appreciate advice! Without a doubt, I don't have all the answers, and you have...
Forum: Tank Journals 12-02-2012, 03:07 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,200
Posted By bbrackeen
Well I wish I could say things have been all...

Well I wish I could say things have been all "rainbows and bunnies"... Lost a SEA or two from jumping out of the tank. I've been looking for a glass top but can't find one that doesn't have a middle...
Forum: Algae 12-02-2012, 01:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 685
Posted By bbrackeen
I seem to be having the same thing and within the...

I seem to be having the same thing and within the last week or so its been unstoppable. (see pic)

I spent 3 hours this morning cleaning it out and did about a 60% WC. Dosed excel with initial dose...
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