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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-15-2015, 04:17 AM
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Posted By Tabby
Ah, sorry! I knew I'd forget something. The...

Ah, sorry! I knew I'd forget something. The tank is a standard 55 gallon. I've heard mixed opinions on what the turnover rate should be for a canister filter... 5x the volume of the tank per hour?...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-14-2015, 11:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 248
Posted By Tabby
Starting Over.

Hello again everyone. I know I disappeared, againÖ Iíve read the suggested readings that some very generous people posted in my threads. Thank you all for your advice, Iím sorry I didnít take this...
Forum: Fish   02-25-2015, 02:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,556
Posted By Tabby
UPDATE: I have conferred with Moderation and the...

UPDATE: I have conferred with Moderation and the photos will not be posted. Those who have seen the photos have suggested that the ailment was parasitic. My hypothesis is that the CAE was...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-02-2015, 08:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,096
Posted By Tabby
UPDATE: So, I did a 50% water change yesterday. ...

UPDATE: So, I did a 50% water change yesterday. Parameters are now:

pH: 6.8
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: Red

I finally got all my plants anchored, and bought a few stems of...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-01-2015, 07:43 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,096
Posted By Tabby
Well, it's been a while, but I usually just leave...

Well, it's been a while, but I usually just leave them in the bag and let some water in. That's a much longer time than I ever did though, I guess that must be partly why. But, some lasted over a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-31-2015, 09:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,096
Posted By Tabby
Well, there seem to be a large amount of opinions...

Well, there seem to be a large amount of opinions on appropriate Nitrate levels... I think I want to get them to 10-20 ppm first, just so I can watch them and try to figure out how they got so high...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-30-2015, 03:31 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,096
Posted By Tabby
Thanks for the compliments, guys! It was...

Thanks for the compliments, guys! It was actually a suggestion by Clear Water from my other thread.

Hmm, well those Flourish Bottles have never seen a refrigerator. Now I'm a little more scared...
Forum: Fish   01-30-2015, 03:10 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,556
Posted By Tabby
Yes, I see. I won't be using any pH Down...

Yes, I see. I won't be using any pH Down anymore.

On the thread in the link, you will see that I am hoping to incorporate three pieces of Mopani into my tank. However, my Nitrates are my top...
Forum: Fish   01-30-2015, 12:34 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,556
Posted By Tabby
All right then. I posted the results of that...

All right then. I posted the results of that experiment in the other thread I mentioned earlier. Anyone following my Nitrate issues, please continue the discussion here:
...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-30-2015, 12:23 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,096
Posted By Tabby
UPDATE: So I did an experiment today. I poured...

UPDATE: So I did an experiment today. I poured 1/2 cup of tank water into a container. Then I poured 1/2 cup of tap water into said container, tested it, then added another 1/2 cup, and so on. ...
Forum: Fish   01-28-2015, 07:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,556
Posted By Tabby
That is a good idea. I will have to try it when...

That is a good idea. I will have to try it when I can. However, I sprained my ankle Monday night, and can't stand up on my own, so tank maintenance is temporarily on hold.

I might be able to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-28-2015, 07:41 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,096
Posted By Tabby
UPDATE: So I'm sure that some of you have heard...

UPDATE: So I'm sure that some of you have heard about the blizzards in New York. Well, not only am I located in that area, I also sprained my ankle in the snow Monday. Very badly. I will answer...
Forum: Fish   01-28-2015, 12:57 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,556
Posted By Tabby
Yes. Nitrates are at 0 ppm in my tap water.

Yes. Nitrates are at 0 ppm in my tap water.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-27-2015, 12:43 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,096
Posted By Tabby
Bump. Still battling the Nitrates.

Bump. Still battling the Nitrates.
Forum: Fish   01-26-2015, 05:12 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,556
Posted By Tabby
Thank you all for your advice. I don't mean...

Thank you all for your advice.

I don't mean to impose, but I made a thread in the General Planted Tank Discussion Forum called "Overhauling Neglected 55 Gallon, Guidance Needed" that I think this...
Forum: Fish   01-26-2015, 12:47 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,556
Posted By Tabby
Crashed? What would cause that? I do use...

Crashed? What would cause that?

I do use Aqueon Water Conditioner.

In a terrible development, I bought a new kit, and the results are still the same shade of red.

Well, my pH has been at a...
Forum: Fish   01-25-2015, 10:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,556
Posted By Tabby
I was only doing it for Bottle 2, thanks for the...

I was only doing it for Bottle 2, thanks for the clarification. *Sigh.* Third test and still Kool-aid Red.
Forum: Fish   01-25-2015, 10:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,556
Posted By Tabby
UPDATE: I finished my 50% water change, but the...

UPDATE: I finished my 50% water change, but the Nitrate results are unchanged? Either that, or they are worse... My tap water's Nitrates are at 0 ppm. Help?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-25-2015, 06:56 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,096
Posted By Tabby
Overhauling Neglected 55 Gallon, Guidance Needed

So I have been battling with my 55 gallon tank for 2 years now, and I'm finally at a point where I can invest some money and time into it. For a long time it seemed that just about everything I...
Forum: Fish   01-25-2015, 12:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,556
Posted By Tabby
Yes, I've heard the stories, and my old CAE would...

Yes, I've heard the stories, and my old CAE would eat dead fish. However, the only fish that ever killed anyone was my old male Three Spot. He was a nasty brute. Chomper, my CAE, was definitely my...
Forum: Fish   01-24-2015, 11:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 424
Posted By Tabby
I loved my CAE, Chomper. He lived in a 10...

I loved my CAE, Chomper.

He lived in a 10 gallon with a betta for 6 months. Then a 20 gallon with Gouramis. I was a lousy(er) aquarist back then, so I'm not sure if he ever killed any of my...
Forum: Fish   01-24-2015, 10:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,556
Posted By Tabby
Thank you all of you. At the time, I had...

Thank you all of you.

At the time, I had also had 1 Three Spot Gourami, 5 Dwarf Gouramis, 1 Zebra Danio, 3 Harlequin Rasboras, 1 Kuhli Loach, 1 Cherry Barb, and 1 Chinese Algae Eater. I added the...
Forum: Fish   01-24-2015, 06:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,556
Posted By Tabby
Yoyo Loach tragedy, what happened?

Hello everyone. I made this account a few years ago and never stuck around. I have had a hectic time since I started my 55 gallon tank, but I've come to a point where I can finally invest in my...
Forum: Fish   11-27-2012, 11:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 600
Posted By Tabby
I see. Well that's for the best then, I can...

I see. Well that's for the best then, I can barely put any more water in it. I checked my parameters after adding Beneficial Bacteria, Water Conditioner, and the Filter. The results:

pH 7.4 -...
Forum: Fish   11-27-2012, 06:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 600
Posted By Tabby
Thank you! I just put in the sand and nearly...

Thank you! I just put in the sand and nearly filled the tank. I'm wondering, I have 10 gallons from the other tank, should I put in 10 gallons or 5? I'm just not sure because the other tank had...
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