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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-04-2013, 12:50 AM
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Posted By ronaldvalente
Water Parameters have stabilized, now what...

It has been 2 weeks after my rebuild.
Tank has stabilized.

pH 6
NH3 0
NO2 0
NO3 0

CO2 is stead at 4 bps into 75G
Light is 4-5 Hr per day classified as high light.
Forum: Fish 07-30-2013, 12:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 323
Posted By ronaldvalente
On a similar note, does anyone have any good...

On a similar note, does anyone have any good ideas for building a natural loach cave, because clearly they do not enjoy the high light and are looking for places to hide.

I don't want something...
Forum: Fish 07-30-2013, 02:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 323
Posted By ronaldvalente
And that is why I just love loaches. :)

And that is why I just love loaches. :)
Forum: Fish 07-30-2013, 02:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 323
Posted By ronaldvalente
LOL I just went to the tank to check on...

LOL I just went to the tank to check on everything in the dark (which I love to do because everyone is so active usually)

There are at least four loaches crammed in there.
Forum: Fish 07-30-2013, 02:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 323
Posted By ronaldvalente
Cool man, thanks for the post… I will stop...

Cool man, thanks for the post… I will stop worrying so much about them.
They are about 6 inches in size, and I hate that they are stressed by the high light levels.

Soon they will be much happier!
Forum: Fish 07-30-2013, 01:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 323
Posted By ronaldvalente
Loach Prefers Tight Small Places in new Driftwood.

I know loaches can act quite odd in a tank, laying down etc. That said I have a loach who keeps getting himself "stuck" inside areas in the driftwood.

I got two new pieces of driftwood, big pieces...
Forum: Tank Journals 07-30-2013, 01:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 413
Posted By ronaldvalente
Yeah I am going to do more frequent water changes...

Yeah I am going to do more frequent water changes initially while things stabilize. Since I have loaches I would like to be more in the 6.4-6.8 range. Everyone else in the tank doesn't mind anything...
Forum: Tank Journals 07-29-2013, 11:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 413
Posted By ronaldvalente
I have high light which is what I think my issue...

I have high light which is what I think my issue was previously as well.
I hope between pulling out the egg crate, adding peat below my eco complete, and reducing the light via a dimmer I should be...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-27-2013, 03:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 280
Posted By ronaldvalente
Test Kit: API Date: 7/27/2013 pH: 6.2 ...

Test Kit: API
Date: 7/27/2013
pH: 6.2
NH3/NH4+: 0.25 ppm
NO2-: 0 ppm
NO3-: 10 ppm
GH: 4º
KH: 2º
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-26-2013, 06:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 280
Posted By ronaldvalente
See Thread:...

See Thread: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=392058
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-26-2013, 06:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 280
Posted By ronaldvalente
Yeah no dead fish, everyone is happy. Tap water...

Yeah no dead fish, everyone is happy.
Tap water could be it…
Of course the disturbed substrate could be it as well, or a combination or the two.

Prime/Stability should help quite a bit.
...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-26-2013, 05:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 280
Posted By ronaldvalente
So my current plan since the cycle doesn't appear...

So my current plan since the cycle doesn't appear to be stalled is as follows:

Dose Stability (7 caps first day, 3 caps next 7 days)
Dose Prime (1 cap a day)
Check parameters twice daily
WC as...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-26-2013, 04:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 280
Posted By ronaldvalente
Question Detected Ammonia, Patience or Fix?

Test Kit: API
Date: 7/26/2013
pH: 6.4
NH3/NH4+: 0.5 ppm
NO2-: 0 ppm
NO3-: 5 ppm
GH: 4º
KH: 2º

I just did a major water change, about 25% old water retained and all old substrate retained....
Forum: Tank Journals 07-26-2013, 04:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 413
Posted By ronaldvalente
Test Kit: API Date: 7/26/2013 pH: 6.4 ...

Test Kit: API
Date: 7/26/2013
pH: 6.4
NH3/NH4+: 0.5 ppm
NO2-: 0 ppm
NO3-: 5 ppm
GH: 4º
KH: 2º
Forum: Tank Journals 07-26-2013, 12:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 413
Posted By ronaldvalente
Consider such a huge water change, (I did about...

Consider such a huge water change, (I did about 75% new water, and 25% old water that was keeping the bacteria on the substrate and hardscape) - should I startup CO2 and dose ferts right away?
Forum: Tank Journals 07-26-2013, 12:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 413
Posted By ronaldvalente
Currently I have: Hornwort Anubias Java...

Currently I have:

Hornwort
Anubias
Java Fern
Rotala
Amazon Sword
Crypts
Wisteria
Eleocharis
Forum: Tank Journals 07-26-2013, 12:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 413
Posted By ronaldvalente
Thanks, I had too much BBA to bring it all over,...

Thanks, I had too much BBA to bring it all over, I am planning on going to the store tomorrow to get more plants.

Not a huge re-do, kept all the old substrate, pulled out the egg crate that was...
Forum: Tank Journals 07-25-2013, 10:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 413
Posted By ronaldvalente
Long day, but here we are at last. Completed all...

Long day, but here we are at last. Completed all steps listed above.

Now to document the growth. Also going to keep a close eye on Ammonia as well.
Forum: Tank Journals 07-25-2013, 01:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 413
Posted By ronaldvalente
75G Rebuild Thread

All,

I will start rebuilding my 75G tank today. Initial agenda will be something similar to:


Drain water into 3x 25G new rubbermaid buckets.
Transfer Fish to one bucket.
Transfer plants...
Forum: Substrate 07-23-2013, 11:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,929
Posted By ronaldvalente
So I have been doing quite a bit of reading…...

So I have been doing quite a bit of reading… while I am interested in a dirt'd tank, I do not want to risk a heavy ammonia cycle with my mature tank. Here is my current plan:

Purchase:
Peat Moss,...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-22-2013, 10:54 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,057
Posted By ronaldvalente
Good point… I don't use RO, I use filtered city...

Good point… I don't use RO, I use filtered city water or tap water, depending on the source. I will keep that in mind.

I will be removing the high pressure check valve as that requires the system...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-22-2013, 03:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,165
Posted By ronaldvalente
Would egg crate in the bottom of the tank hinder...

Would egg crate in the bottom of the tank hinder the potential growth of the plant roots?
Forum: Substrate 07-22-2013, 03:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,929
Posted By ronaldvalente
Yeah before I go crazy ripping it out, I will do...

Yeah before I go crazy ripping it out, I will do some root tabs and fix my lighting situation.

Does anyone have any good ideas on how to raise a light up and still have it look aesthetically...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-22-2013, 02:48 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,057
Posted By ronaldvalente
I am going to start trying to salvage the setup....

I am going to start trying to salvage the setup. That said, the idea of CO2-less setup and still looking lush is really quite appealing to me.

I might just doing a red clay/crushed coral/MGOPM in...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-22-2013, 01:44 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,057
Posted By ronaldvalente
I am going to try and find some of the following:...

I am going to try and find some of the following:


Rotala
Hygrophila
Ludwigia
Baby Tears
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