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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Today, 03:15 AM
Replies: 11
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Posted By THE V
The dreaded move is NOT so Dreaded anymore

In escrow on a place. Look what just happened to be in the back yard.

All of the fish stay with the pond according to what was negotiated by the seller. Ahh... shucks... All these beautiful...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 06-16-2015, 01:16 AM
Replies: 647
Views: 49,648
Posted By THE V
My background is a wee bit excentric,...

My background is a wee bit excentric, Statistician, Microbiologist, Plant Breeding, Product Manager cucurbits, and now agricultural seed sales.

Kindof trying for the polymath title. ;-)
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 06-13-2015, 03:41 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,029
Posted By THE V
Florida at 100 degrees is miserable but the...

Florida at 100 degrees is miserable but the hottest I've been is in Yuma Arizona during Monsoon season. The humidity climbs very high and the temperature does as well. Not the dry heat they talk...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 05-26-2015, 04:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 275
Posted By THE V
Summer in vegas, camp pendleton, and palm...

Summer in vegas, camp pendleton, and palm springs... 45C temp days or more.

That is a trip you want to do in the early spring or late fall.

Do the SF, redwoods, and northern California in...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-26-2015, 03:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 956
Posted By THE V
Hopefully for the three year old this doesn't...

Hopefully for the three year old this doesn't happen until their mid-20's. Amazing how often I bluff as a parent. I'm not sure what "big trouble" is most of the time.

You won't succeed with an...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-19-2015, 10:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 387
Posted By THE V
The swords and crypts are healthy and massive. ...

The swords and crypts are healthy and massive. The swords have split 4 or 5 times and are blooming again. The crypts are 12-16 inches tall and are in good shape. They have all been in the tank for...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-19-2015, 04:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 685
Posted By THE V
You also will probably run into issues with the...

You also will probably run into issues with the goldfish munching on the softer plants. Generally thick tough leaved plants like anubis and some swords do well. A few of the plants in your tank are...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-19-2015, 04:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 995
Posted By THE V
Shoot for a very low input setup and low...

Shoot for a very low input setup and low maintanence. How are you going to do water changes. Bucket brigade from the bathroom? Gets old quick.

Think low tech shrimp with little to no ferts....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-19-2015, 02:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 387
Posted By THE V
Guppies, BN Plecos, bolivian rams, a few danios...

Guppies, BN Plecos, bolivian rams, a few danios and neons. I battled some nasty worms for about a year that killed off all of the rainbows and such. Nothing to really keep.

For plants I have...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-18-2015, 12:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 387
Posted By THE V
The dreaded move

I've pulled a job around 900 miles away near where I went to High School.

Moving company says no live plants or fish. My vehicles won't have enough room in them to move them with the two kids...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-12-2015, 03:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 392
Posted By THE V
Fungus. It can cause sensitive plants like...

Fungus. It can cause sensitive plants like crypts to melt. Waterchange and brush it off with your hands as you do so. It will generally go away in a few weeks. Common in newly setup dirt tanks.
Forum: Aquascaping 04-20-2015, 11:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 336
Posted By THE V
The primary decomposer of wood is bacteria and...

The primary decomposer of wood is bacteria and fungus. These slowly degrade the stuff down on the exposed surfaces. Snail, plecos, etc. eat the bacteria and fungi as well as a small amount of wood...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-20-2015, 08:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 901
Posted By THE V
Legs must be steel then ;-) Probably a steel...

Legs must be steel then ;-) Probably a steel frame on the bottom of the piece.

If there are uprights internally where the doors attach you could put something like a 40 breeder or 55 gallon on...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-20-2015, 06:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 901
Posted By THE V
LOL this is a funny thread. Unless those legs...

LOL this is a funny thread. Unless those legs are steel I wouldn't recommend anyone leaning or sitting on it either. Very nice looking style, but not ment to hold weight.


I'm no engineer but...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-18-2015, 01:33 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,560
Posted By THE V
125G lowtech tank is the first thing people see...

125G lowtech tank is the first thing people see when they step in the door. Most kids immediately leave nose and handprints on the glass.

Adults are a mix of things. Some are like kids. Some...
Forum: Plants 04-16-2015, 09:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 509
Posted By THE V
Actually it only has to be slightly acidic......

Actually it only has to be slightly acidic... 5.5-6.5 range. This allows for some if the iron to be in the ferrous form. Ferric oxide can also be used by plants roots but not as readily.

BTW...
Forum: Plants 04-16-2015, 04:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 509
Posted By THE V
Rusty nails are an old gardeners trick. You need...

Rusty nails are an old gardeners trick. You need the cheap ones without any coating or galvanized. Just cheap old steel. My grandfather taught me that one.
Forum: Algae 04-15-2015, 06:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 144
Posted By THE V
Blue green algae.. cyanobacteria. Not actually...

Blue green algae.. cyanobacteria. Not actually an algae at all. Too much light or not enough plants yet.
Forum: Fish 04-11-2015, 03:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 338
Posted By THE V
Any time they are on the glass they are pretty...

Any time they are on the glass they are pretty easy to catch. After lights out grab a big black net. No sneaking needed.
Forum: Fish 04-10-2015, 03:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 372
Posted By THE V
I raised some of these guys using an old method. ...

I raised some of these guys using an old method. They call it incorrectly infusoria. Get a quart jar of established tank water. Drop in an algae tab or other fish food. Put the jar in direct...
Forum: Algae 04-10-2015, 01:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 394
Posted By THE V
BBA in a low tech tank.

Well I had BBA in my low tech 125 for several years now. Never been much of a problem. Usually just a bit on the driftwood and filter outlet.

I added in a bunch of baby guppies and started...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-31-2015, 08:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 416
Posted By THE V
PAR of direct sunlight can be as high as 400. ...

PAR of direct sunlight can be as high as 400. What you are describing is 3/4 shade. Should't be any problem.
Forum: Equipment 03-31-2015, 08:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 537
Posted By THE V
Silicon grease around the outside to get a good...

Silicon grease around the outside to get a good seal. It doesn't take much.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-31-2015, 07:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 551
Posted By THE V
It all depends upon the bioload on how long in...

It all depends upon the bioload on how long in between filter changes.
There is not set time-frame to cleaning out a filter. You clean it when it is dirty.

When I had goldfish in the 125G tank,...
Forum: Plants 03-31-2015, 03:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 251
Posted By THE V
New roots will generally only grow at the plant...

New roots will generally only grow at the plant node. A node is the point where leaves attach to the stem plant.

When rooting cuttings, first cut the stem close to a node. Then remove the...
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