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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Today, 02:17 AM
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Posted By tomfromstlouis
What dissolved gasses are we worried about? ...

What dissolved gasses are we worried about?

I am no chemist, but I would be surprised if Prime's chemical effects were only temporary.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-01-2015, 09:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 214
Posted By tomfromstlouis
When I get around to cleaning filters, I too use...

When I get around to cleaning filters, I too use tap water, but on the sponge material only. I rarely rinse the biofilter material. And I only do one filter at a time and the tank has two.
Forum: Plants 07-01-2015, 09:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 226
Posted By tomfromstlouis
When I had a crinum I would only remove an entire...

When I had a crinum I would only remove an entire leaf at the base like you would a sword plant leaf. Trimming an end would only leave a brownish scarred leaf end - not attractive. This leaf removal...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-01-2015, 08:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 214
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I am using Flourite and I think scooping it all...

I am using Flourite and I think scooping it all up and laying it out again mixes the aerobic and anaerobic into less than ideal locations. That is, I buried many aerobic bacteria in the new setup....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-01-2015, 07:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 214
Posted By tomfromstlouis
The filters were not on for ~48 hours. My...

The filters were not on for ~48 hours.

My tank mover helper and professional aquarium maintenance guy seemed to think they would be fine. Do you know, really truly know, that he is wrong about...
Forum: Tank Journals 07-01-2015, 05:56 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 21,321
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Sordid details here...

Sordid details here (http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=891434), but the move did not go well. I lost 3 of my 9 angels to an ammonia spike two days after the move, an event I simply...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-01-2015, 05:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 214
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Understanding my ammonia spike

I moved three tanks to my new office this past weekend (with help) and felt like everything was fine when I got to putting plants back into place. Wrong.

The second day after the move I come in to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-22-2015, 06:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 114
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Based on my 30 seconds of research the Koralia...

Based on my 30 seconds of research the Koralia 240 seems suited for nano tanks. Not sure if that is true but that does not sound like a big enough powerhead for a five footer. I think going a little...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-22-2015, 05:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 712
Posted By tomfromstlouis
A pictorial thread dedicated to the evolution of...

A pictorial thread dedicated to the evolution of a tank:

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=577761&highlight=
Forum: Tank Journals 06-21-2015, 05:46 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 21,321
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Okay, I am one week away from moving to a new...

Okay, I am one week away from moving to a new office (with a six year lease, no more moves!). I am thinking about fresh scapes for all 3 tanks and hoping to improve all 3.

In the big tank, scape...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-14-2015, 09:33 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 638
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I have injected co2 into my 75g tank for over ten...

I have injected co2 into my 75g tank for over ten years 24/7. My bubble rate is around 2bbs, certainly not more than 3, and I can grow most anything in there. Start lower than the 5 or 6 mentioned...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-13-2015, 02:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 229
Posted By tomfromstlouis
No wonder many who are new to the hobby have...

No wonder many who are new to the hobby have trouble. I guess it can't be illegal to sell poor ideas.
Forum: Aquascaping 06-12-2015, 07:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 475
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I like the concept of a bunch of rock with wood...

I like the concept of a bunch of rock with wood sprawling away from it. But I think the smaller rocks should be more a part of the central group; I doubt nature would throw them that far out. I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-12-2015, 07:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 229
Posted By tomfromstlouis
HOB with carbon only??

I just met someone complaining of their aquarium water conditions and found that he has a HOB filter with replaceable carbon inserts only. When the carbon gets gunked up he replaces it with a fresh...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-10-2015, 06:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 355
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I think that our bright green plants with pale...

I think that our bright green plants with pale rock and dark substrate is an attractive combination, even if not particularly natural. I think moving a couple of the larger rocks back a bit so there...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-08-2015, 05:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 431
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I did not read everything you posted closely...

I did not read everything you posted closely because I could not get past the temperature as soon as you mentioned it. Shrimp and many plants will not thrive in mid 80s temps. If the ambient...
Forum: Tank Journals 05-28-2015, 08:32 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 21,321
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Quickie phone photo of the current look in the...

Quickie phone photo of the current look in the 220g:

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w188/SirDoofus/aquarium/fts515_zpsyjcq9f7j.jpg
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-26-2015, 04:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 285
Posted By tomfromstlouis
If you are reasonably sure you will return to the...

If you are reasonably sure you will return to the hobby someday, why sell anything?

Storing a light fixture and regulator will likely cost you nothing. The economics of selling used and buying...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-20-2015, 04:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,287
Posted By tomfromstlouis
This was Amano's answer. It came out alright....

This was Amano's answer. It came out alright. :icon_roll

http://www.gpodio.com/posts/amano2.jpg
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-19-2015, 06:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,287
Posted By tomfromstlouis
The journal has more photos, but that version no...

The journal has more photos, but that version no longer exists. My latest post to the journal is a poor quality video; just learning how to do that.

Not trying to hijack this thread, but I...
Forum: Aquascaping 05-19-2015, 05:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 359
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I agree with Diana. Boiling or just soaking them...

I agree with Diana. Boiling or just soaking them for a while should make them ready to test with some non-critical fauna.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-19-2015, 05:01 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,287
Posted By tomfromstlouis
My 220g is 30" tall. A step stool gives me access...

My 220g is 30" tall. A step stool gives me access to almost every bit of substrate, although I cannot touch bottom in the center back. Yours would not have that problem since it is not 6' long....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-19-2015, 04:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 285
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I would not move any of the fish, but if those...

I would not move any of the fish, but if those swords or crypts are healthy and large I would consider bagging them for a week.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-15-2015, 02:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 500
Posted By tomfromstlouis
My LFS carried a full line of submersible power...

My LFS carried a full line of submersible power heads that I suspect you can find online too. I have no brand allegiance in this category. Capacity ought to be the criteria and I think mine is rated...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-14-2015, 07:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 500
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I do 30% changes twice per week on my 220g altum...

I do 30% changes twice per week on my 220g altum tank. Using a pump both directions makes it all happen in one hour, including the refill of the 55g water barrel that I age the water in. This aged...
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