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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-27-2012, 08:26 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 6,826
Posted By Willamette
Looks to me like your just waiting on the second...

Looks to me like your just waiting on the second half of the cycle to finish. 5ppm is pretty high, wouldn't hurt to do a water change. 50% might be good, as too high a concentration can slow things...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-22-2012, 08:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 578
Posted By Willamette
I used to try to seal it up with silicone as...

I used to try to seal it up with silicone as well, but really, that stuff doesn't do so well holding back corrosive gas under pressure, and if you move the hoses around, etc, you are putting flex...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-22-2012, 08:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 337
Posted By Willamette
Pool filter sand is good stuff. Consistent in...

Pool filter sand is good stuff. Consistent in size, relatively clean, and doesn't compact much at all. I'm using in in one of my tanks right now. Ya, there's silica, but its really hard to avoid....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-22-2012, 08:41 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,213
Posted By Willamette
Actually, no, it absolutely is NOT, as I...

Actually, no, it absolutely is NOT, as I specifically told you when you PM'd me about this, and I went into a lot of detail explaining it to you.

If you want to solicit advice from people and...
Forum: Fish 07-21-2012, 10:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 590
Posted By Willamette
Genetically hosed by humanity.

Genetically hosed by humanity.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-21-2012, 07:34 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 6,826
Posted By Willamette
Wait till the nitrite reads zero, man. You can...

Wait till the nitrite reads zero, man. You can actually upset the cycle if you toss fish into the middle of it. To say nothing of exposing the fish to nitrite.
Forum: Fish 07-19-2012, 01:37 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,229
Posted By Willamette
Zebra danios perhaps. Mine used to hang around...

Zebra danios perhaps. Mine used to hang around the upper third, mostly. Great fish.
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 07-17-2012, 12:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 715
Posted By Willamette
I married a Canadian. So my opinion of them is by...

I married a Canadian. So my opinion of them is by necessity high.
I think they've got a complex though...always seem to feel duty bound to randomly provide me with a parade of reasons why I and my...
Forum: DIY 07-17-2012, 12:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,241
Posted By Willamette
Ya, the U pipes simplify it. Not need for any...

Ya, the U pipes simplify it. Not need for any drilling or valves or whatevs. I'd like to try this on my side by side 10g's. Have to screen off the pipes though, to avoid fishies moving downstream,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-17-2012, 07:47 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 6,826
Posted By Willamette
More plants can only be good. Honestly,...

More plants can only be good.

Honestly, your on the right track, just gotta keep throwing biomatter in there. Eventually the nitrite will read zero consistantly. Shouldn't be long.

I'm cycling...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-16-2012, 08:38 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 6,826
Posted By Willamette
Ya, you gotta keep feeding the bacteria...

Ya, you gotta keep feeding the bacteria something, or they'll die.

I'd say wait a week and if you are still at zero NH3 and NO2, go ahead and throw some fishies in there. A little nitrate is no...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-16-2012, 12:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 483
Posted By Willamette
I used to use a gang valve when I was...

I used to use a gang valve when I was experimenting with a couple of 3 liter bottles used together. 6 liters of DIY can make a fair amount of CO2, but its a pain.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-15-2012, 11:15 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 6,826
Posted By Willamette
The best way to lower pH is with CO2 (creates...

The best way to lower pH is with CO2 (creates carbonic acid when dissolved into water). There are a lot of water chemistry products out there for futzing about with pH, and my advice is to avoid all...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-13-2012, 05:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,163
Posted By Willamette
I didn't notice that he's in Inda. Tap water is...

I didn't notice that he's in Inda. Tap water is likely not chlorinated.
Forum: Fish 07-13-2012, 12:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 573
Posted By Willamette
Probably an oxygen high, with new, cooler water....

Probably an oxygen high, with new, cooler water. More O2.
Forum: Tank Journals 07-13-2012, 12:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 941
Posted By Willamette
Not really. You'll get a lot of CO2 at first, but...

Not really. You'll get a lot of CO2 at first, but then it tapers off over the course of a couple weeks. Its not as consistant as pressurized, but hey, its cheap. Make sure to include a trap so you...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-13-2012, 12:13 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 6,826
Posted By Willamette
I wouldn't disturb the filter at all until the...

I wouldn't disturb the filter at all until the cycle is done. Scum is normal. If you really want to rinse it, ya, use tank water and be gentle.
Forum: Tank Journals 07-12-2012, 09:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 941
Posted By Willamette
Get a brush and physically remove as much as you...

Get a brush and physically remove as much as you can. Change out the 26 watt for a 13 watt, run a 8 hour photoperiod tops, and increase the biomass of plants in the tank. Floaters are very helpful. ...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-12-2012, 09:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,709
Posted By Willamette
If you're going emersed, go ahead and blast it...

If you're going emersed, go ahead and blast it with lots of light. The HC will have access to plenty of CO2 from the atmosphere, and there's no algae probs to worry about.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-12-2012, 09:48 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 6,826
Posted By Willamette
In the case of nitrite, thats exactly right. It...

In the case of nitrite, thats exactly right. It literally outcompetes the hemoglobin in their blood for O2. Can suffocate them, and destroy their blood. It converts hemoglobin to methemoglobin, which...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-12-2012, 09:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 710
Posted By Willamette
If you've got established tanks, great. Maybe you...

If you've got established tanks, great. Maybe you can toss some established filter media into the new tank. Its just a matter of how much you care about cross contamination between tanks.

Water...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-12-2012, 09:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 710
Posted By Willamette
4ppm isn't a dealbreaker, just keep the water...

4ppm isn't a dealbreaker, just keep the water changes coming. If it gets off the scale that high a concentration of ammonia can actually inhibit the growth of Nitrosomonas bacteria.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-12-2012, 09:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 710
Posted By Willamette
If there is nitrite in the tank then you are on...

If there is nitrite in the tank then you are on your way. The ammonia leaching out of the aquasoil is normal. It requires large water changes.

No worries.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-12-2012, 08:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,163
Posted By Willamette
How will you be dosing the water conditioner? IV...

How will you be dosing the water conditioner? IV drip?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-12-2012, 08:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 710
Posted By Willamette
What are you adding to the tank as an ammonia...

What are you adding to the tank as an ammonia source, beyond what leaches out of the substrate?

Two weeks is not enough time, usually. Do you have a nitrite reading yet? Ammonia is only part of...
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