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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-27-2015, 04:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 432
Posted By THE V
After 20+ years of keeping fish, I was almost...

After 20+ years of keeping fish, I was almost tempted to buy a test kit. Thank you for helping me save money.

I have run commercial greenhouses without a single test. Then we got a new manager...
Forum: Equipment 03-27-2015, 04:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 429
Posted By THE V
120 is much wider than a 125 which makes it...

120 is much wider than a 125 which makes it easier to scape with plants. The 24" of the 120 makes a big difference compared to the 18" of the 125.

The 125 distributes the weight over a larger...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-24-2015, 10:20 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,171
Posted By THE V
I designed my 125g while I was commonly traveling...

I designed my 125g while I was commonly traveling for work. There where times I was gone for most of 3 months with only 1 or 2 weeks at home.

My wife never does more than dump in pre-measured...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-24-2015, 04:41 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,171
Posted By THE V
Definitely keep the 180. My larger tank is so...

Definitely keep the 180. My larger tank is so much easier to manage.

Put the 20 and 40b in storage. When the kids get older you'll find yourself having more time. Infants and toddlers can be...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-23-2015, 04:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 225
Posted By THE V
Since there are so many different varied...

Since there are so many different varied possibilities with a planted tank it's good that you stated a finished goal in mind.

Discus are one of the most freshwater species to keep. They require...
Forum: Plants 03-22-2015, 04:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 369
Posted By THE V
Yep you want plain old agar with nothing added...

Yep you want plain old agar with nothing added in. Then when you cook it up you'll want to add in some fertilizer to the mix.

Agar is available from any scientific supply as well.
Forum: Tank Journals 03-20-2015, 06:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 363
Posted By THE V
Since the garage is insulated purchase one of...

Since the garage is insulated purchase one of those oil radiator heaters for the garage. They are very efficient at heating as long as you keep the temp lower (60f). They can keep it comfy.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-18-2015, 05:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 910
Posted By THE V
24 hours per day is possible with very low light....

24 hours per day is possible with very low light. I did two 40W T12 in a shoplight over a 125g once. I left the light on constantly over some swords. They grew very well.

Get a cheap timer...
Forum: Algae 03-18-2015, 04:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 823
Posted By THE V
Good discussion on this topic. It's natural that...

Good discussion on this topic. It's natural that we try to find a simple answer to this question. The problem is the algae/plant relationship in our tank depends upon the ever-changing status of...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-16-2015, 04:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 301
Posted By THE V
They put their heads in the dirt and their tails...

They put their heads in the dirt and their tails waving in the water. Yep all the poop collects on the surface from them

They get eaten at a quick rate if you have fish that like them. I've...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 03-16-2015, 04:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 525
Posted By THE V
Nice little tank. I've been to Turkey so...

Nice little tank.

I've been to Turkey so many times that some flight attendants recognized me on Turkish Airlines. I'll have to count the stamps in my passport to figure out how many times I've...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-14-2015, 07:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 332
Posted By THE V
Python- place in tank and siphon out 1/2 to the...

Python- place in tank and siphon out 1/2 to the flower beds. Attached to spigot outside the front door. Dose prime for full volume of water and fill. Change in water temperature in the tank...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-11-2015, 03:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 457
Posted By THE V
Wow that was a little dark...ground up cat...

Wow that was a little dark...ground up cat food.... poor fishes.
Forum: Photography 03-09-2015, 09:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 336
Posted By THE V
The other issue with taking a picture with a cell...

The other issue with taking a picture with a cell phones is the movement of the phone while taking the photo. Constantly gives me a slight blur on every phone I've used. Even locking my arms at my...
Forum: Substrate 03-09-2015, 09:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 415
Posted By THE V
Swords can have massive root systems. I've seen a...

Swords can have massive root systems. I've seen a 10" sword have 20" roots before.

Roots actually remove oxygen from the soil when they are living. When they die they decompose and leave pores...
Forum: Substrate 03-09-2015, 08:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 179
Posted By THE V
I use a mixture of pea gravel and builders sand...

I use a mixture of pea gravel and builders sand in my 125 low tech tank. If you like how the gravel looks you can remove the gravel. Then add in the sand and cap it back with the gravel. You can...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-09-2015, 07:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 457
Posted By THE V
The other problem was how I fed them up. For the...

The other problem was how I fed them up. For the parents I fed a small sinking pellet. I also tossed in 2-3 times per week some dried blood worms. The new babies got some dried brine shrimp. The...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-09-2015, 06:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 457
Posted By THE V
Still laughing at myself over this one.

After fighting a infection of camallanus worms for over 18 months in my 125g tank I finally got it cleared out a couple of months ago. It took 3 doses of levimisole but all of the fish are healthy...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 03-04-2015, 02:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 907
Posted By THE V
When in a job interview for an agronomist you...

When in a job interview for an agronomist you mention aquatic plants as your most recently researched topic.
Forum: Aquascaping 02-28-2015, 01:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 431
Posted By THE V
Something vertical or diagonal would help. For...

Something vertical or diagonal would help. For hardscape maybe a nice piece of wood or for maybe a nice red stem plant like A. reineckii.
Forum: Fish 02-26-2015, 03:51 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 751
Posted By THE V
I had a female comet goldfish a while ago. She...

I had a female comet goldfish a while ago. She jumped out of the tank and smacked me in the face as I walked by. She was named Failed Kamakazee, shortened to just kamakazee. She lived for 10...
Forum: Equipment 02-25-2015, 02:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 310
Posted By THE V
The plus side of filling your tanks there is that...

The plus side of filling your tanks there is that they are all unsecured from falling.

They tend to break bones when they fall on you. They also have been known to go boom if damaged from a...
Forum: Substrate 02-21-2015, 05:18 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,753
Posted By THE V
Substrate choice depends upon your goals. For...

Substrate choice depends upon your goals. For high tech tanks with rapidly growing plants high CEC substrates can help balance the nutrient availability. Low tech tanks are fine in with sand or...
Forum: Equipment 02-21-2015, 04:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 356
Posted By THE V
The placement of the input and output is...

The placement of the input and output is different on every tank. It depends upon the hardscape and plants.

Generally it is best to put them in locations where they work together to create an...
Forum: DIY 02-21-2015, 04:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 819
Posted By THE V
If you really want it waterproof if it is not...

If you really want it waterproof if it is not already sealed - brushing laquer. Terrible fumes so you need to do it outside. Completely non-toxic once cured and a very hard finish. 3-4 coats the...
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