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Forum: Fish   10-19-2013, 06:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,212
Posted By John K
It looks like two males to me also. I have 5...

It looks like two males to me also. I have 5 Pearls in a 50 gallon and they get along great, though they are all family two parents and three of their grown offspring. It looks like your tank is...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-04-2013, 11:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 506
Posted By John K
I culture both. Grindals are easy, reproduce fast...

I culture both. Grindals are easy, reproduce fast and are great for smaller fish. But I like the white worms for larger fish like my Pearl Gouramis and Bolivian Rams. The wine cooler method works...
Forum: Fish   04-30-2013, 02:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 509
Posted By John K
Rams don't stay in the top half of the tank...

Rams don't stay in the top half of the tank unless they are very stressed. I'd remove one of them ASAP.
Forum: Fish   04-21-2013, 05:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 362
Posted By John K
You need to treat the entire 55 gallon tank. At...

You need to treat the entire 55 gallon tank. At 82 degrees, the parasite will just multiply faster. You should raise the temperature to 86 degrees and keep it there for about 2 weeks if you want to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   04-14-2013, 01:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 557
Posted By John K
There's a possibility that I'll be moving in a...

There's a possibility that I'll be moving in a about a year, so I've been thinking about this. My plan is to get a bunch of sponge filters, coolers and air pumps. I'll seed the filters and run them...
Forum: Lighting   04-13-2013, 06:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 605
Posted By John K
They sell screw on connectors on ebay that will...

They sell screw on connectors on ebay that will make it easier to plug/unplug from the power supply. Look for "2.1 x 5.5mm DC Power Jack Adapter" . This seems to be the most common size connector,...
Forum: Fish   04-13-2013, 05:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 732
Posted By John K
For 30 rummies, I'd say a 15-20 gallon would be a...

For 30 rummies, I'd say a 15-20 gallon would be a good size quarantine tank. I like to do at least 2 weeks, but more is always better.
Forum: Fish   04-13-2013, 05:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 732
Posted By John K
I would quarantine because treatment is much...

I would quarantine because treatment is much easier in a smaller tank. Even if not using medications, like using heat/salt to treat ich, it's going to be a lot easier in a small tank. Why rush and...
Forum: Lighting   04-10-2013, 07:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,011
Posted By John K
I had the bulb pop and melt the acrylic piece on...

I had the bulb pop and melt the acrylic piece on one of those fixtures.Thankfully it didn't break my glass top. After that, I replaced the bulb but left the acrylic piece off, thinking that it's an...
Forum: Fish   04-10-2013, 03:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,941
Posted By John K
I culture daphnia, white worms and grindal worms....

I culture daphnia, white worms and grindal worms. Overall, grindals are easiest because they don't mind heat. But they are too small for many fish. White worms are great, but if your temperature gets...
Forum: Equipment   03-20-2013, 11:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 442
Posted By John K
I'm using a glass top from a 10 gallon on a 20L...

I'm using a glass top from a 10 gallon on a 20L tank. The 20L is just a grow out tank, so I didn't want to buy a new glass top when I already had a top that I wasn't using. I just cut a piece of...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-25-2013, 06:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,409
Posted By John K
Ok, so I'm a little compulsive and a few weeks...

Ok, so I'm a little compulsive and a few weeks ago I was wondering the same thing. Here's what I googled up for past sale dates:

01/02/11-01/15/11
06/26/11-07/16/11
08/28/11-09/17/11...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-19-2013, 08:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,024
Posted By John K
I used insulation board also and it works very...

I used insulation board also and it works very well. I cut it to fit exactly between the trim and used a few dabs of silicone caulk to attach it to the tank. Since it's so light, it doesn't take much...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-14-2013, 10:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 621
Posted By John K
Are you sure it's mosquito larvae? I lived in...

Are you sure it's mosquito larvae? I lived in Oakland for years and I can't ever recall seeing a mosquito. I often think about how nice it was to go outside any time of year without being swarmed....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-14-2013, 06:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,607
Posted By John K
Something seems wrong here. Last week the tank...

Something seems wrong here. Last week the tank was able to process significantly higher levels of ammonia and reduce nitrites pretty effectively. It shouldn't have any problem with the amount you're...
Forum: Fish   02-10-2013, 11:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 305
Posted By John K
Pectoral fins often get nipped and torn. Just...

Pectoral fins often get nipped and torn. Just make sure it's a parasite before doing anything.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-10-2013, 05:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,607
Posted By John K
It's confusing because you are testing at...

It's confusing because you are testing at different time intervals and adding ammonia at different time intervals, at different levels and sometimes more than once a day. You should stick to a given...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-08-2013, 09:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 533
Posted By John K
That's how I cycle new tanks - Just add lots of...

That's how I cycle new tanks - Just add lots of mulm and it cycles in days. I usually just dump a container full of mulm right into the tank. I do it before adding fish, but I don't think it would...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-08-2013, 12:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,051
Posted By John K
I have a Tetra Whisper 10 here that says it uses...

I have a Tetra Whisper 10 here that says it uses 2.2 W.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-07-2013, 08:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,607
Posted By John K
The bacteria can live on the surfaces of plants,...

The bacteria can live on the surfaces of plants, so they brought some bacteria in with them, which may have sped up your cycle. Sounds like it's doing fine.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-07-2013, 08:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,051
Posted By John K
There are some variables here, like the...

There are some variables here, like the temperature that you keep your tanks and the temperature that your house is kept at. A warm house and a cool tank will minimize your costs. Being in southern...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-02-2013, 05:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,619
Posted By John K
"The Ecology of the Planted Aquarium" by Diana...

"The Ecology of the Planted Aquarium" by Diana Walstad. I would never have gotten back into this hobby if it wasn't for that book. I had memories from my teenage years of constant maintenance,...
Forum: Fish   01-27-2013, 07:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 596
Posted By John K
That the Rummies are colored up and the fish seem...

That the Rummies are colored up and the fish seem fine until they die seems to rule out a lot of typical water/disease problems. What are you feeding them? Maybe there's some kind of food...
Forum: Fish   01-26-2013, 05:59 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,126
Posted By John K
Correct. The ammonia you are adding to the tank...

Correct. The ammonia you are adding to the tank is no different than the ammonia that is produced as waste from the fish and frogs.
Forum: Fish   01-26-2013, 05:40 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,126
Posted By John K
You can buy "Dr. Tim's Aquatic Ammonia" on Amazon...

You can buy "Dr. Tim's Aquatic Ammonia" on Amazon for less than $10. Seems like a lot to pay for ammonia, but you'll know there's nothing bad in it and that little bottle will last you for many...
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