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Forum: Tank Journals   05-04-2017, 11:17 PM
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Views: 1,350
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Doc7's Low Tech 40 Breeder

Here is the tank now with my new plants (no real growth yet in the 4 days of new plants) and 10 Blue Emperor Tetras were added 24 hours ago. 20 Rummynose tomorrow and 6 Otos, 6 Amano in a few days.
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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-02-2017, 03:14 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,940
Posted By Doc7
I sold a 40 breeder with a Victor regulator,...

I sold a 40 breeder with a Victor regulator, ideal needle valve, Burkett solenoid, two Eheim 2217s, two dual bulb T5NO fixtures, Rex reactor, and an oak stand I built from scratch. Plus all my...
Forum: Plants   04-30-2017, 01:08 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 144
Posted By Doc7
Red tiger lotus

Hello - when I get home from work tonight I plan to pull a late night planting session. I just bought my first red tiger lotus; do I need to worry about root containment in a low tech STS substrate...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   04-29-2017, 04:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 291
Posted By Doc7
Yes I am having great, manageable growth...

Yes

I am having great, manageable growth with this dosing. I only have starter stems in here now (planting a dozen new species tonight when I get home from work) but they grow about 1" per week...
Forum: Fish   04-28-2017, 02:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 224
Posted By Doc7
Where did you buy? Look great!

Where did you buy? Look great!
Forum: Algae   04-27-2017, 03:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 501
Posted By Doc7
Decrease lighting ?

Decrease lighting ?
Forum: Tank Journals   04-26-2017, 10:15 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,350
Posted By Doc7
Here is the tank now. I am amazed that the plants...

Here is the tank now. I am amazed that the plants all stood straight back up on day 1. Leaves are still drooping, hopefully they recover.

I get a shipment of plants tomorrow and can start laying...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   04-26-2017, 08:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 136
Posted By Doc7
Water is not relevant, bacteria are on surfaces....

Water is not relevant, bacteria are on surfaces. If you move the filter over or at least all the media from your filter (put in your new filter) and your plants, you will probably be fine, but I...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   04-25-2017, 10:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 397
Posted By Doc7
You probably don't need EI with a low tech tank....

You probably don't need EI with a low tech tank. EI keeps the ferts up to keep up with CO2 and lighting driving growth.

Your tank looks great. What is the lighting? Tom Barr has a once weekly...
Forum: Lighting   04-25-2017, 10:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 490
Posted By Doc7
No, you can't over pressurize your tank by...

No, you can't over pressurize your tank by twisting knobs in the wrong direction.
Forum: Aquascaping   04-25-2017, 11:58 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 159
Posted By Doc7
Manzanita hardscape

What do you think about this? The first photo is to show the whole piece of wood before I chopped it up, second shows it whole in the tank, third shows how I chopped it up and left it for now.
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Forum: Tank Journals   04-25-2017, 10:13 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,350
Posted By Doc7
Interested in opinions on this, there are a...

Interested in opinions on this, there are a couple slight branch moves between shots below.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170425/9dcefd3c37e4ff41ecd4ab501022c12c.jpg
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Forum: Tank Journals   04-25-2017, 03:30 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,350
Posted By Doc7
Driftwood is in. Plants are out (yanked them all...

Driftwood is in. Plants are out (yanked them all so I could add another 2 gallon bucket worth of substrate)

Probably take a second look at the wood tomorrow when this all clears up, and replant...
Forum: Equipment   04-24-2017, 06:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 269
Posted By Doc7
The regulator itself stops allowing CO2 to flow...

The regulator itself stops allowing CO2 to flow when the pressure on the downstream side reaches your setting. It will immediately reach and begin to exceed (hence, the regulator shuts) when your...
Forum: Tank Journals   04-24-2017, 12:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,350
Posted By Doc7
My tank is cycled now with pure ammonia so it...

My tank is cycled now with pure ammonia so it took almost exactly a month with the plants I added and the filter running.

Additionally, I have not had to add baking soda for 7 days to bring...
Forum: Fish   04-23-2017, 05:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 150
Posted By Doc7
40B stocking - cat heavy?

Hello all,

I am wondering about anyone with experience with Hyalobagrus flavus (Yellow spot catfish). I am about ready to stock a 40 breeder tank.

I was looking into rams, etc as centerpiece...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   04-21-2017, 11:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 444
Posted By Doc7
Micros Solution and Ascorbic Acid

Can someone explain to me why these liquid mixes are preferable to a solid spoonful?never mind - answered a few posts above!
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   04-21-2017, 11:24 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,301
Posted By Doc7
Co2 - Seems like I'm using an ungodly amount of BPS

I prefer a lot of surface agitation and a lot of CO2 usage. My bubble counter was uncountably high. I think comparing BPS or CO2 usage tank to tank is worthless. How is plant health, how is your drop...
Forum: Tank Journals   04-21-2017, 01:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,350
Posted By Doc7
Things are looking up for this project! I have a...

Things are looking up for this project! I have a tracking number showing a Tuesday delivery for the manzanita, and I finally have a 0 nitrite reading. I dosed to 3 PPM ammonia again now.

I am...
Forum: Equipment   04-20-2017, 10:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 178
Posted By Doc7
Eheim 2213

Eheim 2213
Forum: Tank Journals   04-20-2017, 02:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 502
Posted By Doc7
Get any snails in with those plants?

Get any snails in with those plants?
Forum: Tank Journals   04-20-2017, 02:39 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,771
Posted By Doc7
Even with a canister, some people (like myself in...

Even with a canister, some people (like myself in my old tank) like to run high surface agitation. It adds maybe a couple dollars a month to CO2 usage but the additional oxygenation of the water...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   04-20-2017, 12:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 314
Posted By Doc7
Once you have used the nitrate #2 bottle without...

Once you have used the nitrate #2 bottle without beating it around, the concentration of solids to water in the bottle is off and it might as well be discarded for a new bottle.
Forum: Tank Journals   04-19-2017, 06:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 502
Posted By Doc7
The Water Temple - 40g breeder

Good luck! I love the 40 breeder size. Who is your plant order from?

What is your lighting?

I recommend spending the couple of bucks for a background (black is my preference) on your tank, the...
Forum: Equipment   04-19-2017, 12:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 303
Posted By Doc7
will Purigen interupt Fishless cycling

That is only true if you plant extremely heavily (very little beginner to intermediate fish keepers seem to understand that extremely heavily means at least 50-100 stems per 10 gallons, thinking it...
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