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Forum: Aquascaping 04-20-2015, 11:18 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By THE V
The primary decomposer of wood is bacteria and...

The primary decomposer of wood is bacteria and fungus. These slowly degrade the stuff down on the exposed surfaces. Snail, plecos, etc. eat the bacteria and fungi as well as a small amount of wood...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-20-2015, 08:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 740
Posted By THE V
Legs must be steel then ;-) Probably a steel...

Legs must be steel then ;-) Probably a steel frame on the bottom of the piece.

If there are uprights internally where the doors attach you could put something like a 40 breeder or 55 gallon on...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-20-2015, 06:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 740
Posted By THE V
LOL this is a funny thread. Unless those legs...

LOL this is a funny thread. Unless those legs are steel I wouldn't recommend anyone leaning or sitting on it either. Very nice looking style, but not ment to hold weight.


I'm no engineer but...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-18-2015, 01:33 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,918
Posted By THE V
125G lowtech tank is the first thing people see...

125G lowtech tank is the first thing people see when they step in the door. Most kids immediately leave nose and handprints on the glass.

Adults are a mix of things. Some are like kids. Some...
Forum: Plants 04-16-2015, 09:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 388
Posted By THE V
Actually it only has to be slightly acidic......

Actually it only has to be slightly acidic... 5.5-6.5 range. This allows for some if the iron to be in the ferrous form. Ferric oxide can also be used by plants roots but not as readily.

BTW...
Forum: Plants 04-16-2015, 04:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 388
Posted By THE V
Rusty nails are an old gardeners trick. You need...

Rusty nails are an old gardeners trick. You need the cheap ones without any coating or galvanized. Just cheap old steel. My grandfather taught me that one.
Forum: Algae 04-15-2015, 06:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 108
Posted By THE V
Blue green algae.. cyanobacteria. Not actually...

Blue green algae.. cyanobacteria. Not actually an algae at all. Too much light or not enough plants yet.
Forum: Fish 04-11-2015, 03:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 266
Posted By THE V
Any time they are on the glass they are pretty...

Any time they are on the glass they are pretty easy to catch. After lights out grab a big black net. No sneaking needed.
Forum: Fish 04-10-2015, 03:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 313
Posted By THE V
I raised some of these guys using an old method. ...

I raised some of these guys using an old method. They call it incorrectly infusoria. Get a quart jar of established tank water. Drop in an algae tab or other fish food. Put the jar in direct...
Forum: Algae 04-10-2015, 01:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 294
Posted By THE V
BBA in a low tech tank.

Well I had BBA in my low tech 125 for several years now. Never been much of a problem. Usually just a bit on the driftwood and filter outlet.

I added in a bunch of baby guppies and started...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-31-2015, 08:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 329
Posted By THE V
PAR of direct sunlight can be as high as 400. ...

PAR of direct sunlight can be as high as 400. What you are describing is 3/4 shade. Should't be any problem.
Forum: Equipment 03-31-2015, 08:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 438
Posted By THE V
Silicon grease around the outside to get a good...

Silicon grease around the outside to get a good seal. It doesn't take much.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-31-2015, 07:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 472
Posted By THE V
It all depends upon the bioload on how long in...

It all depends upon the bioload on how long in between filter changes.
There is not set time-frame to cleaning out a filter. You clean it when it is dirty.

When I had goldfish in the 125G tank,...
Forum: Plants 03-31-2015, 03:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 197
Posted By THE V
New roots will generally only grow at the plant...

New roots will generally only grow at the plant node. A node is the point where leaves attach to the stem plant.

When rooting cuttings, first cut the stem close to a node. Then remove the...
Forum: Substrate 03-31-2015, 04:41 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 136
Posted By THE V
Those are full of peat moss. A major component...

Those are full of peat moss. A major component of many potting soil mixes. It is about the same as any other dirt substrate.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-29-2015, 06:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 323
Posted By THE V
Depends on the filter. On the HOB's I use just a...

Depends on the filter. On the HOB's I use just a sponge. I picked up a pond replacement sponge years ago for like $10. I've cut it up and use it a prefilter for fry tanks as well.

For the...
Forum: Fish 03-29-2015, 06:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 188
Posted By THE V
Just get the levamisole hcl powder. They sell...

Just get the levamisole hcl powder. They sell it labeled as a cattle/sheep dewormer. Around $25/52g plus shipping. It might take 2 or 3 doses to clear it out. You can look up the dosing online. ...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-27-2015, 04:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 890
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: 653
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: 1,508
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: 1,508
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: 11
Views: 468
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: 420
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: 403
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: 1,085
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...
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