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Old 07-17-2014, 04:22 AM   #211
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Maybe put all the blackworms in a soda bottle, put your finger over the top and put it all the way to the substrate and in a planted area then move your finger so they can bury themselves before fish get them? Also, a temp of 88*F for two straight weeks after the last visible sign of ich will kill it off.
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Old 07-17-2014, 04:51 AM   #212
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love the look so far! when is the sag coming in? also please post a vid of the tank!
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Old 07-17-2014, 04:33 PM   #213
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So vast!
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Old 07-17-2014, 05:43 PM   #214
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Very nice. Full tank shot?!
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Old 07-19-2014, 02:50 AM   #215
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for fertilizing my tank, i'm thinking either the EI package or the PPS-pro for GLA.

I have dosing pumps and an apex controller, so if I get the PPS-pro i would be able to dose an exact (ml) amount at an exact time of day whenever I would like.

Should I get the pps-pro, I think it will cover everything for me and my equipment suits that package.

Thanks for your opinion.

Also, if i decide to get a co2 system from GLA, which one is best for me? I know the biggest cylinder since my volume is so large.
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Old 07-20-2014, 03:33 PM   #216
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for fertilizing my tank, i'm thinking either the EI package or the PPS-pro for GLA.

I have dosing pumps and an apex controller, so if I get the PPS-pro i would be able to dose an exact (ml) amount at an exact time of day whenever I would like.

Should I get the pps-pro, I think it will cover everything for me and my equipment suits that package.

Thanks for your opinion.

Also, if i decide to get a co2 system from GLA, which one is best for me? I know the biggest cylinder since my volume is so large.
EI is more for high tech tanks with lots of light and CO2 (I assume you don't have the latter) and is difficult in a large tank due to the 50% weekly wc required. PPS would probably be better suited for your tank, though I have never used it myself. However a lot of the chemicals used in either system should be the same.
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Old 07-25-2014, 05:45 PM   #217
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Okay so I just measured my KH and Gh.

My Gh is 10, which is right where I want it for my rainbows I think. My kh tested as only 4, can they be that far apart?

I do not know how accurate those Kh/ph co2 conversion charts are, but with my ph of 7.8 and kh of 4.0, that gives me 2ppm of co2 which is very little.


Any advice people?

Bump: Also ammonia is low around .25 maybe, nitrates are 10, but my nitrites seem to have spiked very high. What do you think is the cause of this. I know plants consume ammonia but what about nitrite, does it mean my bacteria colony isn't established enough for my feeding rate?
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Old 07-25-2014, 05:56 PM   #218
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I have some extra canister filters and some media reactors, would it be wise to pack one of those things with ceramic bio media or similar. What's the best way for me to build bacteria without a wet/dry to suck out the little co2 I have
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Old 07-25-2014, 11:49 PM   #219
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Okay so I just measured my KH and Gh.

My Gh is 10, which is right where I want it for my rainbows I think. My kh tested as only 4, can they be that far apart?

I do not know how accurate those Kh/ph co2 conversion charts are, but with my ph of 7.8 and kh of 4.0, that gives me 2ppm of co2 which is very little.


Any advice people?

Bump: Also ammonia is low around .25 maybe, nitrates are 10, but my nitrites seem to have spiked very high. What do you think is the cause of this. I know plants consume ammonia but what about nitrite, does it mean my bacteria colony isn't established enough for my feeding rate?

I think its that your tank is cycling maybe? if that's the case just wait for the bb that eats nitrites to colonize. they will turn those nitrites into nitrates.
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Old 07-26-2014, 02:16 PM   #220
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High nitrite indicates your cycle is not yet finished. Check out this thread for a discussion on aquatic plants and nitrites; it's pretty interesting stuff.
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Old 07-26-2014, 03:23 PM   #221
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Your fish bioload was increased too quickly for the nitrogen cycle bacteria colony size to support the load in the tank, the colony is growing and will balance itself out to the bioload. Just watch your levels and do a partial water change if levels get too high. Yes your plants will help with consuming some of the stuff, but the bacteria are the major contributors in the end. Time should be all it takes and monitoring.
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Old 07-26-2014, 04:44 PM   #222
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amazing tank
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Old 07-28-2014, 03:22 AM   #223
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any updates? how are the vals doing? did you get your dwarf sag?
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Old 08-24-2014, 09:40 PM   #224
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How's the monster tank going? Got any updates, I'd love to see how it's doing!
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Old 10-04-2014, 11:36 AM   #225
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i too was following this build pretty closely, as you rarely see such a big planted tank. anything to report?

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