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Greetings all,

I would like to be a little more accurate in testing my tank ... (ok, now you all know my "new year resolution" ... well, one of them anyway ... :lol: .... ) and thought it would be a good idea to keep a log book .... so that i did tested regular and don't miss any vital tests ...

i had thought that they would be readily available in the lfs ... but no such luck ... so it looks like i am going to have to make up my own "log book or work sheet" ...and will then just print them off as they are needed ... kind of want to keep it simple .... but make sure that all the important water/plant/fish parameters are recorded ....

does anyone use a logbook to record all this info ... i did a search but couldn't see any actual examples .....


what exactly should be tested and recorded each day /week / month ... any specifics would be greatly appreciated .... can anyone that uses a logbook post an example of what and how they record data pls

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At your request I could send the entire file to you...

January 23, 2004
13:25:00

After much frustration, I’m switching to R/O (no peat anywhere but what got loose in the tank).

TAP WATER
GH: 160mg/L = 9dH
KH: 80mg/L = 4.5 dH

Tank levels are FAR higher!! Proceeding with a “flush” of the tank’s water column, probably with R/O, but carefully as to make changes slowly.

17:38:14
I’ve drained probably about 9 gallons of water, and now I’m replacing it with almost all R/O water… The pH won’t crash… even 1/3 of the hardness is still higher than tap LOL.
Also added a minute amount of Flourish purchased today.

22:52:46
ACTUALLY getting Java Ferns’ roots planted now due to planting/pruning tool!


January 24, 2004
15:25:26

KH: 7.8 dH (13-14 drops)
GH: 15.7 dH (14 drops)
WOW!!!

20:58:57
Removed maybe 1-2 gallons, replaced with 1-2gal RO and 1-1.5gal tap.
CO2 is also back up, after an outage of 2 or so days.
--Cleaned Filters

and yes, I know not to plant javas but I heard that as long as the rhizome is exposed it's ok?
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http://www.geocities.com/Petsburgh/1943/step1.html

I can make this into a Word DOC or txt file, or just a better HTML file if you want.

If I really get bored, I can make this into a full program.
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I usually only jot down the test results and fertilizer regimen in a new setup to see how the parameters settle in. I just use a notebook...Maybe for the first 3 months or so. Then I just have that particular tanks fert or buffering amounts written down as a guide after that.
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When I started to use fertilizers, I kept a little log of the tested tank level, the amounts added, strengths of solutions, and resulting levels after dosing. This helps immensely to get a feeling of what your tank uses in a certain period of time. I got lazy now...

It would be good to keep track of your fish... when you bought them, where, how much they cost, etc.

The Planted Tank also serves somewhat as a journal. If you share your tank process with the world, you can go back and read your and others comments... as long as the site exists.


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I made an Excel spreadsheet, here: http://home.neb.rr.com/malkore/Blank_Tank_data.xls
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I do this for my tanks - kept in a database. Overally geeky but what the hell.

http://fish.silver-fox.us/journal20.php
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hey thanks for the replies all ... very helpful and just what i was looking for , i will prob use bits of all of them ....

malkore .. i dont have a prog to open the exel spreadsheet on this comp ... but will get a friend to do so and print it out so i can look at it ... thanks heaps ...

mm12463 ... very cool tanks ... great photos ... and great web site .. you must be a web designer or something similiar ... very impressive

thanks all for sharing ...

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Thanks for the complements AussieTanker. Not a webdesiger at all. Just get a big kick out of playing with it and messing around with PHP and a database. Mostly so I can share the photos with friends/family from my digital cam. When I stared back into the fish I figured what the heck. Make a site for that too. Be fun.

One thing I have learned is a journal or taking some sort of notes is priceless. Heck I cannot remember what I ate for lunch the day before let alone when I need to do water changes and ferts.
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mm12463, do you use mysql for your database?
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Sure do. MySQL, Php, Apache on FreeBSD.
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Here is mine. Kinda messy, but you can get some ideas.

http://www.philboucher.com/greg/14ga...ertjournal.xls
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