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post #161 of 174 Old 03-31-2013, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
The newest addition to my family was born on Wednesday the 27th of March
She is a Healthy 8 lbs 8 oz bundle of sunshine ! I hope the Fish Tank can handle itself for awhile because I now have 3 Full time Jobs... Work, a 2.5 year old girl and a 4 day old baby girl
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post #162 of 174 Old 03-31-2013, 02:18 PM
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Congratulations!

Busy busy busy guy!

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Total years fish keeping experience: 7 months, can't start counting in years for a while yet.

The shotgun approach to a planted tank with an LED fixture

Small scale nitrogen cycle with a jar, water and fish food; no substrate, filter etc
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post #163 of 174 Old 05-05-2013, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
The Tank is still doing fine. 0 to .5 ammonia levels and 10ppm nitrate levels but other than that every thing seems fine. I'm working 7 days a week 12 hours a day at my job so I've had to do water changes every two weeks when I have a mandatory "Fatigue Day"... I'm changing 20 Gallons out of a planted and decorated 55 gallon tank. Hopefully this will be enough. The PH is also higher than I'd like it to be (8.2)... I'm considering putting a softener pillow in the filter to bring the hardness of the water down. That should take care of it...

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post #164 of 174 Old 05-06-2013, 09:11 AM
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The Tank is still doing fine. 0 to .5 ammonia levels and 10ppm nitrate levels but other than that every thing seems fine. I'm working 7 days a week 12 hours a day at my job so I've had to do water changes every two weeks when I have a mandatory "Fatigue Day"... I'm changing 20 Gallons out of a planted and decorated 55 gallon tank. Hopefully this will be enough. The PH is also higher than I'd like it to be (8.2)... I'm considering putting a softener pillow in the filter to bring the hardness of the water down. That should take care of it...

See ya in June

Don't do anything for the high pH. Plants sucking out carbon dioxide will raise pH to that level and higher. I am not aware of any fish the is harmed by a low carbon dioxide high oxygen environment.

If you're using an ammonia lock or dechlor it could be your ammonia levels are the safe(r) locked ammonia not the dangerous free ammonia. Only the seachem multitest ammonia kit can measure both from what I know. So I would not add anything chemically to treat for the ammonia.


all in all sounds good for your now busy life.

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maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #165 of 174 Old 05-26-2013, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
HOB vs Canister Filters

I will be doing some maintenance to my filter on the morrow due to it vibrating very loudly. I'm afraid that if leave it running it will burn the pump up. I've read in some other threads that leaving filters off for even just a few hours "could" kill the bacteria established in the bio-wheel (or whatever type of biological filter implement). Unfortunately I have to work another 12 hrs shift tomorrow so it will have to wait until I get home. I've actually been considering a canister filter but the HOB I currently have on the tank (MarineLand 350) has proven to be sufficient. On that note, if it isn't able to be fixed by maintenance of the impeller and pump-works then I will purchasing a new filtration system... Cost, Effectiveness, Maintenance these are all aspects I will be considering...


HOB filter or Canister filter?
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post #166 of 174 Old 05-27-2013, 05:39 AM
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I wouldn't worry so much about the biofilm on the wheel, just keep them damp. Even a few hours likely isn't enough to dry it out to the point of killing much.

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Total years fish keeping experience: 7 months, can't start counting in years for a while yet.

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post #167 of 174 Old 06-28-2013, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
I just got back from a 2000 mile drive from Chicago to Los Angeles. It was quite an interesting trip and in Vegas I met the guys from the TV show "Tanked" and got some autographs... Too bad I can't afford a custom tank from them
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post #168 of 174 Old 06-29-2013, 08:58 AM
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I just got back from a 2000 mile drive from Chicago to Los Angeles. It was quite an interesting trip and in Vegas I met the guys from the TV show "Tanked" and got some autographs... Too bad I can't afford a custom tank from them

Sounds to me like the autograph cost enouth.

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #169 of 174 Old 08-17-2013, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
Well the 55 gallon is running smooth and healthy. Thanks for all of the input from everyone. Eventually i'd like to upgrade this tank to a 75 gallon but it might have to wait a few years. That's fine with me because I convinced the Mrs. that we should get two 54 gallon corner tanks for the dining room ... Of course this would be one at a time until I get the hang of Saltwater. Look for the next thread in the coming months... Yeah!
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post #170 of 174 Old 11-16-2013, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
Baby Bristlenose Plecos!

So after being away for about 6 weeks for work, (Thankfully my wife did a couple water changes for me) I noticed something fluttering around in the tank. When I looked closer I realized it was a baby Pleco! So after looking thoroughly at the tank I counted 7 of them. They're about 1/2" each and they're all hiding behind my little mag float cleaner. I quickly informed the Mrs. to leave the float alone so these little critters have somewhere to hide. I was about to do an upgrade on my filter system from a Penguin Biowheel 350 to a Marineland C-360 Canister Filterů I think I'll wait so as to not disturb the little guys
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