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- I changed my avatar after some complaints from fearful members about my using a photo of Emmitt Kelly Jr., the world famous hobo clown "Weary Willie". I don't know why so many people are afraid of slapstick comedians in make-up. In light of the distress, I chose another compassionate, always tolerant and understanding father, Archie Bunker. LOL
Although it occurs to me that as many did not know of Emmitt Kelly Jr. and see the irony of the sad clown, many will also not see the true humor in using Archie Bunker.
To plant rooted plants you really need a pair of forceps which are really over sized tweezers. This can also be done with a fork like device sold for that purpose. Also a thumb and forefinger (and a wet arm) can do the job.
Muck in the substrate can be a double edged sword. Some is good, but too much can also be bad. Now gravel can be a larger problem than sand because lots of stuff gets down under and a nitrate factory springs up. This is why I switched to [pool filter] sand. The muck sits on top and slowly decomposes and/or I can easily siphon off during the weekly water change.
Again, it's all about balance. I think if/when we have a high tank nitrate challenge, we need a multi-prong approach. Less feeding to reduce waste, better filter/tank maintenance, adding plants or adding more plants - I'm using Seachem Purigen to adsorb dissolved organics.
And of course the obvious...stepping up the frequency and/or the volume of weekly water changes (with good water!).
- I hope you don't mind me messaging you. I only want your answer as you fight nitrates and water issues more than anyone else. I've read that with plants you shouldn't try to vacuum all of the muck from the gravel because it can be food for the plants. None of my plants are planted in the substrate because I have 10 thumbs and can't get them properly planted so I tie them to rocks and drop them in. Planted this way can they still take advantage of the muck?
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- AbbeysDad liked post by Byron On thread : Heater for 55 gallonMy only addition to what DKRST has suggested is to have higher-wattage heaters. Two heaters in any tank over 3 feet in length, but higher wattage which tend to be more reliable, at least in my...Liked On: 06-28-2013, 04:57 PM
Posted On: 06-27-2013, 05:35 PMAbbeysDad liked post by 1077 On thread : How do I clean this?Can use gravel vaccum just over the surface, and then after vaccuming, perform 60 to 70 % water change. I had eco-complete and did not lose much while vaccuming unless I shoved the vaccum down in...Liked On: 06-12-2013, 01:09 PM
Posted On: 06-12-2013, 10:19 AMAbbeysDad liked post by JDM On thread : ph and fish4 weeks is a little soon with few plants. Adding plants as FM suggested would work, using Prime with your water changes and stepping them up to 3 times a week will let the Prime deal with excess...Liked On: 05-26-2013, 08:46 AM
Posted On: 05-26-2013, 07:50 AMAbbeysDad liked post by JDM On thread : aquarium...check. lights...check. plant life...help!Seachem's flourish comprehensive once per week. Are there fish in the tank? Plants grow better when there are and I don't see any listed in the profile... plants love the ammonia they produce. I...Liked On: 05-25-2013, 07:32 PM
Posted On: 05-25-2013, 06:29 PMAbbeysDad liked post by fish monger On thread : New need help ASAPWater changes are the best thing you can do (50% twice a week until you get ammonia under control). I'd just use the Ammo Lock according to instructions. Leave the filter alone unless it is...Liked On: 05-23-2013, 07:19 AM
Posted On: 05-23-2013, 06:58 AMAbbeysDad liked post by JDM On thread : Betta filter advice sponge and carbon?Without live plants it certainly can't hurt but with your water change schedule I doubt it will make much difference. If you add plants you don't want or need it anymore as it can soak up some...Liked On: 05-15-2013, 02:40 PM
Posted On: 05-15-2013, 09:08 AMThis is certainly true [the flow patterns I mean], but the fact is that it does not cause issues unless things are way out of balance. This has to be the case, otherwise those aquarists who have...Liked On: 05-09-2013, 11:50 AM
Posted On: 05-09-2013, 10:56 AMAbbeysDad liked post by Romad On thread : Cloudy Water and Small Nitrite/Nitrate spikeI've never seen Prime or any other conditioner for that matter, cause cloudiness in a tank. Like others have said, you can cut down on the feeding and see if that helps. Your tank is in...Liked On: 05-07-2013, 01:20 PM
Posted On: 04-26-2013, 07:26 PMAbbeysDad liked post by Byron On thread : Cloudy Water and Small Nitrite/Nitrate spikeI partly agree, but stability is key as well as reducing this nitrite. Prime is good, glad you are using that at water changes as it detoxifies ammonia, nitrite and nitrate but only for its...Liked On: 05-07-2013, 01:20 PM
Posted On: 04-26-2013, 06:32 PMAbbeysDad liked post by Byron On thread : My tap water has Ammonia. Water changes with bottled water ok?I would stay with the tap water. A level of 0.5 ammonia is not that high, and the live plants and bacteria will easily deal with this and very quickly. The initial influx ammonia at each water...Liked On: 05-07-2013, 01:14 PM
Posted On: 05-07-2013, 12:20 PMThis is a very different thing, and not one solved by two filters which are unnecessary here. The flow rate of any filter will naturally slow as the filter does what it is intended to do, collect...Liked On: 05-06-2013, 12:57 PM
Posted On: 05-06-2013, 11:28 AMI don't seem to have expressed myself well in this thread, as the crux of the issue has been missed throughout. I'll try once more. By setting up any canister with the intake and outflow at...Liked On: 05-06-2013, 12:56 PM
Posted On: 05-06-2013, 11:20 AMA filter isn't actually needed at all, in any planted tank. And the fact that there are those who run small to large tanks without filters is proof of that. So as soon as you add any filter onto a...Liked On: 05-05-2013, 08:35 PM
Posted On: 05-05-2013, 10:22 AMI realize the Eheim 2217 is rated for up to 160 gallons, and your tank is 180g, but I would only have this one filter. First, you intend plants, and some fast growing ones (swords), so this...Liked On: 05-04-2013, 07:56 PM
Posted On: 05-04-2013, 07:06 PMAbbeysDad liked post by KatSea On thread : DIY Aquarium Stand Step by StepHi everyone! So today is an awesome day! Yes, both my step dad and I finally built my aquarium stand. It took us about 4 or 5 hours and even though its not fancy with all sorts of do dads for now...Liked On: 04-28-2013, 07:01 AM
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