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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?
- About AbbeysDad
- I think, therefore I am....I think.
- Central New York
- Tropical Fish, Boating, Fishing, Gardening, Cooking
- Total Years Fish Keeping Experience
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- RobertTheFish liked post by AbbeysDad On thread : Cracked the bottom of the tank ...A crack in the bottom is easily repaired by sealing another full size piece of glass or acrylic inside on top of the existing bottom.Liked On: 07-19-2013, 03:27 PM
Posted On: 07-23-2012, 09:30 AMNewFishFiend liked post by AbbeysDad On thread : This is addicting.MTS is not an addiction. More like a passive, sometimes agressive compulsive disorder. Fortunately although there is no known cure, there are no associated negative health effects and as long as...Liked On: 07-07-2013, 07:25 PM
Posted On: 06-27-2013, 10:07 AMMolinious liked post by AbbeysDad On thread : Parents interfering, advice pleaseYou might ask mom politely to look outside. With the exception of flowers, most of the grass, plants and leaves are all green. The decor is merely the canvas....it's that rocks, wood (real or...Liked On: 06-29-2013, 07:06 PM
Posted On: 06-27-2013, 09:50 AMRealManny liked post by AbbeysDad On thread : Powerhead Necessary?Since you already have a good filter, if you're convinced you need more circulation you might consider a simple submersible pump like this one (and you can't beat the price): . Amazon.com: EcoPlus...Liked On: 06-23-2013, 09:00 PM
Posted On: 06-23-2013, 09:00 AMjentralala liked post by AbbeysDad On thread : Powerhead Necessary?Food for thought: Just my opinion but I don't think there's anything wrong with having areas in the tank where the water is somewhat still. With the exception of rivers, look at bodies of water in...Liked On: 06-19-2013, 05:48 PM
Posted On: 06-19-2013, 08:13 AMpatadams66 liked post by AbbeysDad On thread : HELP! starting 1st 240 gallon aquariumWith respect to heaters, I think it depends on whether were talking load balance or system redundancy. For load balance two 300w may work okay, but not for redundancy if one was to fail. Since...Liked On: 06-17-2013, 10:59 AM
Posted On: 06-13-2013, 01:05 PMrexpepper651 liked post by AbbeysDad On thread : does it really matterIt all depends on the water flow through the canister. Relative to flow, first you want a somewhat coarse sponge to trap large particles. Then something finer like a pad or floss because we want to...Liked On: 06-15-2013, 05:35 PM
Posted On: 06-15-2013, 05:17 PMSeaHorse liked post by AbbeysDad On thread : HELP! starting 1st 240 gallon aquariumWith respect to heaters, I think it depends on whether were talking load balance or system redundancy. For load balance two 300w may work okay, but not for redundancy if one was to fail. Since...Liked On: 06-14-2013, 10:39 AM
Posted On: 06-13-2013, 01:05 PMrexpepper651 liked post by AbbeysDad On thread : Biochem zorb to clear tannins from driftwoodAPI's BioChem-Zorb, Activated carbon and Seachem Purigen all adsorb dissolved organic compounds. However as JDM mentioned, you might be better off just increasing the volume and/or frequency of your...Liked On: 06-13-2013, 09:58 AM
Posted On: 06-11-2013, 10:14 PMSeaHorse liked post by AbbeysDad On thread : Tiny, tiny tanks?Sea monkeys, marble jars, planters, mini terrariums, or sand art. ;-)Liked On: 06-08-2013, 02:37 PM
Posted On: 06-08-2013, 07:01 AMPerseusmom liked post by AbbeysDad On thread : Tiny, tiny tanks?Sea monkeys, marble jars, planters, mini terrariums, or sand art. ;-)Liked On: 06-08-2013, 01:50 PM
Posted On: 06-08-2013, 07:01 AMrexpepper651 liked post by AbbeysDad On thread : Tiny, tiny tanks?Sea monkeys, marble jars, planters, mini terrariums, or sand art. ;-)Liked On: 06-08-2013, 11:28 AM
Posted On: 06-08-2013, 07:01 AMpop liked post by AbbeysDad On thread : my filter is not workingThat is a submersible water pump that pushes water to the filter. One question is if the pump is working at all?Liked On: 06-08-2013, 07:46 AM
Posted On: 06-06-2013, 12:53 PMZivaD liked post by AbbeysDad On thread : anyone else hate flake food?I'm not sure flakes are the problem. Most flake foods remain suspended much longer than many/most pellets. If you have gravel, any food can get lost in the substrate before it is consumed. This is...Liked On: 06-06-2013, 10:58 AM
Posted On: 06-06-2013, 07:45 AMSeaHorse liked post by AbbeysDad On thread : My plecostomus diedSorry for your loss. I agree....at this stage you'd be best served by doing a total tear down, disinfect, let dry, then start all over again. (Don't forget to disinfect substraight and decor.)Liked On: 06-03-2013, 11:27 AM
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