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Forum: Beginner Planted Aquarium   10-06-2014, 12:23 AM
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Posted By stephenhelsel
also what type of maintenance were you doing on...

also what type of maintenance were you doing on the tank?
were you doing weekly water changes or any water changes at all? did you ever replace the bulb with in that one year time? i believe i read...
Forum: Beginner Planted Aquarium   10-06-2014, 12:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,357
Posted By stephenhelsel
when i had wisteria in my tank i would...

when i had wisteria in my tank i would continually trim i as it grew tall.... do this by pulling it out of the gravel and cutting the bottom off with the roots and just stick it right back in the...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   02-25-2013, 04:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,218
Posted By stephenhelsel
i will have to call them and find out what type...

i will have to call them and find out what type of wood it is........first time buying drift wood.....

got all excited when i found it and just bought it without asking questions.......oops
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   02-25-2013, 03:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,218
Posted By stephenhelsel
not trying to hijack but quick question.... ...

not trying to hijack but quick question....

i also just purchased a new piece of driftwood from when i was on vacation. i found a fish shop that carried it. none of of the ones by my house carried...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   02-21-2013, 04:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,159
Posted By stephenhelsel
Leopard ctenopoma I use to have one. Really...

Leopard ctenopoma

I use to have one. Really sweet fish

Its not an eel though. Lol
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   02-17-2013, 08:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 706
Posted By stephenhelsel
Agreed. We have one too and that iss all the...

Agreed. We have one too and that iss all the filters are. Just carbon.
Forum: DIY Aquarium   02-17-2013, 08:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,396
Posted By stephenhelsel
Holes are to big or u need more air volume for...

Holes are to big or u need more air volume for the size holes you do have
Forum: Water Chemistry   02-17-2013, 07:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,587
Posted By stephenhelsel
I have read a couple different times that the co2...

I have read a couple different times that the co2 in the water will cause it to read wrong if you test it straight from the tap. They said to shake it to release the co2 to get it to read right.
...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   02-16-2013, 01:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,697
Posted By stephenhelsel
amonia 0.50, nitrite 2.0-5.0, nitrate> 5.0 from tap

I am in the middle of cycling my tank and my numbers kept moving around weird so I stopped doing water changes but kept testing. Then today on the 16th I tested and everything looked great. Amonia...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   02-13-2013, 11:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 946
Posted By stephenhelsel
HOB filters...my $0.02

I have a 20 gal planted aquarium and do to my impatience i now have 3 filters so I figured I would give my opinion on them to spread some info to some noods like me. The 3 filters I have are...
Forum: Beginner Planted Aquarium   02-12-2013, 03:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 690
Posted By stephenhelsel
After one day with the new light I already have...

After one day with the new light I already have more growth than I did all week with the LED hood.
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   02-12-2013, 03:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 917
Posted By stephenhelsel
Pretty sure she did cause she said she took out...

Pretty sure she did cause she said she took out like 80% of the water
Forum: Beginner Planted Aquarium   02-11-2013, 08:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 690
Posted By stephenhelsel
new light so worth it!

I oringinally bought a marinland 20gal starter kit that came with the LED hood, hindsight I should of bought the non LED one, but oh well. What can ya do? Lol

So I was worried my plants werent...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   02-11-2013, 04:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 917
Posted By stephenhelsel
Fat finger oops. Nitrates were 5.0 Thanks...

Fat finger oops. Nitrates were 5.0

Thanks for the info though. She is doing a 50% change today then a 25% thurs then I am gonna retest the water inbetween to keep an eye on the numbers

I...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   02-11-2013, 02:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 917
Posted By stephenhelsel
Ph level 6.6 Ammonia1.5 close to 2ppm ...

Ph level 6.6
Ammonia1.5 close to 2ppm
Nitriite 0ppm
Nitrate 55.oppm

Told her to do a 50% water change now. Those are the numbers I got.

Any other what to do's?
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   02-11-2013, 11:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 917
Posted By stephenhelsel
My does not exactly do things on a routine. I...

My does not exactly do things on a routine. I love my mom but .........just gonna stop there lol.

She does the monthly syphoning of the gravel method. I have been pressing her to do the weekly...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   02-10-2013, 09:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 917
Posted By stephenhelsel
cloudy water help!

My mom has a 55 gal tank. After she cleanedisit the water clouded up on her an now it wont clear up. What should she do? I believe she got a little to carried away when she cleaned it and stired up...
Forum: Beginner Planted Aquarium   02-09-2013, 12:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 683
Posted By stephenhelsel
Cool. Water change this weekend. Will remove then...

Cool. Water change this weekend. Will remove then and get them fully settled into their home.
Forum: Beginner Planted Aquarium   02-08-2013, 10:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 683
Posted By stephenhelsel
Also when you buy plants and they come in the...

Also when you buy plants and they come in the pots should u keep them in or remove them?
Forum: Beginner Planted Aquarium   02-08-2013, 10:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 683
Posted By stephenhelsel
Cool thanks for the thoughts. I get worried when...

Cool thanks for the thoughts. I get worried when I buy from stores like petco and petsmart seeing how they they sell plants that arent supposed to be fully submerged and such.
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   02-08-2013, 10:23 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 518
Posted By stephenhelsel
Tank so far

Tank so far
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   02-08-2013, 10:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 518
Posted By stephenhelsel
new 20 gal!

Just got a new 20 gal setup a few days ago. The focus this time around is live plants.

I use to have 35 gal community set and 55 gal african ciclid set but when I had a run a misfortune, 35 gal...
Forum: Beginner Planted Aquarium   02-08-2013, 09:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 683
Posted By stephenhelsel
mystery plant?

The tag on this plant said it was water wisteria but when I google it the plant yhat came up looked totally different. Any ideas?
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   02-07-2013, 10:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,491
Posted By stephenhelsel
There is one guppy in the tank that causes the...

There is one guppy in the tank that causes the betta, or Bruce as my wife calls him, to flare up. Kinda funny. Never attacks, just puffs out his gills and the guppy swims away.

This is the second...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   02-07-2013, 10:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,491
Posted By stephenhelsel
Bettas are the pitbulls of the fish world....

Bettas are the pitbulls of the fish world. Misunderstood. Lol they get along well with other community fish , they just hate eachother. Its very important u just keep community fish with them though...
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