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Forum: Beginner Planted Aquarium   07-08-2019, 04:59 PM
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Posted By beaslbob
I use a substrate that is 1" of peat moss, 1" of...

I use a substrate that is 1" of peat moss, 1" of sand, and 1" of pc select from top to bottom. The idea is the peat moss prevents hardness buildup and the sand keeps the peat moss trapped at the...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   04-05-2019, 02:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 399
Posted By beaslbob
First I would use the seachem multi test ammonia...

First I would use the seachem multi test ammonia kit to see if the ammonia is the dangerous free ammonia or the safe(r) locked ammonia.


And only use Prime to treat the free ammonia.


If the...
Forum: Freshwater and Tropical Fish   03-15-2019, 10:58 AM
Replies: 3
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Posted By beaslbob
sometimes you have to partition the tank to keep...

sometimes you have to partition the tank to keep plants and plant eaters separated.


my .02
Forum: Freshwater Aquarium Equipment   11-29-2018, 10:56 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 256
Posted By beaslbob
I don't use chemicals in my systems so perhaps...

I don't use chemicals in my systems so perhaps others can help.
FWIW I recommend the methods in my signature.


my .02
Forum: Advanced Freshwater Discussion   06-07-2018, 03:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 411
Posted By beaslbob
basically you just take everything out, mix up...

basically you just take everything out, mix up some saltwater with a good saltwater mix, and start new.


If you don't have any plants and only mollies, you could even just add some salt mix...
Forum: Beginner Planted Aquarium   02-26-2018, 05:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 872
Posted By beaslbob
I use peat moss trapped under sand in the...

I use peat moss trapped under sand in the substrate to prevent hardness buildup and have found fish like neon tetras do mush better that way. my kh of 4 degrees stayed at 4 for over two years. With...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   10-25-2017, 10:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 558
Posted By beaslbob
You might tak a look at these methods: ...

You might tak a look at these methods: https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/advanced-freshwater-discussion/beaslbob-build-295530/


Just my way of setting up and easy to maintain aquarium.

...
Forum: Freshwater Aquarium Equipment   04-05-2017, 03:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,022
Posted By beaslbob
IMHO absolutely not for FW tanks. Sure lighting...

IMHO absolutely not for FW tanks. Sure lighting has advanced for reef tanks. but not for Fw.


Yep you and everyone else.


Yet I still maintain my tanks with the same exact methods and...
Forum: Freshwater Aquarium Equipment   04-03-2017, 04:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,022
Posted By beaslbob
I guess that would be close if you're talking...

I guess that would be close if you're talking about a simple flat plastic hood with a light. But full built up hoods are much more expensive.


Here egg crate is ~$12 for a 4 foot x 2 foot...
Forum: Freshwater Aquarium Equipment   04-03-2017, 03:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,022
Posted By beaslbob
Try the methods in my signature. For...

Try the methods in my signature.


For lights I use 1/4" plastic grid (egg crate) lighting diffuser sold for dropped ceilings. And just places 6500k twisty pig tail compact fluorescent bulbs in...
Forum: Beginner Planted Aquarium   10-27-2016, 10:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 717
Posted By beaslbob
the high pH reflects the plant action...

the high pH reflects the plant action specifically the plants consuming co2 which raises pH.


looks like your tank is doing nicely and ammonia should drop to unmeasureable soon. Nitrates will...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   09-23-2016, 10:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 628
Posted By beaslbob
welcome tank sounds good also.

welcome


tank sounds good also.
Forum: Livebearers   06-08-2016, 05:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,034
Posted By beaslbob
I prefer peat moss capped with sand in my tanks. ...

I prefer peat moss capped with sand in my tanks. But that is more for rooting the plants and the peat is for keeping kh and gh in check. I also top off with pro choice select (red baked clay...
Forum: Beginner Planted Aquarium   05-11-2016, 02:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,057
Posted By beaslbob
You might take a look at these methods: ...

You might take a look at these methods:

https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/advanced-freshwater-discussion/beaslbob-build-295530/

That's just what works for me.

and is worth at most .02.
Forum: Beginner Planted Aquarium   03-23-2016, 11:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 455
Posted By beaslbob
IME any potable water is suitable for a planted...

IME any potable water is suitable for a planted aquarium.

Your nitrItes come from your bioload with very little input from the replacement water (unless your changing like 100% of the water...
Forum: Advanced Freshwater Discussion   03-08-2016, 09:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,292
Posted By beaslbob
pre first (LOL) kill you lights and suspend...

pre first (LOL) kill you lights and suspend feeding (well once per week anyway) and see if it clears up.

First of all regardless of your well water, a planted tank would clear up that cloudiness....
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   01-28-2016, 12:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,269
Posted By beaslbob
nothing! planted tanks are notorious for...

nothing!

planted tanks are notorious for high ph because the plants lower the co2 which increases the pH.

So high ph is a sign of low co2. I'm not aware of any fish that doesn't do better with...
Forum: Beginner Planted Aquarium   01-21-2016, 05:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,363
Posted By beaslbob
That simply does not agree with my experience. I...

That simply does not agree with my experience. I have never seen the slightest indication of any stress with the methods in my signature.


Additionally, several posters and many different forums...
Forum: Beginner Planted Aquarium   01-21-2016, 03:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,363
Posted By beaslbob
And I respect you advice also. Perhaps it's...

And I respect you advice also.

Perhaps it's the lack of water changes that allow "my" method to work.
Forum: Beginner Planted Aquarium   01-21-2016, 01:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,363
Posted By beaslbob
no. Sure it needs to be neutralized but not...

no.

Sure it needs to be neutralized but not necessarily with chemicals.

Per the link in my signature I run the tank fishless but with plants for one week then add a single fish. And don't add...
Forum: Beginner Planted Aquarium   01-20-2016, 05:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 445
Posted By beaslbob
simple answer is no. IMHO that is true with...

simple answer is no.

IMHO that is true with all planted tanks.

Now with that said is does seem the many people do use co2 additions to great effect tho.

Perhaps I'm just to lazy to go to all...
Forum: Beginner Planted Aquarium   01-16-2016, 09:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,363
Posted By beaslbob
I use live plants to consume ammonia and...

I use live plants to consume ammonia and recommend against prime and other ammonia locks.
the locks do lock up ammonia but they also lock up oxygen and meanwhile still test positive for ammmonia...
Forum: Beginner Planted Aquarium   01-15-2016, 02:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,363
Posted By beaslbob
One thing that stands out to me is mixing a betta...

One thing that stands out to me is mixing a betta and red tail shark.

More generally a betta with active fish of any kind. The more active fish tend to nip at the fins of the betta

Otherwise...
Forum: Beginner Planted Aquarium   12-30-2015, 03:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,411
Posted By beaslbob
looks pretty good to me anyway

looks pretty good to me anyway
Forum: Beginner Planted Aquarium   07-23-2015, 11:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 863
Posted By beaslbob
you could click on the link in my signature to...

you could click on the link in my signature to get a few ideas.

Worth at most .02
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