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  1. When you say it lasted for a year, do you mean something bad happened to the fish or that the plants got ate? I'm going to have multiple tanks in one water column so they can't get all of them. My current tank has been going a year or more and it is pretty well planted. They nip the anubias and uprooted everything except the anubias and anacharis and a couple swords... I meant too many plants for the bioload without needing supplemental nutrients. I'm planning on getting the Walstad book.
  2. So as far as stocking goes, I bought a crazy amount of plants: Micro Sword Anubias Nana Java Fern Undulata Cryptocoryne Water Sprite Hornwort Cabomba Ludwigia, Broad Madagascar Lace Wisteria And I already have a bunch of anacharis and several swords and anubias in my current tank. I'm putting all of this in a ~200 gallon setup and expecting much of it to be eaten; but what should I aim at for stocking? It's like ~60 plants total. I want a real jungle feel. I currently have 4 fancies, but it seems like too much plant matter for 4 fancies. I was wanting to get some bristlenose plecos and maybe a loach or two or three and some nerites. And then stock to Walstad levels with more fancies, but I don't know the ratio of plant to fancy goldfish.
  3. I was gonna do between .75 and 1 inch on the soil, depending on what I'm putting over it...
  4. Alright, as soon as petsmart locates the aquarium I ordered and sends it to me, I will be setting my new heavily planted aquarium. 125 gallon, 75 gallon sump/refugium (using the current tank and filter media). I know a refugium is overkill, but I'm going to see what happens when I run alternating light cycles. Anyway, the question is, with Walstad method, you're only supposed to have a thin layer of sand or a thicker layer of gravel. I like the look of sand more than gravel, but I'm more concerned with uprooting and revealing the soil layer. It seems like a thicker layer of gravel would be better for these things, but is a thicker layer of pool filter sand (say an inch or 1.5 inches) tooooo thick for Walstad?
  5. It works amazingly well in my case. I thought I read that agitation works for propagating it, but I can't find any reliable source to back that up. Something about the plants budding asexually and needing agitation to separate/decouple and start gathering nutrients (if they're clumped together they starve each other). I know a lot sticks to the edges and starts self-mulching if you have *light* agitation or something that pushes them from one location to the other, but I'm talking about heavy agitation. Mine goes almost all the way down to the bottom of the ~20" tank before floating back up and getting stuck in a spinning mass... Though I am losing a lot on the edge of the aquarium from evaporation/flow. But I could have several unknown variables improving my yields. I can try turning off the HOB and skimming what I have to see how much grows back...
  6. NEW TANK FEVER! I bought some plants about 2 years back and I got like 20 in a bundle for a really good price and I can't remember for the life of me where I got it. Maybe it was amazon. I'll check again. Suggestions?! I need a buuuuuunch.
  7. I didn't see this mentioned anywhere, but duckweed does reallllly well with agitation. I have some in a tank near a window with a HOB. The HOB clogs constantly, but the duckweed is doing great. I put a very small amount of aquarium ferts in a while ago and a sunlamp on a timer and it grows like mad. No pee or ammonia added. I think I should probably switch out the HOB with an airstone for less clogging, but duckweed won't breed without some motion. But then again, what does? It clumps up about half an inch thick in layers in front of the HOB where the water comes out and covers the whole 12x20 surface of the tank. Just one sun lamp (the ~$7 clip on round metal kind) and some indirect sunlight.
  8. http://www.petsmart.com/fish/supplies/aquariums-and-stands/aquariums/clear-for-life-125-gallon-rectangle-aquarium-16613.html $571 cyber-monday sale, normally $951; and similar tanks on Glasscages go for $1200.... Is this a good brand?
  9. Alright, my new build is only 28 inches tall, with an 18 inch viewing panel starting a few inches up, so I'll probably keep the water level at about 22 inches (with an inch or two of sand). This only needs 3/8 inch glass, which is much more manageable. And I think I can make it from 6 piece of plywood without too much of an issue.
  10. whoa, just called the glass company, nevermind! Gonna redesign this. Follow up question: How deep is too deep for goldfish? I might aim for 24 inches with an 72x18 inch viewing area.
  11. This is a big image... Anyway, it's ~81 Lx31 Hx35 D. I'm not going to fill it up all the way, I just want the water line above the glass (so roughly 81x31x31 water volume, ~335 gallons). the inside is plywood, the outside is lined with 2x4s. This is going to be in-wall with the tank in a climate controlled garage, so the outside doesn't have to be pretty. I'm concerned with bowing, but I think I may have overbuilt it. Also, what thickness of glass do I need for a 35" deep tank? The glass panel is 76x28, viewing area is 72x24 (2" lip).
  12. Yeah I got most of my build ideas from Joey. I was going to use little eggrate bits to look like a old-timey sewer grate.
  13. An S trap is like a p trap, but has an extra bend, the T is a coupling. I should've been clearer. It goes up then down and has an open part at the top to let airbubbles out and to let water in if the water level rises and the intakes are blocked... Siphons scare me, are they the only way to create enough pressure?
  14. Hey all, I'm designing an aquarium filter thingy and I want to have returns that pull water from the bottom of the tank rather than skimming the top (growing duckweed = no skimmer). I was thinking of having 4 pipes with their intakes pointed downwards and little fenced off ramps (made with styrofoam and kwikrete) to pull solid waste up. Will the sump/return pump provide enough lift to get solids up the pipe, and will adding an airstone below the openings help? There's no siphon, just an open S/T at the top to raise the water level. Anyone know much about pressure/flow/fluid dynamics? All this garbage is going to be hidden/built in to a 3d background, like this one: http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-3D-Aquarium-Background/?ALLSTEPS
  15. Everyone is fine except for a possible ick outbreak... not sure yet. New post incoming!
  16. It's 40 gallons with the sump. I found this: https://books.google.com/books?id=L-8gBQAAQBAJ&pg=PA125&lpg=PA125&dq=how+much+soap+is+lethal+ppm&source=bl&ots=5-UK8adCxS&sig=vwChrmtKSzOqg1O0Rt52WHDRkuA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiznOXLrrPOAhWDYiYKHQkWA-sQ6AEIHDAA#v=onepage&q=how%20much%20soap%20is%20lethal%20ppm&f=false Which says that it gets bad at least by 5 ppm and lethal around 20 ppm. Soooo... it's probably fine. It probably wasn't even 1/20th of a teaspoon at most.
  17. Is there any bubbles in the tank? I would do a water change and change the water in the filter .... Not even a little bit. It was a veeeery small amount of soap at most. I was just wondering what the lethality was at trace levels. My hands still smelled like soap, but they weren't slick in water. It was also a gentle, baby soap (if that mattered). I'll do a change then.
  18. Hey guys, How lethal is very small amounts of soap? I did something mindlessly. I was giving my daughter a bath, washed her with soap, rinsed my hands off in the tub (which was a little soapy, but not bubble-bathy), then went to check on the pets (the wife was watching the kid). I noticed something out of place in the tank and stuck my hand in without thinking about the soap I may not have sufficiently rinsed off. I used maybe a tablespoon of soap to wash the kid, rinsed it by swishing my hand around in the tub until it wasn't slimy/soapy any more, then dried it off. Should I panic and get them out of the water, or observe it for signs of distress? This is my QT tank and these are new/young goldfish and plecos I was isolating before putting them into my main tank.
  19. Hey all, Does anyone know a good site with info on pumps versus gravity? I'm wanting to get about 6 feet and retain 1200 GPH. I'm re-doing my setup with a refugium and a settling drum tacked onto my existing 75 gallon (which I'm putting into a wall display!). I want the refugium to sit just above the main tank by just enough that it can overflow (via HOB overflow) into the main/display tank. The top of the main tank is going to be ~6' up, so the refugium lip will be another few inches up. I can adjust my sump to be a little higher to give me a little more elevation.... But what sort of pump would get it up that high? Both the refugium and the display tank will have overflows, so I have to do a balancing act of GPH to keep bubbles out of the siphon.
  20. Here's an animated gif of them, the brown/greyish stuff on the right is plant detritus that's completely disintegrated. "Dozens" may have been an underestimate. The entire surface of the bottom of the tank is like this.
  21. Hey guys/gals, I set up a very simple planted tank (to grow duckweed in), and I wanted to see what happened if I just "left it". I took the filter media out, so the filter is just circulating water. Old plant matter has turned into a fine powder and is suspended in the water column. It's really gross. It doesn't smell bad or anything. But today I was looking at it, and what I thought was disturbances of the nasty gunk at the bottom looks to be some sort of tiny bug. Smaller than a gnat. There are dozens of them scooting around the bottom of the tank. Any idea how long until new species of fish evolve from this kind of soup? If they're sitting on the bottom crawling around, what could they be? I took a video, but it was bad. I might be able to take pics if you want to see a nasty setup left for a few months.
  22. I'm in the process of cycling a 75 gallon to move them to, but yeah I'll start changing more at a time. Before salting I was doing massive water changes weekly, but I went down to 20% just because its easier to measure out the salt.
  23. The growth is gone. But in case anyone ever comes back on with the same thing. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 40 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.8 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Master * Water temperature? 72 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 40, 2 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Wet/Dry Sump 100 CS and Fluval HOB 70 * How often do you change the water and how much? 1-2 per week, 20% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 2 now * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3, about 3 inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Aqualife Complete/Prime/Seachem Akaline Buffer (for the Snails) * What do you feed your fish and how often? Hikari Lionhead, Omega One Medium 3 times a day (small amounts); blood worms once * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? No * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Prazi when first got them. Salting at .3% currently. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Frayed fins is the reason for the salting. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No.
  24. >Why are you only doing 20%? 20% water changes twice a week isn't enough? >Does it look like there's anything IN the spot? Kinda looks like a bit of blood suspended in a bubble made of slime coat. >Is there any change in the behaviour? No, but he has had tail rot, so he's not exactly Mr Active; he moves around a lot, but he tore his tail down the middle. >Any chance you can get a more focused shot? He won't hold still and my phone camera sucks at zoom. It looks like his slime coat has bubbled up, so it is probably a bacterial cyst. Can those show up after adding salt? Is he purging stuff?
  25. On mobile so links and forms aren't easy. I'll just assume it's the standard stuff. 0 ammonia 0 nitrite 40ish nitrates 20% Waterchange yesterday. Doing them twice weekly because of his tail. GH about 8. Ph about 7.6 40 Gallon tall counting the sump. I'm matching salinity during water changes. Only recent changes are removing three anubias, adding salt, and feeding them frozen blood worms for the first time. I feed them hikari lionhead and omega one.
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