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  1. Sorry, but no longer available. So relieved to find somebody to take everything rather than sending it to the landfill!
  2. Hello all! Hope everybody is well! The offer is now for just the equipment. 50gal Truvu tank, 20L gallon glass tank, stand, 2xEhaim 2217 filters, TMC 25 Watt sterilizer, and many many fish supplies, like 3/4 full giant jar of Seachem Safe, air pumps, some food, filter media--basically years of equipment accumulation from a fish nut. I have some HOB filters, heaters, blah, blah, blah. You get the picture. If you want to pick it t all up and discard what you don't need, come on down! I'm in the Sunset District of San Francisco. It will be available until July 5th. Thanks!
  3. Thanks Heidi and Susanne! Sorry about all of the typos in the original post, but the UV sterilizer is a TMC Vecton 600 25W, with bulb replaced in December. I also will pass on a metric tonne of other fish supplies, including HOB filters, filter media, food, etc.
  4. Unfortunately, I'm moving and can't take this tank with me. I ordered a custom truvu tank which is around 48.5 gallons, 36"L x 19"D x 17"H . The stand is a very sturdy stand that I built from scratch. I built an LED lighting system. It has two Eheim classic 2217 filters and a TMV Vecton 20W UV sterilizer. Currently has one ECR ranchu named Buster, with swim bladder issues (stays on the bottom). The ranchu has received antibiotivcs and anti parasitic medication, and is disease free. If anybody in the SF bay area is interested in this setup, it's yours for free. Here's a picture when I first set up the tank. I'll post more pictures of the tank, if anybody is interested k with us. Custom
  5. I clean my two canister filters every 2-3 weeks. Sometimes I feel lazy, and just back flush and clean the foam. If I have time, I wash off the biomedia in dechlorinated water and clean out the hoses. I believe this keeps nitrates and DOCs down in the tank, and reduces the need for water changes. I've never had a bump in my cycle from cleaning them (famous last words!).
  6. Should make for an interesting deposition, if anybody sues them
  7. My pleasure! Nice to check in after being away for a while. Hope you are all doing well.
  8. I found these measuring spoons with joke amounts, like "smidge" and "dash" are very handy for measuring Safe http://www.amazon.com/Norpro-3080-Stainless-Measuring-smidgen/dp/B0009X1P9S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407432457&sr=8-1&keywords=small+measuring+spoons I use a "smidgen" per 5 gallons This is the actual correspondence: TAD = 1/4 tsp DASH = 1/12 tsp <<<< not 1/8 >>> PINCH = 1/16 tsp SMIDGEN = 1/32 tsp DROP = 1/64 tsp
  9. 1 mg/L of ascorbic acid will remove the highest levels of chloramine and hypochlorite found in municipal water. No I don't have a source, but I remember reading on the SFPUC web site...
  10. If you email Seachem support, they will mail a measuring scoop free!
  11. If you already have ammonium chloride, why would you switch to the ammonia solution?
  12. I've used Dr Tim's ammonium chloride Just follow the directions-- I believe one drop per gallon should be around 3ppm. You can check with your test kit.
  13. Products like Purigen can significantly reduce the rate of nitrate production, if the source is waste from the fish. Unfortunately they needed to be replaced monthly in my tank, so I stopped using them. The media can be recharged in bleach, but the process is a little time consuming. What is the nitrate level in your tap water?
  14. I think of nitrates as a proxy for all of the stuff in the water for which we don't have the means to test, like dissolved organics, bacteria, etc. I know it's not possible for some setups, but I try to keep my nitrates below 5ppm.
  15. I think a good drill, mitre saw, and impact driver should make the job easy. It's actually relaxing, and very satisfying when it's complete. Have fun!
  16. I used uaruJoey's tutorial on the diyfishkeepers site. I built a stand for my 50 gallon that's so bulletproof that I could probably park my car on it. I'm not very handy, but I managed to complete the stand. Where I really spent too much money was asking the lumber store to make all of the cuts. That really adds to the cost.
  17. Yay! My first pinned topic Hope it's useful for everybody.
  18. I've been looking for a good reference on required UV zap dose required to eradicate various pathogens, and I found this great whitepaper from Siemens Corporation. The doses are in J/M^3. Multiple by 0.1 to get the fluence in mJ/cm^2. These are the values for log-1 reduction, or 90% reduction. For log-3 reduction (99.9%), multiple the fluence by 3. The dosage is higher than I have seen in other literature, so I tend to believe these numbers. Just to show how tough some of these buggers are, Chilodonella cyprini requires 30,000 J/m^3, or 3000 mJ/cm^2, or 3,000,000 uW-sec/cm^2 to reduce 99.9%. In other words, not practical to kill with UV Most UV units report the fluence for a given flow rate in uWsec/cm^2. Just multiply the doses by 300 to get the log-3 reduction dose in uW-sec/cm^2. Bacteria Corynebacterium diphteriae 20-40 Aeromonas 50 Dysentery bacilli 20-30 Aeromonas salmonicida 10 Eberthella typhosa 10-30 Agrobacterium tumefaciens 30-50 Encephalitozoon cuniculi 40-50 Bacillus anthracis, vegetative 30-50 Encephalitozoon hellem 60 Bacillus anthracis, spore 90 Encephalitozoon intestinalis 20 Bacillus enteritidis 40 Enterobacteria, in general 10-60 Enterobacter cloacae 30-80 Bacillus megaterium, vegetative 10-20 Enterocolitica faecium 50-60 Bacillus megaterium, spore 10-50 Bacillus mesentericus fascus, veg. 60 Escherichia coli laboratory isolate 20 Escherichia coli wild isolate 30-100 Bacillus mesentericus fascus, spore 90 Escherichia coli ATCC 11299 20-70 Bacillus paratyphosis 30-40 Escherichia coli ATCC 23958 20-50 Bacillus prodigiosus 10 Escherichia coli NCTC 5934 20-50 Bacillus pyocyaneus 40 Escherichia coli NCIB 9481 20-50 Bacillus stearothermophilus, spore 600-1800 Escherichia coli in air 10-30 Bacillus subtilis, vegetative 60-80 Fusobacterium nucleatum 10-30 Bacillus subtilis, spore 50-120 Bacillus subtilis Sawamura, vegetative 70 Klebsiella pneumoniae 30-80 Bacillus subtilis Sawamura, spore 110 Legionella bozemanii 20 Bacterium coli 50-60 Legionella dumofii 30 Branhamella catarrhalis 30-40 Legionella gormanii 20-30 Citrobacter freundii 20 Legionella longbeachae 10-20 Clostridia, in general 130 Legionella micdadei 10-20 Clostridium botulinum 120 Legionella pneumophila 20-50 Clostridium tetani 50-130 Leptospira canicola 30 Feline calicivirus 70-80 Leptospira interrogans 20 Hepatitis A virus 40 Leptospira spp. 20-30 Hepatitis B virus 30-110 Listeria monocytogenes 30-40 Infectious hepatitus virus 50-80 Micrococcus candidus 60-70 Influenza virus 20-40 Micrococcus luteus 100-260 IHN-virus 20 Micrococcus lysodeikticus 230 ILA-virus 40 Micrococcus piltoniensis 60-80 IPN-virus 1200 Micrococcus radiodurans 200-500 MS2 coliphage 190-280 Micrococcus sphaeroides 100-160 Poliovirus 30-70 Mycobacterium smegmatis 50-80 Poliovirus 1 70-110 Mycobacterium tuberculosis 50-60 Poliovirus 2 120 Neisseria catarrhalis 40-50 Poliovirus 3 100 Phytomonas tumefaciens 30-40 Staphylococcus aureus phage A994 100 Proteus vulgaris 10-40 Reovirus 1 150-160 Pseudomonas aerogunosa, lab isolate 10-20 Rotavirus 60 Pseudomonas aerogunosa, wild isolate 50-60 Rotavirus SA11 60-90 Pseudomonas fluorescens 30-40 Tabacco mosaic virus 750 Pseudomonas tumefatiens 40-50 Rhodospirillum rubrum 50-60 Moulds Salmonella enteritidis 40-80 Aspergilus amstelodami 660-700 Salmonella paratyphi 30-60 Aspergillus flavus 400-1000 Salmonella typhi 10-40 Aspergillus glaucus 440 Salmonella typhimurium 40-80 Aspergillus niger 440-1320 Salmonella typhosa 10-60 Cladosporium herbarum 300-700 Sarcina lutea 200-260 Fungi from manure, soil 1200 Serratia marcescens 10-30 Fusarium 250-350 Shigella dysenteriae 10-40 Mucor mucedo 500-700 Shigella flexneri 10-20 Mucor racemosus A 170 Shigella paradysenteriae 10-30 Mucor racemosus B 170 Shigella sonnei 20-30 Mucor ramosissimus 170 Spirillum rubrum 40-50 Olpidium 350 Staphylococcus albus 20-30 Oospara lactis 50 Staphylococcus aureus 20-30 Penicillium chrysogenum 300-500 Staphylococcus haemolyticus 60-70 Penicillium digitatum 290-1000 Staphylococcus opidermidis 20 Penicillium expansum 130 Streptococcus faecalis 40-50 Penicillium roqueforti 130 Streptococcus haemolyticus 20-90 Phytophtora 350 Streptococcus lactis 60-90 Pythium 350 Streptococcus pyogenes 20-30 Rhizopus nigricans 1100-2000 Streptococcus salivarius 20 Scopulariopsis brevucaulis 300-800 Streptococcus viridans 20-30 Verticillium 350 Tuberculosis bacillus 100 Vibrio anguillarum 30 Yeasts Vibrio cholerae wild isolate 20-50 Vibrio comma 30-40 Bakers yeast 40 Vibrio salmonicida 30-40 Brewers yeast 100 Yersinia enterocolitica 30-80 Cake yeast 40-50 Yersinia ruckeri 10-20 Gunger yeast 190 Pichia 350 Viruses Saccharomyces carlsbergensis 100 Saccharomyces cerevisiae 60 Adenovirus type 3 10-20 Saccharomyces ellipsoideus 40-60 Adenovirus type 40 520-550 Saccharomyces sake 80-90 Bacteriophage (E.coli virus) 20-30 Saccharomyces turpidans 90 Coliphage 10-40 Saccharomyces uvarum 30-40 Coxsackie virus A9 120 Saccharomyces willianus 340 Coxsackie virus B1 150-160 Torula spaerica 20-30 Echovirus 1 110 Yeast, in general 40-60 Echovirus 11 120 Enterovirus 40-350 Protozoa Acanthamoeba castellinii 340 Chorella vulgarus 70-140 Cryptosporidium parvum oocyst 20 Giardia lamblia, cyst 20 Giardia muris 20 Nematoda 1150-1350 Nematoda eggs 310-510 Paramecium species 640-2000 Algae Blue algea 3000-6000 Chlorella vulgaris 140 Green algea 3000-6000 Phytoplankton 350-1000 Diatoms 450 Flagellates 700-750 Dinoflagellates 1000-1500 Microorganisms at fisheries Chilodonella cyprini 10000 Cryptcaryon irritans 8000 Fungi (typical) 240 Ichthyophthirius species 1000-3360 Ichthyophthirius (white spot) 400 Infectious pancreatic necrosis (IPN) 600 Oodinium ocellatum 350 Paramecium species 2000 Saprolegnia species 100-350 Sarcina lutea 270 Trichodina nigra 1590 Viral hemorrhagic sepricaemia (VHS) 100
  19. The aqueon pro line is really nice and shatterproof too
  20. I jammed a a piece of AC sponge in the outflow channel which really helped diffuse the flow.
  21. Barebottom Barebottom Talking 'bout substrates My tank ain't got 'em Sorry--had to do it. Your tank looks lovely!
  22. Thanks, Alex! I actually scraped off most of the algae before I took that video. It only took around 2-3 weeks, with my lights on 12 hours a day. If I don't scrape it down every few weeks, the cyanobacteria take over.. It's a little ugly, but a good food source and helps keep the nitrates in check It's also cool to see the little pearls of oxygen created by the algae.
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