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  1. I can fling filter media at manservants! Whatever works best for you and him.
  2. Can I ask why you want to set up a brackish tank? If all the fish you want to keep in there are those that have to be acclimated to brackish, I am not sure why you would want to set it up?
  3. I think the Target at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Metcalf is about halfway between us. Does that sound like a fair drop off point? I can do tomorrow at 6, or Wednesday or Friday night.
  4. I think I can find something to give you. My tank has no known issues, though there are no guarantees on this kind of thing, of course. But my fish are and have been healthy since I set up the tank. I had one unexpected fish death, very sudden, but the one other fish in the tank at the time was unaffected, and I have since added four fish to that tank who have remained healthy, so I believe that one fish death to be unrelated to communicable disease. If this tank health situation seems acceptable to you, I can give you some media if you want. Where in KC are you? I am in northern joco.
  5. Thanks for posting these, Fang! It's great to be able to visit the show vicariously.
  6. That is an interesting little gadget. I don't think it would be very practical for a situation like mine, because my nitrates are not THAT high, which is to say not high enough to justify storing 70 gallons of water before a water change. I wonder if it removes anything besides nitrates and phosphates? I would be interested to find out how it works.
  7. It does look nice but the color of the bulbs might not be ideal for plants. That's a lot of bulbs, though, so I'm not sure it'll matter.
  8. The 50 should be more than fine. It does 200 gph, or 20x. For a QT, you will probably want to turn the flow down a bit, actually.
  9. Do you have plants? Decomposed leaves can be slimy like that.... Just another idea.
  10. I'm of the opinion that you can never have too many plants. Looks good!
  11. I have a 306 and it works well. (Actually I have two.) As long as you get a good quality canister, it seems that the decision of which one is the BEST seems to depend on the person making the decision and what is important to him or her. My 306 came with media, though I did add some additional ceramic media (biomax) to my setup. The instructions do tell you how to set it up. I do have the white intake and return and I can't say it bothers me much. It does stand out, but it's going to be fairly obvious there's a filter in your tank no matter what you do. Your opinion may vary, of course.
  12. Sumps can be awesome, but unless you decide independent of this tank's existence that a sump is what you want, I wouldn't say it's worth it. It does add some complexity to your system in the form of things that might leak and such, so you might in addition find that this worry is not worth it for you. I decided I did want a sump when I was shopping for a larger tank, and I got an awesome expensive tank that was drilled and everything. I ended up taking that tank back and getting a regular 75 with some canister filters. I still do think that having a sump would've been awesome, but for me the hassle of setting it up was just not worth it. We do have members here who have sumps and love them. But they are definitely not as common in freshwater fish keeping.
  13. Is 7.2 the level your tank is usually at? How long had this been the normal? Is your tap water 6.8 as well? Do you happen to have a KH and GH test kit? Would you be willing to get one? I'm not sure, but I think you might be able to have a pet store test this as well. Those numbers would be helpful to know in this situation.
  14. Next time you guys need to recharge, take a pictre, and share the color! Photo update! Purigen has been in my tank for about 2 months now and it looks like this: Probably has another month in it or so.
  15. I think it could maybe work. I do know that canister motors are not as powerful as you'd think they are, because they are a closed system--the water they push up is immediately replaced by water that is being drawn down from by the tank by a siphon, which kind of gives the lifted water a boost. I hope that makes sense. If it's a very short distance to the sink, I think your chances are better than if it's a long way away.
  16. I have hygrophila and I love it but it seems more root happy than other stem plants I've had. I think it'd be better planted, even if just in a container. I think pennywort is worth a try for you. Mine doesn't grow much but when it does its beautiful and it can float just fine. Each leaf has its own roots that draw nutrients from the water column.
  17. Awesome news and thanks for reporting back!
  18. Do you have anything between the tank and the cinder blocks there? Cinder blocks are a great base for a stand, but your tank needs to be supported across the entire bottom rim. If it's not supported properly, the seams will have much too much stress on them, and the tank could start leaking, or even burst! I don't see anything on top of your cinder blocks under your tank, but I really, really hope I am wrong! If there's nothing there, I would really encourage you to drain the tank and make sure the bottom is supported.
  19. Each house is different. Really the ONLY person who can tell you this for sure is a structural engineer or builder or similar professional. Someone else's second floor is going to have a whole different set of attributes than yours. There are things you can look for, like placing the tank on a load bearing wall and placing the tank perpendicular to the floor joists, but some of those things can be hard to tell sometimes without a professional, even. So don't take any advice anyone is willing to give you without looking at your specific situation as absolute truth. It's good to gather relevant info, but the final say will depend on your structure in particular.
  20. I have heard that's bio balls do better in wet dry situations, where they are exposed to air, and ceramic media do better in submerged situations. I haven't seen any science to back that up, but there you have it.
  21. As for your other question, that is a lot of water conditioner in the tank before you fill it up, but it won't harm anything, particularly as you do this RIGHT before you fill the whole thing up. Lots of us do it this way.
  22. I definitely had this thought when I saw Phyllis. I will admit, I got a little jealous that you have another Peanut.
  23. Excellent job, I think! I'm glad it worked out for you.
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