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Old 01-03-2017, 12:13 AM   #10971
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Finally, I switched all my tanks to a more natural means of water filtration. Took some large "Aglaonema" house plants and rinsed all the potting mixture from the roots and emersed the roots in the tank water with the leaves above. The roots have started removing most of the nitrogen from the dissolved fish waste and from my water test results are returning pure water to the tank. Ammonia and nitrite at zero and nitrates test between 5 and 10 ppm.

After several years of removing and replacing most of the tank water every week, I can simply top off the open tanks every couple of days and not worry about the water chemsitry. The fish are living in near pure water conditions. The plants do such a good job of filtering the water, my water changes are roughly 50 percent twice a month. The plants do a much better job of filtration than I ever did.

The "Ag' plants are large and healthy with a constant source of nutrients from the fish and return clean water to the tank for the fish. There's a nice build up of algae on the plant roots for the fish and snails to eat. Don't have to worry about overfeeding either, the uneaten food dissolves in the tank water and is taken in immediately by the plants.

Trace elements are replaced through water top offs and the dissolved shells of the snails when they die. The Ramshorn snails can get quite large in this environment. Large water changes keep the water well oxygenated. I still use a couple of dual sponge filters to keep the tank water moving to increase gas exchange.

I figured, why not let the tank do most of the maintenance work and I'll have more time to enjoy the tank and prune the plants now and then. Should have done this a dozen years ago.

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Old 01-03-2017, 12:18 AM   #10972
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Cleaned the Biorb and grow out tank.
Changed the back on my office tank. And spotted a bit of algae. Going low light there for a week to nip it.
Started tearing down my MTS/Pond snail tank now that I am pufferless. Not a ramshorn left in there and few ponds? Wonder if MTS somehow crowd out all other types of snails?
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Old 01-05-2017, 03:56 AM   #10973
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Last night watched the Angelfish pick bites of my plants. Fed extra Seaweed treat.

Tonight fed all the tanks some defrosted frozen Tubifex and Mysis, and Brine Shrimp.

Target fed the Rock Flower Anemones, they grabbed up the Mysis fast as a lightning bolt.

Also saw the Yellow Line Goby gobble up some shrimp, and of course all of the Hermits were out to find some delicious snacks. I didn't see any unhappy fish.

Still looking at different tanks.
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Old 01-05-2017, 08:43 PM   #10974
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Surprise! Snow Day!!!

With an unexpected "extra" block of time on my hands decided I have had enough of the rotten Algae in the 12G Edge. It was emptied of the fish, which moved to the 72G.

Substrate removed, filter cleaned, light surface descaled, all rinsed and wiped down inside and out. Substrate is Eco Complete. I have been looking locally for some Fluval Shrimp (or Plant) Strattum or the up Aqua kind. Doesn't seem to be available in the stores nearer me, so maybe start checking a few really far away lfs (hahaha).

Obviously I can get it online but I would like to see them in person. There are so often complaints about substrates like these breaking down in a short amount of time.

Here is the 12G Edge in it's ready for a new life


Spec V first thought was to use the DW which refuses to sink. I wedged it in but it may be too large for the space. I have a couple other options, but no live stock.



All the plants that came out of the Edge need to be de-algae-ified big time.

I didn't groom the sand or anything just kinda jammed it in to see first off, to see if it fit. Which it does. Hmmm.

Not sold on this DW at this point.. You can't see (because of the light glare) but the far left has a DW branch piece sticking up out of the water, which I like the idea of.

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All fish seem to be getting along well in the 72G atm. The 4 baby Super Red Plecos went into the 46G for now.

Thought process there is if I need to try to capture them in the 72G it will be a near impossibility, so the 46G is bare bones right now and has lots of room for them to munch and roam and grow. That way I can still think if I care about letting them into the 72G with the slight possibility of crossing with the other Albinos. The eggs, if reaching fry would likely be eaten anyhow.

For sure they could use an extra inch of growth before getting to the big tank too.

Have a couple more ideas about moving the Tangerine Tiger shrimp but still thinking that over as well.

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Here is the build thread for the Spec V - Come on over to visit.
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Picked up my new 75 gal bundled with an Aquaclear 110, heater, and a few other things for $160. Merry Christmas to me!
Sweet deal can't wait to see what you do with the it
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What Did You do With Your Tank Today?

Today I replaced my broken aqua clear 30 with an aqua clear 50

Finally I once again have sufficient filtration on the goldfish winter tank!
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I'll be adding the new one after supper
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Didn't get to the fish nerd place or Petco today. Very disappointing.

Weekly water changes led to a snail mass exodus. Redid the water change and they seem happier? I hope? I have no idea what happened or why.

And I had never seen an adult rabbit snail climb 18" straight up.
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Didn't get to the fish nerd place or Petco today. Very disappointing.

Weekly water changes led to a snail mass exodus. Redid the water change and they seem happier? I hope? I have no idea what happened or why.

And I had never seen an adult rabbit snail climb 18" straight up.
Snails are good water indicators. Forget the dechlorinator? Huge pH difference in the tap water, water company had an issue with the pipes and ran some special super germ killer through the system??

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Did some reading /research, and searching for stuff I'm looking for.

Found 2 kinds of substrate, one I didn't think I wanted and was at a store about 75 min plus away - one way drive. The other was Fluval and was rather expensive for the size - $40. for the 4.4 lb bag which seems to go for $25. online.

I want to support local stores but by golly is that a huge difference. Then I pay for gasoline and time too (almost hour drive), or have it delivered to my door for free shipping and for less $! Life is a struggle.
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Snails are good water indicators. Forget the dechlorinator? Huge pH difference in the tap water, water company had an issue with the pipes and ran some special super germ killer through the system??
Definitely used Prime. Right now I'm just glad nobody died! Whatever it was must have made them miserable.
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