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Old 09-21-2015, 08:42 PM   #11
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I did add some plants from another freshwater pond in Danvers MA (Endicott Park). Reddish plants and some green ones plus this moss stuff that I tied to the mopani wood.
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Old 09-21-2015, 08:49 PM   #12
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Sweet!! Whatever you're doing, youre doing it right? You have softer water huh? Do you know your values across the board? Tds included?

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No. The water is hard. I have a bunch of Atlantic crushed coral in the Fluval 406.
My water from tap is inundated with phosphorous though.
I pre-mix all my water changes to get it within my desired parameters.
I mix it in this and I bet a lot of you don't have one of these.
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Old 09-21-2015, 08:51 PM   #13
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Is that a magnetic mixer? I have a water barrel.

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Old 09-21-2015, 08:54 PM   #14
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It's a 35 gallon propylene drum from Nalgene and a magnetic stirring plate.
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Then I just use a sump with a long hose attached too fill my tank after a water change.
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Old 09-21-2015, 09:05 PM   #15
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Sweet!! Whatever you're doing, youre doing it right? You have softer water huh? Do you know your values across the board? Tds included?

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Not at the moment. Been lazy the past two weeks. Plus I had to attend the Scottish Highland Games @ Loon mountain this weekend. Weekends are when I test everything.
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Old 09-21-2015, 09:08 PM   #16
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Tds? What are those. I'm dyslexic so I keep thinking STD's plus I'm a wise ***.
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Tds? What are those. I'm dyslexic so I keep thinking STD's plus I'm a wise ***.

Total dissolved solids mate. Nice tank! I just worry about that much light.


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Old 09-21-2015, 09:15 PM   #18
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How do I measure the TD's?
You got me on that one.
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Old 09-21-2015, 09:22 PM   #19
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I use the small Fluval edge Siphon to get in between the plants & tight places. It has very small hose and gives me time to clean the crap in the tank.
I move the wood and the sponge filter to get under them.
Usually, I do a 50% water change every 2 weeks or 75% if I skip a week.
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I do a 25 or 20% each week and just replace the water with Milli-Q water from my work. It's as pure as you can get.
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