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Old 12-22-2013, 07:51 AM   #31
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Pretty sure Paul probably tests his water cuz like he said, he s been a devout student of AA. You can t be on here more than 5 min without reading about cycling & API test kits.
Dude, I know what you were saying & I m really happy for you. I feel the same way.....I have 3 beautiful tanks THANKS TO AA. Don t wanna think of what a train wreck I d have otherwise.
It s ok to enjoy & share your enthusiasm , it takes a lot of work & time to get to this point ( oh & $!!). Nothing to defend here !
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Thanks so much .... you got it right. Because of this forum, I did NOT buy the next step up 55 gallon to service my addiction to tropical fish. Reason: since I must use bottled water vs tap ...... (and it costs me $1 a gallon) for changes and because I must use the old fashioned "hauling water and doing the siphon and bucket method" to do water changes & substrate vacuums, I know if I had a third tank about equal to water volume to both my current tanks, my hobby would become a chore instead of a source of joy.

I now do 25% water changes & vacuum substrate 3 times a month ... which is triple what I did when I joined this forum. Of course I have an API Master test kit. After getting chewed out here for only doing twice a month water changes ....... I realized I was in fact "living on the edge" as far as nitrate goes so I upped it to every ten days. Current nitrate reading is 10 ppm. Ammonia & Nitrite readings have been zero for so long I quit testing fir them.

As for clarity, I stumbled onto crystal clear polished water by accident thanks to trying to get my water parameters correct. Hey ...... we might all take pride in different things .....

For some it's mostly about the plants ........
For some it's mostly about creating a natural looking salt water reef .......
For some it's mostly about beautiful angelfish or discuss ...
For some it's about perfect parameters including a nitrate reading close to zero .....

Compared to the others whose tank photos are on this site, here are some of the grades I'd give myself.

1) Natural looking aqua-scape: D
2) Unusual and beautiful centerpiece fish: D-
3) Healthy with vibrant colors fish: A
4) Gorgeous live plants: F
5) Hidden canister filter that does not show a bunch of tubing and plumbing ...... N/A
6) Water changes and parameters B+
7) Environment that gives egg layers the ability to spawn ..... D-
8) Crystal clear polished water ... A++++++++++++++++++

EDIT: the one thing I learned elsewhere about polished water (that I always try to share in the aquarium forums) is 100 micron non-woven polishing pads. The person in charge of the tanks at Petland - Pensacola FL told me that 100 micron polishing pads are kind of an "industry secret" that professionals use to polish water. Note however, they are not for everyone because they can clog in a matter of hours ... especially when first used.

The little "red button" that signals restricted flow on my Fluval C3 pops up every 3-5 days. I buy the pads in sheets and do the "cut to fit" thing in advance. The debris they catch is so fine and embedded in the pad ...... it cannot be rinsed out. The pads are only 1/12th inch thick and require constant replacements to keep water super crystal clear. To get the same result with floss probably does take a canister filter .... although Thumper828 from this forum does seem to get the same HOB result as mine by using the blue bonded polishing pad + floss.
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Old 12-22-2013, 02:59 PM   #32
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I think i may have got the wrong idea, sorry.

EDIT: i think you also stated that you have never seen a clearer tank in your life? I think that is obserd. Maybe at your local petsmart or petco but you should try taking a look at more places than your local petsmart before saying youve got one of the cleanest tanks on the planet. Even if you have clear water, it doesnt mean you have to go start bragging about it.
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I was comparing my water to salt water tanks in doctors offices and restaurants ...... that type of thing. [the tanks at fish stores are never crystal clear in my opinion]

All the youtube videos showing crystal clear waters look cloudy to me except this one:

Crystal Clear Water in Aquarium Tanks - YouTube

My water looks pretty much like that. [Of course, my aquascape and fish obviously don't even compare to those] Next time you're near Pensacola FL ..... drop on by and check my water !!!!!!

As for bragging ....... as I said ...... trying to share my experience telling people how to get their water polished is not bragging. Any more insults for me? Geeez ........ do you levy insults at people who post pictures their vibrant African chiclid collection and say this "these are the most beautiful fish I have ever seen in my life" ???

And this is pretty much what my water looks like.
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Old 12-22-2013, 03:14 PM   #33
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I was comparing my water to salt water tanks in doctors offices and restaurants ...... that type of thing. [the tanks at fish stores are never crystal clear in my opinion]

All the youtube videos showing crystal clear waters look cloudy to me except this one:

Crystal Clear Water in Aquarium Tanks - YouTube

My water looks pretty much like that. [Of course, my aquascape and fish obviously don't even compare to those] Next time you're near Pensacola FL ..... drop on by and check my water !!!!!!

As for bragging ....... as I said ...... trying to share my experience telling people how to get their water polished is not bragging. Any more insults for me? Geeez ........ do you levy insults at people who post pictures their vibrant African chiclid collection and say this "these are the most beautiful fish I have ever seen in my life" ???

And this is pretty much what my water looks like.
No i dont insult them as that is their opinion on their fish. You could have said at the resturants and doctor offices then right? And again, your saying your water is better than anything youve seen on youtube, so it is bragging. Now lets get back to the thread. OP i would judt stick with a HOB for a 30g, anything above that than a canister.
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Old 12-24-2013, 07:51 PM   #34
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Crystal clear water is inconsequential. I use filter floss and I still have the odd little particle floating around in my water. What's the big deal? Fish don't care.
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