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    A 55 makes a nice planted tank - congrats on your...

    A 55 makes a nice planted tank - congrats on your trade!
    I returned to the hobby in 2011 with a 55 planted. Now I enjoy the plants as much as the fish (shhh - don't tell anyone here! :18: ) ...
  2. Thread: Weird Algae

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    I don't know the specific "species" of algae, but...

    I don't know the specific "species" of algae, but it looks like a filamentous "hair" algae. From what I see, do you have algae on other plants in the tank as well (small spots on the leaves)?
    ...
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    Very nice! For my black background, I used a...

    Very nice! For my black background, I used a piece of black fabric and attached it using 2" spring clips (the large ones you clip stacks of papers together with). Works, well, isn't permanent, easy...
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    Oh, agree that you need to lost the limestone...

    Oh, agree that you need to lost the limestone rock! That's not helping your pH issue at all!
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    What type of filtration? It could be...

    What type of filtration? It could be micro-bubbles from an impeller (I have one filter that causes a cloudiness in my entire 125g if I use it).

    The subsoil could be causing a bacterial bloom -...
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    For the 65, I'm assuming it's the 17" deep 65...

    For the 65, I'm assuming it's the 17" deep 65 gallon tank? In that case, it's shallower than a standard 55 (@21"). Definitely don't need a T5HO - way too much, even a single daylight bulb would...
  7. Thread: Driftwood ?

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    I have nothing against them personally :ssmile:,...

    I have nothing against them personally :ssmile:, I just like the water clear so I can see my fish and plants better (and my tapwater has a GH between 1-2, so it's already plenty soft!).



    Yeah,...
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    Unfortunately, the "watts/gallon" doesn't really...

    Unfortunately, the "watts/gallon" doesn't really work anymore as a valid estimator. That estimate was based on the old T12 (1" diameter) bulbs. Individual factors impacting bulb PAR include such...
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    Thoughts on Stocking a 40B tank w/mbuna?

    I may be consolidating a couple of tanks and changing over my 40B to a chichlid tank. The tank's in my living room and I'm looking for an active tank with some nice color. I don't have the time or...
  10. Thread: Chiller Question

    by DKRST
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    Not certain how they compare specifically to...

    Not certain how they compare specifically to Pandas, but Peppered corys like a temp below 77 or so based on my readings on various forums, so you may have the same issue. I have Peppered corys in...
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    Regarding the light selection, I'll make a...

    Regarding the light selection, I'll make a suggestion if you decide to go with T5HO. The Zoomed Aquasun fixtures are about the least expensive ones out there and they allow you to run one or two...
  12. Thread: Chiller Question

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    It won't make a huge difference, but using a HOB...

    It won't make a huge difference, but using a HOB will allow some evaporative cooling of the tank water. I think you'll be ok without a chiller but may want to, as mentioned, select a different cory...
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    I applaud your desire to set up a tank. However,...

    I applaud your desire to set up a tank. However, you are looking at a "tragedy of the commons" situation. Everyone likes a nice-looking tank, but they all require a certain minimum amount of work...
  14. Thread: Driftwood ?

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    I totally agree boiling/hot water is the safest...

    I totally agree boiling/hot water is the safest way to go and bleach is ineffective regarding tannins.
    Bleach is not nearly as stable as most people think though, it breaks down pretty rapidly...
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    Byron, I suspect you are correct. I picked my...

    Byron, I suspect you are correct. I picked my Frogbit up from another aquarist and I've never observed the flower, but right now it's in a die-back phase so it could be the invasive variety. It's...
  16. Thread: Driftwood ?

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    Agree, the boiling also has the advantage of...

    Agree, the boiling also has the advantage of pulling out tannins and you don't have to mess with bleach.
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    Flourish Excel (glutaraldehyde 1.8%) functions as...

    Flourish Excel (glutaraldehyde 1.8%) functions as a chemical carbon source, actually a photosynthetic pathway intermediate chemical, but that's not important. Point is, Excel is not a fertilizer. ...
  18. Thread: Driftwood ?

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    Always! Anything in contact with the fish water...

    Always! Anything in contact with the fish water can harbor nasties...
    I wouldn't worry about quarantining the wood, as such, but a good soak in 10% bleach is a good idea. Let it soak overnight....
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    My pleasure to share, we'll just need to watch...

    My pleasure to share, we'll just need to watch the shipping weather as winter arrives. My RRF's roots are not "red" as I've had my RRF growing in pretty low light. Byron, they don't seem to require...
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    Regarding the pH pens/meters. Get a liquid test...

    Regarding the pH pens/meters. Get a liquid test kit (API makes a good, comprehensive test kit) instead. If you also want the pens as a quick BU, make sure you have plenty of reference solution to...
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    Red root floaters should work well. If you want...

    Red root floaters should work well. If you want some, let me know, I'll give them to you for the cost of shipping (disclaimer: some duckweed's mixed in). The RRF have the advantage that they don't...
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    Perhaps it's not the plants? What fish do you...

    Perhaps it's not the plants?
    What fish do you have in the tank? They could be "nosing around" and uprooting your plants. My BN plecos and sometimes even my corys will uproot stem plants. The only...
  23. Totally agree on Byron's, and other's advice,...

    Totally agree on Byron's, and other's advice, particularly regarding corys. Bought 6 orange lasers the day they came into my LFS and 4 went "belly up" that very evening in my QT tank.

    Much, much,...
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    My first response is "what a load of baloney"...

    My first response is "what a load of baloney" regarding those who told you no live plants. Your tank is not that deep.
    As Byron said, with the proper lights such as T5HO's, you can easily drive the...
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    Yeah, regular meetings can be a problem. The...

    Yeah, regular meetings can be a problem. The statewide club (SCAA) meets quarterly and that includes an annual trade show. It was a blast last year with 400+ attending. It will be @ USC Upstate...
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