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  1. #21

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    good idea!

    BTW there is a fish club that meets in Alsip. I know you are new, but its a great place to meet with people in the hobby-a lot of which breed many fish including angels (some beauties). There is a auction going on this Sunday the 22nd, I don't need any fish but I will go and check it out just in case, lol

    You can come to meetings as a guest.

    http://www.greenwateraquaristsociety.org/

    I think there is also a central Illinois club that may be closer to you.

    I actually drive from Grayslake to Alsip when there are weekend events or on Friday meeting I go from work in Chicago to Alsip which is slightly less traveling time, but I enjoy the meetings.
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    Coolness on the auction - bit too far for me to drive - it's like 3 hours each way.

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    Welcome to the AC. You are getting terrific advice. I'm glad you've found us. I'm looking forward to following your project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brass Monkey View Post

    I'm excited to get home & test the PH again - I think the peat is going to do the job
    Some advice I've been given in the past, the ph from my tap is about 7.8, is that using peat will definitely lower the ph, but the fluctuation you will get during water changes, before the peat has had a chance to lower the new water, can be detrimental to the inhabitants. Fish can adapt to a higher ph easier than they can tolerate large ph fluctuations. I keep fish that may prefer softer water but can tolerate a bit higher as long as there is consistency. The only real effective way to do that is to use RO water premixed with some tap to obtain the desired ph and not cause the high fluctuation. I think your tap should be fine as long as you figure out what's causing the steep incline in ph and get it out of there. The advice to bypass the softener is good though. Others on this forum know a ton more than I do but I've learned so much from them that I am much more confident than I was 2 years ago when I got back into the hobby.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brass Monkey View Post

    I added volcanic rocks - maybe a quart to assist with anerobic nitrate conversion - if I ever get any nitrates.
    Anaerobic means without oxygen so your tank is not an environment lacking o2. So anaerobic bacteria will not colonize the lava rock aerobic bacteria can though. Which is responsible for ammonia and nitrite conversion into nitrates. The only way to remove nitrates is through water changes also heavy planted tanks will covert some nitrates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brass Monkey View Post
    Hello all you mermen & mermaids out there - noob from central illinois here.

    I am always working on something - & thought I'd see what I can do in the tank world.

    My goal was to get the biggest craziest tank I can for as little money as possible. Believe it or not - if you work at it, you can do it!


    I started out with research - darn near everything you could ever need is on youtube - my plan started to come together little by little.

    I had an old 50g tank in the garage from one of my son's lizzards - no fish stuff - just the tank. I thought it would make a good sump for something really big.

    Started my craigslist search - tons of tanks - even really big tanks out there - all very expensive. But if you check every day, even several times a day - on occasion something will pop up & you have to snatch it up before anyone else see's it.

    I found a 110g Oceanic with stand, protein skimmer, UV light, glass lids, tank light, rocks, live sand & a few other bits & pieces $100 cash.

    It was full of salt & a NASTY mess, weighed 200lbs - 6ft long, in the guys basement - he was glad to be rid of the thing & I got a deal, but I had to work for it! Got it home & started cleaning - took maybe 2 or 3 days to get everything cleaned up. Then it was time to start the fun!

    I've got it all set up now & have started the first cycle - I'm using the sump & trying different techniques to adjust the water. waiting for more bio-balls to show up, built my own siphon water return, glass dividers/ bubble trap in the sump etc etc.

    So far I'm really happy with it - just working through the first cycle & trying to get the PH down so I can put in angel fish!

    Right now I'm at about $250 total investment - that includes new 880gph pump (total over kill), air pump, led lights, bio-balls, glass dividers etc.

    Planted tank - large rock pile on the left - gravel substrate - small rock pile in the middle -

    I will add pictures if someone tells me how
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    I'd read online that the volcanic rocks would eventually host anarobic bacteria - in fact you can buy them online for that purpose. I dont know if its true or not.....will take 6 months to get everything right on this tank so who knows! But i have room in the sump & i had the rocks & it couldn't hurt so why not!


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    I have been looking at my large rocks. There are a couple that look like eroded limestone. Once i find a few more large granite or slate rocks ill replace.


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    If they are indeed limestone, they need to come out
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