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"Balance" 65 Gallon Dutch Aquascape, ((( Plants Are In!!! )))

Discussion in 'Journals' started by DutchMuch, Jul 2, 2017.

  1. DutchMuch

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    Btw the algae is in the water, the glass is Spotless.
     
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    For my water changes, I got an Ecoplus 396 submersible pump with 5' of nylon tubing attached to each end, and two 36 gallon Brute shop trashcans on wheels. Prep the RO water in one Brute, empty water into second with the pump, empty the RO into the tank, and empty dirty water into utility sink. 20 gallon water change in 15 minutes with minimal drips. Love it.
     
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    @Lovebug I may actually look into that.... Yep I will.
     
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    @Lovebug im looking at lowes, cant find a trashcan on wheels?
     
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    You made the right decision. Python for the win. You will love it. Way easier now.

    You can just hand tighten the python brass connection to the sink, no need to get out the tool box.
     
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    Python's are great. If I was doing tap water I'd get it. Though my wife would kill me if I ran a hose on the hardwood floors down the hallway lol. Bad enough I wheel large amounts of water from room to room.
     
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    The total was 60$ I got it for 25$ shipped because I had so many rewards dollars in my Petco acc I just forget about lol!
     
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    You should not need to clean a canister filter everyweek unless it's a super filthy tank.
     
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    Glass diffuser with a ceramic insert, sorry that is what I meant.

    Is the tank completely cycled?

    70 fish, that seems like a lot.

    Get that water cleaned up! :)

    No need to clean filter weekly, make sure not to clean the bio rings, just rinse them in a bucket of tank water.

    That's about it...
     
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    I agree with the above posts. After you crack the top of the can a few times you will get a sense of how often it needs cleaned based on flow. Also, keep an eye on the hoses. While the tank is aging the hoses can gunk up bad.


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    yea I never clean the gold mine! :)
    Ceramic insert? im drawing more blanks.. remember your speaking to a complete co2 dummy.
    Cycled, yes, always cycle my tanks before adding the main fish.
    Working on it ;) :D
    The 70 fish are all 1/2" or 1" in length. Nano fish! Krigs (cant remember how to spell his name..) and others on TPT said that its ok as long as they are under 2", bioload should still be very small!
    But I only plan to add that many. Total fish stock without deaths should be 90, and this includes clean up crew, inverts, every biotic factor. Once the fish arrive, I will test the water weekly if not ever half a week, I imagine ill have a spike in ammonia or something simply because I added them all at once, but I figure a week or 2 later after the addition of the fish ammonia will be 0ppm. Now if this Does Not Happen, and ammonia is a persistent spike, or nitrite, ill remove 5 or 10 of the main schooling fish, and add them to other tanks (I have more tanks that aren't documented) which I don't think is a problem. They are all nano's & nano fish.

    Thanks mike for addressing this issue, have you any idea how to clean the hoses out? they do have algae in them, but nothing to clog it up yet. Should I clean them? its just brown algae it seems like.
     
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    How often do you clean out yours? (if you have one)
    Or may I rephrase this, how often should I check it and clean it up?
     
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    The first time I cleaned my hoses I used a clothes hanger and a shoe string . I bought a brush on amazon made for that purpose. Long handle, slides right through.

    While your plants are settling you might need to clean monthly. I bought a pre filter for my eheim. It's ugly but it saves re priming that filter.


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    If you get spikes in ammonia keep prime handy. Converts the ammonia to ammonium. Plants will love it


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    Pre filter meaning filter floss or something @Mike k?
    I have 4 layers of filter floss in my hydor, when I said cleaning I meant going through and changing the filter floss!
    Sorry if that was drawing a blank to everyone lel
    OH
    or do you mean like something to stick on the intake of the filter?
     
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    Nanos! What kind? might have to get ya to send me some! :)
     
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    Toads that's literally the best joke ive heard all day! good one!

    what kind? the expensive as shit kind. LOL

    Ok sassy ness aside, here is my stock list lol:

    Pygmy Cory x7
    Gold Neon Goby x5
    Asian stone catfish x3 (1 died remember)
    Pseudomugil Gertrudae x20
    CPDS x20
    10 Amano Shrimp
    1 Male Dario Dario
    4 Oto Catfish
    8 Ember Tetra
    Sorry my math earlier (der 90!!! hehe) was awful,
    Total biotic stock: 78
     
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    Yes, on the intake


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    Also the water is still green af, if not greener than it was before.
    Light is raised exactly 1 foot from the tanks top rim.
    Fertz aren't being dosed,
    I have double filtration, more like triple
    plants are looking ok though, its just these big clouds of algae! I mean you literally can see it, its like fog. Exactly like fog. And remember algae on the glass, not a problem the glass is spotless! (when looking from the side of the tank which allows you to view algae buildup on the glass, there is nothing). but its this fog like algae, you can see it rolling with the current. Truly peeves me off, I think plant mass is just the huge issue. To much excess nutrients, I guess Thrive Plus really does have a huge amount of nutrients in it! lol!

    @Mike k how come on the intake? just asking. I don't get much gunk on the intake as the intake itself is pretty small, I mean like it has small slits. Leaves and stuff that get stuck to the intake I suck off every water change (every sunday).
    Should I still do a filter sponge thing?
     
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