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Discussion in 'Beginner's Corner' started by HenrySheehan, Feb 2, 2017.

  1. Zeus

    Zeus Active Aquascaper

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    Little early IMO 6-8 weeks before flooding

    So just a quicky

    Whens the house warming party?
     

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  2. Culprit3

    Culprit3 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Ya know, you might want to, if you can, have the dsm for 2 months. One month for me wasn't that much. The second month everything exploded.

    I mean if you want to. But you'll just be constantly dosing ammonia every day.
     
  3. keithgh

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    It can be done its the same as cycling a new tank, using a good Bio Starter eg Seachem Stability and plenty of cheap leafy plants. If its done correctly it should be fully cycled in one week and your filter is ready plus you will have your water.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  4. HenrySheehan

    HenrySheehan Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Oh God 2 months DSM. Dunno could I hold out

    Any advice on taps and would I have to run the water through my heater when refilling the tank after a water change?

    House warming in December, I'll hold off having ye all over till I've the tank up and running

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  5. Zeus

    Zeus Active Aquascaper

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    Ammonia ! I added Urine a few times a week plus, a few old fish flakes son had now and then.

    As to how long to do the DSM well......
    Think is Best to be ready when doing a DSM to flood at a moments notice if needed - I got lucky had no big issues.

    I used an old shower mixer to get the temp right, saved on running hose upstairs, plus set and no adjustments needed each week, the lowest setting on the mixer works well on mine.

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    But you could connect to the shower mixer you shower in, just need the right fittings and remove shower head
     
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    Zeus Active Aquascaper

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    Just let us know what time your driver is picking us up :cool:
     
  7. HenrySheehan

    HenrySheehan Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Could I not join the tap hose onto the hose my external heater is on and run it into the tank this way?

    Invites are in the post!!!

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  8. Zeus

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    Yes if the water temp is close to the water temp in the tank, or if you fill it very slowly
     
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    As Zeus mentioned check the temp. If decided to use that method I would have a lot of problems. If the HW is not turned on strong enough it would not run for very long as I must have a good flow to keep the Instantaneous Heater on.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  10. HenrySheehan

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    Oh ooooooh. I was just going to use a yard tap so the water temperature will change depending on the weather and then run it through the heater I have into the tank.

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  11. keithgh

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    When you are doing a good 30-40% water change the drop in temperature might not be in the best interest of the inhabitants, that is the reason I heated my water up first.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  12. HenrySheehan

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    Lfs can do the cabinet way cheaper than what I had priced. It's great because they're making the tank as well.
    The frame will be made of aluminium. Just have to decide now on what finish I want the cabinet in

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    That sounds all OK post the photos when you get the tank and cabinet please.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Any advice on fert dosing. Been looking at the EI method and how I would go about auto dosing for the 6 days then 50%water change on the 7th.

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    Any updates on that cabinet yet.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Thats the method I'm using. The cost of an auto dosser that made me go for the PLC. Then one unit controls all.
     
  18. HenrySheehan

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    I'm meeting up with the cabinet maker on Tuesday. Looking forward to seeing what ideas he'll have.

    Also looking at the water drip feed method and drill a hole in my tank for the excess to drain. This seems like a no brainer as I have a tap and drain specifically built in for the tank so why not use this method. I've my own well so water is free. This will regulate my tank better and no weekly water changes. Any thoughts?
    Read up a good deal on the auto dosing and it looks like the way to go. I'll have a look at those links tomorrow Keith.

    Thanks guys.

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  19. Culprit3

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    You mean its basically constantly doing a water change? My only worry would be it wouldn't be enough water. However, if you have enough water flow coming through... everything would be extremely healthy as it would be just like the wild.
     
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    It can be done as long as the tank water temp does not drop and its equivalent to your total water changes. I assume during the colder months your well water would be colder any way.

    I have seen that system used when breeding/growing fresh water trout.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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