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Making my light the right light for the job

Discussion in 'Lighting Requirements' started by David B. Diehl, Jul 20, 2016.

  1. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    David unless you want a hard water tank take them out immediately

    Unless you want a hard water tank take them out immediately.

    Can you clear this up again please. I think you will find if its actually "Pillow stuffing" not the standard Aquarium filter wood it could have a antibacterial substance in it which is no good for your good bacteria in your filter.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  2. David B. Diehl

    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Both are Fiber fill this says it's washable so wouldn't make sense to put antibacterial in it.
    Might not be limestone then because it splits like slate with sharp edges. Some even has multicolor layers of tans. Some are solid and wont split, some split everywhere you hit it. Already have hard water tanks, that's why switching to RO water.
    LFS said it was safe to use, smells chalky.
     
  3. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Does the LFS have any idea what it could be then?

    Where did you get it from?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  4. David B. Diehl

    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Did some research on the internet on how to test, it's limestone. Tested it with vinegar and it fizzed, so out it goes. Looked nice too.
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    You should always test your self its the safest way.

    Next steps as you remove each rock deep vac that area then the big water changes 50% twice a week for at least 2 weeks also give all the filter material a good cleaning when you have removed all the rocks and the deep vac.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  6. David B. Diehl

    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Did 30 gal. water change to both tanks, dropped Nitrate to 40, Nitrite 1.0, GH 300, Chlorine 0, KH 180, PH 7.6. Will do another change as soon as tanks refill with RO water. Put peat moss in canister filter, tank is still clear. Cannot use peat moss in sump filter as water flow is to restricted threw it. Setting up 5 gal tankfilter ontheother side with organic filter, Pothos, Water sprite, Hornwort and peat moss.
     
  7. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    David I would recommend having the
    Nitrate to below "10"
    Nitrite below "0"
    • GH is the general hardness of the water. Humans can notice difference in water GH when they drink from the tap compared to filtered water. Tap water can be hard, which essentially means it is full of dissolved minerals. Soft water is at the other end of the spectrum and is devoid of minerals.

      Fish species do have preference to hard or soft water. Generally most species will be tolerable to a range of hardness as long as it doesn't approach extremely soft or hard values. GH can be very important when attempting to breed fish or replicating natural habitats. Generally as a rule of thumb, the higher the pH the higher the GH. You will find that most fish species either prefer acidic and soft waters or alkaline and harder water.

      Degrees
      PPM (Parts per million)

      Softness/Hardness 0 – 4 (dH) 0 - 70 ppm

      Very soft 4 – 8 (dH) 70 - 140 ppm

      Soft 8 – 12 (dH) 140 - 210 ppm

      Medium 12 – 18 (dH) 210 - 320 ppm

      Medium-Hard 18 – 30 (dH) 320 - 530 ppm

      Hard 30+ (dH) 530 + ppm

    • Most aquarium fish species do not enjoy high carbonate hardness, around 80ppm + is desired to act as a good buffer and be tolerable for aquarium fish.
    • What pH are you requiring and why at that level
    Keith:cat::cat:



     
  8. David B. Diehl

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  9. keithgh

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    I did that about 60 years ago I decided to cut half my thumb off completely, it still gives me problems if I knock the end particularly in the cold weather

    Keith :cat::cat:

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    Got behind this week, Mon. decided to make one of my fingers into two during work. Getting caught up now.
    Working on finding an average for the fish and plants, a lot of paperwork.
    Rocks (limestone) are out now.
     
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    Did mine a little different went down the length about 1.5 inches and 3/4 deep. Almost all the way threw.
     
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    My only advice now would be keep that hand well out of your tank as you could easily pick up a very nasty infection.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    How is your hand and tank going have you caught up yet?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Hand is now fine, been busy fighting V.A. for pain meds for Migraines.
    Here is current photo, getting help from local club. 75 gal and 55 gal. 5-26-2017.jpg 5-26-2017 55 gal.jpg
     
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    VA?
    I assume that is your local Aquarium club.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Was hard to find their not listed LFS introduced me to them.
     
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  16. David B. Diehl

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    Next project I need to handle is light replacements. New bulbs will cost as much as new LED lights. Switching to Fluval Pro LED lights for the three tanks. A 36" for the new 40 breeder and two 48" for the 55 gal and 75 gal.
     
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    Surprisingly the price with my discount is only a little more than replacement bulbs would be. This place is actually cheaper than E-bay before shipping.
    The gentleman I met from the club showed them tome and checked the light spectrum on them.
     
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    That sounds great as the price I saw was over US $300


    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    If I remember the 48" was $184.00 for the 48"-60"
     

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