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  1. Okay, thank you Brandi. Yes, there should be plenty of flow in there. Leaving them self parent is the goal. This is there second attempt. First was in my 55g with more fish, so that's why I opted for the 20 in a quieter room. Thanks again for the advice, Patrick
  2. I've seen several comments about creating a tight seal with this hatchery. Is there a trick, or are they just flukes? I currently have no need for the space consumption of a Ziss. Thank you, Patrick
  3. So I have a batch of Ram eggs. The parents remain with the eggs in a secluded 20g. Question; I can see several eggs that don't look fertile. How on earth do I remove the unfertilized eggs without disturbing the parenthood now taking place? Those things are tiny! She laid them on a small piece of slate. It's mostly the male guarding the eggs, but they do seem to take turns.
  4. @Cory I hope it's okay to share this. Lowes sells rocks. You have to search for Garden Rocks.
  5. Wow, thanks guys. It's in my cart now. Is there anything not in the EG that I should watch for or supplement? I'm just learning the chemistry but already have some plants. The water is really hard (like as much as 25 drops of API and light purple on the strips). and nitrates are no lower than 30 in any of my tanks. Oh, and minimal algae.
  6. Is there information somewhere on making the switch? I'm using Seachem's Flourish and Trace. I'm using a lot of product. In total, I'm treating 235 gallons of water. Is Easy Green a better move financially? I would need to buy the Easy Iron too. Do I just switch, or should I stop with one for a few days before beginning the EG? Thanks, Patrick
  7. Hi, I don't know if others on here just share stuff, but I thought I'd give it a go. Here's some Scarlet Temple and Anubias Barteri I added almost 2 weeks ago. I think they're coming along. I had both Anubias in the pots at first, but one died back pretty hard so I super-glued it to a piece of slate. The rhizome seems (to me) to be in good shape. Then, I have the two Scarlet's. One melted back about the way I expected it to from watching the videos. The other one I'm not so sure what to make of. I have a BeamsWork, but it's an EA, not a DA like I should have gotten. The tank right now is 83 degrees, with a hardness that baffles me (28), pH of 7.8, and 40/ppm of nitrate. I'm hoping adding more plants will help some of those numbers. I also plan on running CO2. I already have a pressurized bottle, solenoid/regulator, etc, but I tore that setup down when I moved my living room (fish room) around. I am using Trace and Flourish in small amounts (half of recommended doses) just to make sure I'm not missing anything. The last picture is my new to me 125. I ordered the wrong size sponge for my FX4 and so decided to wedge it in to the driftwood. I'm not sure what plant to put on it yet, but the tank is only 7 days new, so I have time. I am putting in some of the muck when I wring out my other tanks filters. Thanks for reading. I welcome your thoughts.
  8. So I buy what I can from the co-op and really appreciate what I've learned from their videos, but I just can't put Fluval 3.0's in my cart. They may be amazing lights, but that's more money than I am willing (or can afford) to spend. I am online looking at BeamsWork. I already have one on my 55 gallon and I'm just starting to plant it up. I can't make heads or tails of PAR data (I feel stupid for that). I see there are a couple of configurations for it (FSPEC, EA, DA, etc). If anyone has information to share about that light, or an alternative or pointers would, that'd be great. Final question: Are there any plants that I can carpet without root tabs or treated substrate? (other info if you're so inclined) I really like planted tanks but have failed in the past. In the past month or so I've been adsorbing a lot of info from Cory, and hoping to correct my mistakes. My plan is to introduce a few plants at a time so I don't crash the system. I think it'll be easier to go with water column feeders. Thanks again for all the help I'm getting here,
  9. 4 drops, so I suspect from the tank.
  10. Tank tested is a 55 gallon lightly planted (just added Anubias Barteri and Scarlet Temple a few weeks ago. The tank has been running for about 2 years with occasional gravel vacuum and top offs (no water changes). My GH is through the roof. The GH in my tap water is 4 drops. My tap water has chloramine. I don't use prime or other conditioners prior to adding. I let the water sit for minimum of 24hrs, and have done things this way for years. I do add Flourish, and recently began adding trace. The substrate is eco-complete black, about 2-3 inches deep. So here are parameters. All tests done with API liquid tests. pH 7.8 Ammonia 0 ppm Nitrite 0 ppm Nitrate 40 ppm KH 4 to 5 drops (starts to turn color at 4, fully changes at 5) GH 28 drops phosphate .5 ppm The article, The Fish Keeper’s Guide to pH, GH, and KH, suggests that reducing water changes would make the tank more acidic and help reduce GH. Clearly not in my case.
  11. Is the pump a requirement or what would the trade be between "increased efficiency" and power consumption? I only need RODI for topping off, just to tame the GH. Thanks, Patrick
  12. Thank you for all of the replies. I like the cone setup too, and I hadn't even thought of a science or medical store until I read that. I currently have a thing I bought from Amazon, but the bottom, although tapered, is black, so it's tough to get the concentration of BBS to the bottom. I'm using about 3 cups of water, 3 teaspoons of salt and 1/4 tsp of eggs. I did buy a really nice light that arrived today, and it helped a lot to get them at least nearer the bottom. The clamp and light seem very sturdy. Clamp light
  13. Right. Thanks @ererer for that. I was worried too about the whole Cory's / Loaches on gravel thing, so I'm really glad I got to see that video. I usually use eco-complete, but after watching the plant101 videos, I decided I didn't need it, and if I ever do a carpet, I can add some then. @CoryJust wanted to say thank you for your insight and for sharing your knowledge and thoughts.
  14. Cool. I think I'm going to stop out there this weekend and take a look. Thanks for the info and picture.
  15. Thanks for the help. I'm going to order it up. I'll probably get the plants situated and strong then see how the Cory's respond to it before adding anything else. Then if it doesn't work out it's not too terrible to change out.
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