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Does anyone keep a tank log?


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By log, i mean a detailed written description of what you changed & when, measured plant growth, etc? 

I tend to lose track of how long it's been since what & actual growth rates.  I'll think something isn't having any effect and then realize it's only been 8 days. Maybe a log would help gauge the real success of changes better than my sketchy memory...

Anyone do this...& if so, what software do you like? Assuming you're all digital & such. 

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On 6/10/2024 at 5:55 PM, Beach Cruiser said:

By log, i mean a detailed written description of what you changed & when, measured plant growth, etc? 

I tend to lose track of how long it's been since what & actual growth rates.  I'll think something isn't having any effect and then realize it's only been 8 days. Maybe a log would help gauge the real success of changes better than my sketchy memory...

Anyone do this...& if so, what software do you like? Assuming you're all digital & such. 

I kept a log in 2016 for a pair of Senegal bichir that spawned.

 

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I keep a log.  It doesn't specifically call out plant growth, but I have it broken down into three sections.

  • Action (things I did to the tank like water changes, added fertilizer, food, cleaned the filter, etc)
  • Parameters (pretty self explanatory)
  • Notes (kind of a catch all for other things I've observed)

Here's an example from last week:

6/2/2024

Action

·      60%+ water change

·      3 tbsp Equilibrium

·      5 pumps Easy Iron

·      5 pumps Easy Green

·      2 tsp Dr. Tim’s ammonia

 

Parameters

·      Ammonia 1

·      Nitrates 25

·      Nitrites 1

·      GH 150

·      KH 180

·      PH 7.6

·      Chlorine 0

 

Notes

·      Temp 77 and 77.5

·      Slurry for Equilibrium works much better.  However cloudy water remains for a significant period of time.

·      Tannins significantly reduced.

·      Parameters taken several hours after water change and re-dosing.

·      Seeing some melt, but not extensive.  Most on anubias in SE corner and buce attached to rock SE of bridge.

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On 6/10/2024 at 6:19 PM, AllFishNoBrakes said:

Keep a journal here on the forum under the “Journals” section

Yeah, that was my first thought. then i thought about a way of keeping track of the boring details of a tank.

 

On 6/10/2024 at 5:55 PM, Beach Cruiser said:

Anyone do this...& if so, what software do you like? Assuming you're all digital & such

and since @Beach Cruiser asked about this, does anybody have any experience with a database program. could see it becoming very useful to track things like maintenance, tanks changes, med start and stop dates as well as doses. Personally, I really like this idea

On 6/10/2024 at 6:24 PM, Yoshi said:

I keep a log.  It doesn't specifically call out plant growth, but I have it broken down into three sections.

I like your log, but could you see how much easier it could be done digitally?

@Beach Cruiser there are several apps available. I haven't tried them yet, but I may start

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On 6/10/2024 at 6:19 PM, AllFishNoBrakes said:

Keep a journal here on the forum under the “Journals” section. Post pictures and what you did to the tank when. Then it’s super easy to track and look back at. 

I do keep a general one, but not every fert change or plant growth, etc.

On 6/10/2024 at 6:30 PM, Tony s said:

@Beach Cruiser there are several apps available. I haven't tried them yet, but I may start

If it doesn't break the rules, would you mind sharing those?

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On 6/10/2024 at 6:51 PM, Beach Cruiser said:

If it doesn't break the rules, would you mind sharing those

I was just searching for aquarium manager apps on apple apps (iphone and ipad). not going to break rules as apple doesn't compete with coop.  But I'm not sure which one to pick myself. Hoping for something with simple inputs on a database. I'll have to keep looking and see if anything jumps out at me

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On 6/10/2024 at 7:27 PM, doktor zhivago said:

I don't track plant growth but I have a spreadsheet with all the water tests and major changes done for every tank. Notes on when I added fertilizer and stuff cuz I'm super forgetful. 

Any particular program or are you scratching this out in charcoal on an old comforter? 

I suppose you could use Xcel but that reminds me of actual work. 😁

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On 6/10/2024 at 7:47 PM, HelplessNewbie said:

I use Aquarium Note 2 on my smartphone. Works really well for me.

Nice! Exactly what i was thinking about...

Just downloaded & made 1st entry. Seems pretty intuitive & the multiple tank feature is cool. I also like that you can upload photos to the daily report. 

Does the graph over time function for measurements work in the basic app? 

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