Audrey and I have been avid fans of freshwater aquaria for some time. Follow along as we blog about our tanks, including our large 75 gallon planted tank! Feel free to copy pictures I take here, please credit me in any use outside Tumblr.

 

Angelfish second spawn attempt. Eggs have eye spots, should hatch soon. Mind you this is a 75 gallon community, but we are hopeful a few make it!

Angelfish second spawn attempt. Eggs have eye spots, should hatch soon. Mind you this is a 75 gallon community, but we are hopeful a few make it!

Haven’t shown you captain Jack’s tank in a while. This is his Spec III. Cap’n Jack is hiding.

Haven’t shown you captain Jack’s tank in a while. This is his Spec III. Cap’n Jack is hiding.

Nualgi update. I forget which week were are on, but the tank is almost free of that nasty algae. Granted I have been working on removing it by hand a lot.

The Nualgi seems to slow plant growth, but growth gets compact and healthy.

Nualgi update. I forget which week were are on, but the tank is almost free of that nasty algae. Granted I have been working on removing it by hand a lot.

The Nualgi seems to slow plant growth, but growth gets compact and healthy.

Well, two of my angelfish paired off, and are doing an excellent job keeping the eggs safe! I doubt many will make it, as this is a community tank, but very exciting anyhow!

theblondeaquarist:

low-techtank:

theblondeaquarist:

krispyz:

theblondeaquarist:

Top vials are for the 20 gallon and the bottom are for the 10 gallon.

Well, fuck my life. The cycles in both of my tanks totally reset…. I found three amano shrimp dead outside the tank, and I am sure the other three are dead as well.

I was not expecting my cycles to totally crash in both tanks… I was expecting a mini cycle but not this… I am not sure why it totally reset in both tanks when I kept all the filters well aerated with dirty water.

It also appears to be cycling a little too fast? I am wondering if my 100% water change was the cause for excessive ammonia and my huge cycle spike? My water has 4 ppm ammonia and I use 5 times the prime dose to help. Maybe it was too much for the colonies to handle on top of fish waste. :/

I did a 25% water change and I will do another tonight, but it is a double edge sword with my tap having 4 ppm ammonia. It is one of those situations where I am stuck between a rock and a hard place.

I am considering getting some TSS+ to help cycle because of my cursed tap water. What do the tank gurus thinks?

(Also proof that bettas build bubble nest instinctually and not because of healthy situations. This is the first time in a long time I’ve seen Canvas build a nest. Also proof that clear water does not equal healthy water.)

kai-ni low-techtank scalestails

5x the recommended dose of prime? That could very well be why the shrimp died (though more likely from those nitrites/ammonia as well, shrimp are quite sensitive to both). It’s safe to go over the recommended dose, but putting in that much is bumping up against what your fish and other livestock can handle. That’s a lot of chemicals.

When I first started my freshwater tank with guppies and ghost shrimp, I had no idea what I was doing and hadn’t cycled at all yet. I did 50% water changes twice a day until my cycle finished. That’s what I would suggest you do. It’s the safest way of treating your tanks until the cycle finishes (I’d definitely do a 50-75% water change on the tank the top results are from, that’s a lot of nitrites), even though it is a lot of work.

I also suggest getting yourself some 5-gallon jugs, going to the grocery store and buying some RO water. Use that water until your cycle finishes. Once you have the money, you should get yourself an RO/DI system, so you don’t have to deal with the problems of tap water (4ppm ammonia is real bad and often tap water has a significant amount of nitrates as well).

I had been using 5x the prime dose to deal with the ammonia, and it is recommended under the bottle to dose according to the tap in your water. I hadn’t had any problems with amanos shrimp dying until this last 100% water change. They had tolerated the 50% weekly water changes well and never jumped out of the tank before now. (This was when my tank was cycled right before I rescaped it.)

Surprisingly, my tap water has very little nitrite or nitrates—this was when I last tested it back in December/January.

We will eventually have an RO system installed in the house. My parents are trying to decide which system to buy and where to install it. So //maybe// when I come back from my Taiwan trip it might be installed.

I may go out and buy distilled water to mix with my tap water. I would use spring water instead but the nitrates were 80 ppm.

I appreciate the input. I will make a run to the store later tonight for some RO/ distilled water. :)

Here’s the thing: Prime protects against ammonia, nitrite and nitrate BUT prime is only effective for a certain amount of time. It’s perfect for treating ammonia out of the tap, because the bacteria can handle the ammonia while binding. I don’t think it is safe to rely on it to protect your fish. Kai-ni is right: you’ve got some bacteria, it just has to recolonize. I would do daily LARGE water changes and eventually you will be able to stop as the bacteria will recolonize. 

Oh no, I was only treating the water from the tap with prime. I wasn’t just dosing it straight into the tank.

Continue large water changes even with my 4ppm ammonia tap water?

Add a bag of Purigen. It will help and works longer term than prime. Use it in all my shrimp tanks.

I apologize. There will be a few days before I can post much. Suffered from a massive asthma attack last night. It will be a few days before I am myself again.

bettahorse:

My search for my very own horse is now beginning! I can’t afford an expensive horse quite yet, so I’m only looking at the cheap ones for now. Here’s hoping I find a good one without having to wait too long.

Don’t forget the local animal shelter. Every state takes in sick and/or mustreated horses, as well as surrendered horses. They rehabilitate and find good homes for them.

Water Hardness Master Post

brambleforest:

I’ve seen a lot of talk lately about pH, and thought I’d write up a post that explains things a bit better. The big thing is that pH (which is commonly understood) is linked to water hardness (which isn’t well understood), and this post will give you an idea of what hardness is and how to effectively modify hardness and pH for the home aquarium.

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In fact, ph matters very little in the aquarium. What does matter is hardness. When someone says that a fish needs a ph lower than 7, what they should say is the fish needs soft water.

I have stopped measuring ph in my tanks. For my established tanks I only measure tds (total dissolved solids)

libertariancapitalistcrusader:

People who say free-market capitalism is bad because there’s a risk of monopolies seem to neglect that when the state is given control of a service it becomes the ultimate monopoly. A private company can’t fine you for not buying their product, or make it a crime to buy from the competition.

The argument is flawed. Unregulated free markets will indeed lead to monopolies, but that does not mean the alternative is socialism (where the government owns the businesses).

Unregulated free markets lead to problems with worker compensation, worker rights, worker safety, and environmental protection. No concern is going to worry about these issues, because they need to outsell their competitor. Without regulation we would have no sprinkler systems, no fire alarms, no safety equipment on machinery, no inspection of meats, no ingredients lists, or limits on the bad junk they can put into products, and building safety would suffer.

This is why, for now, well regulated capitalism is best. However, in the next 15 years or so this will not be the case. Advances in AI and robotics will likely make most jobs unnecessary. At that point we will need to fundamentally rethink how society works. Going to be interesting times (a double edged phrase if there ever was one).