Saturday, December 9, 2017

The long forgotten aquarium Banana Plant.





The
long forgotten aquarium Banana Plant.

















A
long forgotten aquarium plant that was sold in all the Mom & Pop pet stores
and was a mainstay of the first time plants hobbyist would buy.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Mulm under the Monte Carlo in my last video…Now this is why you are dead...





Even
with such a simple device as a prefilter, what we notice through testing (this
was with all ponds using a pre-filter before biological filtration) is that the
longer the intervals between cleanings, the lower the redox became and the
turbidity of the main pond suffered. Through this did not show any immediate
affect on the animals’ heath per-say, we did notice that the metabolic rate of
the animals increased. After cleaning out the pre-filter, within twelve hours
the fish were back to normal. Though these studies are not conclusive, it does
bring up the question of how water quality deterioration can affect our animals
very quickly, without one noticing this deterioration by sight alone.

















We
also notice that the dirtier the biological filtration system became, this also
correlated with what we found with dirty pre-filters, redox always suffered. Bottom
drains that were not prefiltered before biological filtration takes place were
always an issue that drew much attention on the bulk water parameters and how
well ones animals did in the long run. These insults sometimes will overwhelm
the biological filtrations bacteria’s ability to process foodstuff. If any
hobbyist pumps the bulk water from their pond in any manner, without perfiltering
that water first, redox will always suffer and biological processes will be
influence by such macro and micro particulate matter. Such insults are to be
avoided at all cost if one can help it. In order to overcome these problems,
filtration manufacturers are always trying to make filtration systems that will
carry more biological surface area than ever before. I think the word I should
be using here is “clogging” by particulate matter and not only by bio-film.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Warning: What YouTube videos don’t tell you about Monte Carlo / HC Cuba ...





Warning:
What YouTube videos don’t tell you about Monte Carlo / HC Cuba carpeting
plants.

Beware
of this innocuous looking plant; it just may become Pandora’s box and cause
more troubles than what it is worth. This is a carpeting plant that with its
small root hair system becomes a trap for detritus and/or catchall of all
things good and bad. After just a few months of excellent plant growth this
plant was hiding deep within its root system a time-bomb of goodies that if not
kept in check will begin to cause havoc on your aquatic animals and ecosystem
and the hobbyists will not know why!

















In our aquariums we are to
try and keep fish waste out and make sure our mechanical filters get it out of
the system before it becomes a problem be utilized by the Nitrogen Cycle. This
video is a must watch if your water quality is being compromised using Monte
Carlo and you can’t put your finger on just why.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

How to make a very slow moving water Plenum with sand substrate. Great f...





How
to make a very slow moving water Plenum with sand substrate. Great for planted
tanks, too.

In
a slow water moving Plenum you only want about 1-2-gals of water to be
exchanged through the Plenum a day. Sand compacts because of its very
exceptionally small particulate matter and moving water too fast will cause
this compactness of the media to escalate and lessen its porewater and
permeability abilities to the point that anaerobic bacteria will predominate
the media.  

By
moving water very slowly from underneath the sand bed Facultative bacteria will
predominate the substrate and because oxygen will not be depleted in the sand
bed, it will stay anoxic in nature and not go anaerobic.

I
have been using this same method for the past 25-years, after I realized that
placing sand or and very fine media directly on the bottom of the fish tank
only led to ammonia producing anaerobic bacteria turning the substrate black on
the very bottom.





























There
are two ways to stop a sand-bed from going anaerobic on you and that is through
a moving Plenum or only making the sand bed 1
" deep and making sure that some kind of fauna becomes part of
the ecosystem in the sand-bed itself.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Pulling out the LaMotte Nitrate-N .25-10.0 ppm test kit, time to start s...





Pulling
out the LaMotte Nitrate-N .25-10.0 ppm test kit, time to start sweating
bullets. These test kits take no prisoners! They tell the truth.

Whenever
a DVM comes to my house to test my pond water just to see how good the AFS
really is…I sweat bullets. Will it pass the test of the LaMotte or fail and I
go down in flames. Well, it always come out smelling like a Rose and its been
doing that for the past 30-years now.



















Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Obsolete Blue Bio-Balls In The Sump Have Been Replaced With Two More...





The
Obsolete Blue Bio-Balls In The Sump Have Been Replaced With Two More BCB’s.

In
this YouTube video I will be talking about adding two more Biocenosis
Clarification Baskets (BCB) to my sump. I’M also testing out a new way to
filter the aquarium water without using an expensive Prefiltering SOCKS. This
is something that I seen on YouTube on how to make your own socks and instead
of cleaning the dirty ones. Just replace with a home made sock and pitch the
old one away.

Also
will be talking about emergent plants and submergent plants.























Sunday, November 12, 2017

Anoxic Filtration System down under by: Shaun’s Fish Tanks





Anoxic
Filtration System down under by: Shaun’s Fish Tanks


The
two links below are for Shaun’s Fish Tanks, these are his video on YouTube on
the Anoxic Filtration System from Australia. He shows how to build one of the
BCB and he will implement the BCB in his Discus tanks along with his Oscar
tank.