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by Keith Wolcott
Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:23 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: R.O. and water changes
Replies: 44
Views: 14775

ChefKeith

I like your chart too. I'll be glad to check the details. I have been wanting to do that, but have not had time yet. I'll be out of town for a few days, so I'll try to get to it late next week.

Keith
by Keith Wolcott
Thu Mar 08, 2007 1:42 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: R.O. and water changes
Replies: 44
Views: 14775

I worked out the calculations for how different types of water changes compare to each other. I gave just a couple of example figures earlier, but had not taken into account any input pollution. I have now added this more realistic assumption. I have assumed that the tank pollution has stabilized. T...
by Keith Wolcott
Tue Mar 06, 2007 9:52 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: R.O. and water changes
Replies: 44
Views: 14775

Emma and ChefKeith- Thanks for the siphon sizes and the UV info and thread link. I should have found the link myself, but I missed it somehow when I searched.

I have some thinking to do now to decide just how I want to set things up.

Keith
by Keith Wolcott
Tue Mar 06, 2007 1:54 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: R.O. and water changes
Replies: 44
Views: 14775

Thanks Emma and Helen. I rather like your methods. A continuous drip method has the advantage that it just happens after it is all set up. But things can go wrong. The overflow can fail. Even with a backup float to shut it down, the backup could fail. If the electricity goes off, you have to be sure...
by Keith Wolcott
Tue Mar 06, 2007 8:59 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: R.O. and water changes
Replies: 44
Views: 14775

Chris
Thanks for the information and the links. You have quite a nice setup. I looked at your pictures on the freshwater forum. You have a beautiful tank and beautiful fish.

Keith
by Keith Wolcott
Mon Mar 05, 2007 6:04 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: R.O. and water changes
Replies: 44
Views: 14775

ChefKeith- Thanks for the link. It has some good ideas. chris1932- My tank is 75g (it had been set up for 11 years, but now I am starting over). I am still looking at R.O. filters but was thinking of getting one that produces 100 gpd. I want to get this tank set up to use the R.O. water, but also wi...
by Keith Wolcott
Mon Mar 05, 2007 9:20 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: R.O. and water changes
Replies: 44
Views: 14775

Excellent links ChefKeith. Thank you. I especially like the DIY version. With these types of switches it should not be too hard to design a good system. You got me thinking about continuous feed water change systems. So here is a completely different plan that has the advantage of getting rid of the...
by Keith Wolcott
Sun Mar 04, 2007 9:27 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Welcome to the New Loach Forum
Replies: 261
Views: 264615

Thanks Emma.

Jim- I'll have to check out the Lafayette store sometime when I am over that way. You are right about Champaign. Sailfin in Champaign is very good. I was there recently and the loaches included Clowns, Botia almorhae, and Yasuhikotakia morleti.

Thanks.

Keith
by Keith Wolcott
Sun Mar 04, 2007 8:15 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: R.O. and water changes
Replies: 44
Views: 14775

R.O. and water changes

I am going to use R.O. water for all water changes in order to get soft water since the local water here is very hard. I'm looking for information on the best way to make this work efficiently and to be at least partially automated. I am considering having a sump and a separate storage tank of the s...
by Keith Wolcott
Sun Mar 04, 2007 7:18 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Welcome to the New Loach Forum
Replies: 261
Views: 264615

Thanks Jim. I think that I am already hooked. I noticed that we live only about 2 hours apart. I would be interested in finding out which LFS's in your area are good sources for loaches.

Keith
by Keith Wolcott
Sun Mar 04, 2007 7:06 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Sad, sad time to be a clown owner
Replies: 21
Views: 7449

Excellent!!! I understand now. I was not taking evaporation into account. Your spreadsheet is nicely done. Thank you. It explains why you have said that you are going to top off your tanks with RO water to replace evaporated water.

Keith W
by Keith Wolcott
Sun Mar 04, 2007 6:48 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Welcome to the New Loach Forum
Replies: 261
Views: 264615

Thanks Martin. Yes it did not take long to realize that this is the place to get real information from experts.

Keith
by Keith Wolcott
Sun Mar 04, 2007 6:03 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Sad, sad time to be a clown owner
Replies: 21
Views: 7449

ChefKeith, Ok, so the input pollution is not taken into account. Then for example, if we do 50% water changes every day then half of the pollution is removed each day. So after the first day we have half the original pollution and after the second day we have half again as much or 1/4 the pollution....
by Keith Wolcott
Sun Mar 04, 2007 2:57 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Sad, sad time to be a clown owner
Replies: 21
Views: 7449

ChefKeith- Would you explain what assumptions you used to estimate the pollution level plateau's. Unless I am not understanding it, it would seem that you have to make an assumption about the rate of pollution input which would be based on the amount of fish waste products. What do you use for this ...
by Keith Wolcott
Sun Mar 04, 2007 2:49 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Welcome to the New Loach Forum
Replies: 261
Views: 264615

As a new member I just want to say hello. I have been lurking for a couple months and have really enjoyed getting to know everyone here. I have kept fish for 26 years with a 75g for the last 11 years. I stocked tetras and a beautiful pair of green severums that spawned many times and recently died a...