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by Vancmann
Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:36 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Followup on land plants and loach tank- aquaponics
Replies: 43
Views: 28551

Can anyone figure out the third update? More updates: First, the progress of the tomato vines http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4032/4283643348_0ba0f4e2c2_b.jpg Second, a macro shot of one of the flower. http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4041/4283643340_791eeaae55_b.jpg Third, I found snails, my "maintane...
by Vancmann
Sun Jan 17, 2010 1:43 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: New camera loach pics
Replies: 13
Views: 4631

Very Nice pictures MD. I am very impressed of the quality of the D90 at ISO 800, I see no noise. Very cool!!
by Vancmann
Sat Jan 02, 2010 1:21 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Followup on land plants and loach tank- aquaponics
Replies: 43
Views: 28551

Thanks Diana. Keith, I use a hydrofarm single 4ft grow light kit. The bulb is the 6400k grow light tube that comes with their Hydroponic setup. Also, they can be daisy chained to add 7 more to total 8 units. Re nitrates: I had to do 3 per week 30% water changes to get my nitrate back under control s...
by Vancmann
Fri Jan 01, 2010 10:40 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: New camera.
Replies: 21
Views: 6924

Some great first shots Martin!!
by Vancmann
Fri Jan 01, 2010 10:21 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: What else lives in your fish tank that you cannot see?! Pics
Replies: 10
Views: 2896

Donna, thank you and yea, I am not going to look at any drinking supply anytime soon :wink: Nancy, they sure look like spines or even spikes but infact, they are delicate hairs. Everyone else thank you!! :D Palaeodave, Wasserscheu, I am so clueless on what these are but i am happy they are natural a...
by Vancmann
Fri Jan 01, 2010 10:10 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: What else lives in your fish tank that you cannot see?! Pics
Replies: 10
Views: 2896

Hey all, sorry for the late response, I never got email notification for this post...
by Vancmann
Fri Jan 01, 2010 9:36 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Followup on land plants and loach tank- aquaponics
Replies: 43
Views: 28551

Here is an update: Like some of you suggested, I needed more light. Sorry for the delay of posting these but these pictures were taken about 2-3 weeks after the addition of the new light. The tomatoes started budding and the string beans are actually bearing. This is amazing to me since the only sou...
by Vancmann
Fri Dec 18, 2009 3:12 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: What else lives in your fish tank that you cannot see?! Pics
Replies: 10
Views: 2896

What else lives in your fish tank that you cannot see?! Pics

Today while cleaning out my filter, I noticed some miniscule movement in a droplet of water on the top of my bathtub side. A drop of water had fell from the canister filter when I was emptying it out. I was suddenly curious as to what exactly lives in the water with my fish weather it be good bugs (...
by Vancmann
Sun Dec 13, 2009 9:48 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Tank setup update
Replies: 283
Views: 130213

WOW!! :shock: I just went through 18 pages and Keith, you are the man! This whole setup is amazing from planning with great details and the execution. I like the fact that you reinforced your floor. Also, great choice of the most hardy dither fish, Rasbora borapetensis. Now, I might have missed it b...
by Vancmann
Mon Dec 07, 2009 12:46 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Lost all my loaches, including my 7+ yrs old clowns
Replies: 15
Views: 6776

Sorry for your loss man.. :(
by Vancmann
Mon Dec 07, 2009 12:36 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Followup on land plants and loach tank- aquaponics
Replies: 43
Views: 28551

It is confusing. My fish definitely don't act like they did in the past whenever the nitrates got even close to this level so I am wondering about the DOM content as well. I use canister filters. Regarding another possible cause of nitrates increase. I did mistakedly discover quite a bit of Planaria...
by Vancmann
Sun Dec 06, 2009 12:27 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Followup on land plants and loach tank- aquaponics
Replies: 43
Views: 28551

Wow thanks. I actually did a water change today. I never thought that 80ppm would be high. Good to know.
by Vancmann
Sat Dec 05, 2009 3:24 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Followup on land plants and loach tank- aquaponics
Replies: 43
Views: 28551

Chefkeith, I tested the nitrates today and I got 80ppm. I forgot what the safe range of nitrates is for loaches. My last water change was last wednesday so approx 10 days.
by Vancmann
Fri Dec 04, 2009 4:22 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Followup on land plants and loach tank- aquaponics
Replies: 43
Views: 28551

I havent checked it recently. My 5 little clown loachs are getting big fast and have started eating lots. Beef hearts are their fav. Their appetite compares to all but the alpha female. I imagine that this increase in feeding would be a factor as well. I will check the nitrates soon and post a reply...
by Vancmann
Fri Dec 04, 2009 2:53 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Followup on land plants and loach tank- aquaponics
Replies: 43
Views: 28551

Thanks wasserscheu! :) With the new light, the plants are now growing twice as fast and look much greener, well, atleast the tomato plants look darker green. In the past, I have read that some aquatic plants do a much better job at removing ammonia directly. Me, I dont want to mess with the stuff be...