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by Basil
Sat Nov 16, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: been gone a long time... 2007...
Replies: 6
Views: 2114

Re: been gone a long time... 2007...

Wow! That’s a gorgeous tank!
And thank you for any effort in educating on how to keep loaches. We new loach owners are most appreciative!
by Basil
Sat Nov 16, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: PH Problem (too alkaline)
Replies: 26
Views: 5884

Re: PH Problem (too alkaline)

That’s good news!
by Basil
Tue Oct 15, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: PH Problem (too alkaline)
Replies: 26
Views: 5884

Re: PH Problem (too alkaline)

Sorry, jumping in to the game late here, but as your post was fairly recent thought I'd pipe in w/a couple a thoughts. I'm in MD and my pH is 8.2 and the KH is almost 0. (but the pH is stable, I know that's unusual). Here are the things I do do lower pH to varying degrees in different tanks: Not im...
by Basil
Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: PH Problem (too alkaline)
Replies: 26
Views: 5884

Re: PH Problem (too alkaline)

I’m not a chemist, but I do know that water does not always seem to follow what I think are the rules. For instance, I’m starting with RO/DI water made from my well water so it should be pure. But even though I add the appropriate amount of buffers and minerals, I end up with a dGH of 6, dKH of 2, a...
by Basil
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: PH Problem (too alkaline)
Replies: 26
Views: 5884

Re: PH Problem (too alkaline)

Oh and adding pictures is a pain. You need to first put them on a photo hosting sight. I use Picturetrail. Then copy the URL for bulletin boards and paste here.
by Basil
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: PH Problem (too alkaline)
Replies: 26
Views: 5884

Re: PH Problem (too alkaline)

Welcome Jim! I’m not that far from you in N. Central MD. I’m also on well water but am in an area devoid of limestone. So my well water tests at about 11dGH, 0 dKH, and between ph of 5.3-5.6. As the api kit only tests ph down to 6.0, the ph values were from commercial testing that was done several y...
by Basil
Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Gluing Plants on to driftwood
Replies: 6
Views: 2526

Re: Gluing Plants on to driftwood

Hmmm, not sure if that is an improvement or not lol!
I tried to fix it. When they look correct on my phone, everyone else sees them sideways or upside down. :shock:
But hopefully, the OP gets the idea!
by Basil
Tue Jul 23, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Gluing Plants on to driftwood
Replies: 6
Views: 2526

Re: Gluing Plants on to driftwood

I have issues posting pictures lol! So hopefully this is not rotated! Behind the red tiger lotus are java fern glued to both driftwood and a rock. This is in my 75 g that houses barbs and Botia dario. Ok, hopefully this is right side up! http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1690/8697474/24819073/4142641...
by Basil
Tue Jul 23, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Gluing Plants on to driftwood
Replies: 6
Views: 2526

Re: Gluing Plants on to driftwood

The only grass I have is giant hair grass and it is planted in the sand substrate with root tabs. However, I have quite a few java fern glued to driftwood and it is doing great. I actually need to trim some of it. And super glue gel is safe for plants and fish. I also do the recommended dose of Seac...
by Basil
Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Botia dario compatibility
Replies: 3
Views: 2202

Re: Botia dario compatibility

My Botia Darios are very active fish. I have them in a 75 g and absolutely could not imagine them in a 15 g.
by Basil
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Back at 'er
Replies: 4
Views: 2445

Re: Back at 'er

I’m a newcomer but welcome back!
And huge congrats on the PhD!!
by Basil
Thu May 23, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Treat with Levamisole again?
Replies: 4
Views: 2285

Re: Treat with Levamisole again?

I’m amazed at the rate of wasting in this little guy :( But he’s hanging in there. Just did a 75% water change and added charcoal to the filter. I’ll do another treatment in 2-3 weeks. Luckily I don’t share most equipment between tanks so hopefully nothing has spread. And if course, it might not be ...
by Basil
Thu May 23, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Video of my Botia dario
Replies: 4
Views: 2340

Re: Video of my Botia dario

Thanks Nancy!
by Basil
Wed May 22, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Video of my Botia dario
Replies: 4
Views: 2340

Re: Video of my Botia dario

Haha! They do tend to go at about 75 mph at times. :D They always seem quite busy.
by Basil
Tue May 21, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Treat with Levamisole again?
Replies: 4
Views: 2285

Re: Treat with Levamisole again?

When I went back to the tank to try and get some photos, the little guy was definitely struggling. And I realized how skinny he now seemed, even from yesterday. So I did a 50% water change, removed the charcoal and added a half dose of levamisole. I’ll add the other half in 12 hours. Lights are off ...