NANFA-L-- A little mud never hurt anybody...

Subject: NANFA-L-- A little mud never hurt anybody...
From: Todd Crail (
Date: Mon Aug 23 2004 - 22:10:27 CDT

Okay... Here's the latest experiment. I will blame Laura
Burbage if it fails! (just kidding :)

Yesterday, I had one of these...

To which I added 80lbs of this...


Capped it with 2" of my good old stand by and siphoned
off a fair portion of the free silts adjunct from the sandbed...

Was very encouraged to find that I had been keeping
and growing one of these for a year in a 5 1/2 gallon
(unknowingly and in the dark for the most part, so phyto
couldn't be the food... So what was? I think detritus and
bacteria play more in mussel health than we might think :)

Last night what I started with, kinda looked more like this...

Tonight it looked like this...

It's amazing how fast the biofilms lock up the fine silts. I figure
I have a few more days of "slightly turbid" to "semi-tannic" and
we're rockin'. Two 175 watt halides were enough, I'm not
going to fuss with vho's.

I have glitter lines again :)

Time will tell how this thing goes, good or bad.

The Muddy Maumee Madness, Toledo, OH
It's never too late to have a happy childhood.
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: Wed Sep 29 2004 - 12:24:21 CDT