Subject: Re: NANFA-L-- plants and soil
From: James Smith (jim at vtwebware.com)
Date: Wed Sep 29 2004 - 19:02:29 CDT
Yeah that's far too big to boil.. you can get a plastic storage tub at
walmart and fill it with hot (as hot as you can from the tap) water every
day until it clears some. You might not be able to get the whole thing in
at once but at least it will help. Activated carbon is supposed to remove
tannins as well, but I've never tried it...
At 07:44 PM 9/29/2004, you wrote:
>From: "James Smith" <jim at vtwebware.com>
>>If your driftwood is new, that's definitely it.
>Thanks Jim. I'm pretty sure that it is as well. The question will be how
>to boil this dumb thing. It may be easier to just give it time and
>waterchanges. You'll see in the pictures below... It's a pretty
>substantial piece of wood :)
>From: <Moontanman at aol.com>
>>How much metal halide light are you using and what light/dark cycle? Have you
>>thought of using a good AC to remove the yellow from the water?
>I have 2 175 watt metal halides on a 100 gallon (72x18x18). The ballasts
>are PFO (which _are_ geared to drive lamps optimally for aquaria,
>hydroponics and displays) and the lamps themselves are Venture 5500k.
>Here's some pictures if you're interested:
>I would have topped it off and stuff for aesthetics, but like I mentioned,
>it's in a swing period right now. I just basically walked downstairs and
>what you see is what you get :) If you would like to compare it against
>August 23rd pics, just go back to /100gal/
>You can then see how the val has taken over the right end of the
>tank. The left end had a bunch of hornwort I removed last night. That
>should colonize pretty quickly, especially after I make an adjustment on
>the left light to move it out away a bit from the driftwood. I wanted to
>create shadow there, but I'm mainly growing an algae culture right now,
>especially in the absence of the snails (they DID NOT like the salt
>bath!) You wouldn't believe how much algae those things eat. Good thing
>they're easy to replace :)
>100gal_03.jpg gives you an idea of how much current I'm kickin. I took a
>Rio 2100, attached an Eheim spray bar and viola! You have instant
>directional current. You can kinda see it in 02 and maybe 01 there in the
>left bottom. I'll take a better pic if people would like to see how
>simple it is.
>In the future, I'd like to replace it with a heavier duty, more efficient
>Eheim powerhead. But for now... This works. Also, the driftwood helps
>deflect it back to itself... The return from the canister also goes down
>And I will say this... It is so amazing to watch the darters play in the
>current. Totally different animals. Some suprises too... The blackside
>darters _love_ to play in the current. I would have thought they'd be
>chillin' over by the driftwood (which they do probably half the time), but
>that seems to be rainbow darter habitat, the orangethroats hang over in
>the slower water among the val (not a suprise). But those blacksides are
>all about swimming into the current!
>Of course, the variegate, greenside and banded darters just romp right
>around in full on current like it's nobody's business :) Something else
>I've noticed... They seem to sit up on what would be the riffle behind the
>current (just below the spray bar) and then dart out into the open to grab
>food. Some cool partitioning going on for sure.
>I can't wait to get my suckers in there. But prudence first. I'm going
>on 6 and 8 months with some of them, and they ain't goin' out like
>that! There will be many more less "weighted" introductions before they
>move in :)
>Oh and check out that tadpole madtom. Thing looks like a danged bullhead!
>I'm sad they passed away in all of this.
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: Fri Dec 31 2004 - 11:27:23 CST