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Old 02-25-2007, 06:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We hope you guys all enjoyed the presentation as much as we enjoyed sharing the information.

We came home exhausted but also cranked up about the new plants (as usual). Russ, your marsilea (sp?) in my 55 angel tank is actually four-leaf clovering! Re-did my 2-1/2 with some of the chain micro-swords and marselia left over from Sean's tank. Now I have a new home for my betta (Erik, photos soon to follow).

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I defintely appreciated the talk. Now I have a use for my 5-2 1/2s. I think this Spring I will check out the ol natural. The only question I have is about the lack of current in the water. I heard the plants could develop a film on the surface that could inhibit photosynthesis from stagnant water. Is this true?
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If you want to add a little circulation, Chris can get the ZooMed 104 pumps. They look small in a 2.5gal tank. They have an adjustable flow rate and can be had at a very good price.
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We haven't had that problem with our el naturel tanks. . As Erik mentioned, you could add some circulation if you wished. But Walstad (the expert on this sort of tank and the author of that book we brought) suggests to not have much circulation. Originally she said you didn't need any. It comes down to the fact that every tank is a little bit different. We have two 20L tanks that have almost everything the same, but growth, water parameters, etc. are a bit different. I would try without circulation. If you go beyond the 1 inch of fish per gallon, you will need circulation and perhaps some filtration, like we do on our goldfish tank.

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I defintely appreciated the talk. Now I have a use for my 5-2 1/2s. I think this Spring I will check out the ol natural. The only question I have is about the lack of current in the water. I heard the plants could develop a film on the surface that could inhibit photosynthesis from stagnant water. Is this true?
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I have a new appreciation for low-tech.

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You do grow plants much faster with CO2--no doubt about it. And some plants won't do well out of their natural surroundings without it. But I do like the low tech tanks.
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I like the tank so far. I think I am going to get a diatom filter if i change over any more tanks. After talking to everyone about diatoms yesterday, I may get one anyway.
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I would go with the hot magnum if your going to get one.
We didnt have a chance to see it in action yesterday, but I have one and it works great. I buy the powder from a pool supply store for 10 buck for 10lbs.
Its also a nice filter to have around in case of emergencys.
Heres a link to it for cheap.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...7&N=2004+22777
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I just wanted to say thanks to Melissa and Don for the presentations and to Sean for being such a gracious host. I was happy that I made the trip.
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The Magnum is good for general filtration also. But I think you'll want to remove any other filter media inside it except the pleated element before you add the diatomaceous earth.
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