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Mwahaha, my light has arrived! Which means tomorrow's project = plugging it in and upping production of plant mass in ye olde guppy-tank.

Meanwhile, apparently Bridgeport got decimated by some quasi-tornadic winds and all today. I don't think any of us live there specifically, but is everyone who lives in the surrounding towns okay?
 

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Hey Amanda!

I just joined up, I think you know who this is.:) The storm got blown way out of proportion. I just lost my cable and internet access for most of the day. See around.
 

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It was confirmed that it was a tornado that landed in Bridgeport area yesterday O.O...

Nice to see you here AlienDeadBody... Who are you again??? :)
 

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Hello Khanzer22,

I just joined this forum based on a recommendation from asukawashere or as I know her Amanda. We are friends from college. I had been dealing with a bit of trouble reaching her between the storm and a computer virus. I already did my meet and greet over at the newbies area. Sorry to intrude on your plant club thread. I hope to get to know you and all other Connecticut members of APC in time. Take care!

-DeadAlienBody
 

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You didn't intrude after all! All CTians are welcome :) Hope we could meet you in person on our next plant club meeting in July... Welcome to APC!
 

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Hey Bruno! Welcome to APC... now we need to get you a fishtank. Go shopping at tag sales, find a nice-looking used one and I'll help you set it up. Then you can come prowling around the state for plantey things for it with the rest of our merry band of aquatic plant nuts.

Was worried about whether you got hit badly by the storm, and looked up the area with the tornado on the map, apparently it's clear on the other side of Bpt. from you. Good to hear nothing terrible happened at your place, though :D Was trying to send you an email to see if you were okay, but SHU's email server is down (probably for the same reason as everything else).

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Aaaand, in general news, my new light is now set up over the guppy tank. Now I just need to cross my fingers and hope the Ludwigia 'Cuba' likes it. Also need to cross fingers and hope I set the digital timer correctly. Shifted the old light from that tank on top of the endlers' tank, and hauled a 96w, 10,000k PC fixture from storage for the 29gal with the plecos & sparkling gouramies (it'll eventually go over the 4gal bow when I set that up, but in the mean time, I figure it'll give the 29 a little boost in lighting... maybe by then I'll have a 30" light to stick over that tank. I stuck a little jar with some emersed stems of Kawag' under the 6" overhang of the light :mrgreen: figured I'd get some mileage out of it.

Dad pointed out today that from the neighbors' houses, it probably looks like we're growing pot in the basement or something, lol. A bunch of bright plant lights on at weird hours of the day, cars driving up and taking off a few hours later, weird girl bringing little baggies of plants in and out all the time.... yeah. Nothing suspicious about that. Oh well. At least we know if they call the cops, they won't find anything illicit. After all, marijuana is useless - it doesn't grow aquatically! :mrgreen:
 

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Amanda, you may not recall but I already own 20 plus year old 10 gallon tank that I unfortunately kept goldfish in. You scorned me for that bit of idiocy and I probably would have deserved it if I wasn't only a kid and didn't know any better.

I am not sure how sincere you are about assisting me with the tank set up because it's going to be a pain. I have a possibly functioning filter, cover with fluorescent light, plastic plants, and substrate which consists of a myriad of cheap pebbles and marbles.

You along with anyone else reading this will pickup on the fact that I am clueless about fish keeping and aquatic plants but I have the best of intentions. I want to learn so long as I have a chance to stumble every now and again. With that said, I am hoping to make friends here and I don't mean to come off as a douche.
 

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Lol, I thought you would have gotten rid of the old goldfish tank by now, but we can use that if it still holds water... for now, why don't you try cleaning all the dust and dirt from over the years out of it, and then dry it off so we can take a look at the seals. :D

The plastic plants are useless in a live planted tank, and I can give you some Turface to use as a gravel instead of what your have... the spaces between marbles are too big for plant roots to anchor well :D If your filter doesn't work, I'll give you a box filter that'll take care of a 10-gal easily, you can get an air pump for it new for $8 or at a tag sale for a buck or two. I can supply you with some male guppies - they're pretty, colorful, easy to keep, and (unlike their female counterparts) don't have babies every month. o.0' Very forgiving fish if you're not used to the hobby, and don't need more than a few gallons of space if you're not breeding them.

Only thing that might be a little pricey is a new light... at the very least, your current one will need a new bulb. If you can find a working, used incandescent fixture at a tag sale or on craigslist, that might be best - a 2-bulb incandescent can have 2 daylight CFL bulbs swapped into it and supply enough light to the tank. Otherwise you'll be stuck with low-light plants and those are limited in selection (and usually more expensive, since they grow slowly). I have a few 1-bulb incandescents, but that won't be much light.

Does your tank have a clear glass cover of some sort? It would be helpful in keeping the fish from jumping. If not, you can get one in my next order, it's only about $10 for a 10-gal tank size.
 

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Wow! You are leaving me speechless. Thanks for all the help Amanda. First, the cover that I have is made of black plastic and should be functional though it hasn't been turned on since the late 90's or early 2000's. As for everything else it would require just a bit of time and planning on our part to figure out. I am looking forward to this little project! I will be forever indebted to your kindness.
 

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No problem! Say, by any chance are you any good at electrical wiring? We could get you a nice retrofit kit to put t5 or PCFL plant bulbs in the light you already have... :D

Personally, I don't like the black plastic hoods... they break easily, and the clear acrylic part tends to fog. I'll buy a lot of used and makeshift things for a tank setup, but a nice hinged glass lid is one thing I'm picky about having, especially for a planted tank. :)
 

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No, I haven't been near any kind of electrical wiring since I took a trade class in my freshman year of high school, but I'm definately picking up on your enthusiasm to see this plan materialize. I've sent you an email to work out some of the finer details in our progress.

As for the hood, I am beholden to a very low budget, so whatever I can salvage from my old set up I would like to keep. I should add though, over the years we cut a lot of the back part of the cover away to fit the equipment. Oh and I just remembered, I still have what should be an air pump (that's the dealie that creates bubbles in the water right?).
 

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Hey guys, just want to give you all a heads up that I might buy some Excel in the next week or two... I'll update the list and prices in the next day or two... Thanks and have a happy July 4th :)
 

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I'd like to try that (Metricide) but I'm just too scared to have it around the house with the little kid :) I'll prolly give it a whirl when my daughter is a little old enough to know what not to open/touch...
 

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Okay, now I'm curious - what on Earth does Metricide do for an aquarium? Isn't it usually used as a sterilizer - i.e. something you don't want in a tank? The "-cide" at the end of it is enough to make me wary...

As for the kid, two words: childproof caps. Best to use the chemicals now, when she's not yet old enough to figure out how to open them up when you're not looking ;)

I'd jump in on the excel order, but I think I'm set with ferts for now, as soon as the post office decides to stop holding the mail from my vacation and forks over my boxes. :D On the other hand, I'm planning to place that Aqua Botanic order this weekend (if I can total over $50 it'll ship free) so if anyone wants in, PM me a list of what you want and we'll make arrangements.
 

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Hi asukawashere,

Glutaradehyde is the active ingredient in Excel. Since I used Excel both for a carbon supplement and for its' algaecide properties at 2X daily strength I started looking for alternatives. Here is a link that will answer most of your questions.
 

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Okay, now I'm curious - what on Earth does Metricide do for an aquarium? Isn't it usually used as a sterilizer - i.e. something you don't want in a tank? The "-cide" at the end of it is enough to make me wary...
Yep, it is... Most hobbyist use this to substitute excel... Here's the MSDS (http://www2.mooremedical.com/downloads/36050.pdf) of it...

I just don't want this kind of chemicals (really strong/hazardous) in our house, just uncomfortable specially if you have a little one (paranoid?!) :) So I'm good with Excel for now hehe

I'll pass on the AB order, already have the stuff I'm looking for tha past weeks...
 

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Huh. Go figure. I might have to look into getting some of this stuff...

Actually, I was just poking through the top chamber of my pond an hour ago, where I'm currently growing a crop of Najas guadalupensis, and thinking to myself that it'd be nice if excel were cheap enough for me to dose it out there to get rid of the hair algae it tends to accumulate. Maybe this is a good solution. I'm not inclined to try it in the indoor tanks b/c my brother is asthmatic, but outdoors in the pond I bet it'd be useful... hmmm.

I figure with the sheer quantity of toxic pigments used in the watercolors I paint with (which include cadmium, cobalt, pthalocyanine, and many others), one more bottle of hazardous chems is no biggie. :p

Thanks for the info, both of you, and for that useful link, Seattle. :) Now I've just got to go track some of this stuff down (internet shopping is a wonderful thing). :D
 
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