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by TwoTankAmin
Tue Jan 19, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Making Blackwater
Replies: 13
Views: 782

Re: Making Blackwater

My tap is well water. When I got into the hobby in early 2001 my tap was about 7.3 or 4 pH and the TDS were about 105+ (I did not have a TDS meter then.) some 10 years later a friend came over who did have a TDS meter and she tested my tank water at 83 ppm. That was when I bought my first digital me...
by TwoTankAmin
Tue Jan 19, 2021 7:11 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Breeding report Contradiction
Replies: 1
Views: 29

Breeding report Contradiction

I was looking information on Corydoras eques and I ran into this on the sie's species page: Breeding Unreported. Breeding Reports There are 5 breeding reports, read them all here. Now this seems to me to be a contradiction. Either the Unreported comment is incorrect or else there are five breeding r...
by TwoTankAmin
Mon Jan 18, 2021 12:52 am
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: Things are not all bad
Replies: 7
Views: 345

Re: Things are not all bad

This story gets stranger. Last March, as part of an import deal, I included 25 zebras at 2 inches TL for myself. I figured I would keep 15 to try for a new spawning group and I would sell 10 to defray some of the costs of my 15. When they arrived I set them up in a 40 long with sand, wood and rock a...
by TwoTankAmin
Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:31 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: Things are not all bad
Replies: 7
Views: 345

Things are not all bad

So here we are starting out 2021. 2020 is a year to forget for so many reasons. I am one of those folks who will almost certainly die if I get Covid. So I have basically been a hermit since early last March. I have stopped shipping fish, for the most part, and relied on my club, weekend events and w...
by TwoTankAmin
Wed Jan 06, 2021 10:31 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: What's agamous?
Replies: 16
Views: 484

Re: What's agamous?

Good old Google to the rescue.

Go here and click on the little speaker icon next to the word https://www.thefreedictionary.com/agamous

Or maybe when a person scared by rodents sees a tiny one of them run across the floor, they jump onto something while screaming "Agamous!"
by TwoTankAmin
Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:44 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: What's the harm with posting speaker's presentations online?
Replies: 15
Views: 468

Re: What's the harm with posting speaker's presentations online?

Thinking on this a bit more it occurred to me that a speaker's presentation may fall into the same category in terms of copyright as a sporting event or a movie etc. The presentation is the creation and the property of the speaker. People who record it and then publish it online without permission m...
by TwoTankAmin
Fri Jan 01, 2021 5:17 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: What's the harm with posting speaker's presentations online?
Replies: 15
Views: 468

Re: What's the harm with posting speaker's presentations online?

I have a couple of friends who speak at events. I have gone to a club meeting or a weekend event just to hear a friend's presentation. I also know that most such presentations are given multiple times at different events all over the country. I can say that once I have seen a presentation. I am not ...
by TwoTankAmin
Tue Dec 29, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: busted heater
Replies: 15
Views: 718

Re: busted heater

My first AquaClear 100 aka 20 cost me under $10, That same filter today is cheap at under $25 if you can find that price. Plus the quality is not as good either. The plastic is now also thinner than it was when I bought my first one. There has been a trend of conglomerates which have pet divisions t...
by TwoTankAmin
Sat Dec 26, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: busted heater
Replies: 15
Views: 718

Re: busted heater

I have come to believe that heaters are the least reliable equipment we use. I have used a variety of brands and pretty much had one or more failures in all of them. I have had two fail stuck full one. One boiled a breeding colony of L236 and about 35 of their fry the other boiled a discus pair and ...
by TwoTankAmin
Tue Dec 22, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Making Blackwater
Replies: 13
Views: 782

Re: Making Blackwater

I make black water every week for my altum angel tank. However, I use a different methodology than Shane. I start with ro/di water which I use to mix 20 gals of changing water. My tap is pH 7.0 and 83 ppm or lower TDS. I mix about 11:9 ro/di:tap. I then put in my digital probes which are normally on...
by TwoTankAmin
Fri Dec 11, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Callichthyidae - Corys et al)
Topic: Cory and possibly Ich
Replies: 3
Views: 455

Re: Cory and possibly Ich

Not that this will help. but i am a big fan of the Torpedo Beach SuperNatural. I chose it because it had a larger grain size which makes it easier to vacuum up poop as opposed to finer sand. I also chose it because the Admin on the wild catfish site said it most closely resembled the substrate in th...
by TwoTankAmin
Fri Dec 11, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: Does everybody knows fish-jokes?
Replies: 117
Views: 50407

Re: Does everybody knows fish-jokes?

Old fishermen never die, they just smell that way.
by TwoTankAmin
Wed Dec 09, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: Dumb things we have done
Replies: 12
Views: 974

Re: Dumb things we have done

I have am honorary degree from NUWC (Noah's University of Water Changes). I was awarded this for my outstanding work in both emptying 20 gallons into a five gallon bucket as well as refilling multiple tanks with at least 30% more gallons than I removed from the tank. I was also given the further dis...
by TwoTankAmin
Sun Dec 06, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Plants for high flow pleco breeding tank
Replies: 13
Views: 1054

Re: Plants for high flow pleco breeding tank

Here is the problem being ignored. Most plants need to developed a bteer root system when planted in the substrate. This takes some time. Those roots are what will keep the plant from being removed by current. When I first began planting my high tech pressurized CO2 added tank, the return from the E...
by TwoTankAmin
Wed Nov 25, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Bushy nose and L128
Replies: 4
Views: 981

Re: Bushy nose and L128

How about a mix of Repashy. Maybe 50/50 Soilent Green and Bottom Scratcher?
by TwoTankAmin
Fri Nov 13, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: The effect of meds on TDS
Replies: 8
Views: 1148

Re: The effect of meds on TDS

Firstly, thanks to all for their input. You are correct re salt in the med. It is listed in the Safety Data Sheet for the product. By weight, it is 99.9% and the actual med is .1%. So that definitely explains my TDS readings. However, NaCl has no charge so it is not a conductor of electricity? But i...
by TwoTankAmin
Thu Nov 12, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: The effect of meds on TDS
Replies: 8
Views: 1148

The effect of meds on TDS

This is not a catfish related question although the tank involved does contain an H. contradens. The tank in question is my Altum angel tank. I normally keep the tank in the 60 ppm RDS range and a pH of 6.0 which tends to rise towards 6.5 between water changes. I am treating fin rot in one angel's d...
by TwoTankAmin
Wed Nov 04, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Callichthyidae - Corys et al)
Topic: A smudgespot cory fry!
Replies: 7
Views: 1399

Re: A smudgespot cory fry!

I have always found similis as cute as can be. I had a group of wild caughts years ago in a species tank. I would see eggs on the glass now and then but they always vanished fast. I never got any fry. I have a feeling they like to eat their own eggs. If so, it is super you managed to get any fry.
by TwoTankAmin
Fri Oct 30, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: What is a pleco?
Replies: 7
Views: 1047

Re: What is a pleco?

Or, maybe the use of the term pleco evolved because of our love to shorten/simplify everything. When was the last time anybody went for a computerized axial tomography scan? My last CAT scan was in August. It is the same reason L numbers are used more often than common or even identified names. Only...
by TwoTankAmin
Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: How many years have you known the zebra pleco?
Replies: 5
Views: 1056

Re: How many years have you known the zebra pleco?

I first saw a zebra in a picture in the Baensch Aquarium Atlas in 2001. I knew I had to have these fish. I failed a few times before I finally acquired my first pair in 2003. I lost them both within about 8 months because I put them in with other larger plecos. I replaced them with 3 I got on Aquabi...