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by Speedy1985
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: TDS, RO/DI and question.
Replies: 4
Views: 207

Re: TDS, RO/DI and question.

A TDS meter does read conductivity. It then applies a formula to that result and converts it into TDS. My continuous monitor offers me three choices, conductivity and then two TDS readings which use different conversion formulas. One drawback to the TDS setting I use is that it basically reads in 1...
by Speedy1985
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: TDS, RO/DI and question.
Replies: 4
Views: 207

Re: TDS, RO/DI and question.

As far as I know, a TDS meater measures conductivity of the water, and organic matter - large molecules with little or no charge, do not contribute much to the conductivity. What I think happend was, you went from TDS 400 to 40 after the waterchange, but then stuff went dissolving again. I think yo...
by Speedy1985
Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:58 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: TDS, RO/DI and question.
Replies: 4
Views: 207

TDS, RO/DI and question.

I know the subject of TDS is well covered here, but I’m looking for a little more info. I’ll try to give as much info as possible. I have an RO/DI unit that I use with an inline meter for measuring source, RO, and DI levels. My source(well) water consistently reads 185-205 PPM. It’s pH is rock stead...
by Speedy1985
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Moving Fry
Replies: 11
Views: 718

Re: Moving Fry

To clarify, when I say I overfeed fry 3x per day, I mean specifically that I do this while the fry are in the fry basket. Food does not escape into the tank and things such as freeze-dried worms, shredded veggies and algae or earthworm flakes can easily be suctioned out. When fry are loose in the a...
by Speedy1985
Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Moving Fry
Replies: 11
Views: 718

Re: Moving Fry

bekateen wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 3:15 pm
I feed fry 3x per day when possible, and remove uneaten food with a turkey baster.

Cheers, Eric
Ok. Generally, I feed twice a day.
by Speedy1985
Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Moving Fry
Replies: 11
Views: 718

Re: Moving Fry

This does not apply to situations where "bad" dads are the problem and are either eating or booting viable eggs. The ove pleco I have worked with that did this were my P. compta. My experience with Hypancistrus has been that the fry do best when they can be left in the breeder tank,I discovered thi...
by Speedy1985
Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Moving Fry
Replies: 11
Views: 718

Re: Moving Fry

Also, what are your thoughts about moving them into a 5.5g tank with a bunch of longfin albino bristlenose?
by Speedy1985
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Moving Fry
Replies: 11
Views: 718

Re: Moving Fry

Congrats on another spawn. My Hypancistrus debilittera have spawned before and I released the young into the tank at about 1/2" SL safely. That said, I've let L201 fry loose with parents at only a week or two old. They were tiny, barely having finished their yolk and starting to feed on regular foo...
by Speedy1985
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Moving Fry
Replies: 11
Views: 718

Moving Fry

Last week, I pulled a batch of L-129 eggs from a cave and hatched them artificially because the male has not done well with a few spawns previously and I didn't want to lose this one. Now that they have just about lost their egg sacs, I want to move them into a breeder box in the same tank. In the b...
by Speedy1985
Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Another group of Micracanthicus vandragti in the USA
Replies: 26
Views: 1547

Re: Another group of Micracanthicus vandragti in the USA

So frustrating, but so much more rewarding when it happens!
by Speedy1985
Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Feeding Repashy
Replies: 19
Views: 689

Re: Feeding Repashy

TwoTankAmin wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:29 pm
Alan sells it as well https://www.store.repashy.com/by-produc ... -explorer/
Yes, that's probably where I will get it because it seems like most re-sellers don't carry the 4 lb buckets.
by Speedy1985
Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Opinions on this condition
Replies: 13
Views: 677

Re: Opinions on this condition

bekateen wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:58 am
Congratulations. It's not often enough that we have positive outcomes when dealing with disease outbreaks.

Continued success,
Eric
Thank you Eric. I’ll still be keeping a close eye on them for a while, but hopefully the worst part is behind them.
by Speedy1985
Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Opinions on this condition
Replies: 13
Views: 677

Re: Opinions on this condition

A further update and things have gone well. I had treated several more times with Proform C with no more losses and it looks like any spots that were on the Heterodon are all gone. They've taken up spots in caves and under the driftwood, so I consider that a good sign that they are settling in. I ha...
by Speedy1985
Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Feeding Repashy
Replies: 19
Views: 689

Re: Feeding Repashy

The best food for conditioning many fish, including Hypancistrus, is live. For some of us this is not going to happen. I am in that camp. I must agree that Repashy is an excellent food for conditioning fish for spawning. It is a toss up in my mind as to which is the next best choice after live, Rep...
by Speedy1985
Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Feeding Repashy
Replies: 19
Views: 689

Re: Feeding Repashy

I only feed my fish Repashy. So that means every day, although I do have one day a week in which I don't feed. Repashy is an excellent food source to feed on a daily basis. You can switch between different formulas if you want to make it more interesting for yourself. Repashy contains high quality ...
by Speedy1985
Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Feeding Repashy
Replies: 19
Views: 689

Re: Feeding Repashy

No, I did not feed it for most of the summer time. I don't want them to get too fat. It's best to give them some time with lots of veggies and less protein based foods. I think you can use most Pleco foods from the big suppliers for this period. Just don't feed too much to your adults. Youngsters o...
by Speedy1985
Fri Nov 01, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Feeding Repashy
Replies: 19
Views: 689

Re: Feeding Repashy

Well at least I feed it for 2-3 days untill it is gone. Depends on my mood whether I am up to make it every third day all over, again. So they get some breaks in between. I feed it mostly when I want them to spawn, or rather when I expect them to spawn again soon. Like now, when winter and rainy se...
by Speedy1985
Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Feeding Repashy
Replies: 19
Views: 689

Re: Feeding Repashy

I take an old big tea cup with hot water and boil it in the microwave. Then add the powder and stir well using a spoon. Once hardened, I will feed it using a spoon to make portions of what I assume would be appropriate for the tank. One tea cup usually is enough for two or sometimes three days. Tha...
by Speedy1985
Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Feeding Repashy
Replies: 19
Views: 689

Re: Feeding Repashy

I make my repashy in empty blister trays from frozen foods, which are about 1cm cubes. For adult plecs (about 5" long) I generally reckon an average of half a cube per day. Smaller fish (juveniles and otos) often prefer to eat off the surface of twigs and branches. Sometimes I dip twigs in the repa...
by Speedy1985
Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Feeding Repashy
Replies: 19
Views: 689

Re: Feeding Repashy

I feed more to the volume of the filtration and water volume, I think. I don't want to foul the water, but I want the fish to have all they want. If there's any left over after 12 hours, then I can reduce a bit for their next feeding. Barbie Interesting. I'd never think that the volume of the setup...