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by kvnbyl
Mon Dec 27, 2021 11:33 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Heater for pricy plecos
Replies: 26
Views: 2933

Re: Heater for pricy plecos

yeah, it's not a perfect solution but what is?
I've used the controllers for close to 20 years and have never had a problem
realistically an 85.00 piece equipment that is used commercially is a lot less likely to fail than a 14.95 Petco heater
by kvnbyl
Thu Dec 23, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Heater for pricy plecos
Replies: 26
Views: 2933

Re: Heater for pricy plecos

also price wise you are talking 85.00 for two tanks, 42.00 per tank
if we are talking about expensive fish it's not a lot of money and you are using quality device to heat the tanks, not some no name Petco special
by kvnbyl
Thu Dec 23, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Heater for pricy plecos
Replies: 26
Views: 2933

Re: Heater for pricy plecos

two tanks of the same size, one probe, the tanks stay at the same temp because the probe is turning BOTH sets heaters on and off. even if one heater goes into overheat it is still protected by the probe thermostat and it will still go on and off like the tank with the probe
by kvnbyl
Wed Dec 22, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Heater for pricy plecos
Replies: 26
Views: 2933

Re: Heater for pricy plecos

Jehmco also sells a good heater controller, all solid state and it can also be used as a chiller controller also. The last time I bought one it was about 75.00, like everything else they probably have gone up a little but the price is almost irrelevant when you are talking expensive fish. I have a 1...
by kvnbyl
Fri Oct 15, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Callichthyidae - Corys et al)
Topic: Cory Cats keep dying, “U” type stomach, and they go into “paralysis” ...
Replies: 2
Views: 1626

Re: Cory Cats keep dying, “U” type stomach, and they go into “paralysis” ...

I've had really bad luck with Pet Smart fish, internal parasites, I've stopped buying from them completely
by kvnbyl
Mon Jun 07, 2021 5:37 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Best gravel for catfish?
Replies: 9
Views: 5470

Re: Best gravel for catfish?

CaribSea makes a black gravel that seems to work well for me, might have to order it online, a really well-stocked fish store might carry it too.
also looks really good
by kvnbyl
Mon Dec 28, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: busted heater
Replies: 15
Views: 5094

Re: busted heater

I have had 12 Eheims of various sizes that have been going for 10+ years. I have resolved this year to replace them all, 2 at a time. I don't use the thermometers in the tanks as the only heater control. I learned the hard way as many people have when 25 baby Multis fried. i felt awful and this is w...
by kvnbyl
Sat Dec 19, 2020 3:55 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Callichthyidae - Corys et al)
Topic: Bad incident, take some caution
Replies: 31
Views: 8761

Re: Bad incident, take some caution

I use it as a net sanitizer and I purchased it from the source mentioned. I put 3 or 4 ounces in a 5 gal bucket and use it to sterilize nets. I had a problem with ich and it had spread from tank to tank before I realized I had a problem. Then I used dipped the water change hoses in it so as not to i...
by kvnbyl
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Filtration for 55l
Replies: 4
Views: 3904

Re: Filtration for 55l

when you haul them out to clean you inevitably get water all over the front of the tank and the floor. you can minimize this by using a small pan and putting right up to the tank and transferring the filter to it but you still make a mes IMHE
by kvnbyl
Thu Jan 09, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: A Link to a Lot of Great Fish Related Info
Replies: 3
Views: 1744

Re: A Link to a Lot of Great Fish Related Info

http://www.msstate.edu/dept/srac/index.htm
it would appear that this link no longer exists
by kvnbyl
Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: My catfish
Replies: 7
Views: 7665

Re: My catfish

That S granulosus is a thing of beauty
by kvnbyl
Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Callichthyidae - Corys et al)
Topic: The right thermometer
Replies: 2
Views: 1765

Re: The right thermometer

if i buy them in a store i look at all the others, the good ones will show approximately the same temp, some will be higher and some will be lower. buy one that is in the majority . i believe that the worst are the outside strip, i have some and all i use them for is an approximation. i believe that...
by kvnbyl
Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Any ideas
Replies: 4
Views: 3394

Re: Any ideas

did they get added to fertilize the plants? , good idea, wrong product
by kvnbyl
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Marc's fish room build
Replies: 274
Views: 172345

Re: Marc's fish room build

the theoretical standard of service here is 1 -10 minute outage every 10 years, what a joke
at least in Cambridge we would get a flyer detailing scheduled outages, that's not happening here
by kvnbyl
Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Marc's fish room build
Replies: 274
Views: 172345

Re: Marc's fish room build

i moved from a place that had a lot of outages (Cambridge MA)., of all places to a place that has somewhat less issues and the very first thing that went into the downsized house went was a 14,000 watt standby generator. how much are my fish worth? how much are yours worth? my days of staying up all...
by kvnbyl
Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:41 am
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: UK Summer Pond Project
Replies: 6
Views: 4020

Re: UK Summer Pond Project

it's always interesting to me that fish that can stand a 10 degree f temperature swing when they are out in a pond with no harm can develop ick in a tank with as little as a 2-3 degree f drop
by kvnbyl
Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Callichthyidae - Corys et al)
Topic: Using sand as substrate
Replies: 27
Views: 6465

Re: Using sand as substrate

i too have Cory tanks and i use black sand, since i am using it for a foraging place i only use 3/4 of an inch. i would guess that with a layer that small there is relatively little bio filtration done, also doesn't trap larger particles, in fact they do sit on top of the sand so it makes sense filt...
by kvnbyl
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: My Public Aquarium: exhibit blues - how to make them?
Replies: 555
Views: 256952

Re: My Public Aquarium: exhibit blues - how to make them?

gives sleeping with the fishes a whole meaning!
by kvnbyl
Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: Travel neglect is a true aphrodisiac
Replies: 10
Views: 2856

Re: Travel neglect is a true aphrodisiac

i too do large water changes, but the water is always the same chemically, the reservoir is over 40 billion gallons so any change is small and over a lot of time When i needed a new water heater i went for one of the new condensing, it will supply hot water for changes for forever and once i have to...
by kvnbyl
Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: My Public Aquarium: exhibit blues - how to make them?
Replies: 555
Views: 256952

Re: My Public Aquarium: exhibit blues - how to make them?

that must surprise the daylights out of them!! :)