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by Viktor Jarikov
Sat Mar 13, 2010 1:43 am
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: can silicone caulk be unsafe?
Replies: 30
Views: 7155

Re: can silicone caulk be unsafe?

to Mats: thank you! ok, so the conclusion is next time I will use GE Silicone I (one). But: (1) can I use what I've made with Silicone II (two)? (2) If not, why not? will the anti-mold agent kill beneficial bacteria or will something leech out of the caulk and affect my fish's health or something e...
by Viktor Jarikov
Sat Mar 13, 2010 1:16 am
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: alternative filter media
Replies: 31
Views: 2566

Re: alternative filter media

what's c*****d forum?
by Viktor Jarikov
Sat Mar 13, 2010 1:15 am
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: alternative filter media
Replies: 31
Views: 2566

Re: alternative filter media

wow! what a wonderful web-site you brought to my attention!!!! Wernerponds. Thank you, 2wheelsx2!!!!!!! Viktor
by Viktor Jarikov
Sat Mar 13, 2010 12:50 am
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: alternative filter media
Replies: 31
Views: 2566

Re: alternative filter media

To Mats: although 2wheelsx2's comments are right on the mark, I appreciate your edifying response!! Your concerns with polymer/plastic chemistry and composition ring true to my ear. The softening compounds are called plastisizers. It is never just one organic chemical. A plastisizer is a cocktail o...
by Viktor Jarikov
Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:39 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Large tank reseal ideas?????
Replies: 13
Views: 2488

Re: Large tank reseal ideas?????

Mats: 2. You rub it with Vodka, which is almost pure alcohol anyways ["Absolut" vodka is distilled to 96%, which is as pure as you CAN distill ethanol in presence of water]. Viktor: a likely small correction: 96% is close to 50 volume %; 100 volume % would be 200% or 200 proof, so absolut vodka is a...
by Viktor Jarikov
Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:31 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: can silicone caulk be unsafe?
Replies: 30
Views: 7155

Re: what about scrubbers?

please see also my question about plastic pot scrubbers (I intend to use as a filter media) at http://www.planetcatfish.com/forum/view ... =4&t=24141
Viktor
by Viktor Jarikov
Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:26 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: can silicone caulk be unsafe?
Replies: 30
Views: 7155

can silicone caulk be unsafe?

For my 2500 gal indoor pond (in my basement), I've been putting together an alternative filter using a regular 96-gal gardage toter (from Lowes home improvement store). The plumbing guy at the store appeared quite experienced and taught me how to put in inlets and outlets in the toter cheaply, safel...
by Viktor Jarikov
Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:00 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: alternative filter media
Replies: 31
Views: 2566

Re: alternative filter media

Thanks Mats! Ok, I've just bought 100 US gal worth of pot scrubbers (red, blue, yellow, orange, green, and purple) for a huge filter I am rigging out of a garbage toter (to service 2500 gal indoor pond in my basement). They came 6 per package with very, very little info on the package from our local...
by Viktor Jarikov
Fri Mar 12, 2010 12:33 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: alternative filter media
Replies: 31
Views: 2566

Re: alternative filter media

Gents, Ladies, A couple of questions for seasoned collegues. Any general and especially kitchen cleaning supplies like sponges, scrubbers, scourers, etc. ARE often treated with or coated with or contain imbedded bactericidal chemicals. (1) How would one know if they are or if they are not treated? C...
by Viktor Jarikov
Fri Feb 05, 2010 4:17 pm
Forum: African Catfishes
Topic: The hybrid Syno thread
Replies: 191
Views: 63556

Re: The hybrid Syno thread

Mats, thank you for not sparing your time and fingers! :) Viktor
by Viktor Jarikov
Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:49 pm
Forum: African Catfishes
Topic: The hybrid Syno thread
Replies: 191
Views: 63556

Re: The hybrid Syno thread

Hi Jools, I may be wrong but for now I presume you are confusing two different fishes of mine - my latest email (which was the late, after-thought reply to your first email to me) was concerned with the fish I initially named longirostris and you said with an apparent certainty that it is an ocellif...
by Viktor Jarikov
Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:55 pm
Forum: African Catfishes
Topic: The hybrid Syno thread
Replies: 191
Views: 63556

Re: The hybrid Syno thread

Richard B. was the first to suggest that in the original post "whats my cat?" Jools agrees: see email thread: Hi Viktor, The point I think is that S. galinae isn't itself genuine and is a marketed form of S. eupterus. No idea if it is a hybrid or just selective breeding, but I think it should be pla...
by Viktor Jarikov
Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:43 pm
Forum: What is my catfish?
Topic: unsure about identity
Replies: 33
Views: 2713

Re: unsure about identity

this thread is being continued/developed in the http://www.planetcatfish.com/forum/view ... 9&p=180720
by Viktor Jarikov
Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:38 pm
Forum: African Catfishes
Topic: The hybrid Syno thread
Replies: 191
Views: 63556

Re: The hybrid Syno thread

Forgot to mention, the bigger galinae (?) has a somewhat deformed, assymetric head and mouth - birth trauma, injury, or something. Of course, I do not know, I got him only a month ago from a private owner.
by Viktor Jarikov
Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:35 pm
Forum: African Catfishes
Topic: The hybrid Syno thread
Replies: 191
Views: 63556

Re: The hybrid Syno thread

this one is about 4-5 inches
by Viktor Jarikov
Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:33 pm
Forum: African Catfishes
Topic: The hybrid Syno thread
Replies: 191
Views: 63556

Re: The hybrid Syno thread

he is about 8 inches
by Viktor Jarikov
Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:30 pm
Forum: African Catfishes
Topic: The hybrid Syno thread
Replies: 191
Views: 63556

Re: The hybrid Syno thread

As advertized by Jools, :) here are the two he asked me to post.
(They are also posted and discussed in the what's my catfish? forum.)
Viktor
by Viktor Jarikov
Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:06 pm
Forum: What is my catfish?
Topic: unsure about identity
Replies: 33
Views: 2713

Re: unsure about identity

a couple more
by Viktor Jarikov
Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:05 pm
Forum: What is my catfish?
Topic: unsure about identity
Replies: 33
Views: 2713

Re: unsure about identity

Ok. He is about 3 inches. Please, see if these are useful (never mind the white marks on his body - my alligator gar left these on him, which was the last straw and I transferred him to a smaller, safe tank two days ago; pics are of this Sat morning). Viktor Syno decora 1.JPG Syno decora 2.JPG Syno ...
by Viktor Jarikov
Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:40 am
Forum: What is my catfish?
Topic: unsure about identity
Replies: 33
Views: 2713

Re: unsure about identity

All right! Today morning, I had to transfer the suspected S. decora along with about a dozen other small and smallish fish from my 120-gal tank, where they started to get picked on by larger tankmates, to my 27-gal hex. Now, I can see him quite well. Yes! The two maxillary barbels ARE branched - the...