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Hanna
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old tank water
« on: March 21, 2010, 06:11:49 PM »

Hello to everybody,

Maybe you already know, but maybe not:
just a tip I got from the petshop yesterday.

When you vacuume the gravel you can use the old water to water your plants and  potplants. They love it and will thrive and bloom.... saves us to buy seawead fertiliser.

....our fishies do good things Wink
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Re: old tank water
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2010, 06:24:45 PM »

well thats good to know then, Perhaps I'll have to try that. But I mean, it makes sense too. the old water has a little bit of the nitrate and nitrite that is found in fertiliser, so I guess it;s helpful. YAY recycling water that I usually throw down the drain! Tongue
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Re: old tank water
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2010, 06:37:54 PM »

Yes, correct, I did put it down the drain too, until now, and it is helpful,
especially here in Australia, when we got water restrictions, especially during
summer time Wink
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Re: old tank water
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2010, 06:40:10 PM »

Yea water restrictions would definitely warrant recycling water.. :S I'm glad I dont have that up here...  Undecided
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Re: old tank water
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2010, 10:26:27 AM »

Yes, plants and grass lOVE nitrates! Grin
And since that is what fish water has alot of, it's a great fertilizer!
Since I got my water changer tho, my tank water mostly goes right down the sink.. Undecided
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Re: old tank water
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2010, 02:51:37 PM »

Oh thats that thing where you just hook it up to your tap right? Tongue Makes life easy I assume ahahahahahahaha I still use a siphon and bucket... OH! speaking of which I updated my hospital tank hahah its clean and has a bubbler finally Smiley
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Re: old tank water
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2010, 03:04:17 AM »

The gravel vacuum cleaner I have got is not hooked up to the tap. The hose goes into the bucket and I started to use the water for my plants, they seem to like what our fishies produce, lol
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Re: old tank water
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2010, 03:33:49 AM »

In summers mom use to pour it out onto plants that she keeps outdoors C:
But I actually only pour it down the sink :'c I have a few plants here but I keep forgetting to water them xD (Which I will do right about now....)
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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2010, 12:01:38 PM »

hahahaha sounds like me when i feed the fish. Ill be putting flakes in and then all of a sudden all you hear is`"TO THE FRIDGE!" and then half my food will be gone. Grin
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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2010, 12:54:59 PM »

You mean you get hungry then? : D Or do your fish suddenly overwhelm you and run off to empty the fridge? xD
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« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2010, 08:22:37 PM »

Well I feed my fish and then I realize I'm hungry... Grin
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« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2010, 03:14:51 AM »

HAAAAAAAhahhhahaaahhaahahahaha, this is so refreshing, well, I am convinced if our fish would be able to they would walk to the fridge, open it and eat everything while making that safari through it CheesyGrin

And the fish and the wild birds in the garden are fed first, then I start cooking for my dear hubby Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2010, 03:15:50 AM »

Okay, like I thought! I was a bit confused c:
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« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2010, 03:22:26 AM »

Ohh, by the way it is this time of the week again, and you'll laugh about this one;
I came home and I said to Humphrey and Hepsiba "hi my little babies, mummy is back home and will give you fresh water and clean your windows" ... gee after I said this I burst out in laughing!

Yea, algae are growing again on the glass, we decided not to keep the light on for as long ( 6am to 9pm ). Think this is too long.
Also I need to wash the Elodea and the Sword plant again, brownish-greenish algae growing
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« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2010, 03:45:21 AM »

A good rule of  thumb is to make sure that the light is on for at most 12 hours and then off for another 12. It's more healthy for the fish and they get enough rest (: It's for them as with humans, if they can't sleep, they get sick. Only that the fish don't have eyelids to close out the light with... It could be useful for you to get a timer for your aquarium lamp and set it on 12 hours (: Maybe 9 in the morning to 9 in the evening? Or whatever suits you best d: I have mine timed on 14 hours actually, but that's because I feel bad to turn off their light when I'm still up :'c Besides, they're always so eager for their "day" to start in the morning that they're swimming in circles staring at me until I get up from the bed d: (Cool as it is, our apartment is so small that my fish can even watch me sleep o_O It's awesome to wake up and see them staring at me xD)

About the algae, if they're green algae, let them grow! The fact that you have live plants will already keep them in control (: And it's only good for the fish to have a nice carpet of healthy, green algae on the tank sides (: They'll have something to snack on!
I dunno if I told you that one before, but green algae are an indicator of good water quality! So clean them off only on the front glass~
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« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2010, 03:55:12 AM »

Thanks Nossie, this is a great idea with the timer, I did not think of it, lol. Have a couple of them laying arround from the X-mas decoration.
And yes, you mentioned the green algae before. Are they really nice green or that brown-greenish colour like I have?
I did not notice Humphrey and Hepsiba nibbling on those yet.
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Re: old tank water
« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2010, 04:13:17 AM »

Hmm... the algae I had in my tank were rather a dark green. Very dark green. And some smaller patches can be light green on the glass (:
But if they're brownish, I'm not sure what that's all about, I have some of those on the biggest leaf of my anubias D:
Either way, those brown ones are indeed not very aesthetically pleasing, so feel free to remove them d:
Although, I might add that algae tend to grow more rapidly if the plants aren't established yet, meaning that their root systems aren't fully grown c: But I think it would help quite a lot if you'd just keep the light on a bit shorter during the day, like you planned, that helped pretty much for me Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: March 28, 2010, 04:44:44 AM »

Yes, I agree, I also added a bit more of that "Algae Control" into the new water, calculated the amount for the whole tank volume.
And we will keep the light down, my husband went already to get the timer, but he will need to dive into those boxes with all those X-mas leads and plugs and stuff.

How often do you vacuum the gravel? Every week or every fortnight?
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« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2010, 08:02:21 AM »

Every week c: But I guess that depends too on how dirty it is (:
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« Reply #19 on: March 29, 2010, 12:50:01 AM »

I cleaned it this week again, pretty much brown stuff in the gravel and you cannot see it normally, it looks clean but the yucky stuff underneath  Tongue  ... plants will be happy to get a feed...

My husband thinks we should invest in an under gravel filter too.
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« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2010, 02:40:31 AM »

Maybe when you'll get a bigger tank for your fish? (They will grow!)
Since an undergravel filter is supposed to cover the whole bottom of the tank you couldn't use it again in the bigger one if you'd get it. Besides, it connects to an external filter, right? (: And those are darn expensive o_O And I think you do need a bigger one of those too for a bigger tank!
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« Reply #21 on: March 29, 2010, 03:49:03 AM »

I dunno if there is an external filter too, my hubby used to have those many years ago for his tropicals.
Bigger tank, eventually we will buy our own house, but not here in the renatal one Wink
For now I really watch that all is nice and cleaned once a week, good water quality, etc...
to keep our fishies happy... and they are Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: March 29, 2010, 07:13:55 AM »

Good, good (: But yes, I do think that undergravel filters usually are connected by a pretty big tube that goes to a pipe leading to an external power filter. I saw some here that were over 200 o_O
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Re: old tank water
« Reply #23 on: March 29, 2010, 12:23:59 PM »

Undergravel filters are run by an air pump.  They are good biological filters.
 The power filters run on their own and a good one will have biological as well as mechanical filtration.  The one I have has a 4 stage filtration system.  Stage 1 - Dense floss removes particles and debris.
Stage 2 - Activated carbon removes toxins, odors and discoloration.
Stage 3 - Patented Bio-Holster removes toxic ammonia and nitrites.
Stage 4 - Diffuser grid removes additional toxins while adding oxygen for more active fish. It also reduces splashing makes the return exceptionally quiet.
Other than an air pump with a bubbler this is all I use.  I think the power filters have come along way through the years and there are really good ones out there now.
Canister filters are great for larger tanks and will remove large amounts of wastes and is also biological and mechanical.
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« Reply #24 on: March 29, 2010, 06:31:35 PM »

They don't seem to be as expensive here, looking at this site:

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But I may be looking for the wrong item  Undecided, will keep you informed when we,ll be coming back from the pet shop.
Of course we will need to have another pump or so to get the yuck stuff out
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Re: old tank water
« Reply #25 on: March 30, 2010, 09:23:24 AM »

I was talking about external power filters Wink Don't worry Wink
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Re: old tank water
« Reply #26 on: April 01, 2010, 04:05:53 AM »

No worries, that's ok Wink
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