Did some tests with my water to produce a ratio to mix tap water with RO water for my discus tank. The local tap water in Oak Ridge measures at 6.72 dGH and 5.32 dKH. By mixing 2 parts RO to 1 part tap I get 3.36 dGH and 2.24 dKH with a pH of 7.2.
I have two tanks now a planted discus tank and a planted community tank. The discus tank equipment is updated now...
Well after 4 years I'm updating these pages again... Go figure. I've moved now only have 2 active tanks. Both 75 Gallon Oceanics. Take a browse...
I've completely cleaned out the trickle filter. I plan on getting everything
plumbed tomorrow. I've got a digital camera and will be putting pictures on
the web. My goal is to get the tank water tight, and get the heaters set
for the right temperature tomorrow.
Still working on scouring tank 2. I've got an 18 Watt UV unit on order as
well as a Little Giant 3-SQMD(???) pump for the tank. I've completely unhooked
the trickle filter with plans to empty it out and get it cleaned up as well.
Hopefully later this week I'll get water back in here. I guess my hope is that
for the few people reading this they might have an idea of one person's general
trials and joys of aquariums. I see so many sites that have fish, but
hardly ever any that take you step by step in one way of doing things. Also
most sites that do are for cichlids, which I'm not raising... I'm still
fairly new at this. A lot of people got their first tank at the age of 12
or earlier, I myself have now been in this since April of 1996 heavily.
I'm going to borrow a digital camera with the hopes of getting pictures of
equipment and plumbing while I set this up...
Tank 2 is complete void of fish and water at this point.
I was able to empty it out completely last night, and will
hopefully have it fully cleaned and re-plumbed within a few weeks. I keep
thinking I go overboard on filtration, and the more I am in fish the more
I think that may be impossible. I'm going to a new pump that will be
external to the trickle filter so I can have more room to play in the
sump. I'm also going to get a UV system to blast bacteria. This tank
typically houses my favorite fish, and somehow about once a year I get
the plague for my two favorite species of freshwater fish. The
Gold-Nugget Pleco and Pearl Gourami.
I'm slowly getting around to putting my planned
changes on the tanks. Tanks 1 and 4 have some newer descriptions based
on what I plan to do. It's going to take a while to get everything completed
correctly, but with time things should be really cool. I'm still fighting
an algae problem in my Marine Reef tank, but getting it under control. I'm
babysitting a bunch of fish for a friend in two of my tanks so I won't be
buying new fish for about a month. The only tank that is close to being
up-to-date on pictures is Tank 4. Due to the most recent fish-plague Tank 2
is completely out of date. The fish that survived are in Tank 4. All of
the catfish died, every last one of them. It was a very traumatic experience
I almost shut down all of my tanks. I lost the two gold-nuggets which really
botherd me... I'm going to try to put up proposed plans of what will go
into the tank in the next few days...