Kate's 60 Gallon Aquarium - Part 7


The AquaClear 70 extension tubes finally arrived. This lowers my intake strainers and pre-filters to the desired height closer to the substrate.

One of the intake tubes were damaged during shipping so Amazon is sending out a replacement free of charge. These plastic extension tubes have pretty thin walls and the envelope they ship them in do not provide much protection.

I'm not really a fan of plastic parts, however, it seems most everything made these days are indeed made of plastic. I wish Hagen used a thicker plastic for some of the parts. Another gripe with the AquaClear is its clear plastic body and lid which I believe will easily scratch over time. I guess it’s a compromise you make for a filter that does really well in the filtration department.

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Fin's First Toy


Fin was gifted this stuffed wolf by my parents when we first got her. It was her very first toy which she loves to suck on, something I’ve never seen a dog do before. We hide it because Wolfie is notorious for ripping apart stuffed animals so in order to protect it we let Fin play with it when supervised. She finally realized it was on the window sill.

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First Fruit from the Lime Tree


Two years ago, we took a cutting from my parents lime tree. A single 4-inch shoot quickly grew to a seven-foot tree that constantly needs to be topped in order for it to fit through the door during the winter months. Last year around this time the lime was about the standard size you would see at the grocery store however it felt hard so we let it be. Little did we know that the hardness was from the plant being watered. Let the soil go dry and the lime had some give. We finally gave in and pulled the lime since it was almost fully yellow. Can't wait to cut it open.

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Kate's 60 Gallon Aquarium - Part 6


The Italian Vallisneria is planted. I also installed and plumbed the CO2 equipment. I wonder how long it will take for the tank to clear? I'm also curious if the cloudiness is a bacteria bloom or particulate from the substrate. Below is a photo of the CO2 regulator we used for this project.

I now have two of these and for the price point they are great. Not really sure what a premium regulator offers in addition to this make and model.

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Kate's 60 Gallon Aquarium - Part 5


I jumped out of bed eagerly anticipating the test results of my ammonia dosing. My target value was the sweet spot of 4 ppm. Below are my results.

pH: n/a
High Range pH: n/a
Ammonia NH3/NH4: 4 ppm
Nitrite NO2: 0 ppm
Nitrate NO3: 0 ppm

Not to shabby. Note, while pH is important, I skipped those tests since my focus for the time being is ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. For those of you wondering how I knew how much to dose the tank with ammonia, let me show you.

The tank we are dosing is a 60 gallon tank. Converted to liters that gives us 227.12 L.

I knew my ammonia target was 4 ppm so I needed to calculate how much ammonia, at a 10% solution, to add to the 60 gallons of water already in the tank. 4 ppm equals 4 mg/L. For 227.12 L (60 gallons) I'd need 908.50 mg (4 mg/L * 227.12 L) of ammonia. A 10% ammonia solution is equal to 100 mg/mL. This means I'd need to add 9.08 mL (908.50 mg / 100 mg/mL) of ammonia to the tank.

Later today I'll move one of the established AquaClear 70 filters from my Marineland Emporer 400 filter to one of the AquaClear 70 units. I'm also headed out the door to Aquarium Co-Op to get some Italian Vallisneria to plant.

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