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In my article, A Visit to Tank and his Amazing Fish Bins, I talked about a great deal I got on a large, 55-gallon plastic bins for growing out fish.

Here, I'll discuss how to double-plumb one of these bins to make water changes easy and to prevent accidental overfills. You can use this technique with just about any large container.

Here's what you'll need:

- Two one-inch bulkhead fittings
- One-inch PVC ball valve
- PVC Elbows
- Two PVC Barbed Connectors (for hose)
- One PVC barbed T Connector
- One inch ID flexible thin wall clear tubing

The actual parts you use may vary, but the basic principle is to drill two holes in the bin. One hole is the drain and other is the high-water level overflow. The high-water overflow bypasses the drain valve.

To drain the bin, you turn the valve at the bottom. To refill, turn the valve to off. The high-water level drain prevents flooding or may be used in a trickle system. The drain line runs to floor drain or sump pit for your home.

Ever have a tank get cloudy?

I think everyone has experienced this at one time or another. Most recently, I had a really bad snail outbreak in a 90-gallon tank, so I removed the fish (which I was selling anyway) and bleached the tank. After 24-hours of snail-killing  bleach, I stirred the sand substrate and siphoned out as much debris as I could. Then, I refilled the tank.

This is where the "cloudy" happened. After filling the tank and re-starting the filter, the tank was cloudy with very fine sediment. Usually, the filter will remove this in 24 hours. but after a week the tank was still cloudy. What to do?

AccuClearAccu-Clear to the Rescue

I was a bit stumped at this point, but then I remembered that I had won a goodie bag at one of the GCCA Meetings in the raffle. Inside, was an 8 ounce bottle of Accu-Clear from Aquarium Pharmaceuticals. This, I thought, is worth a try.

Using the product is simple. Just dump in 1 teaspoon (5ml) per ten gallons of water. The cap offers a convenient measure built in.

Bonus! Within 24-hours my tank water was sparkling clear!

How does it work?

Accu-Clear is a flocculant. The chemicals in the product bond to particles in the water a bit like glue and aggregate them. The result is that the particles fall out of the water column to the bottom of the tank where you can ignore them (I did) or siphon them out.

Although I didn't have fish in the tank at the time, you can use this product even if your tank is stocked.

Final Thoughts

What else can I say?

This product does what it claims to do. An 8 ounce bottle will run you $7 to $10 and will treat 480 gallons of water. I think this is a good product that every aquarist ought to have on hand. 

GCCA's Auto-magic Report Writer is an online, fill-in-the-blank tool that allows you to easily create a spawning article for the Cichlid Chatter or other aquarium publication. Instead of having to write an article from scratch, you can save time by adding in a few key facts. The Auto-magic Report Writer then creates the report for you.

When we migrated to GCCA's new website about a year ago, we didn't migrate this tool. Since we made the move, I've had a couple of folks point out that it was missing. Today, I received another from the Capitol Cichlid Association, so I thought it was time to bring back this tool.

Anybody is welcome to use this tool for free.

How it Works

Start by clicking Article Writer.

Fill in the blanks in the form:

Click the Make my BAP Report link at the bottom of the form.

Your report will then open in a new window:

 

 

 

Over 55 GCCA Chatters available online to up date members.

Finally a use for my Ipad other than my daughter playing games on it. I find these are great to read on my ipad.

Some sample articles from our 2012 Chatter -

- Cheap and easy low tech water change system

- Walter Worms

- Breeding the Red Cap Lethinrops Itunga

Or read some great blasts from the past articles such as

A woman in Vancouver was standing on her front lawn when a fish fell from the sky . . . a Red Devil!

See: http://www.vancouversun.com/touch/story.html?id=7042116

A flyihg fish

What a great video of the Blue Flash Cyp's - I have a group of these and they really do look this nice.

Ted Judy, a friend of the GCCA and an all-around awesome guy, created a nice video recap of ACA 2012.

Ted was a vendor and the show and you might know that Ted also sells Repashy Foods from his website.

Thanks, Ted, for the video!

 

 

Here is a nice National Geographic video with some dramatic footage from Lake Tanganyika.

Check out the aggression of a pair of Emperor Cichlids (Boulengerochromis microlepis) defending their young from a hungry turtle. Isn't this why we love cichlids? Amazing parental behavior!

 

Terry Tankersley, or Tank, as he is often called, is a frequent vendor at GCCA Swap Meets. Terry lives near the Wisconsin border and is active in the Milwaukee Aquarium Society.

Tank had posted an ad at the 2012 ACA Convention for 55-gallon polypropylene totes.  That sounded like just what I needed for some growout space but we were not able to connect at the convention. To my good fortune, Terry agreed to meet a week later and I drove to his house to see the totes. 

The totes are used, food-safe totes used in the pharmaceutical industry and they hold 55 gallons. They are heavy-duty plastic and double-walled. That appealed to me because I thought the double-wall would hold heat better. They are meant to be moved with a pallet jack, so they have feet which elevates them about 3 inches. Terry has about 100 totes and they are inexpensive at 3 for $100 or $35 each. I bought one but would have bought more if I could have fit them in my car. Unfortunately, I only had my Camry and I could fit just one in the back seat. I had contemplated taking my wife's minivan, but I would then have had to explain that I was buying more fish tanks. That, my friends, is fishkeepers Catch-22. Sharon doesn't know I bought the tote yet. Or another tank from Terry.

Terry was nice enough to show me his fishroom. He keeps a variety of fish and inverts including livebearers, cichlids, bettas, shrimp and snails. It was a great visit to a super nice guy. 

 

 

All here is a cool video by Pisces fish farm on the different Altolamprologus variants

 


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