Using a Plenum in a Goldfish tank that is 25-years old now and still going.

Using a Plenum in a Goldfish tank that is 25-years old now and still going. The link below is for Shaun’s Fish Tanks YouTube site and his newest video is called: Anoxic Filter Update Day 46. https://youtu.be/GJ3vA90g4e4 Shaun talks about how he went from one water change a day in his Discus tank to now he is only doing one every four days and he will probably change that in the oncoming future to once a week or fortnight. QUOTE FROM SHAUN: “Still a little bit more to go before the anoxic filter fully kicks into gear but so far there are massive changes in the way the tank presents.”

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Using a Plenum in a Goldfish tank that is 25-years old now and still going. The link below is for Shaun’s Fish Tanks YouTube site and his newest video is called: Anoxic Filter Update Day 46. https://youtu.be/GJ3vA90g4e4 Shaun talks about how he went from one water change a day in his Discus tank to now he is only doing one every four days and he will probably change that in the oncoming future to once a week or fortnight. QUOTE FROM SHAUN: “Still a little bit more to go before the anoxic filter fully kicks into gear but so far there are massive changes in the way the tank presents.”

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Mark Biggs -
Mark Biggs - - 2 years ago
Dr. Novak, I watched Shaun's video. How effective do you think making a biocenosis filter in the terra cotta pot will be? I had thought of adding some, made from the 4" pond pots like you used in your sump, into a 100 gallon planted tank that does not have a sump.
Mark Biggs -
Mark Biggs - - 2 years ago
Thanks
Kevin Novak
Kevin Novak - 2 years ago
Mark Biggs - the BCB has to be made in an open cell basket or similar object but not a terra-cotta pot. A terra-cotta pot will be the least affective at the denitrifying process, that is why he only grows his plants in them and the sump has his BCB in it.
Wakin Goldfish
Wakin Goldfish - 2 years ago
Look at my videos and see the transformation it's much more convincing.
Ajaxtrippy26
Ajaxtrippy26 - 2 years ago
25 years and still going.... "the last time the tank was broken down was ten years ago".....
Loku
Loku - 2 years ago
Good day Dr., thank for you help! I did an anoxic filter too! Look my email!
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Shaun's Fish Tanks
Shaun's Fish Tanks - 2 years ago
Thanks for the nice comments Kevin. I would add that I could probably stretch it out now for a week between w/c's, I believe in my testing over the 4 days I'm still seeing small levels of nitrate only and purely because I still have some "conventional" biomedia in the sump that is still producing a nitrogen cycle. Once the last of the bioballs are gone shortly I would expect the nitrates to drop to almost zero over the week. I now know that it is fact that the Anoxic filter destroys phosphates too. Also I still have 2 more baskets to put in so it still gets better yet.
Sunny Tan
Sunny Tan - 2 years ago
Hello Dr. Kevin.
It is just wonderful to know more about anoxic filteration. I have been keeping fish since 1970, now in my 60s I am still at the hobby.
It is difficult to get the right type of cat litter in M'sia here. Can zeolites gravel be used instead of the specific kitty litter.
I have no problem with laterite as it is everywhere here. Also what is your opinion on kaolin clay? Can it be useful?
Sunny Tan
Sunny Tan - 2 years ago
Thanks Dr. I do know zeolites pebbles do have ionic charges. Like laterite they are literally plentiful every where, on the ground lol. We do have laterite pebbles too.
Kevin Novak
Kevin Novak - 2 years ago
Sunny Tan yes zeolite will do and Oil-Dri will also work as well.
Eric K
Eric K - 2 years ago
What classes do you teach? Where can people sign up?

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Gary Kreeger
Gary Kreeger - 2 years ago
very interesting topic. Love the antique tank, it's beautiful. Happy New Year! Just subscribed.
Omar Monsif
Omar Monsif - 2 years ago
hey Dr kevin, big fan of your page... i was wondering what your thoughts were on charcoal in the aquarium hobby... what are some of the pros and cons ? i know i can remove any medications, as well as tannins,i have also read that i may be the cause of hole in the head, what are your thoughts on it ? should it be added ? if so how often should it changed ? thanks for all the excellent content !!! Omar
Ajaxtrippy26
Ajaxtrippy26 - 2 years ago
It’s definitely been shown to cause HLLE in marine surgeon fish you can read the peer reviewed studies done by Jay Hemdal at the Toledo Zoo in the North American Journal of Aquaculture and the study by Stamper, Kittell, Patel and Corwin in the Journal of Aquatic Animal Health.
Omar Monsif
Omar Monsif - 2 years ago
thank you Dr. kevin. hope to see more videos of you sharing your extensive knowledge :D and hope you have a happy new year ! Omar
Kevin Novak
Kevin Novak - 2 years ago
Omar Monsif use it all the time activated carbon will last anywhere between 30 to 90 days depending on the quality. I use it because it keeps the tank water quality crystal clear as though the fish are suspended in air and not in water. It also helps raise the redox of your aquarium water which is a good thing. I myself have not found any relationship to hole-in-the-head disease and using carbon, that sounds more of a urban legend myth than any scientific fact related to it.

There are pros and cons about using carbon but I have used it in all my tanks constantly and I find none of the negative affects of what people claim it does to be a hindrance in its use. However, because it increases redox, right there it should be telling you something.
Darth Skrithix
Darth Skrithix - 2 years ago
Hi Kevin Great videos can't wait for more. Would an air stone create too much water movement for a Plenum set up like you have in this tank. I dont want to use the canister method because I have so many floating plants I want want to get skimmed off the surface of the water.
Brian Polakowski
Brian Polakowski - 2 years ago
Another great video Dr. Novak! I can't help but think of all the laterite, oil-dri / kitty litter shortages that will soon occur once all the masses really catch on and the price increase on Discus due to supply and demand shortages, lol You are a true pioneer! Thank you much!
Kevin Novak
Kevin Novak - 2 years ago
yes, then it would just act as an under gravel filter and not a plenum.

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