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UNBALANCED PLANTED AQUARIUM – Tale of 2 Fish Tanks

UNBALANCED PLANTED AQUARIUM – Tale of 2 Fish Tanks


– What’s up fish tank people. Dustin’s fishtanks bringing it to you talking
about the tale of two tanks. How’s everybody doing? I hope you’re doing well. In today’s video, we’re gonna talk about the
B26, which is balanced as heck, versus the F35 Fluval tank that my daughter has, which
is completely unbalanced and has all kinds of algae. I’m gonna break down both of these tanks. Why one’s working and looking great and why
the other one is looking terrible. But first, I want to tell you all something,
I want to tell you no. I, right now, am saying no to five things
that I would really like to do in this fish tank hobby. Right now I’m sitting on my back porch staring
in a camera lens yelling. I would love to be in front of actual people. There are five live fish tank events that
I have to say no to. First, the Sacramento Aquarium Society asked
me to come out this summer in June to go talk to their club. I’ve never been on the west coast. I’d love to go out to the west coast. I hear the Sacramento area has fantastic both
stores, fish rooms, the whole nine yards. Guess what I’m not doing? This summer I’m not going out to Sacramento. Why? Because I have a vision and I have to complete
this vision and get this stupid greenhouse built. I’ve never built a greenhouse before. Here is the plot plan for this greenhouse
that I am constructing very soon. I’m not leaving town, I’m not taking a break,
I’m not getting out of here, I’m getting this thing done. The fourth thing I’m saying no to: my friend
Ted Judy, my man Mark, our friends at Custom Aquariums, they’re so kindly to sponsor a
350 gallon aquarium that was supposed to be setup in a new greenhouse in January. That didn’t happen, it’s been sitting on the
floor in my garage and I’ve been staring at it forever. Do you know what it’s like for a 37 year old
boy who likes fish tanks to be staring at an empty 350 gallon aquarium on the bottom
of his garage? It’s killing me, the longer I stare at it
the better it’s gonna get. Yeah, Custom Aquariums want to have me up
in Wisconsin. Guess what Wisconsin’s like in summer, it’s
probably great. I’m in Kentucky right now, it’s hot as I’d
love to go up to Wisconsin. I’d love to go fishing with Ted Judy, sitting
on a boat in one of the Great Lakes, catching fish, talking fish, doing all that with Ted. I’d have had a riot doing that. Guess what I’m not doing? I’m not going up to Wisconsin this summer,
I’m staying here, I’m getting this greenhouse done. The third thing I’m not doing: I’m friendly
with our friends at Predatory Fins. A bunch of Youtubers are going down to Boca
Raton, Florida. Guess where I used to live, Boca Raton, Florida. I know it like the back of my hand, I lived
there for a year, probably still have some friends there. Guess where I’m not going this summer, I’m
not going down to Boca Raton, Florida for the Youtubers event happening with Predatory
Fins. Second event that I’m going to go to: there’s
a new pet shop opening up in Akron, I’ve been invited to go to that. I hear Joey and his massive biceps are going
to be there. I am not going to be there. I would love to be there. I’m from Ohio. I like the temperature of Ohio in the summer,
it’s great, it feels good, it’s cold, I could go drink beers on the back of the boat with
my dad, but I’m gonna go. Why am I not gonna go? It’s simple, I’ve got stuff to do here. I’m taking care of business here. And the last thing, the number one thing that
I’m missing out on this summer, and it makes me sad to talk about, but I am missing out
on it. And it’s for a good reason and that is this,
the past three years I have been the Reef-A-Palooza’s show in New York. I love New York, I love New Yorkers, I love
everything about this show. For two years I’ve had fresh water live aquascaping
contests in the middle of the Reef-A-Palooza metal and saltwater show, where people walking
by can’t believe in how great freshwater looks. I’d love to be smack dab in the middle of
this show. I’m boys with Lou and Vic and quite frankly
the stuff their doing at World Wide Corals gets me excited about greenhouse 2.0. Unfortunately, that event is this weekend
and I hope you all go and have agood time. But I’m not going because the following week
I have my final development plan for the greenhouse. All five of these events can wait, I’m sorry
I’m not attending all five of these events. I think it’s important, don’t let your mouth
overload your back as the great Jim Rohn says. So, I’m saying no to everything. You know what else I’m saying no to? Doing work on these two tanks I’m about to
show you. Let’s check them out. I want to make another point about saying
no to stuff. No one’s here right now, however my family,
wife and two young daughters are home all summer. Money and blood don’t mix like two chicks
and noshould get up in some, you know the verse Biggie fans. Yeah, I’m here, I’m trying-a shoot a video
while my family isn’t around. I’m doing this and I’m trying to get that
greenhouse built as soon as possible, to make if fair for my family to be here without worry
about me running in and out, working, half-working, not working, Josh coming in, getting a cup
of water, us running around. So, I just want to make that point it’s family
first. That’s why I’m not doing it. That’s why I’m saying no to a number of things. There’s the tank we’re gonna talk about second. Let’s roll down here, talk about the B26. Dusty got a little rantastic talking about
everything I’m saying no about but it’s all about balance for me. Going to all five of those events all over
the country will throw me off balance and keep me away from my ultimate goal. I want to talk about balance in my life and
stuff I’m stopping to get to one of my goals. Stuff that I’m postponing until later Reef-A-Palooza
will be going on next year, all those events will be happening next year, I want to talk
about balance in the aquariums. I’ve got an example of a balanced tank to
show you and I got an example of a tank that is not balanced to show you. We’re gonna start here, with the Fluval B26,
the bow-front. This is my most balanced and my most favorite
tank. I’m gonna give you the good first then I’m
gonna give you the bad upstairs in messy Maya’s room. Okay, so this tank from head to toe, this
is 150 watt Coral Life metal halide. This is a little bit of air plant action that
I use. And then this tank is decked out, it’s got
the, what is this like a, Fluval 206 filter which is the bomb. Everybody knows Fluval makes the best filters
around. 150 watt metal halide light on here. Compare that to the F35 tank that I have upstairs,
which only has my LEDs with comparatively this tank has a ridiculous amount more light
on it. That’s important cause I want to talk about
the balance of this tank. You’ll notice this tank right here has no
algae on the front of the glass hardly at all. There is a tiny, tiny, tiny, you know, speck
here and there. But for the most part this tank has almost
no algae in it. The cool part about this set up is that this
tank, unlike your your boy Dusty, is balanced, okay? This tank is balanced, it’s been setup for
a good long time. It is rolling almost perfectly in my humble
opinion. Now why is it rolling so well? The goal is to get a balanced, planted tank. The goal is to get a balanced life. Not everything is balanced, I did kill this
air plant by having it a little too close to, actually that’s still alive. You can see the green growth. That’s actually still alive a little bit. But it definitely was a little too close to
the light. But generally speaking, this tank is my most
balanced tank, is my favorite tank. Now, lets unpack this little bit. Even though we have 150 watt metal halide
on here, we have a ridiculous plant load. People like numbers, even though it’s nature,
I’m gonna give you some dumb numbers. I like to run my planted aquariums with one
inch of fish, for every one inch of fish, I want to have like, a foot of plant matter
if that makes sense. And I’m gonna show you this in my pond in
a second. But I don’t think I have any fish in here. The beta fish that I had in here at one point,
I think is no longer with us, I think I lost him, it is what it is. So, there is no fish in this. There are a couple of really wicked snails,
you can see around here. But the plant load is super duper high. I want to point out, I think because of the
lack of nitrogen that the fish would ultimately produce I am slightly nitrogen deprived up
here. I’m not sure if this is discoloration because
of the lack of any fish waste at all or if it’s because the water level got too low and
I cooked it. The buce took a little bit of a beating there
but you can look just down underneath it and, you know, see the more, I forget what type
of bucephalandra that is, it’s not a skeleton king but it’s close to it. As you can see, that stuff is doing just fine. I also love the buce cause it has that iridescent
look to it. But this tank, I gotta tell you, is extremely
balanced. The lights are only on for six hours at a
time, maybe seven, that’s it. So, even though I have a high intensity light
on here, they’re only on for six hours. You can always go up, I like to run six as
my base line. This plant mass right here is baby tears,
It’s my number two carpeting plant as far as ease of keeping behind dwarf sag, both
of which we sell a ton of. This actually needs hacked. But this is a really ridiculous, high nitrogen
absorbing, excess nutrient absorbing, plant load right here. You take that in combination with, this is
an aponogeton longiplumulosus in the background, it’s not an ulvaceus, it’s a longiplumulosus,
it’s a little bit darker, a little bit more ruffled than the ulvaceus. That’s a fast growing easy plant. I’ve got the crinum calamistratum right here. I’ve got the junkrippons, that’s it’s name,
don’t knock it in here as well as some java fern windelov. So, this tank hardly any work ever gets done
on it. Like, I just topped it off the other day,
with this bucket right here. But for the most part this tank gets hardly
any work from me. It’s very rewarding. The limited amount of work I do spend with
this aquarium, I do enjoy, I top it off. I actually took a tissue culture plug of moss
and I just shoved it over here, like this. This is getting a little scorched, but look
at this moss underneath it, this is actually tissue culture flame moss that I just stuck
on top of here and it’s growing out on its own. So, you can see how it’s really taken off
and I’m loving that. I’m gonna to have to get it under control
but moss just grows like crazy. I could take this whole patch out if I wanted. But this tank, super duper balanced, good
water flow, you can see the surface agitation on the top. There’s probably not any fish in here so I
am getting a little bit of nutrient deficiency. You can see these really sweet snails. The species variation is, you know, every
species of plant is different but generally speaking, one inch of fish, twelve inches
of plants and you’re gonna be balanced. This tank is balanced, I’m loving it and to
top it off I thought about adding rummy nose to this aquarium because the beta fish is
gone. Speaking of beta fish, lets roll up to messy
Maya’s room, where I can show you a tank that’s not balanced and the difference between this
tank and that tank. Now we are in my daughter, Maya’s room. Parents, let this be a lesson to you, whatever
you can do to get your children involved in the hobby, do it. One of the things I let Maya do is feed her
own fish. I also let her, those of you fathers, that
participated in the Father’s Day sale, these are Marygrove doll stickers. If she wants to put Marygrove doll stickers
on an F35, so be it. This aquarium is clearly off balance. It’s not too far off balance but I want to
break down some of the factors that can help you all with this aquarium and why we are
at this situation with the algae. First things first, algae generally speaking
is too much light, too much extra nutrients, often times, not enough water flow. Where is this aquarium sitting? It’s sitting in my daughter, maya’s room. This happens to be one of the hottest rooms
in our house. It also happens to have a window right here. Window, too much light. I run my own standard double LEDs on here. Now, they’re only on for six hours, that’s
two rows, one reds, one whites. And I’ve been selling a lot of them recently. But I run the standard double on here but
I only run it six hours, but there’s extra light coming in from the window. There’s also extra nutrients a la mister fish
right here. How fantastic is this beta fish? This fish is just absolutely fantastic. He’s like a waggly dog, I roll up to the tank
he wants fed. Guess what happens every time we look at this
tank. We feed this tank, in fact we over feed this
tank. Over feeding the tank, too much light, gets
you this algae right here. I want to make a note on the filtering of
this. This is filtered with either a 206, excuse
me a 106 on here. I love these little filters, now this is actually
plumbed up through the bottom of these. This tank by the way is a similar foot print
to the new Fluval Flora. I love the rimless, but I like the way that
they got this here. But back to the filter, though. The filter actually, the way this aquarium
is sold out of the box, the filter, actually the output comes all the way up to the top. I wanted to get that lower because of this
sick aquascape that my man Kevin Kelly at the Brooklyn Hardscapers. He’s one of the people I’m not gonna see this
weekend at Reef-A-Palooza that I really wish I was seeing. But he did this sick dragon stone design. I am selling dragon stone nowadays, by the
way. But he did this sick design. I didn’t want to have the output of the filter
interfering with the scape. So, I added this little aquaclear on the back
here to give me more water flow on the surface. So, water flow is actually an issue but it’s
caused by myself not the design of the tank. Because if I had had this tank at the top
I’d have more surface agitation, I’d have more water flow. Right now the output of the filter actually
just runs into the hard scape. So, that’s why more than likely we have some
of this algae on the front here. You’ll notice it’s here but it’s not here
because this part of the tank has enough water flow. Does that make sense? So, and this side, just to hammer this point
home, this underneath one of my pretty awesome lights. This part right here doesn’t have algae on
the glass, this part does, it’s totally a water flow issue. So, if you have this kind of filament algae. Andrew get a shot of this down here. This type of algae, you can see it’s not flowing
enough. That’s the algae from not enough water flow. Because it’s not present there. I want to point something else out that’s
just pretty cool with this. I took plants from an import, I don’t know,
a month ago in here. This is fully under water grown sword. There’s the above water leaves that we left
on. There’s the below water coming up through. So, the plant is fully inverted. So, I just think that that’s fun to actually
see the example of this is above water growth, that’s below water growth. So, not enough water flow, too much light
coming in. And then obviously, our friend Mister Blue,
I think is his name, got fed a little too much. So, what are we gonna do with this tank? Let’s clean it. Alright, this is how we’re gonna clean this
bad boy. We’re gonna do a quick hit, wham bam thank
you ma’am, 50 percent water change on this sucker. I’m not gonna unplug the filter but I am gonna
lift this sucker up a little bit which cuts the flow off. It’s part of the reason I love these filters. If I wanted to remove this I could just flip
this up and that will all pop off. But this actually breaks the flow right now. So, the filter is actually not. This canister ejection is actually not running
right now. But take this light, set it over here. And I’m intentionally not having the filter
on cause I want stuff to settle, and I’m gonna take the big tube from the ShamWow spoof to
clean this sucker. We’ll wipe this stuff off, and then we’ll
suck out all the big algae problems. The question is this though, folks, will my
daughter even notice that I’ve cleaned her tank? Without being prompted, will she say oh thanks
dad? I did fill this sucker up last night so I
gotta be careful slanging my arms around in here. But the algae comes off fairly easily. So, we gotta clean behind the American Girls. Because that’s what she wants to have on her
aquarium. It’s all about getting kids in the hobby,
which is why I’m doing a kids aquascaping contest in Chicago in August. But we’ll get that all shake and stirred the
whole bit. And then we’re gonna do a nice 50 percent
water change on it. And clean this sucker up. I want people to check this hard scape out. It’s pretty legit. I need to get with Kevin and get a video of
how he does it with the cement. Check out Brooklyn Hardscapes, doing a lot
of great stuff. And that’s all the lower I’m gonna take it,
cause I don’t want to go below the level of the canister filter. I am going to unplug the other one. And the beta fish can handle a 50 percent
water change. Fill it back up. Hide the women, the children, water change. Don’t do water changes when your wife’s around. And then I’m actually just gonna fill this
whole big tub up with water the same temp as the tank. Let me go test the temp, get some dechlor
and then scoop it back into this tank. There, now I got my temp. My wife complained about the water pressure
yesterday when Josh and I had, I was filling up the pond and doing a water change in the
garage. She’s like, there’s hardly enough water pressure
to flush the toilets. Sorry honey, I’m moving out soon. Oh, hey honey, want to pull your car in the
garage? Oh sorry, you can’t because I got this fat
Fluval F15 or F20, I think it’s F15 right here that I haven’t set up, that I’m dying
to set up, and a place to set up. I’ve also got this big tank right here, which
we’ll talk about in a second. I’ve got a empty leaking 40 breeder over here,
a 20 over here. Oh, kids do you want to pull your bikes out? No chance in Piss your wife off, piss your
life off. Alright, look at the bottom of this container. So, I gotta get this dirt out of the tub and
make sure there’s no more on the floor. That’s a fail, that’s gonna piss the old lady
off. I am gonna kick the filter back on. Now it’s flowing, it was only off for a couple
of minutes. So, I’m not worried about bacteria dying,
cause while I refill it I want to make sure that all the water and all the junk gets stirred
up and is put back into that filter right there. Beta fish does not care. Click the links around here, check out why
beta fish are so gangster, and have the best personalities. People say I look like the ShamWow dude, you
click the links around here, got the ShamWow video as well. Stay tuned for the ShamWow guy, he’s coming
back. Happy wife, happy life, get the water off
the floor, get the water off the floor, get the water off the floor, ya fish tank punks. And there’s how we’re looking after we cleaned
up the F35 in messy maya’s room. Do me a favor, drop me a comment if you learned
a little something or how you stay balanced. Hit the like button, subscribe button, share
button, and tank on everybody, later.

100 comments on “UNBALANCED PLANTED AQUARIUM – Tale of 2 Fish Tanks

  1. Dustin mentioned he's selling Dragon stone. I'm sure it's beautiful! I've bought his Seiryu stone and every piece looks like I picked it myself. And of course he has the best plants on-line at the best prices. Tank on everyone. 🌊🌊🌊🐠🐠🌊🌊🌊

  2. We in Australia especially in the south never dump aquarium water down the toilet its such a rare commodity i use it on my garden

  3. I just love your films, your sense of humor and your knowledge!!!!
    Liven Marilyn ❤️❤️🐶🐶🤕🤕

  4. The pond is looking so awesome! I respect your determination and perseverance. You WILL get that greenhouse done!

  5. You are a good Daddy, D. What are the chances your daughter will notice you cleaned her tank for her? Yeah, slim to none, lol. But it's ok, she is into her tank and her fishie. And when she's an adult, bet she will still be into at least one aquarium and some community fish and plants, if not full blown MTS like most of us have. You crack me up…happy wife, happy life, and segue straight into family and money and chit not mixin'. Truth.

  6. Would’ve love to see you at predatory fins, already got my tickets, but there will always be more. Keep up the good work and can’t wait till the green house is done!

  7. Rock on with your bad self, you get that greenhouse built and tank on!! ✊ (I'm not going to any of those places either, but I also don't have any awesome building plans..) lol

  8. I wish I could get my tank to look like that. I've had to add some salt to my 10 gallon to heal my betta along with antiobiotics and my plants are dying. :'(

  9. Thank you for the reminder on the balance. My tanks are suffering some right now from lack of water changes due to my illness. Any suggestions on helping to keep things balanced in sutuations like this? 🌾💚🌱

  10. In technical it is working the alges is fixing what is wrong with the tank alges using the phosphate nitrates and other elements that are making the alges grow once this happens the alges will go away

  11. TOP 5 HORNY AQUARIUM FISH: Tips On How To Get Your Fish Spawning
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV_ruXZ1gdA&list=PLnw3D5LLGih14KD64PUgEp2JiFOZ1-kZL&index=25

  12. Dustin I have a question that I hope you or one of you subscribers can help me with. I recently set up a 40 gallon breeder with a baked clay layer covered by soil that I sifted all the wood chips and larger stuff out so that only soil remained. I then capped it of with a thin layer 1/4 inch of flora max. My question is the tank has a tint to the water almost like tannins from wood but there is no wood. I have done water changes of various percentages from as much as 50 percent to 20 percent but the tint remains. It doesn't get worse though thankfully. I'm using a sunsun 304b on the tank as filtration. Is this something that's normal for a freshly planted dirt tank? It only been set up for three weeks. Will it clear up as the plants become established and the tank setup ages and receives weekly water changes? Is this a downside of using soil as a substrate and something that I will have to live with? Thanks for your time

  13. GREENHOUSE SAGA: The FINAL Development Meeting
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFquew_–YM&list=PLnw3D5LLGih33lDwobY2yglHtscbUO9-l

  14. BEST TANK SETUP: Time For A Trim PART 1
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0L0u43Ggyk&list=PLnw3D5LLGih3wmPc-SB87LuuRtkEDFhHQ&index=4

  15. BEST TANK SETUP: Planted Aquarium Trim Part 2
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMaoB13r2Uc&list=PLnw3D5LLGih3wmPc-SB87LuuRtkEDFhHQ&index=5

  16. Whats the name of the second plant you showcased in the balanced tank. It look super cool, i wanna pick some up.

  17. PLANTED AQUARIUM SETUP: Best In Wall Tank – Adding New Aquarium Plants and Seiryu Stone PART 3
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHO0PqIiIiw&index=6&list=PLnw3D5LLGih3wmPc-SB87LuuRtkEDFhHQ

  18. 360° VR GREENHOUSE TOUR: Michler's Florist, Greenhouses & Garden Design
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWU6UNmS1NM&index=2&list=PLnw3D5LLGih3ZfFk5Zef3oYKWAKyDBMjp

  19. Garden Pond Update: OVER GROWN!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2Kpdnaa0_s&index=19&list=PLnw3D5LLGih0prRSQBQdnI8vwywEJGvjR

  20. Love the "no" segment, love the girl stickers on Kevin Kelly's dragon stone scape, love the point about child gratitude. Hilarious throughout, killing it.

  21. I GOT CALLED OUT! (Aquarium for Kid! New plants in her tank!)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCCM3bxuJ7U&index=10&list=PLnw3D5LLGih1UyaJMmfqruz93p73kvypK

  22. What instrumental is that in the beginning of your videos , super dope bro ! You got views from people all the way out In Hawaii ! Keep up the good vibes and awesome fish talk ! Aloha bradda Dustin !

  23. Dustin good luck on the greenhouse. First vid I saw was the ghetto aquarium and that got me started super hard have 3 tanks all thanks to you.

  24. eek, maybe be a bit more vigilant about flashing that cc info around lol! Sorry, just hyper sensitive after having my info lifted/hacked. Be safe, love your vids, this is my second one and already visited your website!

  25. Can I get the name of the bleeped out plant? I did it but I dont know the word thus i cannot locate a scientific name.

  26. Hey Dustin.. I've made up 3 dirted tanks so far. 1 immaculate, 2 too much sun I think – therefore algae explosion… 3, I'm wondering why the water is sooo brackish. Its gone Brown so quickly. Hoping it settles after a few water changes but it's a couple of weeks in now. Clear, but Brown.

    Do you think it's the soil? Gotta be I guess, since all the wooden ornaments had been used before. It is a different brand. Just simple organic compost.

    Thoughts?

  27. Dustin, my fishes cant get food most of the time, because food will be lost in between plants especially carpet plants. What is your suggestion?

  28. I think you got stuff to do! Never again diss New York City! The other places are okay to be too busy, but NYC? You are walking on thin ice! America can forgive you for Boca Ratón, and other places; but never diss NYC! Dr. Axelrod is from NYC! Where else in the USA can you get free Neons, Guppies, Platy’s, and Swordtails? Only in the glorious Rivers of the Harlem, Hudson, and East Rivers! People flush their sick Fish down the toilet, only to get shocked back to health in those polluted rivers! Be nice, and I’ll tell where you can fish them for free! Just watch out for the Sharks in the Summer time!

  29. Bro!! I left the hobby for like 5 years… your videos are SOO MUCH BETTER!! Way to go man! Thank you for your hard work back then and now!!

  30. You have a window right there, put the siphon hose out the window so you don't have to lug the tub! Save your back and clean up time.

  31. Great video Dustin, I too am 37, married and into fish tanks. So much I can relate to I had to subscribe. Awesome channel. #waterchangewhilethewifesaway

  32. Yep you got your head screwed on right,.. family comes first. Also priorities you have plenty of times in the future to go to those events or see friends. But if you put off your future plants then they may never come to fruition. twenty year or more, you look back on your life and you'll have regrets of what could of been… So keep it up i wish you all the success with your green house. All those head aches an stresses you've gone through will be eorth it in the end..

  33. I get such a kick out of your style. I am NOT outgoing like you are but I do make up songs etc and I think you are great. To give you an idea of what I am like, my kids always said that had they not known they would have figured that I had written the song, “Mr. Grinch.” Keep up the good work.

  34. I like your attitude on missing out on some stuff because you have to complete your green house, sometimes we have to miss out on some things to complete our bigger projects and visions. Cheers!

  35. Where there is a window next to an aquarium? There will be hair algae. Just hand in hand. I've never had a hair algae problem on 100% artificial light. Blue green…yes.
    But sun looks soooo nice..so tempting. But the fight is on if you do!

  36. Betas don't like lots of water flow though. I must say, you are a nice Father, cleaning his daughter's fish tank…:-)

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