1. Andrew
    December 15, 2010 @ 5:19 pm

    I’ve never thought about balance specifically before, but I always felt like I needed more plants in my aquarium. I’m definitely going to aim for a higher plant to fish ration in my new setups.

    I notice you do a lot of close up shots in your videos which tend to end up out of focus. A technique you may want to try is holding a magnifying glass in front of the camera which will make closer things be in focus.
    check out this video of it in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thcu6nbiPfM

    • dwunderlich
      December 16, 2010 @ 12:36 am

      I gotta try that. It looks super easy. I had a 55 with tons of morning sunlight on it, loads of plants and like 3 neons and some amano shrimp. I never did anything to it. Once the filter was unplugged for 2 months. Zero water movement and everything was fine. They didn’t get fed often either..but rolled on. Santa is gonna bring me a magnifying glass….

  2. Ben
    December 19, 2010 @ 2:49 am

    Have you ever thought of doing an algae filter on the saltwater tank?

    • dwunderlich
      December 19, 2010 @ 3:03 am

      For sure. I’m not sure if you saw that I was hinting at that in the video… I am looking for some good Marco algaes for it. I haven’t ruled out putting them directly in the tank….Hard to get them though…

  3. Ben
    December 19, 2010 @ 3:08 am

  4. Spuds
    December 21, 2010 @ 10:52 am

    Hey Dustin… Im always trying to acheive a balance in the tank…. Its not easy though. Once you get the balance down fish keeping is a breeze.

    I have tons of bio filtration which i only cean once a year. I do a 50% water change every 2-3 weeks. i clean mechanical filtration every week. I leave the lights on for 12hrs (I increased it to 12 after reducing water changes)


    The amount of fish and plants can be seen in Vid. My plants do a great Job of sucking up nitrates which was the reason i reduced water changes and increased light… They grew like crazy after.

    • dwunderlich
      December 24, 2010 @ 3:20 am

      Glad to have you on here… Your tank is solid… I love the use of light sand and tall plants, You pull it off really well with few foreground plants. Very nice tank, Yeah, Once you get the balance, its easy. But finding the balance…that takes the skill….

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