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post #16 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-15-2014, 08:49 PM
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When did that pet place go out of stock for this?
They only have one color in stock and it wasn't the one I wanted. Correction, they're out of all of it now.


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That Pet Place went out of stock sometime today (1/15) between 11 am Eastern and 2:30 PM Eastern. I checked price with shipping this morning then went around to to see what was available locally. Came home and went to order it and was out of stock.

I sen them an email asking when it would be available again and got the following reply.

"Thank you for your email. It looks like we will not have the Substrate available until sometime early March. I apologize for the delay."

Should have just ordered it this morning

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Sorry to hear, I did have a friend asking about it in CT and he said he bought the "last" of a few bags the site had on stock and said he was still short 2 bags. He might have bought the last few from that site.

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I'll be sure to ask my LFS that just got in a few boxes on where he found it and if the public can purchase from them.

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March!? Thank God the other website has it. How is the glosso doing?

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Still both 2 single stems in each jar. I'll be sure to post an update this Sunday on them.

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Tagged, just in case someone stumbles across a source of ActivFlora. I don't dislike Eco completely, but (a) I do like the more uniform black color, and (b) it's annoying that Eco is just large enough and light enough that it's hard to keep plants well-rooted. (Especially small ones like Glosso)

I'll start making calls to all LFS within a reasonable distance tomorrow...
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Complete Tank Teardown, Will Use Activ-Flora as new Substrate

I just did a complete tank tear down today. Removed my MTS capped with Azoo Plant Grower Bed and will replace this with new MTS capped with Activ-Flora "Lake Gems" this weekend. I found that after 3 years the Azoo disintegrated and compacted creating an anaerobic layer in the MTS which started leading to my problems with cyanobacteria.
I originally got the Azoo because it was supposed to remove tannins from the water caused by driftwood which it did and it was supposed to maintain the water's pH between 6.5 and 7.0 which it also did.
I've since invested in an RO/DI system for my water so I'm not worried about this any more. I'm going to use some Seiryu stones so the water isn't too soft. The Activ-Flora won't disintegrate or compact like the Azoo did so hopefully I won't have to go through this again.
I figured I'd remove my one large piece of driftwood and two large plants to make catching my fish easier. What a mess, as soon as I started removing my mature plants, a huge Aponogeton madagascariensis, and a large Crinum calamistratum the MTS turned the water into mud. I waited for it to settle but after several hours there was no change so I got some Caribsea Biomagnet and Seachem Clarity from the LFS. Of the two the Clarity worked and the Biomagnet didn't seem to do anything. But as soon as I started chasing fish the tank just got stirred up again and I was back to the same muddy water and couldn't see a thing. So I ended up removing all the substrate and siphoned off most of the water through a net in case I accidentally sucked any fish up until the tank only had about 6" of water left in the bottom so that I could actually see the fish to catch them. Took me all day to do this. What a nightmare!


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