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Forum: Low Tech Forum Today, 05:33 PM
Replies: 15
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Posted By Knotyoureality
Contrary as it may sound, I've upped my...

Contrary as it may sound, I've upped my lights/ferts and invested in some faster growing stems in order to decrease the amount of unpleasant work there is to do on my tanks.

"Maintenance", to me,...
Forum: Fish 09-29-2014, 09:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 176
Posted By Knotyoureality
Trumpet snails are native to southeast asia--and...

Trumpet snails are native to southeast asia--and they're absolute cleaning machines.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 09-29-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 180
Posted By Knotyoureality
They also looooove to eat mosses.

They also looooove to eat mosses.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 09-28-2014, 10:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 461
Posted By Knotyoureality
Ditto. The swords and the monte carlo are going...

Ditto. The swords and the monte carlo are going to do better with root tabs than counting on nutrients in the water column and the anubia are slow enough growers to need little fertilization unless...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-24-2014, 10:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 312
Posted By Knotyoureality
As with anything, it's a matter of risk...

As with anything, it's a matter of risk assessment. If you're not ready and willing to tear your tank down to bare glass and lose all your fish and plants, you're better off doing QT.

Frankly, the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-24-2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 312
Posted By Knotyoureality
Easy answer: yes. It's always preferable to hold...

Easy answer: yes. It's always preferable to hold new stock separate from your existing set-ups long enough to ensure they aren't carrying any readily identifiable disease or parasites.
Forum: Plants 09-24-2014, 05:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 158
Posted By Knotyoureality
You don't need a full-on aquarium set up to keep...

You don't need a full-on aquarium set up to keep aquatic plants alive.

I just re-did two of my tanks and have a ton of plant material I'm holding over until it's cool enough to ship and/or I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-23-2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 549
Posted By Knotyoureality
A cup of bleach per gallon is *serious* overkill...

A cup of bleach per gallon is *serious* overkill on the disinfecting front. 2 teaspons is more than sufficient. If you'll be using the items right away in another tank, dechlorinator is a must, but...
Forum: Plants 09-22-2014, 05:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 224
Posted By Knotyoureality
The leaves grown submersed won't themselves...

The leaves grown submersed won't themselves adapt, but the plant can grow new leaves that are adapted to being emmersed.

Generally when I've done this, I've trimmed the largest existant leaves,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-22-2014, 03:14 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,556
Posted By Knotyoureality
Ditto on suspecting the excel is a major problem....

Ditto on suspecting the excel is a major problem. I've almost entirely stopped using it in my low light tanks due to plant melt/poor growth issues when I try to use it. Does better in my moderate...
Forum: Aquascaping 09-22-2014, 02:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 327
Posted By Knotyoureality
Can you flip the wood piece so the long thin arm...

Can you flip the wood piece so the long thin arm is pointing to the right side of the tank? Right now it's basically acting like a long thin finger pointing at, and drawing the viewers eye towards,...
Forum: Plants 09-20-2014, 07:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 217
Posted By Knotyoureality
The leaves on the lower/shaded part of the stem...

The leaves on the lower/shaded part of the stem would drop, but the plant itself would do fine.

The stems in the back of my tank for example, which are heavily shaded at the bottom by my crypts,...
Forum: Substrate 09-20-2014, 02:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 173
Posted By Knotyoureality
The defining point between high and low tech is...

The defining point between high and low tech is pretty much the addition of pressurized C02. The challenge, at any tech level, is balancing the holy trinity: light, nutrients and C02. The fun--or...
Forum: Substrate 09-20-2014, 04:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 173
Posted By Knotyoureality
Yep--the only true answer is: it depends! :) ...

Yep--the only true answer is: it depends! :)

My low-tech tanks would be greatly benefited by the ready supply of nutrients that come with a dirted tank--but it's not been a good fit given my...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-20-2014, 01:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 378
Posted By Knotyoureality
"Everything looked good" is meaningless when it...

"Everything looked good" is meaningless when it comes to figuring out if a tank is cycled or not. As to completing the cycle process--if you're doing fish-in then you should be doing *large* water...
Forum: Plants 09-19-2014, 04:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 265
Posted By Knotyoureality
Several issues against you getting a good, if...

Several issues against you getting a good, if any, answer on this...

These plants just haven't been on the market long enough, or at a readily accessible cost for most hobbyist, for most folks to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-19-2014, 02:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 163
Posted By Knotyoureality
My treatment tanks are a 2.5 and 5g glass...

My treatment tanks are a 2.5 and 5g glass tank--both stored dry with their own dedicated equipment--filters, airlines/stones, nets, plastic plants for shelter---though if I have live trimmings from...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-18-2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 166
Posted By Knotyoureality
Tons of options here, but my suggestion would be...

Tons of options here, but my suggestion would be to keep the pleco, keep the substrate and take advantage of the existing wood piece by using it as the platform for a variety of hardy, rhizome plants...
Forum: Fish 09-18-2014, 02:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 117
Posted By Knotyoureality
Fish are pretty efficient little beasts and can...

Fish are pretty efficient little beasts and can easily go extended periods without any feeding at all. For periods of less than a week, I just feed heavy for a few days ahead, let the tank fast while...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 09-17-2014, 04:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 365
Posted By Knotyoureality
The eggs are carried externally, so the female...

The eggs are carried externally, so the female will "fan" the eggs to move fresh clean water over them and you'll occasionally see her shifting the eggs about, even pushing the eggs partially out...
Forum: Plants 09-16-2014, 03:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 169
Posted By Knotyoureality
You can do potted plants or, my preference for...

You can do potted plants or, my preference for bare bottom tanks--find some great wood pieces and mount plants like anubias or java fern on them. Much more natural looking, easy to move and clean...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-16-2014, 03:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 415
Posted By Knotyoureality
Yep, I bought one of the obnoxious little things...

Yep, I bought one of the obnoxious little things on a whim from <chain store>, tossed it in my shrimp tank where it promptly got lodged under some driftwood. In pulling it out later some shreds tore...
Forum: Plants 09-16-2014, 05:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 414
Posted By Knotyoureality
Unless you have other floaters you either have to...

Unless you have other floaters you either have to work around or remove in order to get just the duckweed--and manhandling floaters is good way to lose the lovely long root systems--which can in turn...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 09-16-2014, 01:12 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,351
Posted By Knotyoureality
Bit of a different direction in answering but.....

Bit of a different direction in answering but.. worst mistake in keeping shrimp?

Deluding myself into thinking "just one more tank" to work at selectively breeding all the interesting variations...
Forum: Fish 09-15-2014, 01:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 319
Posted By Knotyoureality
Java fern clumps make an excellent shrimp refuge...

Java fern clumps make an excellent shrimp refuge in a community tank.

Pretty much everything except the snails in my 37g is a potential predator, but I've a self-sustaining cherry shrimp...
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