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Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-24-2012, 08:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,182
Posted By jsuereth
I just want to mention, in case I missed it, that...

I just want to mention, in case I missed it, that with a Fluval Edge, you'll be topping off every week. At least with mine, we had dry air and it was at least every week the tank needed a top-off.
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Forum: Low Tech Forum 04-23-2012, 12:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 694
Posted By jsuereth
Yes, I want to use the charcoal as little as...

Yes, I want to use the charcoal as little as possible, but right now all my plants are rooted and they're growing quite nicely. I'm more worried that the tannin is preventing light from hitting the...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 04-23-2012, 12:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 790
Posted By jsuereth
I've never used kitty litter, but osmocote in...

I've never used kitty litter, but osmocote in flourite sand is good too. I loved the look of that black flourite sand too.

Note: part of the walstad method is leaving extra food around. You...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 04-23-2012, 12:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 694
Posted By jsuereth
Tanins in a Soil tank

Well, I've been experimenting with dirt tanks for a while now. This time, I picked up some miracle grow organic choice with peat moss. Unfortunately, after the flooding, the tank "tea"ed up pretty...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-26-2012, 09:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 763
Posted By jsuereth
pool filter sand on top of dirt should be fine. ...

pool filter sand on top of dirt should be fine. Just watch out for "compacting". I'm using play sand, which is a bit finer IIRC. You'll want to poke the sand every now and then, and be careful not...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-26-2012, 03:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 763
Posted By jsuereth
I'm running miracle gro organic potting soil...

I'm running miracle gro organic potting soil below sand in my 125G. I've done it in pots in my 55G, and it worked *really* well, saw some amazing growth on the plants. It's a bit cheaper than "for...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-26-2012, 01:29 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,983
Posted By jsuereth
I definitely like the look of that cyperus. ...

I definitely like the look of that cyperus. Can't wait for mine to start growing.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-23-2012, 10:50 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,532
Posted By jsuereth
My personal concern with activated carbon is...

My personal concern with activated carbon is making sure to change it frequently. It's a great purifier until you leave it in too long and all those things it was filtering reenter the tank in...
Forum: Plants 03-20-2012, 12:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,360
Posted By jsuereth
Ah, that's another good reason :). Sometimes...

Ah, that's another good reason :). Sometimes though, plants will just fail to do well. There've been some interesting studies on allelopathy. If a plant is doing poorly in a tank, with no...
Forum: Plants 03-20-2012, 02:43 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,360
Posted By jsuereth
Do you have plants in the tank> The death of the...

Do you have plants in the tank> The death of the frog bite could be a "good thing" (tm).

If your plants in the tank become well established, they can kill off floating plants in the tank. ...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-19-2012, 06:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 683
Posted By jsuereth
Duckweed, IMHO, is a far better maintenance...

Duckweed, IMHO, is a far better maintenance nightmare than other solutions. The really good part of it too, is if your underwater plants "take over" for absorbing nutrients, they'll kill off your...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 03-18-2012, 12:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 13,348
Posted By jsuereth
Shrimp are pretty crafty. I had Gouramis and...

Shrimp are pretty crafty. I had Gouramis and Barbs in my 55G, and with enough plant material (A good Java Fern is awesome), you can definitely have a growing population of shrimp. Non but the...
Forum: Fish 03-16-2012, 02:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,915
Posted By jsuereth
Will do. I've been experimenting with which...

Will do. I've been experimenting with which plants provide best cover, and I think I have good selection. Still, I'll have my 10 gallon running with back-up populations :)

Again thanks much for...
Forum: Fish 03-15-2012, 11:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,915
Posted By jsuereth
That is something i know well. I saw a gold barb...

That is something i know well. I saw a gold barb eat a shrimp his own size in my 55g. Barb was still a juvi. Mouths are bigger than you expect. Still, the rcs were breeding fast and had a large...
Forum: Fish 03-15-2012, 07:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 692
Posted By jsuereth
@xenxes - Sounds like I need to go to petsmart...

@xenxes - Sounds like I need to go to petsmart for otos :)
Forum: Fish 03-15-2012, 07:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,915
Posted By jsuereth
Oh, also. thanks everyone for the responses! ...

Oh, also. thanks everyone for the responses! Tiger Barbs are now in the plan :)
Forum: Fish 03-15-2012, 05:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 692
Posted By jsuereth
Just be careful of disease. A new fish/plant can...

Just be careful of disease. A new fish/plant can wipe at all the rest if it's a carrier of something bad. I lost my fav. gourami this way.
Forum: Fish 03-15-2012, 03:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,915
Posted By jsuereth
I wasn't aiming for self-sustaining. I don't...

I wasn't aiming for self-sustaining. I don't mind feeding, but I wanted to have live cultures in the same tank to support more natural behaviors, and help slower fish find food. I can set up a...
Forum: Fish 03-15-2012, 01:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,915
Posted By jsuereth
Tiger barbs + Community Tanks

Hey guys!

I'm working on building out my 125G tank. My daughter really really wants Tiger barbs. I had a few in a 10G a while back, and they were great. However, I never tried them with other...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-03-2012, 12:03 AM
Replies: 212
Views: 13,052
Posted By jsuereth
The point I'm trying to make, is I don't care if...

The point I'm trying to make, is I don't care if you're growing an acre of hydroponic vegetables with a discus tank, and your Nitrates are 0 ppm always. You still need to do water changes. ...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-02-2012, 10:53 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 13,052
Posted By jsuereth
The daily water changes are not about water...

The daily water changes are not about water quality but removing the growth inhibiting hormone discus naturally secrete to ensure they don't outgrow their environment, and so the larger, healthier...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-28-2012, 11:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,057
Posted By jsuereth
I put mine in terracotta pots. Dirt in the...

I put mine in terracotta pots. Dirt in the bottom, substrate capped on top. Works like a charm:
...
Forum: DIY 02-26-2012, 10:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 990
Posted By jsuereth
Nevermind. 10 gallon. HOB Filter?

Nevermind. 10 gallon. HOB Filter?
Forum: DIY 02-26-2012, 10:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 990
Posted By jsuereth
Do your tanks have filters? Is one of them a...

Do your tanks have filters? Is one of them a canister filter? You could place the return of the canister filter into the grow bed, and have the grow bed drain into the tank. You still need to...
Forum: Plants 02-24-2012, 11:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 573
Posted By jsuereth
Those look great. My lotuses never lost their...

Those look great. My lotuses never lost their submerged leaves even when shooting up floaters. Also, when the big stem goes up, that's the flower. I keep an open-top aquarium, so letting the...
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