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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-27-2013, 12:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 556
Posted By RukoTheWonderDog
If you have an inert substrate (sand only)...

If you have an inert substrate (sand only) soaking in 50% diluted bleach for a day or two should wipe out anything living.

If you have other substrate, baking it on an oven sheet at lower temps...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-26-2013, 12:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 862
Posted By RukoTheWonderDog
We have substantial limestone deposits in our...

We have substantial limestone deposits in our water table here in Western NY; the pH out of the tap is roughly 8.2.

I would agree that the corys are not a good fit. I also had problems when I...
Forum: Tank Journals 02-26-2013, 06:08 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,609
Posted By RukoTheWonderDog
Since you asked for it. No sense beating...

Since you asked for it.

No sense beating around the bush. A series of life events have changed the future for me; I will be moving and getting out of the hobby for at least the next few years. ...
Forum: Tank Journals 02-26-2013, 05:52 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,609
Posted By RukoTheWonderDog
Yes, the original Tupperware bins had many holes...

Yes, the original Tupperware bins had many holes drilled in the bottom. The issue I encountered was with poor waterflow into the containers; this created some anaerobic conditions in the soil. ...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-25-2013, 02:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 397
Posted By RukoTheWonderDog
When I left for my last vacation, I did the...

When I left for my last vacation, I did the following:

1. Cleaned filters & tank.
2. Pruned all faster growing plants.
3. Reduced light intervals on the timers
4. Demonstrated basic water...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-25-2013, 02:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,093
Posted By RukoTheWonderDog
+1 The manager at my local store insisted it...

+1

The manager at my local store insisted it only happens over the summer and around black Friday. I remember seeing the sale again about 3 months after I talked to him.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-25-2013, 02:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 478
Posted By RukoTheWonderDog
Keep dosing as you have been. I've found the...

Keep dosing as you have been. I've found the second stage of the cycle to take longest.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-25-2013, 02:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 556
Posted By RukoTheWonderDog
As already mentioned, overfeeding is the cause of...

As already mentioned, overfeeding is the cause of snail outbreaks.

That said, sometimes in larger community aquariums I've found that it can be difficult not to overfeed while still getting food...
Forum: Plants 12-01-2012, 02:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 460
Posted By RukoTheWonderDog
I've found all Wendtii variants, C. Walkeri...

I've found all Wendtii variants, C. Walkeri 'Lutea', and Cordata 'Blassii', C. Pontederiifolia all tolerant of high light.
Forum: Tank Journals 11-17-2012, 01:43 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,609
Posted By RukoTheWonderDog
The new tanks are operational! I have all...

The new tanks are operational! I have all surviving species planted in the refreshed substrate and hoping to see some comeback growth soon.

The mealybug infestation has taken its toll; several...
Forum: Tank Journals 11-09-2012, 12:06 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,609
Posted By RukoTheWonderDog
More updates! I spent about 4 hours...

More updates!

I spent about 4 hours collecting, sorting, cleaning, and shredding 2 bags of Fagus Sylvatica leaves. It took me almost 3 months to track down a European Beech; I finally found a few...
Forum: Tank Journals 11-03-2012, 08:37 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,609
Posted By RukoTheWonderDog
Update with pics! Finally have all the parts...

Update with pics!

Finally have all the parts needed for the twin 40 G breeder upgrade. The stand is on its final coat of polyurethane and will be moved into the basement this weekend for setup....
Forum: Herp (Reptiles and Amphibians) 10-28-2012, 08:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 375
Posted By RukoTheWonderDog
Sorry for the delay in replying....been a busy...

Sorry for the delay in replying....been a busy week for me.

I like analog simply because I don't have to deal with batteries and more frequent calibration. My digital wall hygrometer hasn't been...
Forum: Herp (Reptiles and Amphibians) 10-22-2012, 09:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 375
Posted By RukoTheWonderDog
Does anyone make a good hygrometer??

Herp guys! Need your help on this one!

I'm looking for a high quality, analog, hygrometer that can withstand direct misting. I've tried the ZooMed & Petco models (both were recommended) and they...
Forum: Algae 10-21-2012, 12:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 772
Posted By RukoTheWonderDog
I would also give your filter media a good...

I would also give your filter media a good cleaning. Make sure you don't kill off your good bacteria; I like to use tank water I put aside after water changes and rinse my media really well. This...
Forum: Equipment 10-20-2012, 02:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 423
Posted By RukoTheWonderDog
I don't like any of them. I've tried many...

I don't like any of them.

I've tried many different models over the years and found most to be a little wonky with reliability and consistency issues.

Finally, it seemed like the Stealth...
Forum: Tank Journals 10-18-2012, 04:54 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,609
Posted By RukoTheWonderDog
Many thanks! Here is the updated inventory: ...

Many thanks!

Here is the updated inventory:

-Cryptocoryne Affinis "Metallic Red" 'Pahang Barat'
-Cryptocoryne Auriculata "Tiger Stripe" 'Central Sarawak'
-Cryptocoryne Bullosa 'Bario'...
Forum: Plants 10-17-2012, 05:17 PM
Replies: 555
Views: 45,694
Posted By RukoTheWonderDog
Curt- it's gonna be really hard to identify...

Curt- it's gonna be really hard to identify unless it sends up a spathe, and even then it could be hard to say with 100% certainty.

Crypts can vary so much that even botanists get confused at...
Forum: Tank Journals 10-17-2012, 02:44 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,609
Posted By RukoTheWonderDog
*long overdue update* It's been a rough...

*long overdue update*

It's been a rough couple of months. Aside from the plants taking a beating during the move (in the middle of our heat wave, conveniently) I have been battling a brutal...
Forum: Equipment 10-17-2012, 02:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 513
Posted By RukoTheWonderDog
I ran one of my XP3s without the fine white pad...

I ran one of my XP3s without the fine white pad for years. I also used bio balls and pot scrubbies instead of filter floss. Never had an issue with clogging or significantly decreased flow between...
Forum: Equipment 10-14-2012, 09:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 256
Posted By RukoTheWonderDog
Not aware of any baskets available. I use...

Not aware of any baskets available.

I use the Eheim cocopuffs for filter media; I dump the media into big filter bags and stuff the bagged media into the 2217. Makes things a bit neater and...
Forum: Equipment 10-13-2012, 01:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 897
Posted By RukoTheWonderDog
I bought a ~15 gallon metaframe tank with a...

I bought a ~15 gallon metaframe tank with a restoration in mind at an auction. After removing all of the caulk (an attempted repair by the previous owner) and the black sealant, I found the metal...
Forum: Substrate 10-13-2012, 12:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 682
Posted By RukoTheWonderDog
I have a high tech planted 180 with PFS. I have...

I have a high tech planted 180 with PFS. I have a layer of soaked peat moss (pre soaked in my water change drums) and baked Earthworm castings below about 2 1/2" - 3" of PFS. I also supplement with...
Forum: Algae 10-10-2012, 09:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 741
Posted By RukoTheWonderDog
As long as your parameters are in check, it...

As long as your parameters are in check, it shouldn't spread and infect the tank. Your tank probably already has BBA in it....it generally only comes to life when something is off with your...
Forum: Equipment 10-10-2012, 09:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,567
Posted By RukoTheWonderDog
I've used a pair of 55 gallon drums for water...

I've used a pair of 55 gallon drums for water collection and mixing for a long time. I purchased the barrels from a local seller; both barrels were for Kosher glycerine (the contents should not...
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