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Forum: Fish Today, 03:02 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 56
Posted By Diana
Pop eyes can be due to any of several diseases or...

Pop eyes can be due to any of several diseases or parasites.
Did either of these fish also have dropsy?

Pieces of fin missing could be nipping by the other fish, or it could be some disease...
Forum: Fish Today, 02:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 87
Posted By Diana
The desire for a fish does not mean the water is...

The desire for a fish does not mean the water is good for that fish.

I would suggest something more hardy than Cardinals. Lets see what the GH, KH, pH and other tests show about the water.
Forum: Fish Today, 02:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 46
Posted By Diana
Many 'fungi' diseases are actually bacterial in...

Many 'fungi' diseases are actually bacterial in origin. Several organisms can cause fin rot, and if the tissue is compromised a fungus can move in on the damaged areas. Fungi rarely attack healthy...
Forum: Ponds Today, 02:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 232
Posted By Diana
MAYBE The tannic acid from the potting soil...

MAYBE
The tannic acid from the potting soil made the water more acidic, and the zinc was released from the galvanizing better than in the small tub that had (presumably) more alkaline water.
Forum: Ponds Today, 02:24 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 6,709
Posted By Diana
Wow! Sure has come a long way! Thank you for...

Wow! Sure has come a long way!
Thank you for continuing to keep updating your project.
Forum: Plants Yesterday, 11:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 71
Posted By Diana
AFAIK there is not an aquatic specific aphid. ...

AFAIK there is not an aquatic specific aphid.
If you can remove the plants from the tank then almost anything will kill or remove the aphids. The problem then becomes putting the plant back with...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-28-2015, 11:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 279
Posted By Diana
I wonder if you have potassium nitrate, not...

I wonder if you have potassium nitrate, not potassium sulfate.

KNO3 is commonly used for aquariums, as a source of N and of P.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 05-28-2015, 01:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 227
Posted By Diana
Follow instructions in the 2nd post in this...

Follow instructions in the 2nd post in this thread.


There are several places with this info. The first one that came up for me seems to have the water preferences for quite a few shrimp.
...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 05-28-2015, 04:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 227
Posted By Diana
If you start with RO water that has just barely...

If you start with RO water that has just barely enough minerals in it then the buffering substrate should last a long time. To maintain a very low pH you actually want to control the minerals in the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-28-2015, 04:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 193
Posted By Diana
Many aquarium plants are from tropical or...

Many aquarium plants are from tropical or subtropical areas, so might be candidates for summer growth outdoors, but many will die in the winter cold. If you have several of something, then try a few...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-27-2015, 01:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 107
Posted By Diana
Figure out what is the total amount you want to...

Figure out what is the total amount you want to give the tank for a couple of weeks.
Keep the phosphate fertilizer separate from any iron fertilizer (trace minerals often include iron, and...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-27-2015, 01:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 155
Posted By Diana
So, for soft water species you might find that a...

So, for soft water species you might find that a blend of about 25-30% tap + 70-75% RO will drop the GH into the right ball park (5-7 degrees), but will make the KH a bit too low (about 2 degrees)....
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-27-2015, 01:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 427
Posted By Diana
Yes, NO2 can affect some tests. But if your water...

Yes, NO2 can affect some tests. But if your water had NO2 your fish would not be thriving.
Forum: Substrate 05-27-2015, 12:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 112
Posted By Diana
I would be very suspicious about it going...

I would be very suspicious about it going stagnant.
You could fill it and begin the fishless cycle. The water circulation will help.

When you are ready to plant, drain it, keeping the filter...
Forum: Fish 05-27-2015, 12:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 184
Posted By Diana
Look for pictures of Lymphocystis. This is a...

Look for pictures of Lymphocystis. This is a growth that usually does not get very big, and most often is sort of lumpy, about like a tiny cauliflower. The color (white-pink) is typical.

The...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-27-2015, 01:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 207
Posted By Diana
Remove the fish. Dose ammonia to 3 ppm....

Remove the fish.

Dose ammonia to 3 ppm. Never mind the math: put a few drops in. Test. Add a few more drops. Test... until it hits 3 ppm. If the ammonia is already too high, then do a water...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-27-2015, 01:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 427
Posted By Diana
I think your numbers are in the right ball park. ...

I think your numbers are in the right ball park.

Have you callibrated your test? There are many posts here where people have found the API Nitrate test to be off by double or even triple! Either...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-27-2015, 01:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 96
Posted By Diana
Ditto Raymond S. Add the bacteria your tank...

Ditto Raymond S.

Add the bacteria your tank needs. Your fish may be hardy enough not to die, but the toxins can be shortening their lives, and harming their immune system.

The right species of...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-27-2015, 01:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 155
Posted By Diana
The first question is: Do you need to? If...

The first question is: Do you need to?

If your tap water is not right for the fish, then you could do a blend with tap and RO, or go with straight RO and add just the minerals your fish need.
...
Forum: Plants 05-27-2015, 01:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 290
Posted By Diana
I have a hard time keeping them. They go dormant...

I have a hard time keeping them. They go dormant in the winter. Here is a lot better info about them:

http://www.californiacarnivores.com/
Forum: Fish 05-25-2015, 09:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 326
Posted By Diana
Well, there are actually fish called Hummingbird...

Well, there are actually fish called Hummingbird Tetras. They hover and dart over the floor of the tank similar to fresh water gobies. The set up will resemble a hill stream loach tank: cool, fast...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-25-2015, 09:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 133
Posted By Diana
Baking soda: 1 teaspoon added to 30 gallons...

Baking soda:
1 teaspoon added to 30 gallons will raise the KH by 2 German degrees of hardness.
This is straight line math: you can scale the dose per gallon any way you want to get the results you...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 05-25-2015, 06:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 275
Posted By Diana
Set up 2 tanks: Harder water for the snails,...

Set up 2 tanks:
Harder water for the snails, softer water for the shrimp.
Forum: Plants 05-25-2015, 06:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 184
Posted By Diana
The current field of aquarium plant propagation...

The current field of aquarium plant propagation is in tissue culture. If you can set up a place that is conducive to doing the culturing, then a grow out location, you probably could go quite far in...
Forum: Plants 05-24-2015, 07:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 196
Posted By Diana
Importing something from outdoors invites pests...

Importing something from outdoors invites pests and diseases that your aquarium habitat may not be ready for.

Here is what MIGHT be best:
Slosh the duckweed around a lot, and do several water...
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