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Forum: Lighting 12-30-2011, 02:37 AM
Replies: 1
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Posted By Martin_G
Want to replacing a T8 hood with T5NO fixture

I'm considering getting a dual T5NO fixture from Deep Blue Professional that uses 1- 14 watt 6700K & 1- 14 watt 10000K tube in a 24" fixture on a 15 g planted tank.

The current hood is 24" and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-21-2011, 02:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 450
Posted By Martin_G
I have a few questions about its use. How...

I have a few questions about its use.

How many capsules do you use in a 15g tank, how often should it be used, how deep in the substrate should it be put, and how long on average before you see...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-20-2011, 10:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 450
Posted By Martin_G
Osmocote plus used with shrimp

I wanted to know if "Osmocote Plus" is ok to use with dwarf shrimp, in particular Red Cherry Shrimp and OEBT's .

If its NOT ok to use, what can I use in place of it?

My tank is a moderately...
Forum: Substrate 12-16-2011, 04:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,510
Posted By Martin_G
I used close to 1 1/2 bags ( almost 30 lbs.) in...

I used close to 1 1/2 bags ( almost 30 lbs.) in my 15 gallon tank. Cherry shrimp show up well since the Eco-complete is black in color but other shrimp such as OEBT's can be a little hard to pick out...
Forum: Substrate 12-15-2011, 10:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,861
Posted By Martin_G
Rich, I'll admit that I don't know very much...

Rich,

I'll admit that I don't know very much about scuds or the worms that I have. I think it probably goes back to when I first started in the hobby. I was being helped along by two brothers a...
Forum: Substrate 12-15-2011, 02:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,861
Posted By Martin_G
I fully understand where everyone is coming from...

I fully understand where everyone is coming from not to mention that I agree with whats been said regarding fish & quarantining them. Now I'm not sure if there is any difference having a shrimp only...
Forum: Substrate 12-14-2011, 11:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,861
Posted By Martin_G
Since I have Eco-complete, how would heat react...

Since I have Eco-complete, how would heat react with it? Anyone have any ideas?

If I don't have to get new substrate I'd like to reuse what I have, but if I have to "bite the bullet" and buy new...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-14-2011, 11:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,866
Posted By Martin_G
I already have a complete filter from an...

I already have a complete filter from an established tank that I'm planning on using so I guess that I'll be that much ahead, plus it has a sponge filter on the intake that gets a colony of good...
Forum: Substrate 12-14-2011, 09:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,861
Posted By Martin_G
The oven idea sounds good. Is there any danger of...

The oven idea sounds good. Is there any danger of any substrate exploding if it gets too hot?

Also, what happens to any "unwanted critters" that you just cooked? Will this affect my tank or...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-14-2011, 09:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,866
Posted By Martin_G
Both ideas are very good! Maybe I'll have...

Both ideas are very good!

Maybe I'll have to mix some old with some new substrate and just put it in a spare tank with the filter working so the good bacteria doesn't die. I have a sponge filter...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-14-2011, 04:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,866
Posted By Martin_G
Question about tank cycling....

If I was to use an already established filter with a good bacteria colony, how quick would a tank cycle? The filter is an AquaClear #30 150 gph using a 15 gallon tank.

Also, would new substrate...
Forum: Substrate 12-14-2011, 04:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,861
Posted By Martin_G
Sterilizing substrate?

If you have ever had unwanted "critters" in your tank at one time such as "scuds" or "worms", is it possible or even worthwhile trying to sterlize your substrate in order to kill anything remaining...
Forum: Substrate 12-14-2011, 03:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,002
Posted By Martin_G
I have read quite a bit about Aquasoil and...

I have read quite a bit about Aquasoil and Eco-complete and while its agreed that AS grows plants better but its more expensive,its supposed to cloud water and turn to mud eventually (+ the ammonia...
Forum: Substrate 12-13-2011, 08:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,002
Posted By Martin_G
Best substrate for shrimp (and plants)?

I'm currently using Eco-complete in black for my tank but I'm considering redoing my tank completely. My tank is a 15 gallon thats moderately planted.

While I'm doing the "renovation", I would...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-26-2011, 06:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,168
Posted By Martin_G
If my camera was able to capture the worm or...

If my camera was able to capture the worm or leach in a photo I would! I already thought about that two days ago. Something that small does not show up well. You can see them with the naked eye but I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-26-2011, 04:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,168
Posted By Martin_G
It wasn't too long ago that I found things that...

It wasn't too long ago that I found things that looked like miniature "potato bugs" , now the night before last I saw these tiny worm-like creatures eating or attempting to eat the food I put out for...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-24-2011, 09:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,168
Posted By Martin_G
Unusual aquarium critters....

Does anyone have a link (or links) that has pictures to help identify possible pests that are found in aquariums along with suggested methods to get rid of them?


Thanks,

Martin
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 11-12-2011, 11:31 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,301
Posted By Martin_G
Hi Mordalphus, Those "wine red" shrimp...

Hi Mordalphus,


Those "wine red" shrimp look really sweet! Unlike Red Cherry Shrimp where the female is almost always much redder then the male, do your critters generally behave the same way...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 11-06-2011, 10:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 708
Posted By Martin_G
Whats the lowest temp neocaridina & caridina...

Whats the lowest temp neocaridina & caridina shrimp can safely tolerate?

My understanding was that if the temp was 10 to 15 degrees lower than the temp they generally live at (72 deg.) it would...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 11-05-2011, 11:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 708
Posted By Martin_G
Thanks to everyone for their shipping ideas when...

Thanks to everyone for their shipping ideas when using heat packs!

I do have one last question and that is, " does anyone use a specific temperature to decide when to use or not to use a heat...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 11-05-2011, 01:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 708
Posted By Martin_G
I do have a "separator" for the box. I just...

I do have a "separator" for the box. I just thought its a bit strange to have the "heat pouch" go up to 115 "F" then stabilize at 100 "F". On paper it looks to be way too high but thats just me!
...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 11-05-2011, 12:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 708
Posted By Martin_G
Shipping shrimp in cool or cold weather....

Next week I plan on shipping some shrimp (neocaridina & caridina) from Baltimore to Los Angeles,Ca. Since winter is right around the corner and the temps right now, while not freezing are still cool...
Forum: Plants 10-21-2011, 12:08 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 249
Posted By Martin_G
Liquid or dry Ferts (with shrimp)

(I originally had posted this in the shrimp & invert section but I didn't get any answers or even ideas. I'm worried that my Java Ferns are dying so thats why its in the "Plants" section. I apologize...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 10-20-2011, 02:24 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 170
Posted By Martin_G
Liquid or dry ferts w/ shrimp

Hi Everybody,

I apologize if this subject has been beat to death in the past. Talking about the past, 99% of my plants did great over the years and the major differences between then and now is...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 10-16-2011, 03:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 369
Posted By Martin_G
So would it be safe to say that "theoretically" ,...

So would it be safe to say that "theoretically" , it is possible for them to breed together?

But OTOH, "realistically" the chance of them interbreeding is "slim to none", right?


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