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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-24-2014, 10:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 283
Posted By discuspaul
You might want to consider the mini rasbora...

You might want to consider the mini rasbora species - Boraras - either Boraras Brigittae, or Boraras Maculatus, or Boraras Merah, or any combination of these. There are also 3 other strains of them....
Forum: Fish 11-22-2014, 03:17 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 122
Posted By discuspaul
I'm fairly sure cherry barbs would be ok with...

I'm fairly sure cherry barbs would be ok with tiger barbs, especially since the tigers are small and your tank is heavily planted. I've kept them together many years ago, and from memory I can't...
Forum: Substrate 11-17-2014, 10:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 372
Posted By discuspaul
Go with PFS as you have done all along. You know...

Go with PFS as you have done all along. You know how to deal with it and you won't need to worry about creating any mess.
I've kept PFS in all my tanks for years, including discus tanks, and...
Forum: Fish 11-15-2014, 01:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 550
Posted By discuspaul
Besides a nutritious diet and good lighting, the...

Besides a nutritious diet and good lighting, the practices that really help to optimize fishes' coloration are regular, large water changes, a good tank & filtration cleansing routine and the...
Forum: Tank Journals 11-15-2014, 12:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 716
Posted By discuspaul
Your tank looks great, Rick ! I'm the...

Your tank looks great, Rick !

I'm the furthest thing away from an accomplished aqua-scaper, but here's one my set-ups:

http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/h357/discuspaul/redrubys
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 11-14-2014, 02:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 319
Posted By discuspaul
Yes, we're very fortunate here in Vancouver as...

Yes, we're very fortunate here in Vancouver as far as soft water is concerned, for creating ideal conditions for many species of fish, particularly south American varieties which originate from soft...
Forum: Fish 11-13-2014, 10:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 274
Posted By discuspaul
It' highly unlikely that SAE's, whether true...

It' highly unlikely that SAE's, whether true SAE's or not, will want to try adding slime coats of most fish species to their diet, but I can tell you for a fact that as they get more mature, fatter &...
Forum: Equipment 11-13-2014, 08:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,391
Posted By discuspaul
Make sure it has no chemical additives, like fire...

Make sure it has no chemical additives, like fire retardant, for example.
Forum: Equipment 11-13-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,391
Posted By discuspaul
Try using filter floss in each of the filters for...

Try using filter floss in each of the filters for three weeks or so, replaced with new floss every week on an alternating basis with that in the other filters.
If that doesn't clear it up, put fine...
Forum: Equipment 11-13-2014, 02:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 217
Posted By discuspaul
Have you re-generated them several times , up to...

Have you re-generated them several times , up to a dozen times ?
If so, junk it & get new.
If you've only done it a couple of times, try doing it with undiluted, full strength bleach (not the...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 11-12-2014, 03:16 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,567
Posted By discuspaul
Thanks for the info. Looking forward to seeing...

Thanks for the info. Looking forward to seeing them !
Forum: Low Tech Forum 11-11-2014, 11:03 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,567
Posted By discuspaul
BTW Mauro, It would be of interest to know if...

BTW Mauro,
It would be of interest to know if you should decide to add Boraras to your existing tank, or opt to set up a new tank for them. If you do either, please let us know what strains you...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 11-09-2014, 06:59 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,567
Posted By discuspaul
Just a small correction to my earlier post about...

Just a small correction to my earlier post about Boraras: I stated them to be no more than 3/4" in size - that's on the conservative side - most Boraras strains can grow to over 1", up to around...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 11-09-2014, 12:54 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,567
Posted By discuspaul
Mauro, are you still looking for suggestions of...

Mauro, are you still looking for suggestions of south-east Asian fish species for your tank ?

If so, I'm quite sure that any one of, or a medley of the Boraras species, would work well with the...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 11-08-2014, 09:09 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,567
Posted By discuspaul
Your tank looks just great, Mauro. I see that...

Your tank looks just great, Mauro.
I see that your CPD's are not at all shy, are they ? They can be, in a community tank, where they're often hiding away, unseen.
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 11-07-2014, 04:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 388
Posted By discuspaul
Agreed - thanks for the clarification - but I...

Agreed - thanks for the clarification - but I didn't take it as a negative post.
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 11-06-2014, 05:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 388
Posted By discuspaul
I had considered that but felt some recognition...

I had considered that but felt some recognition of the more helpful folks might influence others to emulate them. Should this thread move away from it's sincere intent, I'll ask Admin to close it.
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 11-06-2014, 06:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 388
Posted By discuspaul
If I may say so, the intent of my post was to...

If I may say so, the intent of my post was to generate kudos to the members thought to be most helpful overall.
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 11-06-2014, 05:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 388
Posted By discuspaul
I'll grant you that, but Diana most often posts...

I'll grant you that, but Diana most often posts quite accurate, detailed, and useful information.
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 11-06-2014, 05:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 388
Posted By discuspaul
Who are the most helpful TPT members ?

I've gained so much more help and hobby knowledge from this forum than I ever thought I would.
So I felt it would be interesting to do a bit of a survey, or poll, on what members other people...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 11-06-2014, 04:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 903
Posted By discuspaul
Gee whiz, folks - I've been around this forum for...

Gee whiz, folks - I've been around this forum for a few years, and found it to be a wealth of information for hobbyists wanting answers to questions that were mystifying to them. I'm one of those and...
Forum: Substrate 11-06-2014, 03:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 354
Posted By discuspaul
That's the best approach - just straight pool...

That's the best approach - just straight pool filter sand for growing plants well, using only root tab ferts, with occasional liquid or dry fert dosing into the water column. But you have to get your...
Forum: Algae 11-05-2014, 03:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 233
Posted By discuspaul
Can you describe the type of algae it is. Does it...

Can you describe the type of algae it is. Does it wipe off easily, but come back ?
I suspect Green Dust Algae. Your lighting period seems too lengthy - anything over 8 hrs./day can create problems,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-04-2014, 03:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 309
Posted By discuspaul
Generally, these 2 problems are encountered most...

Generally, these 2 problems are encountered most often when re-charging Purigen:

- Lack of sufficient and thorough rinsing after the bleach bath. The Purigen bag needs to be rinsed several times...
Forum: Algae 11-04-2014, 03:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 710
Posted By discuspaul
Just place the Purigen bag in a position in your...

Just place the Purigen bag in a position in your filter where you feel it will get the most water flow/circulation throughout the Purigen beads for best efficiency.

If the UV is a stand alone,...
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