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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Today, 01:34 PM
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Posted By Diana
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If the total amount you are adding (while the filters are off) is not more than the total amount that is generally safe for your tank,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Today, 03:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 123
Posted By Diana
Several of my tanks (including my 40 gallon...

Several of my tanks (including my 40 gallon breeder) leak like that. I sometimes wonder if the water is wicked up into that spot. Actually, I think it is the ripples from the filter or power head. I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 11:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 224
Posted By Diana
The bacteria that will grow in just the filter...

The bacteria that will grow in just the filter media is fine. Usually Q-tanks are not heavily stocked, anyway.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 11:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 203
Posted By Diana
Filling the tank with water, and adding the...

Filling the tank with water, and adding the dechlor as you are filling is OK.
Waiting any length of time after you fill is not a good idea.

Adding it before is the safest route. If you are...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 11:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 317
Posted By Diana
I am not saying treat the fish with salt. (There...

I am not saying treat the fish with salt. (There are ways of doing this, and it works well for external parasites) I am saying that saturated salt water will kill almost everything on all the...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 01:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 372
Posted By Diana
Captive bred Cards are probably more tolerant of...

Captive bred Cards are probably more tolerant of higher GH than their wild relatives. If you can find a local breeder find out what those water conditions are like.

Yes, Neons are much more...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 01:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 223
Posted By Diana
Here is the full story on using peat moss to...

Here is the full story on using peat moss to manage water conditions:

If the tank has water that has parameters like this:
GH and KH 3 degrees, pH 6.5
and you do a water change with tap water...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 12:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 115
Posted By Diana
Danios and White Clouds tend to be sharks at...

Danios and White Clouds tend to be sharks at feeding time, and I doubt that the highly preferred live food is going to make it through that feeding frenzy to the Badis. Maybe some flakes or pellets...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 12:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 120
Posted By Diana
Each tank is different. When you try to figure...

Each tank is different. When you try to figure out where all the many elements that plants need are coming from you may not be able to figure out everything, which is why you will probably end up...
Forum: Low Tech Forum Yesterday, 12:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 252
Posted By Diana
An under gravel filter works because you have an...

An under gravel filter works because you have an open substrate that allows a lot of water flow. This is important because there is a lot of beneficial bacteria growing on all the gravel.

But...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 12:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 223
Posted By Diana
5' x 2' x 2' is 150 (American) gallons. EI method...

5' x 2' x 2' is 150 (American) gallons. EI method is based on American gallons.


are these also teaspoons? (ie: 1/4 tsp KH2PO4 and 1/2 tsp each CSM+B and Fe?)

EI for this tank would be...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 11:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 120
Posted By Diana
I have heard of using the sulfates and the...

I have heard of using the sulfates and the chlorides of Ca and Mg, so yes, that is a way to boost the GH without the K that is in most GH boosters.
Probably check the other things you are adding. I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 11:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 316
Posted By Diana
I am using Excel with Vals. I never use the...

I am using Excel with Vals.
I never use the loading dose, but the lower level dosing on the Excel label is OK.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 11:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 289
Posted By Diana
1/8" is way too big to put a tank on the stand...

1/8" is way too big to put a tank on the stand with no mat. I would try to find out what the problem is, and shim or sand or whatever is needed to get rid of the irregularity.
1/16" is still a bit...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 03:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 189
Posted By Diana
Have a back up plan. At 2" the fish you have...

Have a back up plan.
At 2" the fish you have are starting to decide on their territory, and are checking each other out to see if they are compatible as mates.
When you add another Angel in there...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 03:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 223
Posted By Diana
pH is not the most important parameter. ...

pH is not the most important parameter.
Cardinal Tetras will take in calcium from the water and store it in their body. They can store so much it kills them. To prevent this keep them in soft...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 03:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 168
Posted By Diana
A tall tank does not offer a lot of horizontal...

A tall tank does not offer a lot of horizontal swimming space, so I would go with relatively sedentary fish.
Bottom fish might be a mated pair of something like Badis, Dwarf Cichlids, or Chocolate...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 03:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 372
Posted By Diana
I would take out the Neons and get a Tetra that...

I would take out the Neons and get a Tetra that can handle the higher temperature. Neons are better in the low to mid 70s.
Cories are almost all cooler water fish, too. Brochis splendens is a Cory...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 03:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 238
Posted By Diana
I see 2 possible tanks here: A pair of Rams,...

I see 2 possible tanks here:

A pair of Rams, maybe Amano shrimp, Pencils (there are some smaller ones) but I am not sure about Cories (half a dozen dwarfs or Pandas). Cories do not seem to...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 02:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 450
Posted By Diana
If that was the only source of P and there was no...

If that was the only source of P and there was no reserve then there would be problems. As noted by our numbered member plants can use a certain amount of the phosphorus that is in their old leaves,...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 02:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 300
Posted By Diana
Please test and post both tap and tank results: ...

Please test and post both tap and tank results:
GH (General Hardness)
KH (Carbonate Hardness)
TDS (Total Dissolved Solids)

Fish are not usually so sensitive to the pH, but to the mineral and...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 02:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 256
Posted By Diana
Many of my tanks have a moderate bio load, so I...

Many of my tanks have a moderate bio load, so I am dosing both KNO3 and K2SO4.
Less KNO3 than EI suggests because I have found the right dose that maintains the NO3 at about 10 ppm.
I substitute...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 02:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 317
Posted By Diana
You could also keep the fish in a quarantine...

You could also keep the fish in a quarantine tank, if you think they are carrying a parasite or disease. If they need medication, that would be the time to do it.

Simply dipping the net into the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 02:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 289
Posted By Diana
The irregularities that can be handled with a mat...

The irregularities that can be handled with a mat are like the grain of the wood, not a stand that is not level.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 02:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 230
Posted By Diana
No. I find a razor blade is better on glass,...

No.
I find a razor blade is better on glass, but not for acrylic.
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