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Forum: Low Tech Forum Yesterday, 11:30 PM
Replies: 5
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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 Yesterday, 01:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 202
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 Yesterday, 04:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 202
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 Yesterday, 04:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 178
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: 101
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: 151
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: 411
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: 102
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: 159
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: 205
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: 411
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: 94
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: 151
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: 275
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: 8
Views: 278
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: 130
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: 271
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: 180
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: 183
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...
Forum: Plants 05-24-2015, 07:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 237
Posted By Diana
Nice! How well do the hold up? Have you used them...

Nice! How well do the hold up? Have you used them for a while?
Forum: Fish 05-24-2015, 07:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 160
Posted By Diana
Mollies also are not for small tanks. As you have...

Mollies also are not for small tanks. As you have already seen they can be territorial and aggressive. I had one female try to claim all of a 45 gallon (4' long) tank.

For a 10 gallon, the best...
Forum: Substrate 05-24-2015, 06:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 267
Posted By Diana
No sand has high CEC. By its very definition it...

No sand has high CEC. By its very definition it cannot.

Cationic Exchange Capacity is only possible on extremely small particles. Small enough to carry a charge. Clay particles and Humus...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-24-2015, 02:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 292
Posted By Diana
Not all leeches are parasites. However, since...

Not all leeches are parasites. However, since most are, I would keep on trying to remove the one you have seen.

The meat bait did not work well for me. I used the perforated coffee can with...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-24-2015, 02:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 180
Posted By Diana
Ditto Freemananana: Pull the media out of the...

Ditto Freemananana:
Pull the media out of the old filter, even if you have to take a knife to it and stuff it into the new filter any ol' way that works. Even rubber band it over the front of the...
Forum: Fish 05-24-2015, 02:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 122
Posted By Diana
With the shrimp you are pretty much limited to...

With the shrimp you are pretty much limited to smaller fish.
If you are willing to move the shrimp, then Turquoise Rainbows are pretty, active, up-front, and handle the same cool water that the...
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