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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-09-2007, 06:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 303
Posted By jaybird002
Why is my swordplant so puny?

When I bought my swordplant from the store it was BIG: 10-inch leaves, a perfect size for my 29-gallon tank. The first fully submerged leaves were almost the same total size, though different shapes...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 12-20-2006, 09:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,820
Posted By jaybird002
Cautious with Excel

In the hope of getting my swordplants to grow taller than the anubias nana, I decided to try Flourish Excel in my 29-gallon low tech tank with a 55w compact fluorescent light. Plain gravel substrate...
Forum: Fish 12-14-2006, 06:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 690
Posted By jaybird002
Do I need to give up my angel?

My angelfish has grown into a beautiful 3-1/2 inch specimen with yellow coloring on top and silvery scales that reflect the light. The problem is he has also become very aggressive. He constantly...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-09-2006, 03:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,938
Posted By jaybird002
Daniel Swords, Thanks for the reply. What is...

Daniel Swords,

Thanks for the reply. What is an "integrated water container"? I gather from your post that the swordplant doesn't have to remain partially in water--it can be grown as a full...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-08-2006, 08:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,938
Posted By jaybird002
Swordplant as houseplant

My swordplant has gotten too big for my tiny tank, and I am thinking of growing it as a houseplant in a pot by the window. Is this possible? Should the plant be emersed, and if so, in how much water?...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 04-24-2006, 09:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 944
Posted By jaybird002
puny swordplant

How can I get my Amazon swordplant to grow taller in my 29-gallon tank? It was almost a foot tall when I got it, and the first leaves it put out were almost as tall, although with shorter stems since...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 04-20-2006, 05:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,439
Posted By jaybird002
Low tech without soil

Does anyone have a low tech planted tank without using soil beneath the gravel? I like the soil-layer appoach described in the book "Ecology of Planted Aquariums," but I have already set up my tank...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-19-2005, 02:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 383
Posted By jaybird002
I have had luck with an unconventional means of...

I have had luck with an unconventional means of controlling blue-green algae or cyanobacteria: house plants in the tank. I put two vine-type ivy cuttings and a "lucky bamboo" (not really a bamboo)...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-09-2005, 02:56 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 251
Posted By jaybird002
Bannana plant woes

My bannana plant kept growing new, large leaves, but they would disintegrate in a few days. Finally it stopped sending up new leaves and appeared to die, the tubers turning brown with maybe a little...
Forum: Substrate 08-24-2005, 08:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,473
Posted By jaybird002
I am thinking about using soil if and when I redo...

I am thinking about using soil if and when I redo my tank, but right now I won't argue for or against it. At the end of her book, Ms. Walstad observes that you can't buy an ecosystem, that even if...
Forum: Algae 07-26-2005, 08:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,569
Posted By jaybird002
OK, here is my tank information and water...

OK, here is my tank information and water perimeters, although you say the dip stick tests are not accurate.

29-gallon tank, 40 watts regular fluorescent light. Plain gravel substrate, with...
Forum: Algae 07-25-2005, 07:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,569
Posted By jaybird002
Nitrates and blue-green algae

I have read several threads about raising NO3 to control blue-green algae. N03 is nitrate, right? Where do you get KNO3, and how much do you dose, how often, for how long? I take it the Maracyn will...
Forum: Algae 07-25-2005, 04:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,275
Posted By jaybird002
NO3 is nitrate, right? Where do you get KNO3, and...

NO3 is nitrate, right? Where do you get KNO3, and how much do you dose, how often, for how long? I take it the Maracyn will eliminate BGA, but the trick is to keep it from coming back. My nitrates...
Forum: Substrate 07-19-2005, 02:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 596
Posted By jaybird002
Personal experience with soil

After dismal experiences with plain gravel substrate, and reading the intriguing "Ecology of Planted Aquariums," I am thinking of adding a soil layer to my tank. First, I want to hear from people who...
Forum: Lighting 06-16-2005, 06:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,438
Posted By jaybird002
AZFish1, what are the black PVC caps that you...

AZFish1, what are the black PVC caps that you mention, and where do I obtain them? How ironic the Coralife 65w CF sells online for $58, while the AGA 55w CF sells for $87.
Forum: Lighting 06-16-2005, 06:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,438
Posted By jaybird002
Georgiadawgger, maybe we can chat sometime about...

Georgiadawgger, maybe we can chat sometime about our tanks/plants.

Jaybird
Forum: Lighting 06-16-2005, 03:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,438
Posted By jaybird002
Thanks for all your replies. Maybe the All Glass...

Thanks for all your replies. Maybe the All Glass fixtures differ depending on the suppliers you buy them from. The one I got from Drs. Foster & Smith has a plastic fixture (the same kind as my two...
Forum: Lighting 06-15-2005, 08:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,438
Posted By jaybird002
Coralife vs All Glass compact fluorescents

Which do people prefer? The All Glass 55w CF or the Coralife 65w CF. I bought the All Glass from Dr. Foster & Smith and am dismayed that it heats my 29-gallon tank about 4 or 5 degrees, to about 80....
Forum: Fish 06-14-2005, 07:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 697
Posted By jaybird002
Since I got two SAEs, the beard and brush algae...

Since I got two SAEs, the beard and brush algae has dramatically receeded. I see the fish eating it, their bodies jerking as they tear it away. But my 4 otocats have suddenly become much less active....
Forum: Lighting 06-13-2005, 03:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,092
Posted By jaybird002
With respect to 55w and 65w compact fluorescent...

With respect to 55w and 65w compact fluorescent bulbs, does it work the other way too? That is, can I put a 65w bulb in my 55w fixture? I bought a 55w All Glass Aquariums CF, and it has a printed...
Forum: Lighting 06-09-2005, 04:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 699
Posted By jaybird002
BSS, how would the wood blocks work? The 30"...

BSS, how would the wood blocks work? The 30" fixture fits snugly into the edges of my tank. I suppose I could get two narrow flat boards of identical length and prop the light on them. But would it...
Forum: Lighting 06-08-2005, 08:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 699
Posted By jaybird002
heat and 55w compact fluorescent

I recently replaced my 40w regular twin-tube fluorescent with an All Glass Aquariums 55w compact fluorescent for my 29-gallon tank. The new light rests on a glass cover. It may help the plants, but I...
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