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Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 03-06-2014, 05:03 PM
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Posted By JohnLW
Missing tutorial on which shrimp varieties eat which algae types?

My 20 gallon planted tetra tank has started to grow either hair algae or green beard algae (web photos overlap?) on the older leaves of the crypts, swords and valisneria. I'm doing PPS ferts and DIY...
Forum: Algae 03-01-2014, 10:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 393
Posted By JohnLW
I probably misnamed the algae I am fighting. It...

I probably misnamed the algae I am fighting. It is very green and fuzzy. Looking through the photos in the 3 links in the Algae Internet Resource Guide in the gatekeeper sticky on this forum, the...
Forum: Algae 03-01-2014, 05:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 393
Posted By JohnLW
Nerite snails over-hyped?

I am using PPS fertilization and DIY Co2 in my 20 gallon tetra tank. I have rewired my 55W compact Flourescent light to output 40W and reduced the photo period to 7 hours per day. The plants are...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-01-2014, 01:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 293
Posted By JohnLW
Thank you for the amazing DIY root tab thread. I...

Thank you for the amazing DIY root tab thread. I was wondering what else to do with the "lifetime supply" of ferts that GLA provides. I'm looking forward to my wife's response when she catches me...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 12-31-2013, 06:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 293
Posted By JohnLW
Fert tab recommendation?

I have recently started the PPS Pro fertilization regimen, but have read that Crypts and Swords will benefit from additional root feeding with tabs. Are there any particular brands that have proven...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 12-19-2013, 06:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 546
Posted By JohnLW
I found an interesting post here regarding my...

I found an interesting post here regarding my original question on dosing with KNO3 if the tank was running 40ppm nitrate. In a 10-19-2013 post regarding using EI ferts from GLA, Mark546 indicated...
Forum: Fish 12-18-2013, 01:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 345
Posted By JohnLW
Rosy, Black-flag or Ornate Tetra?

Recently I purchased two small tetras at my LFS from a tank with many larger fish labeled as White-finned Rosy Tetras. The latter had no red coloring in their fins/tails unlike the two I bought (see...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 12-17-2013, 11:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 546
Posted By JohnLW
Mr. Barr, what a surprise to have you respond to...

Mr. Barr, what a surprise to have you respond to my post. It was your excellent article on EI that got me interested in trying the technique. EI ferts and small fractional teaspoons are "in the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 12-17-2013, 12:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 546
Posted By JohnLW
Thanks for the advice! Yep, the attractive...

Thanks for the advice! Yep, the attractive promise of EI is that makes testing unnecessary. I've just recently started my tank and am using CO2 for the first time, so I have been testing water...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 12-16-2013, 12:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 546
Posted By JohnLW
EI dosing question on KNO3

EI dosing recommends adding KNO3 3-4 times a week, targeting an NO3 range between 5 and 30 ppm. My 20 gallon planted tank runs up to 40 ppm before water changes and 20 ppm after (as near as I can...
Forum: Tank Journals 11-30-2013, 07:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 383
Posted By JohnLW
Thanks for the advice! I'll definitely give it a...

Thanks for the advice! I'll definitely give it a try.
Forum: Tank Journals 11-30-2013, 02:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 383
Posted By JohnLW
My warmed yeast solution only seems to produce...

My warmed yeast solution only seems to produce for a week. What formula are you using (total amount of water, sugar, yeast)? My tap water is about GH 9. How much baking soda do you use? Do you...
Forum: Tank Journals 11-29-2013, 08:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 383
Posted By JohnLW
Lessons learned in the first month

Iím sure that I am contributing nothing new here and could have learned most of this with more careful reading on this excellent site. But, here it is anyway. I wanted to set up a 20 gallon planted...
Forum: Substrate 11-29-2013, 05:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 811
Posted By JohnLW
You were right DarkCobra. My tank's GH stopped...

You were right DarkCobra. My tank's GH stopped going up and is now headed back down toward my tap water's GH with water changes. I'm not sure if this was due to the Flourite or something in the old...
Forum: Fish 11-25-2013, 12:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 525
Posted By JohnLW
Why not just remove the aggressive gourami?

Why not just remove the aggressive gourami?
Forum: Fish 11-23-2013, 06:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 525
Posted By JohnLW
I was naive to think I could easily buy a pair of...

I was naive to think I could easily buy a pair of honey/sunset Gouramis. All I could find was tanks with males. The LFS clerk said that the breeders didn't want pairs available to the general...
Forum: Substrate 11-21-2013, 06:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 811
Posted By JohnLW
The table that Roy kindly provided shows that...

The table that Roy kindly provided shows that Flourite does contain some Ca and Mg which contribute to GH, but not in high amounts compared with many other substrates. I guess I will just increase...
Forum: Substrate 11-21-2013, 01:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 811
Posted By JohnLW
Does Flourite increase tank GH?

I have been measuring water parameters as my new fresh water aquarium (20 gal.) has gone through cycling and population with plants and fish. I wanted good plant growth and invested in a bag of...
Forum: Fish 11-21-2013, 12:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 525
Posted By JohnLW
Thanks for the replies!

As you say, it was a pair of T. lalius that uprooted my tank years ago. I'm interested in the smaller T. chuna (Honey/Sunset?) gouramis for my current tank. It sounds like they will be peaceful and...
Forum: Fish 11-20-2013, 04:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 525
Posted By JohnLW
Pair of Sunset Gourami OK in community tank?

I am thinking of adding a pair of Sunset Gourami to my heavily planted, 20 gallon community tank. The current population is 6 neons, 6 Glolights and 2 Julli Cory. My reluctance is an experience...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-12-2013, 01:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 494
Posted By JohnLW
Thanks!

Thanks to all for the excellent and practical advice! I'm not looking to do more than necessary about water chemistry. Growing plants and healthy fish in a stable environment is the objective. I...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-09-2013, 08:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 494
Posted By JohnLW
Maintaining pH following water changes

After years away from the hobby I plan on setting up a 20 gallon planted aquarium. I plan on implementing a DIY CO2 system and CO2 reactor to encourage plant growth. Commercial CO2 systems and pH...
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