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Forum: Tank Journals 11-20-2012, 11:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,742
Posted By mack23
yeah, for my plants i always go for something...

yeah, for my plants i always go for something between 5,000k to 6700k, but your plants seem to love it, and the colors do look good. i may have to do a bit of experimenting....
Forum: Tank Journals 11-19-2012, 10:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,742
Posted By mack23
beautiful tank. what is the advantage to using...

beautiful tank. what is the advantage to using the 8,000k bulb?
Forum: Tank Journals 11-12-2012, 02:28 AM
Replies: 783
Views: 100,684
Posted By mack23
wow! great work, man. the planting looks great,...

wow! great work, man. the planting looks great, and should get even more amazing with time.
keep a tight eye on the orchids and lecanopteris to make sure they don't stay too moist. you may have...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 10-30-2012, 05:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,747
Posted By mack23
http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&client=firefox-...

http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&client=firefox-a&sa=X&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=1467&bih=636&tbs=isz:l&tbm=isch&tbnid=qw8Q4JtulLS1NM:&imgrefurl=http://www.aka.org/tako/gallery/gallery.html...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 10-30-2012, 04:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,747
Posted By mack23
i'll second elassoma if you don't mind the live...

i'll second elassoma if you don't mind the live food requirement. similarly, any of the west african killifish of the aphosemian type (vs nothos) would be very comfortable in that set up, as would...
Forum: Herp (Reptiles and Amphibians) 10-29-2012, 07:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 936
Posted By mack23
i highly recommend starting the cultures well...

i highly recommend starting the cultures well before getting frogs. get some tomorrow! this gives you time for trial and error as you get the hang of making cultures, without the stress of knowing...
Forum: Herp (Reptiles and Amphibians) 10-29-2012, 06:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 936
Posted By mack23
i've experimented a lot with the recipe and prep....

i've experimented a lot with the recipe and prep. this consistently performs well for me, and is scaled to the sizes available in my local grocery store. none of it is rocket science. you can...
Forum: Herp (Reptiles and Amphibians) 10-27-2012, 09:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 936
Posted By mack23
i can also share my recipe for homemade ff media....

i can also share my recipe for homemade ff media. much cheaper than store bought, and i've been using it successfully for about 7 years.
Forum: Herp (Reptiles and Amphibians) 10-27-2012, 09:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 936
Posted By mack23
i just want to underline the point vicskimmr...

i just want to underline the point vicskimmr mentioned about auratus being shy. they are beautiful, but do have a natural fear of humans. i have a group which is really bold now, but the first...
Forum: Substrate 10-27-2012, 09:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 290
Posted By mack23
thanks diana! those tips on how to fresh up...

thanks diana! those tips on how to fresh up substrate are solid gold!

if anyone has more precise info on quantities to use, i'm still all ears.
Forum: Substrate 10-26-2012, 10:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 290
Posted By mack23
greensand for MTS substrate?

as i mentioned in my earlier post, i am trying to make a batch of MTS substrate for a soft water tank.

being soft water, i will not use dolomite or anything which will affect KH or buffer Ph up.
...
Forum: Herp (Reptiles and Amphibians) 10-25-2012, 11:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 936
Posted By mack23
one last thing. keeping a "mixed tank" is very...

one last thing. keeping a "mixed tank" is very tricky and very frowned upon in the hobby. you really need to choose one type of frog, and set the tank up for their needs.
Forum: Herp (Reptiles and Amphibians) 10-25-2012, 11:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 936
Posted By mack23
hey slammeddc2, i just realized that i...

hey slammeddc2, i just realized that i misunderstood your original post. i thought you were converting the 15 gallon for frogs. sorry.

is the tank a 30 gallon long, or a 30 liter? if it is a...
Forum: Herp (Reptiles and Amphibians) 10-25-2012, 11:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 936
Posted By mack23
dart frogs can be easy, except for the live food...

dart frogs can be easy, except for the live food requirements. i think a pair would do nicely in that small tank. and enough fruit fly cultures for a pair of frogs would take up no space at all, and...
Forum: Herp (Reptiles and Amphibians) 10-25-2012, 10:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 641
Posted By mack23
one last thing. you mentioned too much light for...

one last thing. you mentioned too much light for broms? broms grow up in trees so that they can reach more light. most can take a lot of light. i would think you would cook whatever is in the viv...
Forum: Herp (Reptiles and Amphibians) 10-25-2012, 10:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 641
Posted By mack23
and i do have a tip for planting. with the...

and i do have a tip for planting. with the exception of TRUE extreme epiphytes (tillandsias, broms, twig orchids), plant all epiphytes IN YOUR SUBSTRATE, then train them up whatever wood or...
Forum: Herp (Reptiles and Amphibians) 10-25-2012, 09:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 641
Posted By mack23
i have a cut labeled "marcgravia sp." it is a...

i have a cut labeled "marcgravia sp." it is a creeping vine with small leaves which grow in a true shingling habit. similarly i have some lemmaphylum and microgramma, as well as several discidia....
Forum: Other Websites 10-23-2012, 03:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 796
Posted By mack23
neonshrimp, thank you. cgar did message me...

neonshrimp, thank you. cgar did message me (promptly, i might add). we are well on our way to having it all sorted out.

thanks again to all.
Forum: Substrate 10-22-2012, 09:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 168
Posted By mack23
thanks for that, wkndracer. *keys jangling*...

thanks for that, wkndracer.

*keys jangling* i'm off to the local ceramics store and hardware store!
Forum: Substrate 10-22-2012, 08:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 168
Posted By mack23
mineralized topsiol for softwater tank?

i am excited to try the mts substrate method, but have one question that i have not found an answer to in all the threads i've been reading.

i noticed that for the diana walstad method, the Gh and...
Forum: Other Websites 10-22-2012, 08:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 796
Posted By mack23
thanks so much. herns, i'll be waiting for...

thanks so much.

herns, i'll be waiting for an email.

oscarsx, i'll be patient.
Forum: Other Websites 10-21-2012, 09:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 796
Posted By mack23
thanks for the tip! i just signed up for...

thanks for the tip! i just signed up for sfbaaps.

i still want to be able to kick around on the SCAPE forum, so if anyone could put me in touch with a mod, that would be great.
Forum: Herp (Reptiles and Amphibians) 10-20-2012, 09:33 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,341
Posted By mack23
oh yeah, you can also press various substrates...

oh yeah, you can also press various substrates into it while it's still wet. i've used sand, coco fiber, osmunda fiber, etc., to get different textures. epiphytic plants will root directly onto the...
Forum: Herp (Reptiles and Amphibians) 10-20-2012, 09:29 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,341
Posted By mack23
lots of dart frog folks use DAP brand silicone,...

lots of dart frog folks use DAP brand silicone, which comes in various colors. using almond, bronze (really brown), black and white, you can "paint" your "rocks" or background. i have used it a...
Forum: Other Websites 10-20-2012, 09:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 796
Posted By mack23
any SCAPE members?

i'm in the bay area, and want to join SCAPE, but am having problems registering on the forum. can anyone here put me in contact with someone who can help me?

thanks,
mack
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