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Forum: Fish 12-07-2007, 12:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,385
Posted By esarkipato
great looking apistos!

great looking apistos!
Forum: Fish 12-06-2007, 07:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 402
Posted By esarkipato
It's all a game of chance, but.....I'd guess that...

It's all a game of chance, but.....I'd guess that getting a M/M pair would overall create more aggression than a M/F pair. Reasons being:

1. you don't know if the m/f pair will actually mate
2....
Forum: Lighting 12-05-2007, 12:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,302
Posted By esarkipato
So far I've been impressed with the company. ...

So far I've been impressed with the company. Ordered the bulbs on 11/29, received package on 12/3 as scheduled. One of the two bulbs didn't work :( I called the company and they shipped a new...
Forum: Fish 12-05-2007, 12:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,385
Posted By esarkipato
Another request for pics! I picked up some...

Another request for pics!

I picked up some "borellis" from a LFS, only to find out that they were actually a hybrid variety called 'steel blue'. there is quite a bit of discussion on the 'net...
Forum: Lighting 12-05-2007, 12:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 784
Posted By esarkipato
I don't think you would have any problems per...

I don't think you would have any problems per say. Right now I'm running 1x55w 6700K and then 1x55w actinic over a 29g, and plants grow just fine, even high light plants!! More importantly, the...
Forum: Tank Journals 12-05-2007, 11:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 556
Posted By esarkipato
more plants more plants more plants! Also, how...

more plants more plants more plants! Also, how much light is it running on?
Forum: Plants 12-01-2007, 09:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 882
Posted By esarkipato
Could try dosing Potassium. Also what's your...

Could try dosing Potassium. Also what's your General Hardness?



This seems like a lot to me. Especially for the phosphates. By my calculations, that's close to 5ppm P every dose, at 3x a...
Forum: Lighting 11-29-2007, 06:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,302
Posted By esarkipato
Believe it or not, I do appreciate the...

Believe it or not, I do appreciate the skepticism. I'll let you know how they show up (not broken hopefully), and perform.
Forum: Fish 11-29-2007, 06:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,464
Posted By esarkipato
I've done this before, where I used the same...

I've done this before, where I used the same filter/media and plants but new substrate....I lost some fish. HOWEVER, I did not have nearly enough fast-growing plants to eat up any ammonia spikes in...
Forum: Lighting 11-29-2007, 04:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,302
Posted By esarkipato
BUYLIGHTING.COM ------>> cheap light bulbs!

I've been looking for new 55/65w CF bulbs since one of mine burnt out (oops!!! :icon_frow ). LFS sells 'em for $20-25 each. AH supply is $18. Places like DRSFOSTERSMITH go for $25-30. I can't seem...
Forum: Tank Journals 11-25-2007, 04:58 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 21,285
Posted By esarkipato
Great looking shot! Great choice on V. Rubra,...

Great looking shot! Great choice on V. Rubra, never had it but it looks really cool. Should contrast the anubias very nicely, and compliment the sag!
Forum: Tank Journals 11-24-2007, 01:59 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 21,285
Posted By esarkipato
I'd bet for smaller crypts and sag. the 1.5"-2"...

I'd bet for smaller crypts and sag. the 1.5"-2" range is fine. BUT, vallis would probably need a little more root space. JMO.
Forum: Tank Journals 11-24-2007, 12:52 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 21,285
Posted By esarkipato
Wow, looking great. Nice planting job, the...

Wow, looking great. Nice planting job, the crypts will look very nice I think. ARe you thinking about Crypt. Spiralis, or a vallisneria species?? Looks like those lights are working out just great...
Forum: Tank Journals 11-22-2007, 04:27 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 20,659
Posted By esarkipato
Did some arranging/rearranging, not sure if it's...

Did some arranging/rearranging, not sure if it's for the better just yet. There are some algae issues (hair, tuft, bba, you name it really!) but it's for the most part under control. Nice shot of...
Forum: Fish 11-21-2007, 02:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 717
Posted By esarkipato
Yea there's a nice looking female in there with...

Yea there's a nice looking female in there with him....they were only in the tank for 1 day when he started this --- how presumptuous!!!!

I'll let you know if they do the deed :)

EDIT: or if...
Forum: Fish 11-21-2007, 12:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 717
Posted By esarkipato
Blue Rams eats.....MTS?

I recently picked up a really nice pair of Blue Rams, the male especially is pretty mature with great color and a good disposition. The other day I saw him hovering face-down above the sand...
Forum: Equipment 11-21-2007, 11:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,089
Posted By esarkipato
I think the 3 MH's would work great over the...

I think the 3 MH's would work great over the square tank. If you are growing a foreground, place 2 of them over the front of the tank. If not, place 1 in the front and two in the back. Lots of...
Forum: Tank Journals 11-20-2007, 08:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,559
Posted By esarkipato
oh MAN you guys (and girls) are makin' me jealous...

oh MAN you guys (and girls) are makin' me jealous with your macro tanks. Nice work so far, Taf Caf.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 11-20-2007, 04:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 749
Posted By esarkipato
I think you are touching on a theory that I've...

I think you are touching on a theory that I've had in my head but not discussed yet:

Is surface turbulence a benefit to non-co2 injected, low-tech tanks? My reasoning is the same, that since air...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 11-20-2007, 04:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,056
Posted By esarkipato
Looks like a great setup. Only complaint is that...

Looks like a great setup. Only complaint is that the front view is full of shadows, maybe move the light away from the wall? what kind of light is that?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-19-2007, 12:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 962
Posted By esarkipato
Yea, it usually just takes one experience like...

Yea, it usually just takes one experience like this one for someone to learn. It took me about four! I just fished out a few different apisto species so I could replace with German Rams...what a...
Forum: Tank Journals 11-16-2007, 12:59 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 21,285
Posted By esarkipato
I'm pretty sure they would disregard the presence...

I'm pretty sure they would disregard the presence of some otocinclus.
Forum: Tank Journals 11-16-2007, 12:58 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 20,510
Posted By esarkipato
Lookin' great, that HM will thicken up in days I...

Lookin' great, that HM will thicken up in days I bet!! Nice jungle feel to your tank, I like it.
Forum: Fish 11-16-2007, 12:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,365
Posted By esarkipato
Like the above folks, my experience has been that...

Like the above folks, my experience has been that the parents won't raise the fry on their own if there are tank mates that make them feel threatened. As soon as they think someone else will eat...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-16-2007, 12:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 705
Posted By esarkipato
That's definitely less than 1/2, or even 1/4 than...

That's definitely less than 1/2, or even 1/4 than you would pay for everything new. I'd say it looks like a pretty good deal, but only if you would be happy with a 55g dimensions. Most folks are...
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