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Forum: Plants   08-02-2016, 08:26 AM
Replies: 23
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Posted By skystrife
I actually use fishing line. I find it's easier...

I actually use fishing line. I find it's easier to work with underwater and is pretty much guaranteed to make sure that the plant stays in place until it is rooted.
Forum: Plants   08-02-2016, 08:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 331
Posted By skystrife
They should be fine, especially if you are dosing...

They should be fine, especially if you are dosing at the rates suggested for the non-co2 tanks. The only one I would be concerned with is the KNO3, but as long as you keep the levels low (around...
Forum: Plants   08-02-2016, 04:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 264
Posted By skystrife
I use Vals. Seriously. Let one mother...

I use Vals.

Seriously.

Let one mother plant get really big by not trimming it for a while. Eventually the leaf will reach the surface of the water and then continue to grow, likely following...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   08-02-2016, 04:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 197
Posted By skystrife
The number one fix for basically anything fish...

The number one fix for basically anything fish related that is traced back to water contaminants/quality: water changes, water changes, water changes.

The key here is that, perhaps...
Forum: Fish   08-01-2016, 11:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 267
Posted By skystrife
Probably 2-3 weeks. In my experience,...

Probably 2-3 weeks.



In my experience, unfertilized eggs will not develop the nice yellow coloration and quickly turn white and then fungus.
Forum: Plants   08-01-2016, 11:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 331
Posted By skystrife
Lots of places carry KNO3 and KH2PO4: - GLA...

Lots of places carry KNO3 and KH2PO4:

- GLA (a forum sponsor): Aquarium Plant Fertilizer | Green Leaf Aquariums (http://greenleafaquariums.com/aquarium-fertilizer.html)
- nilocg (a forum member):...
Forum: Plants   08-01-2016, 08:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 331
Posted By skystrife
The above is good advice. For low light, non-co2...

The above is good advice. For low light, non-co2 tanks, I tend to use this dosing regime (http://www.barrreport.com/forum/barr-report/non-co2-methods/2936-non-co2-methods). Essentially, you'll want...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   08-01-2016, 08:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 511
Posted By skystrife
The beneficial bacteria in the filter don't...

The beneficial bacteria in the filter don't process nitrates: this is the last product produced by them. The process is ammonia -> nitrite -> nitrate, and it stops there.

Low nitrates could...
Forum: Fish   08-01-2016, 08:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 267
Posted By skystrife
It may take them a few tries to get the hang of...

It may take them a few tries to get the hang of things. I think my rams (they were bolivians, not blue rams, but their behavior is quite similar) took 3-4 tries before successfully hatching their...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   08-01-2016, 08:11 AM
Replies: 1,953
Views: 1,100,827
Posted By skystrife
Not sure about how the fern is attached, but the...

Not sure about how the fern is attached, but the fish are lemon tetras (http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/hyphessobrycon-pulchripinnis/).
Forum: Fish   07-30-2016, 05:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 195
Posted By skystrife
Here's another good journal for you:...

Here's another good journal for you: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/12-tank-journals/88335-oto-journal.html

I actually have a bunch of these Otos in my display tank right now. When I first...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   07-30-2016, 05:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 201
Posted By skystrife
If you are using tap water for top offs, this is...

If you are using tap water for top offs, this is probably the source of the hardness increase. The minerals in the water will remain in the tank and only the water evaporates. When we replace it with...
Forum: Equipment   07-30-2016, 05:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 251
Posted By skystrife
Are you running a fishless cycle at the moment?...

Are you running a fishless cycle at the moment? It could be the result of some kind of bacterial bloom.

It will likely go away on its own, but you could try cranking up the flow on the HOB filter...
Forum: Equipment   07-30-2016, 03:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 419
Posted By skystrife
Very interesting. Could the nitrite lag be due to...

Very interesting. Could the nitrite lag be due to that species of bacteria having a slower growth rate? I seem to recall something like that...

It still managed to process a shocking amount of...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   07-29-2016, 06:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 212
Posted By skystrife
One relatively easy method for maintaining water...

One relatively easy method for maintaining water parameters exactly where you want them w.r.t. hardness is to use RO water. There are two general strategies:

1. Do water changes with 100% RO water...
Forum: Fish   07-29-2016, 06:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 108
Posted By skystrife
Bristlenoses, like most plecos, are naturally...

Bristlenoses, like most plecos, are naturally nocturnal. I only see mine out during feeding time, which for me is about an hour or two before lights out. I have two males. Hiding during the day is...
Forum: Equipment   07-28-2016, 12:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 419
Posted By skystrife
Another thought that comes to mind as a potential...

Another thought that comes to mind as a potential confound here: how long was the filter down while you did the scraping? I have always wondered this myself when doing tank maintenence during a water...
Forum: Equipment   07-28-2016, 12:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 419
Posted By skystrife
Thanks for running this test, and thanks aja31...

Thanks for running this test, and thanks aja31 for pushing for it! I am very curious what we will find.


Edit: Another interesting thought that comes to mind: what about the commonly circulated...
Forum: Equipment   07-22-2016, 10:52 AM
Replies: 564
Views: 20,743
Posted By skystrife
Just some devil's advocate. =) How...

Just some devil's advocate. =)




How often do y'all clean your glass? I scrape my front glass maybe once a week, if that. I'd buy a reduction in "wall" surface area, but only for the front...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   07-22-2016, 09:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 407
Posted By skystrife
Bleach is pretty much guaranteed to kill...

Bleach is pretty much guaranteed to kill everything, which includes your beneficial bacteria. I would keep it far away from anything you want to eventually keep living things in.

Honestly? I'd...
Forum: Equipment   07-20-2016, 05:56 AM
Replies: 564
Views: 20,743
Posted By skystrife
The biggest question that remains for me is then:...

The biggest question that remains for me is then: what causes mini-cycles? If a completely bare filter/tank can handle more than double the recommended maximum dosing rate for a fishless cycle, why...
Forum: Tank Journals   07-18-2016, 05:46 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,896
Posted By skystrife
It was probably a (less than civil)...

It was probably a (less than civil) recommendation to use a fishless cycle instead (http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/1960804-post3.html). I would also recommend this for the "no fish were harmed in...
Forum: Equipment   07-15-2016, 03:03 AM
Replies: 564
Views: 20,743
Posted By skystrife
Very interesting thread. Thanks Immortal1 for...

Very interesting thread. Thanks Immortal1 for performing the experiments!

I have an interesting idea, given that the bare filter has handleded a (to me) surprising amount of ammonia already. There...
Forum: Equipment   07-14-2016, 08:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 112
Posted By skystrife
I'd set it at 2 degrees F and see how that goes....

I'd set it at 2 degrees F and see how that goes. You can always adjust up or down as needed.

I have mine set at 1 degree F, but I'm only using the heater portion.
Forum: Equipment   07-14-2016, 07:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 112
Posted By skystrife
Leave the heater and set temperature of the...

Leave the heater and set temperature of the controller at whatever you want the temperature of the tank to be. You could set it higher, I guess, but as long as it turns on when the temperature...
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