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Forum: Aquascaping   03-23-2017, 11:53 AM
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Views: 17,945
Posted By Mxx
Bump! Are there many other people dividing...

Bump!
Are there many other people dividing their substrate into 'plant bed' sections? I'm thinking I should have done this... My chain swords are already running rife through my UG carpet, and this...
Forum: Fish   02-24-2017, 02:50 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,597
Posted By Mxx
If you design the tank with a sump then you could...

If you design the tank with a sump then you could regularly pull out java moss or other materials to throw into the sump. And if it has eggs on it then those could hatch and grow there free of...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-10-2017, 10:34 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,087
Posted By Mxx
If a decently balanced planted tank isn't DOC...

If a decently balanced planted tank isn't DOC limited then does that suggest that dosing additional organic carbon would not be likely to result in lower nitrate levels?

Do you happen to know by...
Forum: Fish   02-08-2017, 12:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,126
Posted By Mxx
For stocking level questions and to some degree...

For stocking level questions and to some degree for advising on compatibility as well, the answer is always to check on the aquarium stocking calculator! :)
AqAdvisor - Intelligent Freshwater...
Forum: Tank Journals   02-04-2017, 05:31 PM
Replies: 294
Views: 23,585
Posted By Mxx
Dealing with cycling and algae issues had been on...

Dealing with cycling and algae issues had been on my own mind now for the first time in quite a while as well now that I'd been setting up two nanos, and I'm personally impatient if I'm not happy...
Forum: Tank Journals   02-03-2017, 12:42 PM
Replies: 294
Views: 23,585
Posted By Mxx
I'd had a look to refresh myself on the issue of...

I'd had a look to refresh myself on the issue of diatoms. Unless I'm mistaken the filmy species of diatoms can be dealt with by increasing light, while the filamentous species cannot.

I take it...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-02-2017, 09:15 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,733
Posted By Mxx
At 11 and 8 they're responsible enough now, but...

At 11 and 8 they're responsible enough now, but about 5 years back they had decided to feed the fish with flakefood early one morning before I was up. They realized then that maybe hadn't been a good...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-01-2017, 05:18 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,733
Posted By Mxx
Guilty of exactly the same, with two nano-cubes...

Guilty of exactly the same, with two nano-cubes placed in their Ikea Kallax shelves...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-01-2017, 10:36 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,733
Posted By Mxx
I mixed a pot of fake puke at home and then I...

I mixed a pot of fake puke at home and then I went to this movie theater, hid the puke in my jacket, climbed up to the balcony and then, then, I made a noise like this: hua-hua-hua-huaaaaaaa and...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-01-2017, 10:32 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,087
Posted By Mxx
Did we lose the OP here? Some have...

Did we lose the OP here?

Some have commented whether dosing carbon is really necessary for nitrate control? Seems simple enough, if you don't need it then don't do it!

To best balance the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-31-2017, 09:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,620
Posted By Mxx
Very helpful I think, thanks!

Very helpful I think, thanks!
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-31-2017, 02:07 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,733
Posted By Mxx
That's why I had made sure I had a few hours in...

That's why I had made sure I had a few hours in case I had to let it air out. Has never smelled bad actually, if anything it honestly smelled a little like baking chocolate brownies. It's not as if...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-31-2017, 12:06 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,733
Posted By Mxx
When I know I have the house to myself for a few...

When I know I have the house to myself for a few hours I'll sometimes crank up the oven and use it to mineralize topsoil and worm castings. If my wife ever caught me doing that in her kitchen I...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   01-31-2017, 10:14 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,087
Posted By Mxx
That was one aspect of the carbon dosing that I...

That was one aspect of the carbon dosing that I don't understand actually. Is carbon dosing intended to assist denitrification happening in anaerobic conditions, by adding that nutrient so there is a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-30-2017, 11:17 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,733
Posted By Mxx
Had I spent the same amount of time devoted to my...

Had I spent the same amount of time devoted to my work as I have spent on this site I would have been able to afford to finish my present two tank builds!
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   01-30-2017, 11:05 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,087
Posted By Mxx
Personally I really like the science-based...

Personally I really like the science-based threads. And I'll look forward to reading through those links provided when I'm not on a deadline.

The OP had explained that you can reduce nitrates...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   01-28-2017, 04:28 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,087
Posted By Mxx
Now slow down there, and if you don't want to...

Now slow down there, and if you don't want to discuss it or listen to the suggestions of other then don't post it in a forum, nor make presumptions of others knowledge.

Yes, read the entire post,...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   01-27-2017, 08:42 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,087
Posted By Mxx
I thought it was effective in reef tanks because...

I thought it was effective in reef tanks because the organic carbon is being dosed in conjunction with using protein skimmers?

I do wonder if the bacteria cells absorb those nitrates when they...
Forum: Substrate   01-27-2017, 08:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,024
Posted By Mxx
Sounds like a contaminant of some sort. It could...

Sounds like a contaminant of some sort. It could be in the wood, absorbed into and leaching out of the silicon of the aquarium if something like copper (happened to me which killed my shrimp), or...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-27-2017, 06:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,620
Posted By Mxx
Hi Phil, that was a great looking tank you had!...

Hi Phil, that was a great looking tank you had! And there were a few interesting points you made there which perhaps could be worth discussing further as you sound quite knowledgeable and experienced...
Forum: Tank Journals   01-27-2017, 09:21 AM
Replies: 294
Views: 23,585
Posted By Mxx
I'd second the suggestion to throw some algae...

I'd second the suggestion to throw some algae eating fish/shrimp/nerite snails at it. And you could dose Excel, as even though you have CO2 that will still help to dampen algae growth. And as your...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-21-2017, 08:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,620
Posted By Mxx
Clean water, both in terms of pollutants and...

Clean water, both in terms of pollutants and bacterial count, is generally advised.

Some discus keepers choose to keep theirs in relatively acid water 5.0-6.0 to limit the growth of many...
Forum: Algae   01-20-2017, 05:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,148
Posted By Mxx
Following the advice above I ordered a pack of...

Following the advice above I ordered a pack of the Ultralife Blue Green Slime Stain Remover for a new planted tank I'm cycling. I could wait for the cyano to cycle through and go away itself, or go...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   01-18-2017, 01:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 875
Posted By Mxx
Interesting and helpful comments thanks, and some...

Interesting and helpful comments thanks, and some variations with how people are practicing low-tech tanks and compared to their other tanks. A few of those variables:
- Lighting levels, which I...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   01-17-2017, 03:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 875
Posted By Mxx
Do you know what your PAR levels are? I have...

Do you know what your PAR levels are?

I have a 'Hoppy meter' and so I should go ahead and check what light levels I'm getting at substrate level.

In another thread Hoppy had advised as...
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