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Forum: Substrate 01-13-2014, 05:06 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 39,608
Posted By James M
"Holy Grail" = dirt

"Holy Grail" = dirt
Forum: Substrate 01-12-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 72,906
Posted By James M
The point wasn't about the beach, it was about...

The point wasn't about the beach, it was about collecting gravel, wherever it may be from. Despite dogy's goofy post, bagged gravel doesn't equate to what results from sifting natural stuff, more of...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-12-2014, 05:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 696
Posted By James M
Don't fall into the trap of thinking you have to...

Don't fall into the trap of thinking you have to minearlize your top soil - you can get band information on the web as easily as good, so be careful. Do your research.
Reading Diana Walstad's book...
Forum: Substrate 01-12-2014, 05:47 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 72,906
Posted By James M
Ahhh...frustrated comedian I see. Keep working...

Ahhh...frustrated comedian I see.
Keep working on it.

Next time you get cornered, might want to just leave it.
Forum: Substrate 01-11-2014, 09:18 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 72,906
Posted By James M
Or you're the funny one forgetting some of us...

Or you're the funny one forgetting some of us live on the coast.
It took me a whole 2 minutes to get to the beach. :bounce:
Forum: Substrate 01-10-2014, 05:01 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 72,906
Posted By James M
A trick I learned. Step A - collect gravel from...

A trick I learned.
Step A - collect gravel from the beach (or whatever safe, attractive gravel you have access too)

Step B - sift it through 1/4" screen (hardware cloth)

Step c - sift it...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-10-2014, 04:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 847
Posted By James M
Those rocks are fine. In 30 years of doing this...

Those rocks are fine.
In 30 years of doing this I've never had to worry about a rock.
Forum: Substrate 01-10-2014, 04:18 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 72,906
Posted By James M
Impossible to beat what they grow in naturally -...

Impossible to beat what they grow in naturally - dirt.
Forum: Fish 01-10-2014, 02:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 591
Posted By James M
How neat - congrats! I'm going to have to try...

How neat - congrats!
I'm going to have to try this cory breeding business. ;)
Forum: Substrate 01-10-2014, 02:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,460
Posted By James M
Yep Regarding the gas bubbles - depends highly...

Yep
Regarding the gas bubbles - depends highly in the dirt in question.
I don't get any of that with the soil I collect - from the bag yes.
Forum: Fish 01-09-2014, 08:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 707
Posted By James M
Wrong. Mbuna, which represent a large portion...

Wrong.
Mbuna, which represent a large portion of the Malawi cichlids will absolutely destroy many of the more delicate plants. Tougher plants like Java fern and Anubias may be just fine.

"Even"...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-09-2014, 02:42 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 861
Posted By James M
Good thing it's one of the best bio- filters for...

Good thing it's one of the best bio- filters for a planted tank.
Forum: Fish 01-09-2014, 12:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 707
Posted By James M
Aye - thus my use of the word "most" ;) There...

Aye - thus my use of the word "most" ;)
There some huge open water haps, but most are much smaller, or stay much smaller than the GT under aquarium conditions.
GT's on the other hand are often not...
Forum: Fish 01-08-2014, 09:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 707
Posted By James M
Neetroplus nematopus is a neat little fish -...

Neetroplus nematopus is a neat little fish - aggressive as can be, but would be nice in a dedicated tank. I kept them years ago.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-08-2014, 09:22 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 861
Posted By James M
Yep - I grow it just for my goldfish in the pond...

Yep - I grow it just for my goldfish in the pond during summer.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-08-2014, 08:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 861
Posted By James M
Nah - I have to be careful not to accidentally...

Nah - I have to be careful not to accidentally remove too much when I'm thinning it out. I could remove every bit of it from my 37 in 15 minutes if I wanted.
Forum: Fish 01-08-2014, 08:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 707
Posted By James M
Yeah potted plants are a different consideration...

Yeah potted plants are a different consideration - that said most of those except the Frontosa are on average much smaller than a Green Terror (I've seen them at 12" plus). Frontosa's of course take...
Forum: Substrate 01-08-2014, 08:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,460
Posted By James M
Yet much less silly than "mineralizing" perfectly...

Yet much less silly than "mineralizing" perfectly good dirt.
Forum: Substrate 01-08-2014, 04:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,460
Posted By James M
Hey I know - make your own glass by melting sand,...

Hey I know - make your own glass by melting sand, no need to use the glass that's already available. Using pre-made glass is the easy way out! Also, be sure to purchase automobile sized boulders and...
Forum: Substrate 01-08-2014, 02:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,460
Posted By James M
Don't mineralize your soil - unnecessary waste of...

Don't mineralize your soil - unnecessary waste of time and effort.
People that say it isn't are always those that (of course) went through the effort.

Also, given the volume of...
Forum: Fish 01-08-2014, 02:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 707
Posted By James M
Apistos, some of the smaller Tanganyikan cichlids...

Apistos, some of the smaller Tanganyikan cichlids do well assuming you're water isn't too soft. brichardi, brevis, callvus, etc.
Forum: Fish 01-08-2014, 02:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 334
Posted By James M
Hopefully you realize that carrying capacity for...

Hopefully you realize that carrying capacity for a planted and standard tanks are very different - thus that calculator provides a baseline at best.
Forum: Fish 01-08-2014, 02:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 707
Posted By James M
No - no large cichlids.

No - no large cichlids.
Forum: Fish 01-07-2014, 02:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 231
Posted By James M
Yes stocking order is often of paramount...

Yes stocking order is often of paramount importance.
Forum: Fish 01-06-2014, 10:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 258
Posted By James M
Yikes, not even in the ballpark. :smile: ...

Yikes, not even in the ballpark. :smile:

Without reading your post first Brian the first thing I was going to say is one of the Herichthys, possibly a hybrid. It's hard to tell, but I've had young...
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