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Forum: Low Tech Forum   02-01-2017, 10:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 411
Posted By Django
I think that when plants are doing well and there...

I think that when plants are doing well and there are enough of them, particularly fast growers, the algae can't compete. I find that fertilizers have a big impact on how the plants do and the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   11-17-2016, 05:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 447
Posted By Django
1. Using EI, you can just dump the whole dose...

1. Using EI, you can just dump the whole dose in. The fish don't like it when you do, but they tolerate ok.

2. With Estimative Index (EI), you flush out the tank by changing some of the water,...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   11-16-2016, 10:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 414
Posted By Django
The plants look very nice and healthy. I also...

The plants look very nice and healthy. I also think that the amount of plants is good for purifying the water and eating ammonia.

I especially like the fish, because I only have one left. I have...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   10-27-2016, 04:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 228
Posted By Django
It is absolutely necessary to remove plants from...

It is absolutely necessary to remove plants from pots before planting, to allow roots to spread out and let the plant grow. Other plants mostly use roots to hold the plant down. They usually are...
Forum: Substrate   10-18-2016, 05:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 366
Posted By Django
I use Miracle Gro Organic Choice Potting Mix with...

I use Miracle Gro Organic Choice Potting Mix with sand on top. It's extra work.

I've read several messages from people who are using Eco Complete.

Substrates with fertilizer in them are good...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   10-16-2016, 05:42 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 165
Posted By Django
Cleaning Out BGA

My 10g is just emerging from a blue-green algae bloom, so I'd like to write some about it.

One thing: I was able to rid my tank a long time ago by vacuuming the gravel to remove the mung.

1....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   10-11-2016, 07:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 407
Posted By Django
Definitely do fertilizers NOW for the plants. ...

Definitely do fertilizers NOW for the plants. Make sure the light is enough for plants to grow but not too much. I use IE.
Forum: Equipment   10-04-2016, 05:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 243
Posted By Django
The consensus is split between yes carbon and no...

The consensus is split between yes carbon and no carbon, and each side will argue their point with their dying breath.

I am in the no carbon group. There has been a question for a long time about...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   10-04-2016, 04:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 624
Posted By Django
The GH at 4 is low - should be 7. You have a...

The GH at 4 is low - should be 7. You have a choice of trying to make a go of it as the tap water is or adding Seachem Equilibrium as indicated on the label, calculating the right amount for the...
Forum: Algae   09-28-2016, 04:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 570
Posted By Django
I share an opinion about getting rid of algae. ...

I share an opinion about getting rid of algae. Just get the plants to grow, perhaps add some fast-growers like Hygro. If the plants are really going well, the algae will stop growing and slowly...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-09-2016, 05:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 921
Posted By Django
Ammonia (no-fish method) is perhaps the most...

Ammonia (no-fish method) is perhaps the most popular (I hope) method of cycling your tank. However, I used the "Silent Cycle" method to start my tank. Trying SC is really jumping in with both feet...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   09-03-2016, 06:42 AM
Replies: 332
Views: 9,763
Posted By Django
I was running my Fluval U2(??) with nothing in...

I was running my Fluval U2(??) with nothing in it. I had enough plants to take care of any ammonia. I encourage you to add a lot of fast-growing plants like Hygros and make sure you have enough...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   08-27-2016, 04:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,141
Posted By Django
I really have found that fertilizer and using the...

I really have found that fertilizer and using the right amount makes a big difference and allows the plants to grow if you have suffiecient but not too much light. Nice pic.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   08-27-2016, 02:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,205
Posted By Django
I think an airstone is not only unnecessary but...

I think an airstone is not only unnecessary but also counter-productive. If you are moving the water around so that oxygen-depleted water gets to the top to get more oxygen, you'll be fine without...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   08-27-2016, 01:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,141
Posted By Django
I have a ten gallon tank with 20W of CFLs running...

I have a ten gallon tank with 20W of CFLs running a straight 8 hours a day. The bulbs are suspended about a foot above the tank. I've run into a problem when lowering the bulbs that algae starts...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   08-21-2016, 04:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 825
Posted By Django
I think those clamp light LEDs aren't good enough...

I think those clamp light LEDs aren't good enough - if the neck was a little longer they would be all right, They should not be angled in towards the middle - straight down - and one in the middle of...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   08-21-2016, 03:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 825
Posted By Django
It looks like you're using CFLs. I use two 10 W...

It looks like you're using CFLs. I use two 10 W CFLs on my 10g. They are in polished aluminum clamp-on "brooder" fixtures - very inexpensive at home improvement stores. They are suspended about a...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   08-21-2016, 03:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 825
Posted By Django
Maybe the plants are not growing enough. I think...

Maybe the plants are not growing enough. I think that when the fast-growing plants are noticeably growing, the algae seems unable to survive.

Even though it's such a small tank, I would fertilize...
Forum: Fish   05-12-2016, 11:39 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,804
Posted By Django
You can move around any hardscape to set the...

You can move around any hardscape to set the existing angels back a little. Cichlids are territorial. I love angels - used to have a breeding pair. They sell ceramic egg-laying sites - might try...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   05-11-2016, 12:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 706
Posted By Django
IMO surface agitation is actually to be avoided...

IMO surface agitation is actually to be avoided as much as possible. For the same reason as above.

Tank water circulation is very important, though. It distributes the heat and circulates the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-07-2016, 03:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 545
Posted By Django
You could try covering 3 sides all the time and...

You could try covering 3 sides all the time and see if that does anything. BGA is supposed to be caused by too much organic buildup. It wouldn't hurt to test your water parameters and make sure the...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   04-26-2016, 01:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 791
Posted By Django
Too many factors for me. Seems to me that the...

Too many factors for me. Seems to me that the length of the tank is 36.4" and the height is 25"H, since it would be hard to be mistaken for the 18.4" width. I think maybe I need to verify the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   04-24-2016, 09:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 996
Posted By Django
I looked at the video of you (plural) feeding the...

I looked at the video of you (plural) feeding the fish. Beautiful fish, beautiful tank. In my opinion, you're feeding them way to much. I turn off my filter when I feed so the food stays in one...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   04-24-2016, 05:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 996
Posted By Django
I agree. But my definition for overfeeding is...

I agree. But my definition for overfeeding is feeding more food than the fish need.

If a lot of detritus builds up in the substrate, you're probably overfeeding.
Forum: Low Tech Forum   04-24-2016, 04:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 459
Posted By Django
The classic, well-known method for adding water...

The classic, well-known method for adding water to a tank is to put a plate on top of the substrate and pour the water onto the plate. Some people use a pump to pump the water up to the tank. It...
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