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Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   06-14-2007, 09:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,032
Posted By monkeygills
coldwater sp. for 5.5 gallon low tech

A friend of mine is taking one of my unused 5.5 gallon tanks set up with one 26 watt spiral CF light, no filter, no heater, aquasoil topped with sand. He's a cold lover himself and lives in the foggy...
Forum: Tank Journals   06-13-2007, 07:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,446
Posted By monkeygills
That's a really interesting idea. But I think you...

That's a really interesting idea. But I think you are aware that copper is toxic to many critters, including shrimp, perhaps your fish, maybe some plants, definitely microorganisms (it can be used as...
Forum: Tank Journals   06-13-2007, 07:32 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,076
Posted By monkeygills
great composition

That layout is really dynamic. It looks like it is moving almost, it's just totally vital. A nice use of negative space-- I wish i had your restraint, I tend to stuff plants everywhere even though I...
Forum: Tank Journals   06-13-2007, 07:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,689
Posted By monkeygills
It looks great. The plants look wonderful. Maybe...

It looks great. The plants look wonderful. Maybe a little hardscape, some rocks or wood, to add structure and some stronger compositional elements would be nice. Just because you have some algae...
Forum: Tank Journals   06-13-2007, 06:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 774
Posted By monkeygills
Smile gosh thanks for the nice compliments! Anubias is...

gosh thanks for the nice compliments! Anubias is a good idea, or some other shade loving plant for that corner. The floating plant is wisteria, right now its roots are tangled in the top of the...
Forum: Tank Journals   06-13-2007, 03:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 774
Posted By monkeygills
semi-ADA 38 gallon update (was choc. milk)

Some of you may remember my ADA tank that I had so much trouble starting--I eventually topped the aquasoil with sand and here was the initial planting......
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-30-2007, 06:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 476
Posted By monkeygills
dwarf hairgrass

Of the two plants you mentioned I think the dwarf hairgrass would be better. Not only does it have a finer and smaller appearance, it grows more quickly and although both do better with high light I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-25-2007, 10:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 574
Posted By monkeygills
Wow

That stuff is absolutely stunning. I never thought of doing that...hmmm. I do scuba dive in Monterey sometimes, it would be possible to collect plants. But yikes, I've never done salt water. It seems...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-25-2007, 10:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 645
Posted By monkeygills
fresh vs. brackish

My LFS says there are different kinds and that the tiny freshwater puffers are peaceful but the brackish kind are not. I don't have latin names on this. He also feeds tons of live california...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-25-2007, 09:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 654
Posted By monkeygills
Hmmm, I thought Java fern didn't like being...

Hmmm, I thought Java fern didn't like being planted in the substrate. Anyway, I have the same thing going on in my tank. In the past I just waited and the plantlets came loose eventually and I'd find...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   05-25-2007, 09:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 732
Posted By monkeygills
WC and wisteria

I agree about the water changes... you will probably have to do a bunch of them. But I would also throw in a ton of plants. I've found I can really increase my plant load without messing up my new...
Forum: Fish   05-25-2007, 08:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,232
Posted By monkeygills
big tank for beginners

Overstocking is so tempting when you have a small tank and it's the only one ya got. They say beginners should start with a bigger tank...maybe it's about more than water parameters. I shudder to...
Forum: Fish   05-25-2007, 08:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,278
Posted By monkeygills
I haven't tried it but I would think so.

I haven't tried it but I would think so.
Forum: Plants   05-25-2007, 08:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,236
Posted By monkeygills
fine sand

I love a fine sand tank. I've grown lots of plants that way. It is true that when I tried flourite with the sand my crypts finally spread, but they also grew larger than I wanted in some cases....
Forum: Substrate   05-25-2007, 08:26 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 614
Posted By monkeygills
get the powder

My LFS that specializes in ADA has the smaller size aqua soil powder in their shrimp tank (and also in a cory tank) and it looks better with a creature that small... the little guys can sort of do...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-25-2007, 08:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 928
Posted By monkeygills
relax

The easy way is to not adjust your pH or KH and just see what your water turns into with some CO2 bubbled into it. If you hadn't added the phosphate buffers you could use the pH/KH chart but now you...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-25-2007, 07:48 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,081
Posted By monkeygills
I don't know for sure but I bet ottos suck the...

I don't know for sure but I bet ottos suck the snail eggs off the leaves when they are grazing algae. I've noticed that snail population tends to go down after adding fish so I'm guessing that even...
Forum: Fish   05-25-2007, 12:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 825
Posted By monkeygills
Wc

Also EI's 50% water changes may be tough on fish. I've been told fish prefer smaller (like 25%) changes. If you're going to do 50% make sure pH isn't way off... some difference due to CO2 drop is ok...
Forum: Fish   05-25-2007, 12:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 825
Posted By monkeygills
acclimation?

How did you acclimate the fish? My LFS reccomends a slow drip and provides homemade drip bottles for the purpose. These are a plastic water or soda bottle with the top cut off, a hole drilled or...
Forum: Substrate   05-21-2007, 05:46 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,331
Posted By monkeygills
That's a good idea! I'm trying a 10 gallon with a...

That's a good idea! I'm trying a 10 gallon with a split design right now. It's growing a lovely bacterial cloud and maybe some green water...:D
Forum: Substrate   05-21-2007, 05:43 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,331
Posted By monkeygills
It's Ocean Aquarium. I doubt they'd ship sand...

It's Ocean Aquarium. I doubt they'd ship sand though...:icon_conf
Forum: Low Tech Forum   05-16-2007, 02:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 856
Posted By monkeygills
I used to add one teaspoon per five gallons to my...

I used to add one teaspoon per five gallons to my planted tanks per LFS. I had some guppies, no other livebearers. Plants grew fine but I realized that with the evaporation going on my tank was...
Forum: Substrate   05-15-2007, 09:26 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,331
Posted By monkeygills
sand

I'm not sure what kind of sand it is, my LFS buys it somewhere and sells it in clear plastic bags. They say it is #20 size. I think it is some kind of sifted silica. The particles appear to be one...
Forum: Equipment   05-12-2007, 08:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 692
Posted By monkeygills
Question HOB filter noise bothers fish?

I know fish can hear. Doesn't the noise torture them? Every HOB filter I've ever tried has noise and vibration that goes right through the glass. I'm setting up a 10 gallon. Has anyone tried any of...
Forum: Lighting   05-09-2007, 11:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 894
Posted By monkeygills
2 x 55

I used a JBJ Formosa fixture and put in two 55 watt bulbs instead of two 65 watt bulbs. The fans on the fixture made a racket and stuck so I can't recommend the fixture, I'm just saying that with CO2...
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