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Forum: Substrate   01-04-2013, 01:51 PM
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Posted By astrosag
Making sure the substrate is clean is more...

Making sure the substrate is clean is more important than keeping it dry. Making sure of both is optimal but being a little sloppy in regards to keeping it dry shouldn't cause you any problems.
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Forum: Equipment   01-04-2013, 01:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 412
Posted By astrosag
Although its best to keep an eye on CO2 levels...

Although its best to keep an eye on CO2 levels using a drop checker, your fauna's behavior should be a reliable indicator. Lethargy is a sign that CO2 levels are high but may not be critically so....
Forum: Plants   01-04-2013, 01:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,533
Posted By astrosag
It's not entirely clear that anthocyanins are...

It's not entirely clear that anthocyanins are effective in neutralizing free radicals produced through the metabolic processes in leaves simply because most are located in the vacuole and thus, are...
Forum: Aquascaping   12-14-2012, 06:12 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 18,381
Posted By astrosag
You are clearly very skilled. I love the large...

You are clearly very skilled. I love the large ones and your wife's mini M is just awesome!

Hope you stick around to give us less skilled people some pointers!

Thanks for sharing.
Forum: Equipment   12-14-2012, 06:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,169
Posted By astrosag
Just to give you some perspective. I have a 20G...

Just to give you some perspective. I have a 20G half moon with a 2215. I clean it twice a year and even then, only really change out the polyfill and just hand-wash the foam.

The 20G is heavily...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-05-2012, 07:43 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,736
Posted By astrosag
A camera on a fish tank. What's next? Camera on...

A camera on a fish tank. What's next? Camera on the expensive couches to hold spills accountable to people? :D

He wasn't suspicious of theft. If you have to put cameras up, in all honesty, you...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-05-2012, 07:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,076
Posted By astrosag
As far as I know, it's been established that...

As far as I know, it's been established that those are flow rates w/o filter media.

Even then, they do give you a ballpark idea. Flow isn't as critical to get exact so there's little need (from...
Forum: Tank Journals   12-02-2012, 07:45 PM
Replies: 339
Views: 109,031
Posted By astrosag
Tom, that is a most impressive tank. That tank...

Tom, that is a most impressive tank. That tank and how you've utilized it is simply awesome.

I am a fan of relatively self sustaining tanks - I don't use CO2 or regularly fert. I just want a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-02-2012, 06:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,362
Posted By astrosag
Zoo Med Spirulina and Hakkari blood worms. Not a...

Zoo Med Spirulina and Hakkari blood worms. Not a single inhabitant has lost interest in either in the nearly 2 years the tank has been up.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-02-2012, 06:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,076
Posted By astrosag
For planted tanks, the main use of good flow is...

For planted tanks, the main use of good flow is to ensure that CO2 and water column ferts are being distributed to all parts of the tank.

If you're not injecting CO2 or fertilizing, then flow is...
Forum: Fish   11-27-2012, 02:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 983
Posted By astrosag
Ottos are a natural choice. If you get enough of...

Ottos are a natural choice. If you get enough of them (5+) they may even school nicely for you.

Other options include UFO plecos...these guys literally stick to the surface of your tank and move...
Forum: Fish   06-14-2012, 08:33 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,744
Posted By astrosag
You need a larger filter (which often means...

You need a larger filter (which often means stronger). You need more surface area for a larger bacteria colony to consume your ammonia. You could also add more plants in your tank to enhance your...
Forum: Fish   06-14-2012, 08:30 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,744
Posted By astrosag
A planted tank doesn't need high filtration...

A planted tank doesn't need high filtration unless you're injecting CO2 and a ton of water column ferts - and that's only to ensure that the CO2 is dispersed properly so that you don't have dead spot...
Forum: Fish   03-25-2012, 07:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 524
Posted By astrosag
Cranking up heat and a bit of salt are the right...

Cranking up heat and a bit of salt are the right first steps imo.
Forum: Fish   03-25-2012, 07:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,373
Posted By astrosag
Looks like a huge free for all around 2:30 lol. ...

Looks like a huge free for all around 2:30 lol.

So these guys don't tear each other apart?
Forum: Fish   03-24-2012, 07:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,667
Posted By astrosag
Like I said, Tigers can mellow out in larger...

Like I said, Tigers can mellow out in larger numbers but the OP has a 10 gallon tank. 2 Tiger barbs is out of the question let alone 10.

Like the poster above me said, grow out your existing fish...
Forum: Equipment   03-24-2012, 07:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,009
Posted By astrosag
I personally prefer crystal.

I personally prefer crystal.
Forum: Fish   03-24-2012, 08:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,667
Posted By astrosag
To begin, tiger barbs will grow out the 10 gallon...

To begin, tiger barbs will grow out the 10 gallon tank so they aren't likely to be a permanent fixture. Unfortunately, this should disqualify them on its own.

They are indeed more aggressive and...
Forum: Equipment   03-24-2012, 08:05 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,428
Posted By astrosag
All good bro. My apologies for being a bit harsh...

All good bro. My apologies for being a bit harsh - I just didn't appreciate the sarcasm shot at the OP and then me lol.

It's all a learning process and I should have refrained from personal...
Forum: Equipment   03-24-2012, 12:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,428
Posted By astrosag
Several feet is quite a lot for a 501. I have one...

Several feet is quite a lot for a 501. I have one and even keeping it at tank level, I can easily baffle the flow with a weak sponge. If that's any indication then several feet of tubing (each way)...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   03-23-2012, 08:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,422
Posted By astrosag
Even Cory cats??

Even Cory cats??
Forum: Equipment   03-23-2012, 08:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,334
Posted By astrosag
I use a ZooMed 501 on a 1.5 Gallon tank. You...

I use a ZooMed 501 on a 1.5 Gallon tank. You should be able to make this work. Do one of two things...

1. Use a pre-filter sponge on the output (Petsmart for 2-3 dollars)

2. Rig a makeshift...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   03-23-2012, 07:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,568
Posted By astrosag
Noooo....no way would I keep a Clown Loach in a...

Noooo....no way would I keep a Clown Loach in a 20 gallon - far too small - you need a 55g +. Btw, I listed all the types of fish I have in the aquarium :D

Though black skirts really should be in...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   03-23-2012, 07:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,886
Posted By astrosag
1. Initial Cost 2. Loss of life (yes fish life,...

1. Initial Cost
2. Loss of life (yes fish life, not my social life) trying to figure crap out with keeping fish

But since I'm heartless, I love the hobby! :D
Forum: Equipment   03-23-2012, 07:03 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,428
Posted By astrosag
^ Yes.

^
Yes.
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