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Forum: Plants 04-06-2015, 10:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 360
Posted By isonychia
star grass condition from supplier

I have been trying to get some good star grass. I have purchased some from ebay and thought the condition was decent but never really had anything to compare it to. So I recently purchased from...
Forum: Plants 03-29-2015, 01:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 176
Posted By isonychia
Why would they sell wisteria in the emersed form?...

Why would they sell wisteria in the emersed form?

Should I bother floating it in my tank?

I thought the transition includes die back etc thus defeating my purpose of increased bio load of...
Forum: Plants 03-29-2015, 12:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 176
Posted By isonychia
plant ID

I was looking for some water sprite or wisteria for my tank to increase my bio load.

The LFS sold me this as I BELIEVE water sprite.

When I look online, it doesn't resemble the photos.

Can...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 03-24-2015, 06:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 383
Posted By isonychia
Thanks Matt. What you described was my exact...

Thanks Matt.

What you described was my exact problem in my first tank. It wasn't necessarily excess fish food. it was the mulm and algae that was sustaining the snails.

So the lesson is, if you...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-24-2015, 06:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 668
Posted By isonychia
SR, I just use my hand to disperse the flow back...

SR, I just use my hand to disperse the flow back INTO the tank when it comes from the faucet so my substrate does not get disturbed.

You could also reduce the flow back into the tank at the...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 03-24-2015, 05:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 383
Posted By isonychia
Snail control Mulm/Algae vs overfeeding

I have had 1 bad experience with snails in my first planted tank. They were everywhere. The glass, egg sacks, adults, tiny ones etc.

So, I'm doing some research before the inevitable happens.
...
Forum: Algae 03-20-2015, 04:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,093
Posted By isonychia
I went out last night and picked up some frogbit...

I went out last night and picked up some frogbit and hornwort.

Right now it's soaking in Alum and after a 2 day soak i will put them in the tank.

I will also remove the anubias petite and clean...
Forum: Algae 03-19-2015, 09:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,093
Posted By isonychia
There are a lot of posts and great information,...

There are a lot of posts and great information, thanks guys.



Bruce, the tank is about a month old.

I understand there may be diatom growing pains, BUT while I try and keep it at bay, I feel...
Forum: Algae 03-18-2015, 08:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,093
Posted By isonychia
IMC, I did a lot of research on the plants before...

IMC, I did a lot of research on the plants before purchasing.

The problem seemed to be just what you reported. Some people have success with X plant in low tech set ups and others have not. Some...
Forum: Algae 03-18-2015, 04:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,093
Posted By isonychia
IMC, I don't know what kind of CO2 levels my...

IMC, I don't know what kind of CO2 levels my plants require. I chose them based on their ability (reported) to flourish in a low tech environment (without CO2).

Here's my plant list:
Anubias Nana...
Forum: Algae 03-18-2015, 03:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,093
Posted By isonychia
Thanks IMC. I am going to add some frogbit to the...

Thanks IMC. I am going to add some frogbit to the tank and some larger floaters like water wisteria/hornwort.

I think my only problem with the large bio-load idea is what exactly constitutes that...
Forum: Algae 03-17-2015, 10:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,093
Posted By isonychia
So, if I add the floaters, won't they block out...

So, if I add the floaters, won't they block out the light?

Also, when you say floaters, are we talking about things like frogbit or things like watersprite, Anacharis and hornwort?

If I add...
Forum: Algae 03-17-2015, 08:46 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,093
Posted By isonychia
Ok, so what Hoppy suggested is the missing piece...

Ok, so what Hoppy suggested is the missing piece I couldn't understand.

Although, as he suggested it seems it's not exactly clear what a high HEALTHY bioload is doing to reduce the chances of...
Forum: Algae 03-17-2015, 07:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,093
Posted By isonychia
If it's nutrients that are being removed, then I...

If it's nutrients that are being removed, then I would speculate that an excess of nutrients is one cause of algae, thus why a high bio-load is suggested.

So what constitutes "nutrients"?

iso
Forum: Algae 03-17-2015, 07:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,093
Posted By isonychia
How does high plant bio-load help reduce potential for algae?

I am dealing with a diatom and green hair algae problem at the moment on my second attempt at a low tech EI dosing (non-CO2) planted tank.

Through my reading it seems that (amongst other things) a...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 02-26-2015, 11:08 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,891
Posted By isonychia
Ok. The H Monte Carlo is planted with root...

Ok.

The H Monte Carlo is planted with root tabs underneath and I dosed for the first time today.

I did a 50% water change on Monday.

Dosed K2SO4 1/8 tsp and KH2PO4 1/32 tsp.

I dosed them...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 02-24-2015, 02:05 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,891
Posted By isonychia
Do you guys think I need root tabs under the M....

Do you guys think I need root tabs under the M. Monte Carlo?

iso
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 02-23-2015, 06:23 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,891
Posted By isonychia
Kman, I also took your suggestion and added a...

Kman, I also took your suggestion and added a second Oto. I now have 2 Oto's, 3 Neon Tetras and 3 Harlequin Rasboras. I am doing more research on what's an ideal stocking amount for my 17 gallon.
I...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 02-23-2015, 06:08 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,891
Posted By isonychia
Kman, I spaced them about 4" apart. The area...

Kman, I spaced them about 4" apart.

The area in the corners where the Star Grass is, is pretty small, so I only used 2 in each grouping. I used the smaller "0" size gel caps and filled them with...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 02-23-2015, 03:58 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,891
Posted By isonychia
Tug, here is where I am at. I am receiving...

Tug, here is where I am at.

I am receiving the dry fertilizer today.

I plan to do another 50% water change tonight. Last one was last Sunday.

I added 4 root tabs to my substrate. 2 in the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 02-17-2015, 06:23 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,891
Posted By isonychia
Tug, thanks so much! I just ordered the...

Tug, thanks so much!

I just ordered the following: KH2PO4, KNO3, K2SO4.
I will look into the jobes.
I will hold off on the iron.

2 more questions.

How will I know if I need to add your...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 02-15-2015, 10:49 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,891
Posted By isonychia
Ok, so besides the root tabs and the equilibrium...

Ok, so besides the root tabs and the equilibrium (unsure if still needed) it sounds like I should definitely purchase the following.

K2SO4
KH2PO4
KNO3

It also sounds like I should hold off on...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 02-15-2015, 09:10 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,891
Posted By isonychia
Tug thanks. I think I understand what your...

Tug thanks. I think I understand what your suggestions are.

I just did a 50% water change. My tap was running about 20-30ppm nitrates. So the water change only knocked my nitrates down from 60/70...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 02-14-2015, 05:53 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,891
Posted By isonychia
Ok, here are the results of the PO4 test. I...

Ok, here are the results of the PO4 test.

I assume I am at 0ppm. The test from the tank and my tap water shows up as a straight yellow color. The test card (API) shows a very light muted yellow...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 02-14-2015, 12:38 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,891
Posted By isonychia
Thanks for the info tug. I am absorbing it all. ...

Thanks for the info tug. I am absorbing it all.

Here is where I'm at.

Going to test the PO4 today, need to get a test kit.

Just tested my water again and here are the results.

Ammonia: 0...
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