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Forum: DIY 01-24-2013, 01:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,619
Posted By tokpaler
DIY "steampunk" Python water changer

Living in our neck of the woods have its disadvantages, particularly with shortages of aquarium supplies. One particular supply I was pertaining to was the python water changer. I've seen several DIY...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 12-30-2012, 06:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 331
Posted By tokpaler
Thanks for all the replies! I wrote a lengthy...

Thanks for all the replies! I wrote a lengthy reply a while ago, only to find out that I had to log in again due to a crappy connection and now it's gone =b

I forgot to mention that the tank...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 12-29-2012, 11:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 331
Posted By tokpaler
Found some dry ferts, is this okay? Help

I found two actually, both local brands:

Ramgo's Complete Fertilizer

N 14%
P 14%
K 14%

And the other one ( forgot the brand though)
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-27-2012, 03:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 810
Posted By tokpaler
Thanks for all your inputs everyone! It really is...

Thanks for all your inputs everyone! It really is helping me get on the right track to a proper planted tank!

Kathyy, now that you've described what the new growths looke like, I do notice tiny...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-25-2012, 04:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 810
Posted By tokpaler
Yes, it is a low tech setup but I might add CO2...

Yes, it is a low tech setup but I might add CO2 along the way, time and finances permitting of course. The substrate is a mix of sand and laterite since I don't have access to regular aqua soil. I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-25-2012, 01:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 810
Posted By tokpaler
Newly planted 100G setup... looking for confirmation

The setup has been running for almost a week now and so far nothing seems to be growing yet..

The setup is a 48"x24"x22" that includes (to the best of my knowledge) Dwarf Hairgrass, Pearl Weed,...
Forum: Lighting 09-30-2012, 05:34 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 190
Posted By tokpaler
Fullmoon like on Singapore's Night Safari

Just got back from the park and I just noticed how impressive the lighting design really was! Coincidentally, the moon was at its fullest tonight as we toured around the park's enclosures and they...
Forum: DIY 09-26-2012, 06:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 557
Posted By tokpaler
From what I've understood, the point of drying it...

From what I've understood, the point of drying it is to expose to air. That's when the mineralizing is supposed to occur.

So baking it would sterilize the soil and kill the bacteria that's...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 09-25-2012, 08:31 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,823
Posted By tokpaler
Getting myself inside the classroom was the...

Getting myself inside the classroom was the toughest, but once I decide to get my butt in class I can pretty much learn what I need to learn and be fairly good at it :)
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 09-25-2012, 08:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 596
Posted By tokpaler
The easiest solution would be to download one of...

The easiest solution would be to download one of those life like aquarium screen savers =b

There was this app that i was playing with some time ago where you took care of this red parrot cichlid...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-25-2012, 07:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 850
Posted By tokpaler
That's a boost of confidence! The only thing I...

That's a boost of confidence! The only thing I regret now is not getting enough DHG to cover the floor!

In hindsight though, I think the driftwood is what's causing the fungus and covering most of...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-25-2012, 09:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 850
Posted By tokpaler
Okay... Dry start not necessarily a good start...

Okay... Dry start not necessarily a good start IME.

The white spider web like fungus turned brown and started killing the plants. The Anubias Nana started rotting and at least 70% of the DHG is...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-22-2012, 11:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 850
Posted By tokpaler
Also, I ask about the temperature because the...

Also, I ask about the temperature because the average room temperature where the tank is about 28 C being a tropical country and all :)
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-22-2012, 09:09 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 850
Posted By tokpaler
Yeap, lowered it to about half of the substrate...

Yeap, lowered it to about half of the substrate and I've been misting only when the tank starts to dry out which about a couple of days. Let some air out this morning too..

The family's is really...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-21-2012, 04:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 850
Posted By tokpaler
Added H202 last night, got home today and saw...

Added H202 last night, got home today and saw that molds have returned but now I'm getting the spiderweb type, none on the plants though...

Spraying the affected parts only tonight and leaving the...
Forum: Plants 09-21-2012, 04:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,092
Posted By tokpaler
On the same boat as you guys.. almost 1 week...

On the same boat as you guys..

almost 1 week into dsm ans the top of the bladess have started turning brown and molds are starting to take over the tank again...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-20-2012, 06:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 981
Posted By tokpaler
Would placing a small container of water inside...

Would placing a small container of water inside the sealed tank help?
Forum: Tank Journals 09-20-2012, 09:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,589
Posted By tokpaler
I'm almost a week into my DSM now and the DHG...

I'm almost a week into my DSM now and the DHG isn't looking too good.

The tops of the blades have started turning brown and I don't think the roots are even developing at all! I feel that I may...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-19-2012, 06:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 850
Posted By tokpaler
And another thing - how do you exactly take out...

And another thing - how do you exactly take out the water belowe the substrate?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-19-2012, 06:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 850
Posted By tokpaler
I'm taking every measure necessary to stop and...

I'm taking every measure necessary to stop and prevent the molds from returning.

Please chime in if you see what I will be doing is wrong! :)

Firstly, I will be misting 1 part H2O2 and 3 parts...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 09-19-2012, 08:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 671
Posted By tokpaler
With regards to the topic though: I know Gambusia...

With regards to the topic though: I know Gambusia affinis are known to eat mosquito larvae like crazy, but they can be invasive as I've read from the news.

Has anyone had any experience in...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 09-18-2012, 09:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 671
Posted By tokpaler
Thank you! :)

Thank you! :)
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 09-18-2012, 09:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 671
Posted By tokpaler
If you have an empty tank with stagnant water in...

If you have an empty tank with stagnant water in them then that'll most likely be your culprit.

What I'd do if that is the case is seal it up with a fine nylon mesh so they won't be able to...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 09-18-2012, 07:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 671
Posted By tokpaler
The mosquitos aren't probably breeding in your...

The mosquitos aren't probably breeding in your tank. It's most likely breeding some place else like a flower vase filled with water.

Mosquitos love to breed in stagnant water. The more serious...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-18-2012, 12:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 850
Posted By tokpaler
Looks "pleasant" indeed, wait till it gets your...

Looks "pleasant" indeed, wait till it gets your nostrils and your in for a treat! Lol!

After you've covered it again, did you seal it tightly?

I've since let some air get through via a thin...
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