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Forum: Substrate Yesterday, 10:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 158
Posted By Diana
Not a problem. As noted by DSP the calcium...

Not a problem. As noted by DSP the calcium carbonate types of rock will only dissolve in water that is acidic to neutral. It does not dissolve very fast in harder water. Just enough to keep the...
Forum: Aquascaping Yesterday, 02:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 264
Posted By Diana
Bamboo is not toxic. I have heard of treating...

Bamboo is not toxic.
I have heard of treating it with something that seals it, don't remember what. Some sort of clear sealer.

I think Plecos will eat it, so I would not treat it. (especially...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 02:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 379
Posted By Diana
I am surprised that any pool filter sand would do...

I am surprised that any pool filter sand would do this.
However, you have one that does. :-(

I would do the best you can to remove it from the tank. A very small trace may remain, and that...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 01:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 138
Posted By Diana
pH approaching 9 is too high for the soft water...

pH approaching 9 is too high for the soft water fish. Even the ones that have been bred in captivity for many generations can handle harder water than their ancestors evolved in can have problems...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 01:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 192
Posted By Diana
Here is the fishless cycle, including info about...

Here is the fishless cycle, including info about the bottled bacteria products.
I would quit harming the fish and add one of these. Get enough so you have some extra and store it in the fridge....
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-15-2014, 04:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 189
Posted By Diana
Monitor both, and see how your tank runs. ...

Monitor both, and see how your tank runs.
Decomposing organic matter can use some carbonates, and nitrifying bacteria can use some.

If the KH does drop, and you want to keep it a bit higher you...
Forum: Fish 04-15-2014, 04:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 157
Posted By Diana
That tail does look bitten, not rotted. ...

That tail does look bitten, not rotted.

Perhaps one of the problems is the hard, alkaline water. However, there is something attacking the Oto, IMO.
Forum: Equipment 04-15-2014, 03:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 159
Posted By Diana
I like the Aquaclear because it is an open space...

I like the Aquaclear because it is an open space to be filled with whatever I want.
Forum: Ponds 04-15-2014, 03:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,052
Posted By Diana
Looking great! Really good that you know the...

Looking great!
Really good that you know the local conditions so well. Very important that the pond is deep enough not to freeze.
Forum: Aquascaping 04-14-2014, 06:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 313
Posted By Diana
The other piece looks a lot better. Try...

The other piece looks a lot better.
Try placing it in the tank in a couple of orientations and see what fits.

The first piece might be used as an addition to the main piece, but lets see the...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 04-13-2014, 11:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 161
Posted By Diana
If your tap water is hard, high TDS it would be...

If your tap water is hard, high TDS it would be much better to use RO for top off.
My tap water is fairly soft (GH and KH 4-5 degrees, TDS about 280 or so) and when I JUST use that for top off the...
Forum: Fish 04-13-2014, 12:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 330
Posted By Diana
Keep the NO3 a lot lower. No more than about...

Keep the NO3 a lot lower.
No more than about 10ppm.
Forum: Fish 04-13-2014, 12:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 297
Posted By Diana
Another ditto for the Hatchets if it is a closed...

Another ditto for the Hatchets if it is a closed tank.

One of the smaller Gourami, such as the Honey or its relatives, rather than Trichogaster lalius.
Forum: Fish 04-13-2014, 12:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 248
Posted By Diana
This is not a Rubberlip Pleco. Looks like a...

This is not a Rubberlip Pleco. Looks like a Common, to me.

Discoloration on the dorsal surface is one sign of Columnaris. This is a Gram negative bacteria, and needs to be treated.

Put the...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 04-12-2014, 11:54 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 676
Posted By Diana
Do not use 'pruning paint' or other sealant on...

Do not use 'pruning paint' or other sealant on pruning cuts.
When properly pruned these cuts will heal by themselves.
Pruning paint often does harm.

This information is over 30 years old, but...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 04-12-2014, 11:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 676
Posted By Diana
Mentha requenii is also called Corsican Mint,...

Mentha requenii is also called Corsican Mint, Jewel Mint of Corsica.
Stays pretty much flat.
Has VERY SMALL purple flowers. Almost need a hand lens to see them.
GREAT fragrance.
Wonderful...
Forum: Substrate 04-12-2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 284
Posted By Diana
If your intent is to gather sand or gravel, then...

If your intent is to gather sand or gravel, then I would simply test it to see if it will alter the GH, KH, pH and TDS of the water. If that is OK for the fish you want to keep, then go for it.
If...
Forum: Substrate 04-12-2014, 02:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 169
Posted By Diana
Blend it with some compost and make potting soil...

Blend it with some compost and make potting soil out of it. At least 50% compost, so you can easily double the volume for lots of plants.
Use indoors or out, there is no smell, once it is lightly...
Forum: Ponds 04-12-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,052
Posted By Diana
A chunk of carpet over the sharp edge of the rock...

A chunk of carpet over the sharp edge of the rock ledge would be a good idea.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-11-2014, 11:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 278
Posted By Diana
I have topped off with up to 10% of the tank...

I have topped off with up to 10% of the tank volume, no problem.
But a greater %? I would not trust doing that. Half a gallon in a 2 gallon tank does not sound good. :-(
Forum: Substrate 04-11-2014, 03:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 188
Posted By Diana
Sand and Safe-T-Sorb are different weights. You...

Sand and Safe-T-Sorb are different weights. You might start with them mixed, but they will separate. Sand on the bottom, STS on top. It will take a while to separate.

STS by itself will hold a...
Forum: Fish 04-10-2014, 12:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 145
Posted By Diana
I would put her in a larger space than those...

I would put her in a larger space than those little floating things.
A 10 gallon with plenty of plants would make her feel much safer, and give the babies a much better chance.
Forum: Fish 04-10-2014, 12:13 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 484
Posted By Diana
A different group of bottom fish are the ones...

A different group of bottom fish are the ones that act like Gobies.
There are fresh water Gobies, and there are other fish with similar behavior, like Hummingbird or Darter Tetras.
They perch on...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-10-2014, 12:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 153
Posted By Diana
Less than half the regular dose is not a problem...

Less than half the regular dose is not a problem at all. Double the regular dose is not a problem.

Now if half the bottle ended up in the tank...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-09-2014, 11:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 591
Posted By Diana
dGH and GH are just a bit different. GH is...

dGH and GH are just a bit different.

GH is General Hardness, not a unit.
It can be measured in any of several ways, and most of those ways can be converted to each other.

dGH is German...
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