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Forum: Tank Journals   09-20-2016, 06:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 204
Posted By Dr. Acula
I usually buy my ferts from Green Leaf Aquariums,...

I usually buy my ferts from Green Leaf Aquariums, though I'm sure a quick google search would give a number of options.

And you can definitely grow your S. repens without CO2. I'm doing that in my...
Forum: Tank Journals   09-19-2016, 03:36 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,189
Posted By Dr. Acula
Hey Al3x, thanks for the compliment. And good...

Hey Al3x, thanks for the compliment. And good luck with the hobby in your high school days. Though things got worse for me during college. More things to spend money on, less time, and moving tanks...
Forum: Substrate   09-09-2016, 10:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 309
Posted By Dr. Acula
There's no real problem with using sand to give...

There's no real problem with using sand to give more depth to the substrate while saving some bucks, especially if the layer above is still deep enough. A lot of people use inert substrate or rocks...
Forum: Substrate   09-09-2016, 09:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 10,350
Posted By Dr. Acula
I am using the plant stratum in the Mini L in my...

I am using the plant stratum in the Mini L in my signature, and have had no problems with it. Didn't rinse it, and had no cloudiness at all filling the tank. I dry started, and that likely made...
Forum: Tank Journals   09-09-2016, 09:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 401
Posted By Dr. Acula
Excel is covering a different base than the root...

Excel is covering a different base than the root tabs. Root tabs are fertilization, and excel is a carbon source to substitute for or in addition to CO2. Excel use is mostly dependent on light, but I...
Forum: Tank Journals   09-08-2016, 02:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 704
Posted By Dr. Acula
Your pictures there are all upside-down for me,...

Your pictures there are all upside-down for me, not sure what happened.

But where did you purchase the hairgrass? Hairgrass is often grown emersed, especially when sold from larger retailers. In...
Forum: Tank Journals   09-06-2016, 02:40 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,189
Posted By Dr. Acula
Thanks for all of the kind words BettaBettas,...

Thanks for all of the kind words BettaBettas, Willcooper, and BTBrian. And hopefully the tank continues to improve and earn your continued interest. Things do tend to get a little dicier for me once...
Forum: Aquascaping   09-04-2016, 02:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 271
Posted By Dr. Acula
It seems to me like Aqua Grantique is a...

It seems to me like Aqua Grantique is a trademarked name for a stone mined by Krukowski Stone Co., but I believe it's a gneiss and so shouldn't pose any problem in a tank.
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   09-04-2016, 03:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 357
Posted By Dr. Acula
I'm currently working with Micranthemum 'Monte...

I'm currently working with Micranthemum 'Monte Carlo' in my Mini L without CO2, though using Flourish Excel. I'm not sure what the lighting levels are like on this tank, but maybe it would work for...
Forum: Tank Journals   09-04-2016, 02:59 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 938
Posted By Dr. Acula
It makes sense that the soil would leach ammonia...

It makes sense that the soil would leach ammonia into the aquarium, especially if you directly added the potting mix without going through a mineralization process. There is a goodly amount of...
Forum: Tank Journals   09-04-2016, 12:38 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,167
Posted By Dr. Acula
Try and aim the pump as much towards the surface...

Try and aim the pump as much towards the surface as you can. You can lose a lot of force behind the stream and get some good surface agitation. Though I imagine it'll still be rough on the beta if...
Forum: Tank Journals   09-03-2016, 10:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,189
Posted By Dr. Acula
To give an update after about a week of having...

To give an update after about a week of having the tank filled: things are chugging along. I've not had any plant issues going from dry to wet, and algae so far has not been too bad at all. I'm...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-02-2016, 06:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 548
Posted By Dr. Acula
It doesn't have to be above the tank, it's just...

It doesn't have to be above the tank, it's just better if it's off the ground. People often mount them to the inside wall of their stand, or similar.
Forum: Substrate   09-02-2016, 03:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,566
Posted By Dr. Acula
For one, going through the process to mineralize...

For one, going through the process to mineralize the topsoil was somewhat time consuming. But mostly for me it was that once in the tank, the dirt slowly makes it way on top of and mixes with...
Forum: Substrate   09-02-2016, 02:04 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,566
Posted By Dr. Acula
It's true that Eco Complete is basically an inert...

It's true that Eco Complete is basically an inert substrate that allows some nutrients to be "absorbed" from the water column, but it is also pretty decent for root development, and it won't break...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-01-2016, 07:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 461
Posted By Dr. Acula
For sure, stuff it with plants immediately. Even...

For sure, stuff it with plants immediately. Even consider the dry start method is often used very successfully, which wouldn't work at all if there was a problem with plants in a newly filled tank....
Forum: Low Tech Forum   09-01-2016, 05:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 350
Posted By Dr. Acula
Unfortunately, what does best in a low light tank...

Unfortunately, what does best in a low light tank without added co2 are slow growing plants. I would recommend patience, and allowing the plants that fit your tank style time to grow in a look great....
Forum: Algae   09-01-2016, 02:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 367
Posted By Dr. Acula
That looks like blue-green algae to me. Does it...

That looks like blue-green algae to me. Does it peel off relatively easily? Does it smell bad when out of the tank?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-01-2016, 02:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 921
Posted By Dr. Acula
I agree with houseofcards in that from that...

I agree with houseofcards in that from that picture most rocks there would become covered with more heavy planting. Though the angle the picture was taken from may be exaggerating that. Also, I find...
Forum: Tank Journals   08-30-2016, 03:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,189
Posted By Dr. Acula
Wow, did I say three more weeks of doing nothing?...

Wow, did I say three more weeks of doing nothing? I was just a bit off on that one. Things got a little busy for me, and I have not been terrible proactive with the aquarium. Trimming the dry start...
Forum: Tank Journals   04-24-2016, 05:25 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,189
Posted By Dr. Acula
Hey Jamo33, thanks for the interest. I actually...

Hey Jamo33, thanks for the interest. I actually had meant to post weekly progress pictures through the dry start; thought it'd be interesting enough to look back fondly on when growth really started...
Forum: Aquascaping   04-12-2016, 06:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 587
Posted By Dr. Acula
Hey there Iustin, thanks for taking the time....

Hey there Iustin, thanks for taking the time. This tank actually ended up being planted for an emersed grow in period; I interpreted a week or so of general silence about the 'scape as tacit consent....
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   04-04-2016, 05:47 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 19,329
Posted By Dr. Acula
This tank looks really nice. I've always enjoyed...

This tank looks really nice. I've always enjoyed mossy 'scapes, and the wood really works for making that tank look much bigger than it is. And I kinda prefer the tank without the frosted back, if...
Forum: Tank Journals   04-04-2016, 05:30 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,189
Posted By Dr. Acula
Ha, no worries, Jamo33. Better late than never,...

Ha, no worries, Jamo33. Better late than never, I'll say. And I do agree with you guys on those rocks coming together on the kitchen side being a weak point in the layout. I stand by my belief that...
Forum: Aquascaping   04-04-2016, 04:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 502
Posted By Dr. Acula
If you're going for more of a low tech jungle...

If you're going for more of a low tech jungle look, one of my favorites there is Bolbitis. Fairly large, could grow it attached to wood, and grows well if slowly in low light. It would also give the...
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