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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-02-2014, 10:03 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,403
Posted By Buc MacMaster
Jungle val! Beautiful, wide grass-like leaves...

Jungle val! Beautiful, wide grass-like leaves that grow to over 48" long. My tank is 24" deep and the val lays in loops on the surface. An excellent plant for tall tanks.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-04-2014, 12:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 435
Posted By Buc MacMaster
With good filtration capacity it should be no...

With good filtration capacity it should be no problem. My 41 gallon Osaka houses about 55 fish that include tetras, danios, platys, rams, corys and a bristle nose pleco with no ill...
Forum: Plants 01-29-2014, 12:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 310
Posted By Buc MacMaster
Bloom Stalk Photo

Yep.....one photo coming up. This stalk is growing incredibly fast! Yesterday it was below the end of the glass intake tube......today it's three quarters of the way up it!
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Forum: Plants 01-28-2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 310
Posted By Buc MacMaster
Jungle Val Flowering?

How often does this happen in an aqaurium? I have a planting of vals in a 41 gallon, 24" deep, and the plants are doing quite well with loops of leaves circling the surface. One of them has sent...
Forum: Equipment 01-08-2014, 09:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 886
Posted By Buc MacMaster
This

A tried and true photography darkroom analog themometer is easy to read and accurate. Hangs nicely on the top edge of the tank. Take it to the sink to dial in water temp for water...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-30-2013, 11:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 344
Posted By Buc MacMaster
Osaka Planted

Going for a simple, natural look here without much clutter. The tank is tall and the long lines of jungle val work well with the depth, me thinks. The sagittaria doesn't grow as tall yet keeps the...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 10-24-2013, 03:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 316
Posted By Buc MacMaster
To Shrimp or Not To Shrimp......

I have an established 41gal Osaka tank, moderately planted (though quickly growing!) with jungle val, ludwigia and a soon to be planted Madagasgar lace. I inject CO2 at about 1-2bps and dose PPS Pro...
Forum: Algae 10-23-2013, 12:37 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 506
Posted By Buc MacMaster
Hair Algae? BBA? I dunno.....

I've have known this stuff from childhood as "hair algae", perhaps mostly called BBA these days......? Anyway, it grows on my jungle val only directly under the Kessil Amazon Sun pendant. The light...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-14-2013, 09:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 371
Posted By Buc MacMaster
Lighting is a single Kessil A150 Amazon Sun, 32W,...

Lighting is a single Kessil A150 Amazon Sun, 32W, about 7" above the surface with another 20" to the substrate, on for 5.5 hours a day. CO2 is running at 2-3bps, showing medium green on the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-14-2013, 09:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 371
Posted By Buc MacMaster
Hmmm. So if I shutoff the CO2 the val and...

Hmmm. So if I shutoff the CO2 the val and ludwigia would do well without any ferts at all? I'm good with that option too............
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-14-2013, 06:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 371
Posted By Buc MacMaster
No More Pfertz.......

While I still have perhaps three months supply, I have discovered that Pfertz is no longer in business. So, having been a user of the easy way with those little pre-mixed pump bottles, I find I will...
Forum: Lighting 10-12-2013, 05:55 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 653
Posted By Buc MacMaster
Kessil A150W Amazon Sun

Very pleased with this pendant light setup..........unobtrusive, quiet and no heat. In the past I've used a 24" 4-tube hood fixture (only running two tubes) but never did like the way those things...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-12-2012, 12:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 252
Posted By Buc MacMaster
Osaka 41: 4 months On

Set this one up in July and it's been through about three complete rearrangements and plantings.......plants only; driftwood with plants; now rock with plants.......always striving for a natural...
Forum: Equipment 11-20-2012, 09:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 180
Posted By Buc MacMaster
I use a GLA in-line as well. The screw locks...

I use a GLA in-line as well. The screw locks should not be put on the tubing and screwed down onto the diffuser. Leave the screw lock rings on the diffuser, push the tubing on to the shoulder then...
Forum: Equipment 11-19-2012, 09:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 483
Posted By Buc MacMaster
I think your problem lies in putting any water at...

I think your problem lies in putting any water at all in the cannister. Any water in the can prevents the priming pump from operating. With the can empty the primer pump can start water flow from...
Forum: Plants 11-08-2012, 01:31 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 242
Posted By Buc MacMaster
Sagittaria?

I purchased this plant as sagittaria but I cannot find others advertised as such that look quite like this. Broad, short leaves with stripes. Been in the tank for about 6 weeks and growing well but...
Forum: Equipment 10-17-2012, 08:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,679
Posted By Buc MacMaster
Thread locker avoids the possibilty of small...

Thread locker avoids the possibilty of small peices of tape getting into the CO2 path, clogging a regulator, needle valve, bubble counter, etc. Use thread locker.
Forum: Fish 10-15-2012, 04:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 350
Posted By Buc MacMaster
The angels are about 50 cent size bodies, there's...

The angels are about 50 cent size bodies, there's a pair of them, but they show no interest in the guppies at all.

Ah ha! So perhaps the Cobra reacted badly to a pH change...... But that begs...
Forum: Fish 10-15-2012, 03:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 350
Posted By Buc MacMaster
Ammonia 0, Nitrites 0, Nitrates 35-40, pH...

Ammonia 0, Nitrites 0, Nitrates 35-40, pH 6.7-6.8, CO2 35ppm, Temp 81 and steady. A dense stand of Italian val & sag in the back, a large piece of driftwood and a front planting of...
Forum: Fish 10-15-2012, 01:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 350
Posted By Buc MacMaster
Guppy Trouble

Guess I'm just a guppy killer.........can't figure out why though......

In my 40 gallon planted tank I have had angel fish, corys and otos since July without incident. Two weeks ago I added six...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-11-2012, 10:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 767
Posted By Buc MacMaster
Good job on the save, but I don't understand. My...

Good job on the save, but I don't understand. My CO2 runs 24/7 and the fish are fine.........never a sign of distress of any kind from the angels, the corys, the otos nor the guppies. The plants...
Forum: Plants 10-08-2012, 01:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 429
Posted By Buc MacMaster
Chain Sword Trouble

Posted this in "General" to no result.......maybe there's some help here....

These chain swords have been in the tank about a month and have developed runners with new plants. They are growing...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-07-2012, 10:07 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 213
Posted By Buc MacMaster
Chain Sword Problem

These chain swords have been in the tank for about a month now and both have runners with new plants growing. The leaves are deteriorating at the tips for some reason, even on the new runner plants....
Forum: Equipment 09-12-2012, 05:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 635
Posted By Buc MacMaster
In-Line CO2 Diffuser - Intake Line?

I'm about to change my CO2 diffusion to an in-line from GLA and thinking I would get better dissolution placing it in the intake line of the cannister. Yes, this would run CO2 bubbles through the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-10-2012, 12:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 552
Posted By Buc MacMaster
54W? Wow. I thought T5HO tubes were 24W...

54W? Wow. I thought T5HO tubes were 24W max.......no?

Anyway..... Put some PhosGuard or some other brand of phosphate removal media in your filter. Phosphate feeds algae and removing it will...
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