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Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-22-2014, 10:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 951
Posted By Fletch
Another factor to consider

I have a 2.5 g unfiltered planted shrimp bowl that is usually crystal clear. However, I have noticed that if I feed the shrimp one flake each, four or five times a week, I get a brown algae bloom. If...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 06-29-2014, 09:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 258
Posted By Fletch
I use a Fluval undergravel heater pad (Pet Smart,...

I use a Fluval undergravel heater pad (Pet Smart, $15) for my 2.5g lo tech bowl. It works great in the winter to keep things warm, but I usually unplug it in the summer when it gets hot. It is nice...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 06-24-2014, 10:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 327
Posted By Fletch
Buy a long pair of forceps: ...

Buy a long pair of forceps: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=12038 Cut a small 1/2 in X 1 in piece of soft sponge (without scrubber pad) and grasp it in the forceps....
Forum: Low Tech Forum 06-04-2014, 10:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 361
Posted By Fletch
Why add kitty litter?

Kitty litter is just clay, is very absorbent and has high Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC) which means that if there are excess nutrients and trace minerals in the tank, the clay can absorb them out of...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 06-03-2014, 10:57 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,866
Posted By Fletch
I had a similar brown algae problem with my...

I had a similar brown algae problem with my planted bowls. I use a soil/cat litter/gravel mix in my bowls, and that tends to leach nutrients into the water for the first few months. I did regular,...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-22-2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,640
Posted By Fletch
Brown stuff on leaves

I have several small no tech bowls running. The very first one I set up had brown stuff (algae) all over the leaves after about 2 weeks. I dropped a single snail into the bowl, and within 4 hours it...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-16-2014, 10:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,321
Posted By Fletch
Inhibiting algae

I have a number of filterless planted bowls, with gravel capped soil substrates. I have noticed that for the first month or so, nutrients leach from the soil into the water, and feed an algae bloom....
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 05-09-2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,486
Posted By Fletch
Well, you asked for a critique

I would love to find a tank that size and shape. Cuzz I really need another small tank:icon_wink The "bamboo" in the back looks kinda clumped. It might look nicer if you used it to hide the filter,...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 04-27-2014, 03:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,113
Posted By Fletch
Not really aquatic, but still fun

These are two views of my Mosstini. Terrestrial Moss, in a weird glass container I found at a thrift shop for $2. It is about 2 weeks old. There are actually a couple of different types of moss in...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 04-27-2014, 03:44 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,113
Posted By Fletch
The addiction grows

Here are some more of my planted nanoish containers. The first is actually my first planted nano container. It is almost 100 days old in this pic. It is Cardamine Lyrata with a Nephthytis podophyllum...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 04-27-2014, 03:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,226
Posted By Fletch
Walmart has 2-3g bowls for around $15-$20....

Walmart has 2-3g bowls for around $15-$20. Michael's has the same bowls for almost twice the price, but they also have smaller bowls and cylinders. Home Sense has some nice containers, some even with...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 04-16-2014, 02:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 397
Posted By Fletch
Algae and nano tanks

All algae, and especially blue green algae is fond of too many nutrients in the water. I have a 2.5g nano with 5 ghost shrimp and many snails. If I feed the shrimp 1 flake each, per week, the water...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 04-11-2014, 10:36 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,591
Posted By Fletch
I got one of my 2g (ish) bowls on sale at Walmart...

I got one of my 2g (ish) bowls on sale at Walmart for $14 and $17 for the second one. The same bowl at Michaels was $30. Of course, I am from Canada, where everything is more expensive because, er,...
Forum: Fish 04-08-2014, 10:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 578
Posted By Fletch
Changing water treatment protocols

I did these large scale water changes, adding treatment afterwards, for over 20 years. Luck was that I had good water. However, when the city discovered that the older part of town had degrading lead...
Forum: Fish 04-05-2014, 04:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 578
Posted By Fletch
In my original post, I wrote: "For the last 6...

In my original post, I wrote: "For the last 6 months have been doing a 50% water change every two weeks in my 55g tank (with 25g sump for total of 80g). I use an overflow in the sump that lets...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 03-29-2014, 10:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 504
Posted By Fletch
Hungry Shrimp

I haven't seen any of my shrimp (ghost only) eating snails, but I suspect that they are eating hydra! I have 5 of them in a 2g bowl, along with too many snails, and a lot of plants. There are...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 03-24-2014, 10:24 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,226
Posted By Fletch
@ Aguilar3: The Bleach bottle siphon (above, with...

@ Aguilar3: The Bleach bottle siphon (above, with photo), is truly an ingenious device. Even has a handle. I will make one on the weekend. No more sucking bacteria, planaria and copepods from my...
Forum: Fish 03-17-2014, 03:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 578
Posted By Fletch
Sudden Cardinal die off

For the last 6 months have been doing a 50% water change every two weeks in my 55g tank (with 25g sump for total of 80g). I use an overflow in the sump that lets excess water go to the drain. That...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 02-22-2014, 10:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 515
Posted By Fletch
Under substrate heater

For my 2.5g bowl, I use a Fluval bowl heater. It is flat, and comes with a suction cup to attach it to the glass. I put it on the very bottom of my bowl, and added soil and a cap over top. It in not...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-22-2014, 09:47 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 52,203
Posted By Fletch
Two bowls of new obsession.

Here are my two bowls. No filter. Bowl 1 is unheated. Bowl 2 has under substrate heater. Age at time of photo: Bowl 1: 59 days. Bowl 2: 55 days.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-22-2014, 10:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 897
Posted By Fletch
Unscented, NON clumping cat litter is 100% clay...

Unscented, NON clumping cat litter is 100% clay (read the lable). It is used as cat litter because it is very absorbent (lots of surface area) and has very high Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC) which...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-22-2014, 02:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,901
Posted By Fletch
I have two bowls (2.5g each) loaded with plants....

I have two bowls (2.5g each) loaded with plants. One is unheated, and the other has an under gravel heating pad from Fluval...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 02-19-2014, 10:32 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,113
Posted By Fletch
The bowl with the snooping cat contains the...

The bowl with the snooping cat contains the following plants:
Golden Lloydiella
Didiplis diandra
Banana plant
Telanthera Cardinalis
and a sprig of bladderwort that eats the copepods in the bowl....
Forum: Substrate 02-19-2014, 03:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 250
Posted By Fletch
CEC stands for Cation Exchange Capacity....

CEC stands for Cation Exchange Capacity. Essentially, the ability to loosely adsorb minerals and fertilizers, and keep them from floating freely around in the water, until a plant root grows close by...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 02-18-2014, 02:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,113
Posted By Fletch
I have a ghost shrimp in Bowl 1 that is carrying...

I have a ghost shrimp in Bowl 1 that is carrying eggs! Woo! Hoo! I can quit my job and open a shrimp farm! Let's see, at 50 cents a shrimp, I can make..... oh crap.... oh well, they should be...
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