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Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 04-26-2015, 11:49 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 565
Posted By tamsin
Could it have babies in there and that's why it's...

Could it have babies in there and that's why it's being a bit aggressive... or maybe the last people it interacted with tried a pellet gun, fire works, gassing it or a hose and it's a bit nervous...
Forum: Plants 04-25-2015, 06:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 288
Posted By tamsin
I grow it in moist soil - like a normal plant...

I grow it in moist soil - like a normal plant that's been recently watered, not in standing water. It does fine like that. If you do have some standing water, you want the water line below the soil...
Forum: Plants 04-25-2015, 12:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 288
Posted By tamsin
If you want a carpet quicker, nick a few bits out...

If you want a carpet quicker, nick a few bits out the tank, pot them up in damp compost/soil, pop a clear cover over the top and stick them on your window sill. They'll grow much quicker and you can...
Forum: Algae 04-23-2015, 11:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 517
Posted By tamsin
Just a thought, depending on the tanks general...

Just a thought, depending on the tanks general perimeters, but the other thing would be to add an amano shrimp clean up crew. They are fairly big (in comparison to cherries) so should be easy to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-23-2015, 10:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 283
Posted By tamsin
My frogbit keeps trying to root in the substrate...

My frogbit keeps trying to root in the substrate - about 18"-2' long. Shrimps seem to love it :)
Forum: Algae 04-20-2015, 11:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 321
Posted By tamsin
I'd think pretty much any of the branded plant...

I'd think pretty much any of the branded plant ferts would do you - fish poop can provide most likes but you could be short on some of the trace minerals (vitamins for plants) and that's slowing...
Forum: Algae 04-19-2015, 03:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 321
Posted By tamsin
When did you swap to LED? I'm presuming you...

When did you swap to LED? I'm presuming you haven't been running them 10 years :)

Might be worth adding some trace ferts just incase you've run out of one thing and that's effecting growth.
Forum: Algae 04-19-2015, 12:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 190
Posted By tamsin
Yep, works for me. It will depend how bright your...

Yep, works for me. It will depend how bright your light is and how much you let the floating plants cover. They need to physically limit the light going into the tank, so one bit whizzing around in...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 04-13-2015, 01:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 550
Posted By tamsin
Measure after a water change to give yourself a...

Measure after a water change to give yourself a base line and then see how much your tank creeps up over a week or so - it's going to depend on evaporation, ferts, substrate/hardscape leaching etc.
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Forum: Plants 04-06-2015, 06:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 430
Posted By tamsin
Frogbit can grow massive roots, some of mine get...

Frogbit can grow massive roots, some of mine get 18" long.

Red root floaters would work, or salvina natans - the leaves on the latter are linked together so you get a cluster rather than lots of...
Forum: Plants 04-05-2015, 01:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 344
Posted By tamsin
It won't be CO2, floating plants get all they...

It won't be CO2, floating plants get all they need from the air like regular plants would, so that's not the issue.

I agree, it's unlikely to be light either.

How does the 1ml compare to the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-22-2015, 03:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 355
Posted By tamsin
Nitrate is fine, in fact it's normal/good to have...

Nitrate is fine, in fact it's normal/good to have some in a planted tank. Ammonia is a problem, the bacteria should convert the ammonia produced by the fish into nitrite and then on to nitrate which...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-22-2015, 12:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 391
Posted By tamsin
It depends what's in the water you use for the...

It depends what's in the water you use for the change, for example some tap water has nitrates and other nutrients plants can use so acts like weak ferts.
Forum: Algae 03-22-2015, 12:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 364
Posted By tamsin
How long are your lights on for? Might be worth...

How long are your lights on for? Might be worth cutting the photo period or raising the lights.
Forum: Fish 03-15-2015, 03:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 245
Posted By tamsin
I set up a quarentine tank for them recently. I...

I set up a quarentine tank for them recently. I add pea gravel, pebbles and a piece of wood then ran it with full lights for 14 hours a day until it looked very grungy. Only took them three days to...
Forum: Algae 03-10-2015, 01:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 718
Posted By tamsin
Yep, there are other options than shortening the...

Yep, there are other options than shortening the photo period - after all you want to be able to see in tank as much as possible :)

Raising the light, adding floating plants or poping something...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-06-2015, 12:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 468
Posted By tamsin
It doesn't look that abnormal too me, wendtii...

It doesn't look that abnormal too me, wendtii does have undulating edges. Have a google for pictures of that species, one of the pics in the plant profiles has similar leaves:...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-06-2015, 12:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 550
Posted By tamsin
I'm 99% covered with a mix of floaters. The light...

I'm 99% covered with a mix of floaters. The light still comes through but its a little green/yellower but still plenty bright enough, but it also means I run my lights on full for 11 hours a day with...
Forum: Plants 03-04-2015, 11:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 673
Posted By tamsin
I'd say javafern was faster than anubias, but...

I'd say javafern was faster than anubias, but obviously not nearly as quick as stems!
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 03-04-2015, 11:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 240
Posted By tamsin
The root system will be massive so better to trim...

The root system will be massive so better to trim them unless you want the whole bottom stirred up. I'd pull it up gently until you can see 1-2" of root and cut through with scissors. It should...
Forum: Plants 03-04-2015, 03:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 673
Posted By tamsin
They come in a range of sizes, it's just the...

They come in a range of sizes, it's just the smaller species of anubias are most popular. The leaves on Heterophylla are peace lilly size. You are right, they aren't super fast growing though, you'd...
Forum: Algae 03-04-2015, 02:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 414
Posted By tamsin
If you're injecting CO2 you really need to...

If you're injecting CO2 you really need to providing a complete range of ferts too otherwise the plants can't use it.
Forum: Plants 03-04-2015, 12:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 673
Posted By tamsin
I don't think it's in the profile here but...

I don't think it's in the profile here but Anubias Heterophylla was the one I was thinking of - it has big spear shaped leaves very similar to peace lilly, although possibly slightly lighter in...
Forum: Plants 03-04-2015, 01:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 673
Posted By tamsin
Look for shower/bath caddy/shelves, they sell...

Look for shower/bath caddy/shelves, they sell them with suckers you can stick on the back wall.

There are a few bigger anubias species that have similar leaves that you could use as replacements...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-28-2015, 10:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 675
Posted By tamsin
Have you tried reducing your light? Either...

Have you tried reducing your light? Either dimming it, shorter photo period or adding a shade eg floating plants to reduce it.
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