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Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-07-2007, 09:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,820
Posted By BluSponge
Be sure that when you dose, all fish are clear of...

Be sure that when you dose, all fish are clear of you. Two weeks ago one of my otos got a face full of Excel when I wasn't paying attention. It was not a pretty scene. :(

Tom
Forum: Fish 02-17-2007, 12:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 604
Posted By BluSponge
I dunno. I live in Dallas and have pretty hard...

I dunno. I live in Dallas and have pretty hard water. Currently I have 4 clown loaches and a SAE, all of which are very healthy. I've had great luck with glowlight tetras, gold barbs, brilliant...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-16-2007, 04:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,074
Posted By BluSponge
It's not due to Excel. I dose every other day. ...

It's not due to Excel. I dose every other day.

The problem for the longest time has been that none of my plants grew fast enough to use the available nutrients, leaving a LARGE foothold for...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-16-2007, 03:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,074
Posted By BluSponge
Back to Basics (Year in Review)

It's been a year since I converted my dingy 55G to a low tech planted tank. Its been a year of successes, failures, borderline disasters, and mysteries. If I was to do it over again, I would...
Forum: Equipment 02-08-2007, 04:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 380
Posted By BluSponge
Need filter recommendation...

Hey all,

I'm taking a break from the algae wars to consider my filter for a bit. After breaking down and cleaning my Emperor 400 yesterday, I discovered that the spray bars are not working. The...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 12-13-2006, 04:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,457
Posted By BluSponge
As someone who is also battling the huge algae...

As someone who is also battling the huge algae beast that threatens to consume the whole tank, I've gotta ask. What is a fast growing stem that is suited to low tech? I'm running no CO2 and about...
Forum: Algae 07-06-2006, 07:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 761
Posted By BluSponge
Any recommendations?

Any recommendations?
Forum: Equipment 07-06-2006, 07:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 489
Posted By BluSponge
AH Supply bulbs...

About how long is the life expectancy of a compact flourescent bulb, specifically those sold by AH Supply? Reason I'm asking is I've had my set up running for about 2 months now and I could sware my...
Forum: Algae 07-06-2006, 06:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 761
Posted By BluSponge
Tanks been up and running for 2 months now. I've...

Tanks been up and running for 2 months now. I've added 6 otos who try as they might, are scarcely making a dent in the stuff. I'm going to give it another month, at which point more drastic...
Forum: Algae 07-06-2006, 04:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 761
Posted By BluSponge
Sounds like diatoms to me. I've been battling...

Sounds like diatoms to me. I've been battling the little buggers for a few months now to no avail. I thought things were improving, then I did a bit of a tank clean up last week. Suddenly I have...
Forum: Equipment 06-26-2006, 05:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,238
Posted By BluSponge
No intention of cleaning the biowheels, just the...

No intention of cleaning the biowheels, just the filter casing itself. It hasn't had a good scrubbing in a year, and I suspect there is a healthy culture of diatoms living within the housing. I...
Forum: Equipment 06-25-2006, 08:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,238
Posted By BluSponge
Cleaning an Emperor 400...

Anyone have any tips on cleaning out an Emperor 400 biowheel? As I suspect it is the primary source of my diatom problem, I'm planning on giving it a good bleach dip this week, probably in...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-19-2006, 07:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 399
Posted By BluSponge
I'm good for water sprite, though so far it grows...

I'm good for water sprite, though so far it grows more in a clump than in anything resembling a stem. Still, beautiful, and filling in nicely.

I've considered Wisteria, but my understanding is I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-19-2006, 04:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 399
Posted By BluSponge
Tips and Suggestions for Stem Plants...

Hey all,

I need help with stemmed plants. When I set my tank up originally two months ago, I bought some bundles of a plant called Lloydellia (no idea, I can't find info on this plant anywhere). ...
Forum: Fish 06-19-2006, 03:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,194
Posted By BluSponge
What's your secret? :)

What's your secret? :)
Forum: Low Tech Forum 06-19-2006, 03:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 988
Posted By BluSponge
Well from what I've read, the addition of excel...

Well from what I've read, the addition of excel won't do your vals any favors. But if you've already decided they are a lost cause, it shouldn't hurt anything else.
Forum: Fish 06-18-2006, 03:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,194
Posted By BluSponge
I hear this all the time, but I've yet to see...

I hear this all the time, but I've yet to see evidence of it. I have 4 clowns in a 55G tank. One of them is almost 5 years old now and is only around 3.5-4 inches long. They get fed a good mix of...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-18-2006, 03:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 374
Posted By BluSponge
I usually add it as I'm filling the tank.

I usually add it as I'm filling the tank.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 06-18-2006, 03:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 988
Posted By BluSponge
This may be a dumb question, but you aren't...

This may be a dumb question, but you aren't dosing with Excel, are you?
Forum: Low Tech Forum 06-11-2006, 07:56 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 13,807
Posted By BluSponge
I've been supplimenting my tank with Excel since...

I've been supplimenting my tank with Excel since about a week after it was established. Using the recommened dosage every other day. So far, I've seen a great response by the crypts, amazon sword,...
Forum: Plants 06-01-2006, 02:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,389
Posted By BluSponge
I was having similar problems in my tank. Most...

I was having similar problems in my tank. Most of my research suggested an iron deficiency, so I added a dose of Flourish. That seems to have done the trick. Well, except with the new Anubias...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-25-2006, 03:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,862
Posted By BluSponge
Budget was part of it. I mean, all in all I...

Budget was part of it. I mean, all in all I spent about $300 refitting my tank. That's money for new lights, plants, driftwood, and assorted equipment. A CO2 tank would have added around $200...
Forum: Fish 05-23-2006, 05:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 675
Posted By BluSponge
I took the readings about 2 hours after a fairly...

I took the readings about 2 hours after a fairly substantial water change, before the AmQuel and Stress Coat had a chance to get rid of all ammonia readings. Normally, I get no trace of ammonia at...
Forum: Fish 05-22-2006, 03:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 675
Posted By BluSponge
Pearl Gourami Secrets?

Ok, so I'm looking for feedback from ANYONE who has been successful at keeping pearl gourami. I've tried in the past, but due to one calamity or another, none have lasted a year. But a store here...
Forum: Algae 05-22-2006, 03:32 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 16,197
Posted By BluSponge
Anyone care to explain the difference between GDA...

Anyone care to explain the difference between GDA and diatoms? Reason I ask is a do have a few smears of green on the glass of my tank, but a lot of my plants (particularly the older growth) have a...
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