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Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 12-30-2014, 10:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,568
Posted By Fletch
Activated charcoal may also absorb tannins. It's...

Activated charcoal may also absorb tannins. It's pretty cheap so worth a try.
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 12-25-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,568
Posted By Fletch
Oh Tannins brown, oh tannins brown..... Have a punny Xmas

Tannins can be a problem in new, dirted tanks. Eventually they will be all leached out, but only after you are sick of water changes. I have found that if I pre-wash the dirt a few time before I set...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 12-19-2014, 10:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,568
Posted By Fletch
I think your ID of the two rooted plants is...

I think your ID of the two rooted plants is probably close enough. The floater looks like frogbit. I have a 3g unfiltered tank almost the same as yours, with two aquatic frogs in it, and use the...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 12-18-2014, 10:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 647
Posted By Fletch
Check out my post about cheap lighting:...

Check out my post about cheap lighting: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=779890
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 12-18-2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 483
Posted By Fletch
BGA is most often the result of too much light...

BGA is most often the result of too much light (or wrong wavelengths) and/or too high a concentration of soluble nutrients in the water. Poor water circulation can allow BGA to remain even after many...
Forum: DIY 12-16-2014, 03:09 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 557
Posted By Fletch
Cheap Lighting Solutions

I have been searching for inexpensive lighting solutions for my tanks, and have found that if you put the word aquarium in front of something, it pushes the price up significantly. I found a local...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 12-16-2014, 02:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,069
Posted By Fletch
Expanding bowl collections

Here is some more of my obsession
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 12-16-2014, 02:28 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,069
Posted By Fletch
Dec 2014 update: The obsession grows

Here is a pic of my Bowl 1 after 11 months. This was the unheated bowl. It grew slowly, and has only been trimmed and tidied up once. It is very stable and I have had no algae problems at all. The...
Forum: Tank Journals 12-14-2014, 09:00 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 10,997
Posted By Fletch
There are two solutions to this problem. 1....

There are two solutions to this problem. 1. "mineralize" MCOCPM by soaking overnight in a bucket full of water, carefully draining the tea (good for houseplants) and repeating 2 or three times. This...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-13-2014, 09:39 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,698
Posted By Fletch
Hi Tech for the lazy.

If a genie could grant me 3 planted tank wishes:
1. Single box timer with 2 or more independently programmable plugs with timers. This would be great for those of us that like to have lower light...
Forum: Plants 11-04-2014, 10:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 346
Posted By Fletch
Keeping stem plants down

Observations I have made:
-the larger the pebble size of the substrate, the harder it is to keep stem plants down. If you like larger stones, put smaller stones underneath, and top with the larger...
Forum: Substrate 09-26-2014, 10:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,233
Posted By Fletch
Add some unscented, non clumping cat litter

I use a mixture of MGOCPS and unscented, non clumping cat litter. I use 1 part (by volume) cat litter mixed with 2 parts MGOCPS. I wash the mixture with water 2 - 3 times, letting it stand overnight...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 09-24-2014, 10:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 882
Posted By Fletch
You could try using LED strip lighting on the...

You could try using LED strip lighting on the underside of the glass top, on all four sides of the tank, a few inches outside of the tank itself. All sides of the tank would get light, so the plants...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-22-2014, 10:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,208
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: 319
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: 427
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: 574
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: 2,326
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: 3,070
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: 2,259
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: 1,672
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: 31
Views: 4,069
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: 31
Views: 4,069
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: 1,379
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: 449
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...
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