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Forum: Fish   05-26-2016, 12:39 AM
Replies: 28
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Posted By James M
Badis badis gets my vote

Badis badis gets my vote
Forum: Low Tech Forum   05-26-2016, 12:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 416
Posted By James M
I just used dirt/topsoil from the property here -...

I just used dirt/topsoil from the property here - no "mineralization" necessary.
Mineralization isn't necessary with bagged soil either.

Same with my 2 gallon Betta bowl sitting here next to me....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-26-2016, 12:19 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,068
Posted By James M
Hmmm.... Walk out side....observe 20...

Hmmm....

Walk out side....observe 20 different plants....come back and tell us what they're growing in. My guess is dirt.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-23-2016, 11:09 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,634
Posted By James M
I used to collect hundreds of baby toads from the...

I used to collect hundreds of baby toads from the drainage ditch behind my parents house and drop them in my Central/South American 180 gallon tank.
Oscars, Pike Cichlid, Motoguense, etc, various...
Forum: Plants   05-23-2016, 10:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 314
Posted By James M
I use duckweed as a tool in a new tank to soak up...

I use duckweed as a tool in a new tank to soak up excess nutrients.
Once the ammonia spike stage is over with I remove most of it to allow as much light as possible to reach the other plants.
I use...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-22-2016, 01:37 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,634
Posted By James M
My buddy's Dad in high school worked at KFC when...

My buddy's Dad in high school worked at KFC when he was a kid.
They played football with a chicken in the back parking lot, then when they were finished they took it inside, cooked it, and served it.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-22-2016, 12:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 232
Posted By James M
I dose Seachem and I'd have to seriously overdose...

I dose Seachem and I'd have to seriously overdose to even begin to color the water.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-22-2016, 12:38 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,634
Posted By James M
I started keeping fish as a freshmen in high...

I started keeping fish as a freshmen in high school back in 1984.
I have lots of stories, many of them on the marine side of things as well, including lots of stories about working at the LFS.
...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-21-2016, 10:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 267
Posted By James M
Planted tanks can be very easy. Aside from my...

Planted tanks can be very easy.
Aside from my 40 gallon, I have a 2 gallon planted Betta bowl sitting here that I hardly touch.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-21-2016, 10:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,667
Posted By James M
...and also slow plant growth since the ammonia...

...and also slow plant growth since the ammonia you speak of is plant food. So that if anything is an argument to stay away from them in planted tanks.
Why are so many planted tank keepers bent on...
Forum: Fish   05-20-2016, 12:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 535
Posted By James M
No worries about the potato quality. However -...

No worries about the potato quality.
However - holy crap! Those things are not easy to breed - count yourself very lucky.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-20-2016, 12:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 615
Posted By James M
The trick is properly sized substrate, (cap over...

The trick is properly sized substrate, (cap over dirt in my case) and Malaysian trumpet snails to keep it turned over.
Here's how you get that correct size - Andy taught me this - thanks Andy.
You...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-19-2016, 11:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 393
Posted By James M
Yeah our native Western Red Cedar that I use (and...

Yeah our native Western Red Cedar that I use (and have also used the bark in Tarantula enclosures in the past with much success despite much internet parroting about it
not being safe) is not a true...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-19-2016, 07:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 393
Posted By James M
What a great response! Thank you![/QUOTE] ...

What a great response! Thank you![/QUOTE]

FWIW cedar is fine - I have a large Red Cedar root in my tank, but I run Purigen to keep the tannins at bay. It's basically rot proof. Meant to quote...
Forum: Fish   05-19-2016, 05:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 315
Posted By James M
Yep - definitely Steatocranus casuarius on the...

Yep - definitely Steatocranus casuarius on the first one.
The second looks like a young Malawian Haplochromine sp.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-18-2016, 08:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 615
Posted By James M
Ahh...I see. In that case vacuum like the wind...

Ahh...I see.
In that case vacuum like the wind if you wish. :)
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-18-2016, 07:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 588
Posted By James M
No you're right, for some reason I transposed...

No you're right, for some reason I transposed "sometimes" to "always' in my head - my mistake.

That said.

Not every fish will work in every tank.
Sometimes it's a matter of not enough other...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-18-2016, 07:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 588
Posted By James M
Eh...no. I've kept all manner of cichlids...

Eh...no.
I've kept all manner of cichlids together over the last 30+ years, and rarely has one every killed another one. I've talking Central Americans, South Americans, Malawi, Tanganyika,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-18-2016, 07:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 615
Posted By James M
Ugh! Don't vacuum planted tanks. That detritus...

Ugh! Don't vacuum planted tanks.
That detritus is PLANT FOOD - you want that stuff.
People wait years for that stuff to build up.

I don't even own an aquarium vacuum anymore.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-10-2016, 10:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 438
Posted By James M
That doesn't translate to misuse though IMO -...

That doesn't translate to misuse though IMO - it's a portion of the cycle even if we don't have anaerobic activity like we do in
our reef tanks with the life rock or DSB. When educating a beginner...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-10-2016, 12:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 438
Posted By James M
I started keeping fish in the early 80's in high...

I started keeping fish in the early 80's in high school.
I wasn't even the slightest bit confused about what the nitrogen cycle was, or what was happening in my tank.
This was with only my Axlerod...
Forum: Fish   05-08-2016, 04:18 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,085
Posted By James M
Pfff! Head south of the border to Clarks Feed and...

Pfff! Head south of the border to Clarks Feed and Seed in Bellingham.
Forum: Ponds   05-08-2016, 03:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 318
Posted By James M
Unless under very unusual circumstances, they are...

Unless under very unusual circumstances, they are an outdoor pond plant.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-08-2016, 02:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 688
Posted By James M
Water changes and floaters to soak up excess...

Water changes and floaters to soak up excess nutrients.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-08-2016, 02:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 387
Posted By James M
I've been keeping marine and freshwater tanks for...

I've been keeping marine and freshwater tanks for 33 years, have published articles on marine fish husbandry in both print (Tropical Fish Hobbyist) and online media, (AAOM) and taught
the marine...
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