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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-02-2013, 04:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 426
Posted By Stevenicoloconnor
How to manage Duckweed

...after too many bouts with every kind of algae known to aquarium hobbiests, our T-5 SO lit 28 gallon tank displayed another problem: duck weed.

Our solution: Dwarf Water Lettuce (DWL). The DWL...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 02-01-2013, 03:57 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,171
Posted By Stevenicoloconnor
It's the most fishkindly thing!

This method limits cruelty; that is, if you think of the shrimpies as pets.

If the life situation of our aquarium pets was desperate, this suggestion is a way we'd consider resolving such a...
Forum: Aquascaping 01-30-2013, 04:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 707
Posted By Stevenicoloconnor
keep it simple

In our experience, a ten gallon tank is too small for a healthy school of Ottocinclus; we tried different school sizes, and a school of 8-12 is too small; besides, 12 ottocinclus cats in a ten...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-12-2012, 11:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 331
Posted By Stevenicoloconnor
Over planted?

...we've a 29 gallon, which has several plant varieties; two in particular, java moss and elodea have taken over: about 60% of the water column is full of these plants: no worries, the fish have...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 07-10-2012, 07:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 240
Posted By Stevenicoloconnor
Thanks, this is what is hoped!

Thanks, this is what is hoped!
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-10-2012, 07:41 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,344
Posted By Stevenicoloconnor
Nothing. External filters are far quiter, far...

Nothing. External filters are far quiter, far cleaner, and the upkeep is next-to-nothing; our tank is crystal clean, healthy, and 99.9% algae-free: I've changed the filter twice since January.

It...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 07-10-2012, 03:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 240
Posted By Stevenicoloconnor
Re: does algae cycle?

...we have a 28 gallon freshwater tank with: a super-bright, dual-lamp HO T5; a home-spun paintball CO2 system; a lot of plants; a school of 8 Cardinal Tetras; an otocinclus; 7-8 Amano shrimp; and,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-10-2012, 02:57 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,344
Posted By Stevenicoloconnor
Re: I would do MORE...

...never used a hang-on-back filter!
Forum: Algae 06-12-2012, 04:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,645
Posted By Stevenicoloconnor
...cherry red shrimp are larger than than amano...

...cherry red shrimp are larger than than amano shrimp.
Forum: Algae 06-12-2012, 03:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,645
Posted By Stevenicoloconnor
No, just more plants may not always be the case;...

No, just more plants may not always be the case; otos will work some on the glass, but these fish can be difficult to keep.

Amano shrimp are great; however, red cherry shrimp reproduce like crazy,...
Forum: Algae 06-12-2012, 02:25 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,645
Posted By Stevenicoloconnor
...our 29 gallon gets it's CO2 via a 20 oz....

...our 29 gallon gets it's CO2 via a 20 oz. paintball canister, a Fluval regulator, and some fittings hacked together from directions I got on this site about a year ago. Maybe somebody who knows how...
Forum: Algae 06-11-2012, 05:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,645
Posted By Stevenicoloconnor
...or, a shorter photo-period; try this for five...

...or, a shorter photo-period; try this for five days:
4 hours on, 20 hours off.

Too much off time? Get a rapidly growing plant like elodea, or java moss: be prepared to prune. Until the plants...
Forum: Algae 06-11-2012, 04:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,419
Posted By Stevenicoloconnor
...had it, duckweed, Tom Barr's Estimative Index...

...had it, duckweed, Tom Barr's Estimative Index fertilization, 50% weekly water change, and CO2 in the 15-50 ppm range has wiped it out; now, I have to always deal with that bloody duckweed!
Red...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-14-2011, 03:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 492
Posted By Stevenicoloconnor
Geeze, and we thought 9 cardinal tetras were too...

Geeze, and we thought 9 cardinal tetras were too many for our moderately planted 29 gallon; we've had 'em with cherry red shrimp, a single otto cat, and a couple of snail eatin' snails; we've had our...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-13-2011, 07:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 206
Posted By Stevenicoloconnor
...no window, in a sun-free corner. Oh yeah,...

...no window, in a sun-free corner.

Oh yeah, and during the summer we are away from home a lot; so, we slip away from EI; once, we even went 21 days between water changes; now, we are back to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-13-2011, 05:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 206
Posted By Stevenicoloconnor
Does algae cycle?

...currently, we do very little glass cleaning, and there seems to be very little growth of any algae anywhere; but it's still there, just little patches here-and-there.

Since we have had our 29...
Forum: Algae 11-13-2011, 04:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 521
Posted By Stevenicoloconnor
...maybe more than that. We kept 5 when we had...

...maybe more than that. We kept 5 when we had only a ten gallon, and they seemed to keep the glass clean.
Forum: Algae 11-12-2011, 03:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 521
Posted By Stevenicoloconnor
...before adding more chemicals, we choose to...

...before adding more chemicals, we choose to increase water change frequency: by keeping the water in an ideal 20-60 ppm CO2 while changing at least 50% of the water volume every 5 days; this, and...
Forum: Algae 11-07-2011, 08:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 676
Posted By Stevenicoloconnor
Re: Cherry Red Shrimp

...every kind of algae available, Cherry Red Shrimp devour! They especially like BBA.
If you don't have other critters that will eat 'em, would you consider turning over your algae problem to...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 08-12-2011, 04:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,395
Posted By Stevenicoloconnor
Question Too many Cherry Red Shrimp?

...a few months back, we added three Cherry Red Shrimp to our 29 gallon; this morning, I counted nine (9) smallish shrimp on, or near, the front glass; if I can see nine of 'em, it makes me wonder...
Forum: Equipment 07-28-2011, 03:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,745
Posted By Stevenicoloconnor
...things have stabilized enough for a 20oz. CO2...

...things have stabilized enough for a 20oz. CO2 paintball canister to provide adequate CO2 in our 29 gallon tank for 6 weeks.

To refill a 20oz. paintball canister: $4.95
An 88g. (~3.1oz) Fluval...
Forum: Algae 06-07-2011, 05:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,893
Posted By Stevenicoloconnor
Zen fishes

We feed new ottos blanched lettuce if they don't have a "poochy" gut. I leave the lettuce in the tank for at least 2 days, and they graze it, and suck it clean of green. The key is their bellies: if...
Forum: Algae 06-07-2011, 05:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,541
Posted By Stevenicoloconnor
final solution!

...by shortening the photo period from 12 hours to 8 hours for three weeks we have no algae; however, due to aggressive pruning, we no longer have any dragonfire foxtail.
Forum: Algae 05-13-2011, 03:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,541
Posted By Stevenicoloconnor
Re: back to Spirogyra

...we observed that if we skip feeding stock for a day, spirogyra does not increase; however, if we goof-up and overfeed, spirogyra comes back with a vengeance; thus, we are careful not to overfeed...
Forum: Fish 05-10-2011, 09:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 283
Posted By Stevenicoloconnor
...that's a lot of stock; do frequent 50% water...

...that's a lot of stock; do frequent 50% water changes.
A sick tank really sucks!
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