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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-14-2013, 09:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,100
Posted By bikinibottom
My opinion of using peat for adjusting pH -- not...

My opinion of using peat for adjusting pH -- not worth the effort. In my case I used peat granules in a canister filter (1 cup for a 40-gal tank). It lowered the pH from 7.4 to 7.2 for about 2 weeks...
Forum: Fish 03-07-2013, 06:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 778
Posted By bikinibottom
Thanks for getting back to me. Definitely have...

Thanks for getting back to me. Definitely have not excluded that possibility (that they've just calmed down). Their skin looks good, eyes are clear and alert, they swim around when food enters the...
Forum: Fish 03-07-2013, 12:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 778
Posted By bikinibottom
So they were happy for 2 months being a group of...

So they were happy for 2 months being a group of 3 but have since decided they are unhappy? :confused:
Forum: Fish 03-06-2013, 09:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 778
Posted By bikinibottom
I would buy the pH argument if the behavior of...

I would buy the pH argument if the behavior of the other fish had changed, but it hasn't. And I would buy the temperature argument if the temperature had changed, but it has been consistently at 76...
Forum: Fish 03-06-2013, 05:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 778
Posted By bikinibottom
Lethargic False Jullii Cory Cat

I have a 40-gal that has been set up for about 3.5 months. Inhabitants: 2 gouramis, 13 tetras, 5 guppies, 3 false julii cory cats and 5 amano shrimp. The cories have always been really active,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-06-2013, 12:31 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,546
Posted By bikinibottom
Let's break down all this outrage. An "abusive...

Let's break down all this outrage. An "abusive girl" "saved" a goldfish from a too-small tank that was not being properly taken care of (as evidenced supposedly by a proliferation of algae and the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-01-2013, 11:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 407
Posted By bikinibottom
I know everyone hates the T word, but have you...

I know everyone hates the T word, but have you tested your phosphates to see where they're at?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-14-2013, 10:43 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,945
Posted By bikinibottom
In my experience, titles are not what garner the...

In my experience, titles are not what garner the respect of others.
Forum: Fish 02-11-2013, 10:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 532
Posted By bikinibottom
I'll try to get a photo this evening -- I'm...

I'll try to get a photo this evening -- I'm leaving the house this morning before the tank lights come on.

I hope he doesn't die. :icon_sad: I have a feeling that he was being harassed, though,...
Forum: Fish 02-10-2013, 03:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 532
Posted By bikinibottom
Shredded Guppy Tail

My male guppy has a shredded tail and crooked back. He swims but it looks like a struggle. He is kept in a 40-gal with 2 pearl gouramis, 3 female guppies, 3 julii cories, a dozen cardinal tetras and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-07-2013, 10:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 654
Posted By bikinibottom
I've been planning an experiment that maybe you...

I've been planning an experiment that maybe you might want to try. In Diana Walstad's book she talks about a "siesta" lighting regimen on low-tech tanks. Basically she turns the light on for 4 hours,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-04-2013, 06:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,004
Posted By bikinibottom
Ha, you noticed the armchair psychology, too?!...

Ha, you noticed the armchair psychology, too?! :icon_roll
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-04-2013, 11:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,004
Posted By bikinibottom
I've seen a lot of people on here who go without...

I've seen a lot of people on here who go without CO2, filterless, and without water changes for months on end and they have awesome tanks. You'd probably have to adjust the type of plants you use,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-03-2013, 11:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,004
Posted By bikinibottom
You're in the DC area? If so, we have more than...

You're in the DC area? If so, we have more than just Petco and Petsmart here. There's Tropical Lagoon in Silver Spring, House of Tropicals in Timonium, Congressional Aquarium in Rockville, etc.
...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 02-02-2013, 06:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 240
Posted By bikinibottom
Flourish Phosphorus -- Seachem Packaging?

Are these the same products?

http://www.amazon.com/Flourish-Phosphorus-100-3-4-fl/dp/B0006JLX56/ref=sr_1_5?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1359834135&sr=1-5&keywords=Flourish+Phosphorus
...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-31-2013, 02:01 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,328
Posted By bikinibottom
I've always waited for 24 hours on my tanks. For...

I've always waited for 24 hours on my tanks. For example, I'm cycling a 20-gal right now, and when I wake up in the morning I test to see where the ammonia and nitrite is at. Then I dose ammonia....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-30-2013, 06:33 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 14,699
Posted By bikinibottom
Yes, I was worried about the wheels. But even...

Yes, I was worried about the wheels. But even with 160 pounds of water and 50 pounds of live rock, it didn't so much as jiggle. My initial test for it was to stand on it -- I'm only 112 pounds, but I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-30-2013, 02:03 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 14,699
Posted By bikinibottom
Believe it or not I used this IKEA stand for a...

Believe it or not I used this IKEA stand for a 25-gallon tank for 5-6 years with no problems....

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70011793/
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-30-2013, 11:31 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 14,699
Posted By bikinibottom
IKEA does have a website.

IKEA does have a website.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-28-2013, 07:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 833
Posted By bikinibottom
I always found that if your salt levels aren't...

I always found that if your salt levels aren't wildly out of whack, and you have argonite/calcium carbonate sand and rock, and as long as you're not adding a bunch of chemicals and stuff to the tank...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-28-2013, 05:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 833
Posted By bikinibottom
Test the salinity and see where you're at. He...

Test the salinity and see where you're at. He could get lucky and be fairly close to where he wants to be in terms of specific gravity. Then you don't have to worry as much -- just do a handful of...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-28-2013, 03:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 833
Posted By bikinibottom
Yes, for coral it's preferred to have a higher...

Yes, for coral it's preferred to have a higher salinity than lower, but if you keep both coral and fish, you may want to go a little lower. There's really no hard and fast rule. Consistency is best....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-28-2013, 12:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 833
Posted By bikinibottom
You say you want to get water parameters in check...

You say you want to get water parameters in check -- what are they?

Just about any salt tank should be:

Salinity: ~1.023
pH: ~8.1-8.3
Nitrates/Phosphates: 0
Temp: 80-83 degrees F
...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-25-2013, 06:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 447
Posted By bikinibottom
If you didn't take out the wood chips from the...

If you didn't take out the wood chips from the miraclegro, that's prolly what's causing the brown coloring. One way you can know for sure is to set up two glass cups with tank water in each. Then put...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-24-2013, 07:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,427
Posted By bikinibottom
I asked this very question of the distributor of...

I asked this very question of the distributor of my fixture, who contacted the manufacturer, who said "don't do it". They said it would either burn the bulb out really quickly or would burn it out...
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