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Forum: Low Tech Forum   09-20-2016, 05:55 AM
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Posted By Monster Fish
Kinda hard to tell from the pic but the plants...

Kinda hard to tell from the pic but the plants seem to be healthy and growing from what I've seen. Try adding more medium height plants to fill in the other parts of the tank. Maybe more crypts. The...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-20-2016, 05:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 548
Posted By Monster Fish
Looks fine to me. Let them grow out some more.

Looks fine to me. Let them grow out some more.
Forum: Substrate   09-13-2016, 10:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,038
Posted By Monster Fish
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/12-tank-journals...

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/12-tank-journals/745810-xenxess-truvu-90g-compost-terra-preta-dutch-jungle-shrimp-melting-pot.html

He hasn't updated since earlier this year.
Forum: Substrate   09-11-2016, 09:52 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,656
Posted By Monster Fish
The black diamond sand is popular because it's...

The black diamond sand is popular because it's cheap ($8 for a 50lb bag) and it's a dark colored, inert, sand-like substrate. Not sure where you read that it released nutrients.

The presoak works...
Forum: Substrate   09-11-2016, 06:30 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,656
Posted By Monster Fish
Not really. You can use active substrates...

Not really.


You can use active substrates like Aquasoil for larger tanks but the cost is prohibitive for most people. If you can afford paying more than $40 per 9L bag, go for it. Plus you will...
Forum: Substrate   09-10-2016, 09:56 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,656
Posted By Monster Fish
Because of it's angular shape and relatively...

Because of it's angular shape and relatively uniform size, it doesn't compact over time. It will eventually collect mulm but that's true with all the commonly available plant substrates. The mulm can...
Forum: Substrate   09-09-2016, 03:47 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,656
Posted By Monster Fish
Black diamond/beauty blasting sand. I keep my...

Black diamond/beauty blasting sand. I keep my kuhli loaches on it with no barbel issues.
Forum: Substrate   09-07-2016, 06:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 133
Posted By Monster Fish
https://amzn.com/B0063ZDIKA Potash ...

https://amzn.com/B0063ZDIKA
Potash

https://amzn.com/B005FTN3U0
Dolomite

I didn't order from Amazon but I got both of these locally.
Forum: Fish   08-23-2016, 10:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 195
Posted By Monster Fish
You need to change the water more often if you're...

You need to change the water more often if you're planning on using the pot scrubber/sponge method and not feed so often. I usually feed some fish flakes to my grindals only twice a week and I wait...
Forum: Plants   08-15-2016, 07:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 189
Posted By Monster Fish
Most of the commonly available Cryptocorynes...

Most of the commonly available Cryptocorynes would do quite well in a subtropical tank with current.
Forum: Substrate   08-14-2016, 08:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 364
Posted By Monster Fish
You don't need that much dolomite (crystalline...

You don't need that much dolomite (crystalline grains) if you're using it with dirt, especially if your water is already hard. I used 3 Tbsp for my 20g tank I setup a year ago with mineralized...
Forum: Substrate   08-12-2016, 10:37 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,481
Posted By Monster Fish
Either one is fine to use. I prefer Eco Complete...

Either one is fine to use. I prefer Eco Complete because it's darker and doesn't cloud up your water if you dump it straight from the bag. However, black diamond/beauty blasting sand is cheaper than...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   08-02-2016, 05:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 640
Posted By Monster Fish
They leave my moss, Cryptocorynes, and floaters...

They leave my moss, Cryptocorynes, and floaters alone.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   08-02-2016, 02:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 640
Posted By Monster Fish
There's a few different dwarf cray species...

There's a few different dwarf cray species available that stay smaller than CPOs. Cambarellus diminutus and C. texanus both stay smaller than CPOs and come in a wider variety of colors. I personally...
Forum: Fish   07-22-2016, 08:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 218
Posted By Monster Fish
Metro and praziquantel you can get at your local...

Metro and praziquantel you can get at your local fish store or Amazon.

https://amzn.com/B007R5M89C

https://amzn.com/B004LOBGYA

Metronidazole medicated food you can make yourself or buy from...
Forum: Fish   07-21-2016, 03:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 218
Posted By Monster Fish
Metronidazole in medicated food and praziquantel...

Metronidazole in medicated food and praziquantel are the anti-parasitic meds I use during quarantine. Levamisole is useful if there's a threat of callamanus worms infecting your new fish.

My...
Forum: Substrate   06-25-2016, 07:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 279
Posted By Monster Fish
You could probably use the bonemeal and bat guano...

You could probably use the bonemeal and bat guano for an extra source of nitrogen and phosphate. However they should be used sparingly, especially if you're using dirt that's already rich in...
Forum: Substrate   06-19-2016, 03:22 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,484
Posted By Monster Fish
I think you overreacted a bit. The initial...

I think you overreacted a bit. The initial ammonia spike is normal depending on how much partially decayed organics are in the soil or potting mix you're using. If anything, you could of just kept on...
Forum: Plants   05-25-2016, 06:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 545
Posted By Monster Fish
Ceratopteris thalictroides does pretty well for...

Ceratopteris thalictroides does pretty well for me floating in front of my Aquaclear 70's and 110.
Forum: Plants   04-28-2016, 06:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 546
Posted By Monster Fish
Yes. You can either cut them while they're in the...

Yes. You can either cut them while they're in the substrate with a sharp knife or scalpel or use a pair of scissors and cut the exposed roots as you slowly pull up the plant from the substrate.
Forum: Plants   04-13-2016, 06:13 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 965
Posted By Monster Fish
I wish I had your problem. It fragments easily...

I wish I had your problem. It fragments easily and gets everywhere in my tanks.
Forum: Plants   04-13-2016, 06:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 455
Posted By Monster Fish
Look for Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia, C. pygmaea,...

Look for Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia, C. pygmaea, and C. usteriana.

This can also be of some help in finding some plants native to the Philippines: All Aquatic Plants - Flowgrow Aquatic Plant...
Forum: Fish   04-09-2016, 05:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,319
Posted By Monster Fish
Probably put a group of about six or seven...

Probably put a group of about six or seven Erpetoichthys calabaricus and have them swim around through the vals like snakes.
Forum: Plants   04-07-2016, 04:29 AM
Replies: 762
Views: 83,711
Posted By Monster Fish
I clip the oldest leaves. Usually they're the...

I clip the oldest leaves. Usually they're the ones furthest away from the growth point.
Forum: Plants   04-02-2016, 11:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 425
Posted By Monster Fish
Hygrophila sp. 'Brown'

Hygrophila sp. 'Brown'
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