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Forum: Equipment 06-25-2014, 06:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,163
Posted By OldMike
Just got my Python today. Easiest water change...

Just got my Python today. Easiest water change I've ever done. Don't know why I waited so long to get one. It's gonna save my crippled old back. A must have.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-08-2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 575
Posted By OldMike
I also use a pump to replace water but I've been...

I also use a pump to replace water but I've been carrying the buckets. This is a great idea. I've been thinking of buying a python but was leery of the whole chlorine treatment thing. Thanks.
Forum: Lighting 04-25-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 268
Posted By OldMike
+1 I'm using an old Metaframe SS incandescent...

+1 I'm using an old Metaframe SS incandescent fixture with two CFLs on my planted 10 gal shrimp tank. Working great.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-25-2014, 01:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 456
Posted By OldMike
I tried the Mix Max (externally) and it leaked...

I tried the Mix Max (externally) and it leaked like a seive. Noisy too. germanyt maybe you made the right modifications. I'm not that clever (lazy). Went back to a ceramic diffusoer. Works OK.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-15-2014, 05:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 805
Posted By OldMike
I've used erythromycin at a low dose and it...

I've used erythromycin at a low dose and it worked quickly. Maybe you're overfeeding?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-06-2014, 09:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 329
Posted By OldMike
If there are predatory fish in the tank their...

If there are predatory fish in the tank their numbers should be kept under control because they make tasty treats. I used to net them and drop them in my other tank and they never made it to the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-05-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 329
Posted By OldMike
Looks like a scud to me. Some folks say harmless...

Looks like a scud to me. Some folks say harmless but my experience has been different. I had them in 10 gal. shrimp tank. They multiplied to the point that all I saw swimming in the tank were scuds....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-05-2014, 01:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,095
Posted By OldMike
Lauralee summed it up pretty well. I've had...

Lauralee summed it up pretty well. I've had aquariums since I was a kid. Worked at the local pet shop as a teenager. Went to work for a large freshwater tropical importer after high school and then...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-05-2014, 01:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 279
Posted By OldMike
I had cardinals in with my RCS to try and control...

I had cardinals in with my RCS to try and control a scud infestation (fail) and they became voracious baby shrimp hunters. When I moved them out of the tank it took a while for them to accept dried...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-29-2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 264
Posted By OldMike
He made you look.

He made you look.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-19-2013, 08:51 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 172
Posted By OldMike
Scud/plant/copper question.

Just bought some potted plants from LFS. Replanting after breaking down my 10 gal. shrimp tank because of an infestation of scuds. Isolated the plants in a separate container. My intent was to try to...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 03-05-2013, 12:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 593
Posted By OldMike
I just broke down my 10 gal shrimp tank because...

I just broke down my 10 gal shrimp tank because it was overrun with scuds. THOUSANDS of them. Ate all my moss. Caught them killing newly molted shrimp. That was the last straw. When I kept some...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-05-2013, 12:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,358
Posted By OldMike
Could be scuds.

Could be scuds.
Forum: DIY 03-03-2013, 11:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,494
Posted By OldMike
I agree. Cosmetically it looks great but you need...

I agree. Cosmetically it looks great but you need more supports. I would frame out the base and add verticals to both tank platforms BOLTED on. Screws only worries me. Just my .02.
Forum: Plants 03-02-2013, 10:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 266
Posted By OldMike
Again...thank you.

Again...thank you.
Forum: Plants 03-02-2013, 06:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 266
Posted By OldMike
Thank you. Yes will definetly get pricey. Will...

Thank you. Yes will definetly get pricey. Will have to change products. Is the Plantax easy to use?
Forum: Plants 03-02-2013, 05:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 266
Posted By OldMike
Stupid fert question.

Using this calculator http://calc.petalphile.com/ it says to dose 56 ml of API Leafzone to attain EI for my 30 gal. tank. It says to dose these levels 2-4 times pre week. Here's the stupid question....
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 02-01-2013, 09:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,175
Posted By OldMike
Scud population in my 10 gal shrimp tank has...

Scud population in my 10 gal shrimp tank has expoded. Ate all my moss. I've tried starving them by feeding the shrimp from a platform suspended from the glass tank top. I had three assassin snails in...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-17-2012, 11:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 864
Posted By OldMike
eBay. So far so good. It may crap out eventually...

eBay. So far so good. It may crap out eventually at which time I'll look for something better. But for now it's doing what it's supposed to do.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-16-2012, 12:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 864
Posted By OldMike
CO2 is a big investment I know. Just added...

CO2 is a big investment I know. Just added pressurized CO2 to my 30 long after two years of messing around with low tech yeast generator. Everything has exploded (plant growth.Not the CO2 tank)....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-06-2012, 10:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,177
Posted By OldMike
Msjinkzd, I in no way found your comments...

Msjinkzd, I in no way found your comments negative. I'm a retired guy who kept aquariums when I was younger. Got back into it recently but these are my first planted aquariums and I've never kept...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-06-2012, 02:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,177
Posted By OldMike
Wow I definitely am overfeeding. Not the amount...

Wow I definitely am overfeeding. Not the amount so much as the frequency. Thanks for the advice. I'll cut back .
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-05-2012, 09:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,177
Posted By OldMike
I left him in for several days thinking he may...

I left him in for several days thinking he may have just tucked in. But he kinda flopped out of his shell after a while and the shrimp were tasting him so he was dead no doubt. Never moved again.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-05-2012, 08:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,177
Posted By OldMike
I keep cherry shrimp. Going to try baiting the...

I keep cherry shrimp. Going to try baiting the MTS as suggested. Where would be the best place to look for crushed oyster shell? I know it's used for poultry but finding a feed and grain store in the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-05-2012, 06:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,177
Posted By OldMike
Thank you both for your quick responses.@...

Thank you both for your quick responses.@ Msjnkzd.. Plants are healthy and no algae problems at all. HOWEVER... I am guilty of overfeeding. Want my shrimp happy but I know I over-do it. I'll start...
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