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Forum: Fish   08-04-2014, 07:48 AM
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Dead/Missing Glasscats

So I had 11 glass cats among a 20 other different fish. All in a community tank - all are passive and have lived with each other for at least a month. The glass cats have been fine for the last 3-4...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   07-17-2014, 06:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 461
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Dead Amanos

Two dead amanos found this evening. Not sure what happened...

I've been dosing ferts via EI method. Been doing this for three weeks and haven't had an issue.

I do CO2 injection - it's pretty...
Forum: Plants   07-11-2014, 08:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 720
Posted By AquaticLeisure
Also if you were able to maintain hc without co2...

Also if you were able to maintain hc without co2 and without algae, would you classify your light as low or medium?


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Forum: Plants   07-11-2014, 08:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 720
Posted By AquaticLeisure
That's reassuring! What do you mean by "barely...

That's reassuring! What do you mean by "barely fertilizing" exactly?

I want to eventually keep CRS in there so scared to use any ferts... perhaps a low dose of macros might be ok?


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Forum: Equipment   07-11-2014, 02:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 616
Posted By AquaticLeisure
I'm assuming when I unscrew the existing GLA...

I'm assuming when I unscrew the existing GLA needle valve/bubble counter from the solenoid (to attach the T), I'll have to scratch off any existing teflon tape / compound and re-apply teflon tape to...
Forum: Equipment   07-10-2014, 11:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 436
Posted By AquaticLeisure
Makes sense. Need beneficial bacteria somewhere!...

Makes sense. Need beneficial bacteria somewhere! Also, when cleaning the filter, I'm planning to wash the media in a bucket of aquarium water to preserve as much of the BB as possible. Thanks again!...
Forum: Equipment   07-10-2014, 10:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 436
Posted By AquaticLeisure
Another question: Given that the tank will...

Another question:
Given that the tank will eventually only have one filter, are there any risks involved when I shut off the filter to clean it? I'm assuming an established heavily planted tank...
Forum: Plants   07-10-2014, 10:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 720
Posted By AquaticLeisure
Thanks for the link! Interesting... from what I...

Thanks for the link! Interesting... from what I read:

-You CAN grow HC with just dirt + lights.
-However, the color of the HC eventually turned from green to yellow.

Hrm..... maybe when my...
Forum: Tank Journals   07-10-2014, 10:17 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 21,171
Posted By AquaticLeisure
What do you think caused the algae infestation?...

What do you think caused the algae infestation? Lack of CO2?

If so, I'm curious why the algae infestation didn't happen earlier before you started the DIY CO2.
Forum: Equipment   07-10-2014, 08:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 616
Posted By AquaticLeisure
I'm doing some more research on this. In...

I'm doing some more research on this. In addition, I'm assuming I would also need:

Brass 1/8 NPT Elbow
Another Needle Valve
Another Bubble Counter (optional)

Another question:
Can I just use...
Forum: Plants   07-10-2014, 08:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 720
Posted By AquaticLeisure
HC with NO CO2

I'm currently dry starting a HC carpet in a 10 gallon ADA tank. It's starting to carpet nicely and should be finished in a couple weeks.

My question:

Once the carpet is already fully...
Forum: Equipment   07-10-2014, 08:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 436
Posted By AquaticLeisure
Thanks for the feedback folks! I'll stagger the...

Thanks for the feedback folks! I'll stagger the removal of filters. Very helpful.


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Forum: Equipment   07-10-2014, 06:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 436
Posted By AquaticLeisure
Single Eheim 2217 Enough for 30 Gal?

Currently I have an overstocked 30 gallon. I have:

11x glass cats
5x black tetras
5x otos
5x amano shrimp
10x cardinal tetras
1x panda gora
3x honey gouramis
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   06-23-2014, 01:16 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 314
Posted By AquaticLeisure
Gnats infestation in HC Dry Start

I'm about a month into a HC dry start. I noticed some bugs earlier, but didn't mind them given that I assumed they were the kind that just ate fungus and required to be in the moist environment to...
Forum: Lighting   06-22-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 502
Posted By AquaticLeisure
So hc + crs is impossible? Sent from my...

So hc + crs is impossible?


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Forum: Lighting   06-22-2014, 08:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 502
Posted By AquaticLeisure
It'll be grown out via dry start. So I'm waiting...

It'll be grown out via dry start. So I'm waiting several months before I fill it. It will have already grown out horizontally. It's okay if it doesn't continue to spread as it will already be "full"....
Forum: Lighting   06-22-2014, 08:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 502
Posted By AquaticLeisure
Also, is there any 18" lights out there that...

Also, is there any 18" lights out there that offers the flexibility of intensity of the light? That way, I can set it on a "low light" setting for when my aquarium is setup - but have the ability to...
Forum: Lighting   06-22-2014, 08:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 502
Posted By AquaticLeisure
I said I was avoiding CO2 + ferts. I'm dry...

I said I was avoiding CO2 + ferts. I'm dry starting the HC, so it will be already carpeted by the time it is filled. If that wasn't clear, let me rephrase the question:

Will a HC carpet stay alive...
Forum: Lighting   06-22-2014, 05:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 502
Posted By AquaticLeisure
HC Drystart + Low Tech Tank + What Light?

So I'm in the process of carpeting HC via dry start in a 10 gallon ADA tank.

Once it's fully carpeted, I will fill it with water. Right now I am using a 36" finnex ray2 - which is oversized for...
Forum: Fish   06-18-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 914
Posted By AquaticLeisure
Ok I've read that the males turn that color...

Ok I've read that the males turn that color before building a bubble nest. Phew! That was scary...

http://www.fishforums.net/index.php?/topic/353531-honey-gourami-turning-black/
Forum: Fish   06-18-2014, 06:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 914
Posted By AquaticLeisure
Oops - yeah you're right. Thanks!

Oops - yeah you're right. Thanks!
Forum: Fish   06-18-2014, 01:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 914
Posted By AquaticLeisure
The gourami in question is always near the top of...

The gourami in question is always near the top of tank. I read these specific types of gouramis are in oxygen deficient waters, so they are surface breathers (and hang out in top). It's definitely...
Forum: Fish   06-18-2014, 07:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 914
Posted By AquaticLeisure
Water parameters are pristine - 0...

Water parameters are pristine - 0 ammonia/nitrites/nitrates. I've tested/retested - shaken the nitrate #2 bottle quite a bit, so I know it's accurate. It's a high tech aquarium (CO2 injection / high...
Forum: Fish   06-18-2014, 07:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 914
Posted By AquaticLeisure
Black discoloration on Golden Gourami!

I purchased three golden gourami about a week ago. Severl days ago, I noticed a little black streak on the bottom of it. I didn't think much of it. Now it's spread - so something definitely is wrong!...
Forum: Aquascaping   06-18-2014, 12:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 938
Posted By AquaticLeisure
Okay - that's the Miracle Gro I purchased. When I...

Okay - that's the Miracle Gro I purchased. When I mist, I only use like a very tiny bit of the spray bottle (also diluted according to instructions). I should only do that once a week? And on the...
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