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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Today, 03:49 PM
Replies: 12
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Posted By Diana
Food that is high in protein has the most...

Food that is high in protein has the most nitrogen.
But fish need these foods, so do not go to a low protein food. Just feed less (as already discussed above)

If you are using a fish-based algae...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions Today, 03:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 596
Posted By Diana
This is what the PetCo membership card is good...

This is what the PetCo membership card is good for. I dedicated it to algae scraper when I realized I never want to shop there. It has since fallen apart and is long gone.
Forum: Fish Today, 03:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 397
Posted By Diana
An underweight fish can hollow out just behind...

An underweight fish can hollow out just behind their head, about where their neck would be, if fish had necks. This is commonly seen in Loaches with Skinny Disease (A combination of parasites and...
Forum: Fish Today, 03:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 223
Posted By Diana
pH is not a stand alone value. The minerals and...

pH is not a stand alone value. The minerals and salts in the water control the pH.
If you have high carbonates (KH) then the pH will almost always be high, and difficult to change. If you have low...
Forum: Fish Today, 03:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 138
Posted By Diana
When fish die within 24 hours I often wonder if...

When fish die within 24 hours I often wonder if it is something to do with the purchase procedure, or something they brought with them from the store or wholesaler.

The low to no ammonia, nitrite...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates Today, 06:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 122
Posted By Diana
I would stick with the very smallest fish like...

I would stick with the very smallest fish like dwarf Rasboras, CPD, and similar. Any larger and the baby shrimp will get eaten.

With ANY fish in the tank make sure the planting is fine enough and...
Forum: DIY Today, 06:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 282
Posted By Diana
I like how you handled the background....

I like how you handled the background. Interesting re-use of the countertop material. Nice wood working to hold it in place.
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 11:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 296
Posted By Diana
The fat bodied fish (golds, 'balloon' types) have...

The fat bodied fish (golds, 'balloon' types) have a distorted spine and their internal organs are a bit compromised. Makes them a bit more prone to constipation. Do all you can with diet to prevent...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 11:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 190
Posted By Diana
GBR generally stay somewhat lower in the tank, so...

GBR generally stay somewhat lower in the tank, so might be under the shade of the plants. I do not know if they are there for the lower light or because that is their natural territory. I do not...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 11:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 397
Posted By Diana
I do not consider iceburg lettuce as food. It is...

I do not consider iceburg lettuce as food. It is 'dish debris'. Real lettuce will be rich green, or red and have real vitamins in it. Do not put 'going bad' foods in there for the fish. If it is...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 10:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 399
Posted By Diana
Plants help in 2 ways. They help directly....

Plants help in 2 ways.
They help directly. Plants are part of the bio filter. They remove nitrogen in several forms from the water.

Plants help indirectly. Depending on where they were grown...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 10:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 83
Posted By Diana
You need to leave enough volume so that if the...

You need to leave enough volume so that if the power goes out the amount of water that will drain out of the tank will still fit in the sump.

The sump needs to be the right level to function. If...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 09:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 128
Posted By Diana
A 4' long tank sounds like it has a lot of...

A 4' long tank sounds like it has a lot of territory for a pair of Kribs. I would remove the Apisto, though.
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 08:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 296
Posted By Diana
Not sure about the wen. SBD is often a side...

Not sure about the wen.
SBD is often a side effect of constipation. Sitting on the bottom, and lethargy are certainly signs of constipation. Lack or poop is, too, of course.

I would start by...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 08:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 85
Posted By Diana
Did the 'fluffy stuff' go away? This may have...

Did the 'fluffy stuff' go away? This may have been fungus of some sort, though usually fungi attack tissue that is already compromised with an injury or bacterial infection.

Are his teeth OK?...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 08:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 397
Posted By Diana
I would add some fresh or lightly cooked...

I would add some fresh or lightly cooked vegetables for the BN, especially if they are young. Grazing animals (land or water) ought to have a pretty steady source of food.

If you see snails...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 08:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 399
Posted By Diana
Why not? Great time to! The bacteria do not...

Why not? Great time to!
The bacteria do not care if you are still adjusting the set up. Once they get going on some media just move that media to the new filter and keep on going.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 08:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 120
Posted By Diana
Aquaclear filter replacement sponges work well. ...

Aquaclear filter replacement sponges work well.

Look in the pond department of the big box stores, or the pet store. Pond sponges are probably going to be fairly large, but can be cut down.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates Yesterday, 08:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 325
Posted By Diana
I think they are too closely related. Any...

I think they are too closely related. Any medication that is safe for an aquarium would kill both. I am not sure what the re-entry time is, either. I have heard that some of the meds are very...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 08:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 699
Posted By Diana
Even though the instructions say no water changes...

Even though the instructions say no water changes I would prefer to do small daily water changes (perhaps 10-15%) that emphasize vacuuming the bottom and any other surface Ich might land on to...
Forum: Plants Yesterday, 08:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 126
Posted By Diana
Which Flourish? Most of Seachem's fertilizer line...

Which Flourish? Most of Seachem's fertilizer line is called Flourish.

What are the ingredients in the tablets? Is at least one tablet near enough that the roots of this plant can get those...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 04:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 108
Posted By Diana
The only way to know what will help the tank is...

The only way to know what will help the tank is to try it, and watch the response.

What is the current NO3 reading right before a water change?
If the NO3 from fish food climbs to about 20ppm,...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 04:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 142
Posted By Diana
Seachem Equilibrium will add Ca, Mg, K and a...

Seachem Equilibrium will add Ca, Mg, K and a small amount of a few other minerals.
Do not add more Epsom salt.

Seachem Equilibrium and potassium nitrate add potassium. No need for potassium...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 04:17 PM
Replies: 5
Kh
Views: 148
Posted By Diana
I would go by the fish, rather than the plants. ...

I would go by the fish, rather than the plants.
KH helps to determine the pH. If the pH is in the right range for the fish, then the KH is good. When you add pressurized CO2 the pH can swing about...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 04:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 399
Posted By Diana
1) Running the tank for 20 days is not cycling it...

1) Running the tank for 20 days is not cycling it unless you are adding ammonia. You were just doing a long leak test. Some of the ADA substrates contribute ammonia, and there are other ways of...
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