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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Today, 12:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 89
Posted By Diana
I would sure think it would grow to handle the...

I would sure think it would grow to handle the ammonia as well as the fish waste. It probably does. Perhaps you are testing too soon after a water change, before the bacteria has processed the...
Forum: Low Tech Forum Yesterday, 05:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 350
Posted By Diana
Bubbles that break and go away and do not...

Bubbles that break and go away and do not accumulate are common with heavy agitation.
Bubbles that linger, or show up with just minor agitation may have some protein or ammonia component.

Test...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 05:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 94
Posted By Diana
Cull them. Do not breed that particular male...

Cull them.
Do not breed that particular male and female to each other.
Swap out with different partners and watch for more deformities. If you can trace the problem to either the male or female,...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 05:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 65
Posted By Diana
Stick with all long fins or all short fins. Do...

Stick with all long fins or all short fins. Do not mix that way.
Mixing species or colors is OK if their requirements (temperature, GH etc.) are compatible.

Long fin fish are slower swimming...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 05:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 487
Posted By Diana
I am dosing just the Seachem daily dose using...

I am dosing just the Seachem daily dose using glut according to my calculations on page 1, but sometimes dose it twice in one day, and the fish do not seem to mind. I would not go over that much,...
Forum: Substrate Yesterday, 05:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 134
Posted By Diana
I think sharing plants and media with the...

I think sharing plants and media with the established tank will bring in macro organisms as well as micros. The macros might start off as eggs or very small babies that are almost impossible to see....
Forum: Substrate Yesterday, 05:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 88
Posted By Diana
If you have a high quality cat litter you can use...

If you have a high quality cat litter you can use any % you want. I prefer the color of Safe-T-Sorb, it is a soft tan and grey blend. Looks more natural in the tank, and the color looks better mixed...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 04:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 187
Posted By Diana
Brown algae, aka Diatoms might also look like...

Brown algae, aka Diatoms might also look like debris on the leaves.
Otos eat this, and can keep the leaves clean.

Ditto the others: if it really is fish food, then why are not the fish eating...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 04:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 89
Posted By Diana
Tank is cycled for the waste load of the one...

Tank is cycled for the waste load of the one fish.

Your test is showing you the locked up ammonia from the constant water changes.

When you want to add more fish you will have to add more...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 04:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 133
Posted By Diana
If you hold the intake really close to the floor...

If you hold the intake really close to the floor of the bare bottom tank it will pick up better. They will even suction themselves to the floor of the tank. Easy to remove, just annoying.

I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 04:48 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 610
Posted By Diana
YES!!!! Thanks for the link to the...

YES!!!!

Thanks for the link to the hose-to-bucket clips!

And that PVC siphon (several linked):
If you do not glue the fittings that are inside the tank, then the whole thing is adjustable, or...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 12:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 115
Posted By Diana
Schuberti Barb? I have had very territorial 3...

Schuberti Barb?
I have had very territorial 3 spot Gourami, but if yours is OK with other species that pretty much stay lower in the tank, then it could work.
Most barbs are willing to taste the...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 12:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 154
Posted By Diana
No, do not go with 2 Gouramis. They are...

No, do not go with 2 Gouramis. They are aggressive and territorial, and will usually fight.
Female Dwarf Gouramis are almost never available. They might be OK, if you could find them.

One Dwarf...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 12:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 165
Posted By Diana
Angels are capable of eating fish up to the size...

Angels are capable of eating fish up to the size of adult Neon Tetras.
If you want the red coloring, I would go with somewhat larger fish, perhaps bleeding hearts or Red Phantoms. Not Serpaes, they...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 12:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 216
Posted By Diana
Well, I can suggest how to prevent this in the...

Well, I can suggest how to prevent this in the future:
Check the parameters of the water in the bag (from the fish store) and make your quarantine tank match those parameters.
In order of...
Forum: Substrate Yesterday, 12:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 126
Posted By Diana
I scattered Osmocote on the floor of the tank...

I scattered Osmocote on the floor of the tank before adding the substrate so that I knew it would be out of the water column. No gel caps.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 12:14 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 97
Posted By Diana
Rams are almost always bottom fish, or at least...

Rams are almost always bottom fish, or at least the lower half of the tank.
They may investigate all over, but they usually make the center of their territory a flat rock in the bottom of the tank....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 12:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 114
Posted By Diana
A 10 is much lighter even when filled with water,...

A 10 is much lighter even when filled with water, so the silicone is much less stressed. Ought to hold up a long time.

I have tanks that are about that old, 10-20 gallons, and they are fine.
...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-01-2014, 10:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 376
Posted By Diana
So, hide the buckets!

So, hide the buckets!
Forum: Substrate 09-01-2014, 10:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 406
Posted By Diana
Sounds to me like you are mixing up GH and KH. ...

Sounds to me like you are mixing up GH and KH.

STS and related materials remove CARBONATE and BICARBONATE from the water.
Add CARBONATE or BICARBONATE to counter this. Sodium bicarbonate,...
Forum: Substrate 09-01-2014, 10:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 269
Posted By Diana
This is a sort of long, complex answer. I cannot...

This is a sort of long, complex answer. I cannot analyze all the soils possible to add to aquariums. It is up to you to learn all you can about the materials available to you, and what each component...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-01-2014, 08:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 200
Posted By Diana
Aggression between fish and no place to run or...

Aggression between fish and no place to run or hide is one reason that even peaceful fish will jump out.
Poor water conditions is another.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-01-2014, 08:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 610
Posted By Diana
Not quite understanding the pump problem. ...

Not quite understanding the pump problem.

1) Pump in tank, long tube going into waste bucket.
Tank is emptied to whatever amount of water change you want to do, limited only by not running the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-01-2014, 08:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 234
Posted By Diana
I am still confused about what you did. It...

I am still confused about what you did.
It sounds like you have not been feeding the bacteria, all you have been doing for 2.5 weeks is a leak test. This can be complete in 24 hours.

To grow...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 09-01-2014, 08:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 487
Posted By Diana
Does this mean you are using glut AND liquid...

Does this mean you are using glut AND liquid carbon?

Liquid carbon IS glut- you are overdosing.

Per Seachem site:
Loading dose of Excel (1.5% active ingredient) is 5ml / 10 gallons, but only...
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