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Forum: Substrate Yesterday, 11:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 348
Posted By lochaber
One thing I've found helpful is to fill a spray...

One thing I've found helpful is to fill a spray bottle with treated water, and while you are setting up planting, stop every couple minutes and give all the plants, hardscape, and substrate a good...
Forum: DIY 09-28-2014, 07:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 356
Posted By lochaber
If you are setting up a paludarium/vivarium and...

If you are setting up a paludarium/vivarium and it's not specifically for fish, I'd strongly suggest going with feeder guppies.

No clue if this is what you've already tried, or why you had...
Forum: Substrate 09-28-2014, 07:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 622
Posted By lochaber
The dirt provides some nutrients, but so does the...

The dirt provides some nutrients, but so does the fish food you add to the tank pretty much every day. After some time, you may have to provide additional ferts, but twixt the dirt and fish food,...
Forum: Substrate 09-28-2014, 06:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 428
Posted By lochaber
I've set up a couple tanks with straight MGOCPM,...

I've set up a couple tanks with straight MGOCPM, and they seemed to work pretty well.

I'd do at least a 1" cap with sand, but if I were using gravel, I think I'd want at least 2".

If you...
Forum: Substrate 09-28-2014, 06:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 369
Posted By lochaber
I'd also consider either avoiding the laterite,...

I'd also consider either avoiding the laterite, or using a much smaller amount. Walstad describes a tank in her book where laterite combined with dirt led to toxic levels of dissolved iron in a...
Forum: Lighting 09-28-2014, 06:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 138
Posted By lochaber
Huh. I kinda wonder what those are used for, but...

Huh. I kinda wonder what those are used for, but considering the price you mentioned, I imagine it's for some pretty specific reactions.

-also, thanks for mentioning you got it as a donation. ...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 09-28-2014, 06:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 490
Posted By lochaber
I had some vals growing in a ~24" tall tank about...

I had some vals growing in a ~24" tall tank about a year or so ago.
Once they reached the surface, they would keep growing till they sprawled across it. If I was being diligent about tank...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-28-2014, 06:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 278
Posted By lochaber
eh, I rarely use rocks in my tanks, I usually use...

eh, I rarely use rocks in my tanks, I usually use wood for the hardscape.

If I were to use rocks, I'd like use something I that I felt pretty certain about it's mineral composition, or at least...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-28-2014, 06:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 191
Posted By lochaber
Might want to keep any potentially contaminated...

Might want to keep any potentially contaminated plants out in the sun while you quarantine them and carbon filter them.

No clue how accurate or useful it is, but I'm under the impression that a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-28-2014, 06:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 253
Posted By lochaber
I just want to chime in with what oldpunk78 and...

I just want to chime in with what oldpunk78 and klibs said.

With the exception of a few really touchy fish, or sometimes breeding setups, pH and hardness doesn't seem to be quite so important for...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-25-2014, 10:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 278
Posted By lochaber
Pretty much what Diana said. The vinegar...

Pretty much what Diana said.

The vinegar test is used a lot because most people have vinegar lying around, but it's not very reliable.

If you can't scratch the rock with steel, it's probably...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-24-2014, 11:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 365
Posted By lochaber
I can't remember where, but I read/heard...

I can't remember where, but I read/heard someplace that it's a fungus that's eventually displaced/outcompeted by bacteria.

Would explain why it's so common, and eventually 'goes away' on it's own.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-24-2014, 11:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 259
Posted By lochaber
If you can find something that's been soaking in...

If you can find something that's been soaking in water for a while, that's probably good. Otherwise, try to find something that's been well-weathered, repeatedly exposed to rain and sun.

If you...
Forum: Aquascaping 09-24-2014, 11:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 246
Posted By lochaber
I'd probably use an epoxy. Some of the epoxy...

I'd probably use an epoxy. Some of the epoxy putties can even be applied underwater. The sell special reef stuff, but it's pretty expensive, and I think you can use regular-ole hardware store epoxy...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-23-2014, 11:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 431
Posted By lochaber
Climate change is going to wreck the world as we...

Climate change is going to wreck the world as we know it. I'm not sure when, but it's inevitable at this point.

Even if we completely ceased all anthropogenic CO2 emissions right now, CO2 levels...
Forum: DIY 09-23-2014, 12:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 343
Posted By lochaber
I don't know much about pottery/clay, but I...

I don't know much about pottery/clay, but I imagine it could be done. Maybe some of the more experienced art club members could offer you some tips/advice if you explain what you are trying to do.
...
Forum: DIY 09-23-2014, 12:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 356
Posted By lochaber
I think a sump could be really useful for a...

I think a sump could be really useful for a vivarium/paludarium, as it would allow you to keep a constant water level in the tank (the level in the sump changes with evaporation/top-offs).

You...
Forum: DIY 09-23-2014, 12:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 275
Posted By lochaber
I think it's the window and door variety that you...

I think it's the window and door variety that you want (GE Silicone I Window & Door)

I've used it several times, but I always check the label pretty thoroughly whenever I buy one.

As said...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 09-23-2014, 12:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 322
Posted By lochaber
I've been using a small syringe for prime, and...

I've been using a small syringe for prime, and it's been working pretty well for me.

I've also seen some people recommend these little syringe adaptors that push into the neck of the bottle, and...
Forum: Aquascaping 09-22-2014, 11:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 339
Posted By lochaber
Those seiryu stones are a heavily weathered...

Those seiryu stones are a heavily weathered limestone, depending on your water conditions, they may raise hardness and pH.

Aside from that, a lot of people have done really nice tanks with them,...
Forum: Substrate 09-22-2014, 11:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 622
Posted By lochaber
I've used the MGOCPM (the one in the link posted...

I've used the MGOCPM (the one in the link posted by Raymond S.) and been pretty happy with the results.

I wouldn't use the regular MG soil though.
Forum: Substrate 09-22-2014, 11:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 348
Posted By lochaber
I've done a couple tanks with MGOCPM (potting...

I've done a couple tanks with MGOCPM (potting mix, not soil), and agree with pretty much everything flight50 posted.

Except the loss to sifting, I don't think I lost even 1/4 the volume, probably...
Forum: Equipment 09-22-2014, 11:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 224
Posted By lochaber
Building a simple stand is pretty easy. I...

Building a simple stand is pretty easy.

I think the main things are to make sure there is a direct vertical 'stack' of wood to support the weight of the aquarium. aquarium-wood-wood-wood-floor...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-22-2014, 11:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 431
Posted By lochaber
I'm too lazy to look up all the info right now,...

I'm too lazy to look up all the info right now, but off the top of my head, I imagine that using about 1 gallon of gasoline/petrol in your vehicle probably produces more CO2 then what's in your 5 lb...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-22-2014, 11:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 446
Posted By lochaber
You might be able to just gather some soil from...

You might be able to just gather some soil from outside, if you are near an area that you don't think has been heavily polluted or doused with pesticides.

Compost is a sort of low-grade...
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