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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   06-30-2013, 11:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,581
Posted By stlouisan
I'd put it towards the output end, as some check...

I'd put it towards the output end, as some check valves can be weak and tank water could creep up the line during times where the yeast mixture is winding down. It just makes it that much easier for...
Forum: Plants   06-13-2013, 05:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 380
Posted By stlouisan
would you leave the old rooted stems in or do you...

would you leave the old rooted stems in or do you eventually take them out to make room for the new stem cuttings as they grow?

these things are taking off, and eventually they'll overtake the...
Forum: Plants   06-13-2013, 12:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 380
Posted By stlouisan
Pruning/planting tops of plants

I have a silly question. After topping off plants and planting the tops, at what point do you say, "Ok, the bottoms are getting old and time to remove them." I often feel reluctant to remove the...
Forum: Algae   06-12-2013, 10:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 576
Posted By stlouisan
+1 happi And is there is any direct sunlight...

+1 happi

And is there is any direct sunlight in the room to shade it from hitting directly on the tank
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   06-12-2013, 09:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,980
Posted By stlouisan
I remember the leftover muratic acid I had used...

I remember the leftover muratic acid I had used when I bred discus also ate into concrete in my driveway. It's a good safety procedure to use gloves and eye protection when using strong acids and...
Forum: Aquascaping   06-12-2013, 08:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 548
Posted By stlouisan
If it's waterlogged driftwood I would soak...

If it's waterlogged driftwood I would soak it(I've heard of bleach, salt, h2o2 soaking) since you never know what has burrowed into the nooks and crannies. I would soak it in clean fresh water for...
Forum: Aquascaping   06-12-2013, 08:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 552
Posted By stlouisan
I think you scored big on the wood! If you...

I think you scored big on the wood! If you sandblast it really well you're only removing the charred layers of bark anyways, right? I don't see any issues there.
Forum: Aquascaping   06-12-2013, 08:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 921
Posted By stlouisan
I like that big piece of wood there, it's almost...

I like that big piece of wood there, it's almost asking for some plant to be tied to it like some epiphytes. Your drawing looks like a great plan.
Forum: Aquascaping   06-12-2013, 08:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 514
Posted By stlouisan
+1 jonny Love the right side as it is. I...

+1 jonny

Love the right side as it is. I think rotating the left side on its vertical axis 90-120degrees clockwise would orient the wood to simulate as if it were a part of the right side's "root...
Forum: Fish   06-12-2013, 04:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 741
Posted By stlouisan
Best schooling fish I've had. And I agree, the...

Best schooling fish I've had. And I agree, the more the better, not only for the social aspect but also that schooling effect when they all follow as a school. It sounds like they'll be happy in...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   06-12-2013, 04:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 791
Posted By stlouisan
Hahahaha! :hihi:

Hahahaha! :hihi:
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   06-12-2013, 04:16 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,005
Posted By stlouisan
I love the bucket brigade! Not really. I moved...

I love the bucket brigade! Not really. I moved into a new condo that have these modern faucets that I can't attach my python for filling my tank. So like many of you, I siphon into a 5g bucket,...
Forum: Lighting   06-12-2013, 04:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 633
Posted By stlouisan
I would guess your situation would be like...

I would guess your situation would be like steve001, where you'd only need artificial light as needed on dark, gloomy days. You'll be getting plenty of natural daylight, and possibly even direct...
Forum: Plants   06-09-2013, 06:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 563
Posted By stlouisan
Moving slowly is a good idea. I had read earlier...

Moving slowly is a good idea. I had read earlier today that crypts are sensitive to change and replanting.
Forum: Plants   06-09-2013, 06:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 361
Posted By stlouisan
It's like a paludarium or riparium setup, I...

It's like a paludarium or riparium setup, I think it's a great concept!
Forum: Substrate   06-09-2013, 06:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,456
Posted By stlouisan
How often do you guys rinse off your filter media...

How often do you guys rinse off your filter media if you're not vacuuming the detritus? I find that at feeding time the fish stir up the detritus and it floats all over the tank in the current,...
Forum: Equipment   06-09-2013, 06:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,403
Posted By stlouisan
I've seen on you tube a DIY vacuum that is driven...

I've seen on you tube a DIY vacuum that is driven by an air pump. The bubbles drive up the water into a narrow tube and a mesh sac catches the water and poop at the top.

Since power/speed is...
Forum: Algae   06-09-2013, 06:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,571
Posted By stlouisan
Thank you picturebigger for bringing up something...

Thank you picturebigger for bringing up something I've been trying to understand for the longest time! :thumbsup:

I've been bashing my head around my lighting situation thinking its the limiting...
Forum: Plants   06-08-2013, 03:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 753
Posted By stlouisan
I think puopg may have hit the nail on the head

I think puopg may have hit the nail on the head
Forum: Plants   06-08-2013, 03:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 505
Posted By stlouisan
+1 on the Pleco. Iirc deficiencies start from the...

+1 on the Pleco. Iirc deficiencies start from the edge into the leaves.
Forum: Fish   06-02-2013, 03:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 500
Posted By stlouisan
They seem to be interacting fine. It's possible...

They seem to be interacting fine. It's possible the lighting could be so bright they are stressed from being spooked so much by it. Some more plant growth or shade might do the trick.
Forum: DIY   05-29-2013, 01:02 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 21,128
Posted By stlouisan
HA I knew other people would do this! I had...

HA I knew other people would do this! I had thought about grape wine diy cco2 before but figure it wouldn't be much good to drink. I did, however try my hand at making rice wine, and it came out...
Forum: DIY   05-26-2013, 03:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 835
Posted By stlouisan
I only wish they showed how to build it, it's a...

I only wish they showed how to build it, it's a great concept!
Forum: DIY   05-26-2013, 05:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 835
Posted By stlouisan
Found it. Is this what you were looking for? ...

Found it. Is this what you were looking for?

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=Z_pP2_L_lzI&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DZ_pP2_L_lzI]
Forum: DIY   05-26-2013, 05:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 835
Posted By stlouisan
I remember seeing a vid on YouTube. The fixture...

I remember seeing a vid on YouTube. The fixture was made from white vinyl gutter troughs and PVC pipes that made the fixture fold on top of itself. It was quite neat. Not sure how I found it. I'll...
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