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Forum: Substrate Yesterday, 04:03 AM
Replies: 5
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Posted By Monster Fish
It's fine for kuhlis and cories. Barbell erosion...

It's fine for kuhlis and cories. Barbell erosion is usually caused by dirty water and and too much decaying matter on top of the substrate.
Forum: Substrate 11-26-2014, 12:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 125
Posted By Monster Fish
Macros in the forms of inorganic salts will...

Macros in the forms of inorganic salts will readily dissolve into the water. I wouldn't use them in the substrate unless you want to charge Turface/SMS with nutrients and that involves soaking it...
Forum: Plants 11-23-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 244
Posted By Monster Fish
Lighting might also be another variable. Wendtii,...

Lighting might also be another variable. Wendtii, undulata, and the x willisii complex are more tolerant of shaded conditions. Maybe the longer leafed crypts need higher light since they are found is...
Forum: Substrate 11-22-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 151
Posted By Monster Fish
I use medium grade.

I use medium grade.
Forum: Plants 11-22-2014, 09:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 244
Posted By Monster Fish
I should have been more specific. I meant...

I should have been more specific. I meant competition with the root systems. In my tank, there's a diameter of about six inches around my apongetifolia where other crypts either melt away or stay...
Forum: Plants 11-22-2014, 03:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 244
Posted By Monster Fish
Your water should be fine for C. aponogetifolia...

Your water should be fine for C. aponogetifolia if you can grow C. usteriana. Maybe too much interspecies competition?
Forum: Substrate 11-21-2014, 09:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 162
Posted By Monster Fish
Black beauty/diamond blasting sand with root tabs.

Black beauty/diamond blasting sand with root tabs.
Forum: Plants 11-21-2014, 09:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 244
Posted By Monster Fish
No pics since it never grew for me because my...

No pics since it never grew for me because my water was too soft. I do have the similar C. aponogetifolia though.
Forum: Plants 11-21-2014, 05:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 225
Posted By Monster Fish
Looks like bronzing. Normal when your plants are...

Looks like bronzing. Normal when your plants are healthy in higher light levels.
Forum: Plants 11-21-2014, 05:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 244
Posted By Monster Fish
Normal. The one I picked up from a lfs had 2ft...

Normal. The one I picked up from a lfs had 2ft long leaves that were 2 inches wide.
Forum: Substrate 11-20-2014, 10:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 521
Posted By Monster Fish
You cap the dirt. You can use fine gravel or...

You cap the dirt. You can use fine gravel or coarse sand. Nothing too fine nor too large.



Cap first, slowly fill up water about a third to half way up, plant, then fill the rest of the tank.
Forum: Algae 11-20-2014, 07:27 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 657
Posted By Monster Fish
I believe a combination of factors causes...

I believe a combination of factors causes cyanobacteria to appear in your tank. Low levels of dissolved oxygen, high levels of dissolved organics, low macro nutrient levels, poor plant growth, and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-20-2014, 06:01 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 963
Posted By Monster Fish
Kens is good but there's a ton of stuff that's...

Kens is good but there's a ton of stuff that's only available on Drs Foster & Smith. It's a shame.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 11-19-2014, 10:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 209
Posted By Monster Fish
Do some water changes to bring the nitrates down...

Do some water changes to bring the nitrates down and stop dosing temporarily. Eventually, you can start dosing everything other than nitrate like Solcielo suggested. Watch the plants to see how...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 11-19-2014, 04:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 209
Posted By Monster Fish
20 might be a lot depending on the footprint of...

20 might be a lot depending on the footprint of your tank and your plant density. Though there's some variables that need to be listed. What plants do you have in your tank? Are you injecting CO2?...
Forum: Fish 11-19-2014, 04:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 141
Posted By Monster Fish
Fish? Tank parameters?

Fish? Tank parameters?
Forum: Fish 11-18-2014, 07:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 184
Posted By Monster Fish
I've been keeping a small culture of blackworms...

I've been keeping a small culture of blackworms alive at room temp in a plastic critter keeper. The trick is to use a small sponge filter and some floaters to keep the ammonia down. So far I've...
Forum: Substrate 11-17-2014, 09:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 403
Posted By Monster Fish
Pool filter sand and root tabs would be easier....

Pool filter sand and root tabs would be easier. You wouldn't have to deal with the initial water softening.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-16-2014, 10:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 476
Posted By Monster Fish
Add some Cryptocorynes. C. wendtii is a good...

Add some Cryptocorynes. C. wendtii is a good choice.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-16-2014, 09:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 476
Posted By Monster Fish
How deep is that slope? If you have heavily...

How deep is that slope? If you have heavily rooting plants in that spot, I wouldn't be too worried.
Forum: Substrate 11-16-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 521
Posted By Monster Fish
Test for nitrites as well.

Test for nitrites as well.
Forum: Substrate 11-16-2014, 05:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 372
Posted By Monster Fish
Nope. The iron isn't bioavailabe to the plants...

Nope. The iron isn't bioavailabe to the plants since it's in iron oxide form. You either need a chelator or some decomposing organic material (peat, dirt, etc) to help acidify the clay to make it...
Forum: Substrate 11-16-2014, 04:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 372
Posted By Monster Fish
They look healthy. Let them grow closer to the...

They look healthy. Let them grow closer to the lights and they should color up some more. Or you can replace them with plants that are easier to turn red such as Ludwigia sp. red.
Forum: Substrate 11-15-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 521
Posted By Monster Fish
You don't need to mineralize it. The plants and...

You don't need to mineralize it. The plants and microbes in the soil will do that for you over time. Just dump it straight from the bag into the tank and cap it. Organic potting mixes are preferred...
Forum: Substrate 11-15-2014, 08:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 293
Posted By Monster Fish
See if you can locate a place that sells black...

See if you can locate a place that sells black diamond/beauty blasting sand.
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