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Forum: Substrate 04-23-2014, 07:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 140
Posted By Paragon
Cichlid tank to planted. Replace or mix substrate?

My 75g cichlid tank is no more and I'm converting it to a planted tank. I have a few options on how to deal with the current substrate, since it's a coarse cichlid gravel in ivory coast...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 11-09-2013, 05:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 292
Posted By Paragon
Dilution of pure metricide?

I have a jug of metricide that I bought from a chemical supply company on Amazon. I'm trying to figure out what amount I can use as an algaecide in the tank without killing everything in the room,...
Forum: Fish 11-08-2013, 10:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 718
Posted By Paragon
I have a 55g planted with a Rena X4 and the...

I have a 55g planted with a Rena X4 and the following list. Yes, weird stock and they're mostly getting along.

1M/1F Krib
1M/1F apisto
1 lone, sad dwarf rainbowfish
5 platties
supposedly...
Forum: Tank Journals 05-01-2013, 01:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,617
Posted By Paragon
My moss <3 its driftwood. The only issue I ran...

My moss <3 its driftwood. The only issue I ran into is die-off in the underneath part.
Forum: Plants 04-30-2013, 03:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 862
Posted By Paragon
No, I'm actually pretty bad about dosing it.

No, I'm actually pretty bad about dosing it.
Forum: Tank Journals 04-29-2013, 06:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,022
Posted By Paragon
Spiffy background. Are you thinking of making it...

Spiffy background. Are you thinking of making it look like the walls of a castle, maybe with creeping "vines" of some sort, then leaving a lot of it empty? That would look awesome.
Forum: Tank Journals 04-29-2013, 06:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,617
Posted By Paragon
Fishing line solved my thread-dissolving problem....

Fishing line solved my thread-dissolving problem. When I had moss (RIP), I'd wrap the fishing line around the driftwood 2-3 times and knot it up. The moss stayed put and grew over the line without...
Forum: Plants 04-29-2013, 06:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 862
Posted By Paragon
There was a black molly dad and mom who produced...

There was a black molly dad and mom who produced a lot of baby black mollies, who eventually got sold. It's possible that the white platies sold to me were actually mollies, in which case, they're...
Forum: Plants 04-29-2013, 05:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 862
Posted By Paragon
Mourning my moss

So, when I started the most recent tank revision, I had a lovely crop of mixed moss.

http://i.imgur.com/lpvIzu3.jpg

Over time, my tank started to grow beautifully. But I noticed something. The...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-29-2013, 04:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 506
Posted By Paragon
Take a dense, leafy plant like a myrophillium and...

Take a dense, leafy plant like a myrophillium and float it on top of your tank. It'll get VERY bushy VERY fast. That is a great fry saver.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-29-2013, 04:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 546
Posted By Paragon
Pin holes are a result of potassium deficiency....

Pin holes are a result of potassium deficiency. Being diligent about that makes a TON of difference.

Buying bulk ferts from someplace like aquariumfertilizer.com or other sites was a good choice...
Forum: Tank Journals 04-29-2013, 04:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 576
Posted By Paragon
It was a good thought. I'm letting some of the...

It was a good thought. I'm letting some of the bushier stem plants take over. I worry that I'm getting some grody-looking stem bottoms, though.
Forum: Tank Journals 04-07-2013, 06:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 576
Posted By Paragon
Why is it better to put a plant carpet on top...

Why is it better to put a plant carpet on top instead of just dropping the light level down again?
Forum: Tank Journals 04-06-2013, 02:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 576
Posted By Paragon
So it's been about two weeks since I upped the...

So it's been about two weeks since I upped the light.

I'm enjoying the extra growth, but I am getting some algae. It's not terribly thick yet since I'm regularly dosing Excel (and now I know how...
Forum: Fish 03-25-2013, 07:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 939
Posted By Paragon
Sort of as an aside: depending on where you are,...

Sort of as an aside: depending on where you are, mbuna breeding may be good or may be a dud. I can't get rid of most of my spawn, mostly because I'm in a city area. However, since you're in upstate...
Forum: Tank Journals 03-25-2013, 07:38 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 438
Posted By Paragon
Interesting start. What size is it? I see a sand...

Interesting start. What size is it? I see a sand bottom; what will you grow in it?
Forum: Tank Journals 03-20-2013, 05:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 576
Posted By Paragon
That's what I was afraid of. I'm going to try...

That's what I was afraid of. I'm going to try daily excel and see if the plants begin to wilt or roast. If that doesn't work, I may...cry and spend the money or go back to my old light. :(
Forum: Tank Journals 03-19-2013, 01:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 576
Posted By Paragon
Paragon's "Let's Try This" 55g

4/29 - I haven't had a chance to do ANYTHING with the tank other than water changes, so, well, it's overgrown. I missed some fertilizer doses, so there's currently a potassium short, complete with a...
Forum: Plants 02-24-2013, 06:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 324
Posted By Paragon
If I had to guess, I'd say snail eggs or molding...

If I had to guess, I'd say snail eggs or molding food.
Forum: Plants 02-24-2013, 06:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 298
Posted By Paragon
Corkscrew Val dropping dead

I got a nice few stems of corkscrew val two weeks ago. All it's been doing since then is shedding its leaves all over the damn tank.

I know there are a few weird nutrient problems, maybe an iron...
Forum: Plants 02-05-2013, 05:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 317
Posted By Paragon
Some type of myriophyllum will grow tall and...

Some type of myriophyllum will grow tall and unstoppably. It'll also float and make a tangled mess of roots if you'd like.
Forum: Plants 02-05-2013, 05:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 461
Posted By Paragon
Oh, right, cuttlebone. If you don't give your...

Oh, right, cuttlebone. If you don't give your turtles calcium-rich food, you can feed them that.

I'll try some calcium and see what happens there. It's very odd seeing all my stems decapitated.
Forum: Plants 02-05-2013, 12:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 461
Posted By Paragon
I am using the Aquarium Fertilizer Macro Nutrient...

I am using the Aquarium Fertilizer Macro Nutrient Mix + CSM+B. It doesn't have any Ca2+. I may need to dose that separately with some limewater. It was growing really well until recently. Most of its...
Forum: Plants 02-04-2013, 08:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 461
Posted By Paragon
Rotala rotundifolia stem breakage

I have a lower light tank that I fertilize every other day with the Macro/Micro nutrient mix, plus extra potassium.

Most of the plants are doing well, but my rotala rotundifolia is experiencing...
Forum: Fish 02-01-2013, 01:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 254
Posted By Paragon
I've been having the EXACT same thing happen,...

I've been having the EXACT same thing happen, though recently it's been a swath of them. How often are you dosing ferts? I suspect it could be fertilizer related in my case, so I need to back off.
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