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Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   04-14-2016, 04:16 PM
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Posted By HamToast
I've had the Amanos for about a month, maybe a...

I've had the Amanos for about a month, maybe a little longer. They were drip acclimated and looked super healthy when I added them to the tank.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   04-14-2016, 03:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 381
Posted By HamToast
UPDATE: The shrimp still didn't look too good...

UPDATE: The shrimp still didn't look too good when I got home today, though it was active. I dosed Melafix for mild antibiotic effects (I don't want to shock the shrimp) and did a small water change....
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   04-13-2016, 03:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 381
Posted By HamToast
Help with Amano shrimp, is it sick?

I have observed one of my 4 Amano shrimp today being very inactive and not grazing. I am only home and awake from work for 3 hours a day and during this time the shrimp did not move much from its...
Forum: Plants   05-13-2015, 03:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 684
Posted By HamToast
Thanks for the input. I'll look into ordering...

Thanks for the input. I'll look into ordering some of these plants.

More details on my planned care for the tank: I will be using the stock LED light and will probably be looking for a fixture to...
Forum: Plants   05-10-2015, 06:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 684
Posted By HamToast
It's a Fluval Edge 6 L - 1' 8" W - 1' H...

It's a Fluval Edge 6

L - 1' 8"
W - 1'
H - 9"
Forum: Substrate   05-09-2015, 10:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 582
Posted By HamToast
Thanks! A bit higher than I was hoping to pay,...

Thanks! A bit higher than I was hoping to pay, though. Might be my only option at this point!
Forum: Plants   05-09-2015, 09:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 684
Posted By HamToast
Good plants for small tank?

I'm coming back to this hobby after a break and am going to be starting with a 6 gallon tank with pressurized CO2 and dry fert dosing with medium lighting, anyone have any suggestions for some...
Forum: Substrate   05-09-2015, 08:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 582
Posted By HamToast
What's the deal with aquasoil? Where to buy?

I have recently decided to come back to this hobby from an extended break (maybe 6 months, after having moved across country and getting rid of all my stock) and want to use ADA Amazonia for a small...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   04-03-2014, 02:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 405
Posted By HamToast
Thanks! I have some MgSO4 already and have been...

Thanks! I have some MgSO4 already and have been dosing in very small amounts in a dissolved solution according to my fertilizer regime. I could get some CaSO4 for cheap on a fertilizer site or...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   04-03-2014, 02:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 405
Posted By HamToast
GH extremely low, plants not doing well, would adding coral to the filter be okay?

I tested my dGH and got a reading of essentially 0. The water immediately turned to that faint green coloration. I tested the water right from the tap and it's exactly the same way. I then took the...
Forum: Equipment   04-03-2014, 02:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,233
Posted By HamToast
So I got a reply from Fluval and they said to...

So I got a reply from Fluval and they said to return the product to the place of purchase and if I'm unable due to the length of time since purchasing then to send it in for warranty service. So...
Forum: Equipment   03-29-2014, 12:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,233
Posted By HamToast
Issues with Fluval C4, flow rates, noise, and trickle chamber

I recently purchased a Fluval C4 for my 30 gallon and was very excited to set it up. I immediately noticed it had a significant noise to the impeller which was disappointing but not problematic since...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   03-26-2014, 01:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,013
Posted By HamToast
That could work. And I could even still use...

That could work. And I could even still use partial egg crate if I need an area to be even dryer like with the sandier substrate. I like that idea. The water may be less stagnant too by being allowed...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   03-26-2014, 12:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,013
Posted By HamToast
Mini-Paludarium experiment, need help for future success

I've recently set up a 1 gallon jar with plants from the wild. These plants consist of Florida wildlife from boggy areas. Some of the plants are already doing poorly because I did not put much design...
Forum: Plants   03-07-2014, 06:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 385
Posted By HamToast
Anyone tried using cloning/root gels to hold stem cuttings while they root?

I've had consistent difficulty in getting stem cuttings to root, as well as small rooted plants like DHG. I was looking into gels and was wondering if anyone had tried them?

To fill anyone in on...
Forum: Plants   01-31-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 751
Posted By HamToast
Thanks. I'll contact them about it and find out...

Thanks. I'll contact them about it and find out what I can. Or maybe I won't. The plants still add nice color and they seem to be doing very well in my tank.

The roots of the plants do look like...
Forum: Plants   01-31-2014, 01:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 751
Posted By HamToast
http://www.bamaplants.com/index.php?main_page=prod...

http://www.bamaplants.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_2&products_id=201

This is what I ordered. It looked exactly like this when it came in. Is that Alternathera? A quick google...
Forum: Plants   01-30-2014, 11:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 751
Posted By HamToast
I'm going to be due for new bulbs in a few...

I'm going to be due for new bulbs in a few months, so I'll look into something of a different color, maybe something more red, I don't know.



I looked into what Alternethera and, while I have...
Forum: Plants   01-30-2014, 10:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 751
Posted By HamToast
Question on coloration of Ludwigia glandulosa Var. peruensis, red is not as vivid as

Right up front, my question is this: do these plants have a tendency to grow greener when adjusting to a new tank? Additionally, does the new growth typically come in green and not red?

This is...
Forum: Substrate   01-12-2014, 04:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 350
Posted By HamToast
What methods used for removing plants from capped soil substrate?

I'm going to be starting a tank with a soil substrate with some sort of cap. I'm concerned with the high possibility of breaking the cap when removing or rescaping the tank. Is there an effective...
Forum: Plants   10-08-2013, 11:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 658
Posted By HamToast
I think CO2 is okay, I have tested using KH and...

I think CO2 is okay, I have tested using KH and PH and the little comparison chart, and I also have a drop checker with calibrated 4 dKH water in it. Both seem to indicate that CO2 is right where it...
Forum: Plants   10-08-2013, 11:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 658
Posted By HamToast
I added root ferts about 6 months ago. It makes...

I added root ferts about 6 months ago. It makes sense that the one area is maybe nutrient starved.

The amazon sword roots choking out the crypts also makes sense.

I'm guessing these are the...
Forum: Plants   10-08-2013, 01:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 658
Posted By HamToast
Forgot to mention lighting too! Sheesh... ...

Forgot to mention lighting too! Sheesh...

Anyway, I have a dual lamp 36" T5 fixture running a 6500 and 10000 bulb. I also have a 21" LED strip for supplemental "noon" lighting. I run the T5 for...
Forum: Plants   10-07-2013, 11:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 658
Posted By HamToast
Ah that's something I forgot to mention in my...

Ah that's something I forgot to mention in my original post.

I'm using Osmocote Plus for root fertilization in the substrate.
Forum: Plants   10-07-2013, 09:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 658
Posted By HamToast
Another Crypt melting topic... I need help :(

I have a 30 gallon tank with a bunch of crypts. I have been seeing them melt away over the last couple months. At first it would be just a leaf or two and then they'd be fine and grow thicker....
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