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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Today, 08:03 PM
Replies: 2
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Posted By discuspaul
I've used the API brand root tabs many times with...

I've used the API brand root tabs many times with excellent results and no nitrate problems whatsoever, but I do complement the tank routine with regular, large water changes to minimize any risk.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Today, 07:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 162
Posted By discuspaul
This a good, fast, relatively safe approach....

This a good, fast, relatively safe approach. Fully agree.
Forum: Substrate Yesterday, 01:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 282
Posted By discuspaul
Most fish will do quite well in/with a sand...

Most fish will do quite well in/with a sand substrate, except for a few species of 'diggers' which generally make a mess of any substrate.
Some African cichlids fall into that category.

Be...
Forum: Fish 12-16-2014, 10:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 281
Posted By discuspaul
Several posters have mentioned discus, and your...

Several posters have mentioned discus, and your tank would be perfect for keeping 10 to 12 of them (or somewhat more), along with a fairly large school of Cardinal Tetras, and 8 to 10 Corydoras of...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-14-2014, 08:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 362
Posted By discuspaul
Not sure what you mean by...."affects...

Not sure what you mean by...."affects bioload...".
If you mean it adversely affects the bio-filtration elements (the beneficial bacteria) - it certainly does not. In fact, it doesn't cause anything...
Forum: Fish 12-14-2014, 08:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 207
Posted By discuspaul
Be patient - repeat the treatment - give it a...

Be patient - repeat the treatment - give it a couple more days.
Good luck.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-12-2014, 10:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 362
Posted By discuspaul
Keep doing frequent water changes- that will...

Keep doing frequent water changes- that will continue to dilute the tannins.
Don't know what kind of filter you have in your tank, but if you can fit a small bag of Seachem Purigen anywhere in the...
Forum: Fish 12-12-2014, 12:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 207
Posted By discuspaul
Somewhat hard to diagnose just from the short...

Somewhat hard to diagnose just from the short video.
But it looks like the fish has become bloated from overeating, and is constipated. That may not necessarily be the case, but it very likely is.
...
Forum: Algae 12-04-2014, 08:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 775
Posted By discuspaul
It has certainly worked effectively for me on...

It has certainly worked effectively for me on more than one occasion- destroying cyanobacteria - (BGA) - overnite, or with a second dose a day later.
Forum: Fish 12-04-2014, 08:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 250
Posted By discuspaul
But it works. When minced fresh garlic is added...

But it works. When minced fresh garlic is added to almost any foods, it will more often than not entice fish, discus in particular, to begin eating again when their appetite seems to have...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 12-04-2014, 03:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 139
Posted By discuspaul
Thanks for the info, everyone. Will check them...

Thanks for the info, everyone. Will check them out.
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 12-04-2014, 12:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 139
Posted By discuspaul
Saltwater/reef enthusiasts ?

Can any of you marine tank enthusiasts direct me to a good forum for this part of the hobby ?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-24-2014, 10:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 457
Posted By discuspaul
You might want to consider the mini rasbora...

You might want to consider the mini rasbora species - Boraras - either Boraras Brigittae, or Boraras Maculatus, or Boraras Merah, or any combination of these. There are also 3 other strains of them....
Forum: Fish 11-22-2014, 03:17 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 153
Posted By discuspaul
I'm fairly sure cherry barbs would be ok with...

I'm fairly sure cherry barbs would be ok with tiger barbs, especially since the tigers are small and your tank is heavily planted. I've kept them together many years ago, and from memory I can't...
Forum: Substrate 11-17-2014, 10:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 961
Posted By discuspaul
Go with PFS as you have done all along. You know...

Go with PFS as you have done all along. You know how to deal with it and you won't need to worry about creating any mess.
I've kept PFS in all my tanks for years, including discus tanks, and...
Forum: Fish 11-15-2014, 01:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 599
Posted By discuspaul
Besides a nutritious diet and good lighting, the...

Besides a nutritious diet and good lighting, the practices that really help to optimize fishes' coloration are regular, large water changes, a good tank & filtration cleansing routine and the...
Forum: Tank Journals 11-15-2014, 12:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 812
Posted By discuspaul
Your tank looks great, Rick ! I'm the...

Your tank looks great, Rick !

I'm the furthest thing away from an accomplished aqua-scaper, but here's one my set-ups:

http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/h357/discuspaul/redrubys
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 11-14-2014, 02:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 371
Posted By discuspaul
Yes, we're very fortunate here in Vancouver as...

Yes, we're very fortunate here in Vancouver as far as soft water is concerned, for creating ideal conditions for many species of fish, particularly south American varieties which originate from soft...
Forum: Fish 11-13-2014, 10:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 306
Posted By discuspaul
It' highly unlikely that SAE's, whether true...

It' highly unlikely that SAE's, whether true SAE's or not, will want to try adding slime coats of most fish species to their diet, but I can tell you for a fact that as they get more mature, fatter &...
Forum: Equipment 11-13-2014, 08:07 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,915
Posted By discuspaul
Make sure it has no chemical additives, like fire...

Make sure it has no chemical additives, like fire retardant, for example.
Forum: Equipment 11-13-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,915
Posted By discuspaul
Try using filter floss in each of the filters for...

Try using filter floss in each of the filters for three weeks or so, replaced with new floss every week on an alternating basis with that in the other filters.
If that doesn't clear it up, put fine...
Forum: Equipment 11-13-2014, 02:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 256
Posted By discuspaul
Have you re-generated them several times , up to...

Have you re-generated them several times , up to a dozen times ?
If so, junk it & get new.
If you've only done it a couple of times, try doing it with undiluted, full strength bleach (not the...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 11-12-2014, 03:16 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,687
Posted By discuspaul
Thanks for the info. Looking forward to seeing...

Thanks for the info. Looking forward to seeing them !
Forum: Low Tech Forum 11-11-2014, 11:03 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,687
Posted By discuspaul
BTW Mauro, It would be of interest to know if...

BTW Mauro,
It would be of interest to know if you should decide to add Boraras to your existing tank, or opt to set up a new tank for them. If you do either, please let us know what strains you...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 11-09-2014, 06:59 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,687
Posted By discuspaul
Just a small correction to my earlier post about...

Just a small correction to my earlier post about Boraras: I stated them to be no more than 3/4" in size - that's on the conservative side - most Boraras strains can grow to over 1", up to around...
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