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Forum: Fish   02-03-2015, 09:26 PM
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Posted By DBridges
Hikari algae wafers = super aggression?

I tend to stick to certain brands of fish food that I know have worked well for me in the past. Tetra, Cobalt, San Francisco Bay, etc. For sinking wafers I tend to go with Hikari. I've used them many...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-29-2015, 11:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 845
Posted By DBridges
It's normal for fish to school tightly when...

It's normal for fish to school tightly when you're doing general maintenance; anything perceived as a general threat can cause schooling behavior. However, Red Eye Tetras are pretty hardy and bold,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-28-2015, 01:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 607
Posted By DBridges
Great looking set-up you've got there! What are...

Great looking set-up you've got there! What are those little green and red plants in the middle?

David
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-28-2015, 01:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 376
Posted By DBridges
Well, my guess would be severe nutrient...

Well, my guess would be severe nutrient deficiency. I'm guessing those are stem plants? One looks like maybe Ludwigia repens, or something of that nature? Perhaps trying EI dosing rather than...
Forum: Tank Journals   01-25-2015, 09:09 PM
Replies: 435
Views: 40,903
Posted By DBridges
Wonderful photographs! Wish I could get shots of...

Wonderful photographs! Wish I could get shots of my fish that nice.

David
Forum: Equipment   01-25-2015, 01:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 394
Posted By DBridges
I believe the Cal Aqua Indicator product that GLA...

I believe the Cal Aqua Indicator product that GLA sells is just 4dKH solution with the bromothymol blue already added in. Long term, it may be cheaper to do it yourself, as you only get 60ml in the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-25-2015, 12:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 278
Posted By DBridges
Yup, I'm positive they're springtails. There are...

Yup, I'm positive they're springtails. There are some semi-aquatic species.
http://www.skepticalaquarist.com/collembola
Mine tend to congregate near the floating Pennywort leaves, but they do...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-25-2015, 12:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 278
Posted By DBridges
Springtails?

Just curious how many other people here get springtails in their aquariums? I assume they come with my plants, but then again, they only seem to pop up after the tank's been going for a month or two....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-25-2015, 12:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,229
Posted By DBridges
Yeah, I'd pay extra for healthy Otos for sure. I...

Yeah, I'd pay extra for healthy Otos for sure. I think my LFS usually charges 4 or 5 bucks a pop for them, but they tend to be really good quality. The group of seven I have now is the biggest group...
Forum: Tank Journals   01-25-2015, 12:13 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,723
Posted By DBridges
I love that red tiger lotus. I may have to get...

I love that red tiger lotus. I may have to get one of those for my tank. Your Angels look really great too.

David
Forum: Tank Journals   01-25-2015, 12:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,518
Posted By DBridges
Update 1/24/15 Things are still going fairly...

Update 1/24/15

Things are still going fairly well. Here's a picture of the aquarium so far.

http://i60.tinypic.com/2n6u1rk.jpg

Light and Ferts:
I cut back my lights to 45% of maximum, with...
Forum: Fish   01-24-2015, 02:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 309
Posted By DBridges
Zebra don't need much motivation to spawn. As...

Zebra don't need much motivation to spawn. As long as they're in good health, they will at least try. I've found that they like a good carpeting plant to spawn in. I had a carpet of Glosso once that...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-23-2015, 10:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 848
Posted By DBridges
Funny, all the stories of employees not knowing...

Funny, all the stories of employees not knowing how to work the tank filling "machine." All it is is a 50lb. CO2 tank with a valve attached that has a lever on it. I used to be a paintball airsmith...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-21-2015, 12:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 736
Posted By DBridges
I have cats, so yes, definitely covered with...

I have cats, so yes, definitely covered with glass lids. My cats aren't so much interested in the fish, but using the aquarium as a point from which to jump onto our entertainment center:tongue:
...
Forum: Algae   01-20-2015, 11:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 417
Posted By DBridges
Thanks for the advice, guys. I assumed that the...

Thanks for the advice, guys. I assumed that the brown stuff on the sand was forming patches of BGA, but the coloration is certainly more reminiscent of diatoms. Hopefully it's just a diatom/biofilm...
Forum: Algae   01-20-2015, 12:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 417
Posted By DBridges
I did do the full EM treatment. For a month...

I did do the full EM treatment. For a month afterward, there was no sign of BGA.

I'd say my filter is pretty clean. I clean the mechanical prefilter once every two weeks, and the whole thing gets...
Forum: Algae   01-19-2015, 11:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 417
Posted By DBridges
BGA returns - please help me find the reason

Hello all,

I've had my present aquarium (65 gallon) running since November, and so far it's been doing fairly well. I have 14 Zebra Danios, 4 Otos, a few Amano and Cherry Shrimp, and 1 young Blue...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-18-2015, 11:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 647
Posted By DBridges
I used latex indoor paint, too. Worked well for...

I used latex indoor paint, too. Worked well for me; no issues so far.

David
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-15-2015, 10:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 261
Posted By DBridges
To me it looks like either fuzz algae or...

To me it looks like either fuzz algae or staghorn, or maybe a bit of both.

David
Forum: Fish   01-14-2015, 12:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 541
Posted By DBridges
Zebra Danios are one of my favorite fish, and I...

Zebra Danios are one of my favorite fish, and I can see how they wouldn't really mix well with dwarf cichlids. Especially when you have just one. I try never to keep fewer than 12 of them. With a big...
Forum: Lighting   01-14-2015, 12:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,064
Posted By DBridges
I just made the switch to LED lighting on my most...

I just made the switch to LED lighting on my most recent set-up, and I'm glad I did. The ability to program lighting schedules (dimming), alter color temperature, and to have it run without heat or...
Forum: Equipment   01-14-2015, 12:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,262
Posted By DBridges
I'll echo others sentiments about GLA equipment....

I'll echo others sentiments about GLA equipment. I've had a couple of their regulators and they're top notch. Their customer service and support is great, too.

David
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   01-13-2015, 10:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 437
Posted By DBridges
Thanks for the responses, guys. That helps to...

Thanks for the responses, guys. That helps to clear things up a bit.

Seems like any hobby you get into deep enough, you start to miss the forest for the trees sometimes.

David
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   01-13-2015, 05:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 437
Posted By DBridges
I guess these responses sort of illustrate why I...

I guess these responses sort of illustrate why I asked the question. There seem to be two camps:

1. The fluctuation is potentially diastrous - avoid it:

2. Fluctuation is not so bad as it was...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   01-13-2015, 02:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 437
Posted By DBridges
How much pH fluctuation is okay over a day?

Hi all,

The pH in my tank is about 7.5 or so before the CO2 turns on in the morning, and is about 6.6 when the lights go out. I've been running an airstone at night, and I have a powerhead that...
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