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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-06-2013, 02:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 745
Posted By Starry
Are you setting up a planted tank? IME, if you...

Are you setting up a planted tank? IME, if you put in a whole bunch of plants, and you have the conditions to get even half-decent growth, and you have few fish to begin with, you won't need to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-06-2013, 02:54 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,880
Posted By Starry
What a fun thread! I've grown a bazillion...

What a fun thread! I've grown a bazillion different plants in the 12 yrs I've had a planted tank. I find that my plants and tank go through phases. Last summer I had an amazing phase of...
Forum: Algae   02-21-2013, 11:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 736
Posted By Starry
I've already tried the tank "reset." Nitrates...

I've already tried the tank "reset." Nitrates are 10-20 ppm after I dose, then go down to 0 throughout the week, as does PO4. I should really keep on top of the mid-week dosing.

So is it BGA?
Forum: Algae   02-20-2013, 01:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 736
Posted By Starry
I have a HOB filter with two sponges. I replace...

I have a HOB filter with two sponges. I replace just one at a time, whenever I feel like it, probably every 2-3 mths on average.

It's a 10 gal with 40 W CF light, bulb was changed a year ago....
Forum: Algae   02-20-2013, 12:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 736
Posted By Starry
Help me ID this algae... BGA?

Is this BGA? It's mostly on top of the water. It's dark and slimy, and generates millions of pretty big bubbles (no, the bubbles are not coming from the plants). It doesn't cling to plants tightly,...
Forum: Equipment   12-29-2012, 05:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,079
Posted By Starry
I thought I'd update. The UV sterilizer was...

I thought I'd update. The UV sterilizer was GIGANTIC for my little 10-gal. I had to uproot some plants and dig a hole in the substrate all the way to the glass bottom, and even then I had to put it...
Forum: Equipment   12-21-2012, 01:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,079
Posted By Starry
LOL no, I had no idea. The other unit arrived...

LOL no, I had no idea. The other unit arrived today, and I've got it hooked up, though not without a few hiccups. Let's hope it works soon.
Forum: Equipment   12-19-2012, 01:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,079
Posted By Starry
I really appreciate your help. I was super...

I really appreciate your help. I was super frustrated last night, and the green water is now getting gunky too, so I was desperate and ordered another one, which is an all-in-one unit that pumps as...
Forum: Equipment   12-18-2012, 03:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,079
Posted By Starry
I guess a submersible water pump wouldn't be a...

I guess a submersible water pump wouldn't be a good idea in such a small tank? I have platies, including fry, so I'm already weary of all this. I tried a powerhead for circulation many years ago,...
Forum: Equipment   12-18-2012, 03:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,079
Posted By Starry
Thanks, R.sok, I appreciate the help. So, in the...

Thanks, R.sok, I appreciate the help. So, in the "powerhead" method, I connect the powerhead and the UV sterilizer with some tubing. What happens to the other end of the UV sterilizer? It's not a...
Forum: Equipment   12-18-2012, 03:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,079
Posted By Starry
ok, I'll look into a powerhead. The bigger...

ok, I'll look into a powerhead. The bigger problem is that I don't even know which way is in and which way is out. I guess it might not matter, if water just flows through. One end is supposed to be...
Forum: Equipment   12-18-2012, 02:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,079
Posted By Starry
Yes, I forgot to mention, this would be just...

Yes, I forgot to mention, this would be just temporary.

As for "rigging" things - like I said, not very mechanically inclined :( I got the Atomic CO2 regulator because I just couldn't get my head...
Forum: Equipment   12-18-2012, 01:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,079
Posted By Starry
Need help installing an Aquatop UV sterilizer

I bought the Aquatop IL5-UV to clear up some wicked green water. I don't have a canister filter, or a sump, it's just a 10-gal tank with an Aquaclear HOB. How exactly do I hook this up? It didn't...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   07-18-2012, 11:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,182
Posted By Starry
I've been happy with a 10-gal planted tank for 10...

I've been happy with a 10-gal planted tank for 10 years. Never had a second tank.

That being said, I AM planning to get a bigger tank this fall. Maybe around 50-gal. Just so it can be more of a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   07-18-2012, 11:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 317
Posted By Starry
Is this the work of a snail, or nutrient deficiency?

I noticed some leaves on my Rotala look chewed up. I do have a big snail that came with my last batch of plants. I've never had this type of snail, so I'm not sure if they can do damage. Or is it...
Forum: Fish   07-14-2012, 04:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,115
Posted By Starry
Are you even going to get female endlers? I...

Are you even going to get female endlers? I usually only see males for sale around here.
Forum: Equipment   07-11-2012, 01:24 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 20,258
Posted By Starry
I'm not sure, but I wouldn't get bogged down with...

I'm not sure, but I wouldn't get bogged down with that detail. It won't allow end-of-tank dumps from what I know, and that's all that matters (with respect to single/dual stage anyway). If you...
Forum: Equipment   07-09-2012, 01:55 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 20,258
Posted By Starry
whaaat? How much smaller could it get? I do have...

whaaat? How much smaller could it get? I do have small lady hands :)
Forum: Equipment   07-09-2012, 01:09 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 20,258
Posted By Starry
My Atomic V3 Regulator has arrived! I was not...

My Atomic V3 Regulator has arrived! I was not prepared for how small it would be. It's really sleek, solid, and well-built. I'm glad I opted for this instead of a traditional two-gauge industrial...
Forum: Fish   07-04-2012, 02:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 343
Posted By Starry
Good to know, thanks! I've always wanted to keep...

Good to know, thanks! I've always wanted to keep gouramies, but I've had my platies for 11 years, so I can't get rid of them.
Forum: Fish   07-04-2012, 01:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 343
Posted By Starry
Platies and gouramies?

I'm planning to set up a new tank in the fall, haven't decided what size yet (~30-60 gal). I want to move all the platies over from my current 10-gal (making that one into a dwarf putter tank!). ...
Forum: Equipment   06-29-2012, 12:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 341
Posted By Starry
Usually you can find them at welding supply...

Usually you can find them at welding supply shops, fire safety shops, beverage carbonation, hydroponics. Just do a google search for your city +CO2 +aquarium +refill.
Forum: Fish   06-28-2012, 11:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,184
Posted By Starry
They're cute, I like the colour! They seem to...

They're cute, I like the colour! They seem to have big bellies though - are they pregnant, or is that a feature of the strain?
Forum: Fish   06-28-2012, 03:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,184
Posted By Starry
Post some pics? I have platies, and if the dwarf...

Post some pics? I have platies, and if the dwarf ones look like regular teenage platies, that would be cute!
Forum: Equipment   06-27-2012, 02:15 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 20,258
Posted By Starry
He has one dual stage. But, from what I've read...

He has one dual stage. But, from what I've read recently, end of tank dump isn't an issue with ALL single stage regulators. as long as you have a decent quality set-up, it shouldn't be an issue.
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