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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-18-2013, 03:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 384
Posted By blueshark
My recipe works very well with a glass nano...

My recipe works very well with a glass nano diffuser and goes pretty strong for about a month. You're using too little sugar and too much yeast. Here's what I do:

-2 cups sugar in 2 liter bottle....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-13-2013, 08:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 744
Posted By blueshark
Mine has look liked that pretty much since I got...

Mine has look liked that pretty much since I got it. It constantly is eating and pooping, but I haven't had any eggs yet, so I don't think it's pregnant.
Forum: Fish 06-11-2013, 11:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 349
Posted By blueshark
How about a pair of Bolivian rams for the...

How about a pair of Bolivian rams for the centerpiece? Not as colorful as GBR's, but very curious and personable fish. They are also supposedly much hardier.
Forum: Lighting 06-11-2013, 11:17 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,026
Posted By blueshark
If you're on a budget, take a look at the Odyssea...

If you're on a budget, take a look at the Odyssea 24"dual t5ho fixture, which you can find here: http://www.aquatraders.com/24-inch-2x24W-T5-Aquarium-Light-Fixture-p/52121p.htm.

It's $40 shipped...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-23-2013, 06:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 429
Posted By blueshark
Also might be worth noting that the DIY yeast...

Also might be worth noting that the DIY yeast solution was toward the end of its usefulness (~3.5 weeks after initial set up).
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-23-2013, 05:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 429
Posted By blueshark
DIY CO2 yeast solution spill

I woke up this morning and found that my 2 liter DIY CO2 bottle knocked over. It didn't seem that the amount of solution in the bottle changed very much (probably .5-1 inch), so I didn't think much...
Forum: Tank Journals 05-04-2013, 07:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 652
Posted By blueshark
So there's been a lot of growth from last time I...

So there's been a lot of growth from last time I posted pictures (a month ago).

Here's a full tank shot:...
Forum: Equipment 04-23-2013, 08:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 683
Posted By blueshark
I'm using a 2L DIY bottle on my 20 gallon and...

I'm using a 2L DIY bottle on my 20 gallon and it's working great for me. Plants have been growing like crazy, so I don't see the need for pressurized CO2 at this point. I can see it becoming...
Forum: Plants 04-12-2013, 10:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 510
Posted By blueshark
I heard that Vals don't like soft water. We have...

I heard that Vals don't like soft water. We have very soft water here in the Bay and my Vals just melted, while almost everything else is doing fine.
Forum: Tank Journals 04-06-2013, 12:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 652
Posted By blueshark
blueshark's 20 gallon high journal

Hey guys,

I set up my 20 gallon high tank a few weeks back, and am finally getting around to posting photos. I'm not new to aquariums--I had a 10 gallon going for 12 years or so before upgrading...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-21-2013, 10:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 320
Posted By blueshark
Metricide dosing for 20 gallon?

I recently started a 20 gallon high and was wondering how much metricide to dose. I have medium lighting, am EI dosing, and am not using pressurized CO2. Does metricide need to be dosed each day? If...
Forum: Fish 03-19-2013, 02:05 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 233
Posted By blueshark
Are large neon tetras hardier than small ones?

I want to add a small school (~8) of small neon tetras to my 20 gallon tall, but I've heard a lot about easily they die after being added to aquariums. My LFS sells small and large (mature?) neon...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-16-2013, 12:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 631
Posted By blueshark
Miracle Grow Shake 'N Feed?

I saw this product at Home Depot when I was looking for Osmocote (could only find the Plus version online), and it has a lot of the micro nutrients as well. Could I use the Miracle Grow Shake 'N Feed...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-13-2013, 09:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 196
Posted By blueshark
Is this a sufficient fert regimen?

I am starting a 20 gallon high tank with liquid CO2 and a 24" T5HO light. I think this would put me into the medium light category. I am planning to use Metricide as my CO2 source.

I have a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-12-2013, 06:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,306
Posted By blueshark
Dual t5-ho lights are probably too much for a 20...

Dual t5-ho lights are probably too much for a 20 gallon long since it's pretty shallow. I would probably use only one of the bulbs and if you feel that your plants could use more light, attach the...
Forum: Substrate 03-11-2013, 08:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 906
Posted By blueshark
Is planting additional plants and moving them...

Is planting additional plants and moving them around going to be a problem with STS?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-11-2013, 01:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,306
Posted By blueshark
What lighting are you using? Are you injecting...

What lighting are you using? Are you injecting CO2, using Flourish Excel, or any other CO2 source? Any liquid fertilizers?
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-10-2013, 09:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 644
Posted By blueshark
Even with the elevated pH? I suppose it's...

Even with the elevated pH?

I suppose it's unreasonable for me to think that there aren't people with successful planted tanks in the Bay Area, but I was wondering if any of them were to do it...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-10-2013, 09:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,306
Posted By blueshark
Was wondering if there are other areas of the...

Was wondering if there are other areas of the country with water with similar parameters, and if it would be okay to use the water straight from the tap without treatment beyond conditioners to...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-10-2013, 08:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 644
Posted By blueshark
Planted tanks in San Francisco Bay Area?

Does the tap water in the San Francisco Bay Area (from Hetch Hetchy) make it possible to grow aquatic plants? The alkalinity is 49 ppm (2.74 dKH) and the hardness is 57 ppm (3.19 dGH), while the pH...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-10-2013, 08:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,306
Posted By blueshark
So I have another concern now. I live in the SF...

So I have another concern now. I live in the SF bay area, and according to the water parameter data, the tap water here is very soft, yet has a high pH. The alkalinity is 49 ppm (2.74 dKH) and the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-10-2013, 01:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,306
Posted By blueshark
Thanks for the additional input. Do you guys...

Thanks for the additional input.

Do you guys think I can use Safe-T-Sorb instead of Eco complete? It's a lot cheaper and supposedly does the same thing. Would the safe t sorb as the sole substrate...
Forum: Substrate 03-10-2013, 12:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 944
Posted By blueshark
Questions about Safe-T-Sorb

I'm thinking about using Safe-T-Sorb as an economical alternative to eco-complete. I found two brands that have a very similar product. There's Moltan and Oil Dri. Which one is preferable?
...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-09-2013, 09:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,306
Posted By blueshark
Thanks for your suggestions! I browsed through...

Thanks for your suggestions! I browsed through the aquatraders website and found a t5ho 2x 24 inch setup for $40, which seems to be a great deal. :icon_mrgr I looked up reviews and people seem to be...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-09-2013, 08:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,306
Posted By blueshark
Want to start a 20 gallon planted tank. Am I on the right track?

Hi guys,

This is my first post here. I've always been interested in aquariums, and want to start a planted tank. I currently have a 10 gallon that has been running for several years. I am...
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