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Forum: Low Tech Forum   Yesterday, 05:26 PM
Replies: 16
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Posted By Diana
You can move the established media to the new...

You can move the established media to the new filter. This will move most of the bacteria. There is not a lot of surface area on the actual box of the old filter, not a lot of bacteria here. Moving...
Forum: Fish   Yesterday, 05:08 PM
Replies: 12
  Fish TB
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Posted By Diana
Per a vet's recommendation, here is how to...

Per a vet's recommendation, here is how to sterilize against MB:

1) Throw away anything that will not tolerate this treatment, or cannot be guaranteed to be fully treated, or is so cheap it is not...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   Yesterday, 04:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 120
Posted By Diana
When most of everything is removed from the water...

When most of everything is removed from the water via RO there is very little remaining to dictate the pH.
A little trace of anything can make quite a difference in the pH. A TDS under 10 (but not...
Forum: Fish   Yesterday, 04:49 PM
Replies: 12
  Fish TB
Views: 254
Posted By Diana
Look up Mycobacterium marinum. There are several...

Look up Mycobacterium marinum. There are several species of Mycobacteriosis, but I think M. marinum is the one that causes problems in humans.
'Fish Handler's Disease' is one of the common names.
...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   Yesterday, 04:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 422
Posted By Diana
NO2 at 1ppm is toxic level. Gotta do something...

NO2 at 1ppm is toxic level. Gotta do something right away.
NO2 at 3ppm is emergency action (90% water change) required.

Rising nitrite shows the nitrifying bacteria have been partially killed....
Forum: Fish   Yesterday, 04:16 PM
Replies: 12
  Fish TB
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Posted By Diana
Swordtails, like most live bearers, are not long...

Swordtails, like most live bearers, are not long lived (3-5 years per some references). For a curved spine to show up at 2 years old suggests that old age might be a factor. That is a bit young, but...
Forum: Fish   02-07-2016, 10:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 125
Posted By Diana
Get the new ones and set up a quarantine tank...

Get the new ones and set up a quarantine tank where they can see each other.
If they just sort of swim near each other calmly, then they may get along OK. Give them a month to be sure they are...
Forum: Substrate   02-07-2016, 09:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 139
Posted By Diana
Instead of a 55, which is not very deep (front to...

Instead of a 55, which is not very deep (front to back) it would be a lot better to go with a tank that is not quite so tall, but is wider front to back. This would be a lot easier to 'scape, and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-07-2016, 04:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 226
Posted By Diana
I am building new stands to be able to stack more...

I am building new stands to be able to stack more of mine. Making sure there is plenty of working space for the lower tanks.

Currently stacked is a row of the sturdy garage shelving sold by the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-05-2016, 06:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 227
Posted By Diana
pH is not a stand alone value. The various...

pH is not a stand alone value. The various minerals in the tank and other things control the pH.
For you to control the pH, the first step is to control the minerals in the tank.

1) What kind...
Forum: Equipment   02-05-2016, 06:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 203
Posted By Diana
Looks good. I think that if it does not say...

Looks good. I think that if it does not say 'Flame Retardant' then it is not, so it is OK.
Does the company that packaged it have a web site? Maybe more info there.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-05-2016, 02:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 194
Posted By Diana
Plants need about a dozen elements to live. They...

Plants need about a dozen elements to live. They use different elements in different amounts.
The elements they use the most of are hydrogen (H), oxygen (O) and carbon (C)
Some are already in the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-05-2016, 01:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 184
Posted By Diana
Take the rock out and test it in a bucket of...

Take the rock out and test it in a bucket of water.
Put it in pure tap water, test GH, KH, pH (and TDS if you have a meter) when you start, then test the next day, then every few days for a week.
...
Forum: Equipment   02-04-2016, 10:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 265
Posted By Diana
https://www.bigalspets.com/discard-a-stone-fine-bu...

https://www.bigalspets.com/discard-a-stone-fine-bubble-6-pk.html

Here is about the thinnest air stone I have seen. They come in coarse and finer bubbles. (I have linked the finer one).
As...
Forum: Substrate   02-04-2016, 09:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 292
Posted By Diana
I would rinse it a lot more. You could rinse it...

I would rinse it a lot more. You could rinse it in the tank, simply repeating water changes with deep vacuuming until it is clear.
Forum: Substrate   02-04-2016, 08:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 152
Posted By Diana
How much Floramax could you scoop out without...

How much Floramax could you scoop out without contamination from the soil? Maybe you could save some of it.

Otherwise all new Floramax is probably the fastest way to do this.

Then, once you...
Forum: Fish   02-04-2016, 08:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 159
Posted By Diana
I agree that the one you label is a Honey...

I agree that the one you label is a Honey Gourami. The other two look too 'different' to be Honeys.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-04-2016, 07:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 434
Posted By Diana
The beneficial bacteria that we are concerned...

The beneficial bacteria that we are concerned with as part of the nitrogen cycle are not removing organic wastes. They are removing ammonia, and they use inorganic sources for their carbon needs. ...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-04-2016, 07:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 662
Posted By Diana
While the drawings of plumbing details are...

While the drawings of plumbing details are interesting, I think the first order of importance is to look at energy levels.

Plants of all sorts need certain things to grow. If you want more plants...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-03-2016, 11:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 973
Posted By Diana
If your snail shells are dissolving, then you...

If your snail shells are dissolving, then you might try raising the KH first (perhaps to about 5 degrees), then allowing your pH controller to make the pH in the high 6s with CO2.
Forum: Equipment   02-03-2016, 11:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 438
Posted By Diana
In a planted tank the plants are a large part of...

In a planted tank the plants are a large part of the bio filter. Most of my filters are about 2/3 mech (sponges down to floss) and about 1/3 bio (ceramic bio noodles or other).

As far as the...
Forum: Algae   02-03-2016, 10:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 122
Posted By Diana
Highly likely it would be safe- algae that...

Highly likely it would be safe- algae that prefers to be submerged usually will not grow above the water.
Note that plants growing above the water have certain adaptations to their leaves to live...
Forum: Fish   02-03-2016, 10:55 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 76
Posted By Diana
Look at pictures of Columnaris. Here is a lot of...

Look at pictures of Columnaris. Here is a lot of pretty good info. Note that the name of the organism is now Flavobacterium columnare
Columnaris Disease...
Forum: Fish   02-03-2016, 10:53 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 821
Posted By Diana
Here is a LOT of info about Columnaris. The...

Here is a LOT of info about Columnaris. The article is just a tiny bit out of date: the current name of the organism is Flavobacterium columnare
Columnaris Disease...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-03-2016, 10:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 185
Posted By Diana
To grow, to add tissue, the plants need more...

To grow, to add tissue, the plants need more fertilizer.
To maintain, the plants are still growing new leaves and discarding old leaves, but the slow growing plants you list can get by on very...
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