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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   07-22-2015, 05:32 PM
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Posted By Knotyoureality
Issue is really the same as with any aquarium,...

Issue is really the same as with any aquarium, anywhere with the same options:

1. Choose only stock that can survive the existing conditions
2. Modify the existing conditions externally to the...
Forum: Plants   07-10-2015, 09:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 931
Posted By Knotyoureality
With shipping, my highest cost was $120 for a...

With shipping, my highest cost was $120 for a single plant. Beautiful dark purple bucephalandra. Very happy with the purchase, though it was a definite splurge.
Forum: Plants   06-26-2015, 09:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,145
Posted By Knotyoureality
You might also want to check the plant/flower...

You might also want to check the plant/flower department of your local grocery stores. I've probably bought 3/4ths of my riparium plants as little gift pots from them.
Forum: Substrate   01-28-2015, 09:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,109
Posted By Knotyoureality
Depends on the tank, the light levels, how...

Depends on the tank, the light levels, how heavily it'll be planted (or how much substrate is *supposed* to be visible), what plants are used and how the tank is stocked.


My gold BN pleco...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions   01-14-2015, 06:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 677
Posted By Knotyoureality
Buying things as unprocessed as possible usually...

Buying things as unprocessed as possible usually gets you there with a concentration on vegetables, grains/legumes and saving meat,dairy and fruit as accents or special luxuries--though I always...
Forum: Fish   01-13-2015, 09:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,304
Posted By Knotyoureality
While it won't catch everything, it's generally...

While it won't catch everything, it's generally pretty simple to put a fine net, media bag or other filtering material over the canister outflow to catch the worst of the debris when starting it back...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   01-07-2015, 08:00 PM
Replies: 9
  Shrimp?
Views: 812
Posted By Knotyoureality
It doesn't take much to throw a cherry line into...

It doesn't take much to throw a cherry line into producing other colors and even solidly producing lines will occasionally throw a sport. Great breeders are vigilant in only keeping their shrimp...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   01-06-2015, 07:25 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,733
Posted By Knotyoureality
Lots of nano fish are potential candidates and...

Lots of nano fish are potential candidates and getting all males would ensure plenty of color and no breeding, but they're not always easily available and often pricey even when you can find 'em.
...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions   12-29-2014, 01:17 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 6,601
Posted By Knotyoureality
Bill collector--more or less--for a major...

Bill collector--more or less--for a major financial group. The company puts a fancier name on it, and it's mostly investigative work in my department, but half my day is spent helping people figure...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   12-22-2014, 08:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 640
Posted By Knotyoureality
While ghost shrimp are opportunistic in their...

While ghost shrimp are opportunistic in their diet, I can assure you they're primary food is *not* poop.

They'll happily nosh on pretty much every sort of fish food--flakes, pellets, live...
Forum: Equipment   12-21-2014, 02:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 879
Posted By Knotyoureality
I used to feel comfortable recommending Aqueon...

I used to feel comfortable recommending Aqueon HOB's, but I've just had three in a row turn up defective. First was ordered on-line and arrived with a severe rattle; returned it to be replaced only...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-19-2014, 03:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 851
Posted By Knotyoureality
Yep, constantly tinkering. My collection of...

Yep, constantly tinkering. My collection of planted vases and pico containers help me scratch the itch when I need to leave the main tanks be for awhile. Planning out a new mini-setup, pulling...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-19-2014, 03:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,628
Posted By Knotyoureality
While they're good at munching at certain types...

While they're good at munching at certain types of algae, mollies are unfortunately also prolific breeders making them less than ideal for many tanks if their primary purpose is to eat algae.
...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   12-18-2014, 05:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 925
Posted By Knotyoureality
Not something I'd recommend as a general thing,...

Not something I'd recommend as a general thing, but in the year or so I had it up and running, I was able to bring several cherry culls shrimplets to maturation and produce a second generation from...
Forum: Algae   12-18-2014, 05:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 645
Posted By Knotyoureality
Your excel use may be adding to the problem as...

Your excel use may be adding to the problem as it's supposed to be used daily, especially if being used as an algaecide. It provides carbon to the plants, but algae are faster off the mark than...
Forum: Plants   12-17-2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 835
Posted By Knotyoureality
You don't have to use aqarium specific super...

You don't have to use aqarium specific super glue--any super glue will work. The gel version works best for spot application and ease of use.

Most of my rhizome plants are mounted on wood, but...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   12-15-2014, 08:45 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 273
Posted By Knotyoureality
My nerites seldom pay any attention to...

My nerites seldom pay any attention to supplemental veggies either--though the other snails, shrimp, ottos and plecos certainly do. They do, however, respond strongly whenever I add a fresh wood...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   12-15-2014, 12:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 412
Posted By Knotyoureality
Biofilm is the naturally occurring growth of...

Biofilm is the naturally occurring growth of bacteria--including the beneficial bacteria we speak of when talking about cycling a tank-- algae, fungus and other microorganisms on all the surfaces in...
Forum: Fish   12-08-2014, 07:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 697
Posted By Knotyoureality
Started seeing this when I switched from a HOB to...

Started seeing this when I switched from a HOB to cannister filter on my community tank. Cannister keeps the tank crystal clear and let me solve a "dead spot" in terms of flow in one corner--but it...
Forum: Fish   12-08-2014, 02:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 789
Posted By Knotyoureality
If you can get your hands on some, floaters are...

If you can get your hands on some, floaters are wonderful option. My betta and dwarf gourami both spend hours poking around in the floating roots and tend to be more secure and more inclined to move...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-07-2014, 10:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 543
Posted By Knotyoureality
From your description, food doesn't seem to be an...

From your description, food doesn't seem to be an issue. Certainly don't drop in a feeder cube; in such a small tank with such little stock to eat it you'd only end up with incredibly fouled water. ...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   12-07-2014, 03:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 309
Posted By Knotyoureality
Yep, pond or bladder snail. I've three kinds in...

Yep, pond or bladder snail. I've three kinds in my tanks, all spend a good portion of their time at or above the surface.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-07-2014, 04:09 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,547
Posted By Knotyoureality
Rather than stem plants left to run riot, the...

Rather than stem plants left to run riot, the "jungle" aqua scapes I've seen--those planned rather than occurring thru benign neglect--feature almost entirely non-stem plants for both aesthetic...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-02-2014, 01:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 808
Posted By Knotyoureality
There's also been several decades now of...

There's also been several decades now of manufacturers and consumers moving away from heavy use of aerosol products and towards a much better understanding of it *not* being healthy to spray...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-02-2014, 12:41 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,406
Posted By Knotyoureality
It's a toss up for me. It's worked really well in...

It's a toss up for me. It's worked really well in some tanks and been a bloody nuisance in others--all comes down to how well it likes the conditions and whether it causes problems with that...
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