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Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-03-2015, 03:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 854
Posted By James M
Not so much. A heavily planted tank with strong...

Not so much.
A heavily planted tank with strong lighting will probably need Co2.
A heavily planted 'Walstad' or 'El Natural' tank with low or moderate lighting will not need Co2 if set up properly....
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-01-2015, 01:50 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,576
Posted By James M
A lot of people like to make keeping a planted...

A lot of people like to make keeping a planted tank much harder than it really has to be.
A capped soil substrate goes a long way toward success, and simplifies maintenance.
Better substrate means...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-28-2015, 11:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 502
Posted By James M
Capped soil substrate allows vigorous plant...

Capped soil substrate allows vigorous plant growth with lower light.
Light isn't always the dominant limiting factor in many cases that people think it is.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-28-2015, 11:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 854
Posted By James M
Fast growing, hungry floaters like water lettuce...

Fast growing, hungry floaters like water lettuce and duckweed.
Harvest/remove as necessary. That's your excess nutrient export.
Pretty simple.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-25-2015, 11:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 805
Posted By James M
LOL - can't argue with that. :)

LOL - can't argue with that. :)
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-24-2015, 04:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 805
Posted By James M
Interesting what some people's interpretation of...

Interesting what some people's interpretation of 'low tech' is.



Plan looks OK other than substrate.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-23-2015, 04:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,900
Posted By James M
You can keep any fish in 'unfiltered' aquaria so...

You can keep any fish in 'unfiltered' aquaria so long as you have enough plant life to utilize the dissolved organics produced by the fish. That's part of the advantage to having a planted tank to...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-22-2015, 11:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,900
Posted By James M
I'm sitting here looking at a planted, dirt...

I'm sitting here looking at a planted, dirt substrate, 2 gallon betta bowl.
The Crypt is thriving, so is the betta, shrimp and snails.

A betta, being an anabantoid is a perfect fish for this...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-18-2015, 02:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 289
Posted By James M
Thinking too much, and going a little 'high tech'...

Thinking too much, and going a little 'high tech' for a low tech tank there.
I dose every few weeks when I happen to think about it.

I also have a capped soil substrate, which helps - the only...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-18-2015, 02:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 792
Posted By James M
Yes the plants need those nutrients - the plants...

Yes the plants need those nutrients - the plants are your filter! Use supplemental filtration if you want to/need to for fish load reasons.

Water changes for mineral loss - OK, so long as we're...
Forum: Substrate 01-13-2014, 04:06 AM
Replies: 277
Views: 51,729
Posted By James M
"Holy Grail" = dirt

"Holy Grail" = dirt
Forum: Substrate 01-12-2014, 04:51 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 85,482
Posted By James M
The point wasn't about the beach, it was about...

The point wasn't about the beach, it was about collecting gravel, wherever it may be from. Despite dogy's goofy post, bagged gravel doesn't equate to what results from sifting natural stuff, more of...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-12-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 793
Posted By James M
Don't fall into the trap of thinking you have to...

Don't fall into the trap of thinking you have to minearlize your top soil - you can get band information on the web as easily as good, so be careful. Do your research.
Reading Diana Walstad's book...
Forum: Substrate 01-12-2014, 04:47 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 85,482
Posted By James M
Ahhh...frustrated comedian I see. Keep working...

Ahhh...frustrated comedian I see.
Keep working on it.

Next time you get cornered, might want to just leave it.
Forum: Substrate 01-11-2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 85,482
Posted By James M
Or you're the funny one forgetting some of us...

Or you're the funny one forgetting some of us live on the coast.
It took me a whole 2 minutes to get to the beach. :bounce:
Forum: Substrate 01-10-2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 85,482
Posted By James M
A trick I learned. Step A - collect gravel from...

A trick I learned.
Step A - collect gravel from the beach (or whatever safe, attractive gravel you have access too)

Step B - sift it through 1/4" screen (hardware cloth)

Step c - sift it...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-10-2014, 03:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 972
Posted By James M
Those rocks are fine. In 30 years of doing this...

Those rocks are fine.
In 30 years of doing this I've never had to worry about a rock.
Forum: Substrate 01-10-2014, 03:18 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 85,482
Posted By James M
Impossible to beat what they grow in naturally -...

Impossible to beat what they grow in naturally - dirt.
Forum: Fish 01-10-2014, 01:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 664
Posted By James M
How neat - congrats! I'm going to have to try...

How neat - congrats!
I'm going to have to try this cory breeding business. ;)
Forum: Substrate 01-10-2014, 01:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,620
Posted By James M
Yep Regarding the gas bubbles - depends highly...

Yep
Regarding the gas bubbles - depends highly in the dirt in question.
I don't get any of that with the soil I collect - from the bag yes.
Forum: Fish 01-09-2014, 07:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,040
Posted By James M
Wrong. Mbuna, which represent a large portion...

Wrong.
Mbuna, which represent a large portion of the Malawi cichlids will absolutely destroy many of the more delicate plants. Tougher plants like Java fern and Anubias may be just fine.

"Even"...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-09-2014, 01:42 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 988
Posted By James M
Good thing it's one of the best bio- filters for...

Good thing it's one of the best bio- filters for a planted tank.
Forum: Fish 01-08-2014, 11:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,040
Posted By James M
Aye - thus my use of the word "most" ;) There...

Aye - thus my use of the word "most" ;)
There some huge open water haps, but most are much smaller, or stay much smaller than the GT under aquarium conditions.
GT's on the other hand are often not...
Forum: Fish 01-08-2014, 08:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,040
Posted By James M
Neetroplus nematopus is a neat little fish -...

Neetroplus nematopus is a neat little fish - aggressive as can be, but would be nice in a dedicated tank. I kept them years ago.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-08-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 988
Posted By James M
Yep - I grow it just for my goldfish in the pond...

Yep - I grow it just for my goldfish in the pond during summer.
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