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Forum: Substrate 09-27-2013, 07:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 579
Posted By babystarz
I think most are useless, but I agree that...

I think most are useless, but I agree that Fluorite is one of the few worth the price. Even so, I've only used it in one tank. It's hard to justify knowing that I've had very successful tanks using...
Forum: Substrate 09-27-2013, 07:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 995
Posted By babystarz
I've heard good things about this stuff!

I've heard good things about this stuff!
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-27-2013, 07:05 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 263
Posted By babystarz
90 Gallon Long - Help!

I'm already feeling overwhelmed and my custom tank hasn't even arrived yet. It's a 90 Gallon long tank (48x18x25), and I've never had anything bigger than a 20 gallon. I'm planning to do a low-tech...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-07-2013, 11:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 319
Posted By babystarz
Depending on how long they've been planted you...

Depending on how long they've been planted you may find you can split the root systems into more plantlets than you had before. Otherwise, it's normal for melt to happen when a plant is moved to a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-07-2013, 06:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,728
Posted By babystarz
Sounds like a fantastic starting point. I've...

Sounds like a fantastic starting point. I've found too that as I gained more experience, I kept coming back to the simple, no-frills approach anyway. There's a lot of options even for this basic type...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-29-2013, 07:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,728
Posted By babystarz
1.) Based on both your experiences and mine, I...

1.) Based on both your experiences and mine, I suggest you go for a low-tech Natural Planted Tank, abbreviated to NPT (this type of tank has its own subforum here for all your questions about setup...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-29-2013, 07:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 323
Posted By babystarz
I mostly just raise fry food, and I'm horrible...

I mostly just raise fry food, and I'm horrible about keeping it alive when I don't have fry. I tend to stick to bbs for this reason, because you can hatch them on demand and keep the eggs in your...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-29-2013, 06:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 467
Posted By babystarz
Agreed with sarahspins. You could keep it around...

Agreed with sarahspins. You could keep it around just for clippings before adding them to your "display" tanks (I do the same thing with Kritter Keepers) but this one will probably never be a looker.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-29-2013, 06:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 198
Posted By babystarz
Moving my 20 gallon tanks - twice

So I am about to go through potentially the most annoying process ever. I have several NPT's. Some I am completely going to tear down and not keep, so I have to figure out the best way to clean and...
Forum: Fish 12-21-2012, 11:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 468
Posted By babystarz
Breeding siblings for one or two generations...

Breeding siblings for one or two generations isn't really a big deal. The inbreeding is easily corrected with one generation of outbreeding to an unrelated fish. The danger occurs when you breed...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 12-04-2012, 11:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 459
Posted By babystarz
Yeah they help tanks with natural soil because...

Yeah they help tanks with natural soil because they break up toxic pockets of gas caused by natural decay occurring in the dirt.

A 10G tank can easily support 100 MTS within a couple of months, so...
Forum: Plants 12-02-2012, 12:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,002
Posted By babystarz
I use both Flourish and Flourish Excel and my...

I use both Flourish and Flourish Excel and my java ferns have done very nicely. Lots of rhizome growth. If I start using Flourish Excel in a tank, I gradually work up to the normal dose. This seems...
Forum: Fish 12-01-2012, 05:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 609
Posted By babystarz
Sounds perfect for a pair of betta albimarginata...

Sounds perfect for a pair of betta albimarginata http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/betta-albimarginata/
Forum: Fish 12-01-2012, 05:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 958
Posted By babystarz
The general rule for betta tankmates is, pick...

The general rule for betta tankmates is, pick something fast that can get away and avoid bright colors that may cause the betta to think they're rivals. Of course, if you have lots of plants to break...
Forum: Fish 12-01-2012, 05:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 323
Posted By babystarz
I'm confused, is the male already in the breeding...

I'm confused, is the male already in the breeding tank? If so, you should definitely move him back to his own tank and treat him there. And he certainly doesn't sound like he's in any condition to...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 11-20-2012, 08:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 360
Posted By babystarz
Thanks, I went ahead and mixed 80% peat with 20%...

Thanks, I went ahead and mixed 80% peat with 20% soil and a play sand cap. I usually prefer fine grain sand but I was worried it wouldn't hold the peat down. The peat actually did puff up after I...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 11-20-2012, 06:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 360
Posted By babystarz
Peat Moss NPT?

I have bought a bag of peat moss to experiment with in my next two 10 gal NPT's. I want to see if I can create a stable low pH environment. If I'm successful, I will be able to keep more species of...
Forum: Fish 10-03-2012, 10:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 275
Posted By babystarz
I feed my bettas NLS and once a week I feed them...

I feed my bettas NLS and once a week I feed them blood worms or brine shrimp instead of the pellets as a treat. It's not really a good idea to do it more often than this because the pellets provide...
Forum: Fish 09-27-2012, 01:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 934
Posted By babystarz
I have seen bettas that I cannot believe are...

I have seen bettas that I cannot believe are still alive brought back from the brink and turn into beautiful, healthy creatures. So I would say no, there's not a point where treatment is cruel. If...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 09-27-2012, 12:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,662
Posted By babystarz
1. Some people do plant the tank before it's...

1. Some people do plant the tank before it's fully cycled, I prefer to wait because some plants are sensitive to ammonia spikes and can melt. On the other hand, plants do help cycle faster. Your...
Forum: Fish 09-25-2012, 08:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,414
Posted By babystarz
If you'd like some tips PM me, I've got a happy...

If you'd like some tips PM me, I've got a happy betta sorority going with 7 girls :)
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 09-25-2012, 08:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,662
Posted By babystarz
Glad I could help! That looks like a good...

Glad I could help! That looks like a good lighting option and should provide the correct amount of light needed in your setup. And a nice price too!

Bettas like filters with low current so most...
Forum: Aquascaping 09-25-2012, 08:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 861
Posted By babystarz
Yes I highly recommend Malaysian Trumpet Snails,...

Yes I highly recommend Malaysian Trumpet Snails, they do an excellent job aerating. And they're buried most of the time (they only really come out of the substrate at night) so they're pretty...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 09-25-2012, 07:07 PM
Replies: 269
Views: 24,401
Posted By babystarz
I've had so much fun reading through this thread!...

I've had so much fun reading through this thread! davrx, your tanks are beautiful and I'm so glad they're in the hands of someone who knows how to restore them correctly and appreciates their...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 09-25-2012, 06:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,662
Posted By babystarz
First of all - you're not stupid or ignorant....

First of all - you're not stupid or ignorant. Everybody starts somewhere and this hobby can get complicated :)

I would suggest, that since this is your first planted tank, that you go ahead and...
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