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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 11:10 PM
Replies: 11
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Posted By Diana
GH is General Hardness, the measure of Ca and Mg....

GH is General Hardness, the measure of Ca and Mg. This is not a buffer for pH.

KH is Carbonate Hardness. This is the buffer for pH.

To raise the GH look into products that may be called GH...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-20-2014, 08:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 211
Posted By Diana
How are your plants doing? Are you dosing...

How are your plants doing?
Are you dosing fertilizers?

The blue drop checker suggests 2 things, IMO.
Either not much CO2 is getting into the water, or else the plants are using it pretty fast....
Forum: Algae 04-20-2014, 04:52 PM
Replies: 291
Views: 42,886
Posted By Diana
Follow up to my post of 4-4-14: In some tanks...

Follow up to my post of 4-4-14:
In some tanks the blanket weed is dead and gone. Really clean tanks!
In others there seems to have been little to no benefit.

The difference seems to be the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-20-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 423
Posted By Diana
Tetra Safe Start worked very well the one time I...

Tetra Safe Start worked very well the one time I used it. The bacteria are not 'snake oil'; they are the proven bacteria that are the active working bacteria in the bio filter.
The problem is that...
Forum: Substrate 04-20-2014, 05:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 292
Posted By Diana
Substrate that lowers pH is often one of the...

Substrate that lowers pH is often one of the montmorillonite clays such as Safe-T-Sorb, Turface or similar.

Sand may be neutral (silica) or can raise the pH (any limestone or related type of...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-20-2014, 05:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 423
Posted By Diana
Take the fish back. Do the fishless cycle. ...

Take the fish back.
Do the fishless cycle.
Read the ingredients in the 'Bacteria' you bought. The actual, proven species of nitrifying bacteria is Nitrospira species. If your bottle says others,...
Forum: DIY 04-19-2014, 12:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 164
Posted By Diana
Have it printed at a company that makes banners...

Have it printed at a company that makes banners for outdoor use, signs and similar things.
Some ways to find a company that does this:
Look up
Signs
Banners
Blue Prints
Reprographics
CAD...
Forum: DIY 04-19-2014, 12:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 365
Posted By Diana
Well, here is my thinking, not engineered: ...

Well, here is my thinking, not engineered:

The longer a tank is, the more strain on the plywood. The top will bulge out. At 4' long, this is not too bad, might work. Maybe a top brace would...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-19-2014, 12:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 235
Posted By Diana
Plants use certain elements in large amounts. ...

Plants use certain elements in large amounts.
H= Hydrogen and O= oxygen; ought to be in the tanks already.
C= Carbon; the item most often in short supply. Liquid source is Excel.
(Excel does...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 04-18-2014, 01:29 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 576
Posted By Diana
Ditto THE V: Watering in the late evening to...

Ditto THE V:
Watering in the late evening to early morning is best for several reasons:
1) Minimal water use in the neighborhood, (everyone is asleep) so water pressure is high. This makes sure the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-18-2014, 01:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 155
Posted By Diana
No need to alter the pH with materials designed...

No need to alter the pH with materials designed JUST to play around with the pH.

Keep the mineral levels (GH, KH, TDS) in the right range for the fish, and the pH will probably be pretty close to...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-18-2014, 01:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 180
Posted By Diana
KNO3: If the plants are using any nitrogen such...

KNO3:
If the plants are using any nitrogen such as from fish food to the point that the NO3 test shows 0 ppm, then dose. Yes, dose according to the whatever system you are using, then watch for...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-18-2014, 12:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 444
Posted By Diana
NO3 tests: Here is how I handled it when I had...

NO3 tests:
Here is how I handled it when I had more fish than plants.
Once it passes 40 ppm all the colors look too close to the same IMO.
Do a 50% water change. 40 ppm is too high, so if it is...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-18-2014, 12:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 182
Posted By Diana
I did not realize they could be predatory. I...

I did not realize they could be predatory.
I sure know they are territorial, but this is usually directed toward other Anabantoids that want to share the surface area.
Occasionally I have heard...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-18-2014, 12:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 239
Posted By Diana
You could just save the media in the Penguin. ...

You could just save the media in the Penguin.
Either cut it up and put it in the Aquaclear, or put it in a mesh bag like a nylon stocking and hang it in the tank right under the Aquaclear.
Forum: Substrate 04-16-2014, 10:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 238
Posted By Diana
Not a problem. As noted by DSP the calcium...

Not a problem. As noted by DSP the calcium carbonate types of rock will only dissolve in water that is acidic to neutral. It does not dissolve very fast in harder water. Just enough to keep the...
Forum: Aquascaping 04-16-2014, 02:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 341
Posted By Diana
Bamboo is not toxic. I have heard of treating...

Bamboo is not toxic.
I have heard of treating it with something that seals it, don't remember what. Some sort of clear sealer.

I think Plecos will eat it, so I would not treat it. (especially...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-16-2014, 02:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 452
Posted By Diana
I am surprised that any pool filter sand would do...

I am surprised that any pool filter sand would do this.
However, you have one that does. :-(

I would do the best you can to remove it from the tank. A very small trace may remain, and that...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-16-2014, 01:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 155
Posted By Diana
pH approaching 9 is too high for the soft water...

pH approaching 9 is too high for the soft water fish. Even the ones that have been bred in captivity for many generations can handle harder water than their ancestors evolved in can have problems...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-16-2014, 01:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 236
Posted By Diana
Here is the fishless cycle, including info about...

Here is the fishless cycle, including info about the bottled bacteria products.
I would quit harming the fish and add one of these. Get enough so you have some extra and store it in the fridge....
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-15-2014, 04:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 218
Posted By Diana
Monitor both, and see how your tank runs. ...

Monitor both, and see how your tank runs.
Decomposing organic matter can use some carbonates, and nitrifying bacteria can use some.

If the KH does drop, and you want to keep it a bit higher you...
Forum: Fish 04-15-2014, 04:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 219
Posted By Diana
That tail does look bitten, not rotted. ...

That tail does look bitten, not rotted.

Perhaps one of the problems is the hard, alkaline water. However, there is something attacking the Oto, IMO.
Forum: Equipment 04-15-2014, 03:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 181
Posted By Diana
I like the Aquaclear because it is an open space...

I like the Aquaclear because it is an open space to be filled with whatever I want.
Forum: Ponds 04-15-2014, 03:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,128
Posted By Diana
Looking great! Really good that you know the...

Looking great!
Really good that you know the local conditions so well. Very important that the pond is deep enough not to freeze.
Forum: Aquascaping 04-14-2014, 06:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 416
Posted By Diana
The other piece looks a lot better. Try...

The other piece looks a lot better.
Try placing it in the tank in a couple of orientations and see what fits.

The first piece might be used as an addition to the main piece, but lets see the...
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