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Forum: Tank Journals 02-29-2012, 03:18 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,858
Posted By Sophie and Mom
I think the problem with my ammonia levels and...

I think the problem with my ammonia levels and all the cloudiness is in the soil. I used about two inches of soil and an inch of cap. Soil is MG Organic Choice Potting Mix, and it is mostly sphagnum...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-28-2012, 12:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,250
Posted By Sophie and Mom
It just absorbs ammonia. I use API Stress Coat...

It just absorbs ammonia. I use API Stress Coat Plus for chlorine and chloramines.

I know there is a difference. I might be having trouble with this tank, but I'm not a complete stooge.

ETA
I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-28-2012, 11:23 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,250
Posted By Sophie and Mom
They're all in. Seems like the newest batch of...

They're all in. Seems like the newest batch of fry is considerably smaller this morning....Also, Mrs Molly was still pregnant last night, about to pop, and clearly NOT pregnant this morning. There...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-28-2012, 11:12 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,250
Posted By Sophie and Mom
I did some research on rock wool last night. I...

I did some research on rock wool last night. I think I know why my tank has been so cloudy and dusty....

Rock wool is made from basalt rock and chalk, heated to the molten state, and blown out...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-28-2012, 09:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,065
Posted By Sophie and Mom
It would restrict root growth, limiting the...

It would restrict root growth, limiting the growing potential of the upper plant.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-28-2012, 09:47 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,250
Posted By Sophie and Mom
That's what I thought too, but it settles on...

That's what I thought too, but it settles on everything like a grey pall, and clogs my filters. A bacterial bloom wouldn't do that.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-27-2012, 09:20 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,250
Posted By Sophie and Mom
I caught him!! I know, guppies are super...

I caught him!!

I know, guppies are super easy to ...uh..."breed."
Step one: Put guppies in tank.
Step two: Watch.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-27-2012, 09:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,250
Posted By Sophie and Mom
yes, lots of info...no fish in there is the...

yes, lots of info...no fish in there is the obvious choice, and right now I have all but one in the 5 gallon bucket. Due to visibility issues I can't catch that last neon. Once I do a water change...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-27-2012, 08:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,250
Posted By Sophie and Mom
I do have a good number of plants in there now....

I do have a good number of plants in there now. Unfortunately, I can't give you a pic--the water is too cloudy to see anything other than vague shadows. They are growing like crazy, though--I can see...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-27-2012, 07:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,250
Posted By Sophie and Mom
Thank you--good info.

Thank you--good info.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-27-2012, 07:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,250
Posted By Sophie and Mom
Working on that now.

Working on that now.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-27-2012, 07:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,250
Posted By Sophie and Mom
Right now the water is too cloudy to get pics....

Right now the water is too cloudy to get pics. What the hxxx is going on in there???
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-27-2012, 07:15 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,250
Posted By Sophie and Mom
I'm in the process of catching all the fish....

I'm in the process of catching all the fish. There aren't many--I had a very low population in there to begin with. Right now, I have the catchable ones in a five gallon bucket with water lettuce and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-27-2012, 01:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,250
Posted By Sophie and Mom
Woops--missed one! I'm using drops to test,...

Woops--missed one!

I'm using drops to test, and have a stick-on monitor in the tank. I also have used ammo lock in an attempt to reduce the ammonia, but it doesn't seem to make a difference. I've...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-27-2012, 01:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,250
Posted By Sophie and Mom
Surprisingly the fish are showing minimal signs...

Surprisingly the fish are showing minimal signs of distress. It probably helps that I've been doing multiple water changes per day.

I have 2 filters, both hobs: a Fluval C3 and a no-name walmart...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-27-2012, 12:42 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,250
Posted By Sophie and Mom
I think I got the rest of the rock wool out this...

I think I got the rest of the rock wool out this morning. From the dwarf hairgrass.

I am never, ever, EVER buying anything potted in rock wool again. EVER. Ever.
Forum: Lighting 02-27-2012, 11:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 552
Posted By Sophie and Mom
Clamp lights from Home Deopt, using CFL 5000K...

Clamp lights from Home Deopt, using CFL 5000K bulbs (40 watt equiv) are working great in my 10 gallon. Plants and fish are both thriving.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-26-2012, 09:28 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,250
Posted By Sophie and Mom
Today I managed to get about 3/4 of the rock wool...

Today I managed to get about 3/4 of the rock wool out (I didn't know you weren't supposed to plant that with the plant--why do they use that stuff, anyway??). I still have three plants with it that I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-26-2012, 09:24 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,250
Posted By Sophie and Mom
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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-26-2012, 07:11 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,250
Posted By Sophie and Mom
It is pebbles. Funny thing--in Diana Walstad's...

It is pebbles. Funny thing--in Diana Walstad's book, she recommends much larger pebbles than what I have, so the mulm and uneaten food can get through to the soil beneath and prevent ammonia...
Forum: Plants 02-26-2012, 06:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,276
Posted By Sophie and Mom
I know what you mean....my mollies are chowing...

I know what you mean....my mollies are chowing down on mine--or at least tearing it all up. Makes me want to cry, too.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-26-2012, 06:11 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,250
Posted By Sophie and Mom
Thank you--I was afraid it would be something...

Thank you--I was afraid it would be something like that.....

I have a greyish-white cloud settling on everything, too, and making a mess everywhere. It has even clogged up the filters already,...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-26-2012, 06:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,207
Posted By Sophie and Mom
thanks for the info--I think it's too late for a...

thanks for the info--I think it's too late for a silent cycle, now! I'm adding plants every other day, doing crazy water changes constantly, and it still won't stop.

I'm starting a separate thread...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-26-2012, 05:53 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,250
Posted By Sophie and Mom
How long should a non-aided cycle take?

I've got a few fish and a good amount of plants in a 50/55 gallon tank, and have been cycling now for a week (it started cycling on Feb 19). Ammonia levels are too high to measure, even after 50 to...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-26-2012, 12:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,207
Posted By Sophie and Mom
I'm using the same stuff. How long did your...

I'm using the same stuff. How long did your initial ammonia cycle last? This one is killing me--and the ammonia levels are sky high, even after 50 to 75 percent water changes.

To our OP--please do...
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