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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-15-2015, 04:09 PM
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Posted By mossback
Over the course of 90 days, you should see some...

Over the course of 90 days, you should see some interesting population dynamics. Lots of scuds, with no more moss to eat.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   05-23-2015, 03:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 624
Posted By mossback
I just looked at your photo again and realized...

I just looked at your photo again and realized that it actually contains two objects. I just assumed that you were referring to the pinkish thread, because you were asking about detritus worms, and...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   05-18-2015, 12:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 624
Posted By mossback
Good to know; thanks. Lol, not...

Good to know; thanks.



Lol, not academic. I've been out of the academy for many years, and biology was never my field. I just have a couple of plant growout tanks that have a residual...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   05-14-2015, 02:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 624
Posted By mossback
N communis has about the same length-to-diameter...

N communis has about the same length-to-diameter ratio as in the image, but grows to about an inch long.

I am experimentally trying to culture them. I've had limited success with online searches...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   05-13-2015, 01:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 624
Posted By mossback
It looks a whole lot like Nais communis, a fairly...

It looks a whole lot like Nais communis, a fairly common detritus worm. But is it really only 1mm long? That's well down into banana worm/vinegar worm territory.
Forum: Plants   04-23-2015, 02:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 568
Posted By mossback
A little more context, just in case someone else...

A little more context, just in case someone else is motivated to search for the post that I mentioned. It was in a thread that I saw several years ago, don't remember where. The subject was whether...
Forum: Plants   04-22-2015, 02:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 568
Posted By mossback
I believe it. I vaguely remember having read that...

I believe it. I vaguely remember having read that Java fern could morph between standard and trident forms. Unfortunately, I can't locate it now.

But how did you know that the rhizome was...
Forum: Substrate   08-16-2014, 03:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 796
Posted By mossback
Minor typo. It's a gallon that's about 231 cu in;...

Minor typo. It's a gallon that's about 231 cu in; a cu ft is 1728 cu in.
Forum: Fish   07-20-2014, 06:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 497
Posted By mossback
It's a shiner. Maybe Notropis hudsonius?

It's a shiner. Maybe Notropis hudsonius?
Forum: DIY   02-08-2014, 01:34 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 40,038
Posted By mossback
What is the spacing between diodes on the strips?...

What is the spacing between diodes on the strips? From you photo it looks like it might be 6 per 10 cm segment. By the wildest of coincidences, a chunk of egg crate that I picked up some time ago has...
Forum: Tank Journals   01-12-2014, 07:19 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 12,762
Posted By mossback
Too many dorsal fins to be a minnow, so some sort...

Too many dorsal fins to be a minnow, so some sort of blue-eye still has to be the best guess. Maybe a sub-adult female? With that prominent lateral stripe fading as she matures?
Forum: Substrate   11-24-2013, 05:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,081
Posted By mossback
"So does anyone know anything about attapulgite...

"So does anyone know anything about attapulgite clay?"

Was not aware that it was used for kitty litter. But you could give it a try. You might find yourself in a position to contribute some...
Forum: Substrate   11-24-2013, 04:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,081
Posted By mossback
Internet forums aren't the perfect communications...

Internet forums aren't the perfect communications medium. They give the appearance of being interactive, which discourages the hard work of editing a post before committing it. However, in general,...
Forum: Substrate   11-23-2013, 06:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,081
Posted By mossback
What you are actually looking for is fired...

What you are actually looking for is fired ('calcined') montmorillonite, aka arcillite, rather than the raw clay. So you might want to expand your search terms to include arcillite as well as...
Forum: Fish   07-14-2013, 05:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 557
Posted By mossback
Looks like a whitetail shiner, Cyprinella...

Looks like a whitetail shiner, Cyprinella galactura.
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions   12-14-2012, 04:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,173
Posted By mossback
Suppose the plane is rolling down a fixed runway....

Suppose the plane is rolling down a fixed runway. The forces acting on it in the direction of motion are engine thrust moving it forward, opposed by rolling resistance and aerodynamic drag. Drag will...
Forum: Substrate   12-29-2011, 02:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,843
Posted By mossback
You could try Stalite Permatill. It's made...

You could try Stalite Permatill.

It's made from something like slate (rather than Montmorillonite), porous like Turface, fairly low bulk density (roughly 50 lb/cu ft, vs Turface at 35 lb/cu ft),...
Forum: Tank Journals   12-11-2011, 06:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,543
Posted By mossback
High pH usually goes with high KH, so when you...

High pH usually goes with high KH, so when you mention that carbonate hardness is near zero, it probably refers to tank KH rather than tap KH.

Due to its high CEC, raw turface is a notorious KH...
Forum: Fish   12-09-2011, 03:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,633
Posted By mossback
Is the tank going to be an aquarium or a...

Is the tank going to be an aquarium or a riparium? If a riparium, you might consider half a dozen bluefin killies, or maybe a dozen pygmy killies, Leptolucania ommata. If an aquarium, there are lots...
Forum: Substrate   09-08-2011, 04:03 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By mossback
Dry turface bulk density is supposed to be about...

Dry turface bulk density is supposed to be about 35 lb/cu ft. So 50 lb would occupy a volume of 50/35 = 1.43 cu ft. Fits nicely in a bag that's roughly 2 ft tall.
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions   03-10-2011, 01:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 908
Posted By mossback
Just make sure it's an epoxy-based nail polish ...

Just make sure it's an epoxy-based nail polish ...
Forum: Substrate   03-07-2011, 02:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,448
Posted By mossback
Ewings' turface links are broken -- not a...

Ewings' turface links are broken -- not a surprise because the turface folks seem to tinker with their website rather frequently. Go to turface.com instead, and check out the 'Turface Products' tab. ...
Forum: Substrate   03-01-2011, 02:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,448
Posted By mossback
Ewing Irrigation stocks it in Georgia. I think...

Ewing Irrigation stocks it in Georgia. I think they also have a bunch of stores in Colorado.

And when someone finds the heritage red color, please give us some pictures of what it looks like wet.
Forum: Substrate   02-12-2011, 03:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 784
Posted By mossback
What part of the Chattahoochee? Upstream of...

What part of the Chattahoochee?

Upstream of the fall line, it flows mostly thru granite and metamorphic rocks. Granite is generally inert; but some metamorphic rocks (eg, marble) are not....
Forum: Fish   02-12-2011, 02:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 994
Posted By mossback
As long as your tropical water is sufficiently...

As long as your tropical water is sufficiently well oxygenated, they should do ok. They will simply live faster, and die of old age sooner, than they would have in temperate water.
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