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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-30-2012, 08:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,480
Posted By jonnythe
Sergio, are you dosing calcium nitrate only...

Sergio, are you dosing calcium nitrate only because you can't get potassium nitrate?

If so, then it's quite simple (and fun) to turn the Ca(NO3)2 into KNO3 by reacting it with potassium sulfate....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-29-2012, 09:14 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 180
Posted By jonnythe
Q about plant growth in "re-started" tank

I've got a 30gal that I'm bringing back to a low-tech planted tank after a couple of years of basically no lighting. It's been inhabited by a few Australian native fish that enjoyed the "darkness" in...
Forum: Plants 06-26-2008, 11:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 858
Posted By jonnythe
Yes I know what the bananas are for. The problem...

Yes I know what the bananas are for. The problem is they withered away. However the plants that were resting on the substrate had grown huge root mats through the gravel as well. So I don't know. If...
Forum: Plants 06-26-2008, 11:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 858
Posted By jonnythe
karlhigh, I did all that but the plants gradually...

karlhigh, I did all that but the plants gradually stopped producing leaves at all and the bananas shriveled away. I read on several sites this can happen. Considering they've put all that energy into...
Forum: Plants 06-16-2008, 12:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 858
Posted By jonnythe
Thanks marko. I did try several ideas found on...

Thanks marko. I did try several ideas found on the net but none worked. They were never buried. After chopping off the surface leaves submersed growth began again but it was very small/weak and the...
Forum: Plants 06-15-2008, 11:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 858
Posted By jonnythe
marko, this was a fairly old thread, but thanks...

marko, this was a fairly old thread, but thanks for being the only person to reply.

The banana plants ended up just melting away eventually. I think it's a mistake to let them produce surface...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-05-2007, 06:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 454
Posted By jonnythe
Yeah I'm pretty sure now they're cory eggs. One...

Yeah I'm pretty sure now they're cory eggs. One of them is pretty fat. Is it usual for them to get a pinkish color underneath when in berry (if that's the correct term?) Also it seems they may be...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-05-2007, 02:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 454
Posted By jonnythe
Hmmm, I don't think I'd describe them as sesame...

Hmmm, I don't think I'd describe them as sesame seeds like nerite eggs are compared to. They definately look more like these cory eggs (http://www.spidersbox.com/Fish/Main/Cory%20eggs%20close.JPG),...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-05-2007, 01:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 454
Posted By jonnythe
Wasserpest, not that I know of, but now you've...

Wasserpest, not that I know of, but now you've got me thinking.

I just did a search about nerites as I'm not familiar with them. The only pictures of their eggs I found are too hard to id...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-04-2007, 10:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 454
Posted By jonnythe
Hey, am I correct to guess these are cory eggs? I...

Hey, am I correct to guess these are cory eggs? I have some peppered cats and a quick google shows they look similar.

Edit: Just found a larger group of them on back glass. How long does it take...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-04-2007, 10:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 454
Posted By jonnythe
Strange critters on glass.

Woke up this morning to find these strange things on the front glass. They're like little suction cups 1/8" diameter stuck to the glass and they don't seem to be moving. There are three groups of...
Forum: Fish 11-02-2007, 10:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,338
Posted By jonnythe
Thanks all. Yes I was pretty certain myself they...

Thanks all. Yes I was pretty certain myself they were CAE's. Hard to mistake really. We just needed proof to show the LFS as they insist these are not chinese algae eaters but a more peaceful species...
Forum: Fish 11-02-2007, 07:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,338
Posted By jonnythe
Gold sucking catfish - CAE?

My brother was talked into buying a couple of these from the LFS last night. I told him they look like chinese algae eaters and if they are, would probably cause some mayhem in his community tank...
Forum: Plants 10-29-2007, 02:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 858
Posted By jonnythe
Banana plant growth question

I have a few of these in my tank. After letting them sit on top of the substrate for a few weeks, I partially rooted two in the sand. They began sending up surface leaves and I decided not to cut...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 09-10-2007, 03:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 339
Posted By jonnythe
Nitrite levels staying put.

After having much trouble getting plants to grow in my low-tech 36gal, things seem to be turning round. I made several changes including increased lighting, adding clay under the gravel substrate,...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 08-23-2007, 11:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,835
Posted By jonnythe
I don't use any medications/treatments, apart...

I don't use any medications/treatments, apart from ACE for change water.

Anyway things seem to be coming good, fingers crossed.

I added some new ambulia and it's putting out healthy shoots...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 08-17-2007, 06:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,835
Posted By jonnythe
Just a bit of an update. I ripped all the plants...

Just a bit of an update. I ripped all the plants out and have given the substrate a good mixing up to clean it. The Elodea is putting out green shoots again so I think giving the tank a rest has...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 08-15-2007, 12:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,835
Posted By jonnythe
No, there's no water softener here. There's no...

No, there's no water softener here. There's no need for one since tap-water is already very soft.

I can't believe even hornwort isn't doing well now. In my 2gal shrimp/snail tank it's beautiful...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 08-14-2007, 03:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,835
Posted By jonnythe
TalukderE, I used to have a sump but removed it...

TalukderE, I used to have a sump but removed it when adding plants. At the moment I'm running a HOB just for polishing and circulation. I've been thinking whether this is part of the problem. The...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 08-07-2007, 12:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,835
Posted By jonnythe
Homer, yes I borrowed Diana's book last year....

Homer, yes I borrowed Diana's book last year. Though I didn't get to read all of it.

macclellan, I said before converting to a planted tank it had a low bioload. Now it's a community: cats, corys,...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 08-06-2007, 04:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,835
Posted By jonnythe
Thanks for the replies everyone. I do...

Thanks for the replies everyone.

I do realise that low tech tanks seem to benefit from an "active" substrate such as added soil etc. However many people grow great plants in straight sand. And...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 08-06-2007, 01:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,835
Posted By jonnythe
No luck growing plants - why?

Hey everyone. I'm hoping to get some help as to why all the plants I've tried growing in my 36 gal low tech just don't do well. It had been running for a couple of years with no artificial lighting...
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