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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-29-2005, 01:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,796
Posted By shalu
I have now settled at 60%x2 weekly water changes....

I have now settled at 60%x2 weekly water changes. I did every other day water changes at the peak when I was feeding a little more. I dose heavily, typical EI. I also dose nitrate, 1tsp after each...
Forum: Lighting   11-13-2005, 04:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 912
Posted By shalu
The blue endcaps are available in every Home...

The blue endcaps are available in every Home Depot. They are called lamp holders in the store.

You need some hood to install the lights into. Either DIY or get one of these 24" enclosures:...
Forum: Lighting   11-13-2005, 03:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 912
Posted By shalu
Smaller T numbers are better, more efficient. T8...

Smaller T numbers are better, more efficient. T8 is generally better than T12, T6 even better than T8. 24" bulbs should be quite common. If you can't find the bulbs from local chains store, you can...
Forum: Fish   11-12-2005, 08:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 764
Posted By shalu
I am really sorry about your discus deaths. I...

I am really sorry about your discus deaths. I can certainly sympathize as a fellow discus keeper. Hope you can eventually figure out what the cause was and prevent future problems.

I do not...
Forum: Fish   11-09-2005, 10:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 933
Posted By shalu
An adult mated pair would be ideal for 55 gallon....

An adult mated pair would be ideal for 55 gallon. Not much more work for you. The extra work involved in raising juvenile discus makes it "not worth it" for many people. That's what I decided...
Forum: Tank Journals   11-09-2005, 07:19 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 32,654
Posted By shalu
It is a whisper junior. They came in...

It is a whisper junior.


They came in saltwater. I added freshwater over a week, lost some during the process. Still have some in full saltwater.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   11-09-2005, 06:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 576
Posted By shalu
It is generally not what the manufacturers do...

It is generally not what the manufacturers do that is different, it is what the package goes through before it reaches your hand. Who knows how many times the frozen food had been thawed and...
Forum: Fish   11-09-2005, 04:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 771
Posted By shalu
No, you don't need RO to keep discus, including...

No, you don't need RO to keep discus, including wilds. The wild is my favorite in the tank:
http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/9326/wild2.th.jpg (http://img85.imageshack.us/my.php?image=wild2.jpg)
...
Forum: Fish   11-08-2005, 10:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 771
Posted By shalu
:wink:...

:wink: http://img396.imageshack.us/img396/1784/ottosuck4ie.th.jpg (http://img396.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ottosuck4ie.jpg)

I have a bunch of cherry red shrimp with discus. The shrimp got...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   11-08-2005, 08:55 PM
Replies: 24
  PH drop
Views: 1,530
Posted By shalu
Those particular ones are my favorites, heavy...

Those particular ones are my favorites, heavy enough to hold down the big stems. I tried to get some more in my last BigAls order, but they were out of stock :icon_frow
Forum: The Planted Tank FAQ   11-07-2005, 09:08 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 47,339
Posted By shalu
I have not tried that, but I DON'T think it will...

I have not tried that, but I DON'T think it will supply much more juice. I might try that later. My logic is, I did not get more total output at 4x with a 55w bulb than with a 32w bulb. I have no...
Forum: Lighting   11-07-2005, 08:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 715
Posted By shalu
No. It does not. Higher rated (electronic)...

No. It does not. Higher rated (electronic) ballast will drive low wattage bulbs at close to or slightly over bulb's nominal rating, depending on ballast factor. It has load sensing mechanism which...
Forum: Lighting   11-07-2005, 08:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,052
Posted By shalu
How much light you are actually getting depends a...

How much light you are actually getting depends a LOT on what reflectors you use
http://www.sunlightsupply.com/aquarium/products/t5reflectcomparo.shtml

Take a hard look at your current fixtures'...
Forum: Lighting   11-07-2005, 07:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,052
Posted By shalu
It appears that these T4s are compatible with T5...

It appears that these T4s are compatible with T5 fixtures(G5 base). They are 28.5" long. they should be even slightly more efficient than T5s....
Forum: Lighting   11-07-2005, 01:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,039
Posted By shalu
Also the 48" Philips daylight T8 bulbs are...

Also the 48" Philips daylight T8 bulbs are cheap.
Forum: Tank Journals   11-04-2005, 06:04 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 32,654
Posted By shalu
Jim, sorry, misread it, haha. I got the Virgin...

Jim, sorry, misread it, haha. I got the Virgin nerite from floridapets.com
http://floridapets.tripod.com/snails.htm
Forum: Tank Journals   11-04-2005, 02:54 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 32,654
Posted By shalu
Thanks. The food is just some goldfish pallet...

Thanks. The food is just some goldfish pallet food :). I have been neglecting the tank totally for quite a while due to other interests, it is now totally covered in duckweed :icon_frow


you...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-03-2005, 08:00 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,652
Posted By shalu
I used Sony DSC-F707. It WAS the green olive...

I used Sony DSC-F707. It WAS the green olive nerite, not the Virgin nerite.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-03-2005, 06:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,652
Posted By shalu
This is as far as I got, see the new hatchling...

This is as far as I got, see the new hatchling right out of the egg shell:
http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/9118/neritehatch3la.th.jpg (http://img187.imageshack.us/my.php?image=neritehatch3la.jpg)...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-03-2005, 08:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,652
Posted By shalu
My understanding is that Nerite snails go through...

My understanding is that Nerite snails go through a larvae stage so they do not look like snails at all initially. I had nerite eggs hatching but no survivors.
Forum: Lighting   11-03-2005, 03:21 AM
Replies: 2
  Od Ho?
Views: 599
Posted By shalu
Apart from heat, there is a matter of efficiency....

Apart from heat, there is a matter of efficiency. With NO bulbs, they operate in low efficiency range without OD, so OD actually make them more efficient:you not only get more watts, but each watt...
Forum: Lighting   11-02-2005, 08:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 934
Posted By shalu
yes, I have been using those T6(different length)...

yes, I have been using those T6(different length) and like them. They don't need any special endcaps ----- same endcap as T8/T12.
Forum: Lighting   11-02-2005, 07:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 934
Posted By shalu
If one has a DIY hood to install multiple bulbs,...

If one has a DIY hood to install multiple bulbs, then these T6 30" bulbs can fit perfectly in a 30" hood:
http://www.bigalsonline.com/catalog/product.xml?product_id=32124;category_id=4010

Maybe...
Forum: Tank Journals   10-29-2005, 09:58 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 39,270
Posted By shalu
Glossostigma elatinoides is the full name of that...

Glossostigma elatinoides is the full name of that plant. Eventually I gave up on it, it just grew way t0o fast to maintain long term. I went with couple of marsilea species, including marsilea...
Forum: Tank Journals   10-29-2005, 09:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 960
Posted By shalu
those are some great pictures :proud:

those are some great pictures :proud:
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