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Forum: Tank Journals   01-22-2016, 08:47 PM
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Posted By beetea
Thanks! I know they're not the high grade CRS....

Thanks! I know they're not the high grade CRS. I've never actually selectively bred these guys so it's usually a mix of what I guess are mostly S/S+ and A/B. The one in the second photo above with...
Forum: Tank Journals   01-22-2016, 09:17 AM
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Posted By beetea
60G Shrimp & Rasboras

A bit of a long story.

I moved about a year ago and sold off all of my fish and most of my 100 or so CRS before the move. I took down all my tanks except for one, a 5-gallon. I drained that tank...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   01-22-2016, 08:09 AM
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Posted By beetea
So many variables to consider. My thoughts and...

So many variables to consider. My thoughts and experiences with shrimp:

* Stability is important. Don't change too many variables too quickly.
* CRS do best at around 72F for me. RCS typically do...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   01-17-2016, 10:27 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 36,034
Posted By beetea
I meant adjustment to the new water chemistry due...

I meant adjustment to the new water chemistry due to the change in fertilization.



Yes, I use tap water. My water is extremely soft. Are you measuring your water parameters (GH, KH, TDS)? I...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   01-11-2016, 09:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,072
Posted By beetea
Update: basically things are looking a lot better...

Update: basically things are looking a lot better but not before I had a small bout with thread algae (Spirogyra). And to answer the question in the title: no, it was not my pH :) Thanks for all the...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   01-11-2016, 08:20 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 36,034
Posted By beetea
How long has it been since your plants started...

How long has it been since your plants started dying? And are they really dead or are leaves just browning/falling off? Plants often need a period of adjustment when there are drastic changes to...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   11-06-2015, 07:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,072
Posted By beetea
Thanks HDBenson and Daisy Mae I'm going to...

Thanks HDBenson and Daisy Mae

I'm going to start doing larger, more frequent WCs to keep the TDS a little lower. I did a 30% WC last night and measured the TDS before the WC to be at 234...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   11-05-2015, 10:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,072
Posted By beetea
I dose potassium nitrate, monopotassium...

I dose potassium nitrate, monopotassium phosphate, and Seachem Equilibrium according to this article: How to Setup a Low-tech Planted Tank: A Guide for Planted Aquariums | Welcome to Sudeep Mandal's...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   11-05-2015, 06:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,072
Posted By beetea
The 196 TDS is not tap. I tested the tap to be...

The 196 TDS is not tap. I tested the tap to be much lower. I think it was in the 20-30 range.
Forum: Low Tech Forum   11-01-2015, 04:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,072
Posted By beetea
Got the GH kit and TDS meter today and here are...

Got the GH kit and TDS meter today and here are the measurements:

GH is 5, TDS 196 ppm

I also got home last night to see one pregnant female, so perhaps I just haven't been patient enough with...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   10-30-2015, 06:50 AM
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Posted By beetea
I was just wondering about that today. If I...

I was just wondering about that today. If I understand correctly, the NaOH added to the water results in Na+ ions in the water. The Na+ ions would disrupt the Potassium uptake of plants leading to...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   10-29-2015, 04:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,072
Posted By beetea
Thanks for the explanation of why my water is so...

Thanks for the explanation of why my water is so soft while being so high for pH. This had be confusing me for a while. Do you know what is typically added at the treatment plant to increase the pH?...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   10-27-2015, 06:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,072
Posted By beetea
Thanks for the feedback. Yea, I agree. I've been...

Thanks for the feedback. Yea, I agree. I've been monitoring the tank quite closely for the last 4 months but can't see a problem elsewhere.



I've checked this very often for the last 4 months...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   10-27-2015, 05:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,072
Posted By beetea
Is it my pH or something else?

I'm trying to figure out why my plants and CRS are not doing as well as before.

The water coming out of the tap comes out at about 7.6-7.8 pH. I think the official numbers I got from the local...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   10-24-2015, 06:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 632
Posted By beetea
How about trimming those rotala (or ludwigia?)...

How about trimming those rotala (or ludwigia?) looking plants near the front that are obscuring the rocks? Keep them lower and more bushy perhaps.
Forum: Low Tech Forum   10-24-2015, 01:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 462
Posted By beetea
I've had it grow quite well with excel and no...

I've had it grow quite well with excel and no CO2. That was in an 8-gallon tank with aquasoil. I'm struggling to get it to spread in my 60-gallon dirted tank without excel. I started dosing excel...
Forum: Plants   10-06-2015, 01:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 439
Posted By beetea
As mentioned, "Liquid CO2" is actually...

As mentioned, "Liquid CO2" is actually glutaraldehyde CH2(CH2CHO)2. (Actual CO2 as a liquid would probably freeze your tank!) Having kept and bred large populations of CRS (C. cantonensis), I can say...
Forum: Plants   10-05-2015, 08:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,025
Posted By beetea
Microsorom windelov is one of my faves just due...

Microsorom windelov is one of my faves just due to it's combo of hardiness, shape, size and versatility. Eg. just shove it into any crevice on a piece of wood/rock and eventually you get a nice...
Forum: Plants   10-05-2015, 07:53 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By beetea
I would also say it's Limnophila and not Cabomba

I would also say it's Limnophila and not Cabomba
Forum: Finnex   09-04-2015, 11:15 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 10,211
Posted By beetea
Just received mine and everything looks to be...

Just received mine and everything looks to be present/working. The removable section of the feet on the 24/7 are much more difficult to take off than the one on the planted+. I felt like I was going...
Forum: Tank Journals   09-04-2015, 01:03 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,946
Posted By beetea
That looks like a sword so I think you're ok. ...

That looks like a sword so I think you're ok.




I end up leaving bits in here and there as well and haven't had problems so I think you're OK. And correcting myself here: I think it's actually...
Forum: Tank Journals   09-03-2015, 08:05 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,946
Posted By beetea
I would split up the bunched plants for planting....

I would split up the bunched plants for planting. It gives them more room and light to grow. I typically plant them in small groups of 3-5 stems/nodes. For something like Lilaeopsis, dividing it up...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   09-03-2015, 08:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 620
Posted By beetea
I have a 60 gallon that has a planted+ about 22...

I have a 60 gallon that has a planted+ about 22 inches or so from the substrate where the crypts are. It's definitely low lighting at that depth but enough for the crypts. I am not certain it will be...
Forum: Finnex   09-03-2015, 08:09 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 10,211
Posted By beetea
Sounds like we're getting returned items?...

Sounds like we're getting returned items? Hopefully not. Amazon just gave me another update and said it will be here on Friday so I'll know then.
Forum: Low Tech Forum   09-02-2015, 10:37 PM
Replies: 1,813
Views: 979,196
Posted By beetea
I really like L. brasiliensis and it's a lot...

I really like L. brasiliensis and it's a lot hardier than I would've expected. I've had it survive in maintenance buckets (eg. when I rescape or move) for months! One thing I do notice is that it...
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