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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Today, 03:52 AM
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Posted By Diana
If you were following the EI method, and using...

If you were following the EI method, and using CSM+B for traces, and KH2PO4 for phosphates, then a really simple dose is to make these 2 equal.
This is probably still OK if you have tested and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 11:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 90
Posted By Diana
Drain the tank an inch or two and put something...

Drain the tank an inch or two and put something under it to catch it if it falls into the tank. Simplest: if you already have a glass lid, just slide it back there. Don't even need to drain out a...
Forum: Lighting Yesterday, 01:09 AM
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Views: 434
Posted By Diana
Diamond plate. Really good reflectors!...

Diamond plate.

Really good reflectors! Worth it!
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 12:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 130
Posted By Diana
To raise GH- Seachem equilibrium will give you a...

To raise GH- Seachem equilibrium will give you a balance of Ca and Mg. You can make your own blend with calcium chloride and epsom salt.

To raise KH- baking soda or potassium bicarbonate. This...
Forum: Substrate 04-23-2015, 12:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 128
Posted By Diana
I have not actually rubbed any of my acrylic...

I have not actually rubbed any of my acrylic tanks with STS, though I have 2 with this material. Seems not a problem.

I'll bet peat moss will not scratch it! (But that is not much fun as a...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-22-2015, 01:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 406
Posted By Diana
The basic story is in how the product is...

The basic story is in how the product is supplied. If they both start as dry ingredients (agricultural supply is common, though lab purity is possible, not needed though)

A wet product has someone...
Forum: Aquascaping 04-22-2015, 12:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,539
Posted By Diana
A dozen Otos + the other fish. Yes, think...

A dozen Otos + the other fish.
Yes, think 'lower part of the tank' and 'non-jumpers'.
Live bearers (Endlers) could work, too- Herd them all to one end to remove the over population.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-22-2015, 02:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 173
Posted By Diana
My filters also are pretty heavy in the...

My filters also are pretty heavy in the mechanical media- different cell count of sponges, floss and so on, and a small amount of bio media. Not much- the bacteria grow on the sponges, etc quite...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-22-2015, 02:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 324
Posted By Diana
Have you ever added potting soil with perlite to...

Have you ever added potting soil with perlite to the tank? Perlite (especially really fine granules) might stay floating and give you the 'salt' appearance.
Forum: Aquascaping 04-22-2015, 01:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 341
Posted By Diana
If this will be seen from all sides, then do a...

If this will be seen from all sides, then do a layout, then walk around it.

I also see the stone at the ends as too far away from the center. I like natebuchholz' link. The main central mass is...
Forum: Plants 04-20-2015, 01:31 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 95
Posted By Diana
Plants that touch the air (floating counts as...

Plants that touch the air (floating counts as touching the air) get their CO2 from the air. They take other nutrients from the water, but not CO2.
Forum: Algae 04-20-2015, 01:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 193
Posted By Diana
Is this because of fish food? If so, fish food is...

Is this because of fish food? If so, fish food is also fairly high in phosphorus and most traces, not very high in potassium, iron or calcium.

If the GH stays above 3 degrees then the Ca is...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-20-2015, 12:49 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 575
Posted By Diana
If you are currently dosing once a week, then I...

If you are currently dosing once a week, then I would cut that dose in half, and dose it as you are refilling the tank after each water change.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-20-2015, 12:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 285
Posted By Diana
That unit you pictured goes in one tank. To...

That unit you pictured goes in one tank.
To handle another tank you need to buy another one of those. In most pet stores they mostly have small to medium sized air pumps. I would use one of the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-20-2015, 12:43 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 575
Posted By Diana
Fish food is a decent source of N, P, and most...

Fish food is a decent source of N, P, and most traces.
It is low in K, Fe, Ca.

Tap water with a GH of at least 3 degrees usually has enough Ca and Mg. If you know the tap water is under 3 dGH,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-19-2015, 09:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 575
Posted By Diana
Sounds like your water parameters in the tank are...

Sounds like your water parameters in the tank are already pretty close to the tap, and you are already OK with 50% water changes.
Go ahead and do 2 per week.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-19-2015, 09:49 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 738
Posted By Diana
See the angled legs? No strength there!

See the angled legs? No strength there!
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-19-2015, 09:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 175
Posted By Diana
There are a couple of possibilities. Both use...

There are a couple of possibilities.
Both use 2 tanks, and 2 'machines' (macros in one, micros in the other)

The cheaper is to use a timer and a small pump in a bucket. Make sure the timer can...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-19-2015, 09:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 181
Posted By Diana
CSM+B It is a dry powder, a blend of micro...

CSM+B

It is a dry powder, a blend of micro nutrients in chelated form, so they hold up well in the tank. You can add it to the tank dry, or you can dissolve the powder in water, and make enough...
Forum: Fish 04-19-2015, 09:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 177
Posted By Diana
Ditto: The long fins would be a disaster in the...

Ditto:
The long fins would be a disaster in the wild, but do not cause problems in domestic fish. They are helped to eat, and are protected from predation. Yes, the long fins do look elegant.
...
Forum: Fish 04-19-2015, 04:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 139
Posted By Diana
Columnaris is a bacterial infection that is...

Columnaris is a bacterial infection that is sometimes mistaken for fungus.

There are several true fungi that usually invade damaged tissue, for example if the fish got injured while being caught.
Forum: Aquascaping 04-19-2015, 04:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 271
Posted By Diana
The rock standing in the far left corner looks...

The rock standing in the far left corner looks like it is narrow down below and larger up above. While I know some rocks are like that in nature, they are so rare they make them into national parks....
Forum: Aquascaping 04-19-2015, 04:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 214
Posted By Diana
In the second one I would just move the 2 groups...

In the second one I would just move the 2 groups a bit closer. Make the focal point about 16" in from the end (in a 48" tank)
Forum: Aquascaping 04-19-2015, 12:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 214
Posted By Diana
Too symmetrical. If you like perfect symmetry, go...

Too symmetrical. If you like perfect symmetry, go for it.
I would shift things, skew them so the branch is about 1/3 of the way left or right.
Plant the different species of plants in groups, or...
Forum: Aquascaping 04-19-2015, 12:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 101
Posted By Diana
Pressure washer is great at blasting off all...

Pressure washer is great at blasting off all sorts of dirt, moss etc.

Then put the rocks in some of the same water you are using in the tank (tap, RO... ) and monitor the GH, KH, pH, TDS for...
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