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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-24-2015, 02:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 293
Posted By tamsin
It seems slightly odd to attach the RO unit to...

It seems slightly odd to attach the RO unit to the softener - I think usually you'd attach it directly to the tap water.

A TDS of 25 is a bit high for RO, you might need to flush it through more,...
Forum: Algae 05-09-2015, 10:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 175
Posted By tamsin
That's normal on new growth, it will disappear as...

That's normal on new growth, it will disappear as they get bigger :)

The growth looks pretty healthy, so if you're getting algae raising your lights or shortening the lighting period will probably...
Forum: Riparium/Terrarium/Vivarium 05-06-2015, 12:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 394
Posted By tamsin
Javafern grows fine and so does anubias. Lots do...

Javafern grows fine and so does anubias. Lots do in fact, dwarf hairgrass, Hydrocotyle, pygmy sword. Sometimes they have different shaped leaves to growing underwater. Rotala rotundifolia looks quite...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-02-2015, 02:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 817
Posted By tamsin
How wet are you keeping it? If you've got...

How wet are you keeping it? If you've got standing water drain it out and then add ferts to any new water you put in. I'd tend to just water rather than spray. I'm growing DHG on my window sill in...
Forum: Fish 04-30-2015, 03:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 182
Posted By tamsin
You could buy or cultivate live food - blood...

You could buy or cultivate live food - blood worms will dig their way into the substrate (if they make it past the fish to the bottom). A bit of extra current to blow food dropped in around might be...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 04-26-2015, 11:49 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 922
Posted By tamsin
Could it have babies in there and that's why it's...

Could it have babies in there and that's why it's being a bit aggressive... or maybe the last people it interacted with tried a pellet gun, fire works, gassing it or a hose and it's a bit nervous...
Forum: Plants 04-25-2015, 06:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 987
Posted By tamsin
I grow it in moist soil - like a normal plant...

I grow it in moist soil - like a normal plant that's been recently watered, not in standing water. It does fine like that. If you do have some standing water, you want the water line below the soil...
Forum: Plants 04-25-2015, 12:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 987
Posted By tamsin
If you want a carpet quicker, nick a few bits out...

If you want a carpet quicker, nick a few bits out the tank, pot them up in damp compost/soil, pop a clear cover over the top and stick them on your window sill. They'll grow much quicker and you can...
Forum: Algae 04-23-2015, 11:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 653
Posted By tamsin
Just a thought, depending on the tanks general...

Just a thought, depending on the tanks general perimeters, but the other thing would be to add an amano shrimp clean up crew. They are fairly big (in comparison to cherries) so should be easy to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-23-2015, 10:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 374
Posted By tamsin
My frogbit keeps trying to root in the substrate...

My frogbit keeps trying to root in the substrate - about 18"-2' long. Shrimps seem to love it :)
Forum: Algae 04-20-2015, 11:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 431
Posted By tamsin
I'd think pretty much any of the branded plant...

I'd think pretty much any of the branded plant ferts would do you - fish poop can provide most likes but you could be short on some of the trace minerals (vitamins for plants) and that's slowing...
Forum: Algae 04-19-2015, 03:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 431
Posted By tamsin
When did you swap to LED? I'm presuming you...

When did you swap to LED? I'm presuming you haven't been running them 10 years :)

Might be worth adding some trace ferts just incase you've run out of one thing and that's effecting growth.
Forum: Algae 04-19-2015, 12:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 329
Posted By tamsin
Yep, works for me. It will depend how bright your...

Yep, works for me. It will depend how bright your light is and how much you let the floating plants cover. They need to physically limit the light going into the tank, so one bit whizzing around in...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 04-13-2015, 01:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 698
Posted By tamsin
Measure after a water change to give yourself a...

Measure after a water change to give yourself a base line and then see how much your tank creeps up over a week or so - it's going to depend on evaporation, ferts, substrate/hardscape leaching etc.
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Forum: Plants 04-06-2015, 06:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 550
Posted By tamsin
Frogbit can grow massive roots, some of mine get...

Frogbit can grow massive roots, some of mine get 18" long.

Red root floaters would work, or salvina natans - the leaves on the latter are linked together so you get a cluster rather than lots of...
Forum: Plants 04-05-2015, 01:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 482
Posted By tamsin
It won't be CO2, floating plants get all they...

It won't be CO2, floating plants get all they need from the air like regular plants would, so that's not the issue.

I agree, it's unlikely to be light either.

How does the 1ml compare to the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-22-2015, 03:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 439
Posted By tamsin
Nitrate is fine, in fact it's normal/good to have...

Nitrate is fine, in fact it's normal/good to have some in a planted tank. Ammonia is a problem, the bacteria should convert the ammonia produced by the fish into nitrite and then on to nitrate which...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-22-2015, 12:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 476
Posted By tamsin
It depends what's in the water you use for the...

It depends what's in the water you use for the change, for example some tap water has nitrates and other nutrients plants can use so acts like weak ferts.
Forum: Algae 03-22-2015, 12:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 912
Posted By tamsin
How long are your lights on for? Might be worth...

How long are your lights on for? Might be worth cutting the photo period or raising the lights.
Forum: Fish 03-15-2015, 03:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 336
Posted By tamsin
I set up a quarentine tank for them recently. I...

I set up a quarentine tank for them recently. I add pea gravel, pebbles and a piece of wood then ran it with full lights for 14 hours a day until it looked very grungy. Only took them three days to...
Forum: Algae 03-10-2015, 01:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 967
Posted By tamsin
Yep, there are other options than shortening the...

Yep, there are other options than shortening the photo period - after all you want to be able to see in tank as much as possible :)

Raising the light, adding floating plants or poping something...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-06-2015, 12:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 530
Posted By tamsin
It doesn't look that abnormal too me, wendtii...

It doesn't look that abnormal too me, wendtii does have undulating edges. Have a google for pictures of that species, one of the pics in the plant profiles has similar leaves:...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-06-2015, 12:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 683
Posted By tamsin
I'm 99% covered with a mix of floaters. The light...

I'm 99% covered with a mix of floaters. The light still comes through but its a little green/yellower but still plenty bright enough, but it also means I run my lights on full for 11 hours a day with...
Forum: Plants 03-04-2015, 11:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 872
Posted By tamsin
I'd say javafern was faster than anubias, but...

I'd say javafern was faster than anubias, but obviously not nearly as quick as stems!
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 03-04-2015, 11:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 279
Posted By tamsin
The root system will be massive so better to trim...

The root system will be massive so better to trim them unless you want the whole bottom stirred up. I'd pull it up gently until you can see 1-2" of root and cut through with scissors. It should...
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