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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-19-2014, 03:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 480
Posted By discuspaul
Probably not. But now that you've noticed it,...

Probably not. But now that you've noticed it, perhaps it will bug you enough as you keep spotting it on a regular basis, that you'll want to do something about cleaning it up. lol
Forum: Substrate 04-15-2014, 10:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 630
Posted By discuspaul
You've done a real nice job, RCS !

You've done a real nice job, RCS !
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-15-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 480
Posted By discuspaul
It certainly appears to be cyanobacteria -...

It certainly appears to be cyanobacteria - blue-green algae - which usually develops under somewhat similar circumstances to anaerobic pockets - i.e. in areas which get little or no oxygen, and have...
Forum: Fish 04-10-2014, 07:48 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 35,110
Posted By discuspaul
P.S. If it makes you feel better, you could...

P.S.
If it makes you feel better, you could re-home the 2 smaller discus now, do your QT as instructed (putting just one Stendker into the main tank with the 6 remaining discus) - and that way you...
Forum: Fish 04-10-2014, 07:45 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 35,110
Posted By discuspaul
Hi Steve, You should finalize your quarantine...

Hi Steve,
You should finalize your quarantine in a way that protects the 7 new Stendker discus, and not the other way around. You don't want to expose all 7 of your Stendkers to possible...
Forum: Fish 04-09-2014, 12:25 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 35,110
Posted By discuspaul
To Stevegb: Sorry, I completely missed seeing...

To Stevegb:
Sorry, I completely missed seeing your question(s) in your Feb.8 post.
Are you still looking for some answers at this time ?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-06-2014, 01:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 239
Posted By discuspaul
True enough - but aquatic plants can/will benefit...

True enough - but aquatic plants can/will benefit from
some water circulation & oxygenation, which filters provide.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-06-2014, 12:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 239
Posted By discuspaul
If you only have plants in your tank, a "pond...

If you only have plants in your tank, a "pond day" probably wouldn't hurt anything.
With fish, your filter should run 24/7/365.
Ponds without filters, are large volumes of water, with large surface...
Forum: Equipment 04-05-2014, 10:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 280
Posted By discuspaul
As usual Diana, you provide excellent advice.

As usual Diana, you provide excellent advice.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-05-2014, 10:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 196
Posted By discuspaul
If your tap water is only .25 ammonia and you're...

If your tap water is only .25 ammonia and you're using Prime, I feel you have very little to concern yourself about. The use of Prime renders the ammonia to near harmless ammonium, and any adverse...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 04-04-2014, 09:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 390
Posted By discuspaul
It's a protein film - probably mainly from the...

It's a protein film - probably mainly from the fish food - harmless, but good surface agitation should tend to keep it in check.
Forum: Algae 04-02-2014, 04:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 422
Posted By discuspaul
Blue-green algae generally develops in low, or...

Blue-green algae generally develops in low, or non-oxygenated areas within the tank (with no, or poor, water circulation). There are other causes as well, but once you get rid of it, improving...
Forum: Algae 04-02-2014, 03:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 422
Posted By discuspaul
Not sure from your description, Noah - only some...

Not sure from your description, Noah - only some pics will tell the tale - can you post some ?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-01-2014, 02:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 387
Posted By discuspaul
I'll second what Sméagol said - you'll be far...

I'll second what Sméagol said - you'll be far better off with an AC 50, imo.
Forum: Fish 03-31-2014, 03:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 170
Posted By discuspaul
Keeping just 2, 3, or 4 discus is not a good...

Keeping just 2, 3, or 4 discus is not a good idea. They are very social fish and do best in groups of at least 5 or more - keeping less than that is an invitation to serious bullying/pecking order...
Forum: Fish 03-31-2014, 03:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 460
Posted By discuspaul
Well, good to see you back - hang around for a...

Well, good to see you back - hang around for a while, will you ?
Forum: Fish 03-31-2014, 03:05 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 460
Posted By discuspaul
A little change of pace - some different pics: ...

A little change of pace - some different pics:

http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/h357/discuspaul/newflamingos2
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-31-2014, 03:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 156
Posted By discuspaul
Well, it depends on what you want, or need, to...

Well, it depends on what you want, or need, to achieve. If you're anything like me, you want to have crystal clear water, all the time.
One of the easiest ways of doing that is, like truvader said...
Forum: Fish 03-31-2014, 02:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 460
Posted By discuspaul
Thank you, LauraLee - hey - long time no hear...

Thank you, LauraLee - hey - long time no hear from you - you been hiding ?
Forum: Fish 03-31-2014, 12:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 460
Posted By discuspaul
Eruptions are my favorite too ! Closely after...

Eruptions are my favorite too !
Closely after that - Blues.

You want a discus tank - then go for it ! You'll love it !
Forum: Fish 03-30-2014, 06:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 460
Posted By discuspaul
I understand that Flamingos may be pigeon-based,...

I understand that Flamingos may be pigeon-based, but several generations back, and tend not to pepper, but rather get sooty in the yellow facial area when stressed, or kept under certain conditions...
Forum: Fish 03-30-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 460
Posted By discuspaul
The tank is a 75 gallon, and lighting is 2 X 39w...

The tank is a 75 gallon, and lighting is 2 X 39w T5 HO bulbs about 6 hrs/day - filtration is 2 AC 110's.
Low-tech, no CO2, root tab ferts along with twice weekly dosing of other liquid ferts &...
Forum: Fish 03-26-2014, 10:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 460
Posted By discuspaul
It's a no-name/generic # 20 grade white...

It's a no-name/generic # 20 grade white quartz-based silica pool filter sand, available only at pool or spa supply stores - about $13. for a 50 lb. bag.

I love it & have used it in all my tanks...
Forum: Fish 03-26-2014, 09:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 460
Posted By discuspaul
A little teaser for you discus lovers

This is for those of you who love to see fish & tank photos:

http://s1105.photobucket.com/user/discuspaul/media/redrubys/rubyreds010.jpg.html?sort=9&o=9

As I said, that's just a teaser -...
Forum: Substrate 03-26-2014, 09:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 630
Posted By discuspaul
The Home Depot sand and the Quikrete sand...

The Home Depot sand and the Quikrete sand examples may, or may not be, true pool filter sand.
Many sands sold have a lot of dust, dirt/silt & grime in them & need a ton of rinsing - and many are...
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