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Forum: Substrate 04-24-2015, 04:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 463
Posted By kelsier25
I have dirt (mineralized topsoil specifically)...

I have dirt (mineralized topsoil specifically) capped with Black Diamond. Any sand will do. I had no ammonia spike and plants are growing like crazy. I've read that the process of mineralizing...
Forum: Lighting 04-24-2015, 04:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 380
Posted By kelsier25
Ray2 is awesome and grows anything I put under...

Ray2 is awesome and grows anything I put under it. I will warn that it is a very pure white and plants and fish to look a bit washed out under it. I ended up adding a MonsterRay and the combination...
Forum: Fish 04-24-2015, 04:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 333
Posted By kelsier25
As for the CPOs - there is the occasional report...

As for the CPOs - there is the occasional report of aggression toward each other and slow bottom dwelling fish(though most people say they're completely safe for fish and plants). I keep and breed 2...
Forum: Substrate 04-23-2015, 09:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 151
Posted By kelsier25
I'd be nervous with the ammonia spike. I'd be...

I'd be nervous with the ammonia spike. I'd be tempted to get the aquasoil in water now and try to have that spike done before the move. The other option is to look at aquasoil alternatives. A ton...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 04-23-2015, 09:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 238
Posted By kelsier25
Yep - if conditions are good there's a good...

Yep - if conditions are good there's a good chance that the majority will make it. I will warn you though - there will probably be a week or two where you don't see any and think you lost them all. ...
Forum: Lighting 04-22-2015, 05:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 378
Posted By kelsier25
I can't comment on PAR/lighting theory, but can...

I can't comment on PAR/lighting theory, but can say a bit on my experiences. I have a 125g - 21" deep (minus 3" substrate and plus 3" for light height above tank). I have 2 LED lights - Finnex Ray2...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-21-2015, 06:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 450
Posted By kelsier25
I've done some slightly smaller than that by...

I've done some slightly smaller than that by dropping the tank down onto 2 moving dollies and rolling it to the new spot. A 90g will be very heavy with substrate - make sure you have some strong...
Forum: Substrate 04-17-2015, 02:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 247
Posted By kelsier25
As mentioned, pool filter sand is much cleaner...

As mentioned, pool filter sand is much cleaner and easier to work with than play sand. It is also a bit larger grain so it doesn't stir up as easily. I have had both pool filter sand and black...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 04-16-2015, 04:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 281
Posted By kelsier25
They may be hiding because of the fish being...

They may be hiding because of the fish being present. I know mine started hiding more even with just the introduction of a couple of small dwarf crays. In terms of food I would check out a couple...
Forum: Lighting 04-14-2015, 08:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 149
Posted By kelsier25
I have all of my tanks on an opposite cycle like...

I have all of my tanks on an opposite cycle like this - just make sure that they're not getting sunlight during their "night" cycle.
Forum: Lighting 04-14-2015, 05:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 164
Posted By kelsier25
They should be. I had a common spiral bulb...

They should be. I had a common spiral bulb similar in specs and grew all of those minus the Pistia and Lilaeopsis. I did have dwarf hair grass which should be comperable and did pretty well. Watch...
Forum: Fish 04-14-2015, 04:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 883
Posted By kelsier25
Check out the powder blue dwarf gourami. Mine...

Check out the powder blue dwarf gourami. Mine seems pretty hardy, has a gorgeous blue that really stands out under lights, and is the most peaceful gourami I've owned. I have one in a 125g...
Forum: Equipment 04-13-2015, 07:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 162
Posted By kelsier25
I have a cerge - I was a bit worried going into...

I have a cerge - I was a bit worried going into it, but assembling it was simple. Works great - 100% efficiency and no bubbles!
Forum: Low Tech Forum 04-13-2015, 04:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 587
Posted By kelsier25
Every low-tech tank I've had it in, I've had the...

Every low-tech tank I've had it in, I've had the same experience. It lives, but it doesn't spread. There's a chance you'll have a better experience though because you're dirted. I still can't...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 04-13-2015, 02:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 426
Posted By kelsier25
Yep - it's a common cherry shrimp. You can tell...

Yep - it's a common cherry shrimp. You can tell it's a mature female by the saddle on her back (and the body shape). Very hardy little creatures. Throw a male in there and they'll breed like...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 04-09-2015, 05:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 292
Posted By kelsier25
Yep that's a cray - not a shrimp. Common...

Yep that's a cray - not a shrimp. Common abbreviation for that type is CPO.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 04-09-2015, 05:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 541
Posted By kelsier25
I hadn't heard of Taiwan Fire Shrimp - from what...

I hadn't heard of Taiwan Fire Shrimp - from what I looked up, it's just a name given to a particular grade of cherries (like painted fire red or bloody mary). I would expect requirements and...
Forum: Aquascaping 04-03-2015, 05:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 471
Posted By kelsier25
I fill pantyhose with gravel and put this under...

I fill pantyhose with gravel and put this under my substrate. I use this for inclines and to support decorations and it works great.
Forum: Substrate 04-02-2015, 06:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 176
Posted By kelsier25
Out of curiosity, what turned you off to dirted? ...

Out of curiosity, what turned you off to dirted? I have a 125g with a sand cap over MTS and it's the easiest planted tank I've ever had. I haven't dosed or used any ferts in 6 months and have a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-02-2015, 02:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 419
Posted By kelsier25
Not sure if I lucked out or what, but I have...

Not sure if I lucked out or what, but I have purigen in 3 different canisters and 3 different brands of pantyhose, and it works just fine. I've never seen a single purigen ball in and of my tanks. ...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-31-2015, 07:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 315
Posted By kelsier25
I gave up searching and went with a cerges...

I gave up searching and went with a cerges reactor. Just had to track down a few parts online and at Home Depot and now I have 100% efficiency and no bubbles. I was avoiding it because the hassle...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 03-31-2015, 06:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 407
Posted By kelsier25
I would think it has to do with fluctuations with...

I would think it has to do with fluctuations with the small volume of water. It may be a rapid fluctuation in parameters (i.e. Something in the tank is increasing or decreasing PH over time from tap...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-31-2015, 06:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 461
Posted By kelsier25
I have 6 tanks set up with no tops with nothing...

I have 6 tanks set up with no tops with nothing but shrimp. I've never had a problem. It's possible for one or two to jump out on occasion if they're near the top and scared, but at the rate...
Forum: Plants 03-30-2015, 06:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 203
Posted By kelsier25
I had similar looking damage and dose ei also. ...

I had similar looking damage and dose ei also. Mine ended up being snail damage. Eliminated the snails and the problem stopped.
Forum: Fish 03-30-2015, 05:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 249
Posted By kelsier25
I have all of those fish, and they do great on...

I have all of those fish, and they do great on New Life Spectrum for Small Fish. I also supplement with frozen bloodworms. The CPDs arent as into the bloodworms, but will occasionally eat them. ...
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