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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   Today, 04:34 AM
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Posted By Diana
I am building new stands to be able to stack more...

I am building new stands to be able to stack more of mine. Making sure there is plenty of working space for the lower tanks.

Currently stacked is a row of the sturdy garage shelving sold by the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-05-2016, 06:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 219
Posted By Diana
pH is not a stand alone value. The various...

pH is not a stand alone value. The various minerals in the tank and other things control the pH.
For you to control the pH, the first step is to control the minerals in the tank.

1) What kind...
Forum: Equipment   02-05-2016, 06:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 191
Posted By Diana
Looks good. I think that if it does not say...

Looks good. I think that if it does not say 'Flame Retardant' then it is not, so it is OK.
Does the company that packaged it have a web site? Maybe more info there.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-05-2016, 02:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 180
Posted By Diana
Plants need about a dozen elements to live. They...

Plants need about a dozen elements to live. They use different elements in different amounts.
The elements they use the most of are hydrogen (H), oxygen (O) and carbon (C)
Some are already in the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-05-2016, 01:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 176
Posted By Diana
Take the rock out and test it in a bucket of...

Take the rock out and test it in a bucket of water.
Put it in pure tap water, test GH, KH, pH (and TDS if you have a meter) when you start, then test the next day, then every few days for a week.
...
Forum: Equipment   02-04-2016, 10:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 253
Posted By Diana
https://www.bigalspets.com/discard-a-stone-fine-bu...

https://www.bigalspets.com/discard-a-stone-fine-bubble-6-pk.html

Here is about the thinnest air stone I have seen. They come in coarse and finer bubbles. (I have linked the finer one).
As...
Forum: Substrate   02-04-2016, 09:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 267
Posted By Diana
I would rinse it a lot more. You could rinse it...

I would rinse it a lot more. You could rinse it in the tank, simply repeating water changes with deep vacuuming until it is clear.
Forum: Substrate   02-04-2016, 08:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 142
Posted By Diana
How much Floramax could you scoop out without...

How much Floramax could you scoop out without contamination from the soil? Maybe you could save some of it.

Otherwise all new Floramax is probably the fastest way to do this.

Then, once you...
Forum: Fish   02-04-2016, 08:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 156
Posted By Diana
I agree that the one you label is a Honey...

I agree that the one you label is a Honey Gourami. The other two look too 'different' to be Honeys.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-04-2016, 07:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 419
Posted By Diana
The beneficial bacteria that we are concerned...

The beneficial bacteria that we are concerned with as part of the nitrogen cycle are not removing organic wastes. They are removing ammonia, and they use inorganic sources for their carbon needs. ...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-04-2016, 07:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 603
Posted By Diana
While the drawings of plumbing details are...

While the drawings of plumbing details are interesting, I think the first order of importance is to look at energy levels.

Plants of all sorts need certain things to grow. If you want more plants...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-03-2016, 11:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 966
Posted By Diana
If your snail shells are dissolving, then you...

If your snail shells are dissolving, then you might try raising the KH first (perhaps to about 5 degrees), then allowing your pH controller to make the pH in the high 6s with CO2.
Forum: Equipment   02-03-2016, 11:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 422
Posted By Diana
In a planted tank the plants are a large part of...

In a planted tank the plants are a large part of the bio filter. Most of my filters are about 2/3 mech (sponges down to floss) and about 1/3 bio (ceramic bio noodles or other).

As far as the...
Forum: Algae   02-03-2016, 10:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 110
Posted By Diana
Highly likely it would be safe- algae that...

Highly likely it would be safe- algae that prefers to be submerged usually will not grow above the water.
Note that plants growing above the water have certain adaptations to their leaves to live...
Forum: Fish   02-03-2016, 10:55 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 72
Posted By Diana
Look at pictures of Columnaris. Here is a lot of...

Look at pictures of Columnaris. Here is a lot of pretty good info. Note that the name of the organism is now Flavobacterium columnare
Columnaris Disease...
Forum: Fish   02-03-2016, 10:53 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 806
Posted By Diana
Here is a LOT of info about Columnaris. The...

Here is a LOT of info about Columnaris. The article is just a tiny bit out of date: the current name of the organism is Flavobacterium columnare
Columnaris Disease...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-03-2016, 10:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 182
Posted By Diana
To grow, to add tissue, the plants need more...

To grow, to add tissue, the plants need more fertilizer.
To maintain, the plants are still growing new leaves and discarding old leaves, but the slow growing plants you list can get by on very...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-03-2016, 10:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 89
Posted By Diana
Both tests are a little odd at the extreme range....

Both tests are a little odd at the extreme range. I would just write down 7.5 (halfway in between) and keep track of it. The actual pH is not really as important as monitoring to see that it is...
Forum: Fish   02-03-2016, 07:51 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 806
Posted By Diana
Sounds more like Columnaris than other infections...

Sounds more like Columnaris than other infections at this point.
White patches- very typical.
Fast death- entirely possible. there are some strains of Columnaris that can kill within 24 hours. ...
Forum: Algae   02-03-2016, 07:38 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,704
Posted By Diana
Monitor the new situation, with the faster...

Monitor the new situation, with the faster growing plants.
See if you can find a pattern to the NO3. Currently the NO3 is just from fish food?
It ought to rise through the week, then drop with a...
Forum: Aquascaping   02-03-2016, 03:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 325
Posted By Diana
As little as they know at the rock yards, that...

As little as they know at the rock yards, that could really be volcanic rock. You may find more aquarium uses under 'lava'.
Generally this sort of rock is safe. Whatever minerals are in it got well...
Forum: Fish   02-01-2016, 11:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 361
Posted By Diana
Roughly half the beneficial bacteria live in the...

Roughly half the beneficial bacteria live in the filter, and about half on the parts of the substrate that suit them. A small amount live on all the other things in the tank, including rocks,...
Forum: Substrate   02-01-2016, 02:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 209
Posted By Diana
Dirt does not really wear out. Whatever...

Dirt does not really wear out.
Whatever nutrients it starts with can get used up, though. Just add more nutrients. Dirt will hold more, you can keep reloading it.

Dirt is fine enough to keep...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-01-2016, 02:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 333
Posted By Diana
This is only .4 of a drop, not 4.5. The first...

This is only .4 of a drop, not 4.5. The first thing I would do is to seal the sump so the wet/dry cannot off gas the CO2.

I do not think you have as much CO2 as you think ("4.5 drop in pH"). The...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-01-2016, 01:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 301
Posted By Diana
I do not know if it was much of a cycle. How...

I do not know if it was much of a cycle.
How much ammonia was in there? What was the source? The white mold that grows on wood is not a great supply. Wood has very little ammonia. Nitrogen has to...
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