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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   Yesterday, 06:15 PM
Replies: 9
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Cool, but Koi are bred to be viewed from the top,...

Cool, but Koi are bred to be viewed from the top, though.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-12-2016, 04:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 306
Posted By s_s
I'd suggest finding a sturdy piece of plywood to...

I'd suggest finding a sturdy piece of plywood to put under the tank and support the tanks entire bottom.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-08-2016, 08:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 179
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Hair algae is great. It's easy to remove compared...

Hair algae is great. It's easy to remove compared to other forms of algae and generally doesn't deter plant growth.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-05-2016, 04:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 251
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Hard water is easier for most plants. Soft...

Hard water is easier for most plants.

Soft water plant species adapt to hard water conditions better than vice versa. However, just because your water is "hard" doesn't mean it has sufficient...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-04-2016, 01:08 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 7,653
Posted By s_s
Effects of nitrates on fish health In...

Effects of nitrates on fish health

In fathead minnows (seen as an extremely hardy fish), the physiological effects of nitrates could be detected in concentrations of 21ppm and became "significant"...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-01-2016, 01:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 942
Posted By s_s
Our municipal water system switches between...

Our municipal water system switches between chlorine and chlorimines seasonally.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-31-2016, 02:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 479
Posted By s_s
If your not going to do mechanical CO2 injection,...

If your not going to do mechanical CO2 injection, then you need to provide the plants with an alternative carbon source, somehow.

I do sometimes wonder if you took a healthy, balanced walstad tank...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-28-2016, 06:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 412
Posted By s_s
I'm imagining a house like the one in Home Alone...

I'm imagining a house like the one in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, but with a gorgeous planted tank sitting in it.


And then breaking and ruining everything.
Forum: Low Tech Forum   01-14-2016, 04:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 755
Posted By s_s
1. One thing to keep in mind is soil...

1. One thing to keep in mind is soil interactions--soil in your substrate plays a key role in decomposing fish waste into substances that are biologically available to plants.

Given that anubias...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-14-2016, 03:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 430
Posted By s_s
I'm in the process of building a sump. IMO,...

I'm in the process of building a sump.

IMO, the advantages for a planted tank are:

1. Cheaper (albeit more work at setup) than buying an expensive canister filter.
2. Constant water level in...
Forum: Plants   01-13-2016, 03:20 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 84
Posted By s_s
Echinodorus Angustifolia NON-'vesuvius"

Does anyone still keep the native, straight-leaved version of this plant?

I'm trying to find some better pictures of how it looks, but of course, all my searches are over-run with pictures of the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-11-2016, 05:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 436
Posted By s_s
Mostly it's just ignorant sales people. A...

Mostly it's just ignorant sales people.

A lot of this is driven by:

a. Low wages in retail
b. The people that select merchandise for the store doing so poorly.
c. The companies that design a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-09-2016, 01:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 617
Posted By s_s
It matters very little for someone dosing...

It matters very little for someone dosing different salts in excess via EI method.

It might matter for someone keeping a walstad method planted aquarium, where tap water top-offs are supposed to...
Forum: Plants   01-08-2016, 04:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 251
Posted By s_s
Allelopathy is something I don't see discussed...

Allelopathy is something I don't see discussed around here very often. Maybe because it's not very well understood and is kinda like some sort of foreign voodoo. Walstad talks about it in her book,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-07-2016, 02:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 427
Posted By s_s
The amount of ammonia that gasses out of turbid...

The amount of ammonia that gasses out of turbid room temperature water is pretty insignificant for fish keeping purposes.

If you wanted to keep fish in an otherwise sterile environment (with no...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-05-2016, 04:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 305
Posted By s_s
Plants do a pretty good job of binding toxic...

Plants do a pretty good job of binding toxic metals.
Forum: Fish   01-03-2016, 05:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 236
Posted By s_s
Most Omega One formulas are pretty high in animal...

Most Omega One formulas are pretty high in animal protein. Good for the food, bad for the shelf life.

Still, as long as the humidity is kept low in the bottle, it's probably fine.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-02-2016, 12:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,503
Posted By s_s
"Jungle scapes" are just as "unrealistic"....

"Jungle scapes" are just as "unrealistic". Anything that looks largely green is.

Rivers, streams and ponds mostly consist of rocks, maybe some floating plants, a few inches of deteriorating...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-01-2016, 07:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 238
Posted By s_s
What are you looking for, exactly? If you're...

What are you looking for, exactly?

If you're looking for ideas, inspiration, trends, and things that "might" work, the Internet is unmatched and this site is a pretty good start, although there's...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-26-2015, 03:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 265
Posted By s_s
90cm ~= 3ft 3ft tanks: 12" deep: 30...

90cm ~= 3ft

3ft tanks:

12" deep:
30 gallon long
38 gallon
45 gallon high

18" deep:
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-23-2015, 11:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 328
Posted By s_s
That's fine too. The "rigidity" doesn't...

That's fine too.

The "rigidity" doesn't really matter because it will all end up pretty much crushed by the weight of the tank anyways.

It's a question with a lot of correct answers and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-23-2015, 05:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 328
Posted By s_s
Walmart sells blue closed-cell foam pads in the...

Walmart sells blue closed-cell foam pads in the camping/outdoorsy section. They're about 20" wide, 6 ft long and $5. Get the thinnest one they have (Probably 1/4") and cut to size.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-23-2015, 05:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 904
Posted By s_s
Yes, they're not undergoing new tank stress along...

Yes, they're not undergoing new tank stress along with their ammonia stress.

Why assume that? Also, even if the tank had tons of fauna before, if those fish are moved out and the tank is planted...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-23-2015, 04:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 904
Posted By s_s
You had a 20 gallon tank with almost no fauna,...

You had a 20 gallon tank with almost no fauna, you added 10 fish at once and want to know why they died?

I'm guessing it's pretty simple: they died of ammonia posioning. After they died, your...
Forum: Riparium/Terrarium/Vivarium   12-21-2015, 04:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 247
Posted By s_s
I like dirtless mixes for potted plants and...

I like dirtless mixes for potted plants and herbs. Equal parts vermacullite, peat and compost. I use the same mix in my raised garden beds.
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