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Forum: Tank Journals   10-29-2011, 04:17 AM
Replies: 2,267
Views: 341,436
Posted By alvagoldbook
I've never been a big fan of plant colors other...

I've never been a big fan of plant colors other than green. This tank changed my mind. Gorgeous! I love the Echinodorus vesuvius in there. One of my favorite all time plants.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   10-21-2011, 10:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,026
Posted By alvagoldbook
Water Change Technique?

So I've been wondering this for a while. Whenever I do water changes, I can't seem to do it gently enough. Typically, I vacuum the old water out, and then I fill a 5 gallon bucket up, dose it, and...
Forum: Equipment   10-14-2011, 01:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 968
Posted By alvagoldbook
You're probably right. Over time they adjust to...

You're probably right. Over time they adjust to thrive in that environment. It's evolution on a micro scale. :)
Forum: Equipment   10-12-2011, 08:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 968
Posted By alvagoldbook
Yep, you can. Although the bottom "yeast cake"...

Yep, you can. Although the bottom "yeast cake" (it's called "lees" in the wine making) can start to rot and cause some funkyness. Might screw up some fermentation. That's why I like to empty about...
Forum: Equipment   10-12-2011, 08:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 968
Posted By alvagoldbook
DIY CO2 awesomeness.

So I've been experimenting a bit more with my DIY CO2 set up. My previous tank went south after I forgot to change my yeasties. I was using a standard nano diffuser, but had some trouble getting it...
Forum: Lighting   10-02-2011, 04:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 366
Posted By alvagoldbook
It's time to upgrade my lighting, and I need help.

I'd like to get a simple fixture for my 15 gallon. It's 24 inches wide, 12 high, 12 deep. I'd like to get more into the high lighting range so I can get some nicer plants. Any suggestions for what to...
Forum: Fish   09-11-2011, 09:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 602
Posted By alvagoldbook
Worse. Day. Ever.

So, I've been getting behind on doing my water changes. I usually change out my 15g tank once a week, but I'd been doing it once every 2 weeks lately. I've noticed I've been getting some excessive...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   07-09-2011, 10:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 328
Posted By alvagoldbook
I actually have a bubble wand on there now. I've...

I actually have a bubble wand on there now. I've never trusted my plants to provide enough oxygen, so I put it in there as a safety gap.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   07-08-2011, 07:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 328
Posted By alvagoldbook
Higher Temps = bacteria bloom?

I have a 15g, it's heavily planted, eco complete substrate, hagen aquaclear filter seems to be working just fine. I've got 10 neons in there, they seem to be fine.

Well, last weekend my air...
Forum: Fish   05-17-2011, 02:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,142
Posted By alvagoldbook
I've had mine fight quite a bit too. I'm pretty...

I've had mine fight quite a bit too. I'm pretty sure it's just a male dominance pecking order kind of thing. I had a small male that got to be a bit of an a-hole about it, but it was funny to see...
Forum: Fish   05-16-2011, 07:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 14,432
Posted By alvagoldbook
I just wanted to put an update on this thread....

I just wanted to put an update on this thread. I'm pretty sure I figured out what was wrong with my fat neon. I'm pretty sure she had fish TB. She's been surviving, but getting progressively worse,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-06-2011, 05:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 560
Posted By alvagoldbook
Going Rimless the DIY way?

I've been thinking of building a tank, but I figured it might be easier to just buy a standard tank and take the rims off the sucker. Then I read somewhere on here that somebody did this. Anyone else...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   05-05-2011, 06:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 647
Posted By alvagoldbook
help with finding a nano tank.

I'm looking for a nano tank (between 4-10 gallons), preferably rimless, but I don't want to spend a fortune on an ada tank. Cube will work, but I'd really love to find a long nano tank. I'm having no...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-04-2011, 09:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 410
Posted By alvagoldbook
Going Small.

Well guys, I've been doing the planted tank thing since November of last year, and I gotta say that I'm so hooked. I have a 15g tank, which despite a big learning curve, turned out pretty okay...
Forum: Tank Journals   05-04-2011, 02:02 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,038
Posted By alvagoldbook
Your HC is doing exactly what mine was doing. It...

Your HC is doing exactly what mine was doing. It grew up instead of out. I soon found out that this was because the lighting wasn't high enough. My problem is that the stronger lighting will probably...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   04-28-2011, 08:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 998
Posted By alvagoldbook
I was thinking of going with a long tank. I've...

I was thinking of going with a long tank. I've seen a few long tanks on the Your Tanks section that are labeled as 125 gallons. Long and short. When well scaped, to me they look like a big screen at...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   04-28-2011, 10:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 998
Posted By alvagoldbook
Going Big.

hey guys. I have a 15 gallon planted tank with neons, and things seem to be doing pretty well. I've been thinking of trying my hand at a big planted tank. Something bigger than 55 gallons. For those...
Forum: Fish   04-15-2011, 03:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 14,432
Posted By alvagoldbook
Like I've said, I've reduced feeding, with no...

Like I've said, I've reduced feeding, with no results so far. I'll go a day without feeding them at all and see how she looks in the morning.
Forum: Fish   04-15-2011, 04:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 14,432
Posted By alvagoldbook
I'm just feeding them flakes. And just a pinch....

I'm just feeding them flakes. And just a pinch. I've given them frozen brine shrimp too, but I warm it up, mix it with some tank water, and give them 1/4 teaspoon of it about once a week.
Forum: Fish   04-15-2011, 02:28 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 14,432
Posted By alvagoldbook
she doesn't seem to be breathing strangely, or...

she doesn't seem to be breathing strangely, or swimming strangely either. Really, with the exception of her belly, and hiding out from time to time, she seems perfectly normal.
Forum: Fish   04-15-2011, 02:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 14,432
Posted By alvagoldbook
here's another. ...

here's another.

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Forum: Fish   04-15-2011, 02:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 14,432
Posted By alvagoldbook
here's a pic of her. I can take more if...

here's a pic of her. I can take more if needed.http://img856.imageshack.us/img856/2972/dscf0241b.jpg
Forum: Fish   04-15-2011, 02:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 14,432
Posted By alvagoldbook
I have a really fat neon tetra, and it's beginning to worry me.

I have a tank of neon tetras. One of them (a female) has gotten really fat. Now she just looks abnormal. I thought that she might be getting ready to lay eggs, but she would have laid them by now I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   04-10-2011, 07:58 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,702
Posted By alvagoldbook
Who here has the largest home planted tank?

I was just wondering about this. I've seen some massive tanks, but not many that are massive planted freshwater tanks. I figured this could be a great show and tell thread, so please post pics! For...
Forum: Fish   04-10-2011, 05:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,865
Posted By alvagoldbook
I will see some uneaten food from time to time,...

I will see some uneaten food from time to time, but my major concern is that I seem to have a lot of bugs living on substrate. Small white worm looking critters that move in a jerking motion from...
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