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Forum: Tank Journals   12-22-2015, 05:41 PM
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Posted By Xiaozhuang
Arcuata needs nitrates limitation/low nitrates...

Arcuata needs nitrates limitation/low nitrates to get red. I did see your post in AQ briefly.. but there is a lot of rubbish advice there... If you want to keep/breed CRS, should seriously consider...
Forum: Tank Journals   12-03-2015, 12:49 PM
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Posted By Xiaozhuang
Yes it is ! Bump: Can buy from Aquatic...

Yes it is !

Bump:

Can buy from Aquatic Avenue at Redhill mrt; tell them Xiaozhuang sent you, and they'll charge you more

Bump:

Should work in principle, ensure lower leaves are not...
Forum: Tank Journals   12-01-2015, 02:33 PM
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Posted By Xiaozhuang
Thanks ! Last tank for the year probably;...

Thanks !

Last tank for the year probably; still working on some details/trimming in this one

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Forum: Photography   10-16-2015, 12:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 790
Posted By Xiaozhuang
Photos of Celestial pearl danios and a couple of Pseudomugil species

Camped with a camera this time round to take fish specific pics ~
Hope you guys enjoy them

Pseudomugil gertrudae...
Forum: Tank Journals   10-15-2015, 08:36 PM
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Posted By Xiaozhuang
Thanks! I feed them a mix of various...

Thanks! I feed them a mix of various micro-pellets; NLS, Munster, Hikari. Genetics also vary quite a bit, it's hard to get good stock nowadays. I return the unattractive ones and buy new ones over...
Forum: Tank Journals   10-15-2015, 03:03 PM
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Posted By Xiaozhuang
Oh that is the flower stalk of Eriocaulon...

Oh that is the flower stalk of Eriocaulon cinereum...
Forum: Tank Journals   10-15-2015, 12:38 AM
Replies: 146
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Posted By Xiaozhuang
nodular things ? Must be UG, utricularia...

nodular things ? Must be UG, utricularia graminifolia; a bladder wort - a carnivorous plant. The nodules are traps for micro-organisms in the water

Bump:

Thanks man... I have come into...
Forum: Tank Journals   10-14-2015, 01:16 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 26,248
Posted By Xiaozhuang
lol. must be me Hey thanks, I have...

lol. must be me



Hey thanks, I have taken it down ! next one will be better

Some minor pics from the limestone arc scape, which has grown in quite a bit
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Forum: Substrate   10-12-2015, 02:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 384
Posted By Xiaozhuang
The buffering capacity of Aquasoil does wear off...

The buffering capacity of Aquasoil does wear off after a few months; the harder your water, the faster it wears off... so it's not a permanent solution (if you keep doing water changes with high KH...
Forum: Substrate   10-11-2015, 04:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 452
Posted By Xiaozhuang
haa... I'm a bit lazy frankly, so I don't...

haa... I'm a bit lazy frankly, so I don't mineralize my dirt. (though it may be more stable to do so). I find that if you balance your dirt ; i.e. use some organic compost but not too much,...
Forum: Substrate   10-10-2015, 09:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 452
Posted By Xiaozhuang
It is lighter.... For fine gravel and careful...

It is lighter.... For fine gravel and careful planting I can get away with a quarter inch cap in my tanks; thin is better for very small carpeting plants. For aquasoil around 3/4 inch at least would...
Forum: Substrate   10-10-2015, 07:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 452
Posted By Xiaozhuang
I use aquasoil as cap in all my tanks... you can...

I use aquasoil as cap in all my tanks... you can check out the journal for yourself. It's my favourite combination for substrate. I don't use a mesh to separate the layers; the lighter aquasoil does...
Forum: Aquascaping   10-10-2015, 12:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 417
Posted By Xiaozhuang
It'll raise your KH/alkalinity by quite a lot...

It'll raise your KH/alkalinity by quite a lot (when the buffering capacity of your substrate runs out). In a Co2 tank, it can raise the KH from 1 to 8 in about a week. If you're keeping BV/other KH...
Forum: Aquascaping   10-09-2015, 10:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 417
Posted By Xiaozhuang
Is that seiryu/limestone ?

Is that seiryu/limestone ?
Forum: Plants   10-09-2015, 03:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 642
Posted By Xiaozhuang
haa, yeah it's probably the KH. Wa growing...

haa, yeah it's probably the KH. Wa growing Toninas in high kH- thats a brave man... some one must test the limits I suppose
Forum: Plants   10-08-2015, 10:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 642
Posted By Xiaozhuang
Yep, that's quite a lot. I find at 100ish PAR I...

Yep, that's quite a lot. I find at 100ish PAR I can split my BVs in about a month or so. The ones in less favourable positions, less flow/light grow much more slowly. Rootzone fertilization also...
Forum: Plants   10-08-2015, 06:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 792
Posted By Xiaozhuang
There is quite a bit of variability, both in...

There is quite a bit of variability, both in terms of coloration and number of leaves per node (2-4). For confirmation, you probably need either a flower, or wait for the underwater form....
Forum: Plants   10-08-2015, 01:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 792
Posted By Xiaozhuang
That plant is L. aromatica emersed, definately...

That plant is L. aromatica emersed, definately not P. palustris (mermaid weed) which has alternating leaf petioles. It transitions easily, and is generally an easy plant, so no worries. And it does...
Forum: Plants   10-08-2015, 01:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 642
Posted By Xiaozhuang
For BV a tad more lighting can help as well, if...

For BV a tad more lighting can help as well, if you haven't tried that.

Have not tried BV in alkaline water, but for Erio cinereum, I grew a few in seiryu/limestone rockscape with KH 8 -10 and...
Forum: Tank Journals   10-06-2015, 02:54 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 26,248
Posted By Xiaozhuang
Ah thanks, still doesn't have the effect I want...

Ah thanks, still doesn't have the effect I want though, may change it again soon argh...

Some new pics of Pseudomugil paskai/red neons that I have
Forum: Substrate   10-05-2015, 10:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 471
Posted By Xiaozhuang
The thing is, it stays separate; so I just scoop...

The thing is, it stays separate; so I just scoop out the top aquasoil layer with a flat head spade to reuse. Here in this pic; bottom layer is dirt/soil, next I used older aquasoil from previous tank...
Forum: Substrate   10-05-2015, 09:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 471
Posted By Xiaozhuang
I agree with this; although when he says "sand"...

I agree with this; although when he says "sand" I'm quite sure he means large grained sand/small grained gravel.

You can be crazy like me and use aquasoil type substrates to cap the dirt....
Forum: Plants   10-05-2015, 09:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 314
Posted By Xiaozhuang
I concur - whereas HC is more dependent on CO2...

I concur - whereas HC is more dependent on CO2 for success.
Forum: Tank Journals   09-25-2015, 06:28 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 26,248
Posted By Xiaozhuang
Thanks guys... I've been fiddling this tank...

Thanks guys...

I've been fiddling this tank for quite long. Took out all the plants to move the hardscape once after the plants grown in as things looked odd.

This was the early initial layout...
Forum: Plants   09-24-2015, 05:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 308
Posted By Xiaozhuang
It is not that hard, but it doesn't grow...

It is not that hard, but it doesn't grow particularly fast. It's also really small so fewer ppl bother using it. Infrequent demand with small supply gives higher prices I guess. I think it may work...
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