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Forum: Fish 03-25-2014, 11:01 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By darkmark
wow, thanks for the link. VERY useful, i...

wow, thanks for the link. VERY useful, i sometimes wonder if a dedicated medication/illness section would be helpful here at TPT. or at least a dedicated sticky.

update: Paraguard is working...
Forum: Fish 03-24-2014, 03:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 323
Posted By darkmark
Hi All, quick Monday update. Completed a...

Hi All,

quick Monday update. Completed a full 3 day blackout, raised the temp to the mid-high 80's and began dosing ParaGuard while maintaining a 20% water change every other day.

Though the...
Forum: Fish 03-21-2014, 04:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 323
Posted By darkmark
My Battle with Velvet

Hello,
Since I'm going through a velvet infestation, I thought I'd document my treatment process in hopes that it may be somewhat useful to others. I'll start off with some tank info:

Tank:...
Forum: Photography 03-19-2014, 09:24 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 13,495
Posted By darkmark
http://i863.photobucket.com/albums/ab195/sonorcal/...

http://i863.photobucket.com/albums/ab195/sonorcal/puffer.jpg (http://s863.photobucket.com/user/sonorcal/media/puffer.jpg.html)
Forum: Fish 03-17-2014, 08:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 299
Posted By darkmark
thanks for the kind words everyone. the spec v...

thanks for the kind words everyone. the spec v may be too small, so i'll let some plants grow in for some breaks in line of sight before getting another puffer.

its my first tank in about 6...
Forum: Fish 03-17-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 299
Posted By darkmark
Dwarf Puffer jumped ship :(

Hi guys,

I'm really bummed...one of my dwarf puffers was found on the floor outside of my Spec V... i had 2 in there, and they were best buds. swam around together ALL the time and really seemed...
Forum: Plants 03-07-2014, 05:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,770
Posted By darkmark
dammit, i see. so after filling, the ammonia...

dammit, i see. so after filling, the ammonia probably seeped out and killed it all off...

GEEZ! so i'm guessing large water changes are needed for the next couple of days....thanks for the input....
Forum: Plants 03-07-2014, 05:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,770
Posted By darkmark
Yeah, i'm thinking i may have just lost most of...

Yeah, i'm thinking i may have just lost most of my DHG and wasted a 3 week DSM...

it's actually a Fluval Spec V, i have about 10 capsules of osmo+ under the substrate. The Mr. Aqua soil seems to...
Forum: Plants 03-07-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,770
Posted By darkmark
I'm using Mr. Aqua aquarium soil (was unable to...

I'm using Mr. Aqua aquarium soil (was unable to get my hands on ADA AS), but I do have some OSMO+ root tabs under the substrate.

I'm only dosing Excel for my co2 needs, hope it all comes together....
Forum: Plants 03-07-2014, 04:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,770
Posted By darkmark
Thought I'd post here instead of opening a new...

Thought I'd post here instead of opening a new thread.

I did DSM with some DHG for about 3 weeks, everything was lush and green. Shortly after filling the tank EVERYTHING started yellowing. ...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-25-2014, 03:50 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,096
Posted By darkmark
If you give yourself a budget of $200, expect to...

If you give yourself a budget of $200, expect to double it.

seriously, its like a drug this aquarium thing
Forum: Substrate 02-10-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 506
Posted By darkmark
i'd second the recommendation for ADA AquaSoil or...

i'd second the recommendation for ADA AquaSoil or something similar because of the pH buffering properties. Invertebrates are fairly sensitive to pH levels, and some substrates are able to keep...
Forum: Equipment 02-10-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 533
Posted By darkmark
Nice pick up! There are a few options for an...

Nice pick up! There are a few options for an upgraded light for the Spec V. You pretty much just don't attach the stock light and instead put a replacement one that would either clip on or sit on...
Forum: Equipment 02-08-2014, 05:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 533
Posted By darkmark
i think its a good looking tank, especially b/c...

i think its a good looking tank, especially b/c of the solid glass top that gives it a pretty cool top view, but i think its shape/form makes it really tough for a starter nano tank. the top opening...
Forum: Equipment 02-07-2014, 10:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 533
Posted By darkmark
Fluval Edge 6 Gallon on Clearance

Hey All,

Been seeing the Fluval Edge 6-gallon on Clearance at 3 of my local Petsmarts. I'd pick one up myself if I wasn't busy blowing all my money into my Spec V. Thought I'd share in hopes that...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-06-2014, 04:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 761
Posted By darkmark
did something similar last night. I'm about to...

did something similar last night. I'm about to start up a new nano, and this article was both a blessing and a curse. I spent 2-3 hours shifting my hardscape back and forth trying to get it just...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-05-2014, 10:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 761
Posted By darkmark
Aquascaping article on CNN!

Thought I'd share with all of you.

Have been lurking on this forum for a few months before making a profile. Aquascaping must be growing in popularity to get an article on CNN's homepage :)
...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 01-31-2014, 04:16 PM
Replies: 473
Views: 108,143
Posted By darkmark
Tanks are looking really good! Proud to say I...

Tanks are looking really good! Proud to say I just picked up my Spec V earlier this week. I'm pretty excited and have been lurking these forums 24/7. I'll post pics as soon as anything gets put...
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