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Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates Today, 06:07 AM
Replies: 8
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Posted By Diana
ADA soils and some others including...

ADA soils and some others including montmorillonite clays will remove the carbonates from the water.

This slows the growth of the nitrifying bacteria. Almost totally stops it when the KH hits...
Forum: Equipment Today, 01:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 217
Posted By Diana
Quick rundown: Activated Carbon: May remove...

Quick rundown:

Activated Carbon: May remove chelated minerals, but only for a short time. Then it is full of whatever it is removing, and quits working. Some run it only on a new set up. Many keep...
Forum: Equipment 01-25-2015, 10:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,052
Posted By Diana
Water doesn't cycle. Put the filter media in a...

Water doesn't cycle. Put the filter media in a bucket and run a small pump or bubbler and keep adding ammonia to keep the cycle going while you drain and modify the system. When the changes are done,...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-25-2015, 10:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 366
Posted By Diana
A couple of years ago I was following a thread...

A couple of years ago I was following a thread (don't even remember what site) about someone having problems with shrimp or delicate (wild caught) fish in NYC water.
They went to the extent of...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-25-2015, 10:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 419
Posted By Diana
Back to the original post: What is the GH,...

Back to the original post:

What is the GH, KH and TDS of the tap water?

For Discus, I would want these to be as low as possible, just 1-2 degrees GH and KH and TDS under 100. With the KH so...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-25-2015, 10:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 237
Posted By Diana
The label should say distilled or reverse...

The label should say distilled or reverse osmosis. These are interchangeable as far as aquarium use goes.
The other forms of bottled water are not very well regulated, and can change on a whim. ...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-25-2015, 10:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 300
Posted By Diana
If the GH is already at 6 degrees, and the...

If the GH is already at 6 degrees, and the product has a blend of Ca and Mg, then do not add more. Allow it to drop a bit, or keep it right there.

Generally...
if you...

1) keep topping off...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-25-2015, 05:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 237
Posted By Diana
Yes, hard water. I would blend 50% tap + 50% RO...

Yes, hard water. I would blend 50% tap + 50% RO to keep soft water fish. Perhaps more RO if I wanted to breed them.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-25-2015, 05:34 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 101
Posted By Diana
From the sticky at the top of this forum ...

From the sticky at the top of this forum

40~60gal
50% H20 change-weekly
1/2 Tsp-KN03 3x a week
1/8 Tsp-KH2P04 3x a week
3/4 Tsp-GH booster once a week
10ml or 1/8Tsp-Trace 3x a week
Optional...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-25-2015, 05:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 366
Posted By Diana
GH tests do age, and when they die the reagents...

GH tests do age, and when they die the reagents no longer change color. For me, even fresh reagents are hard to read in this test. I sometimes wonder if I am reading colors reflected from the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-25-2015, 04:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 191
Posted By Diana
Should not be needed. It is my understanding they...

Should not be needed. It is my understanding they are kept pretty close to sterile, and certainly have been nowhere near an aquarium to have picked up fish diseases or parasites, or snails. A good...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-25-2015, 03:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 300
Posted By Diana
1) RO water has nothing in it to dictate to the...

1) RO water has nothing in it to dictate to the pH to do this or that. You would think it should be neutral. But some CO2 enters the RO from the air, so it will test slightly acidic. There are no...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-25-2015, 02:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 366
Posted By Diana
Can you test and report the following: GH, KH,...

Can you test and report the following:
GH, KH, pH and TDS of...

Pure RO water, right out of the filter.
Pure RO water, after it has sat out overnight.
RO water with your normal dose of...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-25-2015, 02:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 273
Posted By Diana
Nitrogen is an atom. In the air it mostly takes...

Nitrogen is an atom. In the air it mostly takes the form of N2 (two nitrogen atoms) Plants cannot use it this way.

KNO3 is potassium nitrate. It is a potassium atom (K), a nitrogen atom(N), and 3...
Forum: Aquascaping 01-25-2015, 02:36 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 822
Posted By Diana
You are making a cave, underground lake concept. ...

You are making a cave, underground lake concept.

No driftwood.
Plants only at the mouth of the cave, and not too lush even there. Overhanging plants (house plants) from outside hanging over the...
Forum: Aquascaping 01-25-2015, 02:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 579
Posted By Diana
My favorite stand! That is some awesome...

My favorite stand!

That is some awesome wood. Sure hope it keeps its colors for you.
Forum: Aquascaping 01-25-2015, 02:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 411
Posted By Diana
Hardscape looks so separated it is like the 2...

Hardscape looks so separated it is like the 2 parts of the tank do not belong to each other.
Very difficult in a 55, but can you extend the sand part way to the left, into the busier part of the...
Forum: Aquascaping 01-25-2015, 02:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 329
Posted By Diana
First arrangement: Even number of rocks. Not...

First arrangement: Even number of rocks. Not good. Upper right rock looks like it is ready to fall over. Not relaxing to look at.

Second arrangement: Odd number of rocks. Much better. Might be...
Forum: Aquascaping 01-25-2015, 02:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 337
Posted By Diana
Those branches are talking to each other! ...

Those branches are talking to each other!

First arrangement: looks like trees growing on windy cliffs. They have spent all their lives bending with the wind, and are not stuck in that position....
Forum: Aquascaping 01-25-2015, 02:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 645
Posted By Diana
G, though it does not have to go all the way to...

G, though it does not have to go all the way to the back. I like that sinuous line.
Forum: Substrate 01-25-2015, 02:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 252
Posted By Diana
Call rental yards that rent out sand blasting...

Call rental yards that rent out sand blasting equipment. They might sell it, or know where to buy it.

Tractor supply sells it.

Call all the rock/brick/masonry sorts of places, if they do not...
Forum: Substrate 01-25-2015, 02:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 337
Posted By Diana
Some dust can happen during shipping as the...

Some dust can happen during shipping as the particles rub against each other, but I usually just dampen it a bit and dump it into the tank. I do not want to breath the dust. If it seems dustier than...
Forum: Fish 01-24-2015, 09:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 467
Posted By Diana
Some Loaches can be a bit aggressive toward each...

Some Loaches can be a bit aggressive toward each other, or might just be playing, but they may play rough.
Not knowing, but perhaps a couple of them got in a fight, hurt each other enough to die,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-24-2015, 09:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 99
Posted By Diana
Fungus can grow and become a problem, once it has...

Fungus can grow and become a problem, once it has a toe-hold on the tissue. It can invade healthy tissue. I would treat with a real fungicide. You will have to read the labels, figure out the active...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-24-2015, 09:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 174
Posted By Diana
Good point. Petroleum, pesticide and other toxins...

Good point. Petroleum, pesticide and other toxins are indeed all around us, and better cleaning is a good idea.
So scrub it with your choice of stuff, including dish soap, Simple Green or anything...
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