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Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates Today, 01:38 AM
Replies: 10
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Posted By Diana
Here is the fishless cycle. Do more water...

Here is the fishless cycle.

Do more water changes. Nitrite at 5 ppm slows the growth of the bacteria. Then dose the ammonia to only 1 ppm for a few days, give the second group of bacteria a...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates Today, 01:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 291
Posted By Diana
Whether it is the right name or not, look for...

Whether it is the right name or not, look for more info using the name Marmokrebs.

I finally got rid of mine:
Feeding the babies to my Bichers.
Had to totally drain the tank and comb through...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 12:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 842
Posted By Diana
Thanks for following up with this, now that the...

Thanks for following up with this, now that the plants are looking better!

Fish food is a reasonable source of N, P, and most trace minerals.
If you have cut back on the KNO3, then yes, cut...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 03:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 262
Posted By Diana
I'll bet that if it is applied carefully that...

I'll bet that if it is applied carefully that would look pretty good.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 01:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 160
Posted By Diana
pH swing does not in itself kill fish. The...

pH swing does not in itself kill fish.
The changing levels of minerals that often cause a pH change can kill fish.
Yes, low pH can corrode pipes.
Forum: Plants 10-29-2014, 12:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 268
Posted By Diana
Vino, start your own thread. But none of those...

Vino, start your own thread. But none of those will make it under water. Perhaps the Schefflera would make it growing out of the tank, roots in a good water flow location, stems and leaves above the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-29-2014, 01:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 339
Posted By Diana
Remember that the Seachem Flourish Nitrogen...

Remember that the Seachem Flourish Nitrogen supplies nitrogen in a way that is not read by test kits. If I remember, about half the N shows up when you test for NO3.
so, if the goal was 10 ppm NO3,...
Forum: Aquascaping 10-29-2014, 01:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 373
Posted By Diana
a 5 is so small, change out the gravel.

a 5 is so small, change out the gravel.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-29-2014, 01:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 179
Posted By Diana
Even if the 'wrong wavelength' was not a problem,...

Even if the 'wrong wavelength' was not a problem, you would have the problem that the UV won't penetrate very far into the water.
In a UV sterilizer the water is routed through the system so that...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 10-28-2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 443
Posted By Diana
Cut a hole through the mattenfilter. Insert a...

Cut a hole through the mattenfilter.
Insert a Koralia or similar style of power head so only the outlet shows on the tank side. You will be using a very small one, so the rest of it might be buried...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-28-2014, 01:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 457
Posted By Diana
1 tsp baking soda per 30 gallons will raise the...

1 tsp baking soda per 30 gallons will raise the KH by 2 German degrees of hardness. (34 ppm). When I did this to a very low pH tank (6 or less) the pH came up to 6.2.
You can also use potassium...
Forum: Plants 10-28-2014, 01:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 268
Posted By Diana
It is normal for Crypts to totally dissapear....

It is normal for Crypts to totally dissapear. Good to hang onto the root, new growth will come from there.
I also have seen little to no problems with Java Fern. Leaves seem to do fine when...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-28-2014, 01:33 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,068
Posted By Diana
On the contrary the cycle is this: Fish...

On the contrary the cycle is this:

Fish produce ammonia.
Beneficial bacteria turn it into nitrite.
If they had weakened or died you would see ammonia, and less nitrate.

Different species...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-28-2014, 01:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 229
Posted By Diana
Ditto the above concept: Most aquarium snails...

Ditto the above concept:
Most aquarium snails (pond, Rams Horn) cannot initiate the leaf damage.
But they sure will move in on compromised tissue and can expand the damage from that spot.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-27-2014, 04:34 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,068
Posted By Diana
How are you interpreting these test results? You...

How are you interpreting these test results? You have the strip and reference chart.
What values look the closest in your opinion?

What they call Total Hardness is the same as GH.

Is this...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-27-2014, 04:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 139
Posted By Diana
If the dosing and water changes work for you,...

If the dosing and water changes work for you, fine.

Discus prefer slow moving water. Clown Loaches are river fish, thrive in much faster moving water. Set up filter and power heads to provide...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-27-2014, 04:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 122
Posted By Diana
The bottled products are not always the same as...

The bottled products are not always the same as the dry (agricultural) ingredients, so there may be more than that going on.
I would keep the ingredients separate, not mix them before dosing. ...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-27-2014, 04:02 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,068
Posted By Diana
What kind of dip stick test do you have? The...

What kind of dip stick test do you have? The 5-way and the 6-way (Jungle, Tetra both make this sort) have GH and KH. They report results as ppm. That is OK, just tell us the numbers and the units.
...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-27-2014, 03:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 298
Posted By Diana
You can do water changes by the numbers, and you...

You can do water changes by the numbers, and you can adjust input so the numbers balance out to zero water changes.

However, I also see the fish acting much better after a water change, so I...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-27-2014, 03:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 139
Posted By Diana
I also get long gooey strands in the Micros. I...

I also get long gooey strands in the Micros.
I do not get it when I add Excel to the mix.
Does not matter how much Excel, but if you add a lot, then that could count as your Excel dose for that...
Forum: Aquascaping 10-27-2014, 03:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 526
Posted By Diana
Move the wood to about 1/3 of the way from one...

Move the wood to about 1/3 of the way from one side or the other.
The root or trunk would aim roughly for the back corner, but this may be adjusted.
Go back to your first post. See the pretty...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-27-2014, 03:30 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,068
Posted By Diana
Vals are fine in hard water. I have not seen...

Vals are fine in hard water.
I have not seen that browning, but I have not cut mine, either.
Vals can adapt to the lower of the 2 doses that Seachem has on the Excel label. If you have calculated...
Forum: Aquascaping 10-27-2014, 02:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 222
Posted By Diana
Weird that it only grows (or whatever) right...

Weird that it only grows (or whatever) right after a water change.
However, if the critters are eating it, and are fine, I don't know that there is a problem.

I would think anything with that...
Forum: Aquascaping 10-27-2014, 02:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 270
Posted By Diana
PFS is fine. It has no nutrients, no cationic...

PFS is fine.
It has no nutrients, no cationic exchange capacity.

I would add fertilizer tablets deep under the substrate and use water column ferts.
Forum: Substrate 10-27-2014, 02:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 221
Posted By Diana
Backyard soil will have a lot of microorganisms....

Backyard soil will have a lot of microorganisms. Some of these adjust pretty well to living under water. Others do not, so die off.
This causes an ammonia spike in recently submerged soil.
The...
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