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Forum: Plants 04-18-2015, 02:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 550
Posted By Monster Fish
What's your dosing schedule and dosing...

What's your dosing schedule and dosing quantities? Do so have any stunting, yellowing, or other abnormalities with your faster growing plants?
Forum: Plants 04-17-2015, 12:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 550
Posted By Monster Fish
Got a pic of your 220g? Also, how's the water...

Got a pic of your 220g? Also, how's the water flow throughout your tank?
Forum: Plants 04-16-2015, 09:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 550
Posted By Monster Fish
What other plants are directly near the crypts in...

What other plants are directly near the crypts in the 220g? There could be competition for root space. Most foreground plants don't have expansive root systems so crypts have no problems growing...
Forum: Plants 04-16-2015, 03:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 550
Posted By Monster Fish
How long has the tank been set up? And how many...

How long has the tank been set up? And how many osmocote tabs did you use? I found that crypts eventually become weeds if you leave them alone and let them grow their roots. They really don't need...
Forum: Substrate 04-14-2015, 03:30 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,089
Posted By Monster Fish
I think sifting is necessary depending on what...

I think sifting is necessary depending on what bag of dirt you pick up. MGOCPM and what's sold as bagged top soil can contain lots of rocks, sticks, pieces of bark that are the size of a dime or...
Forum: Substrate 04-13-2015, 06:05 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,089
Posted By Monster Fish
I don't see a reason for microwaving it. All...

I don't see a reason for microwaving it. All you're doing is making a mess in the kitchen. Any terrestrial bacteria or pests will most likely die once your substrate is submerged. Just open the bag,...
Forum: Fish 04-12-2015, 08:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 169
Posted By Monster Fish
I use those felt scouring pads you can buy from...

I use those felt scouring pads you can buy from any dollar store.

I feed my soiless grindals assorted flake and pellet food meant for my fish.

My soiless cultures have been going on for...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 04-04-2015, 09:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 604
Posted By Monster Fish
I have similar water parameters as you OP. For my...

I have similar water parameters as you OP. For my dirted tanks, I added 1 tbsp of crushed coral and 1 tbsp of dolomite to my dirt for a standard 10 gallon tank with an inch deep dirt layer. This...
Forum: Plants 04-02-2015, 07:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 310
Posted By Monster Fish
A few stores in my area got in jumbo trident...

A few stores in my area got in jumbo trident recently. I picked up five rhizomes to see how it grows.
Forum: Substrate 03-31-2015, 02:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 264
Posted By Monster Fish
It should work. Pick out the larger pieces of...

It should work. Pick out the larger pieces of wood and sift if necessary.
Forum: Substrate 03-13-2015, 08:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 283
Posted By Monster Fish
I use perlite for my Sarracenia. It floats and it...

I use perlite for my Sarracenia. It floats and it eventually crumbles into a fine dust. I wouldn't use it as a substrate.
Forum: Substrate 03-10-2015, 09:55 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,871
Posted By Monster Fish
Water column dosing is sufficient for stem...

Water column dosing is sufficient for stem plants. You can test this by growing the plants free floating in the water column. Ludwigia, rotalas, and hygros have all grown for me uprooted with just...
Forum: Substrate 03-09-2015, 09:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 456
Posted By Monster Fish
Yeah. The crypts have massive root systems which...

Yeah. The crypts have massive root systems which will help bring oxygen into the soil layer. Eventually they start sending up runners around the tank. Swords also have good root systems but some grow...
Forum: Substrate 03-09-2015, 04:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 456
Posted By Monster Fish
Sounds good. Your plants should love it once...

Sounds good. Your plants should love it once they're established after several weeks. Try adding some crypts to the tank as well.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 03-05-2015, 06:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 235
Posted By Monster Fish
Slowly pull it out (roots and all) and do a water...

Slowly pull it out (roots and all) and do a water change right afterwards. There shouldn't be any toxic gasses since healthy crypt roots oxygenate the substrate. You will probably have a slight...
Forum: Substrate 03-04-2015, 04:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 792
Posted By Monster Fish
Depends on how much rotting organic material is...

Depends on how much rotting organic material is in your dirt layer. You can poke all you want but all you're doing is releasing built up hydrogen sulfide gas. If you add some MTS and try planting...
Forum: Algae 03-03-2015, 11:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 479
Posted By Monster Fish
A 6 day blackout killed off all the cyanobacteria...

A 6 day blackout killed off all the cyanobacteria in my tank. I just did a large water change before the blackout, removed all lighting, covered the tank with a black trash bag, waited 6 days, took...
Forum: Plants 03-03-2015, 06:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 253
Posted By Monster Fish
Looks like an Aponogeton. Unsure of the species...

Looks like an Aponogeton. Unsure of the species though.

Edit: Probably Aponogeton crispus
Forum: Substrate 03-03-2015, 04:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 792
Posted By Monster Fish
I'd scrap the tank and not do organic dirt with...

I'd scrap the tank and not do organic dirt with high tech stems. You don't have enough root mass to supply oxygen to the bacteria that decompose the organics in the miracle gro.
Forum: Substrate 03-03-2015, 03:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 792
Posted By Monster Fish
What other plants do you have in the tank and...

What other plants do you have in the tank and what dirt did you use?
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 02-28-2015, 04:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 247
Posted By Monster Fish
I don't have any at the moment but you can tell...

I don't have any at the moment but you can tell that they're going dormant when it stops producing new leaves and the older leaves start looking dull green. If there's any new leaves produced, they...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 02-25-2015, 03:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 247
Posted By Monster Fish
Depends on where you are but in the eastern US...

Depends on where you are but in the eastern US they go dormant at the end of October and break dormancy at the end of March/beginning of April.
Forum: Plants 02-24-2015, 01:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,361
Posted By Monster Fish
Go with Monte Carlo instead if you want the HC...

Go with Monte Carlo instead if you want the HC look but wish to keep it low tech.
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 02-22-2015, 03:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 247
Posted By Monster Fish
Depending on where you live, it should be dormant...

Depending on where you live, it should be dormant right now. Though if it came from tissue culture, I'd keep it indoors on a sunny windowsill if you're currently experiencing winter weather.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-20-2015, 05:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 237
Posted By Monster Fish
No need to boil IME. Just watch for ammonia...

No need to boil IME. Just watch for ammonia spikes if you're setting up a new tank and do 50% water changes to bring them down when necessary.
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