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Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 03-28-2015, 12:16 AM
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Posted By bluestems
This is quite lovely! I really like your use of...

This is quite lovely! I really like your use of Fissidens nobilis and the mini ferns... looking forward to seeing its progress. :cool:
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 03-27-2015, 04:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 449
Posted By bluestems
You might consider ordering your fish online......

You might consider ordering your fish online... I've had good luck ordering from The Wet Spot in Portland, OR. Invertebrates by Msjinkzd usually carries a good selection and is also a TPT sponsor. ...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-27-2015, 04:04 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By bluestems
Sorry, I read this... "The tank was lowtech and...

Sorry, I read this... "The tank was lowtech and followed many principles laid out in Walstad's book, but I say that fairly loosely as the substrate was sand and I was dosing dry ferts frequently...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-27-2015, 03:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 353
Posted By bluestems
If you're not using soil, and you are dosing,...

If you're not using soil, and you are dosing, then this isn't the Walstad method. Doesn't work without the soil...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 07-07-2014, 03:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,088
Posted By bluestems
Thanks, it has a ways to go to fill in. I've...

Thanks, it has a ways to go to fill in. I've read differing reports on dhg in low-med light conditions w/ and w/out co2. The new growth is promising, but I wouldn't mind it filling in a bit faster...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 07-07-2014, 02:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,088
Posted By bluestems
That's a nice tank :proud: Do you also do co2? ...

That's a nice tank :proud: Do you also do co2? My dhg is starting to spread, though not as quickly as it did in high light with co2 injection (required trimming at least once a week). I've heard...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 07-06-2014, 03:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,088
Posted By bluestems
Looking good! :proud: I agree with aquarist...

Looking good! :proud: I agree with aquarist about pulling the rhizomes out of the soil.

Since we're sharing... here's my 8g, about a month old. We have similar styles! :smile:
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Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 07-02-2014, 04:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,088
Posted By bluestems
Hi, welcome to TPT. I like the half moon mat...

Hi, welcome to TPT. I like the half moon mat too, and that's a better price than I got my evolve 8 on clearance. I'm loving mine so far... nice little tank, especially for the price. So far, the...
Forum: Algae 07-02-2014, 03:48 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,078
Posted By bluestems
Nice planting job, I like the layout. In...

Nice planting job, I like the layout. In addition to the other suggestions, are you also doing to recommended water changes per ADA's guidelines (large, daily water changes the first week, every...
Forum: Aquascaping 07-02-2014, 03:29 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,841
Posted By bluestems
The ADA video (third in my post above) shows...

The ADA video (third in my post above) shows several examples of how they setup aquascapes from start to finish that are similar to the one you like at the 5:48 mark. Now that you have an idea of...
Forum: Aquascaping 07-01-2014, 11:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,841
Posted By bluestems
The different types of stones and wood are a bit...

The different types of stones and wood are a bit confusing to the layout here, they are competing with each other and none are really standing out. Maybe try choosing one type of stone with or...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 05-09-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,403
Posted By bluestems
I really like the look of the moss. Did you need...

I really like the look of the moss. Did you need to weigh them down or otherwise tack them down to keep them in place?
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 05-06-2014, 10:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,403
Posted By bluestems
Looks great! I like the river of moss balls :)

Looks great! I like the river of moss balls :)
Forum: Equipment 05-06-2014, 09:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 604
Posted By bluestems
That's an interesting idea to drill holes to pull...

That's an interesting idea to drill holes to pull the water downward through layers of media in the first chamber like a canister. I don't have a drill that will fit in the compartment to drill the...
Forum: Equipment 05-05-2014, 03:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 604
Posted By bluestems
My danios prefer cover too... they do have great...

My danios prefer cover too... they do have great little personalities though :)

Since I have a cat, the lid has to stay on but I've noticed a lot of condensation and wondering if that will have...
Forum: Equipment 05-05-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 604
Posted By bluestems
That is a great mod! Thanks for the tips... I...

That is a great mod! Thanks for the tips... I think I will give this a try. I'm giving the Fluval strata soil a try which is supposed to have macro and micro nutrients. We'll see how it goes but I...
Forum: Equipment 05-05-2014, 01:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 604
Posted By bluestems
Aqueon Evolve 8 filter mod?

I'm setting up an Evolve 8 with Fluval Stratum substrate, anubias and dhg to house a couple of danio erythromicrons and khuli loaches.

Would adding a bag of biomedia behind the filter pad be...
Forum: Fish 11-24-2013, 08:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,515
Posted By bluestems
try a betta

I've kept a betta with a small school of rasboras before. The betta would chase them from time to time, but was too slow to catch any and wore himself out quickly so the 'chase' was brief. They...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 08-18-2013, 09:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 988
Posted By bluestems
What about Marsilea hirsuta? There's an even...

What about Marsilea hirsuta? There's an even smaller, dwarf variety too and it does well in low-light tanks.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-08-2013, 06:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,704
Posted By bluestems
3 months update! A couple of small 20% water...

3 months update!

A couple of small 20% water changes have been done about 1x month. These pics were taken before any maintenance was completed, so there is some algae on the glass, but the...
Forum: Tank Journals 07-04-2013, 02:33 AM
Replies: 319
Views: 66,709
Posted By bluestems
Nice choice on tiling the floor... though I bet...

Nice choice on tiling the floor... though I bet it was a time consuming job to move the tanks out of the way then back.

How's the tree tank? Did you figure out a lighting solution?

I love...
Forum: Tank Journals 06-20-2013, 05:19 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,037
Posted By bluestems
looks great!! what are you using for ferts?

looks great!!

what are you using for ferts?
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 06-04-2013, 04:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 544
Posted By bluestems
There are a lot of tips on how to remove them...

There are a lot of tips on how to remove them from the tank, but not much about what to do with them afterwards. I was thinking of leaving them outside for birds to eat... ?
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 06-04-2013, 03:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 544
Posted By bluestems
are these worth RAOKing?

are these worth RAOKing?
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 06-04-2013, 03:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 544
Posted By bluestems
I am thinking I'll put in a cucumber and I can...

I am thinking I'll put in a cucumber and I can spot them pretty easily at this point to get any stragglers. I've been scraping off the egg sacks (three different ones in the last day!) I hate to...
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