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Forum: Aquascaping Today, 01:53 AM
Replies: 1
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Posted By Diana
Too scattered. Minimal organization. Plant...

Too scattered. Minimal organization.

Plant same plants together in one area; not one here... one there...

Similarly with the rock. Group them together into perhaps 2 masses, one a bit larger...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Today, 01:48 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 983
Posted By Diana
Do enough water changes to keep the NO2 under 5...

Do enough water changes to keep the NO2 under 5 ppm. These bacteria do not grow well when the NO2 is over 5 ppm.
Then you will probably need to top off the ammonia. Until the bacteria catch up I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Today, 01:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 184
Posted By Diana
Actually, it is the other way around. Fish...

Actually, it is the other way around.

Fish get used to the water they are in. The TDS, or total dissolved solids. In this case the minerals and salts.

The cell wall is like a semipermeable...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Today, 01:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 176
Posted By Diana
That is over doing it. Stick with just one...

That is over doing it.
Stick with just one school, about a dozen CPD are fine, and twice as many of the shrimp (They almost do not count as far as bio load)

I would treat it more like a 10...
Forum: Riparium/Terrarium/Vivarium Yesterday, 11:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 188
Posted By Diana
Doubt it. Now if you were keeping Archer fish...

Doubt it. Now if you were keeping Archer fish...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 03:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 359
Posted By Diana
There are several strains of Columaris. One is so...

There are several strains of Columaris. One is so virulent it can kill the fish overnight.

Reduce the nitrates as low as you can.
Lower the temperature, Columnaris reproduces better in water...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 03:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 232
Posted By Diana
I would add some algae eater like Otos, but they...

I would add some algae eater like Otos, but they hide so much they hardly count as a 3rd species.
A 20 long is so shallow it really does not have 3 distinct areas (top, middle, bottom), but you...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 03:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 139
Posted By Diana
I would run it for a while, see what NO3 levels...

I would run it for a while, see what NO3 levels look like. I think there is room for more fish, but...
If NO3 stays so low you have to dose to keep it up, then add more fish.
If it is marginal,...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 03:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 151
Posted By Diana
If your tap water has no toxins, just lots of...

If your tap water has no toxins, just lots of minerals then you could create a blend of RO + Tap to reach your goal. If the levels are not quite what you want, then you could adjust the lowest one...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 03:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 78
Posted By Diana
Don't worry about the plants. The 3 degrees GH is...

Don't worry about the plants. The 3 degrees GH is more of a suggested minimum for most plants to be sure they have the Ca and Mg they need.

Set the GH and KH for the livestock.

Seachem...
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 02:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 96
Posted By Diana
Move bubble wand so bubbles do not rise there. ...

Move bubble wand so bubbles do not rise there.

Block/redirect bubbles with plants so that on their way to the surface they are deflected.

Screen the openings with something that will make the...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-30-2014, 03:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 315
Posted By Diana
I tend to want sand to be shallow, no more than...

I tend to want sand to be shallow, no more than about 2" deep. I do not need it to be piled up against the front glass, just barely higher than the trim is plenty. A bit more in the back is OK,...
Forum: Aquascaping 07-30-2014, 02:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 704
Posted By Diana
USGS (US Geological Survey) is remarkably...

USGS (US Geological Survey) is remarkably detailed about what kind of rock is where.

Parks (National, State...) that have any sort of 'science center' will often have something about the geology...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-30-2014, 02:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 91
Posted By Diana
I am not sure there is, without constant...

I am not sure there is, without constant checking.
In tanks were I wanted to maintain GH and KH of around 3-5 degrees the GH was no problem, these materials seem not to remove calcium or magnesium...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-30-2014, 02:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 99
Posted By Diana
Wood is very hard, lasts several years in...

Wood is very hard, lasts several years in aquariums. Minimal tannins (at least in the wood I got, which had been pruned a month or two before I got it, and lying around in the sun and rain)
My...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-30-2014, 01:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 99
Posted By Diana
To lower the NO3 add more plants, or make the...

To lower the NO3 add more plants, or make the plants you have work harder. Supply them with light, carbon and all the other nutrients they need. They will start soaking up the N like a sponge.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-30-2014, 01:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 130
Posted By Diana
1) What is the GH, KH, pH of the water? 2)...

1) What is the GH, KH, pH of the water?

2) What is the goal?

3) If you alter the KH, the pH usually goes down.

4) Easiest way without a RO filter to drop the KH is to blend distilled or...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-30-2014, 12:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 154
Posted By Diana
Do one or the other, monitor conditions and alter...

Do one or the other, monitor conditions and alter as needed.
I used the 'half' because the range of EI was for tanks from 20-40 gallons.
It seems to me that if a 40 gallon low tech and a 20...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-30-2014, 12:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 184
Posted By Diana
Ditto: Fish handle the pH change due to CO2 just...

Ditto: Fish handle the pH change due to CO2 just fine. As long as the mineral levels are stable the pH is much less important than people used to think.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-30-2014, 12:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 91
Posted By Diana
You can add coral sand, limestone sand or other...

You can add coral sand, limestone sand or other material directly to the tank. I have one tank with a blend of Turface and Coral Sand. Does not look very good, but the GH, KH and pH are stable with...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-30-2014, 12:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 79
Posted By Diana
That much swing is just about right as far as...

That much swing is just about right as far as having the CO2 under control.
As long as the mineral levels are stable, I think the pH is less important.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-30-2014, 12:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 80
Posted By Diana
Probably are. Plants have plenty when the NO3...

Probably are. Plants have plenty when the NO3 hovers between 5-20 ppm.
If it climbs much higher that may still be OK if you are running such a high tech tank that they quickly remove that much...
Forum: Equipment 07-30-2014, 12:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 151
Posted By Diana
Thin plexiglass or acrylic will work, no need to...

Thin plexiglass or acrylic will work, no need to silicone.
Thinner pieces will bend easier. A few rocks here and there can help stabilize it while you fill, no need for 4 hands to be in the tank...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-30-2014, 12:26 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,170
Posted By Diana
And know 3 different names for that brown gunk: ...

And know 3 different names for that brown gunk:
Diatoms
Brown Algae
Mustard Algae

And know 3 different meanings of MTS:
Multiple Tank Syndrome
Mega Tank Syndrome
Malaysian Trumpet Snails
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-30-2014, 12:20 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 983
Posted By Diana
Yippie! NO2! Yes, re-dose the ammonia to 3...

Yippie! NO2!

Yes, re-dose the ammonia to 3 ppm. Now that things are happening check it daily.
If the plants do not seem to like that much ammonia then keep it at 1 ppm, but check it twice a...
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