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Forum: Fish Today, 03:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 103
Posted By discuspaul
As others have said, Chili Rasboras contribute...

As others have said, Chili Rasboras contribute very little bio-load, so a half dozen dwarf cories, or 5-6 dwarf pencil fish would be just fine along with them.
I've kept 30 + Chili Rasboras in a 10...
Forum: Fish Today, 02:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 167
Posted By discuspaul
The Pearl Gouramis will not do any better with...

The Pearl Gouramis will not do any better with the Tiger Barbs than the Angels did.
There are very few fish that are compatible with Tiger Barbs.
The Tigers should go - either that or you just keep...
Forum: Fish Today, 01:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 135
Posted By discuspaul
Very hard to tell - almost as difficult as...

Very hard to tell - almost as difficult as discus. Need more, and clearer, close-ups of ventral section.
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 10:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 167
Posted By discuspaul
Get rid of the tiger barbs and your angel...

Get rid of the tiger barbs and your angel 'problem' will be solved.
Then add more angels and they should survive nicely assuming you care for them well.
Forum: Substrate Yesterday, 08:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 102
Posted By discuspaul
Would be very helpful to know the size of your...

Would be very helpful to know the size of your tank, what you're thinking of stocking it with, how many, and what kind of aqua-scape environment you'd like to create.
What can you tell us about the...
Forum: Plants 03-27-2015, 06:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 149
Posted By discuspaul
Yes, Nate is right. As soon as you see a stem...

Yes, Nate is right.
As soon as you see a stem shooting up beyond the others toward the surface, nip it off down low near the root. Keep doing that and eventually the plant seems to get the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-27-2015, 12:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 254
Posted By discuspaul
Go for it -just keep two things in mind: Don't...

Go for it -just keep two things in mind:
Don't bag the Purigen beads too thickly in the bag. You want to get as much free-flow of water as possible through the Purigen beads in the bags. 1/2"...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-26-2015, 02:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 237
Posted By discuspaul
I think you may be 'over-thinking' this Wendyjo. ...

I think you may be 'over-thinking' this Wendyjo.
There's usually very little, if any, ammonia in tap water, and so that is of no consequence.
As for other ammonia sources being available for the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-26-2015, 01:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 237
Posted By discuspaul
Yes, agree with Clayman. In fact Chloramines...

Yes, agree with Clayman.
In fact Chloramines may be more toxic than Chlorine, depending on the concentrations of each.
Forum: Substrate 03-25-2015, 09:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 188
Posted By discuspaul
Good for you Robert - you obviously did some...

Good for you Robert - you obviously did some right things. I've had mostly discus tanks and have never put in ground cover over the PFS I use in them, nor have I wanted to.
But I've seen and read...
Forum: Substrate 03-25-2015, 08:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 188
Posted By discuspaul
Re: your first paragraph and the question...

Re: your first paragraph and the question therein:
- If you use the tan color PFS & add a thin layer (or any thickness for that matter) of white sand to top it, it will mix together very quickly,...
Forum: Plants 03-25-2015, 07:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 518
Posted By discuspaul
Thanks Rick - it really works well ! It'll do...

Thanks Rick - it really works well ! It'll do wonders for any tank- but of course as I've said before, it helps a great deal to also use filter floss in the filter, replaced regularly as it dirties,...
Forum: Plants 03-25-2015, 04:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 518
Posted By discuspaul
A few years ago I was in touch with a Seachem rep...

A few years ago I was in touch with a Seachem rep regarding Purigen, who told me that if the beads are allowed to dry out completely, they lose much of their adsorption capability.
When you buy the...
Forum: Plants 03-25-2015, 03:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 518
Posted By discuspaul
In a container of fresh dechlorinated water is...

In a container of fresh dechlorinated water is best.
Should be kept damp/moist/wet between usages. Do not leave Purigen to dry out.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-25-2015, 02:59 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,035
Posted By discuspaul
Sure you can do that. Once you dump the bleach...

Sure you can do that. Once you dump the bleach water, nothing wrong with doing several (or even many), rinses in fresh running water straight from the tap to get rid of all traces of the bleach. Then...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-25-2015, 12:31 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,035
Posted By discuspaul
Don't disagree with your first sentence. ...

Don't disagree with your first sentence.

And it's certainly better to be safe than sorry - I can't argue with you wanting to do that, and I fully agree it's a sensible approach to producing...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-24-2015, 11:56 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,035
Posted By discuspaul
Purigen controls ammonia, nitrites and nitrates...

Purigen controls ammonia, nitrites and nitrates by removing organic wastes that produce them. I have no idea how much ammonia & other such toxic elements are used by plants, but believe it would be...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-24-2015, 11:15 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,035
Posted By discuspaul
Btw, I'm not meaning to be critical - just...

Btw, I'm not meaning to be critical - just wondering why you use so much Prime - seems like a large waste of money to me.

I happen to really like your method of re-generating - it's fast & easy...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-24-2015, 09:41 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,035
Posted By discuspaul
10 ml of Prime, sufficient to de-chlorinate 100...

10 ml of Prime, sufficient to de-chlorinate 100 gals of water seems highly excessive. Even 5 ml of Prime would be more than enough to deal with the small amount of tap water needed to dechlor/rinse a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-24-2015, 09:03 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,035
Posted By discuspaul
# 4 - above - 100 gals worth of dechlor ? ...

# 4 - above - 100 gals worth of dechlor ?
Surely you meant to say something else. Pls. clarify.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-24-2015, 06:30 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,035
Posted By discuspaul
You can usually buy at least 2 sizes of bags @...

You can usually buy at least 2 sizes of bags @ PetSmart stores, but they are not fine enough mesh, so you need to double-bag them to hold the Purigen in. (they usually come 2 bags to a packet and...
Forum: Substrate 03-24-2015, 05:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 510
Posted By discuspaul
Yes, PFS can be found in white, off-white, a...

Yes, PFS can be found in white, off-white, a couple of shades of beige/tan, pinkish, and greyish. Good selection to choose from - your preference. Some colors may be difficult to find, depending on...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-24-2015, 03:39 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,035
Posted By discuspaul
D@nno: You can buy the Purigen beads already...

D@nno:

You can buy the Purigen beads already bagged, or buy the 250 ml jar & bag them yourself, in the size of bag you wish. You need to be sure the bag(s) you use is fine enough mesh so the tiny...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-24-2015, 04:29 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,035
Posted By discuspaul
Not at all. -Remove the bag of Purigen from...

Not at all.
-Remove the bag of Purigen from your filter when it gets dirty. (Turns from off-white to med-dk brown after 2 - 4 weeks).
- Soak it overnite (24 hours) in a bucket of 50/50...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-24-2015, 04:12 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,035
Posted By discuspaul
Here's Seachem's description of their Purigen...

Here's Seachem's description of their Purigen product.

I've used it 24/7 for over 5 years, and can attest to it's effective adsorbing & water polishing capacity and effectiveness. And the beauty...
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