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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Today, 03:58 AM
Replies: 1
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Posted By Diana
Use fertilizer tablets for planted tanks deep in...

Use fertilizer tablets for planted tanks deep in the soil volume part of the set up.
I would not trust most garden fertilizers for this.

I use agricultural grade materials in my low end...
Forum: Substrate Today, 03:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 84
Posted By Diana
Smallest plants are not going to do so well in...

Smallest plants are not going to do so well in gravel, but most plants will grow fine in EC with gravel cap. Some mixing will happen when you transplant, but should not be that much of a problem. EC...
Forum: Low Tech Forum Today, 03:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 238
Posted By Diana
You might try this: Keep cleaning the green...

You might try this:
Keep cleaning the green algae off the front of the tank for best visibility, and leave the sides and back for the Oto.

Alternate: Clean all the glass, and let the Oto take...
Forum: Low Tech Forum Yesterday, 09:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 445
Posted By Diana
The K number is this: Our eyes see yellows...

The K number is this:

Our eyes see yellows and greens better.
Plants use reds and blues a lot more than they use green wavelengths.

The K number is what color the light looks to our eyes....
Forum: Low Tech Forum Yesterday, 09:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 238
Posted By Diana
What kind of algae is it? I am assuming the stuff...

What kind of algae is it? I am assuming the stuff you are asking about is not the brown algae that is in your next sentence.

Brown algae is also called diatoms. You can do more research with that...
Forum: Low Tech Forum Yesterday, 08:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 202
Posted By Diana
The element that is probably missing is carbon....

The element that is probably missing is carbon. CO2 is usuall low in a low tech tank, but a bit more would help.

The tablets in the substrate might be making it into the water column, or might...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 07:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 321
Posted By Diana
I use whatever dechlor I have on hand, and most...

I use whatever dechlor I have on hand, and most recently have been using Prime Pond. and doing a lot of tests. (getting ready to restock the tanks) I also am seeing that 'not quite yellow, but not...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 07:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 274
Posted By Diana
I do not know if the organic choice is available....

I do not know if the organic choice is available. I see it at the miracle gro web site, but I have not seen it in local stores for several months.

Air pump.
CO2 dissolves in water, but only a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 07:19 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,133
Posted By Diana
Glad you got to the bottom of that. Should I...

Glad you got to the bottom of that.
Should I mention: Prime locks up nitrate, too.

What pH problem?
Post the following:
A) Tap water right out of the tap. pH, GH, KH, TDS (if you have a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 07:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 321
Posted By Diana
Yes, some dechlor will make odd readings with...

Yes, some dechlor will make odd readings with some test kits.
Best method: Use dechlor and test kit made by the same company and read their literature.
Also very good: Test only after the tank...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 06:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 109
Posted By Diana
Is the 13.5 part of the arc? Is that at the...

Is the 13.5 part of the arc?
Is that at the corner or the most extreme part of the bow?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 06:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 201
Posted By Diana
I do not actually use lily pipes, but I tend to...

I do not actually use lily pipes, but I tend to keep the water gently rippling all the time. None of the fish have gotten out their surfboards, so I figure that is about right.
Forum: DIY Yesterday, 04:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 857
Posted By Diana
The bog part will take a VERY long time to...

The bog part will take a VERY long time to accumulate organic matter. I have more problems keeping the intake of the pumps clean. I am planning a different sort of layout where the pump is easier to...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 03:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 312
Posted By Diana
There is a group of Tetras, the Rosy Tetra Clade....

There is a group of Tetras, the Rosy Tetra Clade.
There are about 30 species, and they are willing to hybridize. Red Phantoms, Rosy Tetras, Serpaes, and several others are common in the trade. Many...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 03:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 252
Posted By Diana
I have seen tanks with a dwarf puffer that worked...

I have seen tanks with a dwarf puffer that worked for a few months, but one day my friend came home to a nasty mess and just the puffer swimming around. The other fish (over a dozen) were mostly...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 03:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 137
Posted By Diana
There are several closely related fish, and they...

There are several closely related fish, and they will hybridize.
There are about 30 species in the "Rosy Tetra Clade", but not all are commonly available. They look similar enough that a careless...
Forum: Substrate Yesterday, 02:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 297
Posted By Diana
How fast to add the fish back: Do the swap,...

How fast to add the fish back:

Do the swap, plant.

Put a plate or plastic bag over the substrate and fill slowly, allowing the water to seep over the edges of the bag. This will minimize...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 02:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 550
Posted By Diana
Nitrifying bacteria does not like light. There...

Nitrifying bacteria does not like light. There will be almost none on the glass, and the removal of the algae this way sounds like a good solution.

I have problems when I drain the tanks that...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 02:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 279
Posted By Diana
Join your local aquarium club. There will likely...

Join your local aquarium club. There will likely be someone with the faster growing plant in enough quantity that you can get well started.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-20-2014, 03:31 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 726
Posted By Diana
With Ca and Mg from the tap water you do not have...

With Ca and Mg from the tap water you do not have to dose GH booster. But GH booster also has K, (not much at the low doses suggested, but some) so I would definitely add K2SO4.
I have seen some...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 08-20-2014, 01:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 522
Posted By Diana
Part of the concept of 'low tech' is that you do...

Part of the concept of 'low tech' is that you do not have to constantly 'do something' to the tank. (like add fertilizers every day)
Slow release fertilizers work best within that concept.

1)...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-20-2014, 01:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 321
Posted By Diana
Nova777, glad the ammonia blip was fleeting! ...

Nova777, glad the ammonia blip was fleeting!

Rad91,
I am not sure either, why that constant 'almost zero' ammonia shows up.
My tanks are doing this, too, but they evaporate a lot, so I am...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-20-2014, 01:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 377
Posted By Diana
http://www.seachem.com/Products/product_pages/Flou...

http://www.seachem.com/Products/product_pages/FlourishTabs.html

Flourish tabs are a bit low in potassium. Other than that, I would let things go until some nutrient deficiencies show up.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-20-2014, 01:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 201
Posted By Diana
I would write it up (briefly- half a page) and...

I would write it up (briefly- half a page) and present it to the owner or manager of all the local fish stores. Ask each one if they will supply one set up, and have their business card prominently...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-20-2014, 01:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 126
Posted By Diana
Are you adding any fertilizer?

Are you adding any fertilizer?
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