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Forum: Low Tech Forum   08-16-2016, 09:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,084
Posted By Axelrodi202
In terms of plant growth I think this is an...

In terms of plant growth I think this is an attainable goal. If you don't have it already, I'd suggest getting Nature Aquarium: Complete Works 1985-2009. You'll see that many of Amano's scapes...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   08-16-2016, 06:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,084
Posted By Axelrodi202
CO2 and low/moderate light works great; many of...

CO2 and low/moderate light works great; many of Amano's scapes were essentially this. Growth isn't as fast as in high tech but is very green and lush.
Forum: Tank Journals   08-15-2016, 10:38 PM
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Posted By Axelrodi202
Day 42 (June 28, 2016): After some...

Day 42 (June 28, 2016):

After some reflection I may have come up with a cause for the hairgrass die-off - trace nutrient deficiency! Up until now I haven’t been dosing anything besides potassium...
Forum: Tank Journals   08-15-2016, 09:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,555
Posted By Axelrodi202
Been very busy this summer, between interning,...

Been very busy this summer, between interning, taking care of the tank, and family matters, so have fallen behind on journaling. But I've been keeping pictures and notes along the way so am catching...
Forum: Fish   08-15-2016, 06:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 540
Posted By Axelrodi202
Both of those fish really lend themselves best to...

Both of those fish really lend themselves best to a species tank. I think you'd run into issues trying to keep them together.

As for inverts, nerite snails are a safe bet. Adult shrimp of all...
Forum: Fish   08-13-2016, 03:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 540
Posted By Axelrodi202
Killifish are great. Most Aphyosemion should do...

Killifish are great. Most Aphyosemion should do well in a 5 gallon. They like softer water, and can be a bit tricky to initially wean onto prepared foods. I had good luck feeding them NLS. In a tank...
Forum: Lighting   08-12-2016, 02:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 367
Posted By Axelrodi202
What type of fluorescents are those? I used to...

What type of fluorescents are those? I used to have 2x T5HO on a 46 gallon and it was medium-high light, requiring Excel dosing to avoid algae issues.

You'll want to replace that actinic bulb...
Forum: Aquascaping   08-12-2016, 02:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 367
Posted By Axelrodi202
Beautiful fish. Your scape will start looking...

Beautiful fish. Your scape will start looking great once those Anubias fill in.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   08-11-2016, 04:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 242
Posted By Axelrodi202
What substrate are you using? If you use one with...

What substrate are you using? If you use one with CEC capacity like Aqusoil or Flourite it will affect the water column nutrient levels.
Forum: Plants   08-09-2016, 05:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 664
Posted By Axelrodi202
Yes, I experienced lower leaf loss when my tank...

Yes, I experienced lower leaf loss when my tank was phosphorus-deficient as well. Eco complete doesn't have much in the way of macro nutrients so this isn't unexpected.

I've also seen lower leaf...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   08-09-2016, 01:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 208
Posted By Axelrodi202
I've had pond snails eat leaves of certain...

I've had pond snails eat leaves of certain plants, like Cryptocoryne bullosa or Bacopa colorata, even when healthy. Their numbers are directly correlated with the amount of organics (like decaying...
Forum: Plants   08-09-2016, 01:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 664
Posted By Axelrodi202
I was having issues with lower leaves dropping or...

I was having issues with lower leaves dropping or being in poor condition with my latest tank while I was figuring out my dosing regime.

What substrate do you sue? Dosing?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   08-08-2016, 04:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 679
Posted By Axelrodi202
I'm a big fan of RO/DI water. My tap water is...

I'm a big fan of RO/DI water. My tap water is absolutely horrid, almost 400 TDS, 15+ dGH straight from the faucet. Since I would like to have the option of keeping fish beyond livebearers and rift...
Forum: Algae   08-07-2016, 06:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 275
Posted By Axelrodi202
Unless your plants are already on their last legs...

Unless your plants are already on their last legs they'll be fine. I've had tanks inadvertently go dark for over a week or more with no issues.
Forum: Plants   08-07-2016, 05:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 272
Posted By Axelrodi202
As long as the base isn't rotting away I'd leave...

As long as the base isn't rotting away I'd leave them in. Cryptocoryne are truly slow growers - it really takes them months to get going in a new tank.
Forum: Plants   08-07-2016, 03:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 272
Posted By Axelrodi202
You should've left at least a new leaf or two on....

You should've left at least a new leaf or two on. Whether or not they survive all their leaves being removed depends on how healthy the plant was originally.
Forum: Equipment   08-07-2016, 11:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 245
Posted By Axelrodi202
Sorry for the delayed response; was away from...

Sorry for the delayed response; was away from home for a few days and unable to look at the regulator.

The decrease starts happening when the high pressure gauge nears the 500 PSI mark (1000 PSI...
Forum: Tank Journals   08-07-2016, 01:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,718
Posted By Axelrodi202
Don't let my avatar fool you - I've never kept...

Don't let my avatar fool you - I've never kept discus in CO2 tanks. But have kept other 'sensitive' fish like Otocinclus and chocolate gouramis.

I understand your priorities regarding the fish...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   08-07-2016, 12:31 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,329
Posted By Axelrodi202
It's best to avoid sudden changes with planted...

It's best to avoid sudden changes with planted tanks - they're living systems after all. Unfortunately you've learned this lesson the hard way. I highly suspect an imbalanced microbial population as...
Forum: Tank Journals   08-07-2016, 12:26 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,718
Posted By Axelrodi202
Looks promising. I also have a 120 gallon tank...

Looks promising. I also have a 120 gallon tank (though the 4' x 2' footprint) but no discus. I know you just redid the whole tank, but a suggestion if I may - replace the inert sand for a nutritive...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   08-06-2016, 09:49 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,329
Posted By Axelrodi202
There wouldn't be residual carbon in the water...

There wouldn't be residual carbon in the water column. Even carbon sticks get saturated and no longer have absorptive properties after a month. What's your substrate? What deficiency symptoms are you...
Forum: Equipment   08-02-2016, 02:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 466
Posted By Axelrodi202
kevmo911 is absolutely correct. Those regulators...

kevmo911 is absolutely correct. Those regulators should screw right onto your CO2 tank.
Forum: Equipment   08-02-2016, 02:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 245
Posted By Axelrodi202
BPS and CO2 tank fill level

Is it normal for the BPS to decrease significantly (almost 50%) as the CO2 tank starts running low and the high pressure gauge shows a lower pressure, even when the low pressure gauge shows the same...
Forum: Equipment   08-02-2016, 01:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 466
Posted By Axelrodi202
I haven't been regulator-shopping in a while so...

I haven't been regulator-shopping in a while so am rather rusty as to specific brands. GLA is held in very high regard and is a bit pricey, though I not unfrequently see used ones being sold for...
Forum: Equipment   08-02-2016, 01:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 466
Posted By Axelrodi202
I haven't had good luck with other regulators...

I haven't had good luck with other regulators that relied on a CGA320 adaptor - they fail eventually.

I'd look into other regulators. You can find much better ones for only a few more tens of...
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