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Forum: Low Tech Forum Yesterday, 10:59 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By Django
I have soft water and I use Seachem Equilibrium. ...

I have soft water and I use Seachem Equilibrium. KH should be about 3 dKH and GH should be around 5.

If you have no KH, you risk a precipitous drop in pH. If you have no GH, the plant nutriients...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 10:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 133
Posted By Django
http://www.tropicalfishcentre.co.uk/Cycle.htm: a...

http://www.tropicalfishcentre.co.uk/Cycle.htm: a page with two diagrams of the Nitrogen cycle, the second one of how long unasssisted cycling takes. I hope that one helps you visualize it better.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 09:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 141
Posted By Django
I don't see how it would hurt either. Except if...

I don't see how it would hurt either. Except if you have planted some of the plants that are particularly susceptible (sp?) to it, like sags and vals, I think. You could check out your list of...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 03-25-2015, 11:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 163
Posted By Django
I have too many Malaysian Trumpet Snails. There...

I have too many Malaysian Trumpet Snails. There are probably ten per gallon or more, and they spend a lot of time above the substrate. I'd like to get rid of them, but a friend tells me I'm lucky...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-22-2015, 04:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 220
Posted By Django
One thing I recall hearing is that floating...

One thing I recall hearing is that floating plants take up nitrates really fast, so you have to keep an eye on the nitrates and probably other ferts as well. This is not necessaryly going to happen,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-22-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 220
Posted By Django
I think Crypt height is a function of the light,...

I think Crypt height is a function of the light, the more light, the shorter it grows. But you have your other plants growing better too. My plants had a noticeable growth spurt when I swiched...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-22-2015, 11:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 168
Posted By Django
Here's a link to a page explaining the Nitrogen...

Here's a link to a page explaining the Nitrogen Cycle (cycling). I picked out a good diagram and there's another one that shows what will be going on while you're cycling:...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-20-2015, 08:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 194
Posted By Django
I think we can rule out sediment from the sand. ...

I think we can rule out sediment from the sand. I wonder if this is what they calll "New Tank Syndrome"? Anyway if it has a green color, it's a single-celled algae bloom; if the color is greyish or...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-19-2015, 11:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 348
Posted By Django
I think the finnex fugeray planted+ is probably...

I think the finnex fugeray planted+ is probably too bright. An alternative solution is to buy a lot of floating plants and throw them in there. String algae can grow all over plant leaves and kill...
Forum: Substrate 03-19-2015, 11:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 194
Posted By Django
If you look at my signature you will see pretty...

If you look at my signature you will see pretty much what I'm using - note the Miracle Grow Organic Choice Planting Mix. Supposed to be better than the soil (topsoil). I would not advise using clay...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-19-2015, 10:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 298
Posted By Django
You could try your local aquarium society and see...

You could try your local aquarium society and see if anyone has them, and you could culture them yourself if you wanted.

My MTS are really an eyesore, especially when they mass over the corys'...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-18-2015, 12:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 304
Posted By Django
I would also use sand. In my experience, sand is...

I would also use sand. In my experience, sand is better than gravel for plant roots. The sand should only contain silica so that it doesn't affect the pH. It's used to mix concrete.

You might...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-14-2015, 12:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 274
Posted By Django
I'm another happy customer of nilocg. He will...

I'm another happy customer of nilocg. He will set you up with the right dry ferts.

If I can remember, they're KNO3, KH2PO4, one other - could be K2SO4, and CSM+B, so you have nitrate, phosphorus...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-12-2015, 09:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 471
Posted By Django
Welcome to the forum! It's tricky to judge...

Welcome to the forum!

It's tricky to judge from a picture, but it looks to me like you may need more light intensity. Also, an easy piece of advice, if you haven't already done so you can get a...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-10-2015, 12:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 429
Posted By Django
You're right. I went back and saw the remarks. ...

You're right. I went back and saw the remarks. Sorry for the confusion.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-10-2015, 11:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 490
Posted By Django
I went looking around in Google Search and found...

I went looking around in Google Search and found some interesting info: the secret of growing crypts tall is that the more intense the light, the shorter they grow.

Also, about Crypt Melt:

TFK...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-10-2015, 11:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 429
Posted By Django
I guess I'll defer to the majority on these red...

I guess I'll defer to the majority on these red crypt wendtiis.

I did some googling and found an answer to a question in another thread that I couldn't find: the secret of growing tall crypt...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-09-2015, 08:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 273
Posted By Django
The way I've heard it, you stick the airline...

The way I've heard it, you stick the airline tubing up the intake tube (this is for DIY yeast-based CO2 generators, right?), the bubbles and water get drawn into the impeller, and the impellor chews...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-09-2015, 12:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 273
Posted By Django
Looks like you've already done it :) But the...

Looks like you've already done it :) But the diffuser should be inside the intake tube, not inside the filter. I've read about some people just sticking the bare CO2 output tube in the filter...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-09-2015, 11:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 352
Posted By Django
Thanks for the tip Diana. Here's a quick...

Thanks for the tip Diana.

Here's a quick shot of my tank as it stands, minus the Ruffled Sword and Crypts. Yeah, I shoulda cleaned the glass. Most of the brown stuff on the bottom is planting...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-09-2015, 10:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 584
Posted By Django
Seachem Flourish Comprehensive, which I think you...

Seachem Flourish Comprehensive, which I think you have, can be dosed 1 dose per week or 2 doses per week, according to how heavily planted your tank is. Excell should be dosed as in the directions...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-09-2015, 10:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 490
Posted By Django
I had that happen to a couple of Wendtii when I...

I had that happen to a couple of Wendtii when I first planted them, and they went on to really flourish and reproduce. It's kind of hearbreaking when you see that. They should come back though.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-08-2015, 05:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 352
Posted By Django
Thanks. I have been thinking a lot about this. ...

Thanks. I have been thinking a lot about this. I put the lights back up 2" to see if the algae is reduced.

We know that the supply of CO2 in a low-tech tank is not very much to start out with. ...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-08-2015, 01:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 352
Posted By Django
I have a low-tech planted tank. That's why I'm a...

I have a low-tech planted tank. That's why I'm a little concerned about CO2 being enough as I increase the light intensity. That's also why I'm doing 1/4 IE. I wonder if the algae shows up when...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-08-2015, 12:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 463
Posted By Django
I've heard that you shouldn't go below 6 hours.

I've heard that you shouldn't go below 6 hours.
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