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    The Lazy Asian Biotope

    Hi Chris. I believe I may have sold you some danios today! Tank looking great. Sent from my HUAWEI GRA-L09 using Tapatalk
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    What kind of deficiency or toxicity is this ?

    Hi xandro. I've moved this to the Plants sub-forum in the hope you might get a better response Sent from my HUAWEI GRA-L09 using Tapatalk
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    I work in a fish shop, I swallow (sometimes really stinking) fish water on a daily basis. I'm still typing.
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    RO water Paisley/Glasgow

    I'd be amazed if your local MA didn't do RO. It's normally about 10p/litre. Might be a bit cheaper from an independent. Worth checking the quality now and then (TDS meter).
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    How is it possible that my calsium is 40 ppm on wc and 4 days later it is 55ppm

    Dragon stone isn't always totally inert, it's probably leaching a bit. Sent from my HUAWEI GRA-L09 using Tapatalk
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    Ph problem in shrimp tank

    Your water is pretty soft, so it will take relatively little to move the pH around. I don't know what's in your 'mineral balls' but they might be contributing something that is pushing the pH up. In very soft water pH is inherently unstable and it's generally a waste of time chasing specific...
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    Tom's Poco Pozo

    Thanks chaps. Troi, I started out using Waterlife Protozin which has always been effective in the past. 2 weeks of daily dosing didn't shift it, after which I did 9 days of Esha Exit. By this point things seemed to be getting better but that coincided with having already lost all the neons...
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    Tom's Poco Pozo

    Right, so here's an update that I haven't been looking forward to writing. Things had been ticking along nicely for a long time... I'd added some really nice gold and ruby tetra and a group of orange Corydoras venezuelanus. The planting had been redone, mainly with Eichornia and everything was...
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    Adding more ferts

    Not necessarily Mike. I'm in my phone at the moment so don't have links but there's plenty of evidence in the scientific literature for strains of Nitrosomonas and Nitrobacter that function well at low pH. Furthermore, there's also evidence that mature filters actually contain little in the way...
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    Cheap ideas for planted tank substrates?

    The advantage of the 'Original' stuff is that is doesn't contain loads of limestone which can greatly increase your pH and KH. I'm not sure what it does actually have mixed in, but all the other soils I've used have have pretty major impacts on water hardness, even the aquatic/pond soils. For...
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    Cheap ideas for planted tank substrates?

    'Original Aqua Soil' sold in blue bags at your local garden centre will cost you about a tenner, grows plants like crazy and won't mess with your water parameters too much. On the downside, it'll need a sand cap, is very messy if disturbed and will leach ammonia for a few weeks unless you...
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    Fixing wood to glass?

    Depending on the size of the wood, could you do a similar thing with magnets?
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    Live food culture - Crangonyx pseudogracilis

    Thanks Darrel, mine just arrived alive and kicking :)
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    how to maintain gh5 and kh2

    Or just cut your RO with an amount of tap water, depending on your local water hardness. Sent from my HUAWEI GRA-L09 using Tapatalk
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    Tankenstein - Low Tech 55L Cube

    Almost all commercial plant growers grow their plants emersed. You'll probably only find the immersed growth buying from hobbyists or perhaps a seller who's kept it submerged for a few months. H. pinnatifada will lose all the leaves it comes with, but hopefully will have new submerged growth by...