some pics: http://img714.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=p1100630.jpg
I believe these are cladophora based on the pictures I've seen in this website: http://aquariumalgae.blogspot.com/
what are my options? remove the hirsuta and get new plants? I tried using tweezers but I think it's a fruitless task...
Hello. I started planting in my tank 3 Thursday ago. I used Masilea hirsuta as my carpet plant.
But it seems the plant is growing upwards. I am not sure if it's transitioning from emerge growth to submerged growth. Maybe it means there's not enough light?
I changed my lighting schedule. 2.5 hours of T5 only + 3 and 10 minutes hours of halide only (5 minutes overlap on start and finish. I added the overlap because I suppose the halide needs to warm up first) and 2.5 hours again of T5 again. But in saying that, the T5 and halide was NEVER on at the...
apologies for bringing up an inactive thread but I have a question.
cut back = chop off all the leaves? the hirsuta that I have have been grown emersed. It's been planted 2 weeks ago and it showing signs of new growth.
Thank you :)
Hello. I started planting around 2 weeks ago. But I'm getting lots of decaying plants and possibly algae.
1. Here are some plants which seems to be very dirty. I'm not sure if these are algae or decaying plants (could be a mixture of both?) how do I clean these? I tried a gravel vacuum pump...
i think these are better explain using example :)
1. I decided to do a 50% water change on a 100L tank. Do I add the recommended dosage of water conditioner for 100L or 50L?
2. how about for water top-up? Like due to evaporation, my water level is 1cm (e.g. equates to 20L) less...
I was reading another forum yesterday and it was mentioned that algae blooms are common in new setups especially those using commercial substrate?
Any truth to this? What is its cause? Can it be prevented/minimized?
Thank you :)
I found a pieces of trunk which I believe would make addition for a "flooded plains" type biotope.
Anyway, the trunk is quite heavy. I believe it cound be around 15+Kg. The problem is that it would not sink. The trunk is standing up in the tank so I cannot just tie rocks to it...
I searching the net on the use of dolomite addition on substrate. I kinda like the idea of dolomite because most trace mix doesn't have calcium in it.
anyway, I was reading the wikipedia entry for dolomite and a local product description and it seems adding dolomite would increase pH, GH and...
But once that wood stopped leaking tannins, I suppose it's fine to use?
the wood is too big (around 70cm in height and 46cm at its widest). It's summer here right now and I'm hoping the hot aussie sun will bake it for me :)
I have a trunk here that's probably around 20Kg. I'm just wondering what can I use inside the tank to the trunk does not damage the bottom plate?
maybe styrofoam (the same white packaging material used to protect brand new TVs)? Though I am unsure if these would last submerged in water.
I found a tree trunk last Thursday and some of the bark is still stuck to the wood.
anyway, what's the best way to remove the "fresh" (it seems greenish upon inspection) bark? I'm drying it out in the sun but I'm hoping to try it in the tank sooner rather than later. Would soaking loosen the...
of woods (3 pieces altogether) that I found last Wednesday. any thoughts?
though to be honest, I'm beginning to like no.2 since it's unique. I've been browsing around photo journals in other forums and the IALPC(spelling?) contest results and it seem "every man and his dog" has a...
The tank has been placed on the stand last week and I took this photo. It doesn't looked right. :( When the tank was in the floor, the wood seemed okay then.
Anyway, I went out wood hunting earlier today and was able to find a nice single and long piece. It's does not have lots of branches like...
excluding glass pipes of course as there's no size for my filter tubing and I do not want to use reducer.:)
I want to hide the tubing behind some tall plants (e.g. vallisneria and etc). The intake will be just your normal intake but the outlet will be an elbow bend at the end to "shoot" water...
1500L liter tank + stand + substrate + accessories (filters, co2 tank and etc) would be close to a mazda 6 in weight :) would you park a mazda 6 inside your house by checking a discussion forum? why not ask a pro? it's an expensive mistake if that floor give away :)
magnesium main source will be epsom salts. I had a look at theplantedtank.co.uk trace comparison before and 1 thing I noticed is the high level of copper in my blend.
also the percentages in theplantedtank are a lot smaller than what is displayed in my box. I suppose I just need to...
no plants yet (the place I'm ordering them from is closed til Jan 11). But I have asked the guy who helped me transport the tank to help lift the tank from the floor to the stand. I'm very happy. Very close to planting season now :D
I've setup the lighting (measured several times) and the stand...
This is the analysis data of the trace mix (as written in the box) in %W/W
sulphur as sulphates: 6.29
calcium as carbonate: 10.00
magnesium as sulphate: 3.62
manganese as sulphate: 2.88
iron as chelate: 2.73
copper as sulphate: 1.25
zinc as sulphate: 1.00
boron as borate: 0.09...
Just to circumstances beyond my control (it's summer here and it gets really hot some days), I have scheduled lights on at 5am and finishes at around 2pm.
I have been reading (particularly theplantedtank.co.uk) and it seems it's advisable to dose just before lights on. But since I will not wake...
All I have is a weighing scale (use for measuring a person's weight) so I decided to check out what tutorial is available out there using a teaspoon/tablespoon.
I found this site.
â€¢Dissolve 1 teaspoon (6 grams) of sodium bi-carb into 1 litre of distilled water.
â€¢Take 10mL of this...
I have always been fascinated by the fish and have always wanted a tank of my own. We had a goldfish before which lasted for several months. I even bought a small 2nd-hand tank in the past but it was in poor condition so I wasn't really interested at the time.
Anyway, my son has been fascinated...
I did ask a similar question in the CO2 forum section. But this thread was created in the filters and filtration because it's mostly about effect of CO2 in the filter and not dissolving CO2 completely :)
from using a reactor?
I got this photo from the "higher" tech tank tutorial. The article says this goes against filter makers recommendation? but how is this different from using a reactor? maybe there's no difference as reactors would have similar effect to canisters?
thank you for the help :)
My halide has 3 power cords (1 cable each for moonlight, T5HO and halide). I will be connecting the cables to my "timing" powerboard (has 3 sockets and all sockets are digitally controlled). Since it's only a test, the bulbs will only be turned-on for 5 minutes only.
The sequence will be:
thank you. I've seen something similar to lawn edging here. but I believe it's called something else.
I'll check it out. :)
fyi: I'm mostly concern with runner plants as my foreground would be slow growing marsilea hirsuta (a native to australia).
I have read the entry for "annual plants" in wikipedia. But still have some question if you don't mind :)
I suppose the plant (whether submerged or emersed) just slowly dies and needs to be replaced?
I came across threads that talk about the subject but I'm not really sure what is the item.
clear acrylic is 1thing I know but what I've seen are quite thick and would not bend at all.
people have mentioned rainstrip and other items. maybe you can give links to a photo of the product (or link...
thanks everyone :)
fyi: I had to use a nipple fitting (http://www.philmac.com.au/Product/Produ ... aspx?c=325) so I can connect the regulator to the FE. I had to use teflon tape on the fitting (fe-side) to seal it. No tape was required on the regulator-side. :)
I have been reading the tutorial on using fire extinguishers and I got lost when reading the section on "firing the fe". How do I do this step? searching the forums/net was fruitless.
I am assuming that "firing the fe" could be as simple as pressing/squeezing the levers. but since the term...
and it should last me for half a year. Can I just add 2mL hydrochloric acid (as mentioned by theplantedtank) so it doesn't "spoil"? or maybe preservative is only required in a trace solution?
Thank you :)
from the tank?
I was initially thinking of placing the aquarium in the middle-right edge of the room. but for me to nail braces to support the hanging light is close to impossible so I decided to place it beside the PC as I can easily install braces this way. I am thinking of hiding of the tank...
found this one about 500meters from the house. It's almond.
I was out with my son in the playground when I came across a huge branch that has fallen/cut down. I was able to bring home this piece. I left another piece there because it won't fit the back seat. :(
which one would you...
what color is used on the background of these photos?
thank you :)
I was reading theplantedtank's EI article and it mentions a solution of 33grams of KNO3 for 250 distilled water. The dosing recommendation is to use 5mL of the solution per 50L of water. so if my tank is 300L, I need to put in 30mL (5mL x (300/50)) of the solution.
My confusion lies in the ppm...
I was reading theplantedtank.co.uk and Jame never mentioned how much epson salt is required. I know one of the mods mentioned in the the tutorial but I prefer making a solution just because I believe it's easier to handle.
so how much epsom salts is required? I've searched the net and forums...
I was with my son playing this morning in the playground and I saw a huge branch has fallen/cut down. I had a look and there are some amazing piece I could get. I went back in the afternoon and was able to bring home a nice piece. I put it in the tank and it looks good. It's much larger to the...
The idea is to have all native tank (Aussie natives). It'll be a 2 species tank. about 40 threadfin rainbows + local glass shrimps to do the cleanup duty.
here's a photo of how I have placed the driftwood: tank photo
Here's a photo of the layout. It's not drawn to scale. The plants will be...
I've seen the DIY LED discussion where high power LEDS from CREE were used. But I've recently seen (chinese website) an LED lighting using regular-shaped LEDs (around 300+ LEDs mostly white). The power rating is only 19+W for the 4ft version.
Any thoughts on this type of lighting? Do you think...
I've been searching again and have come across some nice discussions. It seems some initially run the T5 for say 2 hours. 4hours for halide and then 2 hours again for the T5.
Any thoughts on such a setup?