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  1. frothhelmet

    Amazon frogbit

    Ramshorn snails eat frogbit the fine hairs extending out from the taproots but not the taproot itself, and never the leaves. Could be another snails though. Also older leaves can also just get old and deteriorate.
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    Journey to the microcosm - the secret things living in your aquarium

    I have keep these before under the name 'turtle snails'. I got them from an ebay auction in the US about 10 years ago. It's cool to see that they seem to be part ramshorn snail part not. They didn't breed particularly well in my tank, eventually just disappearing and they were not particularly...
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    Shy Corydoras Habrosus

    Ooo mort with the habrosus avatar. I best listen :) Problem is I like the clean look. I do it because it keeps my maintenance low. But, I duly have taken your advice and have now added a little rock cave under the bigger driftwood cave. My habrosus are all about it. Let's see if it makes them...
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    Ember Tetra Schooling - comparisons between 5, 10, 15, and 20 fish

    It's true. I just like this sparse look showcasing that wood however. The cories clean my fine sand substrate so I never have to vacuum and my snails clean the glass. All I have to do is a monthly water change and filter rinse, and feed it. The moss grows too slowly to need to trim. I would get...
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    Ember Tetra Schooling - comparisons between 5, 10, 15, and 20 fish

    I feed my embers grindal worms once a day - easy to culture any time of year.
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    Ember Tetra Schooling - comparisons between 5, 10, 15, and 20 fish

    Yeah my LFS 'The Goldfish Bowl' has a consistent source of embers that get FIRE red. They're awesome. The water here is ph 7.5 and medium hard even. It seems to me there are different 'varieties' of embers. Some get red, others not so much. Thanks!
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    Ember Tetra Schooling - comparisons between 5, 10, 15, and 20 fish

    So I thought I would give my experiences of keeping different numbers of embers, as I have tried keeping different school sizes. I will also back up what I am saying with photos. With 5 fish in both a 35l and a 60l tank they hide constantly in an invisible back corner at the bottom of the tank...
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    Shy Corydoras Habrosus

    Here is the 35l tank before the relocation And here is the 60l tank after. One change that I do notice, now that you mention is, is most of the floating plant surface cover has died off (because I started growing some plants out the back of the tank, and the competition for nutrients kills my...
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    Shy Corydoras Habrosus

    I have 11 dwarf cory habrosus in a 60l tank on sand. I initially got 8 of them in 2016, but they regularly breed for me and some young survive naturally. They used to be real brave, out and about wriggling all the time, but in the last year they have gotten shier and shier. Six weeks ago I had...
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    NanoCubes for Bettas

    Wow even I am impressed my crypt didn't melt when put into a new tank with CO2 coming from low-tech. Tough plant!
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    Driftwood gradual dissolving/disintegration

    Ok then! Here is the wood pre-epoxy. The crucial branch in question is the one bottom right making the little 'cave' (you can even see almost through it in this photo it's so thin - it looks like it wants to break doesn't it?). Here is the reinforced version. Can't tell any difference from...
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    Driftwood gradual dissolving/disintegration

    Good news. I used black Milliput epoxy to secure my wobbling but crucial branch on my driftwood. I took the driftwood out of the tank, put on the epoxy, left it out of the tank overnight, and mid-day then next day it was rock hard and I put it back in my tank. I have fish, snails, and shrimp in...
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    Driftwood gradual dissolving/disintegration

    https://www.milliput.com/ This aquarium epoxy comes in brown and black and will bond when wet. However some reefers claim it poisoned their tank, but others say they have used without issue... https://www.ultimatereef.net/threads/best-coral-glue-epoxy-milliput-stuff.277738/page-2
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    Driftwood gradual dissolving/disintegration

    Don't think this would work for aquariums because if you epoxy coat dry wood it will look unnaturally shiny and will almost certainly float!
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    Driftwood gradual dissolving/disintegration

    Makes sense. I see all these bonsai wood pieces that have been frankensteined together these days with a kind of wood-like epoxy. I have a piece of driftwood whose key branch is about to break, but I'd like to reinforce it with a similar epoxy - preferably one that can cure and bond to wood...
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    Driftwood gradual dissolving/disintegration

    Driftwood tends to gradually dissolve/disintegrate over time in the aquarium. This is super annoying when you spend years to find the right piece only to have it gradually disappear. I wonder if there are some woods that are super resistant - mopani comes to mind - or if anyone knows what...
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    Foreground vallis and unicorns

    Foreground vallis exists! Check out these photos from the shop Zoo Thun in Switzerland. Been there multiple times, this plant hasn't been recently trimmed. According to Daniel the owner the key for this species to grow low is to not fertilise it. I think I saw a unicorn today too. Fotos...
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    Dennerle Nano Cube 30L just sprang a leak

    Good point. It's been in its present location for over 4 years. One thing it could be is that the table it's on is not 100% level. The water level is about 1cm higher towards the front. It also seems like the leak came from the front as well.
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    Dennerle Nano Cube 30L just sprang a leak

    The leak is definitely somewhere on the bottom pane. I think the front right corner - where the curved front pane meets the flat bottom.
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    Dennerle Nano Cube 30L just sprang a leak

    Moved all my fish to buckets but, wtf. This shouldn't happen should it? Tank is 8.5 years old. Luckily noticed the very beginnings of it while eating lunch. What the hey? What is this puddle doing growing at the tank base? Humbug. Anyone had similar problems with the Dennerle Nano Cubes?
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    Aquascaper 900 - Comeback Lockdown Tank :)

    This poster is an imposter. I don't see any red cherry shrimp. What have you done with the real LD?
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    Aquascaper 900 - Comeback Lockdown Tank :)

    Wow. Stunning colours. The layout reminds me of your old Australian Rainbow aquascape.
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    Dry food for ember tetras - can't get them to eat

    It's kind of annoying. My ember tetras are spoiled and seem to just eat the live grindal worms I feed them. They also don't eat my frozen food. This has gone on for almost four years. Any experience here on the dry and frozen food products they will actually eat?
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    Betta with shrimp

    My betta ate rcs size shrimp indiscriminately and terrorised a full grown amano into constant hiding / jumping if you put them together - it constantly tried to hunt and kill it even though it can't swallow it whole.
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    Surveying Caridina cf. Babaulti experiences

    I am pretty sure now that indeed the heat killed the babaulti's and my Hyallela. This makes the most sense. It got hot last year (30C+), but not as hot for so long (2 solid weeks this year). Oh well, try again. Thought this wasn't a problem for tropical shrimp. I ordered some green babaulti's on...
  26. frothhelmet

    Actual Shoalers

    This is so true. Mine have been hiding for years. Just threw an Endler in there and viola. Out and about. Love them bold endlers!
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    Ember Tetras with Shrimp

    Embers do not view babaulti shrimp or gammarus as food. Also I have never seen Embers even peck at the decor - let alone a possible baby shrimp invisible to the eye.
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    Surveying Caridina cf. Babaulti experiences

    Found this article. It says that Hyallela azteca die at a water temp of 33C for 11 hours. This is a little higher than any temp I saw, but not out of the ballpark. https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.2307/1538194?journalCode=bbl
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    Surveying Caridina cf. Babaulti experiences

    As I recall they were sold to be as the smaller mexican Hyalella azteca. I really don't see any more of these in the tank - which is weird because I had so many there were on the glass. I keep about 12 Corydoras Habrosus (they breed in my tank) - which can take air from the surface, and 4 Ember...
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    Surveying Caridina cf. Babaulti experiences

    Upon reflection it doesn't make sense that the heat killed them. As my tank didn't get THAT hot. The reason I feel fairly confident about saying this is that my tank has had gammarus for a little over a year, but they now also appear to have been all killed off...what? Nothing kills gammarus...
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    Surveying Caridina cf. Babaulti experiences

    Interesting that this thread came back up. My shrimp decided to all go red about 6 months in. But the real reason I am revisiting this is that I just noticed that my aquarium seems sans shrimp. I think the heat may have killed them all. Never noticed their bodies. I just see now that they are...
  32. frothhelmet

    Bacopa Monnieri reduces neuropathic pain

    I'll be the judge of that.
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    Bacopa Monnieri reduces neuropathic pain

    https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-07-01-how-effective-is-bacopa-monnieri-in-treating-neuropathic-pain.html
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    Mixing shrimp colours

    If you want multi-coloured shrimp get babaulti - I have greens, reds, and yellows and they never mix and fade.
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    Surveying Caridina cf. Babaulti experiences

    OK so I got the babaultis. They are definitely not a green shrimp. But green, red as a decent cherry, orange, yellow, one brown, a few weak coloured ones. They are a whole rainbow. It's like I have many species in one tank. I can also say that they are super flighty, and hide super well. But...
  36. frothhelmet

    Snail Identification

    As Darrel says that snail is Tarebia Granifera. It stays smaller than Melanoides. I actually have a breeding population of black Tarebia Granifera I picked up in Switzerland - really beautiful. Happy to send you some if you PM me with your address. Cheers
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    Surveying Caridina cf. Babaulti experiences

    And what happened? They didn't pay rent? o_O
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    Red-nose pinocchio shrimp die early?

    Two years is decent. Did they die for no reason or a mistake? It would be cool to get some freshwater breeding red-noses. I don't know of anyone who has them. Is anyone going to Australia soon and wants to Han Solo it?
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    Surveying Caridina cf. Babaulti experiences

    I am thinking about getting some of these shrimp and want to hear what you all have to say about them. Some claim they actually eat algae - the way amano and red-nose actually put their face down into it and eat. As opposed to cherries, tigers, and Caridina simoni simoni which in my experience...
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    Keeping Theodoxus Fluviatilis in soft water

    Hopefully they will hold on until May, which is when they really breed like mad. The snail's shell looks healthy so fingers crossed.
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    Red-nose pinocchio shrimp die early?

    A few years ago we had some discussions around red-nose shrimp and how basically they do not adapt to freshwater and all die inexplicably after 6 months max. Is this still the case? Has anyone kept them longer than this? I still like them and wonder if any of these issues have been solved by...
  42. frothhelmet

    Emergency fish medicines to always keep on hand

    Because time is of the essence. And when you need it there's no time to post it and your LFS wont have it. So buy it now! What do you all consider essential in your fish emergency medicine cabinet?
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    How many of you have a quarantine tank running?

    I keep one extra tank going that is minimally stocked. It has been crucial if I want to quarantine and in saving lives. In particular shrimp, if I mess up with a water change and they curl up like dead roaches I plonk them in the quarantine tank and 'poof' they revive. Disaster averted. I also...
  44. frothhelmet

    Plant I'd needed

    Living Waters Croydon usually has some and they ship. I would also ask them about any other fern-looking plants they might have - as they always have the rare and unusual.
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    Plant I'd needed

    crepidomanes auriculatum is also very fern - like but grows very slowly.
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    Growing plants hydroponically out the back of your tank

    Let's face it. As much as we love our pretty aquatic plants, nothing removes fish waste from water better than emersed plants - whether floating, breaking the surface from the substrate, or hung on the back with roots dangling into the water. I am looking for some good - 'grow out the back of...
  47. frothhelmet

    BBA on my A. nanas still hold even after bleach treatment

    Ramshorn snails will eat BBA. No need to bleach.
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    Flowering floating plants

    Are there any floating plants that we can keep under a tank lid that will flower in an aquarium? I can't think of any...
  49. frothhelmet

    Maxing CO2 in Low Techs

    I think it is established that most gas exchange takes place at the surface - so whatever is moving the surface of the water more is going to produce the most gas exchange. Therefore it will depend on which particular set-up you utilise breaks the surface tension and circulates water the most...
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    Ostracoda Wanted

    Ooo nice photo.
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    Ostracoda Wanted

    I have some. Tiny however - like bbs size. PM me.
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    Yoghurt/moss dry start - going on vacation - can I leave it without spraying?

    Ok so update needed. The moss that was clearly in the yoghurt all died, but now the wood is covered in baby moss growing out of the wood where I put the yoghurt. So success from the jaws of defeat I guess :)
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    Yoghurt/moss dry start - going on vacation - can I leave it without spraying?

    I got scared and flooded it and put a pump in to circulate water. Came back 2 weeks later to dead brown mush :(
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    Yoghurt/moss dry start - going on vacation - can I leave it without spraying?

    Hiya, I got a yoghurt dry start for a moss-only tank going, I am two weeks in, and plan to go on vacation soon for two weeks. I can cover the tank pretty well, but was wondering if I need to flood it to prevent the moss from drying out and dying over these two weeks. Thoughts?
  55. frothhelmet

    Keeping Theodoxus Fluviatilis in soft water

    So in the past I have tried to keep Theos in soft water, and what inevitably happened is that their shells would corrode and it seemed to me that the snails would begin to die off. As a result I upped the hardness. About a year ago however I did an experiment where I put some Theos from 10kh...
  56. frothhelmet

    Loud cracking noises from tank

    The tank is resting directly against the desk - with no cushioning matt. That's probably a good idea to get one. Any idea why your clearseal tank busted?
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    Loud cracking noises from tank

    My glass aquarium has started to constantly make very loud cracking noises from the glass. As if the glass is rearranging itself. It's really quite surprisingly loud and makes it difficult to sleep in the same room. The aquarium is 12 liters only at 12"x8"x8", and has no glass rimming up top...
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    Nerite Snails in high tech

    I tried keeping freshwater nerites (Theodoxus Fluviatilis) initially in ph 6.5-ish water, but the pitting in the shells from the acid water eventually kills them (takes a couple months). When I raised the Ph over 7 they stopped dying and started breeding.
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    Yoghurt and blended ferns

    We all know this works with moss. Ferns like similar conditions as moss, so I wonder if blending up fern rhizomes and mixing with yoghurt could produce similar results. Does anyone know?
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    Help me find a good small lily!

    nymphaea micrantha is goregous and stayed relatively small for me as a lotus.
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    Mopani Wood Scapes?

    problem with mopani is that almost all pieces are two-dimensional and therefore boring as hell. hard to get the goodly wood!
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    Cleaning sand

    Yes lots of people hoover sand. But you could only clean the surface if you dont want to disturb the soil underneath. My favourite trick is to use cories with sand to fling muck into the water column where the filter can grab it. They keep my sand crystal.
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    Holiday disaster

    I find that the risk of catastrophe is too great to allow house-sitters to do anything to tanks. Even 'fishkeepers' are too risky and I would only trust tried and true experts. Everyone else should be instructed not to do anything to the tank and feed nothing. Healthy fish can survive 2-3 weeks...
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    Dancing Purple Emperors

    Great battle.
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    Afro Moss

    Couple photos of afro moss from my karoo dream journal.
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    The Karoo Dream

    The tank has had no fish since the last update, and simonis were replaced with blue pearls competition - not deliberately removed. The amanos controlled the problem staghorn algae in the end, but there is now a fair amount of clado now on certain places on the wood that get direct sunlight...
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    Low-tech lawns

    Would be interesting if everyone updated their lawn post with water, soil, and lighting/liter parameters. Cheers.
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    Low-tech lawns

    like the way you have an indian almond TREE stashed in the corner of the chocolate box :jimlad: Also - impressed that your ech ten goes red even without CO2 - didnt know it was possible...
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    Low-tech lawns

    Left = hymenasplenium obscurum - been in there 3 years - I tried to dig it out over christmas but the roots were crazy everywhere and would have ruined the entire scape! Right = anubias afzelli -been in there 4 years Nice ech ten lawn!
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    Low-tech lawns

    Anything hi-tech can do, we can do...slower. Showcase your low-tech lawn here. Updated list of low-tech lawn species: Marsilea Minuta, Echinodorus Tenellus, Ranalisma Rostrata, Lilaeopsis Brasiliensis, Eleocharis sp. This is marsilea minuta. Got 55w power compact on 80 liters with ph6.5 kh4...
  71. frothhelmet

    Daphnia live food harvesting link

    my 2p http://www.lfkc.co.uk/index.php?topic=472.msg3619#msg3619
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    Carribean Dwarf Filter Shrimp

    They are super pretty. Always wanted one - but have never seen them for sale anywhere - best bet might be german sites.
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    Rabbit snails

    Tylos ate my java fern and coral pellia - ignored crypts, anubias and moss.
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    Painted reflector

    10^3 pardons for breaking your beaker dexter.
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    Painted reflector

    Matte white is actually a better reflector than polished aluminium. With that in mind I bet it wouldn't be too hard to find a white tape - otherwise this aluminium one might not be that bad. Does it rust or anything? Cheers.
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    Painted reflector

    What is a good kind of paint to use to paint the inside of a hood - seriously what are manufacturers thinking leaving that black! Would like something that; 1. is waterproof 2. will not crack/brown 3. and which is non-toxic. Cheers!
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    Got ich in a planted tank with inverts...

    Awesome thanks Alastair!
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    Got ich in a planted tank with inverts...

    Hiya - so I bought some Nannostomus unifasciatus today - and in my opinion one of them has 3 spots of ich on him - bought inadvertently. The tank they are in has plants and inverts (shrimp and snails). The recommended treatment (without medication) is to bring the tank up to 88F and then add...
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    2x13w T5 enough for low-tech 180 litre?

    Thanks for all the replies. There was a tank I had my eye on with that particular light set-up. Is retrotiffing a canopy relatively straightforward? I have never done so in the UK - might go LED's just for coolness factor and electricity in that case. Cheers!
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    2x13w T5 enough for low-tech 180 litre?

    Tank dimensions are 76cm (L) X 47cm (W) X 53.5cm(H) Tank comes with 2x13w T5s - dont have much experience with T5s. Planning on growing mosses, ferns, red lotus, anubias, and maybe some ranalisma rostrata in the foreground. Cheers for the help.
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    400 gallon.

    Great movement in the tank. Beautiful!
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    Mini S Walstad

    Did the cherries outcompete the simonis? Also, is there really no filter in here for water motion? A heater? Do you feed it at all?
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    Experiences with Ranalisma Rostrata in Hard Water

    I got some Ranalisma Rostrata about 3 months ago from Alastair. It was growing gangbusters in his Chocolate Lake with high light and without CO2. But now that I am growing it in these conditions it doesnt really grow for me at all--does stay alive though.... Unlike Alastair the water I have is...
  84. frothhelmet

    Adding CO2 to hard water = happier fish?

    If you have hard water and use CO2 to decrease pH for fish used to soft/acid water is this an improvement to their environment?
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    Ph drop & high alkalinity

    Hi Darrell, if the air has ~400ppm CO2 currently why does the water only take up ~11ppm in a low tech (this is what it appears to be in the figure above)?
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    Black leaves on Bolbitis

    I'm pretty sure it's not BBA. Have a look at the photos. I also keep rams in this tank and used to have BBA many years ago until I added them. I think it's probably just an old leaf syndrome as some of the commenters have said. The bolbitis has been growing like crazy in this tank for many years.
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    Black leaves on Bolbitis

    I have a bolbitis in London concrete tapwater under medium light. It grows really well but a couple of the leaves are turning dark/black especially near the leaf edges. It doesn't look like algae on the leaf but almost. Anyone know what this is?
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    The Mangrove

    Ya it looks like dwarf sag but much much smaller and loves low tech. Here it is. http://www.ukaps.org/forum/threads/various-plants-for-sale.30035/
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    The Mangrove

    get some ranalisma from alastair. I think that would be awesome. Love the layout.
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    Moss wall

    Yeah but it's a very 'special' algae.
  91. frothhelmet

    pipefish B&B

    updates? :D
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    Afro Moss

    I agree with Darrel. Come to think of it it does look like a leafy liverwort-type. Hopefully I will post some better pictures soon. Cheers.
  93. frothhelmet

    Green thread algae

    That depends. What is the root cause afflicting your tank that is actually bothering you? If it is just the algae then a palliative solution is just as good as a causal one. I agree that it may be preferable to get at the root of the problem for mental piece of mind though, assuming this is...
  94. frothhelmet

    Green Spot Algae, Anubias Nana Petite

    The only thing I have ever found to remove GSA is a nerite. So I would recommend one. When you see it, keep placing it in a spot with GSA. You will be glad you did.
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    Green thread algae

    I had this problem and regular water changes and adding an amano solved it.
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    Dammit BBA!

    also could just add some ramshorns. they eat BBA loads.
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    Green thread algae

    add an amano shrimp.
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    Moss wall

    I never really managed to get a nice moss wall. Was always a bit patchy and never really looked great. Will be interesting to see how this fares. Cheers.
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    Afro Moss

    No it's none of those names because it stays a micro size. It is also less transparent than those photos. Could be related though. Nice pictures.
  100. frothhelmet

    Afro Moss

    Just wanted to share some close ups of this new moss I got at Living Waters Croydon. I keep it low tech. Enjoy.
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