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  1. Dusko

    Dusko's Algae Guide

    Hi Edvert, I think I have fixed the issue. For some reason one of the apps on the page hijacked my page. By changing the template the issue disappeared ... and that app disappeared too :cigar: will have to change template on all the pages though. Just to add; I am not having any tanks anymore...
  2. Dusko

    Interesting fact about natural CO2 in Lowtech/Walstad

    You see when I switched off my CO2 the DC turned back to blue! That is why I reacted with surprise when DC turned green after so many month :shock:
  3. Dusko

    Interesting fact about natural CO2 in Lowtech/Walstad

    I have 2cm deep potting soil layer which according to Diana will give lots of CO2 in such set-ups (less light because of the floating plants) Yes, this could be it since I have never changed it since started. I didn't even remove the 2 HOB filters nor the ceramic disc CO2 diffuser, as stated...
  4. Dusko

    Interesting fact about natural CO2 in Lowtech/Walstad

    Hi all, long time no see :D howyalldoin' ?! Thanks to some very stressful time in my professional life (which also effected my private life) I neglected all my planted aquariums for a long time now (approx 8 month). Beside feeding the fish and occasionally removing some overgrown plants...
  5. Dusko

    White spot?

    Fish can handle it but I didn't do any water changes after the salt/heat treatment for at least a month if not longer. That salt amount is not much in comparison with salt water where you need 6 kg of salt for 180 litres :wink: Glad you did it! Regards, Dusko
  6. Dusko

    White spot?

    On Aqua Hobby it sais; This is how I dose salt even with plants like Cryptos, Crinum, Aponogeton, Anubias, Valls. Read this article; http://www.aquahobby.com/articles/e_ich2.php My Otos didn't suffer but I did create a very strong surface agitation and am using strong pumps (15 x turnover of...
  7. Dusko

    White spot?

    What I did in the past and worked very well for me is next; 1 tea spoon of ordinary table salt (without iodine) per 40 litres (premixed in aquarium water before added to the tank), raised the temp to 30' Celsius, improved the surface agitation, dosed Easy Life FFM, re-dosed with NPK+traces and...
  8. Dusko

    Green Water - Dusko's lazy solution to the problem

    My drop checker is blue now. No additional CO2 and no algae still. Overgrown at the moment, I have to trim the plants soon.
  9. Dusko

    Green Water - Dusko's lazy solution to the problem

    Agreed :) This is a Hi-light Walstad method :mrgreen: Just to add; This tank has a 4cm layer of potting soil and is dosed 2 times a week with Tropica+ Note!!! During the GW I only disconnected the CO2 not the NPK/traces. I still dosed Tropica+ once a week.
  10. Dusko

    Green Water - Dusko's lazy solution to the problem

    I got a very bad algae bloom (Green Water) due to CO2 malfunctioning ( + 2 of my HOBs malfunctioning also). At first I wasn't sure what to do. I had very little free time and such Green Water case needed many water changes and adjustments. I decided to try something new :-) Instead of everyday...
  11. Dusko

    JBL CO2/PH computer

    I work for a Zoo Shop in Sweden and encounter ignorance all the time :) (no hard feelings) I have had and still look after SW tanks and I can tell you one thing; The only thing I can find similar to the FW Plant tank is the lights and the circulation. But when it comes to other things like...
  12. Dusko

    Crystal Clear water

    Just for the record, I use to have problems with water clarity in my 180 low tech. When I started using Easy Life FFM (fluid filter medium) my water became very clear. Easy Life FFM has a very good CEC and is able to bind ammo and other particles. Worth trying. I highly recommend this product...
  13. Dusko

    Green Film on Surface

    The root problem is the insufficient Eheim pump which circulates 250 gph (approx 950 lph) :) Your tank is 250 litres and should circulate at least 1500 lph or more (I vote for more ;-) ) I had that problem in several tanks and each time I have had weak pumps and very little or none surface...
  14. Dusko

    How to dose Easy Nitro and Easy Fosfo?

    Thanks aaronnorth! So dosing 5ml of each Easy Nitro and Easy Fosfo once a week should suffice in Low-Light tanks. This gives us 10 ppm of NO3 and 0.5 ppm of PO4, so in a case I use Easy Carbo I could dose twice a week 5ml of each per 50 litres. Or in a case of Hi-light CO2 injected 3x a week...
  15. Dusko

    How to dose Easy Nitro and Easy Fosfo?

    vauxhallmark wrote; No chemistry guru answered so I'll try and bump this thread in hope one finds it and give us more insight into these new products :mrgreen: I mean 2ppm per week seems a bit too low. How much ppm of NO3 do we get if dosing half a tea spoon of KNO3?? (weekly dosage I use...
  16. Dusko

    JBL Algol

    IME algae issues were always connected to insufficient water circulation (poor nutrient/O2/CO2 transport). As soon I upgrade to a stronger pump or simply toss in another spare pump to help the existing pump algae seem to stay at bay and plants start growing better. My tanks get good CO2 and/or...
  17. Dusko

    How to dose Easy Nitro and Easy Fosfo?

    Exactly :wink: 2ppm of NO3 or 0.1ppm of PO4 seems way too low IMO! It could be much better dosing 1ml per 50 litres every day to slowly increase the NO3 to about 20ppm and after that dose just once a week to keep the NO3 up. Fish food/waste will also add some PO4 and NO3 so 1ml per 50 lit a...
  18. Dusko

    How to dose Easy Nitro and Easy Fosfo?

    I just rang my friend that has the bottles of Nitro and Fosfo and it doesn't state nothing about the weekly dosage but our lable is in Swedish language. The English version has the weekly dosage as you stated. Bare with me here :-) So, it is 1ml per 50 litres of both Nitro and Fosfo once a week...
  19. Dusko

    How to dose Easy Nitro and Easy Fosfo?

    I am trying to find the way how to dose Easy Nitro and Easy Fosfo from Easy Life. They wrote on the bottles; Does this mean I have to dose 1ml per 50 litres of each daily like suggested for EC? Or can I apply the same as Tropica+NP suggests 5ml once a week. I will dose Fosfo and Nitro into...
  20. Dusko

    easycarbo affecting vallis nana

    Re: easyvarbo affecting vallis nana I also had problems with different specie of Vallisnerias in the past when dosing Easy Carbo, but not any more. Since I started dosing Calcium and Magnesium half a tea spoon per 100 litres weekly my Valls (hard water plant) showed no stress/melting. I dose...
  21. Dusko

    Plant ID quiz

    Yes this is a Utricularia specie :) well done! In the order list it doesn't say which one exactly so you win.
  22. Dusko

    Plant ID quiz

    I know it is not my turn but here is one for the road :D What plant is this? Dusko
  23. Dusko

    What are these???

    Ostracod :) Harmless- I keep Boraras maculatus with RCS and never have observed them attacking the shrimplets. Regards, Dusko
  24. Dusko

    Why dont nutrients cause algae?

    First of all she uses soils (good CEC) :) and floating plants (less light) and she often uses fast growing plants (Valls, Wisteria, Sprite, Egeria densa, etc) which can keep decent balance if nutrients aren't missing (low light = slow nutrient uptake) But let me quote D. Walstad :wink...
  25. Dusko

    Why dont nutrients cause algae?

    I fully agree with this statement! Lets mention the non-planted folk which cycles their tanks using the Fishless Cycling method. This method suggests adding NH4 to the tank to start the cycle or formation of nitrifying bacteria (nitrosomonas and nitrospira). Some add inorganic NH4 others organic...
  26. Dusko

    My New Aquascape {Coast}

    A very unique idea! You are an artist mate :D Well made! Regards, Dusko
  27. Dusko

    Lusty Glaze (Inspired by nature)

    Love it love it love it :D Well done !!! Dusko
  28. Dusko

    Dusko's Aquatic Wardrobe ;-)

    Mate that is just a rough sketch of what I'm intending to do in a few years :) Yes everything is going to be "easy maintenance" to avoid stress caused by too many water changes :wink: Any who, that is all far in the future! In a few years I might become interested in something else instead...
  29. Dusko

    Recomendations on snail munching fish??

    Anentome helena (the snail-eating snail) aka Assasin Snail can be helpful in smaller tanks (I use them) Dusko
  30. Dusko

    Dusko's Aquatic Wardrobe ;-)

    Of course they are taboo, I dose PO4 secretly to my tanks at night so PO4 haters wouldn't see me :lol: :lol:
  31. Dusko

    cleaning diffuser

    What about vinegar?? I have to clean mine and have no clue what to use? Easy Carbo, vinegar or bleach? Or all 3 at once? What about shading the diffuser so it doesn't get light?? I was thinking to place a black plastic peace 2-3cm over it... did anyone try this before? Dusko
  32. Dusko

    Dusko's Aquatic Wardrobe ;-)

    Maybe on MTV before the Dirty Sanchez show :lol: or after it maybe :?:
  33. Dusko

    Dusko's Aquatic Wardrobe ;-)

    Thanks all :D Honestly can't wait to buy a house (in a few years) and move all tanks out of the wardrobe into my new fish/plant room :P My idea is next; Looks good? Dusko
  34. Dusko

    EasyLife launch Nitrate and Phosphate Fertiliser Products

    Great News :D !!! I am already very pleased with their Easy Cabro and the Easy Life fluid filter medium. I am not sure what is in that fluid medium but something tells me it is based on liquid Zeolite :wink: I mean binding NH4,metals etc... But what ever it is works well for me and my...
  35. Dusko

    Dusko's Aquatic Wardrobe ;-)

    Good idea mate :D never thought of that That is not a fire extinguisher. I use Aqua Medic CO2 bottle. Since it is a pressurised bottle you can place anyway you like (I had this bottle upside down on the foot and like this in the video without any problems) Too much work at the moment but...
  36. Dusko

    Feeding otto's

    :) I never feed Otos in bigger tanks but I also never introduce Otos too fast to a newly established set-up. I wait for the Diatom algae to start growing. Once the Diatoms appear I now that the microorganisms also started developing which this catfish relishes. Oto doesn't eat only algae (btw...
  37. Dusko

    How/Where did you hear about Ukaps.org?????

    I was invited by London Dragon :D Good man Paulo! I didn't have a clue this forum exists. I actually desired to have such forum on the net, forum which addresses all planted tank issues in separate forums, to make research easier in the future time. Most forums have a General Planted forum...
  38. Dusko

    Dusko's Aquatic Wardrobe ;-)

    I didn't know were to post a video so here it goes; Short aquatic movie by me :mrgreen: Dusko
  39. Dusko

    Dusko's Algae Guide

    :lol: :lol: let them come :twisted: I am definitely for dosing PO4. I have a few tanks where I dose Tropica Plant Nutrition+ and IMO it contains very little P (from tropicas declaration). When I dose TPN+ I also add a bit of KH2PO4 to spice things up ;-) I wrote about TPN+ not containing...
  40. Dusko

    Dusko's Algae Guide

    OK time for an update all :D I edited my algae article and now it looks like this; http://www.aquariumalgae.blogspot.com/ I didn't edit anything under the individual algae description but will come to that also. So what say you? Kind regards, Dusko
  41. Dusko

    Diana Walstead style tanks

    Thanks to Diana Walstad we do understand the substrate (and its importance) much better now and I thank her for that book. But what I don't agree with is overfeeding the fish so plants could get the required nutrients. She stated that plants don't need extra fertilisation via fertilisers. Then...
  42. Dusko

    Dusko's Algae Guide

    :) No disrespect but PMDD includes so many nutrients :) I was 100% sure you referred to actual PMDD (all nutrients) over dose which might lead to toxicated biological filter. My bad! Maybe stating FeOOH-toxicated biological filters might avoid such misinterpretation in the future :) Any...
  43. Dusko

    AquaSoil Leeching

    Dry Start Method is the best known method so far for starting a tank with nutrient rich substrates like ADA AS or potting soils, etc... Soils need to settle down before totally flooding the tank. Saturate the soil with dechlorinated water and keep it saturated at all times for minimum 8 weeks...
  44. Dusko

    Is a blackout necessary?

    I experienced Spirogyra in my 11 galls medium-light. This aquarium is dosed with Easy Carbo 5-6 times a week and Tropica+NP 2-3x a week. Planted mostly with Cryptos. The only plant which got this algae was a few remaining stems of Rotala rotundifolia which didn't show deficiency symptoms. Easy...
  45. Dusko

    Diana Walstead style tanks

    In my experience the most important thing is the preparation of the soil before flooding the tank. I advice you to use the Barr's Dry Start Method for cycling the soil. People usually get severe Thread/Hair algae problems in the first few month in such tanks. But most of them did start too soon...
  46. Dusko

    Dusko's Algae Guide

    Yes I agree, maintaining good plant "diet" (regular nutrient dosing), good hygiene (WC, vacuuming, removing dead/old leaves, introducing shredders like shrimps and snails to help in nutrient recycling, clean filters), good nutrient transport (sufficient water flow/circulation, pruning overgrown...
  47. Dusko

    Dusko's Algae Guide

    Hi all and BIG thanks to London Dragon for inviting me to this forum. I am glad to see Tom Barr and George Farmer around UKAPS.org forum :D This thread will definitely move my lazy butt into re-editing this Algae ID article of mine which I didn't revise in a long time. First of all this...
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