Hoping someone can give me some advice on what plants will tolerate/thrive in a low tech and low flow tank that currently houses a betta?
It would be great if anyone has had experiences with this kind of setup :)
You can get the tanks much cheaper than that, near £5 each here http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&alt=web&id=231324691814&globalID=EBAY-GB - assuming these would fit.
Think I'll get a proper reg with solenoid and the soda stream adapter. How long do these last?
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Thanks for the replies all, I've just been reading the thread about soda streams and could be a good idea. The tank is tiny, only 19l so not too worried about the cost, can't go the FE route due to no room for the canister.
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I'm looking at getting a regulator for a disposable 88g tank and seen this http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&alt=web&id=221779812864&globalID=EBAY-GB would I need a needle valve for this? The seller states that I do not, but not sure how accurate that is.
You can get...
Looking good! Those KK's are stunning... I'd love to move on to TB's but I'm still at the RCS/CRS stage! I wouldn't trust myself at the moment...
Any chance of posting pics of the racks and tanks again?
For a 30l tank it wouldn't cost much at all just to buy a decent substrate, cat litter is awful stuff and too light.
I had hair grass under a 9w light in a 30l and it died, slowly!
Mosses are probably the way to go, and hydro seems to grow anywhere I put it
I've got 6 3w LED's and the driver I'm using is 18w 1.5A, but after wiring it all up they don't power up.
I tested them with just the power supply without the driver (for about 2 secs!) and they work fine.
Anyone got any ideas? This is the driver;
Some insect larvae can eat small fry and baby shrimp, but I've never had any issues. I doubt what you see includes daphnia, as it has to be introduced. I remember a guy at my LFS said there are daphnia 'spores' in the air! Lol...
I guess this is similar to buying off te shelf ferts vs EI salts, you're basically paying for water vs actual product.
I might look into this when mine runs out, I've still got a quarter of AE's version.
As long as the water params are the same you'll be fine, and they'll love it!
If you want to supplement their diet you can grow algae on rocks in a small tank on your windowsill, then place them in to be devoured :)
I've got some of this I'll be using for my rescape, first impression is good but feels pretty soft to me, not too sure how well it will hold up in the tank. I'm guessing it'll be fine if you don't disturb it, but bear in mind if your'e the type of person that likes to rearrange their plants...
Great idea with the CD! I love the shape of these bowls. I reckon you could get a more suited light at some point to make the whole thing look a bit less imposing, maybe have a look at some LED solutions?
I reckon a bit of gnarly wood and moss would finish it nicely :)
There is some sound logic there! It's great that we live in an age where we've got so much control over our water, but it still takes a fair amount of effort to keep them stable! I wonder how long it'll be before our tanks are completely digitally controlled and self-contained?
Just out of...
My water is pretty hard and using Seiru stone isn't helping. I'm after the same sort of rock but that is completely inert? I've seen these on tgm, anyone used these yet?
Any other alternatives considered :)
good to hear you got it sorted out. It's usually best to put your CO2 1-2 hours before lights on as it means the plants have lots of CO2 straight away, and off 1 hour before lights off so they can use the remaining gas, aiding your O2 levels for the dark period :thumbup:
I had one that had similar although not as defined. Just a lower grade cherry. I noticed the marking did vary though, initially wasn't visible then came and went. Probably due to different conditions/stress levels?
Will be interesting to see offspring
I'm having issues testing my KH...
Using the API KH test, following the instructions step my step and doing it a few times, I still don't get any reaction.
The instructions say keeping a drop until the orange reagent turns to green, I've got up to 30 drops and it just stays...
Incase anyone is wondering, using Cat Litter increased GH by about 3-4 and PH is unchanged. (This was far from scientific by the way, just what I found)
I got mine from eBay, pretty sure they've still got some :thumbup:
Bear in mind it'll probably have a negative impact on your filter bacteria due to decreased O2 levels. A few people seem to do it this way without any ill effects though but I personally wouldn't.
What system are you using? If its a decent reg you could get an inline diffuser
It's also probably worth mentioning how these are caught in the wild with poisons and the stress they endure to get over here. Might take a few weeks for them to settle in any new tank, make sure there's lots of food for them to fatten up with as well :)
I'm currently using akadama in one of my shrimp tanks, but it works out fairly expensive due to shipping, i'm going to set another tank up so I was looking at car litter as an alternative.
Does anyone have experience using the popular tesco type; and the buffering capacity of it...
Not too sure on the age but breeding should start once they've been conditioned on live foods and good water, the males will show bright orange and you'll be able to see the black spot on the female.
I've got 4 as well, they do spar quite a bit but it's not too bad, I like watching them dance...
Very well scaped, especially taking into account the low lighting.
I've always liked the design of the edge but they get a lot of hate from fish keepers due to the smaller surface area; but I don't think it's an issue in a planted tank. I wasn't aware these were LED though. Probably easy enough...
A dehumidifier is basically just a fan with a cooling element inside; the moisture in the air condenses as its passed through by the fan and drips into the container. They're fairly expensive unless you can find a 2nd hand one, and bear in mind they use a bit of electricity to run.
As already been said; you can make your own LED rig for not much money. Radik helped me out when I initially built one last year.
I've just purchased a couple of these for a new setup though http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dl ... 0356170265
You just need a 12v power supply :) easy
Flake is fine, I finely crush and place in a area of turbulence so sinks quicker, I also feed mine daphnia once of twice a week as well. They feed from the column mainly but they appear to graze on microfauna from rocks/gravel a well.
http://www.thegreenmachineonline.com/pr ... aminifolia Does state it was out of stock from October but may be in now, worth a try.
I'll be watching this closely, I wanted to use UG for my iwagumi but used hairgrass as I wasn't reasy for the challenge at the time! It is a very nice plant.
We need UK suppliers for shrimp substrates, it's not economically viable to spend £40 on a small bag getting it hopped over from Germany!
A lot of the guys over on shrimpnow say that the active substrates lose their life very quickly with tap.
You only need these shrimp specific substrates if you're using RO water as they'll buffer the PH and give you a good GH. If you're using tap water they'll stop buffering within a few weeks rendering it pointless spending all that money! Akadama is real cheap and inert, so you could control PH by...
I'm after a plant that I'm not sure exists... Basically I want Vallisneria nana but shorter, 20cm max height ideally.
Anybody know if it's possible to keep it down? Or an alternative?
Very informative and well written George. Nice work! Just out of interest, who was that supplied the pesticide info?
Also great input Tom, maybe we could try and hunt that video down as it'd be a great example of what to look out for. I think I can say this has been somewhat of an eye opener for...
Try beeshrinp.co.uk and kedsgrove tropicals on eBay for online stores of shrimp. Also have a look on aquatics classifieds, it'll be much cheaper and perhaps local.
http://www.planetinverts.com/ is probably the best resource out there!
Remember all that Nitrosifying and Nitrifying bacteria in your filter needs oxygen to function. By pumping it full of CO2 this would probably decrease the effectiveness of the nitrification process. It isn't to the extent that you'll see major issues, but it may also effect the filters life...