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About ageofaquariums

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  1. Correct. We need pictures to confirm any further. If the leaves are faded but the veins are still dark its more likely a magnesium deficiency. Chasing individual deficiencies can be very frustrating and often the best course of action is a nutrient reset, as in ~ big water change, fertz redose with a complete mix. A good resource for identifying deficiencies apparent on aquarium plant leaves is ~> http://deficiencyfinder.com/ Another good tool is looking at which algae are doing well in the aquarium. Algae are usually related to ratio imbalances in the water, so provide good clues.
  2. Overstocked tanks are awesome until the power goes out, and then the countdown to oxygen depletion begins.
  3. Yea why not. Cant make everyone happy lol, but can get ya started with a wee bit You wont have any drama mate, its an easy moss. If anything it does best with a bit less nutrients and light than most people give it.
  4. True. Only the one type of fissidens we have been growing onto a tree. Its much slower, so I generally only do a prune monthly. Not sure if its the US species or not. Generally the shrimp guys are the ones to hit up for fissidens, shrimpscape and SKF usually have some for sale. Unless you are dead set on the US stuff, there are also local species. Just need to get permission from a farmer to go for a wander along their creek
  5. Most mosses seem to work well in my experience. Have had great success using willow, and peacock/xmas. The best IMHO is fissidens but its pretty slow. Looking at how its going to contrast with the surrounding plants is the best way to choose, but also not exactly easy before the surrounding plants are there! You are just down the road from us, could always drop in and have a look.
  6. Tree with no moss = meh Tree with moss = OMG THATS AWESOME!!!1
  7. We have the FX6 ones, they work exactly the same but they are white. Also quite expensive so yea..... ya want to treat them nice
  8. The perfect match of pretty and good parents. Can't ask for more than that!
  9. A worx 303 was my advice, fair bit more power at a cheaper price. Early years yet, but they seem to be a reliable alternative. More LP60 on hand soon tho. Don.
  10. How is your nitrite reading? Can lead to nerve issues like that, usually more obvious first in the larger fish.
  11. Adding tapwater without dechlorinator is bad news bears. Any chlorine is going to harm the helpful bacteria and thats the opposite of what we want. If however you noticed it clear up a bit then I am more confident that the issue is the KH being way too low.
  12. Hopefully the new coal mine at Abbott point fixes it all. Its pretty much our last chance to save the reef.
  13. When you just have a few seedlings, you need to fert dose accordingly. I would be doing perhaps 1/10th of suggested dose rate on bottle. Ramp it up as your plants grow. As it stands the algae is acting as a sponge, soaking up all the unused ferts.
  14. No point getting your water tested if you can't supply actual water test data. Likely you have conditions that dont favor the sticky microbes that coat your bio filtration media. At a guess I am thinking your KH is too low, and that is giving the water column bacteria an advantage, allowing it to bloom. Post some pictures of the sump so we can see your biofiltration, and the water test results. With those 2 bits of key data, this will be easy to solve. In essence there is left over ammonia in the water that is feeding the cloudy water bacteria. We want to increase the efficiency of the sticky bacteria to in effect starve out the cloudy water bacteria. Keep in mind, while cloudy water bacteria is created by ammonia in the water, a test might not pick up any ammonia because its all been eaten by the cloudy water bacteria. This is something that confounds many people, but in essence you are swapping a water quality issue (ammonia) with an aesthetic issue (cloudy water). While raising KH is likely the best long term solution, we need to be cautious as this will increase pH and if there is ammonia in the water, this will then make it more toxic. Easy solution but one that needs to be implemented with care Its also very important to ensure we have good surface agitation as oxygen demand is increased by the vast populations of cloudy water bacteria, and high oxygen will speed the establishment of the competing sticky bacteria bio films!