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  1. Hey,
    I'm interested in the free tank if still available, sent you a pm also 

  2. Flourish over flourish excel

    Hi [MENTION=15952]WhyNot[/MENTION] My 2ft planted shrimp tank has been running on ONLY dino pee (similar to flourish but more concentrated) and dino spit (similar to excel but more concentrated) for approx 3 years now, so I can testify that CO2 injection is not always necessary for growing healthy plants. It really depends on several factors, like volume of tank, plant mass, livestock level, lighting. Plants need carbon to grow, and although the carbon usually comes from CO2, it can also be sourced from liquid carbon additives (glut, e.g., excel, dino spit). However, plants will grow much slower if only provided liquid carbon, as they take up this form of carbon less efficiently than from CO2. Also don't forget that any livestock will also be a source of CO2, and that some CO2 comes from the atmosphere through the water surface. I only add a few drops of dino pee and dino spit daily. The only other things that go into the tank are shrimp food and light. The tank is ultra low maintenance. I change water about two or three times a year. Plants range from easy low light plants (java fern, subwasstertang, flame moss, fissidens, anubias, crypts, bucephalandras, bolbitus), to medium difficulty stems (pogo helferi, AR mini, HC, rotala h'ra, didiplis diandra, ludwigia brevipes, nesaea triflora, ludwigia arcuata, stauro tropica, hygrophila pinnatifida, proserpinaca palustris). All plants are healthy, but they grow very slowly. A couple of pics taken today:
  3. some new discus, and a group shot

    Thanks for the comments Yes that's blyxa japonica... grows like a weed in that tank. The lights are 2 x 4ft BuildmyLED and 1 x 3ft LEDZEAL, so lots of lighting
  4. Just sharing some photos of 3 discus I got over the weekend
  5. Discus Show Off Thread

    Some of my discus, both past and present
  6. Sodastream aquarium co2 system

    All you need is the usual CO2 equipment (solenoid, regulator, bubble counter, tubing, diffuser), which you can get from a LFS e.g., Age of Aquariums. The only difference is that you will need an extra sodastream adapter (available on ebay) so that you can use sodastream bottles instead of normal CO2 bottles. Then you just buy a sodastream bottle or two (unless you have some already), and when they run empty, you take it to Kmart/BIGW/etc and swap it for a full one. Easy Although sodastream bottles are small and don't contain a lot of CO2. They will run out quickly if you have a large aquarium, and won't be as cost effective in the long run as buying a larger CO2 bottle. I went down that route for a while, but the constant worrying about when the CO2 was running low, and visits to Kmart to swap bottles got a bit old. Now with a bigger bottle, I can forget its even there
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    And a few more
  8. Members TOP PIC List

    I have lots of fishy pics! Here are some random ones that I like:
  9. plant fertilization and BGK

    Dino dung is a root tab. Mostly clay and other nutrients. Dino Pee is the comprehensive liquid fert (although it is missing phosphorus), and Dino spit is the liquid carbon source, similar to excel but more concentrated. My 2ft shrimp tank only runs on dino spit and dino pee and medium lighting as it is mostly anubias, ferns, and mosses. There is enough phosphorus from the food. Whereas my discus tank needs additional phosphorus and is dosed with dry ferts instead (and extra iron) as it is densely planted with more demanding plants and has high lighting and pressurized CO2. So it really depends on many factors.
  10. plant fertilization and BGK

    How large is your tank? How 'heavily planted' is it (a pic would help)? What type of lighting do you have and how powerful are they? Are you going to stick with the just mainly swords, and a few other stems, or are you wanting to add other types of plants in the future? How soon will you add CO2 and will it be DIY or pressurized? The answers to those questions will help determine what fertilizer would work best for you, as you will want to aim to get everything in balance. Eg, To fertilize a large heavily planted tank with pressurized CO2 and high lighting, you may want to consider dosing dry ferts, as liquid ferts would become uneconomical. Also swords are heavy root feeders and will prefer root tabs, while stems and anubias prefer taking ferts from the water column. Oh, and flourish excel is not really a fertilizer. It only provides an a source of carbon (which plants do need). In addition, plants also need both macronutrients (potassium, phosphorus, nitrogen) , and also some micronutrients (iron, boron, manganese, etc). Depending on your fish load, and what food you feed them, and how many plants you have, and the lighting, you may already have enough of some of these. Otherwise you will need to add them. The easiest way is with a comprehensive liquid fert like seachem flourish (not excel) or easy-life profito (although these types of liquids are usually low in phosphorus or nitrogen or both). Fertilizing your plants won't hurt your fish, as long as you don't overdose!.....
  11. name this plant

    hehe I'm not gone yet.. and I see you've found the answer
  12. EKKA Fish

    they're in the long building with all the animals, all the way at the end, past the chickens.
  13. EKKA Fish

    I snapped a couple of quick photos yesterday while my wife was trying to rush me out (cos she knew I would want to spend ages there).
  14. What's your favorite plant?

    It depends.. when I had it growing in the substrate (2ft tall tank) it tended to grow straight up towards the light and to a height of 20cm+. Now I have it growing at various locations on driftwood about 25cm above the substrate, and it grows quite compact, and spreads via offshoots horizontally along the wood. I much prefer it this way, and it is a good alternative to the typical wood attached plants like anubias/java fern. Although it does require more lighting than those.
  15. What's your favorite plant?

    Hmm tough choice... I love all my plants But if I had to pick, my current favorites would be: - hygrophila pinnatifida : because it can be grown attached to driftwood (which is how I grow mine) and it looks very nice when grown this way. - bucephalandra red brilliant jade : because it looks very cool with its multicolored spotted leaves - myriophyllum tuberculatum : an all-time favorite due to its look and coloration
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