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  1. J

    "Rio Orinoco Biotope" (20 Gallon long) advice.

    Found more by checking the angles.
  2. J

    "Rio Orinoco Biotope" (20 Gallon long) advice.

    Well, you got me. I only found one.
  3. J

    After months waiting I got this: Flagcichlid

    These look like the “Cichlasoma Festivam” I had from a LFS back in the early (19)70’s. Yours are beautifully colored as mine were. Most of the Mesonauts I’ve seen on line these days are much more drab. I’ve wanted more to tank with Discus, since I am much more proficient at fish keeping 50 years...
  4. J

    120 Community tank

    Save those shells for those of us who like “shellies”!
  5. J

    "Rio Orinoco Biotope" (20 Gallon long) advice.

    I agree with MacZ. Excellent summary re: peat. Oh, how I wish it was sustainable.
  6. J

    45 gallons A. Cacatuoide w/ Pearl Gouramis & Corydoras

    I love Pearls as well. In the early (and primitive) 70’s I bred them in soft mountain water, and didn’t even know about weekly water changes yet. Had a giant Amazon sword, which loved the undergravel filter and poor incandescent light. I got so many fry I had to raise them in a 30 gallon plastic...
  7. J

    Do Apistos eat snails?

    Pinch the snails to crush their shells before you drop them in the tanks.
  8. J

    Can I add another apistogramma species to my 40gallong breeder with A. Borellii

    I’ve been lucky, apparently, with 6 Beckford’s pencils in a large community tank. They school together, and little to no aggression. Glad for the warnings on other species.
  9. J

    Harem in 120 gallon 4ftx2ft

    If it’s killed, why not drain it? Anyone else got an antibiotic idea?
  10. J

    Can I add another apistogramma species to my 40gallong breeder with A. Borellii

    I got a half grown natural pair of Viejitas from Aquatic Arts. Healthy, until I exposed them to fish from mass suppliers, and lost the male, apparently to gill flukes. The whole tank now treated, and the female recovering well. The female was the more aggressive, keeping the discus away. Ran off...
  11. J

    Harem in 120 gallon 4ftx2ft

    A question: since Cyanobacteria are bacteria, is there an antibiotic that would kill it?
  12. J

    Water too dark?

    Can you quarantine the pennywort, and treat it with hydrogen peroxide?
  13. J

    Maintaining Tannin Tint

    I use a peat bag in a small auxiliary canister which powers my surface skimmer, and change it every 2-3 months. And cut my hard water 1:1 with R/O. When the water gets a little tinted I’m good. Although I have a degree in chemistry, this is really a gardener’s approach. Have added alder cones...
  14. J

    macmasteri or viejita

    Looks like my Viejitas from an honest and reliable source.
  15. J

    Setup Feedback Please

    I would suggest Amazon swords in the back. Tough, don’t need more light than you have, and fast growing.
  16. J

    Which peat or sphagnum moss to use to low pH?

    I cut my hard desert water in half with r/o, which drops the hardness in half. I use peat in my canister filters, and a little goes a long way. I will watch the depletion of peat from the planet. Meanwhile, I’ve got enough for a couple of years. I have community tanks, with no specific efforts...
  17. J

    Preliminary research: should I go apisto or a different dwarf cichlid?

    Dear Redeemed, I’ve followed your thread with interest, since I plan to start with Apistos when I can get a Discus tank set up. Although I’ve been in the hobby for 50 years, and have bred Pearl Gouramis and wild discus successfully, and enjoy biotopish planted community tanks, there has been a...
  18. J

    questions about floaters (mostly about frogbit)

    I have had great luck with RRF after a slow start. Improved lighting made all the difference, adding OFN to my nano and a Finnex to my 20L. Stocking fish and nerites on the heavy side, and using organic potting soil in the younger 20L no doubt increased the fertilization. Now I have to thin the...
  19. J

    Water Parameters for Breeding

    Lots of good advice, including using gardening sense along with measured parameters. I have hard water, mostly due to CaCO3. When I was getting used to it, I was in a flurry to find out a tap water to distilled/R/O ratio, with a lot of water chemistries. I also used peat in the canister to...