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Old 04-29-2017, 04:45 PM   #11771
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Was there and talked with Karen A. Randal who authored a recently released beautiful book on how to do a planted tank called Sunken Gardens: and she is a delightful person. And the book is beautifully photographed too.
That does look good. I've added it to my Amazon wishlist.
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Old 04-29-2017, 07:00 PM   #11772
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I had brought the Biube home from work for a clean. I have been using sponges under biomedia for 6 months kinda makeshift UG filter. It's working. Rinsed all the sponges and media. Very little odor. Snails have doing a bang up job. Going to leave the tank home and add a dwarf puff. Click image for larger version

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Taking the Baby Biorb to work. I had set it up similar but with sand. It's doing grand as well. I have removed the fish and taking some RCS to the office. They set a good example so hard working. Click image for larger version

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And I wanted to share this cool puffer art video. https://www.facebook.com/garytvcom/v...2291951826050/
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Old 04-29-2017, 07:47 PM   #11773
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You are going to love the pea puffer, T! They are so great.

I got some more Purigen, so now each tank has a pouch. I've been having fun searching for the otos.

I went to a new shop today. It seemed to specialize in decor and food. Lots of food and...
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Really neat rocks!

I also put some strawberry and tomato plants into the tanks just to see how that goes.
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Old 04-29-2017, 10:11 PM   #11774
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Can't wait to PUFF!

Oh and guess what ....

When I emptied the Baby Orb today and put the old water into Big Daddy Orb....there were Endler fry. Lol. I've seen 4 so far.

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Old 04-30-2017, 12:54 AM   #11775
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It seems I was 2 numbers off, missing out on a tank and a few numbers from the other one sad for me, .

But I am SUPER excited about substrate today.

Recall anyone the fiasco with mouldy smelling substrate???

Well in having a discussion with the guy from Caribsea, think Eco-Complete, showed me a few items they have and were very cool.

Previously we had a brief discussion here on AA about mycorrhiza, it is a fungus which is beneficial /symbiotic to agricultural plantings and crops used in soil or additive for roots of plants to make a more dense root system, and enabling a better absorption of nutrients in the substrate. It is called Flora-Spore Mycorrhizal Symbionts. Naturally. How fun to try that out.

CaribSea Indian Almond leaves, Jungle (large) leaf and Betta (small) Leaf packages.

So the Samurai Soil, is brand new, just out!!!

9LB jug of the stuff, very awesome gift. It is a fired type ball not at all mushy. Not a soil so there is a good and bad depending upon what you want out of your substrate. Firm and just what I think I wanted for the new PRL tank build. Soft substrate little ~2mm balls, mostly the same size.


Rachel o'leary did a talk with info about shrimp disease, and species, really interesting and useful for what to look for and listed a bunch of nano critters which can coexist with them. I am pretty darn excited about getting more shrimp.

We talked about the Tangerine Tigers, the PRL and the Green Babaulti shrimp. Happy dance. One thing I really always have loved about her care of the hobby is that she QT's and watch's the new arrivals, and usually doesn't sell them very quickly. Likes to sell her own home bred & raised shrimp and fish, that she really cares about the critters she keeps and sells. Though as a business she needs to make money, the money isn't the main objective, the critters are.

Shrimp are fascinating. So pleased I was able to have the experience!!!

Will be doing a review of the substrate. Soon.

Got the tanks some new plants going into a bath of Prime water.

Also saw a new product developed by Cobalt similarr to Purigen which can re recharged with salt concentrate, coming in a couple to few months.

The Discus is out and about a little more I thn is begging for food. Only gave her one cube last night which mostly the other fish eat.

Looks like the Angelfish in the 46G are trying to lay eggs again.
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Tmaier - Cute little fry!!!

And that is the best video ever!!! lol Wow, what a beautiful work of art for his mate.
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You are going to love the pea puffer, T! They are so great.

I got some more Purigen, so now each tank has a pouch. I've been having fun searching for the otos.

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I also put some strawberry and tomato plants into the tanks just to see how that goes.
Great rocks assortment!
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Autumnsky sounds like you had an awesome time even though you didn't get to do everything you wanted.
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Autumnsky I use mycorrhiza on my terrestrial plants. I'm very interested in learning more about using it for aquatic plants!
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I will add more about this here - watering hole - 200 posts or more members
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And the other stuff too...
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