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post #51 of 75 Old 08-27-2010, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Here's two more questions :)

1) My filter is the Aqua-Tech 5-15. It says it has "Pure Activated Carbon". After browsing the forums, it appears that it removes some of the things the fertilizer puts into the water. Is there any way to remove it? You can't just pull it off :( Should I get a new filter?

2) Is it bad to have an airstone in a planted aquarium?
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post #52 of 75 Old 08-27-2010, 10:21 PM
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I have a few smaller tanks that use a filter catridge/pad that contains carbon. I know my filter isn't the same as yours but what I did instead of using the carbon filter cartridge I'm using a "cut to fit" piece of (for lack of the right term) white filter pad.

Airstones cause the surface of the water to "break", which you don't want in a planted tank.

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post #53 of 75 Old 08-28-2010, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
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I have a few smaller tanks that use a filter catridge/pad that contains carbon. I know my filter isn't the same as yours but what I did instead of using the carbon filter cartridge I'm using a "cut to fit" piece of (for lack of the right term) white filter pad.

Airstones cause the surface of the water to "break", which you don't want in a planted tank.
Ok, I think I saw those filter pads at my lfs the other day.

I'll remover the airstone and see how the fish do without it.
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post #54 of 75 Old 09-02-2010, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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I'm going away for labor day weekend and was wondering if the plants would be ok without light for that long as I currently don't have a light timer.
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post #55 of 75 Old 09-02-2010, 08:30 PM
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When aquarists need to do "blackouts" for 2-3 days the plants usually survive though they may get set back. I would say no lights is better than 24-hour lights which will have dire consequences for the fish (frequently come down with ich) and the plants--algae will explode. If the room gets daylight that will help a bit.

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post #57 of 75 Old 09-08-2010, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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Snails! I guess that's what you get for forgeting to wash the plants. Anyone know how to remove them?
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Snails! I guess that's what you get for forgeting to wash the plants. Anyone know how to remove them?
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post #59 of 75 Old 09-08-2010, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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But won't they reproduce like mad??? I already have approx.10-15 (as far as I know).
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But won't they reproduce like mad??? I already have approx.10-15 (as far as I know).
As long as there is food available, they will reproduce. That means they will be eating "stuff" that would otherwise not be taken care of. I probably have several hundred Malaysian livebearing snails in my large tanks. If there is available food--and I don't mean my overfeeding of fish--they handle it; if not, they die off.

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