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Re: [APD] Tanganyikan Planted Tanks

The glute is great stuff.  I don't want to do CO2 in my Tanganyikan
tank because of the pH effects.  Unfortunately, I can't compare to
Excel because I've never used it.  Our plant club (SWOAPE) gets
gallons of glute from a local medical supplier.  Around $18 for a
gallon IIRC, which is a 2.5% solution.  Can even be procured cheaper
online (for electron microscopy) and diluted but you've got to pay a
hazardous materials fee, so obviously want to buy in quantity.  Much
more economical than Excel.  I dose the 2.5% solution at about 1ml per
day per 5 gallons which seems to be on the cautious side from what
other folks I know are dosing.  There's a big thread on our APC forum
here: http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/forumapc/south-western-ohio-aquatic-plant-enthusiasts/31615-glutaraldehyde-instead-excel.html

I don't use pumice to avoid hardening the water, but because of the
weight -- even using pumice, I've got over 200# of rock in the 90.
It's also pretty porous, lots of area for bacterial colonization.

As for water additives, I use good old baking soda for KH.  Our
water's got plenty of Mg, but when it hasn't in the past, I always
used epsom salts.  Also, I used KCl for K+, but don't need to now
since I'm (sorta) dosing EI, I don't think I really need the extra K+,
kinda on the fence.  Always thought the cichlid salt mixes were a bit
of a scam (not that they dont' work, but they're probably epsom salts,
baking soda, and the like).  I have homebrew KNO3 and KH2PO4 solutions
that I dose a few times a week and Flourish and Flourish Fe (the
crypts sure love Fe), which will probably be replaced by a dry micro
mix once they run out.

The buescheri may work (though you may want more rock), but the
'kipil' are a safe bet.  I used to keep them.  Gorgeous fish, too --
Konings has said he thinks they're either some of or the most
beautiful fish in the lake.

On Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 8:53 PM, Jerry Smith <jerrytheplater at hotmail_com> wrote:
> Brian
>  I have 6 juvenile Neolamprologus leleupi that are Oct. 2007 fry of my 4 year
>  old adults. 4 Synodontis lucipinnis about 1 3/4" long, 1 Alto. compressiceps
>  about 2" long, 2 female Ancistrus cats, 1 upside down Synodontis, and a pair
>  of Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor in my tank. The Egyptian Mouthbrooders are
>  in there to spawn and then I plan to take the female out to another tank to
>  save the fry. My original parents died. I have two pairs left.
>  I have Cryptocoryne spiralis, C. moehlmannii, C. wendtii, C. undulata, Water
>  Lettuce and Duckweed in mine. I use a 6:1 by volume KNO3 : KH2PO4 dry ferts
>  about 1 tsp per week. I use Seachem Lake Tanganyika salts and Seachem Malawi
>  Buffer. I also use Excel at 8 ml daily for the 38 gallon tank. I don't
>  really do frequent water changes. Maybe monthly. Low light. Substrate is
>  Seachem Onyx Sand mixed with finely sieved Carib Sea African Cichlid mix.
>  No CO2 currently. I have a Carbo Plus I haven't hooked up yet. I plan to
>  plumb it into the outflow from my Eheim in a sort of CO2 reactor.
>  I have been thinking about adding about 4-6 juvenile N. buescheri but I am
>  not too sure they will get along with the N. leleupi when they all mature.
>  My 38 is a little small for 2 breeding pairs. I have been thinking of
>  possibly adding Julidochromis regani "kipili" instead.
>  I am not concerned about using limestone rock in my tank because I want hard
>  water. These rocks are really a Dolomitic limestone so they should add some
>  Mg too besides the CaCO3.
>  How are you finding the Glutaraldehyde to work? Any pluses or minuses? I
>  have read some stuff about it recently.
>  Jerry Smith
>  Bloomingdale, NJ
>  >To: "aquatic plants digest" <aquatic-plants at actwin_com> Subject: Re:
>  >[APD] Image Hosting From: "BRiaN Forsythe" <megasycophant at gmail_com>
>  >Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2008 19:28:08 -0400
>  >Set up in Dec 2007, those pics were taken just after it was set up.
>  >None taken lately cuz I got busy and skipped dosing for about a week,
>  >have a hair algae thing going on.  Getting better though.  Dosing is
>  >modified EI (since I don't wanna do big water changes with
>  >Tanganyikans) + glutaraldehyde (rather than Excel).  KH is about 12,
>  >working it up to 15 or so, don't really measure much else.
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