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Visiting Zebra Danios
These look like two males, because most of the females are filling with eggs and so are plumper. They've been eating premium food for a few weeks, so their colors are bright and shinny. These are wonderful aquarium fish: hardy, colorful, energetic, and lots more !
Visiting Black Skirt Tetra
Notice the membranes in the corners of this fish's mouth. During today's show Tom plans to ask Nevin if he's noticed this before and what these membranes do.
Visiting Male Neon Blue Dwarf Gourami
This young fellow is very colorful, funny, and nice!
Visiting Red Wag Platys
Here we see a small, young, energetic, and optimistic male pursuing a huge female.
Visiting Tiger Barbs
These Tiger Barbs are small but already colorful and very energetic. Tiger Barbs will nip on any fish that is not alert and moving fast.
Visiting Silver Lyretail Molly Male
This fellow has been visiting in Tom's 29-gallon aquarium for many weeks now. Soon he will have to go home, and Tom will miss him.
For several month now, almost every day Tom sits and watches his fish for an hour or so. Often he uses his small magnifying glass to see a lot more details on the visiting fish. Then he gets his wonderful digital SLR camera, takes some pictures, and posts a few of them here.
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I really enjoyed the calls on the 7/28 show and thought I could add a little bit...
http://www.theplantedaquariumpodcast.com/ <---link to The Planted Aquarium podcasts (4) - The people interviewed in them are planted aquarium All Stars. These can also be downloaded via I-tunes if you search podcasts for Aquarium Podcast. The first of the four has very poor audio - the interviewers are nearly inaudible while the interviewee sounds badly overmodulated. The audio quality is much better for episodes 2-4.
Now, here's a short "cheat sheet" of some common planted tank terms that were somewhat mixed up on the 7/28 podcast:
Laterite - iron rich soil
Flourish - SeaChem's line of aquarium plant friendly products including fertilizers, trace elements and Excel (the gluteraldehyde solution I think I mentioned on the 7/14 show)
DIY/Sugar-yeast/fermentation CO2 generator - a bottle containing (ideally) one part sugar for every 3 parts water and a pinch of yeast, fermentation occurs creating alcohol and CO2
CO2 reactor - usually refers to something in the aquarium designed to release the CO2 as very small bubbles or something that more actively stirs the CO2 into the tank water so that the CO2 does not just bubble to the surface and into the air - the idea is to force the CO2 to dissolve into the tank water so that it is available to the plants.
I would also advise against using the tables to figure out your CO2 concentration in your aquarium - they assume that the only source of hardness is carbonate in water (not the case in aquariums) so comparing kh to pH and coming up with an accurate CO2 conc. does not work.
Another "quick and dirty" method is to take the pH of a sample of tank water, then let it sit out and come to equilibrium for a few hours and take the pH again. If your pH goes up about half a unit over that time, you've probably off-gassed about 15ppm CO2 (assuming your tank has only modest buffering capacity).
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