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@jayc may need to do a refresher on this one: 

images seemed to have broken a little while back. I've got to do the same with the flickr one

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1 hour ago, NoGi said:

need to do a refresher on this one:

Nov 2014. Yeah, the site has gone through several version updates since then.

 

<edit> - Done. How to post image article updated to the latest forum platform interface.

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Brentwillmers

Hey guys.

One article I think could benefit a lot of people that like their planted shrimp tanks is planted aquarium fertilizers.
What's safe, what's not, how it affects water parameters, what's not recommended i.e. High levels or cleated iron, (FE), iron sands, premixed liquid ferts compared to dry ferts etc.
what shrimp are perfect for planted tanks and which are more sensitive to chemical fertilizers.

Just a thought as I keep planted tanks as well as shrimp tanks and been combining the two with little successes and a few fails.
Everything till now has been trial and error and if I could share some of my experiences with someone so they don't have to go through what I did.
I'm not great at writing out detailed information but happy to help someone write it.
I have years of experience in fully planted hi-tec aquariums and semi knowledgeable on liquid and dry fertilizers but still a newby with shrimps.




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NoGi

Great idea. If you want to draft something, I can get people to work on it and articulate for an article. Otherwise, I'll add to the list but there are a ton of people more experienced in this space than myself.

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Brentwillmers

Will work on it this weekend and send you a draft and I'm sure with others experience we could make it easier for people trying to balance this sort of issue.



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On 4/21/2017 at 7:10 PM, Buggins said:

ramshorn snails

@Buggins, feel free to add to this:

 

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On 5/5/2017 at 8:46 PM, Brentwillmers said:

Will work on it this weekend and send you a draft and I'm sure with others experience we could make it easier for people trying to balance this sort of issue.

Thanks again @Brentwillmers for the article content:

 

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Brentwillmers

NoGi thanks again for the help with it. Really appreciate it you did an awesome job bud. 

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NoGi
11 minutes ago, Brentwillmers said:

NoGi thanks again for the help with it. Really appreciate it you did an awesome job bud. 

You did all the work lol

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NoGi
On 9/6/2016 at 11:14 AM, Kaylenna said:

Setting up a new tank with an eye on those parameters; tricks, tips, and things to consider

 

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NoGi
On 2017-5-1 at 5:16 PM, NoGi said:
  • Damsel fly nymph
  • Dragon fly nymph

 

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On 4/21/2017 at 7:10 PM, Buggins said:

Trumpet snails

 

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On 10/11/2016 at 10:00 AM, Kaylenna said:

Err.. it occurred to me that we might want to add "life fish food options and their culturing" as an article,

Does anyone have any good macro photos of bloodworms, etc... that we can use in the article?

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Madmerv
4 hours ago, NoGi said:

Does anyone have any good macro photos of bloodworms, etc... that we can use in the article?

How about something like this. From my tank after it was just set up.

34796412716_8e18e0e093_k.jpg_MG_3959 by Merv Hall, on Flickr

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NoGi

Ooooh nice, may we use it?

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Madmerv
4 hours ago, NoGi said:

Ooooh nice, may we use it?

Of course.

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klsuth12au

Hi guys, if you need anymore helping hands, I'm putting mine up . I'm not experience like you guys though

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NoGi

Yeah that would be awesome, just pick a topic in this thread we haven't covered yet, do some research and type it up in a new topic. Or pick a brand new topic, anything is fair game if we haven't already published it. I can promote it to the articles database when ready. Be sure to include any references if you have any.

 

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klsuth12au

Im not sure of every topic that been published. If you choose a subject for me that would be awesome :) PM if you like.

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NoGi

How about one or more of these:

  • Shrimp life cycle, care, feeding, and breeding
  • Troubleshooting common issues (molting problems, loss of color, high juvenile death rates, etc, diseases ...
  • Various options for shrimp media and their pros and cons
  • Apple snails
  • Common Moss in shrimp tanks (fissiden, christmas, subwassertang etc..)
  • fish profiles - take your pick  
    • Various tetras
    • SAE
    • Ottos
    • Betta
    • Guppies
    • Endlers
    • or Guppies vs Endlers
    • Clown loach
    • Khuli loach
    • etc...

Can't think of any other topics but that's probably a good list to start from

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Thanks, l will pick one and let you know

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