Posts by Stephan

Multi-Component Fertilizing For Better Results

Posted by on Sep 6, 2011 in All Categories, Aquarium Maintenance | 0 comments

Multi-Component Fertilizing For Better Results

With 30 years of aquarium experience I am a dinosaur. This is true for both my occupation with the hobby and most of my beliefs and general practice. If, like me, you have believed for a long time, that  nitrate and phosphate are banned substances in an aquarium, it is quite a change of paradigm if you start pouring them into your tanks. But first things first. Like most...Read More

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Hygrophila spec. “Pantanal Wavy”

Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in All Categories, Plant Profiles | 0 comments

Hygrophila spec. “Pantanal Wavy”

This plant is as yet unidentified and its name must hence be considered preliminary. I have kept it for about 6 months now and it is doing quite well in my discus tank, where it grows very fast and has formed a dense stand. Its overall habit and shape does resemble H. polysperma but it is much more unruly and with long internodes and an overall more wavy appearance, at...Read More

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My Own Aquaria: Part 2 of 3 (The Small Tank)

Posted by on Aug 3, 2011 in All Categories, My Aquaria | 0 comments

My Own Aquaria: Part 2 of 3 (The Small Tank)

Aquarium 2 After I showed off my first, and oldest tank last week, I will share some more pictures and technical details of my second tank with you this week. Building this cabinet involved a lot of experimentation during the design phase. Big thanks go out to Tischlerei Beckmann, who went through this with me in meticulous detail. Here’s a total view of it: And...Read More

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My Own Aquaria: Part 1 of 3 (The Big Tank)

Posted by on Jul 27, 2011 in All Categories, My Aquaria | 0 comments

My Own Aquaria: Part 1 of 3 (The Big Tank)

I get frequent requests by my customers to show my own tanks and I have decided to present each of them here in a continuing three-part series. I will update each post as the tanks change over time until the day when they will finally get replaced. I am starting this series with my oldest and biggest tank. It is in no way an ideal setup but then again it could be worse....Read More

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Hydrocotyle tripartita

Posted by on Jul 19, 2011 in All Categories, Plant Profiles | 0 comments

Hydrocotyle tripartita

Just a short post on a plant I was able to buy at an auction a few weeks ago. UPDATE: This plant is now a regular item in the shop. Submerged, this Hydrocotyle makes an excellent foreground carpeting plant. It responds well to pruning and will branch out eagerly after cutting. In contrast to the related H. sibthorpioides, this species will attach well to the substrate...Read More

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