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  1. Hoppy
    02-01-2016 03:21 AM - permalink
    Miles, I can't tell from what you wrote, how much light you have. What is the height of your tank, and how far is the light from the substrate? How long is the tank? I also don't know what plants you have, so I don't know how much light you should have to make them grow.

    Shrimp can be very sensitive to CO2 in the water. It isn't the pH that causes problems for them, but the CO2 itself. As I recall, people with other than cherry shrimp or equally hardy shrimp do not try to use high light, and do not try to use a lot of CO2. The fact that you have BBA means you probably have too little CO2 in the water for the amount of light you have. You could either reduce the light intensity or use more CO2, but using more CO2 would be a problem for the shrimp. So, first let's try to determine how much light you have.
  2. MilesJT
    01-30-2016 04:28 PM - permalink
    Hi, there... my name is Miles. Since to meet you.

    Could you please check image files...
    I try to message but it's too long and it won't let me send.
  3. heel4you
    01-13-2016 06:26 PM - permalink
    Sorry, meant to PM
  4. CallMeJay
    09-09-2015 12:14 AM - permalink
    Hi Hoppy,
    Can you help me to answer this question?

  5. chouavue
    06-11-2015 01:17 PM - permalink
    thanks hoppy! your wisdom is helping me get back on my feet with my iwagumi tank. i just read your par/watt and i found myself with way too much light for the cfl bulb graph. (17.1 mr aqua, dhg, hc plants, lights will be 13 inches from the substrate, pressurized co2, ei dosing) I'm assuming that this fixture which is rated at 13watts max cfl (2 of them should be more than enough to suffice about probably 90-100 par which is high lighting according to you. Going to 23 watted bulbs 13 inches would of put me close to 200 par which is doable but im pretty sure alot more maintenance with this set up i have would you think 2 13 watt cfl's 13 inches would be more than enough. thank hoppy i appreciate your wisdom.
  6. Hoppy
    06-11-2015 04:56 AM - permalink
    There really isn't a unique answer to the question about how high a wattage you can use in a fixture that is labeled as a 40 watt max fixture. If the fixture was made to be used with CFL bulbs, it may be labeled based on the "equivalent to" wattages of CFL bulbs. Or, if it is made to be used with any type of bulb, it would probably be rated based on the maximum current and the maximum heat load from the bulb, so the 40 watts would mean 40 real watts, not "equivalent to" watts. When I used CFL bulbs I always used sockets and wiring that were rated for real watts, and it is still possible that all fixtures are rated for real watts. A good way to decide would be, for a commercially available light fixture, to see what specific bulbs are recommended to be used - CFL bulbs or some other kind of bulb. If it is CFL bulbs I would assume "watts" means "equivalent watts", but if it is other bulbs, such as incandescent bulbs, I would assume "watts" mean real watts.
  7. chouavue
    06-11-2015 01:04 AM - permalink
    hoppy...if i may have one more question for you since you are good with lights... i have a 40 watt max fixture(but for some reason it says to only use 13 watt cfl) I can actually go to say..... a 26 watt cfl and still be safe right? I plan on putting 2 of those on my 17 gallon carpeted mr aqua tank. what do you think. thanks
  8. chouavue
    06-09-2015 12:27 AM - permalink
    thanks hoppy...I decided to get into this hobby again after seeing everyone's tanks..i failed before with cyano bacteria and had a newborn so was scared of him bumping the co2 tank over or something.. this time..lots of plants co2 lesser light and non limiting ferts for my iwagumi (hc and dwarf hair grass) *cross fingers*
  9. Hoppy
    06-08-2015 07:24 PM - permalink
    It does look like you have plenty of magnesium in your tap water, so no GH booster is needed.
  10. chouavue
    06-08-2015 05:18 AM - permalink
    sorry i mean

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