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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   12-01-2015, 10:53 PM
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Posted By Rob in (ca)
Depends on the type of plants you have, some...

Depends on the type of plants you have, some plants are iron thirsty some are not.

when playing with iron, it's best to get a iron tester, so you always know your iron levels, as you know to...
Forum: Lighting   11-29-2015, 06:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 619
Posted By Rob in (ca)
Yes ...T5's are becoming the thing of the pass...

Yes ...T5's are becoming the thing of the pass ......but if a person wants excellent light spread..... you cant beat t5's and there cheap to.
Forum: Lighting   11-29-2015, 06:12 PM
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Posted By Rob in (ca)
when running high / medium lights with or without...

when running high / medium lights with or without C02.... just make sure you tank is full of plants as much as you can fit.
Forum: Algae   01-10-2015, 05:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 458
Posted By Rob in (ca)
Are you keeping your Tank Phosphates below 0.5 PPM

Are you keeping your Tank Phosphates below 0.5 PPM
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   08-19-2014, 01:29 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,010
Posted By Rob in (ca)
I use GFO and my phosphates levels stay very low

I use GFO and my phosphates levels stay very low
Forum: Equipment   08-16-2014, 07:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 735
Posted By Rob in (ca)
I use the Rio 2500 pump you can get these cheap...

I use the Rio 2500 pump you can get these cheap on Ebay, I have a 100 G Planted Discus tank, Discus like good water conditions, so weekly water change's are a must.

I do 50% per week, or more...
Forum: Equipment   08-08-2014, 01:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,096
Posted By Rob in (ca)
98% of all tropical fish including Discus &...

98% of all tropical fish including Discus & Angels are Born / Raised in Tap Water

R/O Water is not Magic Water, you still need to do your 50% water Changes per week

Drink 2 cups of your Tap...
Forum: Equipment   08-07-2014, 12:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 581
Posted By Rob in (ca)
This guy is got one hot setup of the model 4 Sump...

This guy is got one hot setup of the model 4 Sump

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3A1RPNH2mMw
Forum: Equipment   08-06-2014, 11:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,096
Posted By Rob in (ca)
99% of The time only The Reefers need The (DI) ...

99% of The time only The Reefers need The (DI) part of a R/O system, to get there (Zero) TDS ......Fresh water /Plant tank people, just need a R/o unit with no DI this will give you 5-15...
Forum: Equipment   08-06-2014, 11:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 353
Posted By Rob in (ca)
I just Cleaned my 2 Eheim 2075 Spray bars, they...

I just Cleaned my 2 Eheim 2075 Spray bars, they were horribly dirty, just took them off scrubbed them in the sink with a bristle brush and a pipe brush, both look like new now
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   07-13-2014, 05:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 786
Posted By Rob in (ca)
The only way I know how to maintain a...

The only way I know how to maintain a desirable/stable PH is with Injected C02 along with a PH Controller.

Like Monster Fish states The key to a Low tech tank is picking the correct plants for...
Forum: Equipment   06-21-2014, 05:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 800
Posted By Rob in (ca)
even low levels of phosphates in a planted tank ...

even low levels of phosphates in a planted tank will cause issues

R/O unit with no DI will give you 15-5 TDS where a R/O unit with a added DI will give you 0 TDS, Reefers really only need the 0...
Forum: Equipment   05-26-2014, 06:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 598
Posted By Rob in (ca)
R/O water has no buffers (KH of Zero) as long as...

R/O water has no buffers (KH of Zero) as long as you watch your PH every day and avoid the roller coaster PH swings, Yes you will be ok.

A club member lost all of his 90 G fish stock by...
Forum: Equipment   05-25-2014, 04:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 598
Posted By Rob in (ca)
The purpose of a R/O water for a fresh water tank...

The purpose of a R/O water for a fresh water tank is to lower your GH & KH to make the water softer. The more minerals in your water the harder the water, the less minerals in your water the softer...
Forum: Equipment   05-24-2014, 02:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 972
Posted By Rob in (ca)
I had a 55G fish only tank, 10 feet away from my...

I had a 55G fish only tank, 10 feet away from my bed, with a Rena XP 3 me and the wife slept like it was never there for 3 years.
Forum: Equipment   05-10-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 599
Posted By Rob in (ca)
The medic 1000 works good. but has small hose...

The medic 1000 works good. but has small hose barbs, you would need to Kit bash the Hose barbs to make them larger to work with the Fx6 's 1 inch hose.

The other choice is Aquarium plants ...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   05-05-2014, 10:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 459
Posted By Rob in (ca)
Like Dave K has stated using 100% R/O water with...

Like Dave K has stated using 100% R/O water with 0 minerals 0 buffers will harm your fish & plants........ get yourself a KH / GH test kit , add your R/O with some tap to get your desired KH /GH...
Forum: Equipment   05-04-2014, 02:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 577
Posted By Rob in (ca)
Also there's the HOB overflow box's, I don't...

Also there's the HOB overflow box's, I don't know how anyone can sleep at night using them though .
Forum: Equipment   05-04-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 577
Posted By Rob in (ca)
there's 3 overflow drains #1 Durso (single pipe)...

there's 3 overflow drains #1 Durso (single pipe) can be noisy, no emergency back #2 Herbie drain has 2 pipes 1 main, second emergency, very quiet. #3 Bean animal drain, has 3 pipes, very quiet,...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   04-16-2014, 09:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 376
Posted By Rob in (ca)
I second The API GH & KH test kits they can be...

I second The API GH & KH test kits they can be had for 12 Bucks ...start with the 50 50 mix and start testing
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   03-28-2014, 02:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 321
Posted By Rob in (ca)
Assuming your doing your 50% or more weekly...

Assuming your doing your 50% or more weekly water changes & correct lighting, your plants should thrive with tap water

Going to R/O for soft water is more of a fish issue than a plant issue.
Forum: Equipment   03-22-2014, 03:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,422
Posted By Rob in (ca)
Happy with my BRS Unit My R/O only unit, ...

Happy with my BRS Unit

My R/O only unit, gives me 10-15 TDS........ Now if I add a DI unit to my system I would get 0 TDS Reading.

A DI Unit is not needed For a fresh water / planted...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   03-22-2014, 02:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 392
Posted By Rob in (ca)
Any Benefit to aerate my tap water for 24 hrs

For my weekly water change, I mix aerated R/O with The Tap out of the sink.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   03-13-2014, 01:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 367
Posted By Rob in (ca)
what type of fish do you have, determines your...

what type of fish do you have, determines your KH/GH

plants will thrive with your 100% tap water, along with weekly water changes.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   03-09-2014, 03:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 498
Posted By Rob in (ca)
As long as your filter is working property and...

As long as your filter is working property and you don't overstock, and do 50% water changes every week, you will be fine.
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