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Forum: Fish   02-08-2016, 08:30 AM
Replies: 15
  Fish TB
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Posted By Hardstuff
I am happy that your fish seems better. Keep an...

I am happy that your fish seems better. Keep an eye on his spine. Rainbows like a lot of livebearers can get fish TB.
I am going to stick to egg layers myself from now on. I feel they are hardier...
Forum: Algae   02-08-2016, 07:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 167
Posted By Hardstuff
Your diatoms may be right around the corner. How...

Your diatoms may be right around the corner. How long has your tank been set up? It can take several weeks to develop in my tanks. Every substrate will contain different amounts of silicates. And it...
Forum: Fish   02-08-2016, 06:58 AM
Replies: 15
  Fish TB
Views: 345
Posted By Hardstuff
I have a swordtail that does the same thing. He...

I have a swordtail that does the same thing. He has been fine for 2 years but about 6 months ago he developed one single spot on his tail and began to act like he was scared all the time so I dosed a...
Forum: DIY   01-31-2016, 06:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 915
Posted By Hardstuff
Not a chance! I would not risk it, period!

Not a chance! I would not risk it, period!
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-31-2016, 06:02 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 939
Posted By Hardstuff
PlantedRich I believe you have flipped chlorine...

PlantedRich I believe you have flipped chlorine and chloramines. My water departments experts actually told me that Mesa AZ water department does not like to use chloramines since it activates...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   01-31-2016, 05:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 662
Posted By Hardstuff
To answer JCMV4792 , you could try changing the...

To answer JCMV4792 , you could try changing the water after lights out if the room lights were very low to keep the risk down. I would not do that with fresh tap water that was not aged but it could...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   01-30-2016, 08:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 662
Posted By Hardstuff
Even though this is a low tech thread I have...

Even though this is a low tech thread I have experiences to add regarding pressurized and No CO2 as well since I run both and the information may help others.
When I lived in New York I was using...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   01-30-2016, 07:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 662
Posted By Hardstuff
I am in a similar boat. I have a 10 that I wanted...

I am in a similar boat. I have a 10 that I wanted to drain but I seem to always learn more from it so I keep it running.
I know what Tom Barr say's about the CO2 fluctuations. There seems to be a...
Forum: Plants   01-28-2016, 09:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 732
Posted By Hardstuff
I totally disagree with the comments that snails...

I totally disagree with the comments that snails cannot damage healthy plant tissue. I have 3 tanks. All with healthy old and new growth. On the Anubias leaves , old and new leaves were getting...
Forum: Plants   01-26-2016, 09:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 732
Posted By Hardstuff
I see a lot of folks using trace toxicity for...

I see a lot of folks using trace toxicity for many plant issues. My first thoughts were and still are, SNAILS. I have 3 planted tanks and I get damage all the time from the pond snails. They will...
Forum: Plants   01-26-2016, 09:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 322
Posted By Hardstuff
Since you have peat in the substrate you may...

Since you have peat in the substrate you may never know the amount of CO2 gas that's actually in your tank. Thats why I am not a fan of eco complete since it alters the tanks ph giving you false PH...
Forum: Plants   01-26-2016, 09:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 322
Posted By Hardstuff
Hygrows are difficult to grow. You need a lot of...

Hygrows are difficult to grow. You need a lot of k. I grow them well ,but I have to keep on top of things or they will drop lower leaves quick and develop pin holes. I dose 1/4 - 1/2 tsp of K per day...
Forum: Substrate   01-19-2016, 08:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,035
Posted By Hardstuff
I use Flourite on all my tanks. I never...

I use Flourite on all my tanks. I never understand the comments that it is dirty. I double rinse in a bucket and it goes straight into the tank. Does it cloud a new set up, yes, but it will clear out...
Forum: Plants   01-05-2016, 05:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 288
Posted By Hardstuff
Two things come to mind looking at your tank....

Two things come to mind looking at your tank. Although you are running a drop checker which is good you are also wasting a lot of gas using an Aqua Clear hang on back filter. Regardless on what...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   10-23-2015, 09:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 463
Posted By Hardstuff
I agree. I have it in my pressurized CO2 10...

I agree. I have it in my pressurized CO2 10 gallon with medium LED light with a complicated substrate and I have a really good healthy carpet growing.
In my low tech it struggles but does better...
Forum: Tank Journals   10-21-2015, 11:00 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,955
Posted By Hardstuff
I believe the 10 inch housing was fine. Forgive...

I believe the 10 inch housing was fine. Forgive me if I missed the part about how you are diffusing the gas but I would recommend Running 30-35 psi running an inline atomic diffuser. Inline atomic...
Forum: Lighting   10-21-2015, 10:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 436
Posted By Hardstuff
I have the same tank and run pressurized CO2 with...

I have the same tank and run pressurized CO2 with an external cerges reactor. I also run 1 48 inch planted plus which is about 37.5 watts and a single 48 inch Fuge ray 2 which is about 39.5 watts. I...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   10-18-2015, 10:08 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,192
Posted By Hardstuff
Surprised there is no mention of trace in this...

Surprised there is no mention of trace in this thread? Fluorine, selenium, zinc,iodine to name a few. When people usually mention remineralizing R/O with Gh booster and KH buffer they almost always...
Forum: Fish   12-09-2014, 04:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 391
Posted By Hardstuff
Thanks Diana. I ended up putting her down with...

Thanks Diana. I ended up putting her down with clove oil. It took at least 15-20 minutes. But it still seemed quick regardless. I just could not watch her suffer anymore. It went on for months. She...
Forum: Fish   12-06-2014, 04:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 391
Posted By Hardstuff
The babies are out but unfortunately she can only...

The babies are out but unfortunately she can only eat small sections of feed or she spits the food out. She swims up for food but eating seems to be a real chore for her. She is thin an hardly...
Forum: Fish   12-05-2014, 07:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 391
Posted By Hardstuff
My camera is out of batteries an generally shows...

My camera is out of batteries an generally shows poor images anyway. The fish actually looks healthy except the sunken belly. She is holding her body weight an there are not any pointing out scales,...
Forum: Fish   12-05-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 391
Posted By Hardstuff
sunken belly on female swordtail after giving birth?

I would like opinions on my female swordtail since I was considering putting her down. She gave birth 2 times. The first time she was healthy an fat looking an foraged normally with good color . She...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-20-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,271
Posted By Hardstuff
I forgot to add a question mark for my thread...

I forgot to add a question mark for my thread title, because I actually did not intend to suggest it was incorrect, more of not understand where the co2 goes after adding kh. Which I still do not...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-19-2014, 04:48 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,271
Posted By Hardstuff
I know most of this stuff is regarding Joe's...

I know most of this stuff is regarding Joe's post. I agree totally with what you said except water changes are to get rid of stuff not to maintain stuff. Well even thats mostly true but especially...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-18-2014, 07:33 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,271
Posted By Hardstuff
Thanks Tom. I guess its the aqueous part that I...

Thanks Tom. I guess its the aqueous part that I am having a hard time understanding. I also probably confused some folks but I really was not pitching trying to change the kh using CO2. Not sure...
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