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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-10-2003, 05:51 AM
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Posted By peterinwa
Thanks for all the input and ideas. Since I...

Thanks for all the input and ideas.

Since I posted I re-visited my LFS with its beautiful planted tanks and for the first time noticed that they have NO bottom feeders, so that answers my...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-08-2003, 06:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 945
Posted By peterinwa
I am so in love with my planted tank that I am...

I am so in love with my planted tank that I am thinking of moving my Clown Loaches out at some point because they keep eating the plants. I wouldn't mind a little nibbling on the leaves, but they...
Forum: DIY   01-30-2003, 06:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,325
Posted By peterinwa
Thanks Tim. I also learned something else...

Thanks Tim. I also learned something else evidently significant.

I figured as long at the generator was producing CO2 and filling the reactor that's all there was to it. But yesterday I refreshed...
Forum: DIY   01-29-2003, 09:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,325
Posted By peterinwa
Yesterday when I got my KH test kit I found my...

Yesterday when I got my KH test kit I found my CO2 to be at 8 (pH 7.4 and KH 7 = CO2 8).

Yesterday I just had the hose running into an air stone at the bottom of the tank.

To raise the level,...
Forum: DIY   01-22-2003, 05:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,152
Posted By peterinwa
I was advised that a 2" diffuser would put more...

I was advised that a 2" diffuser would put more CO2 into my tank than an air stone because it had smaller bubbles. But the one I bought only sent out one string of bubbles where the rubber flange at...
Forum: DIY   01-19-2003, 06:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,516
Posted By peterinwa
Do you measure the potassium in your water with a...

Do you measure the potassium in your water with a test kit?
Forum: DIY   01-17-2003, 11:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,516
Posted By peterinwa
The Flourish rep says you need to supplement Iron...

The Flourish rep says you need to supplement Iron more frequently because it depletes on a daily basis.

So you can use Flourish once or twice a week, but after 24 hours the Iron will be gone from...
Forum: DIY   01-17-2003, 05:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,516
Posted By peterinwa
My Seachem Iron Test Kit hardly reacted at all to...

My Seachem Iron Test Kit hardly reacted at all to Hagen Iron, but reacts well to Seachem Flourish Iron.

But here's something else I learned from talking with the Seachem rep.

You are supposed...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-17-2003, 04:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,179
Posted By peterinwa
Thanks, I'll get the KH test kit and read up on...

Thanks, I'll get the KH test kit and read up on it.

Also I didn't think about the surface action releasing the CO2.

I have a little waterfall created by the water returning from my Penguin...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-16-2003, 11:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,179
Posted By peterinwa
Maybe I did that one pH test incorrectly as my...

Maybe I did that one pH test incorrectly as my kit is normally very reliable.

Also, I found out why the diffuser failed. The manufacturer says that it only works with high pressure and I won't get...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-16-2003, 08:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,179
Posted By peterinwa
I made a simple 2 liter sugar and yeast CO2...

I made a simple 2 liter sugar and yeast CO2 injector and put the end of the hose at the bottom of my 10 gallon tank. I could swear that in a couple of hours the pH dropped from 7.8 to 7.2. A little...
Forum: DIY   01-16-2003, 06:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,917
Posted By peterinwa
I got a replacement diffuser and it did the same...

I got a replacement diffuser and it did the same thing; leaked at the gasket with no bubbles coming from the white shaft. I'll take it back too.

Instead I made a simple reactor with the bottom of...
Forum: DIY   01-13-2003, 05:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,628
Posted By peterinwa
Should the check valve be near the tank or near...

Should the check valve be near the tank or near the generator or doesn't it matter?
Forum: DIY   01-11-2003, 08:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,917
Posted By peterinwa
I started my DIY CO2 thingy today and it was...

I started my DIY CO2 thingy today and it was really easy. The one problem I'm having is that I'm using a 2" Rena diffuser and instead of tiny bubbles coming out of the white shaft of the diffuser...
Forum: DIY   01-11-2003, 08:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,643
Posted By peterinwa
I used a Pepsi bottle with the little rubber seal...

I used a Pepsi bottle with the little rubber seal in the inside of the cap to be sure the cap seals tight. Some bottles don't have this.

Then I just drilled a 3/16" hole in the cap; cut the hose...
Forum: Algae   01-09-2003, 07:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,661
Posted By peterinwa
I have survived my Brown Algae problem with 2...

I have survived my Brown Algae problem with 2 Otos and 2 small SAEs in my 10 gal. But now it's Attack of the Hair Algae.

I think it's Hair Algae; please tell me if I'm wrong. It's easy to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-09-2003, 01:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 765
Posted By peterinwa
I understand that people with fully planted tanks...

I understand that people with fully planted tanks never vacuum the gravel or sand at all. In fact, the plants can be so thick that it's impossible.

I'm at a transition point and want to be sure...
Forum: DIY   01-05-2003, 12:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,224
Posted By peterinwa


Forum: DIY   01-04-2003, 07:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,224
Posted By peterinwa
I read that you can make a very simple reactor...

I read that you can make a very simple reactor with a plastic up upside down so that the bubbles rise up into it.

My question is why it said the cup should be clear so that you could see how many...
Forum: DIY   01-04-2003, 05:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,516
Posted By peterinwa
When I started posting on freshwater fish forums...

When I started posting on freshwater fish forums I was told I HAD to get test kits for Ammonia, Nitrites, Nitrates and pH so I could specify my water parameters. I got those, but of course now that I...
Forum: DIY   01-04-2003, 03:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,516
Posted By peterinwa
I don't know if I have hard water or soft water....

I don't know if I have hard water or soft water. My tap pH is 7.4 and my tank pH is 7.8 or so.

From what I have read I believe I have to be careful about changing the pH too fast. So I thought I'd...
Forum: DIY   01-03-2003, 04:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,516
Posted By peterinwa
I've posted a dozen questions and your answers...

I've posted a dozen questions and your answers always include, "add CO2 injection." I give up! Actually, now I'm excited to try it.

I only have a 10 gallon tank (so far). Does this mean that I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-28-2002, 05:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 463
Posted By peterinwa
I have photos, but since I took them they look...

I have photos, but since I took them they look too different. As you say, I'll wait till they mature.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-27-2002, 07:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 463
Posted By peterinwa
I was sold two species of Cryptos, walkeri aka...

I was sold two species of Cryptos, walkeri aka lutea and wendtii. One is mostly green and WAS smaller but has now become larger. The other is mostly red/brown.

My question is can you really tell...
Forum: Lighting   12-27-2002, 06:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 965
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