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Forum: Algae 02-07-2005, 08:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,598
Posted By Ianice Berg
The AFFs (all female) are still very peaceful and...

The AFFs (all female) are still very peaceful and look very healthy. The only algae left for them is on the back wall - which I leave growing for them.

So AFFs get :proud: from me and will be...
Forum: Algae 12-07-2004, 04:21 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 460
Posted By Ianice Berg
Argh!

For those of you heartily sick of imaculate aquascapes...

Just as I thought things were stabilising, I now have BGA growing on my GBA!:-

http://www.tetratopia.com/images/algae/its-coming.jpg
...
Forum: DIY 12-07-2004, 02:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,077
Posted By Ianice Berg
Answer taken from a new addenda to the web page:-...

Answer taken from a new addenda to the web page:-

Why this is unashamedly *not* an automatic level-adjusting design:-

Simplicity, compactness and reliability were overriding goals.
Our...
Forum: DIY 12-07-2004, 10:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,077
Posted By Ianice Berg
I've now added a couple of drawings.

I've now added a couple of drawings.
Forum: Algae 12-06-2004, 10:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,598
Posted By Ianice Berg
Re ottos: During this hair algae incident the...

Re ottos: During this hair algae incident the ottos (already resident) have continued their diligent work on surface algaes (i.e. almost none visible) but they are not at all interested in the hairy...
Forum: DIY 12-03-2004, 09:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,077
Posted By Ianice Berg
Smile Minimalist surface skimmer.

I have just written up my experimental canister-driven surface skimmer design (see http://www.tetratopia.com/surface-skimmer).

It has now worked flawlessly for 2 months and I am very pleased with...
Forum: Algae 12-03-2004, 02:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,598
Posted By Ianice Berg
So far the A.F.F. are incredibly placid. I...

So far the A.F.F. are incredibly placid. I selected females only in the hope that this might minimise the agression problem. I have also noticed that having two large angel fish in the tank seems to...
Forum: Algae 12-03-2004, 12:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,598
Posted By Ianice Berg
green hair algae eaters: head-to-head

After uprooting a couple of big sword plants and a few days neglect I now have a quite magnificent 180 Litre test-bed for green hair & green beard algae eaters on my hands :icon_redf. So after some...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-18-2004, 07:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 604
Posted By Ianice Berg
Can you suggest/recommend phosphate test kits...

Can you suggest/recommend phosphate test kits with suitable precision?

All the kits I saw are "colour-match" assay rather than titrations.

In the case of the HAGEN the perceived test result...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-18-2004, 11:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 604
Posted By Ianice Berg
Udpate... I have bought the new test kits...

Udpate...

I have bought the new test kits and have been feeding the fish a bit more generously this last week. This seems to have brought the nitrates up a little (from NIL). The first obvious...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-12-2004, 11:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 604
Posted By Ianice Berg
Thanks to you all. I will get a more accurate kit...

Thanks to you all. I will get a more accurate kit for pH, also Nitrates and Phosphates this weekend.

ibn, I am not sure how you calculate "1.5 wpg over a 40G" from 3 x 40W flourescents? Do...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-11-2004, 04:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 444
Posted By Ianice Berg
I would be concerned. Some time after the water...

I would be concerned. Some time after the water gets in - the thing packs up - more or less dramatically.

This has happened to two of my heaters - it took a long, but unpredicatable time to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-11-2004, 04:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 604
Posted By Ianice Berg
Slow growth... What next?

+8 weeks and things seem to have settled down - but growth is rather slow.

I am wondering wether its time to get more test kits or whether one can work out the next step from what is already...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-11-2004, 02:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 185
Posted By Ianice Berg
'scaping swords? piccies?

I am revising my 48 x 15 x 18. I would like to include a sword plant (or two) in the new layout as they are impressive and my angels prefer them over anything else for spawning.

Does anyone have...
Forum: Algae 11-09-2004, 02:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 738
Posted By Ianice Berg
Just to confuse the issue... I just...

Just to confuse the issue...

I just realised that I overdosed the chelated iron before I went away.

...I still suspect that the much shorter light period was the critical factor.
Forum: Algae 11-08-2004, 04:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 738
Posted By Ianice Berg
How long is the lighting on for? Could you try a...

How long is the lighting on for? Could you try a spell of much shorter lighting?

Reason I suggest this is that I had a persistent B/G problem (with low nitrates), 'till I went away for 10 days and...
Forum: DIY 10-25-2004, 11:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 959
Posted By Ianice Berg
I can't claim the 5 week CO2 lifecycle you are...

I can't claim the 5 week CO2 lifecycle you are seeking but have some experience that might help...

I have been getting a reasonably consistent 1 bubble/sec from 2 x 2L bottles containing 1.5L...
Forum: DIY 10-21-2004, 04:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,126
Posted By Ianice Berg
Do AH sell the reflectors alone? ( Its funny...

Do AH sell the reflectors alone?

( Its funny they make such a song and dance about the restrike perfomance of their canopies - and then fit them with U-tubes! )
Forum: DIY 10-21-2004, 03:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,126
Posted By Ianice Berg
In any case wouldn't a specular white drastically...

In any case wouldn't a specular white drastically compromise the effectiveness of a parabolic reflector?

I.e. It isnt just the % reflectivity that matters but the direction in which light is being...
Forum: DIY 10-21-2004, 02:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,126
Posted By Ianice Berg
Yes! (it is mylar). As it happens my gutter (left...

Yes! (it is mylar). As it happens my gutter (left over from house) is black so I didnt have much option but to cover it.
Forum: Algae 10-21-2004, 01:48 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 443
Posted By Ianice Berg
Question White algae?

I put reflectors on my lights a few days ago. The plants seem to approve but today the water has started to look hazy (whitish not green).

Really close up I can see it is full of very very thin...
Forum: DIY 10-21-2004, 10:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,126
Posted By Ianice Berg
Smile Gutters as reflectors.

( I realise this has been done before - just wanted to share with anyone thinking about cheap, and very cheerful, DIY reflector solutions. )

I just lined a length of 4" shallow plastic guttering...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-19-2004, 05:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 816
Posted By Ianice Berg
As it happens I tested the reference and clay...

As it happens I tested the reference and clay samples within 30 seconds of breaking the seal on these strips.

Needless to say I shan't be buying them, or any other Tetra kit, again until I know...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-18-2004, 10:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 816
Posted By Ianice Berg
Unhappy Arghhhhhhhhhhhhh !!!!! What Is Going On ????

Just bought some Tetra 5in1 test strips (local doesnt have the separate kH).

The clay test water reads kH < 3.

Confusingly these strips also indicate a pH <= 6.4! So I have just retested with...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-15-2004, 12:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 816
Posted By Ianice Berg
Question dGH < 3 but pH > 7.5!

In my continuing search for a bulk porous substrate I just tested a handful of expanded clay granules from my local garden centre. After 8 hours at room temp in a glass jar of rain water (dGH < 1, pH...
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