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Forum: Lighting Today, 02:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 104
Posted By Darkblade48
Unfortunately, as already mentioned, the WPG...

Unfortunately, as already mentioned, the WPG guideline cannot really be applied anymore.

For very small and very large aquariums, the WPG guideline does not really work.

Furthermore, it can...
Forum: Algae Today, 02:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 128
Posted By Darkblade48
Remove as much as you can manually (though it may...

Remove as much as you can manually (though it may be difficult, as it attaches itself quite strongly to anything). You may need to heavily prune affected plants.

For anything removable (decor,...
Forum: Plants Today, 02:30 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 58
Posted By Darkblade48
In a heavily planted tank such as yours, deep...

In a heavily planted tank such as yours, deep gravel vacuuming is usually not required, and will actually be disruptive to rooted plants.

Most people just do a light vacuum (hover the siphon over...
Forum: DIY Today, 02:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 148
Posted By Darkblade48
Yes, it can work well for smaller aquariums. ...

Yes, it can work well for smaller aquariums.

The only problem is the hassle of having to change the mixture every 2 weeks or so.

I would recommend that if you want to go pressurized, to not use...
Forum: DIY Yesterday, 08:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 148
Posted By Darkblade48
What do you mean by "DIY CO2?" In general, DIY...

What do you mean by "DIY CO2?" In general, DIY CO2 refers to the fermentation of sugar by yeast which results in the production of CO2.

Of course, it can also refer to DIY pressurized CO2 (i.e....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-30-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 198
Posted By Darkblade48
Using bleach is fine, if your goal is to...

Using bleach is fine, if your goal is to disinfect things.

Just be sure to rinse them well and soak them in a bucket containing 2x the recommended dose of dechlorinator.


As long as it takes...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-30-2014, 02:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 77
Posted By Darkblade48
There are various minerals that are dissolved in...

There are various minerals that are dissolved in water (including calcium, magnesium, sodium, etc).

Some shrimp are more sensitive to these levels (RCS are relatively hardy with regards to this),...
Forum: DIY 07-29-2014, 03:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 166
Posted By Darkblade48
How long has it been since you started up your...

How long has it been since you started up your DIY CO2? It does take some time to start up.

In the future, you may want to reduce the amount of yeast that you use. 1 teaspoon is quite a bit (most...
Forum: Equipment 07-29-2014, 02:21 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 624
Posted By Darkblade48
Nice setup so far. I would still strap down...

Nice setup so far.

I would still strap down the paintball cylinder to something; as it begins to empty, it will become top heavy, making it easier to tip over.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-29-2014, 02:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 147
Posted By Darkblade48
eBay links are not permitted. Regarding the...

eBay links are not permitted.

Regarding the links that were previously there, however, the sellers do not provide a compositional analysis, so it is difficult to say whether they are suitable for...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-29-2014, 02:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 158
Posted By Darkblade48
I am not sure if there is a relationship between...

I am not sure if there is a relationship between pH and potassium absorption (I have not done a literature search).

However, given your pH falls within what is normally observed, I would not worry...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 07-29-2014, 02:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 186
Posted By Darkblade48
EI dosing is essentially a strategy whereby you...

EI dosing is essentially a strategy whereby you are dosing just a bit over excess nutrients, so that plants are never starved. At the end of each week, a 50% water change is conducted, thereby...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-28-2014, 12:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 158
Posted By Darkblade48
Most likely, you are not dosing enough potassium...

Most likely, you are not dosing enough potassium using Flourish.

You can use Flourish Potassium if you like using commercial products, but a cheaper solution would be to use bulk chemicals.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-28-2014, 12:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 223
Posted By Darkblade48
Without knowing the composition of your root...

Without knowing the composition of your root tabs, I cannot say for certain whether they will be of any help.

Regarding macronutrients, you should be dosing nitrates and phosphates so that...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 07-28-2014, 12:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 186
Posted By Darkblade48
Dosed appropriately, they should be fine for your...

Dosed appropriately, they should be fine for your crayfish and snails.

There are various dosing strategies that are out there, some more common ones include Estimative Index (EI) as well as...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-28-2014, 12:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 163
Posted By Darkblade48
In all likelihood, your plants are CO2 starved....

In all likelihood, your plants are CO2 starved. In general, it does take some time for plants to show problems; in the meantime, they are using internal storages of nutrients.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-28-2014, 12:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 223
Posted By Darkblade48
Are you dosing any macronutrients? Wisteria is...

Are you dosing any macronutrients? Wisteria is known to suck up nutrients very quickly.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-26-2014, 05:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 106
Posted By Darkblade48
They should be fine to use, provided that there...

They should be fine to use, provided that there is no visual damage.
Forum: Plants 07-26-2014, 05:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,065
Posted By Darkblade48
I think this holds the record.

I think this holds the record.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-26-2014, 05:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 214
Posted By Darkblade48
You might want to reduce your light a bit, and...

You might want to reduce your light a bit, and definitely step up your fertilization. Your nitrates should definitely not be zero, and that is likely the cause of your problem.

In addition, you...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-25-2014, 03:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 214
Posted By Darkblade48
Macronutrient mixtures tend not to grow mould....

Macronutrient mixtures tend not to grow mould. Micronutrients mixtures will often grow mould.

You might have just been lucky that mould did not form in the past. Needless to say, from your...
Forum: Fish 07-25-2014, 12:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 167
Posted By Darkblade48
Load wise, it is probably borderline. ...

Load wise, it is probably borderline.

However, you may run into territorial issues with the rams.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-25-2014, 12:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 214
Posted By Darkblade48
The algae you have does not sound like it would...

The algae you have does not sound like it would be due to a trace imbalance and rather, due to a macronutrient imbalance. You do not mention if you are dosing any macronutrients.

Regarding your...
Forum: Equipment 07-24-2014, 12:36 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 493
Posted By Darkblade48
Yes, this will work.

Yes, this will work.
Forum: Fish 07-24-2014, 12:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 356
Posted By Darkblade48
Odd. I wonder if it's due to chloramine...

Odd. I wonder if it's due to chloramine breakdown.

In any case, make sure you use a good dechlorinator that is able to neutralize ammonia as well then.
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