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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 11:31 PM
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Posted By Hoppy
In general, ferts work what ever the KH is. Some...

In general, ferts work what ever the KH is. Some chelators, used in trace mixes, may work better at certain pH ranges, which are affected by KH, but the major nutrients, NPK, are not affected.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 11:28 PM
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Views: 150,950
Posted By Hoppy
Has anyone seen data showing the range of ppm of...

Has anyone seen data showing the range of ppm of CO2 in water exposed to room air? Without knowing that, the de-gas method for measuring CO2 isn't accurate at all. A 1pH drop caused by CO2 means...
Forum: Lighting Yesterday, 11:18 PM
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Views: 207
Posted By Hoppy
Lighting suitable for a marine tank will almost...

Lighting suitable for a marine tank will almost always be too much for a planted tank. For example, an 8 tube T5HO light will grossly over light a planted tank, unless you hang it high above the...
Forum: DIY Yesterday, 06:55 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,751
Posted By Hoppy
Progress report: I have been able to make...

Progress report: I have been able to make castings from the successful housing. It also looks like I can make castings of the bottom part of the PAR meter, so I'm pretty sure this will work as a...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 04:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 152
Posted By Hoppy
Hobby grade test kits cannot be assumed to be...

Hobby grade test kits cannot be assumed to be accurate. Unless you verify their accuracy by testing water with known amounts of each of the nutrients in it you should treat your test kit results as...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 03:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 248
Posted By Hoppy
I don't believe it is true that naturally red...

I don't believe it is true that naturally red plants need extra iron to stay red. I think that is a myth. If you fertilize so that none of the basic nutrients needed by the plants, including iron,...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 03:16 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 98
Posted By Hoppy
Phosphorous is a chemical element. It is a metal...

Phosphorous is a chemical element. It is a metal that bursts into flame in air. Obviously not good as a fertilizer. When chemically combined with other elements, it becomes an easy to handle salt....
Forum: DIY 04-18-2014, 04:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 204
Posted By Hoppy
Spend a lot of time in Home Depot looking at...

Spend a lot of time in Home Depot looking at everything made of foam plastic, dark colored. I'll bet you will find something you can adapt. Those are basically just foam plastic with lots of cut...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 04-18-2014, 03:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 381
Posted By Hoppy
I did this with a 30PAR light intensity, with DIY...

I did this with a 30PAR light intensity, with DIY CO2. The plants grew in very well, but when I let the CO2 taper off to nothing, most of the plants melted, and never did recover. I ended up with...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 04-17-2014, 06:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 381
Posted By Hoppy
When our plants grow they adjust their production...

When our plants grow they adjust their production of various enzymes to match the conditions they are growing in. CO2 is one of the variables that affect that enzyme production. So, when you start...
Forum: Lighting 04-15-2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 631
Posted By Hoppy
You don't need a hood on the tank. Just use the...

You don't need a hood on the tank. Just use the glass piece that sits on the top of the tank, if you are worried about the fish jumping out. That light fixture is an Odyssea light, which seems to...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-15-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 584
Posted By Hoppy
Kalium is another word for potassium, so Kalium...

Kalium is another word for potassium, so Kalium nitrate is potassium nitrate. Yes, you can use it to dose potassium. The problem with commercial liquid fertilizers, like the Tropica one you...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-15-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 211
Posted By Hoppy
That is certainly low, but it just means your pH...

That is certainly low, but it just means your pH will be lower than it would be if the KH was higher. Most plants do well with low KH. I wouldn't tinker with it, but you can if you wish. Just use...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-15-2014, 12:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 284
Posted By Hoppy
Just get a good lawyer, and cross your...

Just get a good lawyer, and cross your fingers:tongue:
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-15-2014, 12:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 320
Posted By Hoppy
I would put that piece in a rubbermaid pan, if...

I would put that piece in a rubbermaid pan, if you have one big enough, then heat up a big pot of water to boiling or nearly to boiling and pour it over the wood. After it cools down I would put it...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-15-2014, 12:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 211
Posted By Hoppy
Contrary to popular belief, increasing the KH has...

Contrary to popular belief, increasing the KH has no effect on how much fluctuation in pH you will have. Increasing KH just increases pH, but it doesn't stabilize it at all, unless your starting KH...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-14-2014, 09:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 211
Posted By Hoppy
KH will remain pretty constant, and your water...

KH will remain pretty constant, and your water changes will tend to keep it very constant. I'm assuming you are not adding any baking soda or other KH changing substances with the water changes.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-14-2014, 09:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 104
Posted By Hoppy
Spend some time with...

Spend some time with http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=21944 and try to follow the appropriate dosing table for that size tank.
Forum: Lighting 04-14-2014, 09:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 159
Posted By Hoppy
Are you looking for high light, and plan to use...

Are you looking for high light, and plan to use pressurized CO2? Or, are you looking for low light, planning to use no CO2, little or no fertilizing, with a topsoil substrate? Or what? It makes a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-14-2014, 09:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 141
Posted By Hoppy
Blue green algae isn't at all hard to get rid of,...

Blue green algae isn't at all hard to get rid of, and peroxide isn't necessary. Make sure you don't have excessive light, with little water circulation where the BGA is, and increase the dosing of...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-14-2014, 09:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 320
Posted By Hoppy
Wood that has been lying on the ground for years...

Wood that has been lying on the ground for years is about as seasoned as it can get. I'm assuming it is dead wood, no roots feeding it. I don't recall reading anything about lilac wood being toxic...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-14-2014, 08:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 209
Posted By Hoppy
It is a good idea to suck up the excess mulm and...

It is a good idea to suck up the excess mulm and other debris from the top of the substrate, but not a good idea to actually get down into the substrate in trying to clean it. You would disturb a...
Forum: Equipment 04-13-2014, 06:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 230
Posted By Hoppy
I used some of these:...

I used some of these: http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=23369&catid=489&clickid=searchresults They continued to work after over a year in a CO2 system, so the plastic they use is...
Forum: Lighting 04-13-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 255
Posted By Hoppy
The last I read from Finnex, the reason for no...

The last I read from Finnex, the reason for no PAR data on the Planted+ is that the person/company they relied on to do their PAR testing is no longer doing that. They were looking for someone else...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-13-2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 91
Posted By Hoppy
It takes a lot more than 10 ppm of phosphates to...

It takes a lot more than 10 ppm of phosphates to cause significant problems. It is also very possible that your phosphate test kit isn't accurate enough for you to know that you really have 10 ppm...
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