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Forum: Lighting 05-16-2010, 02:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,421
Posted By f1ea
Yes, that's what i think. Its really annoying to...

Yes, that's what i think. Its really annoying to get the glare when in front of the tank. Maybe it could be improved by tilting the light a little bit. I can make a test before fixing the lights to...
Forum: Lighting 05-15-2010, 06:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,421
Posted By f1ea
Dont worry. All opinions are welcome! yours is...

Dont worry. All opinions are welcome! yours is very interesting actually.
I do have LOTS of clearance to raise the lights as much as I want (the house has high ceilings); I could also make the tank...
Forum: Lighting 05-14-2010, 04:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,421
Posted By f1ea
Thanks! Hmmm I wouldnt mind having them at 18"....

Thanks!
Hmmm I wouldnt mind having them at 18". That's a number I wanted to have some guide about for clearance, lenght of tubes and so on with the fixture... let's say between 16"-20".

But I...
Forum: Lighting 05-14-2010, 03:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,421
Posted By f1ea
Metal Halide for 90cm (36") deep tank

Hi guys, i need your help/guidance here.

I am planning a custom built 90cm H (48"L x 24"D x 36"H) tank with low light plants and no carpets ie = Low maintenance, No CO2 inyection.

The hope is...
Forum: Lighting 03-18-2010, 04:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,255
Posted By f1ea
Most people use the broken photoperiod to allow...

Most people use the broken photoperiod to allow CO2 to build up... other than that, it seems to make little difference (in most low tech tanks). As long as its not changing everyday....



No....
Forum: Lighting 03-18-2010, 02:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 10,463
Posted By f1ea
Thanks! They did have the 54W HO bulbs at the...

Thanks!
They did have the 54W HO bulbs at the store (were out of NO)... this was the next question! that's what I am going to do: HO bulb it is.

Will open the panel and check on the ballast. I...
Forum: Lighting 03-16-2010, 09:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 10,463
Posted By f1ea
Thanks! I didnt know the fluorescents had...

Thanks!
I didnt know the fluorescents had little resistance.

However, when most people overdrive the NO... they are plugging 2 positives. There is much overdrive with just a little extra...
Forum: Lighting 03-16-2010, 06:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 10,463
Posted By f1ea
T5 bulbs have better penetration for the same...

T5 bulbs have better penetration for the same wattage than T8. So a T5 bulb even at the same output has better pentration.

I will be using NO T5 - 28W bulbs, so they will be driven by the 40W...
Forum: Lighting 03-16-2010, 03:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,255
Posted By f1ea
Great advice. Your siesta/broken...

Great advice.

Your siesta/broken photoperiod approach is just a reaction to some algae... its ok on low tech tanks with scarce CO2, but if you have good and constant Co2 input, you are only...
Forum: Lighting 03-15-2010, 07:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 10,463
Posted By f1ea
Yes, the sockets are different (and I think the...

Yes, the sockets are different (and I think the length as well). But changing the sockets is easier than getting a new ballast AND sockets just for the T5s.

So basicaly, if I can work out the...
Forum: Lighting 03-15-2010, 06:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 10,463
Posted By f1ea
Can i use T5 with a T8 ballast?

Hey all,

I have a 24" tall tank with 8x 4ft (32W) T8's. The ballasts i am using are 4x 40W... but i have a feeling the T8 is not reaching good enough at the Dwarf Hair Grass on the front. Also,...
Forum: Lighting 03-15-2010, 05:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,255
Posted By f1ea
More intensity is more wattage (or better...

More intensity is more wattage (or better efficiency).

But regarding HC, there's some 'proof' that it does not really need that much light intensity, but rather very good CO2. Not because it...
Forum: Algae 02-09-2010, 12:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 6,230
Posted By f1ea
H2O2 does very good against algae, and it doesn't...

H2O2 does very good against algae, and it doesn't cause much harm to fish or plants. Spot treatment up to a 2ml/Gal yield. Very good against BGA.

Also, Rosy barbs eat lots of hair algae, i think...
Forum: Aquascaping 01-29-2010, 04:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 839
Posted By f1ea
If you want to be really strict... use an odd...

If you want to be really strict... use an odd number of stones. Which means, lose one of your stones. I think you could take out the right-most in your #3 set up (because it looks a bit different...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-22-2010, 09:40 PM
Replies: 1,339
Views: 639,765
Posted By f1ea
This is my 200 Gal outdoor low tech tank: -...

This is my 200 Gal outdoor low tech tank:

- 1 WPG + Sunlight
- Excell only (no co2)
- Simple gravel substrate
Forum: Algae 11-21-2009, 11:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,510
Posted By f1ea
The reason i saked is because Maracyn at fish...

The reason i saked is because Maracyn at fish stores is super expensive... and considering its a 200 Gal i have to buy about 8 boxes $$!

Thanks for the tip on pharmacies and vet shops. Will try...
Forum: Algae 11-21-2009, 05:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,510
Posted By f1ea
Does MELAFIX and/or METHYLENE BLUE work to remove...

Does MELAFIX and/or METHYLENE BLUE work to remove BGA??
Forum: Algae 11-16-2009, 01:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,510
Posted By f1ea
Yes i notice the pics make the water look green,...

Yes i notice the pics make the water look green, but the water is clear enough it just looks like that because of the background and plants/shading. The algae i'm talking about carpets the substrate...
Forum: Algae 11-15-2009, 12:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,510
Posted By f1ea
Yes, the algae returns hours after removing...

Yes, the algae returns hours after removing it.... it also grows even more after WC's. It does seem to have low circulation on the bottom around the substrate (although some BGA does grow around the...
Forum: Algae 11-13-2009, 08:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,510
Posted By f1ea
Airstone(s) to help with BGA?

Hello all,
Hope someone can help me with my BGA issue. My tank's a 200 Gal plain gravel bottom. It is a low tech set up and i am currently dosing:

- 3% Glutaraldehyde, 10 ml daily
- KNO3, 1/5...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 11-11-2009, 11:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 523
Posted By f1ea
Not really, i figured it would be worth looking...

Not really, i figured it would be worth looking into because it would be easier to dose someting that includes macros+micros without having to keep a strict schedule of mixing different solutions.
...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 11-10-2009, 04:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 523
Posted By f1ea
Macros + Micros fert package question

Hello all,

This is probably an innocent question, but here it goes:
I have a (200G) planted tank (with fish!). So far, i am only dosing Excel and KNO3 daily. For 'showering' my terrestial plants...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-12-2009, 03:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 774
Posted By f1ea
I understood that when your source water was hard...

I understood that when your source water was hard (mine is KH 7, GH 13) you didnt need to add 'buffers'...

More or less in general, softwater fish like also lower pH. And ussually, softer water...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-11-2009, 07:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 774
Posted By f1ea
Nope, no limestone/shells....

I didnt add anything to the substrate. I didn't because my water is pretty hard to begin with (i have other tanks and in general they keep and even increase the hardness). For this one, i didnt want...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-11-2009, 02:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 774
Posted By f1ea
Thanks for the replies, I've known for a...

Thanks for the replies,

I've known for a while that my tap water (from a well) comes with lots of CO2; and that explains the rise in pH. What has left me puzzled is how come pH is rising even in...
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