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Forum: Fish Today, 03:22 AM
Replies: 2
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Posted By Hoppy
Isn't the gold gourami a color version of a dwarf...

Isn't the gold gourami a color version of a dwarf gourami? If so, they should get together as well as any two dwarf gouramis.

Google, google!! I just learned that the gold gourami is a color...
Forum: Lighting 08-01-2015, 03:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 242
Posted By Hoppy
You can use ordinary reasoning to eliminate some...

You can use ordinary reasoning to eliminate some possible configurations, such as keeping all of the red LEDs together, all of the blue LEDs together, etc. And, since almost all of the LEDs we use...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-01-2015, 03:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 154
Posted By Hoppy
Ripariums have both aquatic plants and...

Ripariums have both aquatic plants and terrestrial "swamp" plants, which grow with the roots in the water. The latter plants include many which are also used as "house plants", much cheaper than...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-01-2015, 03:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 301
Posted By Hoppy
I just read the book a few weeks ago. It is, as...

I just read the book a few weeks ago. It is, as you said, primarily a book about how to have a planted tank with little, to no routine maintenance, with low light, a soil substrate, and no...
Forum: DIY 07-31-2015, 10:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 248
Posted By Hoppy
It is possible to modify any cabinet to make it...

It is possible to modify any cabinet to make it strong and stable enough to hold an aquarium, but it could be more work, and almost as much cost, as making a stand from the ground up. It is worth...
Forum: DIY 07-31-2015, 10:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 261
Posted By Hoppy
A CO2 controller just maintains a constant pH of...

A CO2 controller just maintains a constant pH of the water, not necessarily a constant ppm of CO2. KH can slowly decrease or increase, changing the ppm of CO2 when you keep the pH constant. The pH...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-31-2015, 10:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 513
Posted By Hoppy
I'm often surprised that I made it through my...

I'm often surprised that I made it through my 20's:hihi:
Forum: Lighting 07-31-2015, 10:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 242
Posted By Hoppy
That is similar to asking whether blondes have...

That is similar to asking whether blondes have more fun than brunettes. It is a subjective thing, not absolute.
Forum: Lighting 07-31-2015, 09:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 123
Posted By Hoppy
It is one thing to guess the PAR at a different...

It is one thing to guess the PAR at a different distance when the light is out in the air, but much different when the light is over a water filled tank. The light is reflected back into the tank by...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-31-2015, 09:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 494
Posted By Hoppy
CO2 is not basically candy for the plants. It is...

CO2 is not basically candy for the plants. It is basically carbohydrates for the plants! Carbon is the most needed of all of the nutrients, since plant mass is made up of carbon more than anything...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-31-2015, 09:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 823
Posted By Hoppy
A "heavily planted" tank might have 4 times the...

A "heavily planted" tank might have 4 times the plant mass as a non "heavily planted" tank. So, if all else was equal the "heavily planted" tank would use 4 times as much CO2 as the other tank. ...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-31-2015, 09:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 598
Posted By Hoppy
With reasonable loads of fish in the tank, and...

With reasonable loads of fish in the tank, and with a heavily planted tank, the plants can use most of the ammonia from the fish as plant food. Just look at how much KNO3 we routinely add to the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-28-2015, 09:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 214
Posted By Hoppy
You can buy potassium sulfate, as well as all of...

You can buy potassium sulfate, as well as all of the other needed fertillizing chemicals from http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=898001&highlight= And, there are other online stores...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-28-2015, 09:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 224
Posted By Hoppy
To save money on fertilizers just buy the basic...

To save money on fertilizers just buy the basic chemicals that are needed for NPK dosing, potassium nitrate, for nitrogen and potassium, mono potassium phosphate, for phosphorous, and possibly...
Forum: Substrate 07-28-2015, 09:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 125
Posted By Hoppy
Since you are in Australia you probably have...

Since you are in Australia you probably have access to several of the Chinese made substrate materials comparable to ADA Aquasoil. Those are likely to be the best choice you could make. Eco...
Forum: Substrate 07-28-2015, 09:10 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,304
Posted By Hoppy
"Mineralizing" means converting the organic...

"Mineralizing" means converting the organic nitrogen into inorganic nitrogen (nitrates). "Topsoil" is the mix of sand, clay, and humus that are the top few inches of any soil where plants have been...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-28-2015, 05:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 411
Posted By Hoppy
Soil, as a source of nutrients, can last a long...

Soil, as a source of nutrients, can last a long time with low light, but it isn't going to work out well for very long with high light. What lighting are you using, what model lighting fixture,...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-28-2015, 05:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 232
Posted By Hoppy
Dirt doesn't leach ammonia like ADA Aquasoil did...

Dirt doesn't leach ammonia like ADA Aquasoil did before they improved it. I agree that you might get better results with some KNO3 fertilizing. I also think that using Excel or Metricide can do...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-28-2015, 05:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 706
Posted By Hoppy
A drilled tank, with the hole near the top of the...

A drilled tank, with the hole near the top of the tank, can easily be set up with an overflow in the hole, so you can set up a semi-automatic water change system. I had that for awhile, set up with...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-28-2015, 05:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 557
Posted By Hoppy
As a general answer to your question, I would aim...

As a general answer to your question, I would aim for 30-35 PAR maximum, for a low light tank, using Excel/Metricide, but not CO2. It is certainly possible that you could get good results with 40-45...
Forum: Plants 07-28-2015, 05:18 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,474
Posted By Hoppy
I agree! This was a very interesting experiment,...

I agree! This was a very interesting experiment, with results not quite what I expected. An obvious difference between the two sides is the bigger sword plant growth, even though the left side...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-22-2015, 05:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 405
Posted By Hoppy
A good 2 bulb T8 light fixture can give you...

A good 2 bulb T8 light fixture can give you around 50-60 PAR on a 55 gallon tank. That is enough light that you have to be dosing NPK and trace elements or the plants will not have enough nutrients...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-21-2015, 05:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 572
Posted By Hoppy
When you have CO2 and bicarbonates in water the...

When you have CO2 and bicarbonates in water the pH will be what the ppm of CO2 in the water and the ppm of bicarbonates in the water dictate. That relationship breaks down when the pH is below a...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-21-2015, 05:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 730
Posted By Hoppy
I think you will find that most of us just dump...

I think you will find that most of us just dump in the Excel dosage and have no problems from doing so. The glutaraldehyde in Excel is very dilute to start with, and becomes even more dilute almost...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-21-2015, 05:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 189
Posted By Hoppy
You should be getting about 25 PAR with that...

You should be getting about 25 PAR with that light, which is at the low end of low light. (See http://current-usa.com/aquarium-led-lights/satellite-led-fixtures/satellite-freshwater-led-plus/ ) You...
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