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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   Today, 05:51 PM
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Posted By PlantedRich
But the bigger question may be ? Where is...

But the bigger question may be ?
Where is Darkblade? Isn't he the guy who insists that all posts are correct and not wasting any of the precious ones and zeros?

Please use the edit function...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   Today, 03:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 57
Posted By PlantedRich
When first starting is always a good time to get...

When first starting is always a good time to get caught short!
Yes, it is part of the game to have surprises like this. So things may/may not work out totally good as you want. But they will likely...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   Today, 03:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 356
Posted By PlantedRich
Good deal! We do tend to be a group who learns...

Good deal!
We do tend to be a group who learns it is good to look ahead but then we also seem to worry more than needed. From day to day, I seem to stumble around somewhere between "alert" and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   Today, 03:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 68
Posted By PlantedRich
I might see two things at work that change the...

I might see two things at work that change the answer. One is that the testing, even with a pen is not an exact answer and can be skewed at times.
Second is that it can sometimes depend on things...
Forum: Aquascaping   Today, 01:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 106
Posted By PlantedRich
AW, yes! I see the prob! Without a flat...

AW, yes! I see the prob!

Without a flat spot on the bottom it is tough to get it to set right. I fail to remember that I have tools and that makes it easier to get those flat spots.
Grin and...
Forum: Aquascaping   Yesterday, 10:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 106
Posted By PlantedRich
I use cheap slate tile for ease of drilling as...

I use cheap slate tile for ease of drilling as well as laying flat on the bottom out of sight. For putting wood to wood, glues, etc. can be very disappointing on some woods. As you have found, some...
Forum: Substrate   02-17-2017, 11:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 195
Posted By PlantedRich
I would assume that all rivers are different so...

I would assume that all rivers are different so the sand will also be different? Depends on what rocks are eroded and broken down to form the sand.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-17-2017, 11:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 98
Posted By PlantedRich
Part of the question is WHAT lava rock you have....

Part of the question is WHAT lava rock you have. Not all of it is the same, so the reaction in differing water may be somewhat different as well. Some lava rock is okay while others are not. Depends...
Forum: Equipment   02-17-2017, 07:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 162
Posted By PlantedRich
I'm building a slow interest in these pes, also....

I'm building a slow interest in these pes, also. Some things that appear to be good are obvious. One that I have in mind seems to be a bit of a question for me.
One thing that I know happens in my...
Forum: Equipment   02-17-2017, 04:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 198
Posted By PlantedRich
Does your filter have a valve, etc. that could be...

Does your filter have a valve, etc. that could be closed [part way to reduce the flow? I find spray bars can be a bit on nuisance and don't really like the result as they can work against what I'm...
Forum: Equipment   02-17-2017, 04:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 375
Posted By PlantedRich
Since drop checkers are just a different way to...

Since drop checkers are just a different way to measure PH (drop?) and we know that there are questions about keeping them filled with the correct fluid, I now wonder about a different method. Seems...
Forum: Fish   02-16-2017, 06:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 723
Posted By PlantedRich
There are lots of fish who may fit with lots of...

There are lots of fish who may fit with lots of plants. That leaves a pretty broad range but it does take some figuring out what we each want to see. I find I like the larger fish as they tend to be...
Forum: Equipment   02-16-2017, 03:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 152
Posted By PlantedRich
Quote: Now I have to decide if I want to use it...

Quote:
Now I have to decide if I want to use it with the 25W theo, or the little 10W 78F preset heater I have. I'm leaning towards the little guy since he'll take up less room and if there is ever a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-16-2017, 03:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 257
Posted By PlantedRich
Yes, that is my opinion, but keep in mind that it...

Yes, that is my opinion, but keep in mind that it can also be wrong. That would lead me to do it but with careful watching. Not much different than normal making a big change of any sort. Things...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-16-2017, 04:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 257
Posted By PlantedRich
Okay, with the added info, I might go with a...

Okay, with the added info, I might go with a different answer. You will have a good start on being a fully cycled tank and ready but that is only ready for the current load. So I might assume that...
Forum: Equipment   02-16-2017, 02:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 375
Posted By PlantedRich
Oh yeah! Now I remember! I have not been using a...

Oh yeah! Now I remember! I have not been using a drop checker but have been on a PH controller but now I remember why! The drop checker never really gave me good info. My fish go belly up long before...
Forum: Equipment   02-15-2017, 11:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 152
Posted By PlantedRich
The numbers on heaters are generally very...

The numbers on heaters are generally very "questionable"? I never expect them to be accurate until proven. But if you have them turned down fully, you may need to check further as heaters, especially...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-15-2017, 08:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 150
Posted By PlantedRich
On the other hand it might also be a poorman's...

On the other hand it might also be a poorman's version of Texas holey rock?
Which particular name is applied, they are both speaking of what I call eroded limestone. The soft spots or bubbles wash...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-15-2017, 07:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 257
Posted By PlantedRich
I would say a ten is good size for those fish but...

I would say a ten is good size for those fish but I would want to help avoid possible trouble by doing a fishless cycle. The idea of fishless cycle is that it DOES build a super large colony to meet...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   02-15-2017, 04:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 206
Posted By PlantedRich
In my experience, this is setup where there will...

In my experience, this is setup where there will be a quite a lot of competing ideas if a group is involved. With the competing ideas, there will probably be a fair amount of "stir" in the tank setup...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-15-2017, 04:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 356
Posted By PlantedRich
Truth is your fish hate you anyway but most can...

Truth is your fish hate you anyway but most can be bought for the price of fish food!!
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-15-2017, 04:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 356
Posted By PlantedRich
I said "grind" but I might start with a wire...

I said "grind" but I might start with a wire brush head if handy and work up to grind if needed?
I find lots of uses for tools if they are on hand but may never think of the use before.
Forum: Equipment   02-15-2017, 03:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 375
Posted By PlantedRich
This may be a borderline self promo for you but...

This may be a borderline self promo for you but since it is not you asking, can I do it anyway? I find doing business with you has been a good deal so may I ask which drop checker you favor and what...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-15-2017, 03:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 356
Posted By PlantedRich
I've not found that one either.

I've not found that one either.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-15-2017, 03:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 102
Posted By PlantedRich
There does seem to be a bit of nonsense in this...

There does seem to be a bit of nonsense in this info.
Any thoughts on the difference between water pumped out of the ground from a well and spring water which comes to the surface by itself?
Odds...
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