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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-04-2014, 04:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 169
Posted By Smeagol
Did Seachem change Flourish Comprehensive?

What color is Flourish Comprehensive supposed to be? The first bottle that I bought, the liquid was very dark brown, almost black. I just opened a new bottle and it's a light amber color, similar...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-22-2014, 11:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 363
Posted By Smeagol
It takes a few weeks for them to arrive; but they...

It takes a few weeks for them to arrive; but they are super cheap so order two. That way if you break one, you won't have to wait a month for a replacement.
Forum: Equipment 05-22-2014, 11:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 509
Posted By Smeagol
Yep, water evaporates quickly. I have to refill...

Yep, water evaporates quickly. I have to refill my bubble counter every 3-4 weeks. Still, I'm sticking with water. Paid too much for my regulator and inline diffusor to risk getting oil in either...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-22-2014, 10:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 781
Posted By Smeagol
I got my 55g at the Petco $1/gallon sale. So far...

I got my 55g at the Petco $1/gallon sale. So far no problems, no complaints. I hardly notice the tank. I notice what's inside the tank.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-15-2014, 01:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 279
Posted By Smeagol
What is CSM+B

I recently switched from Flourish Comprehensive to Plantex CSM+B for my micros. What exactly is CSM+B? Does it have substantial iron content or should I dose an iron supplement as well?
Forum: Lighting 05-15-2014, 01:08 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 848
Posted By Smeagol
Ray, where did you hear that the Planted+ has the...

Ray, where did you hear that the Planted+ has the same PAR as the FugeRay?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-15-2014, 12:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 205
Posted By Smeagol
What's the difference between diatoms and brown...

What's the difference between diatoms and brown algae?
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-12-2014, 09:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 282
Posted By Smeagol
So should I not even bother any more with charts...

So should I not even bother any more with charts and tests and drop checkers, etc., and just let the fish be the judge?
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-12-2014, 01:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 282
Posted By Smeagol
CO2 chart vs. Fish

My pH is 6.5 and my KH is 4 deg. This puts my CO2 at 37.9 ppm, according to the chart. Why aren't my fish gasping for air?
Forum: Plants 05-11-2014, 11:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,524
Posted By Smeagol
A few more questions.... 1) What's the best...

A few more questions....

1) What's the best way to rinse off the gel that the PetSmart plants are rooted in?

2) How far apart should I plant Staurogyne repense stems?

3) What happened to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-11-2014, 11:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 450
Posted By Smeagol
The fine Pinsettes from GLA. They are pricey,...

The fine Pinsettes from GLA. They are pricey, but worth every penny.
Forum: Plants 05-11-2014, 03:38 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,524
Posted By Smeagol
I'm thinking about trying the S. repens. Can you...

I'm thinking about trying the S. repens. Can you be more specific about your lighting? What are you considering to be "high light"?
Forum: Plants 05-10-2014, 05:30 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,524
Posted By Smeagol
I'm batting .500 with the PetSmart plants. I had...

I'm batting .500 with the PetSmart plants. I had Java Ferns that did extremely well. And I had an Amazon Sword that did not do well. I'm considering trying the S. repens or the dhc at some point...
Forum: Plants 05-10-2014, 05:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 435
Posted By Smeagol
What exactly do you mean by "shock it"? I've been...

What exactly do you mean by "shock it"? I've been trimming my glosso about every other week, trying to get it to carpet. After each trimming it would grow back pretty fast, but after the most recent...
Forum: Equipment 05-10-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 751
Posted By Smeagol
I've always thought that "bubble counters" are...

I've always thought that "bubble counters" are mis-named. I mean, they don't actually count the bubbles. They just let you see the bubbles. You have to count them yourself. They should be called...
Forum: Fish 05-10-2014, 01:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 271
Posted By Smeagol
I don't have a lid. I used to have floating water...

I don't have a lid. I used to have floating water sprite, but I got rid of it a couple months ago. I've had the 6 Harlequins in my tank for a bout a year and a half. They are very active, but they...
Forum: Equipment 05-10-2014, 01:00 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 751
Posted By Smeagol
Yes, exactly. And good quality ones.

Yes, exactly. And good quality ones.
Forum: Equipment 05-10-2014, 12:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 525
Posted By Smeagol
Yes, I get bubbles of various sizes coming out of...

Yes, I get bubbles of various sizes coming out of the spraybar. Even the biggest ones are pretty small. And the smallest ones are so small that you have to look really hard just to be able to see...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-09-2014, 04:13 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 206
Posted By Smeagol
Maybe if you explain a little more what you have...

Maybe if you explain a little more what you have in mind it would help others to know what kind of advice to give..... For example, what kind of tank do you have in mind? Iwagumi style, or Dutch...
Forum: Plants 05-09-2014, 04:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 373
Posted By Smeagol
Please post an update after you trim, and let us...

Please post an update after you trim, and let us know how things progress. I am also currently struggling to get my Glosso to carpet. Can't figure out what I'm doing wrong.....
Forum: Fish 05-09-2014, 04:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 271
Posted By Smeagol
I have 6 Harlequins in my 20g. They spar like...

I have 6 Harlequins in my 20g. They spar like that quite frequently. I always assumed that it's a kind of dominance ritual, that they are sorting out their "pecking order." I've never had any jump...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-09-2014, 03:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 218
Posted By Smeagol
I have two cylinders so I always have one filled...

I have two cylinders so I always have one filled and ready to go.
Forum: Equipment 05-09-2014, 03:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 751
Posted By Smeagol
I recommend paying a little extra and getting a...

I recommend paying a little extra and getting a good high-quality check valve for your CO2 line. Don't use the cheap ones they sell at the major pet stores. They aren't super reliable. And you...
Forum: Equipment 05-09-2014, 03:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 525
Posted By Smeagol
I use the GLA Atomic inline diffuser with an...

I use the GLA Atomic inline diffuser with an Eheim 2217 on a 55g. I have the pressure set at 35 psi, and the bubbles in my bubble counter are too fast to count. With those settings, I get lots of...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-09-2014, 03:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 659
Posted By Smeagol
I find the API Ammonia and Nitrite tests to be...

I find the API Ammonia and Nitrite tests to be reliable. They have never steered me wrong. On the other hand, the Nitrate and Phosphate tests continue to cause me no end of aggravation. The problem...
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