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Forum: Algae Today, 06:01 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,386
Posted By Hoppy
I just had a green water problem with my 2 months...

I just had a green water problem with my 2 months old tank set up. I wrapped the tank with black garbage bags, so it was covered everywhere with at least 2 layers of the plastic. After 3 days,...
Forum: DIY 12-16-2014, 09:42 PM
Replies: 606
Views: 228,134
Posted By Hoppy
Very classy! And the proportions look perfect. ...

Very classy! And the proportions look perfect. But, I just happen to love maple as a material for furniture.
Forum: Lighting 12-16-2014, 05:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 603
Posted By Hoppy
I think it is safe to say that few of those who...

I think it is safe to say that few of those who are able to manage PAR levels (at the substrate) of 100+ are asking questions on this forum, and most are not even reading here. They are experienced...
Forum: Lighting 12-16-2014, 05:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 318
Posted By Hoppy
The Ray2 produces more PAR than the Planted Plus,...

The Ray2 produces more PAR than the Planted Plus, but Finnex has yet to have the PAR from a Planted Plus measured with a good enough PAR meter to accurately measure it - with the added 660 nm (red)...
Forum: Lighting 12-16-2014, 05:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 193
Posted By Hoppy
If your substrate is not loaded with nutrients...

If your substrate is not loaded with nutrients you need to fertilize whenever you want the plants to grow, which is almost always the first day they are in the tank. Your tank looks like it might...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 12-16-2014, 05:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 377
Posted By Hoppy
3 psi is too low for the output from the...

3 psi is too low for the output from the regulator. That regulator should be regulating the pressure to at least 10 psi, and 20 psi tends to work better. It is the needle valve that regulates the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 12-16-2014, 05:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 191
Posted By Hoppy
If your tank is normal, in an environment with...

If your tank is normal, in an environment with normal atmospheric CO2, you probably have about 3 ppm of CO2 from the air before you add any from your CO2 system. If you lower the pH by 1.0 with the...
Forum: Lighting 12-15-2014, 12:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,586
Posted By Hoppy
No, I have recently moved to an apartment, so we...

No, I have recently moved to an apartment, so we are still getting settled in, and I haven't had the time to play around with a PAR meter yet. But, I will get to it eventually.
Forum: Lighting 12-15-2014, 12:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 145
Posted By Hoppy
A fiber optic bundle does not amplify the light. ...

A fiber optic bundle does not amplify the light. If you use one square foot of fiber optics and have the other ends all in a one square foot array over your reading chair, you get a little less than...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-15-2014, 12:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 384
Posted By Hoppy
That is called a reverse flow under gravel...

That is called a reverse flow under gravel filter. It works fine, as long as you have enough gravel/sand on top of the pipes. I used it in a couple of tanks and had no problems with it. But I also...
Forum: Lighting 12-13-2014, 11:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 603
Posted By Hoppy
At 12 inches to the substrate you have high...

At 12 inches to the substrate you have high light, possibly higher than it is possible to provide adequate CO2 to the plants. The Fugeray alone would give you about 40-45 PAR, and the Planted plus...
Forum: Lighting 12-13-2014, 05:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 603
Posted By Hoppy
So, the lights are 22-24 inches above the...

So, the lights are 22-24 inches above the substrate? At that distance a Planted Plus gives you 20+ PAR and the Fugeray gives you about the same, so the two together should give you 40+ PAR, or low...
Forum: Lighting 12-13-2014, 02:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 603
Posted By Hoppy
It isn't how far above the water the light is...

It isn't how far above the water the light is that counts, it is how far above the substrate. Actually, it is more about how far the light is from the plants you are growing, but you can...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 12-13-2014, 12:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 346
Posted By Hoppy
That means you can't increase the bubble rate...

That means you can't increase the bubble rate anymore, unless you also do something to increase the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water. But, it doesn't mean you have adequate CO2 for the amount...
Forum: Lighting 12-12-2014, 06:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 315
Posted By Hoppy
The light intensity in a planted tank, which is...

The light intensity in a planted tank, which is lighted by anything other than sunlight, varies greatly from one spot to another in the tank. The closer to the water surface, the higher the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 12-12-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 211
Posted By Hoppy
That pH change is trivial as far as its effects...

That pH change is trivial as far as its effects on the aquarium are concerned. If you are just curious about why this happens, I think you would need to monitor the KH with equal accuracy to be sure.
Forum: Lighting 12-11-2014, 06:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 162
Posted By Hoppy
I just left my light off - it failed - for 3...

I just left my light off - it failed - for 3 days. The plants look fine now that I have a new light working.
Forum: Lighting 12-11-2014, 06:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 315
Posted By Hoppy
For most aquarium light sources you can divide a...

For most aquarium light sources you can divide a lux reading by about 70-76 and get a reasonable estimate of PAR. When you have LED lights with a lot of the light coming from the near UV and near IR...
Forum: Algae 12-11-2014, 05:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 329
Posted By Hoppy
The UV sterilizer isn't doing much for the algae,...

The UV sterilizer isn't doing much for the algae, but it should help in keeping the water crystal clear, by killing off bacteria.
Forum: Lighting 12-11-2014, 06:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,586
Posted By Hoppy
The original Finnex lights didn't have much red...

The original Finnex lights didn't have much red light in the spectra. For those an Apogee PAR meter was pretty accurate for measuring the PAR. But, the planted plus does have a substantial amount...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 12-11-2014, 06:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 346
Posted By Hoppy
You can't adjust the CO2 by the KH/pH method. ...

You can't adjust the CO2 by the KH/pH method. That method will almost always make you think you have more CO2 in the water than you really do. A better, but not perfect method is to use a drop...
Forum: Algae 12-11-2014, 05:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 416
Posted By Hoppy
When you have more than low light, as you have,...

When you have more than low light, as you have, DIY CO2 will usually lead to BBA, because of the inconsistency of the concentration of CO2 in the water. You can add Excel to your fertilizing, dosing...
Forum: Algae 12-11-2014, 05:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 329
Posted By Hoppy
Most likely your phosphate test kit is giving you...

Most likely your phosphate test kit is giving you a bad reading, or you are not following the directions well enough. You are dosing phosphates, KH2PO4, so you should expect to have phosphates in...
Forum: DIY 12-10-2014, 05:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 556
Posted By Hoppy
He is using a lifting actuator, not a lifting...

He is using a lifting actuator, not a lifting strut like on a car tailgate. The actuator moves the hood up and down, and the tubular supports keep it located where it belongs and resist the bending...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 12-10-2014, 04:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 262
Posted By Hoppy
No, I'm not an expert, just someone who has given...

No, I'm not an expert, just someone who has given the lighting problem a lot of thought.

As best I can tell the Planted Plus will give you something around 30 PAR at about 17 inches, probably a...
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