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Forum: Tank Journals   Today, 03:06 AM
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Posted By ipkiss
2017-03 Well, I got over that last look...

2017-03

Well, I got over that last look fast. I just couldn't get used to the overbearing size of that huge java fern, I felt that it made the tank so much smaller and sort of reduced the whole...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   03-21-2017, 08:10 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,018
Posted By ipkiss
Fair enough. Have you seen the cerges type diy...

Fair enough. Have you seen the cerges type diy reactors that people build out of water filter housings? You can get whatever fittings/adapters you need to fit the hoses that you have.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   03-21-2017, 01:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,018
Posted By ipkiss
Hi! This may be out of left field, and I...

Hi!

This may be out of left field, and I won't discount whether it may or may not be a toxicity issue.. that's beyond me. However, I was wondering why you went from a reactor to a diffuser. I...
Forum: Tank Journals   03-17-2017, 06:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,724
Posted By ipkiss
Thanks, glad it entertained! ...

Thanks, glad it entertained!




That's the loebelia cardinalis (cardinal plant)! Who knew it would take that form after being laying on top and being super fed with EI/CO2/tons of light. ...
Forum: Tank Journals   03-17-2017, 04:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,724
Posted By ipkiss
2017 update

Greetings All!

It seems like it's time for an annual update to this journal*cough* memoir .. biannual, biennial? I guess it's shaping up to be the latter. Is it still a memoir if you're...
Forum: Tank Journals   03-07-2017, 02:43 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,918
Posted By ipkiss
I literally laughed out loud for your old ladies...

I literally laughed out loud for your old ladies and gloomy mug comment. Love your writing style and attitude. Your tank start isn't bad, either. :smile2: You'll be okay.
Forum: Algae   03-06-2017, 08:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 250
Posted By ipkiss
+1 to this if it helps to convince you to take a...

+1 to this if it helps to convince you to take a look at your lighting situation again.

and... some people will say you need to add more plants, but seeing that you're trying to achieve a...
Forum: Algae   03-06-2017, 08:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 184
Posted By ipkiss
What kind of CO2? DIY with yeast and sugar? ...

What kind of CO2? DIY with yeast and sugar? I've heard/seen of weird things flowing out of those if the mix is not done right or got contaminated. If you're doing pressurized, then ignore that...
Forum: Algae   03-06-2017, 08:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 252
Posted By ipkiss
I would haphazard a guess that you're pushing...

I would haphazard a guess that you're pushing those plants too hard with the light(s) that you have. What size is the tank?

However, merely saying that you have too much light would be...
Forum: Algae   03-06-2017, 07:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 219
Posted By ipkiss
Though you did not explicitly say so, I'd assume...

Though you did not explicitly say so, I'd assume you'd like to know how to get rid/prevent it too? If that's the case, is that sunlight I spy coming through the blinds behind the tank? I don't...
Forum: Algae   03-06-2017, 07:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 709
Posted By ipkiss
Amongst other things, this is probably your...

Amongst other things, this is probably your biggest culprit.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   03-01-2017, 09:05 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,906
Posted By ipkiss
pfft, if I SAW a shrimp like that, I would . .....

pfft, if I SAW a shrimp like that, I would . .. hope/pray it lets ME go!
Forum: Low Tech Forum   03-01-2017, 08:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 975
Posted By ipkiss
Why do you not want to dose? Seems too tedious? ...

Why do you not want to dose? Seems too tedious? too complicated to figure out how to dose? Well, I'd like to recommend that you should look at that first. Please spend some time skimming this: ...
Forum: Algae   02-27-2017, 03:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 263
Posted By ipkiss
I would echo the sentiments above about less...

I would echo the sentiments above about less light, but I would also like to stress patience. Within those 3 months, you've probably been doing too many different things to the point of where your...
Forum: Algae   02-27-2017, 03:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 446
Posted By ipkiss
I would point to your light, but that's just me. ...

I would point to your light, but that's just me. Maybe an over simplistic view, but over many years, I've been browbeaten to always reduce light first.
Forum: Algae   02-27-2017, 03:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 783
Posted By ipkiss
This... is probably the best and most effective...

This... is probably the best and most effective thing you can do. AND wait!! weeks even.

Your light is very powerful for a 20G. If their site is right, Aqualife & Plant Performance LED |...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   09-02-2016, 03:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 214
Posted By ipkiss
Repurposed Dosing Bottles (Bonus: Free Coffee)

So there's this craze for cold brew coffee going around and my local grocery store (publix) started selling a brand that used these contraptions as a container.
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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   07-26-2016, 08:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 522
Posted By ipkiss
Estimative Index (EI) is usually done every other...

Estimative Index (EI) is usually done every other day, alternating between macros and micros. EI Daily is an attempt to cut Estimative Index to daily amounts -- you would dose both macros and...
Forum: Plants   07-19-2016, 05:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 728
Posted By ipkiss
Find some time, grab a beverage, and give this a...

Find some time, grab a beverage, and give this a read:

Darkblade's Primer to Planted Tanks (http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/26-planted-tank-faq/107303-diy-co2-newbie-setup.html#2)
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   07-19-2016, 05:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 675
Posted By ipkiss
If you like your old lights, keep your old...

If you like your old lights, keep your old lights. Don't get yourself so caught up with the lighting. See first line of signature of poster right above me. There's so much truth to that, so don't...
Forum: Algae   07-18-2016, 02:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,210
Posted By ipkiss
:thumbsup: +3 .. and 4 even if I can vote twice. ...

:thumbsup: +3 .. and 4 even if I can vote twice. Do whatever you have to do to cut down the intensity, the length, or both, but I believe it's almost always too much light. Lighting is just too...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   01-14-2016, 04:34 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,740
Posted By ipkiss
Thanks for this Zorfox! I see you changed your...

Thanks for this Zorfox! I see you changed your mind about the windows version since then! I've been under a rock and didn't discover this until now (on v1.0.7). It's very handy and it does...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   12-15-2015, 09:00 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,684
Posted By ipkiss
how about a wabi kusa setup like this guy? ...

how about a wabi kusa setup like this guy?

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/100-low-tech-forum/167698-my-wabi-kusa-paladurium.html

or these...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   10-25-2015, 04:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 801
Posted By ipkiss
My recent high tech tanks have been medium to major failures.

Yeah. Insult to injury. Like its "laffing" at us. Be like. Thanks for the great growing environment!
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   10-25-2015, 09:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 801
Posted By ipkiss
My recent high tech tanks have been medium to major failures.

You'd probably not like my answer. But. Less light. Less intensity, less time, or both.

Light denial is rough. I've been there and I still have to actively stymie my desires to turn it up. I...
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