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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-28-2015, 09:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 148
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: 199
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: 100
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: 30
Views: 932
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: 324
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: 189
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: 15
Views: 501
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: 427
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: 62
Views: 4,146
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: 392
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: 17
Views: 366
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: 20
Views: 643
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: 176
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...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-21-2015, 04:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 291
Posted By Hoppy
I heard that the American Psychiatric Association...

I heard that the American Psychiatric Association has accepted MTS as a legitimate condition, with no known cure. Sorry about that.:tongue:
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-21-2015, 04:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 307
Posted By Hoppy
They are between 5 and 20 ppm, in my opinion. ...

They are between 5 and 20 ppm, in my opinion. That range is fine for a planted tank.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-20-2015, 04:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 643
Posted By Hoppy
Excel isn't CO2, and doesn't become CO2. It is...

Excel isn't CO2, and doesn't become CO2. It is an organic compound that plants can use to get more carbon than they would have from just the atmospheric CO2 dissolved in the water. Way too many...
Forum: Algae 07-20-2015, 03:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 459
Posted By Hoppy
When I had a curved front tank I still used a...

When I had a curved front tank I still used a credit card to scrape it. Credit cards work great for that job - Platinum cards, of course, work the best, which is why they call them platinum.:hihi:
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-20-2015, 03:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 464
Posted By Hoppy
That 1.2 drop in pH corresponds to about a 15...

That 1.2 drop in pH corresponds to about a 15 times increase in CO2. If you start at 3 ppm, in the degassed water, you would have about 45 ppm of CO2. Unless you have very good water circulation,...
Forum: Lighting 07-20-2015, 03:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 563
Posted By Hoppy
I use my Planted Plus light on a 65 gallon tank,...

I use my Planted Plus light on a 65 gallon tank, which is also 24 inches tall. I have it about 3 inches or so above the top of the tank, 25 inches from the substrate, and I get about 30-35 PAR,...
Forum: Lighting 07-19-2015, 04:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 563
Posted By Hoppy
Light doesn't "punch thru" neither air nor water....

Light doesn't "punch thru" neither air nor water. Light is radiation that reduces in intensity proportional to one divided by the square of the distance from the light. If the light passes through...
Forum: Lighting 07-19-2015, 04:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 173
Posted By Hoppy
Finnex Planted Plus is a specific light fixture -...

Finnex Planted Plus is a specific light fixture - there aren't any varieties of it. The FugeRay is another specific light fixture, very different from the Planted Plus. The Ray2 is still another,...
Forum: Lighting 07-19-2015, 04:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 291
Posted By Hoppy
Yes, it is ordinary window screen. I got it at...

Yes, it is ordinary window screen. I got it at Home Depot, labeled "Insect Screen" There is more than one color, but I tested just the gray color. One layer leaves you with 60% intensity, 2 layers...
Forum: DIY 07-18-2015, 06:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 455
Posted By Hoppy
No reputable CO2 seller would put CO2 into a...

No reputable CO2 seller would put CO2 into a bottle that has not been pressure tested first. In fact it is illegal to do so. CO2 bottles will routinely be at about 700-800 psi, and will go even...
Forum: Lighting 07-18-2015, 06:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 563
Posted By Hoppy
I can't answer your question, but I can tell you...

I can't answer your question, but I can tell you that dwarf baby tears, HC, require good CO2 to grow well. So, unless you plan on using a pressurized CO2 system you should forget trying HC.
Forum: Lighting 07-18-2015, 06:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 291
Posted By Hoppy
One of the easy ways to cut the intensity is to...

One of the easy ways to cut the intensity is to put a layer of ordinary fiberglass window screen between the light and the tank. It can be attached to the top of the tank, attached to the bottom of...
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