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Forum: Lighting 11-29-2012, 03:40 AM
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Posted By offpath
My experience with Nova Extreme lights is that...

My experience with Nova Extreme lights is that they put out roughly 1/2 as much light as what Hoppy's charts predicts for a good T5HO fixture. I'm guessing you won't have enough lighting with that...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-10-2011, 12:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,749
Posted By offpath
I keep discus in my display tank, and when I...

I keep discus in my display tank, and when I first cranked up the temp to 82F, I saw significant melt on pretty much all of my plants, but most of them recovered after a month or two of adjusting. I...
Forum: Lighting 04-14-2011, 02:07 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,669
Posted By offpath
I have a Nova Extreme 2xT5HO over my 20 gallon...

I have a Nova Extreme 2xT5HO over my 20 gallon high tank, roughly 17" above the substrate, and I get ~45 mms at the substrate, which is roughly half of what I would expect given Hoppy's charts. Given...
Forum: Lighting 02-25-2011, 10:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 874
Posted By offpath
So I'm actually going to offer a differing...

So I'm actually going to offer a differing opinion. Current USA fixtures have absolutely terrible reflectors, in my limited experience. I have a 2-bulb T5HO fixture on the stock legs over my 20...
Forum: Lighting 02-23-2011, 02:10 AM
Replies: 775
Views: 193,777
Posted By offpath
Catalina will also build custom fixtures. I...

Catalina will also build custom fixtures. I bought one from them a while back for my 210 gallon tank, and I found that with the reflectors and bulbs that they use for their custom builds, I have...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-18-2011, 10:32 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,291
Posted By offpath
It gets converted to NO3 by bacteria, not...

It gets converted to NO3 by bacteria, not "destroyed by oxygen." Maybe your point was simply that bacteria needs O2 to do this? Well, sure, but not a whole lot. Think about it, 1ppm of ammonia would...
Forum: Substrate 02-13-2011, 10:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 602
Posted By offpath
When I was doing my first MTS tank, I went to...

When I was doing my first MTS tank, I went to Michaels here in the states, and they didn't have any clays that would be usable in a tank--all of them were polymers. Not sure if it would be different...
Forum: Lighting 02-02-2011, 02:09 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,564
Posted By offpath
I got a custom lighting setup from catalina and...

I got a custom lighting setup from catalina and was very impressed. Grabbed a PAR meter just the other day and confirmed that the numbers were slightly above what would be predicted by the charts in...
Forum: Equipment 01-28-2011, 10:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 682
Posted By offpath
I actually ordered 3 of the Waterplant ones off...

I actually ordered 3 of the Waterplant ones off of GLA recently and Orlando called me to tell me that their most recent shipment had a ton of damaged ones and that he could only send me one until...
Forum: Plants 01-28-2011, 07:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,742
Posted By offpath
I use this on anubias as well. Looks ugly at...

I use this on anubias as well. Looks ugly at first, but the superglue dissolves away over a few weeks or a month. I use quite a bit of superglue and have not noticed any ill effects on health or...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-21-2011, 07:52 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 745
Posted By offpath
Nitrates are nitrates. It's the same NO3- whether...

Nitrates are nitrates. It's the same NO3- whether it comes from the nitrogen cycle or dosed as a dry fertilizer. That being said, I would also recommend doing a good WC, particularly if you're using...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-15-2011, 05:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 524
Posted By offpath
For the life of me, I can't seem to parse out the...

For the life of me, I can't seem to parse out the double negative in your question. But the short answer is that you have way too much light, and no, low light plants like anubias or crypts tend to...
Forum: Aquascaping 01-05-2011, 02:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,704
Posted By offpath
Just go to Lowes, Home Depot, or your local craft...

Just go to Lowes, Home Depot, or your local craft store. It's like $5 per sheet.
Forum: Plants 01-01-2011, 10:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,394
Posted By offpath
If you do wind up buying more fertilizers for...

If you do wind up buying more fertilizers for your tank, you might consider buying dry ferts. They'll be much cheaper in the long run. Should be some good info in the fertilizers section of this...
Forum: Plants 01-01-2011, 11:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,394
Posted By offpath
Just double checking, but you're not burying the...

Just double checking, but you're not burying the rhizome in the substrate, right?

If it's not a rhizome issue, my hunch is it's a lack of macronutrients. I'm not too familiar with Flourish or...
Forum: Substrate 12-07-2010, 02:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 624
Posted By offpath
When you bake it, you're using the heat instead...

When you bake it, you're using the heat instead of the bacteria to break down the organics.
Forum: Lighting 12-04-2010, 11:37 PM
Replies: 775
Views: 193,777
Posted By offpath
If you look at the chart on the very first post...

If you look at the chart on the very first post of this thread, you'll see that 1 T5HO 14" above the substrate should be about 130 micromols of PAR, which above the range that Hoppy has listed as...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-29-2010, 03:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 499
Posted By offpath
Carbon doesn't remove nitrates from the water and...

Carbon doesn't remove nitrates from the water and isn't harmful to plants. For tannins, however, my personal experience is that Purigen works better and lasts longer than carbon.
Forum: Lighting 10-27-2010, 01:54 AM
Replies: 775
Views: 193,777
Posted By offpath
Raising the light higher off the top of the tank...

Raising the light higher off the top of the tank and increasing the intensity to compensate will give you much more even lighting. Here's a recent thread discussing exactly this:...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-25-2010, 07:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 945
Posted By offpath
7.6 is not really all that high for pH. I'm not...

7.6 is not really all that high for pH. I'm not an expert, but I have almost identical pH, KH, and GH as yours and my plants and fish all do fine. =)
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-25-2010, 07:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 416
Posted By offpath
Your pH is likely fine, as long as it doesn't...

Your pH is likely fine, as long as it doesn't shift drastically. If it does, you may want to check your KH. I would avoid things like pH Up for precisely the reason you articulate. If you find your...
Forum: Substrate 10-21-2010, 12:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 694
Posted By offpath
Speaking as someone who did this the first time I...

Speaking as someone who did this the first time I tried mts, I concur. It's much easier to add K after the fact than it is to sit there doing water changes for a month hoping your substrate will stop...
Forum: Lighting 10-16-2010, 12:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,287
Posted By offpath
The key point here is that light intensity falls...

The key point here is that light intensity falls off as the square of the distance, not linearly. So, the further your lights are from the top of the tank, the more even the intensity is at all...
Forum: Plants 10-15-2010, 08:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 896
Posted By offpath
Marsilea minuta has worked well for me in low...

Marsilea minuta has worked well for me in low light. It's slow growing and can get a little leggy, but otherwise seems to work.
Forum: Lighting 10-15-2010, 08:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,287
Posted By offpath
Agreed, Hoppy. I came to many of the same...

Agreed, Hoppy. I came to many of the same conclusions when I was modelling the lighting for my 210 gallon tank that we discussed in your PAR thread. I wrote a program to look at the estimated PAR at...
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