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Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-15-2011, 04:30 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,796
Posted By hoffboy
With watt/per gallon that low, you shouldn't need...

With watt/per gallon that low, you shouldn't need to add CO2, and with relatively slow growth, you probably won't require fertilizer either. There's a low light plants sticky thread here with some...
Forum: Fish 03-06-2007, 04:18 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,992
Posted By hoffboy
Is the tank heated? Bettas like to be warm, and...

Is the tank heated? Bettas like to be warm, and heat usually causes them to be more active.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-22-2007, 01:02 PM
Replies: 388
Views: 62,860
Posted By hoffboy
Irony

The irony of posting your wish to see a thread die within the thread in question is not lost on me. If the size is really bothering you that much, you could always stop looking. I'm just sayin'.
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 02-13-2007, 02:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 769
Posted By hoffboy
I'd also stop all the dosing until you see signs...

I'd also stop all the dosing until you see signs that you need it. Your fish (or what's left of them) plus any excess food, might be all the ferts your nano requires for now. I have a very healthy...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 01-30-2007, 10:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,579
Posted By hoffboy
I like the crumpled paper background ;-) But...

I like the crumpled paper background ;-) But seriously, your little tank is looking good. Have you considered a black paper background? I taped some to the back of a 20G recently and it looks really...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-27-2007, 03:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 766
Posted By hoffboy
I just read that angels suck fry into their...

I just read that angels suck fry into their mouths to clean them. I'm new to angels, so this could be common knowledge, but it sounded pretty cool to me. I have four quarter sized angels in a 29G and...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-14-2007, 08:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,026
Posted By hoffboy
Before you start dumping in chemicals that might...

Before you start dumping in chemicals that might throw everything out of whack, try cutting down the light a bit and doing water changes. I'd nix the halogen altogether. Also, is direct sunlight...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-14-2007, 07:58 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 676
Posted By hoffboy
May I recommend pool filter sand? It's cheap, way...

May I recommend pool filter sand? It's cheap, way nicer looking than play sand, far less likely to contain unwanted contaminants, chemically inert, etc. etc. I've purchased it N of the U District in...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-10-2007, 09:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 499
Posted By hoffboy
Right

Once this hobby has you in its grip, NOTHING will stand between you and your ideal setup. Trust me.
Forum: Tank Journals 12-29-2006, 08:50 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,954
Posted By hoffboy
I just have to toss out one more bit of...

I just have to toss out one more bit of 'constructive criticism' ... I'd love to see a photo sans pearling. I know pearling is something to be proud of, but it's a bit distracting. I'm just sayin'.
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Forum: Tank Journals 12-29-2006, 08:03 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,954
Posted By hoffboy
Really, really lovely. I'll make one...

Really, really lovely.

I'll make one photography suggestion and one scaping suggestion. Feel free, of course, to ignore both.

1) The grass reflecting off the surface is distracting. If you set...
Forum: Plants 11-30-2006, 10:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,658
Posted By hoffboy
I'll give them a sniff tonight (I've been meaning...

I'll give them a sniff tonight (I've been meaning to). Not sure of species, but the LFS was marketing it as a melon sword. Some of the leaves are deep red, but others remain green.
Forum: Plants 11-30-2006, 07:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,658
Posted By hoffboy
My flowers are about 1 inch across.

My flowers are about 1 inch across.
Forum: Plants 11-29-2006, 08:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,658
Posted By hoffboy
Sweet. Thanks Jen!

Sweet. Thanks Jen!
Forum: Plants 11-29-2006, 07:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,658
Posted By hoffboy
Blooming Sword UPDATED with viewable photos (blushing)

This sword has gradually dominated my tank over the past six months or so. The shoot and blooms are nice, but what has me puzzled is the leaf at the end of the stalk. It looks very much like the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-31-2006, 07:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,147
Posted By hoffboy
The best advice Iíve ever received about...

The best advice Iíve ever received about gardening is to be ruthless. If something isnít working like you want it to, yank it out.

The best advice Iíve ever received about aquarium success...
Forum: Lighting 03-29-2006, 06:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 767
Posted By hoffboy
AH reflectors are very efficient, so 2x36 should...

AH reflectors are very efficient, so 2x36 should be adequate for many plants. You could always go with 3x36, but use 3 separate ballasts and timers, then mimic a 'day' with all three only on for a...
Forum: Photography 03-28-2006, 05:06 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,480
Posted By hoffboy
One quick thing to add to this great thread. File...

One quick thing to add to this great thread. File under 'basic advice that's easy to forget' : when using a tripod, also use the shutter delay timer. This helps minimize vibration caused by your...
Forum: Fish 03-26-2006, 04:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,371
Posted By hoffboy
SAE are OK when they're young and small, but as...

SAE are OK when they're young and small, but as they age they tend to like fish food more than algae. On the upside, they're lovely fish, make nice little schools, and are very curious and...
Forum: Photography 03-26-2006, 04:01 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,480
Posted By hoffboy
VERY interesting. Thanks for the tip! This is...

VERY interesting. Thanks for the tip! This is giving me ideas involving transparent channel gradients in Photoshop. I'm going to do some experimenting. You may have just put me onto a cheap and fast...
Forum: Photography 03-25-2006, 07:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,480
Posted By hoffboy
Photo 1 seems to have a better black point. For...

Photo 1 seems to have a better black point. For those of you who don't know what that means, look in the foreground grass. The black there is darker than in photo 2, which yields better overall...
Forum: Equipment 03-23-2006, 05:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 724
Posted By hoffboy
:icon_eek: The needle valve is sounding REAL good...

:icon_eek: The needle valve is sounding REAL good now.

Question about needle valve settings: Letís say you have a dream lighting setup; something like three lights that progressively come on and...
Forum: Algae 03-23-2006, 05:14 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 493
Posted By hoffboy
Greenwater and dissolving hardscape?

This might sound a bit off the wall, but Iím wondering if anyone knows of a connection between greenwater and dissolving hardscape. (I suspect my lovely sedimentary rocks are dissolving because my KH...
Forum: Equipment 03-23-2006, 05:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 724
Posted By hoffboy
File under "Dumb Question"

OK, Iím going to risk asking a dumb question here, since Iíve been reading up in preparation for switching to pressurized CO2. Is the solenoid in a typical setup binary? Based on the accepted...
Forum: Algae 03-17-2006, 10:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 583
Posted By hoffboy
Daily large water changes. (~50%)

Daily large water changes. (~50%)
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