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Forum: Lighting   04-06-2016, 02:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 499
Posted By Kathyy
Noise? Electronic ballasts are quiet, magnetic...

Noise? Electronic ballasts are quiet, magnetic ones hum horribly.
A bulb of a good color will take some work to find at a good price too.
Consider the current they take starting up too, you may...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   04-03-2016, 06:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 606
Posted By Kathyy
Here is his sale thread. I suspect he would be...

Here is his sale thread. I suspect he would be able to point you to a product that would suit you best as it is all so new to you....
Forum: Algae   04-03-2016, 04:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 537
Posted By Kathyy
The last branched gray one is staghorn. Yes...

The last branched gray one is staghorn.

Yes not enough fertilizer causes algae to be more of a problem because the plants cannot grow well. Starving plants+way too much light=happy algae. Every...
Forum: DIY   03-30-2016, 06:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 527
Posted By Kathyy
Or use hose for part of the drain. Makes it flex...

Or use hose for part of the drain. Makes it flex some, might be able to get it through tight spots. You use hose clamps and can take it apart too. Not as nicely as with unions of course.

Or have...
Forum: Lighting   03-20-2016, 05:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 523
Posted By Kathyy
I use a graduated light cycle for my enjoyment. I...

I use a graduated light cycle for my enjoyment. I can have the lights on for much longer and see into the tank any time I am in the room. With a 6' tank that is a big deal.

I turn on the CO2 when...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   03-20-2016, 05:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,333
Posted By Kathyy
Plants need a lot of nutrients to grow. Water,...

Plants need a lot of nutrients to grow. Water, oxygen, carbon, nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron are the ones that come to mind.
Water and oxygen are taken care of. ...
Forum: Lighting   03-16-2016, 11:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 328
Posted By Kathyy
Hoppy measured a 40% drop in PAR when he put a...

Hoppy measured a 40% drop in PAR when he put a layer of window screen mesh between tank and light. Try it.
Forum: Riparium/Terrarium/Vivarium   03-16-2016, 11:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 380
Posted By Kathyy
It has, it works and it looks terrific. See...

It has, it works and it looks terrific. See Theatermusic87's over ltank sump journal...
Forum: Plants   03-16-2016, 09:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 182
Posted By Kathyy
I don't know of a list but you could look through...

I don't know of a list but you could look through AGA contest tanks as plants used are listed along with tank size, fish in tank and often good info on substrate, lighting and fertilizing.

Here's...
Forum: Aquascaping   03-16-2016, 09:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 491
Posted By Kathyy
I sewed bags of window screen stuff and put old...

I sewed bags of window screen stuff and put old substrate into them. Worked great. I am hoping that material isn't degraded by the conditions under the Amazonia as I've had various materials...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   03-15-2016, 10:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 381
Posted By Kathyy
How many watts are the pumps? That could be it.

How many watts are the pumps? That could be it.
Forum: Lighting   03-15-2016, 07:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 694
Posted By Kathyy
The fish store guy is pushing light. As long as...

The fish store guy is pushing light. As long as the LED has some of the wave lengths needed at each photosynthetic peak it will grow plants and lumens are only a measure for our eyes, not plants. You...
Forum: Tank Journals   03-15-2016, 05:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 749
Posted By Kathyy
Well I decided on Spotted Blue Eye Rainbowfish,...

Well I decided on Spotted Blue Eye Rainbowfish, Pseudomugil gertrudae, and cherry shrimp. Got the male platy out as he sleeps at the top of the tank but the little one doesn't sleep up there so don't...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   03-14-2016, 08:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 395
Posted By Kathyy
Ouch. I haven't made the mistake of leaving...

Ouch. I haven't made the mistake of leaving lights on too long. Yet.

NPK+M means a balanced fertilizer. Since you are running CO2 and good light the plants cannot do with simple iron/potassium...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   03-14-2016, 05:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 395
Posted By Kathyy
Agree, get a healthy tank first and let the...

Agree, get a healthy tank first and let the plants grow in so you have lots of material to work with when you rescape. It's great to take apart a mess and be able to have a scape that is fully...
Forum: Aquascaping   03-14-2016, 04:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,369
Posted By Kathyy
There have been some scapes submitted to contests...

There have been some scapes submitted to contests that have the usual small leaved plants in a landscape but add a 'forest' of 'saplings' in front. Forests with more or less straight wood 'trunks' of...
Forum: Aquascaping   03-12-2016, 08:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,345
Posted By Kathyy
No but you can grow on wood. Moss, Anubias,...

No but you can grow on wood. Moss, Anubias, Bolbitus, Buces, Java ferns are terrific plants that anchor to wood and stone. Moss and Anubias especially do great shaded by other plants and would add a...
Forum: Algae   03-11-2016, 08:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 401
Posted By Kathyy
Agree. Anubias adore phosphate and GSA gets weak...

Agree. Anubias adore phosphate and GSA gets weak with lots of phosphate, double up on that for sure. I took a couple gallons of Anubias Nana out of my tank a year after I glued down a bunch of 1.5"...
Forum: Lighting   03-11-2016, 07:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 745
Posted By Kathyy
Are your Coralife ones with good reflectors or...

Are your Coralife ones with good reflectors or poor ones? I believe they have improved recently but they used to be bottom of the barrel and Stingrays could well provide more PAR than they do....
Forum: Plants   03-11-2016, 07:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 313
Posted By Kathyy
If the rhizome is yellow then it is dying. Get it...

If the rhizome is yellow then it is dying. Get it out of the tank in case it is Anubias rot. Cut back to healthy tissue. Good rhizomes are tough and won't snap easily, if you think it is fragile then...
Forum: Plants   03-10-2016, 07:53 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 210
Posted By Kathyy
Hornwort and some myrios do the same thing. They...

Hornwort and some myrios do the same thing. They are water weeds and very useful as such. Once the tank gets stabilized and you aren't seeing new algae every week you can start removing some to see...
Forum: Lighting   03-08-2016, 06:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,145
Posted By Kathyy
There is an Australian company you might look...

There is an Australian company you might look into. For $432 for 3 tubes shipped including automatic dimmer you can light your 150cm tank brightly. The tubes are pretty clunky looking compared to...
Forum: Algae   03-08-2016, 06:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 248
Posted By Kathyy
No fish is going to decimate all algae. Twig cats...

No fish is going to decimate all algae. Twig cats only graze so they will keep biofilm down and they don't damage plants. I haven't had whiptails but would love to someday.

Baby bristlenose are...
Forum: Plants   03-08-2016, 04:19 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 309
Posted By Kathyy
Are you sure the crown didn't break from the...

Are you sure the crown didn't break from the roots? Swords do form short stems, could that have broken when you uprooted it?

I don't think aquatic plants need roots except for anchoring but...
Forum: Algae   03-08-2016, 04:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 426
Posted By Kathyy
I'd stagger the lighting. Have one on early, the...

I'd stagger the lighting. Have one on early, the other on late with both on only on for a short while then increase the overlap as plants grow in.

I did the suggested water changes and dimmed the...
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