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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-11-2013, 04:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 726
Posted By Dmckmc
Thanks - I don't think I'll be able to get a good...

Thanks - I don't think I'll be able to get a good pic so I'll check it out on the internet.

If so, what are they and are they harmful or beneficial?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-11-2013, 03:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 342
Posted By Dmckmc
Patience. Patience. Patience. IMO, don't rush...

Patience. Patience. Patience. IMO, don't rush the cycling process - just let it happen.

There are many ways to light your aquarium - spend a lot of time reading posts in this forum. Decide what...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-11-2013, 03:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 726
Posted By Dmckmc
Living things in filter

I've been fish keeping for many years and have never seen living things in my filter media. While cleaning my filter today, I saw small, approx. one centimeter, white-ish opaque things in the...
Forum: Algae 05-13-2013, 05:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 707
Posted By Dmckmc
I agree - looks like several types of algea. I...

I agree - looks like several types of algea. I think there is some BBA in your first pic.

Considering I don't know how strong your t-8's are, I would agree that the photoperiod may be too long. ...
Forum: Algae 12-20-2012, 03:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 666
Posted By Dmckmc
I agree, looks like BBA to me too. A lack of CO2...

I agree, looks like BBA to me too. A lack of CO2 seems to cause BBA. I have spot treated BBA with H2O2 but be careful not to use too much. Research some posts on this forum about how much to use....
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-17-2012, 10:47 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,448
Posted By Dmckmc
Thanks Tom, I believe I am doing everything...

Thanks Tom, I believe I am doing everything recommended in your post - plenty of surface aggitation as well as current. I clean my diffuser every two weeks, etc. I spot treat with H2O2 once a...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-14-2012, 03:07 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,448
Posted By Dmckmc
Okay, I have an update. I've increased co2 to the...

Okay, I have an update. I've increased co2 to the point where I don't think I can go any further. My drop checker is yellow and fish don't move much at the end of the photo period - the time the co2...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-14-2012, 02:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 802
Posted By Dmckmc
I replaced my substrate twice (different tanks.)...

I replaced my substrate twice (different tanks.) The first time, I killed most all of my fish. The second time, no problem.

If you keep the same water and filter media, you should be okay. I...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-25-2012, 02:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 789
Posted By Dmckmc
I've always dosed seperate although never thought...

I've always dosed seperate although never thought about it much.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-23-2012, 01:18 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,352
Posted By Dmckmc
I could not agree more Complexity, you said it...

I could not agree more Complexity, you said it better then I. High phosphate in of itself will (IMO) not cause algae..... At least in my tank:icon_surp
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-23-2012, 01:12 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,448
Posted By Dmckmc
Thanks HD. It's not a floater - perhaps I have...

Thanks HD. It's not a floater - perhaps I have not identified it correctly. I have had problems identifying it via pictures. I brought up the co2 issue because I have been fighting a very small...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-23-2012, 05:31 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,352
Posted By Dmckmc
FWIW, the phosphate level from my tap was...

FWIW, the phosphate level from my tap was extremely high - off the test kit chart! I spent hours trying to reduce the level by water changes, buffers and even bought an ro system. After using the ro...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-23-2012, 04:41 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,448
Posted By Dmckmc
Okay, I have an update. I finally purchased a GH...

Okay, I have an update. I finally purchased a GH and KH test kit. My gh measured 7 (125.3 ppm) from the tap and a 6 (107.4) from the tank.

KH measured a 2 (35.8 ppm) from the tap and the tank.
...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-05-2012, 03:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 555
Posted By Dmckmc
Well, just got back and all is well. Everything...

Well, just got back and all is well. Everything is still alive and other then a slight increase in BBA, I don't have any other algae issues.

The BBA does concern me a bit so I need to jump on...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-05-2012, 03:32 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,448
Posted By Dmckmc
Thanks everyone. You have convinced me. I am...

Thanks everyone. You have convinced me. I am going to try working with my co2 before I do anything else. I am first going to upgrade my regulator and nv so I have better control. I'll keep you...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-29-2012, 10:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 555
Posted By Dmckmc
Thanks everyone! I leave today. It would be...

Thanks everyone! I leave today. It would be difficult to raise the lights so I reduced the photoperiod to six hours and will have the sitter dose excel. I already have a scren under the hood so...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-29-2012, 02:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 555
Posted By Dmckmc
Well, I removed one bulb but the fixture does not...

Well, I removed one bulb but the fixture does not light. Does anyone know why?

So, I guess I'll reduce the photoperiod to 6 hours unless someone has another idea.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-29-2012, 01:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 555
Posted By Dmckmc
[QUOTE=Hoppy;1960357]No. 2: Reduce the light...

[QUOTE=Hoppy;1960357]No. 2: Reduce the light intensity and dose Excel. But, make dosing Excel foolproof in some way, perhaps by using a small syringe that only holds about the right amount. Next...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-29-2012, 01:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 555
Posted By Dmckmc
Are you not recommending the temporary use of...

Are you not recommending the temporary use of Excel becasue of the sitter or because it will have a negative effect on the tank during the week?

Like Hoppy said, I do have high light and don't...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-29-2012, 12:31 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,448
Posted By Dmckmc
Thanks nokturnalkid. I have an Atomic diffuser...

Thanks nokturnalkid. I have an Atomic diffuser that I run at 35 psi. Every so often it will creep up to 40 psi at which point I back it off. It makes me nervous running it any higher the 40 psi -...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-29-2012, 12:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 555
Posted By Dmckmc
Thanks. So it sounds like the opinion so far is...

Thanks. So it sounds like the opinion so far is not to dose Excel for the week.

I can probably take a bulb out of the fixture or perhaps only run them for six hours a day vs. the eight? ...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-28-2012, 03:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 555
Posted By Dmckmc
Quick Question

I am have some problems with my regulator keeping a constant co2 flow. I can set it, and then a day or two later it is dumping co2, or barely running.

I'm going away for a week and will have a...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-28-2012, 03:00 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,448
Posted By Dmckmc
Thanks Tom. I thought I had my co2 tweeked...

Thanks Tom. I thought I had my co2 tweeked perfectly becasue any additional increases resulted in stress to the fish. However, I have not been able to make small subtle increases. I am using a...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-28-2012, 02:59 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,448
Posted By Dmckmc
Interesting. I would not have thought they (BBA)...

Interesting. I would not have thought they (BBA) and stunted growth could be related. Is your BBA on the plants with the stunted growth?
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-25-2012, 02:08 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,448
Posted By Dmckmc
Oh, I forgot to mention that I dose Root Medic 5...

Oh, I forgot to mention that I dose Root Medic 5 times weekly and do 50 - 75% weekly water changes.
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