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Forum: Tank Journals   02-11-2016, 11:28 PM
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Posted By houseofcards
Very tough to go from a dry start to 10 hours or...

Very tough to go from a dry start to 10 hours or so of good light. You really need to be on top of everything to pull that off. The plants kinda stall after the flood so you greatly reduce...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-11-2016, 09:08 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 7,016
Posted By houseofcards
In retrospect I'm not sure how this thread will...

In retrospect I'm not sure how this thread will help the typical planted tank aquarist, but if you find health issues and would not be satisfied with a tank like this:

Going Dutch by the book -...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-11-2016, 08:58 PM
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Views: 7,016
Posted By houseofcards
I pretty much agree with all this and I'll take...

I pretty much agree with all this and I'll take it a step further, it's the organic load that doesn't get taken up by the plants or removed from the tank via water changes, organic removal products,...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions   02-11-2016, 03:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 488
Posted By houseofcards
It would be kinda interesting with the premise of...

It would be kinda interesting with the premise of converting that tank over to real plants as the OP stated. So you start it with the fake ones and then gradually replace the fake ones with real...
Forum: Algae   02-10-2016, 08:00 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,065
Posted By houseofcards
Absolutely it's not worth risking the shrimp...

Absolutely it's not worth risking the shrimp over. Definitely don't run your co2 over night if they shrimp aren't used to that. Consistent co2 is really only during the day time hours. Most turn...
Forum: Algae   02-10-2016, 06:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,065
Posted By houseofcards
I've seen BBA in all levels of light. I've done...

I've seen BBA in all levels of light. I've done some work on indoor ponds in the past where the lighting was extremely low, but organics very high and there was BBA everywhere and no other algae...
Forum: Algae   02-10-2016, 06:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,065
Posted By houseofcards
This has been my bedrock for a long time now. I...

This has been my bedrock for a long time now. I really don't worry about the inorganic salts (NPK) going in, but I do worry about any organic breakdown that's going on.

I make sure water...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-09-2016, 04:39 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 7,016
Posted By houseofcards
Your said "Store Front" The ADA Gallery is NOT a...

Your said "Store Front" The ADA Gallery is NOT a store.

Please read my posts and quote me where I said their tanks are full of algae. And why would ADA be dosing their tanks via EI. What are...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-09-2016, 02:05 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 7,016
Posted By houseofcards
Just for the record, it's not a store. It's a...

Just for the record, it's not a store. It's a showcase for their setups. You can not buy product there. All the staff does is makes sure everything is beyond pristine.

This is the opening...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-08-2016, 04:31 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 7,016
Posted By houseofcards
I am 100% certain this is true. Think about what...

I am 100% certain this is true. Think about what your saying for a minute. Professional Staff vs Average Hobbyist. The reason why it's an average hobbyist (your words not mine,) is because some...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-08-2016, 01:56 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 7,016
Posted By houseofcards
You mentioned a Single Grand Solar I in your...

You mentioned a Single Grand Solar I in your original post on the 180cm so that's what threw me off.

Anyway, so your reference point for a hobbyist to follow in terms of light, ferts, co2 is a...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-08-2016, 12:58 AM
Replies: 182
Views: 7,016
Posted By houseofcards
Who's setup are you referring to?

Who's setup are you referring to?
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-07-2016, 08:19 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 7,016
Posted By houseofcards
I still don't understand why you guys treat a...

I still don't understand why you guys treat a planted tank in a home like a science experiment. There is no control. You could move from tank to tank whether your dosing EI, ADA, Pro whatever and...
Forum: Substrate   02-07-2016, 05:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 444
Posted By houseofcards
Yes, I used a submerged cup and over a few weeks...

Yes, I used a submerged cup and over a few weeks had the entire substrate replaced. I did a few cups worth each time and always put suction on the area that I was exchanging. I didn't take anything...
Forum: Substrate   02-06-2016, 03:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 444
Posted By houseofcards
I did that once with a 72G. If your not in a...

I did that once with a 72G. If your not in a rush you can do it. What I did was simply to suck out a small portion of the existing substrate with filter tubing. Added some of the new substrate in...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-02-2016, 05:46 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 7,016
Posted By houseofcards
Just for the record. Whether you follow an EI or...

Just for the record. Whether you follow an EI or ADA type dosing routine both have the potential for algae. So if one is heavy and one is lean you really canít directly blame high fert levels...
Forum: Algae   02-01-2016, 02:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 976
Posted By houseofcards
I think for the purpose of the discussion and...

I think for the purpose of the discussion and helping the OP there is enough nutrients in anyone's aquarium to grow algae, especially in a well-lit one.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-30-2016, 03:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 217
Posted By houseofcards
Kinda hard to tell from that pic

Kinda hard to tell from that pic
Forum: Equipment   01-26-2016, 08:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 448
Posted By houseofcards
If you don't want to be limited to a smaller...

If you don't want to be limited to a smaller group of plants then definitely go co2 and go pressurized as some others have mentioned. For about $150 one time and a few dollars a month co2 is the...
Forum: Plants   01-26-2016, 03:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 229
Posted By houseofcards
Are you using aquatic tweezers? Push down...

Are you using aquatic tweezers? Push down further then you want and then pull up slightly as the substrate falls in around the base. You really shouldn't have a problem if the substrate is normal...
Forum: Equipment   01-24-2016, 06:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 450
Posted By houseofcards
I was using the Intermatic, but I switched over...

I was using the Intermatic, but I switched over to these. They are more streamlined, no clips to lose and for $10 you get two, 3 prong outlets.

GE Indoor Mechanical Timer 24hr with 2 Outlets :...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   01-21-2016, 09:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 500
Posted By houseofcards
I personally have found the fluval ceramic disks...

I personally have found the fluval ceramic disks to be very inconsistent and harder to work with certain BPS rates. I like the small glass ceramic diffusers more.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   01-19-2016, 01:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 272
Posted By houseofcards
Removing excess ferts is not the only reason you...

Removing excess ferts is not the only reason you do water changes. Water changes remove excess organics and or ammonia that will lead many times to fish deaths as well as the more common algae...
Forum: Equipment   01-18-2016, 01:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 521
Posted By houseofcards
It's normal running psi for me and the cleaning...

It's normal running psi for me and the cleaning is practically nothing. It's 5 minutes once a month in a 50/50 bleach/water solution, which you do during one of your water changes. There also cheap...
Forum: Equipment   01-17-2016, 09:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 521
Posted By houseofcards
Definitely not! That is a myth. I've run...

Definitely not! That is a myth.

I've run the larger ceramic/glass diffusers on 4-5 ft setups in that capacity without issue. Just do a google image search on "ada nature aquarium gallery" and...
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