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Forum: Lighting Yesterday, 05:20 PM
Replies: 2
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Posted By Wasserpest
Yes, generally you can use a ballast meant for...

Yes, generally you can use a ballast meant for 48" bulbs to drive 36" bulbs, but it will not overdrive them.
Forum: Lighting Yesterday, 05:19 PM
Replies: 1
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Posted By Wasserpest
Sounds a bit low. It will keep certain plants...

Sounds a bit low. It will keep certain plants alive, but not really growing well. Perhaps double up on the "simple fluorescent fixture", especially if it doesn't have an excellent reflector. See if...
Forum: Low Tech Forum Yesterday, 05:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 212
Posted By Wasserpest
Add some CO2 - it makes plants spread like crazy....

Add some CO2 - it makes plants spread like crazy. :wink:
Forum: Algae Yesterday, 05:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 120
Posted By Wasserpest
Can you test your nitrate and phosphate levels?...

Can you test your nitrate and phosphate levels? Might be something lacking or out of whack. 2.5ml of macro fertilizer solution seems very little - without knowing details it's just my gut feel....
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 05:12 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By Wasserpest
Seems like most is taken care of except for macro...

Seems like most is taken care of except for macro nutrients - you will need to dose NPK to keep your plants going. Zero nitrates in a high light tank is a recipe for disaster (algae).
Forum: Low Tech Forum Yesterday, 05:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 123
Posted By Wasserpest
Circulation certainly helps to distribute things,...

Circulation certainly helps to distribute things, but even in a "no flow" tank there will be some flow, due to the bubbles themselves, temperature gradients when heating, etc. But yes, it is...
Forum: Plants Yesterday, 04:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 114
Posted By Wasserpest
I set up a new tank yesterday. I have about 2...

I set up a new tank yesterday. I have about 2 inches of the black flora max on bottom and then a layer of aquarium sand on top. I thought I rinsed them enough but apparently not. My tank is pretty...
Forum: Plants 04-12-2014, 07:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 200
Posted By Wasserpest
Don't put it in your aquarium - it will drown....

Don't put it in your aquarium - it will drown. :eek:
Forum: Algae 04-12-2014, 07:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 150
Posted By Wasserpest
For cyanobacteria, do 200 mg/10gal once a day for...

For cyanobacteria, do 200 mg/10gal once a day for 5 or 6 days. Dose at a specific time, then some 20% water changes 24 hours later and dose again.

Many tablets are 200 mg so say you have a 20 gal...
Forum: Algae 04-12-2014, 07:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 385
Posted By Wasserpest
Plants need all macros. If your NO3 reading is...

Plants need all macros. If your NO3 reading is zero, algae are no surprise. Your plants may have grown like mad and healthy while there were some nitrates in the water, but there comes a point where...
Forum: Lighting 04-04-2014, 02:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 809
Posted By Wasserpest
Hi Laura! :bounce: jas - there are no hard...

Hi Laura! :bounce:

jas - there are no hard lines between "this par will work" and "this is too much light". Depends on a lot of different things. Plus, unless you have a PAR meter laying around,...
Forum: Equipment 04-04-2014, 02:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 252
Posted By Wasserpest
IF you have a canister filter (I know, not likely...

IF you have a canister filter (I know, not likely on a 29gal tank), I think that one is the best inline reactor. If it doesn't choke on the bubbles (some Filstars have that tendency).

AFAIK...
Forum: DIY 03-20-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 291
Posted By Wasserpest
Really depends on the type of LED, how it is...

Really depends on the type of LED, how it is attached to the heat sink, size of the heat sink, and air movement around the unit.

Generally speaking, with a sufficiently sized heat sink and good...
Forum: Algae 02-12-2014, 02:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 365
Posted By Wasserpest
I have successfully beaten staghorn by ignoring...

I have successfully beaten staghorn by ignoring it. Sounds wrong, I know, but if you are patient and focus on giving your plants the best conditions, the alga will spread and after a while disappear....
Forum: Tank Journals 01-28-2014, 02:38 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 9,991
Posted By Wasserpest
Tank looks fantastic, congrats! Now I want to...

Tank looks fantastic, congrats! Now I want to move to a soft water region...

T5 bulbs/fixtures are still good. Of course one day you will switch to LED, but until then, they will give you the most...
Forum: Equipment 01-27-2014, 07:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 314
Posted By Wasserpest
The hole in the tubing to limit flooding damage...

The hole in the tubing to limit flooding damage works, although it will also destroy the impeller rather quickly in case it sucks air, like with a changing water level. But how would shutting off a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-22-2014, 08:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,198
Posted By Wasserpest
Yup, economy of scale, pretty crazy. I once...

Yup, economy of scale, pretty crazy. I once bought a 55gal for $55 only to cut it into pieces and use the front and back panes to build a 2x 135gal plywood tank.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-22-2014, 08:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,198
Posted By Wasserpest
I think it is more of an aesthetic issue. If you...

I think it is more of an aesthetic issue. If you want to be totally sure, check if the gap between the glass and the rim is filled with silicone (glue), and if not, squeeze some in there. I wouldn't...
Forum: Plants 01-17-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 371
Posted By Wasserpest
Best ones would be those which don't rely much on...

Best ones would be those which don't rely much on root feeding, and are happy with low light (assuming that the HOB filter isn't in a particularly bright spot). Obviously (perhaps) those that grow...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-17-2014, 08:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 349
Posted By Wasserpest
It is true that at different pH ranges different...

It is true that at different pH ranges different ions become more or less available. And not only fertilizers - the ammonia/ammonium balance is pH related, for example.

Iron is a good example for...
Forum: Tank Journals 01-11-2014, 09:31 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,784
Posted By Wasserpest
Hey Stranger, happy NY to you! :fish: Hope things...

Hey Stranger, happy NY to you! :fish: Hope things are good over there! Any plans to visit the central coast?

This tank is still pretty much the same. Just sold a round of Mini Pellia and...
Forum: Tank Journals 01-10-2014, 11:01 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,084
Posted By Wasserpest
A few days ago I found the male AFB upside down,...

A few days ago I found the male AFB upside down, and hi is now enriching the compost heap. :icon_sad:

So he outlived her by a few months (assuming they were about the same age when I bought them)....
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-06-2014, 03:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 862
Posted By Wasserpest
The water softener alone should stop the mineral...

The water softener alone should stop the mineral deposits. Perhaps it isn't working as intended, bypassing or something?

Water softeners usually replace calcium/magnesium with sodium ions. This...
Forum: Lighting 01-02-2014, 10:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 221
Posted By Wasserpest
Depending on how many months ago you got this you...

Depending on how many months ago you got this you may want to contact the manufacturer:http://www.aquatraders.com/help_answer.asp?ID=17

Although generally there are reasons why these are so cheap....
Forum: Photography 12-30-2013, 05:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,013
Posted By Wasserpest
Totally missed to follow your link. Sorry for the...

Totally missed to follow your link. Sorry for the double dip. Both S100 or S110 are fantastic little cams for most requirements (even low light tanks), just not really for fish pictures.
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