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Forum: Algae   10-20-2014, 09:54 AM
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Posted By cephelix
From my experience with the API nitrate test, you...

From my experience with the API nitrate test, you really have to shake the reagent bottles well. If not, it'll give you a false negative
Forum: Tank Journals   10-19-2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,375
Posted By cephelix
from the looks of it you are trying to DSM the...

from the looks of it you are trying to DSM the plants. In that case, may I suggest lowering the water to below substrate level so you won't run into issues with algae. And if you are doing DSM, the...
Forum: Tank Journals   10-13-2014, 12:23 PM
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Posted By cephelix
glad i could be of some help. do post picture of...

glad i could be of some help. do post picture of your setup
Forum: Tank Journals   10-13-2014, 12:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,383
Posted By cephelix
you could try it out and record the results,...

you could try it out and record the results, that's what a journal is for anyways. i find that even though i may have sufficient nitrates, but i always run out of phosphates.
so long as you stay on...
Forum: Tank Journals   10-13-2014, 02:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,383
Posted By cephelix
There are those who have success with ADA ferts....

There are those who have success with ADA ferts. And going on what you've said about the Brights Special Lights, if you get it, then you are covered in terms on micros and macros.
I personally...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   10-12-2014, 11:19 PM
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Posted By cephelix
using a frosted vinyl backing something like...

using a frosted vinyl backing
something like this (http://windowfilmworld.com/frosted-privacy-window-film.htm)

allows you to light your background for a sunset feel to your tank. there are other...
Forum: Aquascaping   10-12-2014, 05:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 741
Posted By cephelix
have to agree with solcielo, using a clear 1/4lb...

have to agree with solcielo, using a clear 1/4lb line to attach anubias to lava rocks. less conspicuous than cotton thread and it lasts forever so you don't have to worry about the line dissolving...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   10-12-2014, 05:42 AM
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Posted By cephelix
well, for a sense of scale, you could use...

well, for a sense of scale, you could use fine-leaved plants, something like rotala wallachii or pogostemon erectus though i've seen a few that have forced perspective where they use broader-leaved...
Forum: Tank Journals   10-12-2014, 04:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,383
Posted By cephelix
that explains it. if you're getting it for cheap,...

that explains it. if you're getting it for cheap, then good on you.
For your CO2, most would get a 10lb cylinder or the biggest you can find and stuff in your cabinet as the top ups for the various...
Forum: Tank Journals   10-11-2014, 03:41 PM
Replies: 36
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Posted By cephelix
liking the layout for your 60p. I'm going to use...

liking the layout for your 60p. I'm going to use that for when I get mine set up as I have the same type of rocks and wood as you and wondering if I should go with just one type of hardscape....
Forum: Tank Journals   10-11-2014, 03:29 PM
Replies: 21
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Posted By cephelix
I too agree with Raymond's and Philip's advice. ...

I too agree with Raymond's and Philip's advice.
Go with a lower height for the tank, it will make planting and lighting it so much easier. With a taller tank you'll sometimes struggle trying to get...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   10-11-2014, 09:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,910
Posted By cephelix
looking good! anubias putting out a flower, hc...

looking good! anubias putting out a flower, hc carpeting.... keep up the good work...it does look like your tank need a water change or two, but i can totally relate with the busy schedule. that...
Forum: Tank Journals   10-06-2014, 12:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,875
Posted By cephelix
very nice...thanks for taking the time to take us...

very nice...thanks for taking the time to take us on a tour of your tank. hope things turn out well. subscribing for sure.
Forum: Tank Journals   10-06-2014, 07:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,830
Posted By cephelix
that is amazing! is that a flower stalk on the...

that is amazing! is that a flower stalk on the right branch?
Forum: Tank Journals   10-02-2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,989
Posted By cephelix
interesting practice......i'll be sure to make a...

interesting practice......i'll be sure to make a note of it and try it out when i start a new scape. especially since other dsm journals i've read would just say to leave the light on as long as you...
Forum: Tank Journals   10-02-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,989
Posted By cephelix
curious why you'd have a siesta in your...

curious why you'd have a siesta in your photoperiod during the DSM phase. is it to prevent the higher elevated monte carlo from drying out?

when i did my DSM on monte carlo, what surprise me was...
Forum: Substrate   09-23-2014, 05:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,678
Posted By cephelix
yes, it really is dirt, in a since. I think Tom...

yes, it really is dirt, in a since. I think Tom Barr has mentioned somewhere in this forum what it is exactly but I cannot seem to recall what or which thread.

As the others have mentioned you...
Forum: Tank Journals   09-23-2014, 02:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,592
Posted By cephelix
Very nice. a mini version of the first one, which...

Very nice. a mini version of the first one, which still takes my breath away till today
Forum: Aquascaping   09-22-2014, 03:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 837
Posted By cephelix
Well, one way I've seen it done is spread out...

Well, one way I've seen it done is spread out thin over pieces of stainless steel mesh or slate. Cut to size or arranged to match the area you want to cover. The moss is secured to the mesh/slate...
Forum: Plants   09-14-2014, 03:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,714
Posted By cephelix
i have it in both my low and high tech tanks and...

i have it in both my low and high tech tanks and i must say, they carpet well. just have to keep trimming to make sure the bottom leaves don't die off. i find it unmanageable as a carpet in a high...
Forum: Plants   09-14-2014, 03:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 912
Posted By cephelix
I've learned so much today but still have a long...

I've learned so much today but still have a long way to go. any comments on the rotala?
Forum: Plants   09-14-2014, 08:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 912
Posted By cephelix
ah, the micranthemoides is erroneous. didn't know...

ah, the micranthemoides is erroneous. didn't know that.
Forum: Plants   09-14-2014, 04:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 721
Posted By cephelix
if that's the case then i think pogostemon...

if that's the case then i think pogostemon erectus is perfect unless you're looking for a reddish type plant.
Forum: Plants   09-14-2014, 03:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 912
Posted By cephelix
maybe in a week then. surprisingly, the ludwigia...

maybe in a week then. surprisingly, the ludwigia is the fastest growing plant in the tank, even when compared to the hemianthus micranthemoides.

will take closer pics of the limnophila as well....
Forum: Plants   09-14-2014, 03:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 912
Posted By cephelix
very informative tinanti. thanks a bunch. would...

very informative tinanti. thanks a bunch. would close up pictures help with identification?
if needed i could whip out my G12 and take better pics
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