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Forum: Riparium/Terrarium/Vivarium 09-04-2011, 08:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 660
Posted By spinycheek
With desert plants, I water the soil near the...

With desert plants, I water the soil near the plant, let it dry out, then water it again. You can tell when the soil dries because of it's glass sides. The roots are likely not getting sufficient...
Forum: Equipment 09-02-2011, 05:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 437
Posted By spinycheek
Probes are finicky, they can last for 10+ years...

Probes are finicky, they can last for 10+ years or last for 2 months even among the same brand/models. There are dozens if not more variables that can affect a pH probe so it's hard to give an...
Forum: Equipment 09-02-2011, 03:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 437
Posted By spinycheek
are you calibrating the probe with new, unopened...

are you calibrating the probe with new, unopened buffers? 10 buffer especially expires about 30 days after it's opened because it absorbs too much CO2 from the air. Also, tank water in your buffer,...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 05-10-2010, 08:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,112
Posted By spinycheek
I'm usually here for about 5-15 minutes, but I do...

I'm usually here for about 5-15 minutes, but I do go for months at a time without anything.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-09-2010, 10:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 803
Posted By spinycheek
I have often wondered why nobody makes a drop...

I have often wondered why nobody makes a drop checker with an insert for a pH probe as this would eliminate many of the inaccuracies of standard pH controllers.

I have seen some very creative...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-09-2010, 08:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 803
Posted By spinycheek
Depends on your alkalinity. Alkalinity reduces...

Depends on your alkalinity. Alkalinity reduces the drop in pH when CO2 is added. If alkalinity is low, then you have to set your pH lower than if your alkalinity is high.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-09-2010, 08:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 803
Posted By spinycheek
CO2 makes the water acidic (low pH). So more CO2...

CO2 makes the water acidic (low pH). So more CO2 means lower pH.
Forum: Plants 05-09-2010, 08:52 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 320
Posted By spinycheek
Outdoor Moss

Does anyone know of a temerate climate type of moss that does well in direct sunlight? I know I've seen it in the wild, but the only types I know of that I can buy is all shade stuff. I'm trying to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-08-2010, 09:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,017
Posted By spinycheek
For some reason, I read 5 cm, not 5 mm. But...

For some reason, I read 5 cm, not 5 mm. But that's still a pretty good size.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-08-2010, 12:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,017
Posted By spinycheek
That's cool, I've never seen a crystal that big...

That's cool, I've never seen a crystal that big in lava rock. All the ones in Hawaii are packed with tons of little green olivine crystals, but I've never seen any big ones.
Forum: Fish 05-08-2010, 12:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 565
Posted By spinycheek
What's your ammonia and pH at? Or better yet,...

What's your ammonia and pH at? Or better yet, what were they at the time the fish died?
Forum: Fish 05-08-2010, 06:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 565
Posted By spinycheek
Was your CO2 too high? Catfish are...

Was your CO2 too high?

Catfish are physiologically quite different from other fish, so they can have different responses to water quality.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-08-2010, 06:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 504
Posted By spinycheek
I actually work at a water plant, so I can run...

I actually work at a water plant, so I can run any test my municipality would. Granted, my lab is far from being Federally certified, but I can still get somewhat accurate numbers. There is a state...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-08-2010, 05:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 504
Posted By spinycheek
I don't rely on the last digit either. ...

I don't rely on the last digit either. Spectrophotometric tests have their limits, but the last digit gives me an idea about whether to round up or down. I wish I knew what killed what my previous...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-07-2010, 11:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 504
Posted By spinycheek
It's fully planted and I don't add any copper. ...

It's fully planted and I don't add any copper. Been that way for 2 years. It could be chelated, but I have no way to tell.
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 05-07-2010, 12:09 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,512
Posted By spinycheek
That's is really unfortunate. It's definitely...

That's is really unfortunate. It's definitely not your fault the kitten died, it's the heartless person who had all those cats that killed it. I've raised a few newborn rabbits and it's...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-07-2010, 05:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 504
Posted By spinycheek
Ok that's good to know. I've had problems with...

Ok that's good to know. I've had problems with dwarf crays before, and I figured it was copper, because everything else seemed fine.
Forum: Lighting 05-07-2010, 05:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,279
Posted By spinycheek
Interesting goldfish fact: Goldfish and their...

Interesting goldfish fact: Goldfish and their close relative the Crucian Carp are the only known vertebrates that can live for several months without any oxygen and remain completely active. ...
Forum: Lighting 05-07-2010, 03:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,279
Posted By spinycheek
I can't help you with the lights. I've wondered...

I can't help you with the lights. I've wondered about cold cathodes too. Although I will say that goldfish can handle tropical water perfectly fine, so feel free to expand your plant selection. ...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-07-2010, 03:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 504
Posted By spinycheek
Copper levels

What would be considered high levels for Mexican Dwarf Crayfish. My water tested at .044 mg/L. I'm wondering if I should buy copper absorbents before I get any crayfish.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-10-2010, 07:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,668
Posted By spinycheek
A calcium carbonate based sand or rock will...

A calcium carbonate based sand or rock will slowly dissolve in your tank adding carbonate hardness to your system. Baking soda will give more precision and ability to control levels however.
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Forum: Substrate 04-10-2010, 07:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,129
Posted By spinycheek
Have you tried Oolite sand from a saltwater fish...

Have you tried Oolite sand from a saltwater fish store, or other saltwater sand. I'm not sure of the technical difference, but it's still calcium carbonate based.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 03-29-2010, 05:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 555
Posted By spinycheek
Ok, good to know. I figure they spend most of...

Ok, good to know. I figure they spend most of their time on the plants all over the bottom anyways.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 03-28-2010, 08:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,902
Posted By spinycheek
Cool, I hope this turns out as awesome as I'm...

Cool, I hope this turns out as awesome as I'm envisioning. I'm having a custom rimless tank built for it.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 03-28-2010, 08:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 555
Posted By spinycheek
Crustaceans with silica sand?

I heard someone say that silica based sand is harmful to crustaceans. I'm assuming because it can scratch up their exoskeleton which definitely happens with terrestrial arthropods and can lead to...
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