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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-02-2016, 03:52 AM
Replies: 181
Views: 6,716
Posted By niko
And how does ADA run their tanks? ...

And how does ADA run their tanks?

Simplified: Lean water column WITH a daily dose of fertilizers AND rich substrate that is active in the sequestering of nutrients.

Can anyone here tell me why...
Forum: Equipment   12-13-2015, 03:49 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,886
Posted By niko
Geez. All kinds of opinions about what not. ...

Geez. All kinds of opinions about what not. Yes, get the cheapest regulator from Amazon or whatever and you are going to get crap. Yes, you are going to get the most expensive whatever and your...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   05-15-2015, 11:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,066
Posted By niko
Stop using tap water. Anyone that is using tap...

Stop using tap water. Anyone that is using tap water is risking everything sooner or later.

In this hobby most problems arise from not using common sense. The tap water of the 1980's was...
Forum: Aquascaping   08-16-2013, 02:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,879
Posted By niko
Aquascaping the way it should be

Here, look and admit how far we have gone pursuing artificial perfection.

There is no doubt these are bodies of water lacking CO2, light stronger then the sun, and excessive fertilizers. That's...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   07-16-2013, 02:47 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,118
Posted By niko
An entire fish breeder room for free. As long as...

An entire fish breeder room for free. As long as I haul off everything together.

I did. Then I posted that I am giving away most of the stuff (that I didn't need). I kid you not - the word...
Forum: Plants   07-15-2013, 03:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,177
Posted By niko
Any variegated plant requires more light. A...

Any variegated plant requires more light. A fully white leaf can be had but at what price? That's how everything is in this life.

Also I don't know why people still believe Anubias (variegated...
Forum: Equipment   07-14-2013, 10:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 910
Posted By niko
Underfilling is common. You can't really be sure...

Underfilling is common. You can't really be sure how much CO2 they give you when you exchange the tank. One way to double check is to weigh the bottle when it is empty and weigh it again when it is...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   07-14-2013, 10:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 569
Posted By niko
7 years for sure. Could be more. I used to have...

7 years for sure. Could be more. I used to have a very old (5+ years) Amano shrimp that was dark blood red all over. Like a cherry shrimp. And it did have an orange line along the entire body. At...
Forum: Fish   07-14-2013, 10:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 563
Posted By niko
Half beak. One of many species. This one grows...

Half beak. One of many species. This one grows bigger than 2" for sure. When it reaches about 2-1/2 inches gets fiercely territorial. 1 fish in a 6' long tank will not allow any other half beak...
Forum: Algae   07-07-2013, 02:08 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 18,433
Posted By niko
ADA tanks have "low" Nitrate and "high" pH. ...

ADA tanks have "low" Nitrate and "high" pH. Nitrate never more than 1 and pH=6.8 with P=0.01 is way "off" for most people. But the plants in ADA tanks don't mind the "bad" values.

I've heard that...
Forum: DIY   07-05-2013, 05:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 511
Posted By niko
Epoxy yellows. Even in a room with minimal...

Epoxy yellows. Even in a room with minimal light.

You can try straight Polyurethane. It does not stick well to anything and that is why normally it is used over primer (epoxy). But in your case...
Forum: Aquascaping   07-05-2013, 02:18 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,918
Posted By niko
With discus the main scare is that because they...

With discus the main scare is that because they are very dirty fish the tank will eventually get dirty enough to where algae will eat you alive. That means one thing - you must setup the tank in...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   06-26-2013, 02:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 677
Posted By niko
Since you must have acquired this pile of hip...

Since you must have acquired this pile of hip Japanese decorations and products from an ADA distributor it would be wise to ask them about advice with the water parameters and how to run the tank day...
Forum: Algae   06-26-2013, 02:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 523
Posted By niko
Daily cleaning with a brush before any dirt is...

Daily cleaning with a brush before any dirt is even visible will keep the pipe clean. If you don't do that you have about 2 weeks before you see algae on the transparent pipe.

But if your tank is...
Forum: Fish   06-25-2013, 03:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 436
Posted By niko
That's a fish that grows super fast, eats a lot,...

That's a fish that grows super fast, eats a lot, gets very rough when feeding (bumbs other fish), and it is gorgeous when mature. 30 in a 125 with a sump will not be too much, not at all. Except...
Forum: Herp (Reptiles and Amphibians)   06-25-2013, 05:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 552
Posted By niko
Yeah you can do it. Best thing is to empty the...

Yeah you can do it. Best thing is to empty the tank. But you may end up with another problem depending on how deep the scratches are and how willing you are to polish away. You will have to use...
Forum: Algae   06-24-2013, 09:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 473
Posted By niko
Someone needs to clean their biofilter. It gets...

Someone needs to clean their biofilter. It gets gunked up and starts to act in ways you don't want to hear about (including actually making Ammonia).

Amanos won't do anything to Staghorn.

With...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions   06-24-2013, 09:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 942
Posted By niko
Here's a practical spin on your biology stuff;...

Here's a practical spin on your biology stuff; get as close to healthcare as you can. The two fields are close and if you like being in healthcare it may lead you to someting good. Hope you are not...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   06-24-2013, 09:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,107
Posted By niko
I have a 10 gallon tank chock full of crypts with...

I have a 10 gallon tank chock full of crypts with a measly 15 watt bulb on top. I have to prune the crypts every single week. What's interesting about that is that if the DIY CO2 that is hooked up...
Forum: Algae   06-24-2013, 04:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,153
Posted By niko
Jahn, I've used a wire brush and a Dremel...

Jahn,

I've used a wire brush and a Dremel and still could not get rid of the BBA on wood...

Green,

Setup a clean tank, run it clean for months. Introduce more fish, more food. Do not...
Forum: Algae   06-23-2013, 10:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,153
Posted By niko
BBA. Two things you must do to make it...

BBA.

Two things you must do to make it disappear:

1. Make sure your tank is clean. Looks clean to you? The algae still grows? Then it is not clean. Vacuum well, change 10% of the water...
Forum: Lighting   06-23-2013, 10:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,819
Posted By niko
If each of the two bulbs does not have its own...

If each of the two bulbs does not have its own reflector you have high light but not too much by any means IF you use CO2. Since you don't you got to be careful with what you put in the water so you...
Forum: Algae   06-22-2013, 05:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,258
Posted By niko
You are focusing too much on adding stuff to the...

You are focusing too much on adding stuff to the tank. That is the general approach on the US forums so that is what you think works best because everybody talks about chemicals, fertilizers, and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-09-2013, 12:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,712
Posted By niko
HC loves acidic substrate. If grown emersed in...

HC loves acidic substrate. If grown emersed in AquaSoil a water sample from within the substrate shows a pH of 5.0-5.5. In this environment, without any additonal fertilization the roots of the HC...
Forum: Lighting   01-08-2013, 01:47 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,265
Posted By niko
Well, as I promised, I just tried the 14W grow...

Well, as I promised, I just tried the 14W grow LED array by itself over the tank that already has a 30W LED flood light + a 24W T5HO Giesemann Midday:

Observations of the pearling. Percentages are...
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