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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 11-17-2014, 05:11 AM
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Views: 448
Posted By plantbrain
CO2 is over dosed all the time in the post here...

CO2 is over dosed all the time in the post here and the aquarist kill and gas their fish.

I've not seen anyone decidedly kill a fish with KNO3, K2SO4, GH booster, KH2PO4.

NH4 and Copper it is...
Forum: Equipment 11-16-2014, 05:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 334
Posted By plantbrain
All the fine microbubbles attach to organic...

All the fine microbubbles attach to organic material, and cause a suspension. BACTERIAL BLOOM ALSO.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 11-14-2014, 06:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 455
Posted By plantbrain
You can run models of the outcomes of doing...

You can run models of the outcomes of doing 10-20% water changes, but for Excel tanks...........I suggest once a month water change and do a good 50%.

All the fuss and heehaw over ferts when a...
Forum: Tank Journals 11-13-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 513
Posted By plantbrain
Yes, add plants, add soil, water daily.

Yes, add plants, add soil, water daily.
Forum: Tank Journals 11-12-2014, 07:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 513
Posted By plantbrain
The HC started as a sorry looking pot and then...

The HC started as a sorry looking pot and then went into this in May:

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u312/plantbrain/HCiwagumi_zps36880e9c.jpg...
Forum: Tank Journals 11-12-2014, 06:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 513
Posted By plantbrain
Iwagumi nano HC tank

Well, it looks bigger than it is, it's a 3 gallon tank

Rock arrangement is nothing ground breaking, but that's not even remotely the point for this, it's a blend of terrarium, aquarium, bonsai and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-11-2014, 06:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 409
Posted By plantbrain
Breeders in Asia have been dropping the prices on...

Breeders in Asia have been dropping the prices on them if the vendor buys in bulk, so if you order 1000, then ship out 20 to each store for an ad.........then it's not an issue. The idea is the same...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 11-07-2014, 08:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 396
Posted By plantbrain
The good news is you are young, so the recovery...

The good news is you are young, so the recovery would be good and the new bone would grow in well, if you are 85, well.......not so much.

So ad far as recovery and less pain, well, it's not...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 11-01-2014, 06:22 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,096
Posted By plantbrain
You should not be using EI for a non CO2, non...

You should not be using EI for a non CO2, non Excel planted tank.

You should only be dosing 1/10th at most the EI rates. If you have ample livestock and feed them well, even less.

EI is fairly...
Forum: DIY 11-01-2014, 06:10 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 40,622
Posted By plantbrain
This is an inherent problem with LED...

This is an inherent problem with LED calculations.

The more light type variables you add, the messier things start to get. There's much less consistency since you can DIY so many options.
...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-30-2014, 06:29 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,096
Posted By plantbrain
WC seems to really hit algae in a negative way....

WC seems to really hit algae in a negative way. So the more, the better till you cannot handle all the labor or get sick of them etc, but then automation, simple less laborious methods can be...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-30-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,096
Posted By plantbrain
Over what time frame? Plants can take a while...

Over what time frame?
Plants can take a while to adapt and the end result is often not the immediate response of a dosing routine, might take 8 weeks to see that.

Folks see some things clear up,...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-30-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,096
Posted By plantbrain
Your plants will grow very nicely post water...

Your plants will grow very nicely post water change(that day).

Tap often adds a lot of CO2 rich water because it's colder and in a sealed system, then it is warmed, releases CO2. Well water is...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-30-2014, 05:43 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,096
Posted By plantbrain
You can do it yourself and see the reduced and...

You can do it yourself and see the reduced and stunted tip growth, you can see curling and twisting in several species of plants.

Ludwigia V. var red pantanal is a good plant to try this out with...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-30-2014, 05:30 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,096
Posted By plantbrain
No, this is not correct. It looks a lot...

No, this is not correct.

It looks a lot like several nutrient deficiencies(K+, Ca++, several traces).
It does not just impact rates of growth. Nutrients are easy to rule out, CO2 is almost never...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-28-2014, 06:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 367
Posted By plantbrain
Under this type of routine, I typically suggest...

Under this type of routine, I typically suggest 1/4 to 1/3 EI, not 1/2.
Water changes typically run once a month.

Once a month say 50% is better than 2x a month of 20% regarding any build up of...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 10-27-2014, 06:37 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,368
Posted By plantbrain
Get a lawyer. Job: do you plan on doing...

Get a lawyer.

Job: do you plan on doing this type of work when you are 60?
Know anyone that does? Ask them what you should do.

Find something with decent benefits and I have an idea or two...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-27-2014, 06:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 367
Posted By plantbrain
I'm not so sure anyone has shown an upper range...

I'm not so sure anyone has shown an upper range that we know is detrimental for NO3.

I've gone 6-12 months without water changes on many tanks.
But,m dirt, muck, post trimming effects,...
Forum: Lighting 10-27-2014, 05:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 339
Posted By plantbrain
Folks that see a difference= CO2 issue(generally,...

Folks that see a difference= CO2 issue(generally, too low), too long of a light schedule , too bright.

Sometimes folks add CO2 poorly, so not enough at the start, then too much at the end, others,...
Forum: Algae 10-27-2014, 12:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 740
Posted By plantbrain
If you reduce the light, then this suggest it's...

If you reduce the light, then this suggest it's something to do with CO2/ferts, less to do with most other issues.

High light= things have more demand for nutrients/CO2.

Screen and also simply...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 10-26-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,368
Posted By plantbrain
Well, the credit card companies and the banks,...

Well, the credit card companies and the banks, they push this stuff on you like drug pushers. Then they blame the addicts they created when many cannot pay, then they hire congress to change the...
Forum: Tank Journals 10-25-2014, 09:52 PM
Replies: 2,264
Views: 288,823
Posted By plantbrain
18" means you trim a lot more, 2x as much vs the...

18" means you trim a lot more, 2x as much vs the 24" height.

I think 22-24 and then 36" front the back is best, but that's a big old tank then.
I'll do something like that when I sell off the...
Forum: Aquascaping 10-25-2014, 09:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,190
Posted By plantbrain
I would push all the hardscape to the back, some...

I would push all the hardscape to the back, some branches will extend forward either way. Push all the vals far back. then use perhaps the Blyxa and penny wort mostly in the front. Other grasses will...
Forum: Aquascaping 10-25-2014, 04:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,010
Posted By plantbrain
I prefer subtle or strong contrast mostly. ...

I prefer subtle or strong contrast mostly.

Textures etc, shades of red or green, a tank can be all one or the other, or both, or high light one different colored species.

Red planted tanks...
Forum: Tank Journals 10-24-2014, 07:26 AM
Replies: 2,264
Views: 288,823
Posted By plantbrain
Tank is 30 inches front to back depth.

Tank is 30 inches front to back depth.
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