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Forum: Fish 12-09-2014, 04:07 AM
Replies: 5
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Posted By Hardstuff
Thanks Diana. I ended up putting her down with...

Thanks Diana. I ended up putting her down with clove oil. It took at least 15-20 minutes. But it still seemed quick regardless. I just could not watch her suffer anymore. It went on for months. She...
Forum: Fish 12-06-2014, 04:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 175
Posted By Hardstuff
The babies are out but unfortunately she can only...

The babies are out but unfortunately she can only eat small sections of feed or she spits the food out. She swims up for food but eating seems to be a real chore for her. She is thin an hardly...
Forum: Fish 12-05-2014, 07:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 175
Posted By Hardstuff
My camera is out of batteries an generally shows...

My camera is out of batteries an generally shows poor images anyway. The fish actually looks healthy except the sunken belly. She is holding her body weight an there are not any pointing out scales,...
Forum: Fish 12-05-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 175
Posted By Hardstuff
sunken belly on female swordtail after giving birth?

I would like opinions on my female swordtail since I was considering putting her down. She gave birth 2 times. The first time she was healthy an fat looking an foraged normally with good color . She...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-20-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 778
Posted By Hardstuff
I forgot to add a question mark for my thread...

I forgot to add a question mark for my thread title, because I actually did not intend to suggest it was incorrect, more of not understand where the co2 goes after adding kh. Which I still do not...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-19-2014, 04:48 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 778
Posted By Hardstuff
I know most of this stuff is regarding Joe's...

I know most of this stuff is regarding Joe's post. I agree totally with what you said except water changes are to get rid of stuff not to maintain stuff. Well even thats mostly true but especially...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-18-2014, 07:33 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 778
Posted By Hardstuff
Thanks Tom. I guess its the aqueous part that I...

Thanks Tom. I guess its the aqueous part that I am having a hard time understanding. I also probably confused some folks but I really was not pitching trying to change the kh using CO2. Not sure...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-17-2014, 11:42 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 778
Posted By Hardstuff
I do all that stuff already. I add gh booster an...

I do all that stuff already. I add gh booster an Kh buffer. I add extra trace for the fish mostly. I aerate the r/o from time to time but still not sure if that is necessary since it takes the co2...
Forum: Algae 09-17-2014, 10:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 371
Posted By Hardstuff
I feel your pain. Back east I never had the...

I feel your pain. Back east I never had the stuff. I was using my tap water which was very soft low organic water. I did not know how to grow plants but had some success. The point is my CO2 level...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-17-2014, 09:54 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 778
Posted By Hardstuff
Thanks Joe, you were right an wrong. I was just...

Thanks Joe, you were right an wrong. I was just trying to figure out what the freshly made r/o water CO2 content is from my filter in hopes of not causing CO2 swings when doing water changes. The...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-17-2014, 08:54 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 778
Posted By Hardstuff
Not to hijack my own thread, but when I use to...

Not to hijack my own thread, but when I use to live on Long Island NY, I never grew BBA algae at all. I knew nothing about growing plants other than they needed light CO2 an a decent CEC exchange...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-17-2014, 08:14 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 778
Posted By Hardstuff
Thanks Tom. I have always used a kh of 3 or 4...

Thanks Tom. I have always used a kh of 3 or 4 with pretty good results an stable ph. My r/o is very good. My TDS on a good day is 16 since my tap has very high TDS usually around 530. So I am using a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-17-2014, 09:57 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 778
Posted By Hardstuff
I do realize that adding a base or acid raises an...

I do realize that adding a base or acid raises an lowers ph. I am not talking about the relationship between acids an bases but CO2 content in water verse kh an ph levels regarding the so called CO2...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-17-2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 778
Posted By Hardstuff
I guess mainly what I am asking is: I would like...

I guess mainly what I am asking is: I would like to know do to my lack of chemistry is : What happened to 6 or 7 ppms of CO2 when I added the extra sodium bicarbonate to the sample? Does the CO2...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-17-2014, 09:22 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 778
Posted By Hardstuff
Flaws in Kh chart regarding CO2 content

So in an attempt to help keep my water more stable doing my water changes to help get rid of BBA algae in my pressurized set ups, I decided to try an estimate the amount of CO2 in my R/O water using...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-12-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 756
Posted By Hardstuff
Sounds interesting but not all fish eat pellets....

Sounds interesting but not all fish eat pellets. I know my Ember tetras will not. mY SAE algae eaters I feed very sparingly an only waffers not flake an that tank gets the most film. What's the...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 09-12-2014, 10:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 562
Posted By Hardstuff
Pick them out , one, at a time. Kill, kill, kill....

Pick them out , one, at a time. Kill, kill, kill. It may take weeks. But you will get them all if you try hard enough. I have done this in several tanks.
Forum: Substrate 09-12-2014, 10:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 310
Posted By Hardstuff
I second that it is a good idea. It will be...

I second that it is a good idea. It will be cloudy for a few days or more but it will settle down. I like this combo for pressurized set ups as well as low tech. Go for it. I just prefer the red over...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-12-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 756
Posted By Hardstuff
I get film on all my 5 tanks. Pressurized or not....

I get film on all my 5 tanks. Pressurized or not. I have soft water in at least 3 out of 5 tanks. Plants are in all my tanks. I do not use pellets to feed my fish. Regarding the Ehiem surface...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 09-12-2014, 08:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 425
Posted By Hardstuff
Linwood you are doing great. A fishless cycle is...

Linwood you are doing great. A fishless cycle is the way to go especially if you do not have any bio media to start off with that has bacteria. IMO , fishless cycling is the way to go in any tank,...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 09-12-2014, 08:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 382
Posted By Hardstuff
Hi Filthy, I am your neighbor. I live in Mesa AZ....

Hi Filthy, I am your neighbor. I live in Mesa AZ. I have been using r/o water for nearly 3 years now. I found red algae which is the worst likes our water. It is high in organics. My distiller did...
Forum: Equipment 09-09-2014, 10:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 750
Posted By Hardstuff
I would stay with Ehiem. They have the best...

I would stay with Ehiem. They have the best filtration. The flow from Fluval is overrated . The tubing is terrible. HOB filters will take away your CO2. They are good mechanical filters though. They...
Forum: Equipment 09-09-2014, 08:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 750
Posted By Hardstuff
My 2213 should be a little more silent if not...

My 2213 should be a little more silent if not perfect out of the box. Only because the 2215 moves more water it will make slightly more water noise if you get close to it, but less than Fluval. Right...
Forum: Lighting 09-09-2014, 06:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 250
Posted By Hardstuff
Thanks stitch, I am pleased with the single...

Thanks stitch, I am pleased with the single finnex on a shallow tank but the single 48 inch is not cutting it on the 21 inch deep tank. I guess I will go with the Ray 2 as well. I know the monster...
Forum: Lighting 09-09-2014, 06:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 250
Posted By Hardstuff
Need advice on adding lights to my 55 gallon pressurized set up

Hi all. I could really use some advice on my 2.5 month old pressurized tank. Right now I am running a single Finnex planted + . Most of the plants grow well but I developed ditoms like most new...
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