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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 07:45 AM
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Posted By Hardstuff
Ok I think we are all on the same page about the...

Ok I think we are all on the same page about the fact that MY pool filter sand does indeed contain carbonates & will raise kh. In fact I think my Gh is rising as well. Also posting still about the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-15-2014, 07:28 AM
Replies: 17
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Posted By Hardstuff
I have a 5 gallon batch of fresh water ready now....

I have a 5 gallon batch of fresh water ready now. Kh 0, Gh3. Current tank values are Kh10, Gh11. At one point I had it down to Kh8, Gh10. My goal for this tank is Kh5, Gh8. I will try 3 or 4 small...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-15-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 17
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Posted By Hardstuff
Thanks for your reply: As stated I tested a...

Thanks for your reply: As stated I tested a small batch , meaning just about a tablespoon worth with pure r/o water & the Kh was sky high as I stated earlier. There seems to be no way out of this! ...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-15-2014, 05:30 AM
Replies: 17
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Posted By Hardstuff
I used quickrete pool filter sand #1153. I hate...

I used quickrete pool filter sand #1153. I hate to break the news but it does. OR MY KH TEST KIT IS FAULTY! Since I have been making water for years & my kh levels have been stable in all my tanks...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-14-2014, 06:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 401
Posted By Hardstuff
It sounds like you are really jumping to...

It sounds like you are really jumping to conclusions on the scratching. The fish were in qt for 3 weeks & showed no spots. They appear healthy, & breath normal & show normal activity. It is unwise...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-14-2014, 04:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 401
Posted By Hardstuff
Thanks so much for your reply . Well I can tell...

Thanks so much for your reply . Well I can tell you for sure thats its the pool filter sand. I checked a small batch using r/o water with no kh booster & sure enough that small little container...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-14-2014, 03:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 401
Posted By Hardstuff
High kh from pool filter sand!

I was wondering can someone give me some insight on the effects of high kh. I should have tested kh , I may have tested for gh & I figured I was ok. I now have a kh of 8 or 9! I cannot lower it. ...
Forum: Fish 04-09-2014, 08:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 204
Posted By Hardstuff
Thanks all, I would agree with the antibiotics...

Thanks all, I would agree with the antibiotics not being as powerful & making stronger bacteria. Just wanted to make sure if the opposite would happen like them going bad & having a negative effect...
Forum: Fish 04-09-2014, 06:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 204
Posted By Hardstuff
Is it OK to use expired fish meds??

My tetras did not look right. They were doing great for 1.5 years now their eyes are poking out slightly & look weird . They just do not look right. They have been hiding a lot as well. I tried...
Forum: Algae 04-07-2014, 09:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 210
Posted By Hardstuff
No , I can say from looking at the pictures its...

No , I can say from looking at the pictures its not what I have. That algae sure looks like BBA to me. Clearly you can see the tufts fanning out in your image , although the other type I cannot make...
Forum: Algae 04-07-2014, 05:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 210
Posted By Hardstuff
Is there a difference between BBA & BSA? are they the same?

Ok, I have been battling what I thought was BBA in my tanks for a long time now. Even leaving threads on the stuff. How I have knocked it back & how it comes back. After what seems like years...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-29-2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 348
Posted By Hardstuff
Seems like lots of people are not Qt ING their...

Seems like lots of people are not Qt ING their fish. Thats bad fish keeping. You would not have to deal with any planted tank issues if the fish were quarantined for 3 or 4 weeks. The second tank...
Forum: Fish 03-29-2014, 07:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 140
Posted By Hardstuff
Thanks OVT: I am pretty sure they are true...

Thanks OVT: I am pretty sure they are true SAE's. They do not have the black markings on the fins such as the case with the flying foxes. There is no red color around the mouth to indicate they are...
Forum: Lighting 03-29-2014, 04:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 214
Posted By Hardstuff
I run the Finnex planted + on my low tech dirt no...

I run the Finnex planted + on my low tech dirt no CO2, liquid carbon tank. I like the light. But I do not think the light really makes it into the medium light end of things. When I first turned it...
Forum: Fish 03-29-2014, 04:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 140
Posted By Hardstuff
Need advice on True SAE algae eaters in QT tank.

I bought 3 true Siamese algae eaters for my established 55 gallon dirted tank. I plan on a 2 to 3 week qt for them. They are in a 5.5 gallon planted tank & they are about 2 inches long. The problem...
Forum: Plants 03-27-2014, 07:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 313
Posted By Hardstuff
Cutting may be the only option. In my case I have...

Cutting may be the only option. In my case I have a 10 gallon pressurized set up. In 18 months my rhizome grew from 3 inches to 8 inches or more with at least 5 major branches. it is now almost...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 03-27-2014, 06:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 183
Posted By Hardstuff
I guess it depends on how much algae you have. I...

I guess it depends on how much algae you have. I have 2 -10 gallon heavy bio mass tanks & a 55 planted tank & let me tell you. They eat healthy plants . When their food source gets depleted they snap...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-23-2014, 09:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,374
Posted By Hardstuff
I just checked the tanks . I am very happy BBA...

I just checked the tanks . I am very happy BBA has not come back in any noticeable way on the plants in all my tanks. However BBA still is growing slightly on the back glass on one tank but not on...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-23-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,374
Posted By Hardstuff
I agree mostly especially about being 100% at...

I agree mostly especially about being 100% at this point. I am still going though this new experiment that I am performing. Time may tell for me. As far as determining its actual food source, well...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-23-2014, 08:46 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,374
Posted By Hardstuff
Zapins that was an interesting experiment. That...

Zapins that was an interesting experiment. That was interesting but from my experience more CO2 usually grew more BBA like others say as well.

I agree with Mistergreen that its the fluctuation...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-22-2014, 07:27 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,374
Posted By Hardstuff
(Thank you very much) Roadmaster ! Thats me as...

(Thank you very much) Roadmaster ! Thats me as well. Sealed glass box just collecting organics. I have not pushed 2 times a week on water changes but probably would not hurt. Yes I am currently...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-21-2014, 08:36 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,374
Posted By Hardstuff
I will be looking out for the results, thanks. It...

I will be looking out for the results, thanks. It would not surprise me at all if there was some compound in common between the tank samples with BBA issues compared to clean tanks. No pun intended,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-21-2014, 07:58 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,374
Posted By Hardstuff
Thanks Zapins

I will read that. I think I followed that for awhile. I wanted to see how it turned out. I use to work for a lab myself. For me it was frustrating getting the ok for samples. There was always...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-21-2014, 07:49 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,374
Posted By Hardstuff
Ok I forgot to mention something in my last post....

Ok I forgot to mention something in my last post. It may or may not have anything to do with BBA but I will report it anyway. About the time I started noticing BBA but not really really sure about...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-21-2014, 07:28 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,374
Posted By Hardstuff
I do not have trouble growing most plants. I do...

I do not have trouble growing most plants. I do not want to limit CO2. I am not trying to cut ferts to a minimum. I am back dosing Fe again. My tanks are looking like they were 1 year go before I...
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