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Forum: Lighting Yesterday, 07:59 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By Xiaozhuang
You can start at 1 feet and tweak from there....

You can start at 1 feet and tweak from there. Even for LEDs, the efficiencies vary quite a bit, so one 30w LED may have significantly more PAR than another 30w LED...
Forum: Lighting Yesterday, 04:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 276
Posted By Xiaozhuang
I use them in a desk lamp; so the heat dissipates...

I use them in a desk lamp; so the heat dissipates more easily than in a hood..

I've used them over the years; and sell small nano tanks as a hobby...
The desk lamp gives good adjust-ability and...
Forum: Lighting Yesterday, 03:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 276
Posted By Xiaozhuang
You're right about PAR being the accurate measure...

You're right about PAR being the accurate measure of light for plants. However, PAR data for CFL generally isn't well recorded, there are quite a bit of variations given the fixtures and positioning...
Forum: Plants Yesterday, 02:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 140
Posted By Xiaozhuang
This is interesting... thanks for the info ~ ...

This is interesting... thanks for the info ~

Utricularia gibba is one irritating plant though
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-19-2014, 01:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 954
Posted By Xiaozhuang
They seem to poop a lot though

They seem to poop a lot though
Forum: Lighting 12-18-2014, 02:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 290
Posted By Xiaozhuang
You should start your own lighting company...

You should start your own lighting company jeffkrol (if you're not working at one already)... I think that there are still optimization/development gaps in the LED market that can be filled, and...
Forum: Lighting 12-17-2014, 08:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 608
Posted By Xiaozhuang
The Ada style tanks are mostly scaped with green...

The Ada style tanks are mostly scaped with green plants and only the occasional colored stem, so they're not a benchmark I'll use unless you want that style... There's a reason Tom uses more light in...
Forum: Plants 12-16-2014, 04:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 291
Posted By Xiaozhuang
Looks like physical damage more than anything...

Looks like physical damage more than anything else.. though the green on the leaf is also slightly uneven
Forum: Lighting 12-16-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 608
Posted By Xiaozhuang
Plant density actually... while most plants do...

Plant density actually... while most plants do fine at lower PAR if they are not blocked/shaded, having higher light values allow you to grow plants over-lapping... at the cost of stability/algae...
Forum: Tank Journals 12-16-2014, 01:46 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,002
Posted By Xiaozhuang
hi thanks for visiting ! I tweak the dosing...

hi thanks for visiting !

I tweak the dosing slightly as the pruning cycle changes, as the ludwigia arcuata bush makes up quite a bit of plant mass in the tank. I ease off the phosphates for a bit...
Forum: Plants 12-15-2014, 09:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 793
Posted By Xiaozhuang
The same can be applied to get blyxa very red,...

The same can be applied to get blyxa very red, usually on the brink of death (not the usual healthy bronze associated with good lighting)...
Forum: Lighting 12-15-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 140
Posted By Xiaozhuang
I don't think so, because lighting must be taken...

I don't think so, because lighting must be taken into consideration with respect to other variables such as CO2, substrate, nutrient dosing, etc...

Grows best is also a relative term; force...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-15-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 349
Posted By Xiaozhuang
Unless your bubble size is M&M size... On a 90g,...

Unless your bubble size is M&M size... On a 90g, the bubble rate is usually so fast you can hardly count them. If you have stronger lighting, even crypts, java fern, anubias will pearl nicely. It...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-15-2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 356
Posted By Xiaozhuang
Plants are affected by more variables than just...

Plants are affected by more variables than just light and nutrients... Other variables such as Temperature, KH, CO2, flow, substrate quality, pruning methods, planting density matter also.
Forum: Plants 12-15-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 175
Posted By Xiaozhuang
It's Riccia fluitans, a liverwort

It's Riccia fluitans, a liverwort
Forum: Plants 12-13-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 261
Posted By Xiaozhuang
It's staurogyne repens, lobelia has a longer leaf...

It's staurogyne repens, lobelia has a longer leaf petiole...
Forum: Plants 12-12-2014, 07:31 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,293
Posted By Xiaozhuang
* dissolved aquarium fertilizers are also salts...

* dissolved aquarium fertilizers are also salts that affect salinity, which is the measure of all dissolved salts, not just sodium chloride. And brackish water is just when you have a certain...
Forum: Plants 12-12-2014, 09:33 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,293
Posted By Xiaozhuang
haa... I wonder how high levels can one dose...

haa... I wonder how high levels can one dose before water becomes brackish from high Tds
Forum: Lighting 12-12-2014, 09:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 272
Posted By Xiaozhuang
Red light grows algae ? I use 2200k red...

Red light grows algae ?

I use 2200k red heavy spectrum in my low tech tanks and red/blue heavy BML leds with very high lighting on my high tech tanks and there isn't an algae issue....

Low...
Forum: Plants 12-12-2014, 12:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 251
Posted By Xiaozhuang
Sadly no... That's why it's generally rarer to...

Sadly no... That's why it's generally rarer to see carpets of the above plants in low tech. the marsilea minuta should work though, can try microsword or chain sword as well
Forum: Plants 12-12-2014, 12:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 251
Posted By Xiaozhuang
Sag is quite large to be considered a true...

Sag is quite large to be considered a true carpeting plant...

The other fine ground covers DHG, glosso, marsilea minuta are only good candidates if you have good substrate (soil based) and...
Forum: Plants 12-12-2014, 12:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 124
Posted By Xiaozhuang
Requires reasonably good lighting & substrate in...

Requires reasonably good lighting & substrate in low tech. The other ground covers; MM, chain sword, dwarf sag (arguably not a ground cover) are easier
Forum: Substrate 12-11-2014, 08:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 556
Posted By Xiaozhuang
It doesn't grow plants as well as dirt or soil...

It doesn't grow plants as well as dirt or soil based aquarium substrates like Ada, especially apparent in low tech low tanks. It does last a long time, but having mediocre growth doesn't justify it's...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 12-09-2014, 12:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 247
Posted By Xiaozhuang
Hi Joe, Sorry for hi-jacking this thread,...

Hi Joe,

Sorry for hi-jacking this thread, but can the bacteria form a surface film in that tank that is very milky/white in color compared to just the regular slightly oily colored surface films?...
Forum: Tank Journals 12-09-2014, 12:32 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,593
Posted By Xiaozhuang
Looking good man....

Looking good man....
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