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Forum: DIY   Today, 07:23 PM
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Because the system automatically shuts off the...

Because the system automatically shuts off the flow of acid into the baking soda as the CO2 pressure builds up. It is really an ingenious system! If it would work for a month between recharges it...
Forum: DIY   Today, 07:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 247
Posted By Hoppy
The more light you use, the more maintenance you...

The more light you use, the more maintenance you will have to do. Light drives the plant growth rate, so more light means more pruning and other plant maintenance. Algae love light, so the more...
Forum: DIY   Today, 07:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 92
Posted By Hoppy
Since you are mostly asking about an "algae"...

Since you are mostly asking about an "algae" problem I suggest asking for help in the algae forum. More people who are interested in algae will see the question.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   Today, 06:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 125
Posted By Hoppy
The optimum concentration of CO2 in the water...

The optimum concentration of CO2 in the water depends on how much light you are using, and whether the plants you have are fast growers or not. When use of CO2 was still a novelty we needed to know...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   Today, 06:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 203
Posted By Hoppy
If what you add to the water precipitates out...

If what you add to the water precipitates out some of the TDS it might reduce the TDS, otherwise I think you are correct.
Forum: Algae   07-20-2016, 08:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,133
Posted By Hoppy
I use Metricide at about double the Excel...

I use Metricide at about double the Excel recommended dosage, and my GDA started growing while I was using it. I now also have some CO2, from a DIY set-up, and the GDA still grows. In other words,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   07-20-2016, 07:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 378
Posted By Hoppy
A typical one bulb T8 fluorescent aquarium light...

A typical one bulb T8 fluorescent aquarium light should give you low to low medium light on a 29 gallon tank. In other words, it gives you all of the light you can use on a non-CO2 tank without...
Forum: Lighting   07-19-2016, 08:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 439
Posted By Hoppy
A way to make this experiment mean more would be...

A way to make this experiment mean more would be to use a PAR meter to make sure the PAR is the same whatever filter you use. You would raise or lower the light fixture to adjust the PAR reading. ...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   07-19-2016, 04:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 303
Posted By Hoppy
I have found that it is best for me to start out...

I have found that it is best for me to start out with just learning the basics of a planted tank. How much substrate to use, how to clean it, how to get it into the tank, how to set out the plants...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   07-19-2016, 01:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 199
Posted By Hoppy
The larger the diameter of the reactor body the...

The larger the diameter of the reactor body the slower the water moves through it. If you have the room for a larger diameter reactor, and don't go hog wild in making it larger, this should work.
Forum: Algae   07-19-2016, 01:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,133
Posted By Hoppy
After another 2 weeks I repeated this process. ...

After another 2 weeks I repeated this process. The amount of GDA is a bit less than the last time, but it is still there. I'm convinced that this is a very effective way to live with GDA, not as...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   07-17-2016, 04:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 199
Posted By Hoppy
It takes a large bubble rate of CO2 to...

It takes a large bubble rate of CO2 to appreciably raise the amount of CO2 in a 130 gallon tank. Probably around 10 bubbles per second. I doubt that you are using that much. If you light intensity...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   07-17-2016, 04:47 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 774
Posted By Hoppy
How are you measuring pH? With a test kit, with...

How are you measuring pH? With a test kit, with a pH probe, etc.? Could this actually be a problem with measurement accuracy?

Adding normal amounts of LeafZone won't affect the tank water pH. ...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   07-16-2016, 10:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 119
Posted By Hoppy
The Finnex Planted Plus is most likely too much...

The Finnex Planted Plus is most likely too much light, but the Stingray should work ok. It is made for low light tanks.
Forum: Plants   07-16-2016, 10:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 299
Posted By Hoppy
Planting anubias nana petite as a carpet could be...

Planting anubias nana petite as a carpet could be very difficult, since it can't be planted like typical aquatic plants. It has a rhizome with the roots growing from that, and the rhizome has to be...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   07-16-2016, 10:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 343
Posted By Hoppy
I wouldn't worry about using that rod as is. The...

I wouldn't worry about using that rod as is. The inside is most likely either a zinc alloy or iron, and the rod won't be in the water where it might leach something into the water.
Forum: Lighting   07-16-2016, 10:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 162
Posted By Hoppy
If the light makes the aquascape look good to...

If the light makes the aquascape look good to you, then use it. But, two T5HO bulbs over most 4 foot long planted tanks is too much light to even think of not using pressurized CO2. As dukydaf...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   07-14-2016, 05:11 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 774
Posted By Hoppy
No, mixing pH 7.5 water with pH 8.3 water doesn't...

No, mixing pH 7.5 water with pH 8.3 water doesn't give you the average of those two numbers. Remember pH is a logarithmic value, so 8.5 pH is ten times less than 7.5 ph when you treat it as a...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   07-14-2016, 05:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 346
Posted By Hoppy
A true zero KH is very unlikely to ever happen. ...

A true zero KH is very unlikely to ever happen. Eventually the KH will be low enough that the plants can't use it, so the drop will stop. Any time you change the KH of the water you are using,...
Forum: Substrate   07-14-2016, 04:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 182
Posted By Hoppy
I believe you are on the wrong track with manure...

I believe you are on the wrong track with manure in the substrate. Manure will leach ammonia into the tank in large quantities, beyond what the bacteria can handle. Most likely you will get green...
Forum: Lighting   07-14-2016, 04:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 240
Posted By Hoppy
It is best not to post the same question in two...

It is best not to post the same question in two different forums. I answered this in the low tech forum, except that you didn't provide as much information there. You probably need at least 26 watt...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   07-14-2016, 04:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 250
Posted By Hoppy
No, that would be too little light. (I'm assuming...

No, that would be too little light. (I'm assuming the bulbs are horizontally mounted above the tank.) A standard 65 gallon tank is 2 feet high, so you need to have the bulbs vertical in dome shaped...
Forum: Algae   07-13-2016, 11:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 216
Posted By Hoppy
Blue green Algae Problem

Florida needs our help!!

http://i573.photobucket.com/albums/ss176/Hoppycalif/Florida%20Algae_zpsoc5frtmx.jpg

I'm going to recommend putting some window screen between that tank and the...
Forum: DIY   07-12-2016, 09:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 248
Posted By Hoppy
Please do! It is always interesting to see how...

Please do! It is always interesting to see how others arrive at the tank setup they want.
Forum: DIY   07-12-2016, 06:13 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,684
Posted By Hoppy
Yesterday I renewed the sugar/yeast/water...

Yesterday I renewed the sugar/yeast/water solution for the first time. I found that even though the CO2 storage bottle was full, it wasn't supplying CO2 to the diffuser. I think that is because of...
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