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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-28-2013, 08:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 291
Posted By evanluke
Super bummer! I've done it a couple different...

Super bummer! I've done it a couple different times so I know how you feel.

I prefer not to increase CO2 levels dramatically without fauna.

For me it breeds bad habits and once CO2 levels get...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-21-2011, 07:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 913
Posted By evanluke
From experience

I have actually used the product and run the same tanks with and without the product. Both high tech and low tech (excel) tanks.

In my experience the product does make a diffference. You get...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-09-2011, 07:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 513
Posted By evanluke
Totally possible. Aquariums with lower lights are...

Totally possible. Aquariums with lower lights are much more forgiving for this kind of thing. Keep your light low and you will have lots of options.

The higher the light the more dramatic the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-07-2011, 02:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 741
Posted By evanluke
The greater amount of buffering in your drop...

The greater amount of buffering in your drop checker is the reason why it is dark green while your pH is lower in the tank.

There may be other things in the tank lowering pH other than CO2. Fish...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-05-2011, 10:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 721
Posted By evanluke
Very difficult to say without knowing your bubble...

Very difficult to say without knowing your bubble count.

This misting that you are doing is the least efficient when it come to saving CO2 but it is also less likely to cause stress to the fish.
...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-05-2011, 10:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 818
Posted By evanluke
This is actually a very high amount of lighting...

This is actually a very high amount of lighting for a 15 gallon which is a short tank.

I would switch your lighting out to a standard single T-8 bulb if your focus is going to be keeping shrimp...
Forum: Algae 03-26-2011, 07:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 834
Posted By evanluke
Looking at your tank journal, you have quite a...

Looking at your tank journal, you have quite a but of light but no species that are particularly high light plants.

Swords, crypts, rotala rotundifolia, alternanthera reinickii...all of these are...
Forum: Plants 02-21-2011, 09:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,647
Posted By evanluke
Off the subject avatar pic

@Ben Belton

What is the plant in your avatar pic?

Is it emersed Ludwigia Pantanel?
Forum: Low Tech Forum 09-20-2010, 02:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,701
Posted By evanluke
Wow...i'm speechless. I checked out your journal...

Wow...i'm speechless. I checked out your journal on TFH, quite a demonstration of patience and planning.

Remarkable!
Forum: Low Tech Forum 09-19-2010, 07:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,701
Posted By evanluke
Fantastic tank Laura Lee! Is the substrate...

Fantastic tank Laura Lee!

Is the substrate seeded with soil or anything else?
Forum: Low Tech Forum 08-24-2010, 08:59 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,055
Posted By evanluke
I would agree with lauraleelbp that your plants...

I would agree with lauraleelbp that your plants look pretty decent.

I use to run your light fixture (36" T-5NO Coralife Double Linear Strip) on a 26 gallon tank. It definitely was not too much...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 12-21-2009, 04:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,160
Posted By evanluke
Hood

That hood should be fine for the 5 gallon. I would go with the higher wattage as the watts per gallon rule seems to under estimate the needs of smaller tanks (10 gallon and under). For example, in...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 12-20-2009, 05:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,160
Posted By evanluke
You can get a standard Aqueon 10 gallon hood with...

You can get a standard Aqueon 10 gallon hood with 2 incandescent sockets and then plug 2 20 watt spiral compact fluorescent bulbs into it. That's 40 watts total so it should be plenty of light plus...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 11-16-2009, 05:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,175
Posted By evanluke
I dose excel according to the directions on the...

I dose excel according to the directions on the bottle and my Vallisineria Spiralis "Leopard" grows like a weed.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 10-25-2009, 05:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,173
Posted By evanluke
It took about 2-3 months of trimming and...

It took about 2-3 months of trimming and replanting from about 10 short stems until it started to look like a carpet.

The thing I like most about HM is that since each individual plant has lower...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 10-24-2009, 07:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,173
Posted By evanluke
I am a big fan of Hemianthus Micranthemoides. ...

I am a big fan of Hemianthus Micranthemoides.

Here is a picture of it growing in my tank:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/photo.php?pid=8989434&id=209672435073

Since then it has grow in even...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 09-30-2009, 06:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,146
Posted By evanluke
I think the hair grass would be tricky without...

I think the hair grass would be tricky without some type of CO2 supplementation. For low-tech carpet, I really like Pearl Grass (Hemianthus Micranthemoides).

Here are a couple pictures of it...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 09-30-2009, 04:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 613
Posted By evanluke
A general rule of thumb if you have regular...

A general rule of thumb if you have regular fluorescent (T-8) bulbs or compact fluorescent bulbs is at least 1.5 - 2 watts per gallon...so for your tank you are looking to have at least 85 watts of...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 09-28-2009, 07:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,146
Posted By evanluke
No need to wait for the tank to cycle before...

No need to wait for the tank to cycle before planting. Planting with a good amount of rapidly growing plants should help temper the ammonia and nitrite spikes associated with the cycle as the plants...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 09-25-2009, 08:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 538
Posted By evanluke
I would disagree with Jake...CO2 will always help...

I would disagree with Jake...CO2 will always help the plants. You will not get as rapid growth as a higher light tank but the CO2 definitely will not hurt the plants.

I'd be curious to see how...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 09-25-2009, 04:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,600
Posted By evanluke
Update...All hardscape gone...trim

Took out that big piece of driftwood. Moved the dwarf sag and moss rocks to the corner and transplanted some HM trimmings to expand the foreground carpet.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 09-18-2009, 04:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,600
Posted By evanluke
Took the rock out...wood is next to go. I love...

Took the rock out...wood is next to go. I love how the rock created sort of a clearing with the surrounding plants.

I put a small amazon sword there and am planning to keep the clearing through...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-10-2009, 07:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 290
Posted By evanluke
What kind of light are you running on the tank? ...

What kind of light are you running on the tank? What about the substrate?

What type of plants did you try to grow already?

If your first attempt at plants were unsuccessful it probably has to...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 09-06-2009, 07:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,263
Posted By evanluke
So the standard WPG equation doesn't apply...

So the standard WPG equation doesn't apply because of the T5NO fixture?

I am running one of these fixtures on my 26 gallon low tech. The light is not suspended and I'm running about 1.6 watts per...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 09-06-2009, 09:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,001
Posted By evanluke
Congrats on starting your first planted...

Congrats on starting your first planted tank...Very exciting!

So I'm assuming that since this is posted in the low tech forum that you do not want to do any CO2. If that is the case, you are...
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