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Forum: Algae 03-31-2014, 09:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 779
Posted By DarkCobra
Nope. While I've had high CO2 make a few algae...

Nope. While I've had high CO2 make a few algae worse, the types that grow on glass aren't included.

Light sounds like the prime candidate here, and the reduction in photoperiod you've already...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 03-26-2014, 03:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 777
Posted By DarkCobra
Looks like fungus growing on green spot algae. ...

Looks like fungus growing on green spot algae. Neither of which will directly affect your shrimp, but if you have fungus growing like that, it may indicate a water quality problem. Have you tested...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-26-2014, 03:25 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,512
Posted By DarkCobra
Love the visual aids in this thread. Awesome job...

Love the visual aids in this thread. Awesome job [Zorfox]!



Using EI, you add more than is necessary, and remove the buildup with regular water changes. By adding an excess of potassium...
Forum: Algae 03-23-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,658
Posted By DarkCobra
Busan 77 is the trade name for...

Busan 77 is the trade name for poly-yadda-yadda-dichloride, one of many names for the same thing, just much easier to type. ;)

I agree with [Plantbrain], Algaefix alone has no useful effect on...
Forum: Plants 03-19-2014, 02:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 462
Posted By DarkCobra
Testing for iron is not as simple and foolproof...

Testing for iron is not as simple and foolproof as many other nutrients. My iron test kit has separate methods for testing chelated and non-chelated iron. Chelated requires the addition of an...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-17-2014, 06:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 699
Posted By DarkCobra
Excluding: 1) Failure to shake the nitrate...

Excluding:

1) Failure to shake the nitrate reagent bottle like you're angry at it
2) GH tests past their expiration date
3) New test kits that never worked from day #1 (rare)

I've never had a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-17-2014, 05:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 569
Posted By DarkCobra
Anaerobic is bad because it produces hydrogen...

Anaerobic is bad because it produces hydrogen sulfide gas, which smells like rotten eggs and is toxic.

You should always test your water whenever fish are unhealthy or acting strangely. The...
Forum: Fish 03-17-2014, 02:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 396
Posted By DarkCobra
Thanks! Yep, Columnaris and neons sure is a...

Thanks! Yep, Columnaris and neons sure is a nasty combo, but I think I have that licked now (knock on wood). I'll have to look up Iridovirus.

Callamanus is another candidate, but given how long...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-17-2014, 02:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 569
Posted By DarkCobra
First and foremost, test for...

First and foremost, test for ammonia/nitrite/nitrate if you haven't already done so.

Substrate doesn't need to be kept super clean, but if mulm (fish poop and other assorted detritus)...
Forum: Fish 03-17-2014, 02:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 396
Posted By DarkCobra
I'm curious, which pathogens did you have this...

I'm curious, which pathogens did you have this problem with?
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-17-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 699
Posted By DarkCobra
+1. I can tune nutrients in a tank to specific...

+1. I can tune nutrients in a tank to specific ranges, and get any particular plant looking absolutely spectacular. Keep in mind that health does not always equal beauty, some plants are considered...
Forum: Fish 03-17-2014, 01:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 396
Posted By DarkCobra
That's an interesting topic, Roadmaster. I...

That's an interesting topic, Roadmaster.

I do the opposite, and keep my quarantine tank running 100% of the time. It's set up just like any other tank, with good substrate, ferts, heavily...
Forum: Fish 03-17-2014, 01:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 423
Posted By DarkCobra
It does sound like columnaris, which has...

It does sound like columnaris, which has different strains, effects, and progression rates as previously mentioned.

Just in case your attempts to isolate and sterilize fail and it resurfaces, I'd...
Forum: Fish 03-17-2014, 12:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 599
Posted By DarkCobra
If your description is accurate, then your fish...

If your description is accurate, then your fish are exposed to chlorine/chloramine from the replacement tapwater for over an hour before you finally add the water treatment. Which would be...
Forum: Fish 03-17-2014, 12:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 396
Posted By DarkCobra
Furan 2 is two ingredients, one of which is...

Furan 2 is two ingredients, one of which is nitrofurazone. When I purchased nitrofurazone separately, it came with a warning not to use it in planted tanks, but didn't explain why. I searched the...
Forum: Equipment 03-17-2014, 12:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 683
Posted By DarkCobra
I recently tried a glass diffuser with DIY for...

I recently tried a glass diffuser with DIY for the first time. Bought it from an Ebay auction that specifically claimed that it worked with DIY. And it does! Although it took about 12 hours to get...
Forum: Algae 03-15-2014, 03:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 351
Posted By DarkCobra
BBA sinks rhizomes deep in driftwood. Chemicals...

BBA sinks rhizomes deep in driftwood. Chemicals will easily knock out what you see on the exterior, but don't fully penetrate to eliminate the rhizomes. So as long as conditions are favorable to...
Forum: Fish 03-15-2014, 02:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 865
Posted By DarkCobra
I'm comfortable with it, but only because I've...

I'm comfortable with it, but only because I've learned about the issues most commonly seen, and prepared myself to treat them:

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=474425
Forum: Algae 03-14-2014, 01:24 AM
Replies: 370
Views: 64,019
Posted By DarkCobra
I'm curious about this statement. When you say...

I'm curious about this statement. When you say your Metricide "does not have any algaecidal properties", do believe you've gotten a bad batch of Metricide, where the active ingredient...
Forum: DIY 03-12-2014, 06:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 714
Posted By DarkCobra
Assuming room temperature remains stable, the...

Assuming room temperature remains stable, the amount of yeast determines how fast the sugar gets converted to CO2, or your BPM/BPS.

This graph, although it actually represents something entirely...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-10-2014, 08:39 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,860
Posted By DarkCobra
I like that idea, childproof the stand. Though I...

I like that idea, childproof the stand. Though I would never trust Home Depot to make cuts anywhere near accurate enough to build one. I consider myself lucky if they produce cuts within 1/2" of my...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-10-2014, 08:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 864
Posted By DarkCobra
Perhaps the doorbell was deliberately wired to...

Perhaps the doorbell was deliberately wired to the outlet to flash a lamp for a previous resident who was hearing impaired, and the circuit (relay) responsible for that is no longer functioning...
Forum: Algae 03-10-2014, 04:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 441
Posted By DarkCobra
There used to be a lot of experimentation with...

There used to be a lot of experimentation with whole-tank H2O2 treatments. But H2O2 has no special affinity for algae, attacking all organic matter indiscriminately. That includes fish, biofilter,...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-08-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 478
Posted By DarkCobra
Two Sera lovers in a row, so I'm curious, what is...

Two Sera lovers in a row, so I'm curious, what is it specifically about them that is liked?
Forum: Lighting 03-08-2014, 05:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 347
Posted By DarkCobra
Well that is unexpected. Which species are...

Well that is unexpected. Which species are melting?
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