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Forum: Substrate   02-04-2016, 05:49 PM
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I'll have to give this one a think. Lots of fish...

I'll have to give this one a think. Lots of fish in the tank and I don't know a single person who could take them. And no LFS that takes in fish.


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Forum: Substrate   02-04-2016, 05:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 161
Posted By bpb
Need some ideas on fixing substrate

Hey folks. Without getting too much into my current tank I want some thoughts on substrate. I currently use black Caribsea Floramax. I'm very happy with it. Unfortunately I have a not so nice...
Forum: Tank Journals   01-28-2016, 05:02 PM
Replies: 413
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Posted By bpb
Followed this thread a while now too. I'm most...

Followed this thread a while now too. I'm most amazed at how pristine and spotless everything manages to stay. That's something a lot of people only dream of managing.


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Forum: Plants   12-24-2015, 05:22 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,962
Posted By bpb
This nitrate test kit is decent enough. Fairly...

This nitrate test kit is decent enough. Fairly bottom of the barrel even by hobbyist standards, for above mentioned reasons of poor low resolution and difficult to discern colors in the 40-80 ppm...
Forum: Plants   12-22-2015, 01:29 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,962
Posted By bpb
Yes it's the Api master kit. But I've been able...

Yes it's the Api master kit. But I've been able to get readings lower than 20. The color chart is kind of bogus though as 2-3 colors look the same


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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-22-2015, 01:29 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,809
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Forum: Plants   12-22-2015, 04:40 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,962
Posted By bpb
I've done a major restart on this tank. It was...

I've done a major restart on this tank. It was time anyway regardless of issues. Stem bundles had gotten too dense and kind of maxed out reasonable pruning amounts to look good. I also stocked...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-20-2015, 11:48 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,809
Posted By bpb
Some good responses on here. There's alot of...

Some good responses on here. There's alot of saltwater experience it looks like, and lots of folks that bailed as soon as alot of the trendy aquaculturists became a thing, and leds took over the...
Forum: Tank Journals   12-19-2015, 03:19 AM
Replies: 243
Views: 31,924
Posted By bpb
This tank has gone from good to spectacular. ...

This tank has gone from good to spectacular. Updated bulb combo? What are you running now and are you using a sump?


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Forum: Lighting   12-18-2015, 05:11 PM
Replies: 828
Views: 97,966
Posted By bpb
Correct Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Correct


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Forum: Algae   12-07-2015, 02:43 PM
Replies: 455
Views: 118,788
Posted By bpb
Did one successful treatment several months ago,...

Did one successful treatment several months ago, but life happened and I wasn't able to care for the tank as closely, missed several weeks of water changes and co2 ran out. Plant growth had become...
Forum: Tank Journals   11-24-2015, 11:59 PM
Replies: 243
Views: 31,924
Posted By bpb
I like the reboot idea. Keep things fresh ...

I like the reboot idea. Keep things fresh


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Forum: Plants   11-22-2015, 05:31 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,962
Posted By bpb
Life happened again this week and I was unable to...

Life happened again this week and I was unable to work on the tank any. However. Tonight I did spend too much money on Black Friday sales on various hobbyist vendor sites. I've got a bunch of new...
Forum: Plants   11-19-2015, 03:06 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,962
Posted By bpb
Termato. I tend to fall in line with your...

Termato. I tend to fall in line with your sentiments. Occasionally when an informational spat breaks out in one of my threads I usually step back and watch it play out. Rather than getting...
Forum: Plants   11-16-2015, 06:02 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,962
Posted By bpb
Separate to the light level and co2 debate. I've...

Separate to the light level and co2 debate. I've recently read some studies which I cannot cite, and seen videos suggesting that red plants need more blue light to develop a deeper red color and grow...
Forum: Plants   11-16-2015, 04:42 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,962
Posted By bpb
I'm at about 20ppm now. I got a newer test kit. ...

I'm at about 20ppm now. I got a newer test kit. I think the old one was expired or faulty.


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Forum: Plants   11-16-2015, 03:55 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,962
Posted By bpb
I can try to bump up the co2 a tad but I am...

I can try to bump up the co2 a tad but I am running it to the point that my fish were gasping and I literally backed the needle valve down about 1mm and they stopped. I can try to raise it further...
Forum: Plants   11-16-2015, 02:41 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,962
Posted By bpb
Thanks for taking the time to respond. I'm not...

Thanks for taking the time to respond. I'm not overly hopeful but I'll certainly give it a try. Will also likely do another peroxide/excel treatment to set the algae back a bit. At some point when...
Forum: Plants   11-16-2015, 12:47 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,962
Posted By bpb
Is this calcium deficiency?

Ideas on the bba and cladophora?

And the GSA for that matter considering how I'm running 2 ppm phosphate
Forum: Plants   11-15-2015, 08:22 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,962
Posted By bpb
Is this calcium deficiency?

Photoperiod is 8 total hours. Two 2-bulb fixtures 4 hours each. Tank gets full 8 hours though. Just split for coverage reasons. A single fixture doesn't provide the front to back coverage I need. ...
Forum: Plants   11-15-2015, 06:41 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,962
Posted By bpb
Truth be told it's been a week since I've touched...

Truth be told it's been a week since I've touched the tank. Busy work and family week, but I will try to cease the csm+b dosing. I've read about its toxicity before. I also need to order more excel...
Forum: Plants   11-15-2015, 02:09 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,962
Posted By bpb
I do big water changes weekly. Often times more...

I do big water changes weekly. Often times more than 50%.


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Forum: Plants   11-15-2015, 01:30 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,962
Posted By bpb
Lol thread resurrection. Nice. My struggles with...

Lol thread resurrection. Nice. My struggles with this tank are very well documented. I've gotten some decent advice and some lousy advice. I don't mean any offense to that. Nothing really has...
Forum: Tank Journals   10-13-2015, 02:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 281
Posted By bpb
Following. Sent from my iPhone using...

Following.


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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-22-2015, 02:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,059
Posted By bpb
Btw the aquablue special bulb is a fantastic...

Btw the aquablue special bulb is a fantastic lamp. ATI makes probably the best bang for buck t5ho bulbs in the hobby.


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