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Forum: Plants 09-13-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 83
Posted By Mark Allred
Aponogeton madagascariensis question

Several months ago I received a very small bulb with two 1 inch long leaves.
The leaves disappeared in a few days, and I never pulled the bulb out of the substrate.
A couple of days ago I see the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-01-2014, 02:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 123
Posted By Mark Allred
Need to reconstitute softened water

We need to reconstitute my friend's softened tap water for her 75 gallon aquarium.
Bypassing the system is probably not an option. I know Gh can be reconstituted with CaSO4.
My concern here is...
Forum: Lighting 07-20-2014, 03:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 650
Posted By Mark Allred
Currently running 3 planted aquariums. ...

Currently running 3 planted aquariums.

Photo-period: 11.5 hours (1/2 hour each end, ramping sunrise/sunset)
Tank type: Medium tech
Tank Size: 125g (72X18X22)
Light Fixture: 56 LED Cree 6...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-16-2014, 12:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 492
Posted By Mark Allred
Hi Jennifer Check my journal also. Lots of...

Hi Jennifer
Check my journal also. Lots of different ways to go on a big tank 😃
Forum: Plants 07-13-2014, 01:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 280
Posted By Mark Allred
There are very many species of Cladophora. Rest...

There are very many species of Cladophora. Rest assured the algae pictured is not a torn apart "marimo ball". It can become invasive. I removed as much of mine as I could manually, and killed the...
Forum: Plants 07-12-2014, 10:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 280
Posted By Mark Allred
That looks to me like Cladophora, this is not...

That looks to me like Cladophora, this is not something you probably want in an aquarium. Rub it between your fingers, if it leaves a pungent smell, it is Cladophora.
Forum: Algae 07-08-2014, 12:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 713
Posted By Mark Allred
Test strips are possibly not very accurate. Do...

Test strips are possibly not very accurate. Do you have access to a liquid reagent test kit?
Forum: Algae 07-08-2014, 03:18 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 713
Posted By Mark Allred
Do you know what specs are on your hard water? ...

Do you know what specs are on your hard water?
Looking up one of your other posts, I see GH - 0, kH 300 (16.75), and 8.4 pH on your softened water? Those are a little disturbing.

My water is...
Forum: Algae 07-08-2014, 02:20 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 713
Posted By Mark Allred
OK, bear with me :) I have never used DIY CO2,...

OK, bear with me :)
I have never used DIY CO2, I have a tank, but I remember reading a post sometime ago, where someone had an imbalance in their DIY setup, and were dumping yeast? or whatever into...
Forum: Algae 07-07-2014, 10:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 713
Posted By Mark Allred
I am suspecting it is coming from your DIY CO2...

I am suspecting it is coming from your DIY CO2...
Forum: Equipment 05-17-2014, 03:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 256
Posted By Mark Allred
I kept the sump for my 125 fairly simple. I built...

I kept the sump for my 125 fairly simple. I built this using a 20 gallon long.
The lower compartment is filled with bio balls, the top tray uses a 11" X 17" washable filter pad....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-16-2014, 03:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 813
Posted By Mark Allred
My 40" tall home built tank stand with 24" tall...

My 40" tall home built tank stand with 24" tall aquarium. Frame is built with 2X2 and 1X2 steel square tube.
I made the footprint a bit larger for better stability. It is very stable. :)...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-24-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 786
Posted By Mark Allred
Here is a photo, roughly 36" X 18" X 25" tall. :)...

Here is a photo, roughly 36" X 18" X 25" tall. :)
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd330/mdallred/021_zps433524b6.jpg (http://s528.photobucket.com/user/mdallred/media/021_zps433524b6.jpg.html)
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-24-2014, 12:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 786
Posted By Mark Allred
Love my 65 High! same footprint as a 40 B.

Love my 65 High!
same footprint as a 40 B.
Forum: Equipment 04-15-2014, 12:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 227
Posted By Mark Allred
I have had great success with Rio pumps, myself. ...

I have had great success with Rio pumps, myself.
Pretty inexpensive compared to most others.
Forum: Tank Journals 04-14-2014, 02:08 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 9,464
Posted By Mark Allred
Congrats on the baby! I haven't kept Discus in...

Congrats on the baby!
I haven't kept Discus in years now, but I had my own Beefheart recipe.
Ingredients included beefheart, green shrimp, spinach, garlic, spirulina flake,
paprika, cocoa, and...
Forum: Tank Journals 04-14-2014, 01:05 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 9,464
Posted By Mark Allred
Good for you! Miller High Life is "the manly...

Good for you! Miller High Life is "the manly man's beer" :)

My tank is being a bit neglected, as I have been working a bunch of overtime.
So here is a crappy photo to show the major pruning I...
Forum: Lighting 04-13-2014, 04:32 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,590
Posted By Mark Allred
A syringe full of Hydrogen peroxide really does a...

A syringe full of Hydrogen peroxide really does a number on the Cladophora!

http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd330/mdallred/030_zps4f5a8b6a.jpg...
Forum: Lighting 04-13-2014, 03:56 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,590
Posted By Mark Allred
Tank is REALLY doing well, Drew! Congratulations!...

Tank is REALLY doing well, Drew! Congratulations! :)
Forum: Equipment 04-13-2014, 06:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 882
Posted By Mark Allred
Smart lady! :)

Smart lady! :)
Forum: Equipment 04-13-2014, 05:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 882
Posted By Mark Allred
I TOTALLY disagree. 45 year aquarist here. In the...

I TOTALLY disagree. 45 year aquarist here. In the 1960s Eheim ran some flashy ads in TFH, and other publications, and the "Canister is best" myth was born.
Now, with the internet and "parroting",...
Forum: Equipment 04-12-2014, 04:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 882
Posted By Mark Allred
K.I.S.S. ..... Aquaclear, no cartridge, rinse a...

K.I.S.S. ..... Aquaclear, no cartridge, rinse a sponge once in a while.;)
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-12-2014, 03:18 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,590
Posted By Mark Allred
Run without glass tops on my 3 biggest tanks I...

Run without glass tops on my 3 biggest tanks
I have canopies with egg crate to deter jumpers or Apple snails from escaping.
I have setup continuous water changes, so evaporation is not an...
Forum: Lighting 04-06-2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 275
Posted By Mark Allred
I use these on a couple of tanks. The 12,000K...

I use these on a couple of tanks. The 12,000K actually look like moonlight,
whereas Actinic Blue do NOT. :smile:

http://current-usa.com/aquarium-led-lights/lunar-lights/
Forum: Tank Journals 04-06-2014, 05:08 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 9,464
Posted By Mark Allred
thank you, J-Pond!

thank you, J-Pond!
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