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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-07-2014, 10:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 366
Posted By ced281
If you want a tint, just buy a thin sheet of...

If you want a tint, just buy a thin sheet of lexan (sp?) Plastic and apply tint on that. No need to put tint directly on your nice tank.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 12-05-2014, 10:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 841
Posted By ced281
I'd take the information in this article with a...

I'd take the information in this article with a grain of salt since it's geared towards salt water reef tanks. In reef tanks, even the slightest change in pH or salinity will wreck havoc on your...
Forum: Lighting 12-05-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 305
Posted By ced281
Rather than confuse myself with the chart, I...

Rather than confuse myself with the chart, I would have just moved the light higher up if I were facing algae issues. This assumes the algae issues is due to having excess light. (I can't think of...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-05-2014, 10:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 366
Posted By ced281
Rather than painting your pricey rimless tank, go...

Rather than painting your pricey rimless tank, go to a plastic or hardware store and order a made-to-size plastic sheet. Then attach or prop that sheet to the back of your tank. That way you don't...
Forum: Lighting 12-05-2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 266
Posted By ced281
The alternative is to just raise them up really...

The alternative is to just raise them up really really high. =]

WPG for LEDs isn't the best metric, but I run 220W 10K LEDs on my 75 gal, 78W 10K LEDs on my 20 gal, and similar WPG ~2 to 3 with...
Forum: Plants 12-05-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 555
Posted By ced281
I've never been able to keep an HC carpet alive...

I've never been able to keep an HC carpet alive with 6 hrs of lighting, so I don't actually know how you were able to maintain yours!

You probably already did this, but did you check to make sure...
Forum: Algae 12-05-2014, 05:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 549
Posted By ced281
Looks like staghorn or low light/low co2 riccia...

Looks like staghorn or low light/low co2 riccia to me. Is it actually attached to the wood or is it just wrapped around it? If it's not attached I'd place my bet on riccia.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-05-2014, 05:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 472
Posted By ced281
I would drop the powerhead and just angle the...

I would drop the powerhead and just angle the spray bar slightly upwards so it agitates the water. Without knowjng the full history of the tank, I'd imagine the powerhead is what's spooking your...
Forum: Plants 12-05-2014, 04:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 492
Posted By ced281
Crypt parva should grow okay underneath and so...

Crypt parva should grow okay underneath and so will hemianthus micranthemoides. Staurogyne will also grow but will probably have a harder time settling in and will have modest growth. Pretty much any...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-05-2014, 04:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 724
Posted By ced281
IME stag horn algae grows because of transient...

IME stag horn algae grows because of transient ammonia spikes. If you maintain the status quo it'll just grow back again after you treat it with h2o2. Space out your feedings (smaller, more frequent...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 10-14-2014, 09:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 181
Posted By ced281
Do you think CaCl2 supplementation is enough to...

Do you think CaCl2 supplementation is enough to take care of the decalcification of my snails? My main objective just to keep my snails from looking old and ragged with splotchy, brittle,...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 10-14-2014, 03:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 506
Posted By ced281
Try looking for them when the lights have been...

Try looking for them when the lights have been out for a couple hours. They might be hiding from the betta or any other fish that's bigger than them.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 10-14-2014, 03:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 181
Posted By ced281
Kalk+2 for freshwater and invert tanks

Anyone know if there are any major negative consequences of using Kalk+2 to maintain hardness of freshwater fish and invert tanks? I mainly want to keep my snails from decalcifying.

I only ask...
Forum: Tank Journals 10-14-2014, 02:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,002
Posted By ced281
I've only done a drystart once, and I hated it. I...

I've only done a drystart once, and I hated it. I was too impatient. Out of the 60+ rescapes/newstarts I've done I've only done a drystart once. I'm always overstocked on fish, so that adds to my...
Forum: Lighting 10-14-2014, 02:26 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,602
Posted By ced281
The "deep red" and the royal blue are probably...

The "deep red" and the royal blue are probably for reef setups. (Which would also explain why the light costs so much, since the market for reef lights is expensive).
Forum: Lighting 10-14-2014, 01:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,602
Posted By ced281
And, honestly, save the money you were going to...

And, honestly, save the money you were going to spend on substrate additives and reallocate it to better hardware (either better CO2 or better lighting).

Bump: The link in Jeff's article makes a...
Forum: Lighting 10-14-2014, 01:46 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,602
Posted By ced281
PAR is a more "pure" way of measuring the...

PAR is a more "pure" way of measuring the "quality" of a light. The problem is most people can't measure it well. It's the correct apples-to-apples comparison of light quality e.g. 1W of T5HO is not...
Forum: Lighting 10-14-2014, 12:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,602
Posted By ced281
I would consider 70W of LED a low light setup for...

I would consider 70W of LED a low light setup for your tank dimensions. As a VERY ROUGH rule of thumb:

1W per gallon = low light
1-2W per gallon = med light (Can also be 1-1.5W)
2+ W per gallon...
Forum: Tank Journals 10-14-2014, 12:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,002
Posted By ced281
Cam, here are my two cents. Most of it echoes the...

Cam, here are my two cents. Most of it echoes the opinions of everyone else who has already replied (but I figured the additional approval should help you gauge the validity of our opinions).

My...
Forum: Aquascaping 09-27-2014, 01:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 538
Posted By ced281
Thanks, that sounds like a good idea! I actually...

Thanks, that sounds like a good idea! I actually have a similar tubing setup for cleaning detritus from my smaller tanks (I have airline tubing running through a long thin plastic cylinder for...
Forum: Plants 09-26-2014, 07:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 769
Posted By ced281
I have the same plant and users on PT have...

I have the same plant and users on PT have identified it as rotala magenta... I bought the plant from ADA store in SF about a year ago and still have it today

The plant will only form the finer...
Forum: Equipment 09-25-2014, 09:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 298
Posted By ced281
Might be a silly question, but how do you guys...

Might be a silly question, but how do you guys check for leaks on your CO2 systems? Do you use brush sponge with soapy water and just move along the entire system (CO2 cylinder to regulator, through...
Forum: Photography 09-25-2014, 09:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 404
Posted By ced281
Lonnie has some exquisite finnage. =] That's...

Lonnie has some exquisite finnage. =]

That's the type of finnage I select for from my breeding pairs!
Forum: Aquascaping 09-22-2014, 09:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 538
Posted By ced281
By 1 unit, I literally mean 1 little osmocote...

By 1 unit, I literally mean 1 little osmocote "stone", so basically a 1 "stone" layer at the very bottom that covers about a 8" by 8" area.



Do either of you know if Cryptocoryne parva roots...
Forum: Plants 09-20-2014, 06:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,042
Posted By ced281
Those are all the ones that I'm aware of...

Those are all the ones that I'm aware of...
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