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Forum: Lighting 05-17-2007, 03:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 520
Posted By blackfly
Not to me. The bubbles tell you the plants are...

Not to me. The bubbles tell you the plants are photosynthesizing and are growing and using nutrients, thus, a healthy tank. And no worry on suffocating the fish with CO2. I love the bubbles. It...
Forum: Lighting 05-16-2007, 01:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 520
Posted By blackfly
Lighting change for a 120 gallon tank.

I have a well planted 120g tank, and this weekend my wife decided to show me the Coralife 48 inch lightstrip (using compact fluorescents) as they were far more bright and esthetic than my ungangly...
Forum: Fish 02-28-2007, 01:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,463
Posted By blackfly
I do about a 20 gallon change every week, on a...

I do about a 20 gallon change every week, on a 120 gallon tank. I am more curious why the plecos are most suceptible rather than average fish. I agree plecos have scales and therefore should be...
Forum: Fish 02-27-2007, 02:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,463
Posted By blackfly
Help in aclimating fancy plecos

I have a plant tank, and although I am not the most peticular on fish I do like them. I am especially fond of fancy plecos (Gold Nugget, Blueeye Royal, Goldspot, Ancistrus) as they are more...
Forum: Plants 02-25-2007, 01:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,185
Posted By blackfly
Plant Pearling Revisited

I conducted an experiment related to an earlier post made by me regarding this very issue. I had asked why plants pearl so much after a water change and not otherwise. I wanted to see what others...
Forum: Plants 02-14-2007, 02:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,738
Posted By blackfly
The plants pearl until the lights go out. The...

The plants pearl until the lights go out. The next day, they do not pearl as much.

I cannot subscribe current to be a factor. IF it was, I could turn on my powerhead and get the result. No go....
Forum: Plants 02-13-2007, 02:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,738
Posted By blackfly
The Quest for Pearling

I am writing this in an attempt to help isolate the reasons plants pearl. If others can share their wisdom, then perhaps we can all benefit.

I have a 120 Gallon tank. I use 7 tubes, all 40 watt,...
Forum: Algae 02-09-2007, 12:09 PM
Replies: 404
Views: 115,119
Posted By blackfly
This is a followup. After my dieoff I did a...

This is a followup. After my dieoff I did a major water change and let the tank rest. My algae is all gone (all of it, in any form. Water looks great). I have been dosing ONE cap about every 2...
Forum: Lighting 02-06-2007, 01:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 443
Posted By blackfly
Thanks. My point is this: I know if you use...

Thanks. My point is this: I know if you use multiple bulbs you can include one, or two, but if you are running a plant tank, and we are, can you use say 50% plant specific bulbs and get better...
Forum: Lighting 02-05-2007, 02:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 443
Posted By blackfly
Plant specific bulbs; are they effective?

I have a large aquarium, and have the choice of many flourescent bulbs. I have two Floura tubes that are plant specific, but I already know that you need to supplement the light with more white...
Forum: Lighting 02-03-2007, 03:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,188
Posted By blackfly
Alright. A couple of inches from the water or...

Alright. A couple of inches from the water or from a mean distance? What is the basic standard of light distance from the water surface as meant as the norm? I don't know, that is why I am asking....
Forum: Lighting 02-03-2007, 01:00 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,188
Posted By blackfly
Your advice seems good, but you forget to tell...

Your advice seems good, but you forget to tell anyone what the HEIGHT the bulbs are from the water. This is a question I have yet to hear clearly. Do you have the bulbs right at the water surface,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-01-2007, 01:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 404
Posted By blackfly
How in name did you develop this beauty? I have,...

How in name did you develop this beauty? I have, for years, yearned for such a thing in my tank and have tried every trick. Let me know your lowdown. I am praying for your plant and not just to...
Forum: Algae 01-31-2007, 01:09 AM
Replies: 404
Views: 115,119
Posted By blackfly
Use of Flourish Excel as Algalcide.

I tried and experiment with Excel as an algalcide. I did the recommeded dosage and unbeknownst to me my wife then added the amount I did (I got a 4x dose). Needless to say, I have had four major...
Forum: Algae 01-26-2007, 01:18 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 575
Posted By blackfly
Algae and slow growing plants.

I, like most, have algae, and my thread and beard algae is present. I am curious as to why my slow growing plants seem to get the algae more than the faster growing ones. My anubias, Bolbitus and...
Forum: Algae 01-23-2007, 03:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 857
Posted By blackfly
So Tom: I can provide all the nutrients with...

So Tom:

I can provide all the nutrients with abundance. Would simply a powerhead suffice to simply move the nutrients about. Of course, we would not get one too powerful, but enough to ensure...
Forum: Algae 01-21-2007, 12:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 857
Posted By blackfly
Thanks Tom. You just saved me a lot of work. So...

Thanks Tom. You just saved me a lot of work. So is the better solution to simply add another filter (albeit much smaller) to supplement the current in my tank? I am assuming if the algae is in the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-21-2007, 12:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 470
Posted By blackfly
I would not recommend this. The fixing bacteria...

I would not recommend this. The fixing bacteria in the filter need O2 to convert the nitrogenous and phosphoric wastes into nitrate and phosphate. Adding CO2, a product they make in the process,...
Forum: Algae 01-19-2007, 03:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 857
Posted By blackfly
Algae/ O2 correlation?

This may seem obvious, but is there a correlation between algae growth and O2 difficiency? I have some BBA and string algae, and it seems to grow in the same areas of my tank. I got thinking that...
Forum: Lighting 01-19-2007, 03:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 590
Posted By blackfly
Thanks for the advice, but (don't shoot me) I do...

Thanks for the advice, but (don't shoot me) I do not use reflectors. I cannot find ones that will fit my lightstrips and as a result I would rather use more bulbs with higher lux readings than mess...
Forum: Lighting 01-18-2007, 10:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 590
Posted By blackfly
Lighting amount and intensity.

I am curious to the thought of lighting for a tank. I have a 125 gallon, 4x2x2. I am using 5 bulbs, and until recently they were only inches from the surface of the water. I built a new canopy and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-12-2007, 01:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 340
Posted By blackfly
Severe Algae problem with no solution.

Bear with me. I am new here nad this might be simple to some but to me right now it is not.

I have had a tank with plants for about 12 years, and one month ago got a CO2 system for it. The gas...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-04-2007, 02:18 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 632
Posted By blackfly
Thank you. I am not new to biology or plants, on...

Thank you. I am not new to biology or plants, on the specific cultivation thereof. I want to learn all I can.

I am trying to get into a regimine of routine. At least 30 gal. water change a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-04-2007, 01:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 632
Posted By blackfly
I have had plants in my tank for over 15 years. ...

I have had plants in my tank for over 15 years. Only now am I serious about the cultivation of the plants. I added the CO2 system and I have sufficient light. But it seems if the light is too...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-02-2007, 02:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 632
Posted By blackfly
The algae I have a problem with is black beard...

The algae I have a problem with is black beard algae (it grows on the leaves, mostly the Microsorium) and anything else in the mid to top level of the tank. Green algae grows on the glass and the...
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