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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-21-2011, 09:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 591
Posted By JWA
In my non-CO2 tank I had to feed some calcium...

In my non-CO2 tank I had to feed some calcium rich food for the Nerites. I also fix the shells occasionally with super glue
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-20-2011, 06:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 437
Posted By JWA
I can only vouch for what works for me. I have a...

I can only vouch for what works for me. I have a low-tech 55 gallon tank with very soft tap water. After experimenting for a while I found that adding 1.5 teaspoons of baking soda at my every two...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-20-2011, 02:11 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 391
Posted By JWA
Iron in water column/substrat

Trying to get to the bottom of the stagnation in growth of all my plants I tested the iron in the water column and found pretty close to zero. Since then I have brought it up to .o3 with CSM+B. All...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-02-2011, 08:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 739
Posted By JWA
Yes I am CSM+B. I dose 1/16 tsp every 50% WC (60...

Yes I am CSM+B. I dose 1/16 tsp every 50% WC (60 gal. tank) I do water change at two week intervals.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-02-2011, 02:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 739
Posted By JWA
Thanks for all the replies. I do not run any CO2....

Thanks for all the replies. I do not run any CO2. I thought maybe it was the excel but now I'm turning to my food and feeding habits.
Also of note I cannot seem to keep some fish alive past 4...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-02-2011, 04:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 739
Posted By JWA
Film on tank surface

The last couple of weeks I have noticed a thin smokey-like grey film on my tank surface. Any ideas as to what this is? Thanks
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-27-2011, 06:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 259
Posted By JWA
Capturing Ill Fish

Okay, I give up. How does one capture a particular fish in a heavily planted tank? The little buggers are turning in and out of the vegetation at turbo speed.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-05-2010, 10:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 653
Posted By JWA
Really now. All that was asked was how to dilute....

Really now. All that was asked was how to dilute. Isn't that exactly the kind of thing forums are set up to do? Maybe one should not answer if they can't help!
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-28-2010, 10:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,843
Posted By JWA
Think of it as a curse for robbing all of us...

Think of it as a curse for robbing all of us "upstate" natives of the whole Delaware watershed!
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-09-2010, 04:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 302
Posted By JWA
Changing Bio Media

In an effort to get a handle on a slight (so far) algae problem I am starting with a complete cleaning of the filter and hoses of my Rena XP3. Can I discard or clean my entire biological media? Will...
Forum: Algae 10-06-2010, 11:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,493
Posted By JWA
I've had the opposite results. I added 6 otos Oct...

I've had the opposite results. I added 6 otos Oct 09 and all are still happy
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-03-2010, 04:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 693
Posted By JWA
Egad! I have been using Barr's KH Booster with...

Egad! I have been using Barr's KH Booster with the belief that it absorbed or buffered some of the building acid in my tank. So you are saying it doesn't help stabilize ph??
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-03-2010, 12:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 693
Posted By JWA
I just sprinkle it in (4 teaspoons) as I fill...

I just sprinkle it in (4 teaspoons) as I fill from the water change. A lot of it doesn't dissolve right away but is gone the next day. It won't hurt the fish in any way.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-03-2010, 12:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 693
Posted By JWA
You best test first to see if you really need it...

You best test first to see if you really need it in the first place.
I don't know about others but I will give you what I am doing. My tap water is very hard. I am currently dosing 4 teaspoons of...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 09-01-2010, 06:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 832
Posted By JWA
Thanks. I am thinking you are correct. I think my...

Thanks. I am thinking you are correct. I think my dosing was okay to a point. About a month ago I found that my nitrate levels were running high. I quit dosing KNO3 but for the next 3 weeks my...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 08-31-2010, 01:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 832
Posted By JWA
Thanks I have already decided to go back to a...

Thanks I have already decided to go back to a weekly WC, at least, until I get a handle on all this.
Now, here is a confusing item for a newby like me. I've read countless times how the EI system is...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 08-29-2010, 07:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 832
Posted By JWA
On my 55 gal tank with Excel but no CO2 I am...

On my 55 gal tank with Excel but no CO2 I am running 2 of the double strip 36 inch lights you mentioned above(F/W T-5 Aqualight Double Strip)
My tank is a custom built 43 inches long, 14 inches wide...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 08-28-2010, 06:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 832
Posted By JWA
Where is the nature? . Dealing with nature and...

Where is the nature?
. Dealing with nature and dealing with a planted tank are two very different things. I can hardly look at my tank with artificial light, human produced substrat, added carbon, a...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 08-28-2010, 03:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 832
Posted By JWA
Excel and Nitrates

Has anyone else ran into this? The instructions per Seachem for my tank is to Dose about 25 ml at 50% water change and then 5 ml a day. In June and July that is exactly what I did and everything was...
Forum: Algae 08-21-2010, 07:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 620
Posted By JWA
Hair algae again

I thought with Excel I was winning the battle with this algae. It appears though that all the hair algae left my plants and settled in on my rocks. What should I read out of this. Plants all great...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-12-2010, 02:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,667
Posted By JWA
This is a pretty inaccurate statement.'nough said

This is a pretty inaccurate statement.'nough said
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-11-2010, 11:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 413
Posted By JWA
Well that's easy for you to say because you have...

Well that's easy for you to say because you have a lot of experience in these matters. For me this is all new and I have not yet learned the language of the plants. That is why I'm trying to get a...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-11-2010, 04:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 413
Posted By JWA
Even when following instructions religiously the...

Even when following instructions religiously the AP test kits (for nitrates anyway) are still the worst I've tested. Seems like the older they are the more they read outlandishly high. In my case...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-11-2010, 12:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 413
Posted By JWA
Un expected Calibration results

For a while now I have had suspicions that my AP nitrate test was giving results that were not valid. I decided to try the Red Sea nitrate test kit but also picked up some "multi-tab strips". Before...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 08-09-2010, 02:40 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,053
Posted By JWA
After all that we have in these tanks $wise the...

After all that we have in these tanks $wise the cost of Excel is a pretty minor outlay. Excel is wonderful for low tech tanks and worth every penny.
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