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Forum: Substrate 02-02-2014, 01:55 AM
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Posted By SCMurphy
It's easy to raise the kH a little with some...

It's easy to raise the kH a little with some baking soda, the dolomite in the substrate will raise the gH a little over time which should in turn raise the kH. Having the kH up around 4 helps...
Forum: Lighting 06-01-2013, 12:40 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,843
Posted By SCMurphy
Tank is still lit by these lights and growing...

Tank is still lit by these lights and growing plants. LED's are coming down in price quickly and the options are vast. I plan on converting to LED's on all my tanks once my kids are out college.
Forum: Substrate 07-06-2012, 12:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 879
Posted By SCMurphy
MTS won't bother an MTS tank, just had to do...

MTS won't bother an MTS tank, just had to do that. You can have the MTSnails in an MTSoil tank no matter the cap. However, I will warn you that eventually you will have a pile of empty shells from...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 07-03-2012, 01:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,992
Posted By SCMurphy
:thumbsup: It looks really nice, if you are...

:thumbsup: It looks really nice, if you are vigilant about trimming back the runners you won't have to worry about the microsword taking over. If you ever rescape the tank though, a barrier for the...
Forum: Tank Journals 07-02-2012, 04:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 510
Posted By SCMurphy
Thanks, a 30p is a 30 cm cube. Close to a 12 inch...

Thanks, a 30p is a 30 cm cube. Close to a 12 inch cube.

#talontsiawd
Thanks, the nerite snails look like snow plows when they move over the sand.
Forum: Substrate 06-30-2012, 01:13 AM
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Views: 163,617
Posted By SCMurphy
If you get it wet and it doesn't smell like...

If you get it wet and it doesn't smell like rotting vegetation then it is ready. The color comes from a host of reasons including the original mineral material to the clay fraction source and make...
Forum: Substrate 06-29-2012, 06:13 PM
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Views: 163,617
Posted By SCMurphy
Look at it as free fertilizer caps, just don't...

Look at it as free fertilizer caps, just don't store the soil inside after it is mineralized unless it will be submerged.;)

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Forum: Tank Journals 06-29-2012, 04:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 510
Posted By SCMurphy
Thanks, I appreciate your comment. Sent from...

Thanks, I appreciate your comment.

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Forum: Tank Journals 06-28-2012, 01:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 510
Posted By SCMurphy
my redone 30p

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/521375_10150912000594541_692218773_n.jpg
Rescaped 6/20/2012 for a GWAPA meeting.

Fish: Heterandria formosa
Plants:
Eleocharis spp. (collected)...
Forum: Plants 06-11-2012, 10:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 513
Posted By SCMurphy
It's probably a milfoil, could you get a picture...

It's probably a milfoil, could you get a picture in the water so the plant opens up.

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Forum: Substrate 05-30-2012, 01:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,241
Posted By SCMurphy
I have tossed the topsoil in without mineralizing...

I have tossed the topsoil in without mineralizing it. It can work, no guarantees that it will work for you. It depends on the plants, the lights, your CO2 system, and your water source. I have...
Forum: Substrate 05-30-2012, 01:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 784
Posted By SCMurphy
When you take a large rooted plant out of a soil...

When you take a large rooted plant out of a soil substrate is is a good idea to cut a circle around the plant to trim back the roots before you start pulling. After that use short tugs sideways in...
Forum: Substrate 05-30-2012, 01:05 PM
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Views: 163,617
Posted By SCMurphy
If you want to build large slopes and use MTS it...

If you want to build large slopes and use MTS it would be better to use something cheap like 'chick grit" which is usually pulverized granite here. (Make sure it is not pulverized limestone or...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-09-2012, 11:36 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,140
Posted By SCMurphy
For a tank the size you are considering you...

For a tank the size you are considering you really need to have a canister filter to do the job right. You can get away with just occasionally using a Magnum HOT canister but that is an imperfect...
Forum: Substrate 05-08-2012, 03:45 PM
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Views: 163,617
Posted By SCMurphy
I've had tanks last 10 years before I sold them...

I've had tanks last 10 years before I sold them off with the substrate intact and those tanks have gone another 7-8 years since then. I haven't changed anything to what I'm doing but there may be...
Forum: Substrate 05-08-2012, 03:40 PM
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Views: 163,617
Posted By SCMurphy
It looks like something that should work just...

It looks like something that should work just fine. Post back and let people know how it does for you. There may be others that can benefit from your experience.
Forum: Riparium/Terrarium/Vivarium 05-05-2012, 02:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,110
Posted By SCMurphy
Nice looking growth on those test plants, hows...

Nice looking growth on those test plants, hows the Equisetum doing?
Forum: Substrate 04-27-2012, 09:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 869
Posted By SCMurphy
If you have the clay still apart from the soil,...

If you have the clay still apart from the soil, mix your powders into it before mixing the clay into the soil. Otherwise mix the powders into the soil clay mix. Dolomite is a slow steady release of...
Forum: Substrate 04-27-2012, 09:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,515
Posted By SCMurphy
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Yes.

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Forum: Substrate 04-12-2012, 04:54 PM
Replies: 1,035
Views: 163,617
Posted By SCMurphy
It sounds like you are ready to go.

It sounds like you are ready to go.
Forum: Substrate 04-07-2012, 09:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,800
Posted By SCMurphy
What formula, if you mean the guidelines of how...

What formula, if you mean the guidelines of how to set up a tank with the mineralized soil then Aaron's article is a sticky at the top of the Substrates forum. Remember, if you change something in...
Forum: Substrate 04-07-2012, 09:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 397
Posted By SCMurphy
Don't be in a rush, it is going to take a while...

Don't be in a rush, it is going to take a while to mineralize that type of dirt. Don't let it dry all the way out, keep it moist but not underwater and stir it up often. You want to keep the oxygen...
Forum: Substrate 03-29-2012, 02:35 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,886
Posted By SCMurphy
I'm not sure from your response that you...

I'm not sure from your response that you understood my post.
Forum: Substrate 03-27-2012, 05:28 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,886
Posted By SCMurphy
Lets start with your UGF. You can grow plants on...

Lets start with your UGF. You can grow plants on a UGF but you still have to do the maintenance that a UGF requires, which is clean the mulm out of the filter bed every now and again. You won't be...
Forum: Substrate 06-30-2011, 01:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 770
Posted By SCMurphy
You should be fine, keep posting about your...

You should be fine, keep posting about your results. You did add clay to the soil right?
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