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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-05-2015, 11:22 PM
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Posted By tug
I lost the reference but Wet's calculator uses...

I lost the reference but Wet's calculator uses the same conversions you listed.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-05-2015, 09:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 320
Posted By tug
Yes but if you go to the "and I am calculating...

Yes but if you go to the "and I am calculating for" drop down menu and calculate for "the results of my dose", it will allow you to use tsp measures and you can check your ppm per dose.


It's...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-05-2015, 08:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 320
Posted By tug
Wet's calculator can provide you with a good...

Wet's calculator can provide you with a good idea. Try it out and see what you think. It's more accurate then the general formula and provides a model for concentrations of stuff over time given the...
Forum: Plants 03-03-2015, 09:59 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 4,722
Posted By tug
Correct for EI low light/weekly but it should...

Correct for EI low light/weekly but it should also work in the low middle ranges too, depending on uptake percentages.
You can use http://rota.la to follow the dosing outcomes.
Forum: Plants 03-03-2015, 01:54 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 4,722
Posted By tug
Absolutely right. The thing could make for a...

Absolutely right. The thing could make for a great DIY hack. A GH booster, only for NPK. I'm way off on the ratios and the dose though. Sorry. Glad that you tried working it out. Math is like...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 03-02-2015, 03:31 PM
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Views: 1,166
Posted By tug
You're an expert when you've been there, done...

You're an expert when you've been there, done that and bought the t-shirt.

"An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field." - Niels Bohr
Forum: Plants 03-02-2015, 03:16 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 4,722
Posted By tug
Once you settle into a dosing routine that suits...

Once you settle into a dosing routine that suits your tank, rather then dosing NPK individually, you can combine the three into one dry mix.

Something like this with a little more K+ added for...
Forum: Plants 03-01-2015, 10:40 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 4,722
Posted By tug
Red Tiger Lotus, Bacopa varieties, Ludwigia...

Red Tiger Lotus, Bacopa varieties, Ludwigia repens, Hygrophia corymbosa or difformis, should all do well.
It might mean bumping the KNO3 to 5/8-3/4tsp.

Let me think about an all in one dry mix...
Forum: Plants 03-01-2015, 06:33 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 4,722
Posted By tug
The things we can learn from keeping planted...

The things we can learn from keeping planted tanks will hopefully explain a lot of the myths we believe about keeping fish. It's one of the main benefits of this hobby, IMHO.

The Mg, you can add...
Forum: Plants 03-01-2015, 02:29 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 4,722
Posted By tug
In what way would it hurt the cardinal tetras?...

In what way would it hurt the cardinal tetras? Adding 1 tsp epsom salt to your tank would add ruffly 0.15 dGH per dose and 2.6ppm of the macronutrient, Mg - most of which will be used by the plants.
Forum: Plants 03-01-2015, 02:01 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 4,722
Posted By tug
The main difference between weekly and monthly...

The main difference between weekly and monthly water changes is you need to pay more attention to GH. AT 79 ppm (mostly Ca in most cases) Mg levels are often low/absent and can limit growth and/or...
Forum: Plants 03-01-2015, 11:55 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 4,722
Posted By tug
I believe Walstad method suggests fewer water...

I believe Walstad method suggests fewer water changes and the logic makes sense in planted tanks. It might even be wise to aerate the water you will be adding to the tank, over night, to match the...
Forum: Plants 03-01-2015, 11:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 597
Posted By tug
You wouldn't happen to live in Fort Williams,...

You wouldn't happen to live in Fort Williams, Onterio would you? There are a few places in Ontario with soft water. I'm just throwing it out there as a possibility other then Pleco scapegoating....
Forum: Plants 03-01-2015, 03:00 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 4,722
Posted By tug
50% once a month with appropriate dosing and as...

50% once a month with appropriate dosing and as long as you are dosing PO4 as stated, I'm good with that. I just wondered if the PO4 test was fluky.


So about 0.2 ppm Fe per dose. Lets get...
Forum: Plants 02-28-2015, 10:42 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 4,722
Posted By tug
Well I'm all for it, though it means some...

Well I'm all for it, though it means some calibration error. No worries, unless you feel like calibrating your test. The LD50 for C. japonica (Amano algae eating shrimp) is 120ppm NO3 - much higher...
Forum: Plants 02-28-2015, 01:19 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 4,722
Posted By tug
So much hardship does take the fun out of this...

So much hardship does take the fun out of this hobby and makes it hard to push on. I've been there.

I checked my math and corrected the ppm KNO3 for 1/2 tsp. I thought something was wrong. Ends up...
Forum: Plants 02-27-2015, 10:33 AM
Replies: 108
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Posted By tug
Accuracy is the combination of both trueness and...

Accuracy is the combination of both trueness and precision. Which is why any measuring devise needs to be calibrated with a known or assigned correctness called the standard. Without taking the time...
Forum: DIY 02-25-2015, 11:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 364
Posted By tug
For a 20 gallon tank you will need no fewer the 4...

For a 20 gallon tank you will need no fewer the 4 liters of fermentation, IME. The fermenting liquid can be kept on one bottle, if at least a 4liter size or two bottles, 2 liters each, 4 liters...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 02-24-2015, 10:18 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,900
Posted By tug
I do not know if they could be considered as...

I do not know if they could be considered as beneficial as a nutrient rich soil that contained a layer of peat for example but adding some root tabs can't hurt.
Forum: Fish 02-24-2015, 01:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 422
Posted By tug
ROFL, Thats pretty much any guys if left by...

ROFL, Thats pretty much any guys if left by themselves for too long. Mine stay straight. :tongue:
Forum: Fish 02-23-2015, 09:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 422
Posted By tug
Endler's can hold up to a small number of...

Endler's can hold up to a small number of cichlids but are food most often.

Still fish focused clubs are interested in keeping pure-bred varieties of fish which makes the Endler breed interesting....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-23-2015, 08:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 511
Posted By tug
+1. Practice and recognize your limitations. ...

+1. Practice and recognize your limitations.
The video is actually very informative in that respect and other then the mess, it seems cerium oxide might not be as harmful as I first thought.
Forum: Fish 02-23-2015, 08:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 422
Posted By tug
Breeders are mostly hobbyists with a tendency to...

Breeders are mostly hobbyists with a tendency to be particular about selling but your local club will have a member that might consider it.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 02-23-2015, 07:49 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,900
Posted By tug
You might have picked up M.crenata and it's...

You might have picked up M.crenata and it's misbehaving.
Both the Marsilea species and Micranthemum might get leggy and I don't expect either plant would spread as a carpet without a dry start or a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-22-2015, 10:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 511
Posted By tug
I have used a Dremel and a felt polishing pad...

I have used a Dremel and a felt polishing pad with a small amount of polishing compound for miner scratches with some success. The problem is, I did this before the tank was in use and could clean...
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