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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   03-22-2017, 06:56 AM
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Posted By Tom Barr
Generally, I'll add about 1 table spoon of GH...

Generally, I'll add about 1 table spoon of GH booster(Ca/Mg only, no K2SO4 like SeaChem) 1-2x a week per 60 gallons of tank. This is enough even if you have soft low GH tap water and you have the...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   02-27-2017, 01:43 AM
Replies: 326
Views: 26,463
Posted By Tom Barr
Why do something half Donkey? Plants still grow...

Why do something half Donkey?
Plants still grow without adding CO2 gas injection.
Why not advocate that?
If you want less/slower growth, use LESS light.

Still, if your goal includes lower...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   02-24-2017, 04:25 PM
Replies: 326
Views: 26,463
Posted By Tom Barr
One point I make when address the best management...

One point I make when address the best management practice for a person is THEIR goal. Not my own.
I do not WANT more "mini me"'s. I want to help them get to their goal with the minimal amount of...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   02-24-2017, 04:14 PM
Replies: 326
Views: 26,463
Posted By Tom Barr
FYI, I have higher tech tanks out in the garage...

FYI, I have higher tech tanks out in the garage that get no water changes or dosing, they do get good light and rich cO2, I use aeration driven sponge filters as well.
Not stocked heavy, packed...
Forum: Algae   02-21-2017, 03:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,487
Posted By Tom Barr
Grow plants, then algae not a big issue. ...

Grow plants, then algae not a big issue.

Problem is, many have trouble growing plants, thus they think it's an algae issue, it is not.

They put the cart before the horse.

Still, good basic...
Forum: Tank Journals   02-19-2017, 05:23 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,872
Posted By Tom Barr
http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u312/plantbrain...

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u312/plantbrain/IMG_1133%202_zpsni4b12fd.jpg[/URL]


http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u312/plantbrain/IMG_1131%203_zpse17kprep.jpg[/URL]
Forum: Tank Journals   02-06-2017, 05:14 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,872
Posted By Tom Barr
It's not a for sale thread. :hihi: Do not want...

It's not a for sale thread. :hihi:
Do not want to incur the moderator wrath.
Forum: Tank Journals   02-05-2017, 04:11 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,872
Posted By Tom Barr
I put them up in the front right section. I...

I put them up in the front right section. I filled in some spots with the AR mini in the rear to fluff the area up till I get more cuttings.
Removed the Erio Seiboldaniums and thinned the...
Forum: Tank Journals   02-03-2017, 10:08 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,872
Posted By Tom Barr
Coming up in a few, rescaping tonight and water...

Coming up in a few, rescaping tonight and water change AM tomorrow.
Redoing all the Blood vomits. Lots of them for sale in a week.
Forum: Tank Journals   02-03-2017, 04:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,872
Posted By Tom Barr
Going to make a few changes coming up this week,...

Going to make a few changes coming up this week, adding some new species, yes, moving from rare species and new ones, to even more rare and newer plants.
Blood vomits have gotten pretty large and...
Forum: Tank Journals   01-27-2017, 03:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,726
Posted By Tom Barr
This was a 450 that I did: looks to be very close...

This was a 450 that I did: looks to be very close as far as sizing.

Your tap is softened water? eg, is that through a salt (NaCL or KCL?) exchange or an RO unit?
You should get a...
Forum: Tank Journals   01-04-2017, 12:15 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,872
Posted By Tom Barr
http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u312/plantbrain...

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u312/plantbrain/IMG_0904%202_zpsmloelipn.jpg
Forum: Tank Journals   12-23-2016, 05:23 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,872
Posted By Tom Barr
Still a ways to go. ...

Still a ways to go.
http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u312/plantbrain/IMG_0885%202_zpsu6s7um1c.jpg
Forum: Tank Journals   12-16-2016, 05:41 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,872
Posted By Tom Barr
Crypt crispulata var kubotae(Error: C....

Crypt crispulata var kubotae(Error: C. tonkinensis) http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u312/plantbrain/IMG_0864%202_zps7ia0p9ld.jpg

Bump: Erio sieboldanium, S lago grande, Cuphea on the far right...
Forum: Tank Journals   12-15-2016, 05:34 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,872
Posted By Tom Barr
120 gallon take 4

New set of plants/more new species.


http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u312/plantbrain/IMG_0858%203_zpsfpthdpjg.jpg

Bump: Ammannia pedicillata
Erio ratnagiricus
Elatine hydropiper...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   10-28-2016, 07:01 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,574
Posted By Tom Barr
While some can get away with seemingly paradoxes,...

While some can get away with seemingly paradoxes, most do not.
They get algae, they overlook things, they make mistakes, some much more than others, most still make mistakes.
I do, but I can fix...
Forum: Tank Journals   10-15-2016, 09:22 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 13,046
Posted By Tom Barr
Same Hannna model The one that does all the...

Same Hannna model
The one that does all the different parameters.
The reagents add up also in cost though unless you have a chemical supply and look up the Standard Methods. Then pretty reasonable...
Forum: Algae   10-13-2016, 05:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 606
Posted By Tom Barr
API algaefix will work and kill it with no harm...

API algaefix will work and kill it with no harm to any plants or fish, shrimp will take a hit, and die, maybe 20-30%.
Water changes before and after, H2O2 does not really work well. Excel can but...
Forum: Tank Journals   10-13-2016, 05:12 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 13,046
Posted By Tom Barr
The scape might benefit from a similar shaped...

The scape might benefit from a similar shaped stump. It does take up that much real estate and follows the path of the general layout here.
The branches coming out divide the plants into groups...
Forum: Tank Journals   11-23-2012, 03:27 AM
Replies: 2,267
Views: 367,824
Posted By Tom Barr
The UG is just starting to lop over and expose...

The UG is just starting to lop over and expose the nicer greener side.
I suppose many get too impatient and then rip it up, when all they needed to do is wait another 2-6 weeks for it to thicken up.
Forum: Fish   11-23-2012, 03:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,546
Posted By Tom Barr
Awesome fish.

Awesome fish.
Forum: DIY   11-22-2012, 04:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,420
Posted By Tom Barr
Wire adjustment like on the ATI, Coralife etc,...

Wire adjustment like on the ATI, Coralife etc, far better than the yoyo's.
Forum: Algae   11-22-2012, 04:14 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 11,190
Posted By Tom Barr
I would Not recommend it at all, you will kill...

I would Not recommend it at all, you will kill many things, it is a herbicide actually, but is selective at lower dosages to algae.

So you will kill all the inverts and the fish, then the plants....
Forum: Algae   11-22-2012, 04:12 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 11,190
Posted By Tom Barr
Cladophora is relatively easy if you can get at...

Cladophora is relatively easy if you can get at it, but if it's infested the moss, you might as well treat it like a Riccia infestation............pick pick pick.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   11-21-2012, 09:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,002
Posted By Tom Barr
I'd give some time, he's not the type of ignore...

I'd give some time, he's not the type of ignore etc, stuff happens and if you are one guy, go out hiking and fall, have a bone sticking out of your leg, well..........I know him enough to say he's be...
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