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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 05:31 AM
Replies: 7
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Posted By plantbrain
DIY dry ferts= best deal ever. Cost...

DIY dry ferts= best deal ever.
Cost essentially goes to near zero.

Liquid commercial brands? You pay for mostly water.....with a tiny itty bitty bit of fertilizers in them.

You also have...
Forum: DIY 02-26-2015, 07:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 309
Posted By plantbrain
Clay and you can do it pretty well. Then fire...

Clay and you can do it pretty well.
Then fire the clay and you have fairly close approximations.

Takes some artistic ability.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 02-24-2015, 10:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 283
Posted By plantbrain
After 20+ years of doing water changes followed...

After 20+ years of doing water changes followed by adding ferts, there's no impact/effect I've seen in a wide range of tap waters across thr country.

Do the water change, add dechlor as you...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 02-24-2015, 10:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 340
Posted By plantbrain
One of the main points about EI is there is no...

One of the main points about EI is there is no need to test. If you test, you should calibrate the test kits. If not, put them away and donate to a local fish club.

You are not using them...
Forum: Tank Journals 02-20-2015, 05:57 PM
Replies: 608
Views: 183,710
Posted By plantbrain
Tank is going to be taken down and the new thing...

Tank is going to be taken down and the new thing will be a terrarium/paludarium. Anyone wanna buy a 1600 Gallon tank?
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 02-08-2015, 07:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 813
Posted By plantbrain
If you are NOT adding CO2, that's the issue.

If you are NOT adding CO2, that's the issue.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 02-08-2015, 07:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 440
Posted By plantbrain
At very high KH you can keep the pH in the 7.2...

At very high KH you can keep the pH in the 7.2 ranges with 30 ppm or thereabouts.
Forum: Plants 01-30-2015, 06:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 236
Posted By plantbrain
Surface to area ratio is higher for the more...

Surface to area ratio is higher for the more herbaceous plant shoots, thus they have more area per unit biomass to acquire light, CO2, nutrients via the shoot, but presence of roots and storage...
Forum: Tank Journals 01-30-2015, 04:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 828
Posted By plantbrain
Some folks think nature, I do as well......but a...

Some folks think nature, I do as well......but a concept rather than an actually scene itself. Then I chose color.

Matching the concept to the ability to trim and garden is also high on the trade...
Forum: Tank Journals 01-30-2015, 05:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 828
Posted By plantbrain
Death and life, new Dutch something or another (version 4.0)

So, the last scape is now dead. Wood was removed and the plants left in place.
I chose the hardscape materials today, they are soaking in a trash barrel for a week or so.

The idea is to have...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-22-2015, 07:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 397
Posted By plantbrain
Just add a tad of tap with the RO. Say 10%...

Just add a tad of tap with the RO.

Say 10% tap, 90% RO

Fish will not care much, at least those species.

KH of 0.5 to 1.0 is fine.

KH, not pH, is the main thing to look at.
Forum: Tank Journals 01-21-2015, 05:21 AM
Replies: 233
Views: 28,730
Posted By plantbrain
I deep vacuuming the ADA AS, then reuse....

I deep vacuuming the ADA AS, then reuse. But.....I'll change this time over to the new stuff. After 2-3 years..........it's pretty fried in this tank, other tanks, might get more mileage etc. But...
Forum: Tank Journals 01-20-2015, 08:17 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 9,155
Posted By plantbrain
All my tanks have lids, these are for reducing...

All my tanks have lids, these are for reducing humidity during winter.


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Forum: Tank Journals 01-20-2015, 08:14 PM
Replies: 233
Views: 28,730
Posted By plantbrain
I'll put some more up later on. I'll be redoing...

I'll put some more up later on. I'll be redoing things next week. New soil, new hardscape etc.



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Forum: Other Websites 01-14-2015, 09:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,153
Posted By plantbrain
Have a new Admin and they will take some time...

Have a new Admin and they will take some time getting their feet wet.
Forum: Other Websites 01-12-2015, 12:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,153
Posted By plantbrain
It's a technical problem on the web hosting...

It's a technical problem on the web hosting company's end ... their technical support is working on it. Should be resolved today.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-12-2015, 12:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 202
Posted By plantbrain
I'm going to correct people till the cows come,...

I'm going to correct people till the cows come, home, water changes are NOT "a must" with EI anymore than they might be with PPS.

The notion that one does water changes is to reduce build up and...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-09-2015, 04:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 308
Posted By plantbrain
Dosing consistently = more important than time of...

Dosing consistently = more important than time of day.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-09-2015, 04:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 487
Posted By plantbrain
Therein lies the root issue with ferts and plant...

Therein lies the root issue with ferts and plant tanks: it's human problem.

The same is true for Reef tanks curiously, or Discus........or shrimp...........or or............it really is a Human...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-08-2015, 05:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,017
Posted By plantbrain
haha, zealotry.

haha, zealotry.
Forum: Tank Journals 01-07-2015, 04:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,999
Posted By plantbrain
Romaine hearts are also good. Keep those...

Romaine hearts are also good.

Keep those NuClear filters clean, the pressure will build and the flow rates drop quite a bit. Tank would likely have been better to use a wet/dry and then have the...
Forum: Tank Journals 01-07-2015, 07:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,999
Posted By plantbrain
A few things: Try emergent penny wort. Works...

A few things:

Try emergent penny wort. Works well along the back edge.
Moss(Xmas etc) on the emergent wood= planting sediment)
Ken's algae wafers and sticks, they will gnaw of those for awhile...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-04-2015, 06:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 371
Posted By plantbrain
Give the no CO2 added a good 24-48 hours. Then...

Give the no CO2 added a good 24-48 hours.
Then measure pH, it's better to use a pH meter and probe.

You can use the no CO2 addition as a relative measure of the pH, adding roughly enough CO2 to...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 12-31-2014, 05:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 217
Posted By plantbrain
You might have less GSA on the glass:redface: ...

You might have less GSA on the glass:redface:

Oh the horror........
Forum: Equipment 12-31-2014, 05:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 869
Posted By plantbrain
Rinse the pleated cartridges well after removing...

Rinse the pleated cartridges well after removing them, then soak in hot water and bleach for a day, rinse again, repeat. Blast off again, then soak in dechlorinator for a few hours, allow to dry...
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