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Forum: Equipment 04-09-2007, 01:16 AM
Replies: 5
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Posted By Spar
work pretty well but will scratch easy if any...

work pretty well but will scratch easy if any chunks of something (like sand, pebble fragments, etc) get stuck under it while you scrub.

May want to invest in one of the scraper attachments too...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-06-2007, 06:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 459
Posted By Spar
using a plastic cup typically is the more...

using a plastic cup typically is the more efficient way... can just throw away or re-use instead of having to wash your mug each time.

i get the 100 packs from Sam's for $8.
Forum: Equipment 03-30-2007, 06:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 699
Posted By Spar
Figured it out. The slope is for the 10/4 fluids,...

Figured it out. The slope is for the 10/4 fluids, and the Calib is for the 7. Lesson learned on needing to read the instructions first :)

I used to get interference on my Pinpoint monitor (not the...
Forum: Equipment 03-30-2007, 04:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 699
Posted By Spar
update: should have checked it again this morning...

update: should have checked it again this morning before posting this.

It now reads fine, however once I calibrate it to 7.01 fluid it does not read correctly on 4.01. The controllers don't have...
Forum: Equipment 03-30-2007, 03:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 699
Posted By Spar
Pinpoint pH Controller problems

I unplugged my controller today while I changed out my Solenoids, and now when I turn it back on it is reading really low. The highest I can calibrate it to (using 7.01 calibration packets) is 5.5,...
Forum: Algae 02-12-2007, 12:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 835
Posted By Spar
Algae ID needed

This fluffy looking algae has started popping up on my plants. Have been neglecting my tank on dosing, etc, lately so probably well deserved to have algae... nonetheless, would like to know what kind...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-04-2007, 02:27 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 225
Posted By Spar
eventually it would peak and not let you go over...

eventually it would peak and not let you go over a certain ppm as long as you have any bit of surface agitation, so I doubt you could get it over 120ppm if you tried.

if you have no critters it...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-13-2006, 04:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 294
Posted By Spar
i always use it after raising the temp and adding...

i always use it after raising the temp and adding salt first and works great. the product directions say you don't have to though.

i personally wouldn't risk a 3-year old product though. you may...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-11-2006, 03:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 584
Posted By Spar
At a flow of 150-200 gallons per day you...

At a flow of 150-200 gallons per day you shouldn't have a problem.

I am running water through the blocks at 6 gallons per minute (360gph), so isn't near as efficient as far as contact time goes...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-10-2006, 03:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 584
Posted By Spar
I actually already have 2 blocks. Both 10". I am...

I actually already have 2 blocks. Both 10". I am considering a 3rd though :)

I have this hooked up to the faucets (hot and cold) going to my washer, so is very very fast. This was very useful when...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-09-2006, 03:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 584
Posted By Spar
Thanks for all that research Adam! Looks...

Thanks for all that research Adam!

Looks like I will continue with the dechlor as well. Not like it is hurting anything.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-08-2006, 11:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 584
Posted By Spar
nothing against them, I just plan on keeping...

nothing against them, I just plan on keeping Discus soon and seems that they prefer the non-dechorinated water. I am probably fussing about nothing though. still would be nice to know if low levels...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-08-2006, 10:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 584
Posted By Spar
Chlorine - can there be small traces safely?

any idea what the level of chlorine is that would be considered "safe"? I am running my water through a carbon filter now, and if left at full speed there is still a small ~.2-.3ppm trace of...
Forum: Equipment 06-04-2006, 08:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 379
Posted By Spar
I am now waiting for the post: "Hello, I am...

I am now waiting for the post:

"Hello, I am the wife of fusQer... why is my husband now blind?"

:)
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 06-04-2006, 08:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,066
Posted By Spar
In that respect, shouldn't you now have to add 2x...

In that respect, shouldn't you now have to add 2x as much? 1/2 as much carbonate molecules?

Never hurts to test it out... sounds like a fun 5g container project :)
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 06-04-2006, 06:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,066
Posted By Spar
Baked Baking Soda - same effects?

In the SW hobby, people bake their baking soda @ 300 degrees for an hour before using to raise pH/KH. If I use the same baked baking soda that I prepare for my SW tank on my planted tank, will I get...
Forum: Equipment 06-01-2006, 04:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,038
Posted By Spar
As Rex said, the controller will shut off the co2...

As Rex said, the controller will shut off the co2 regulator/solenoid once pH drops below a certain point.

My pH was in the low 5's when I finally figured out what was going on. go figure the water...
Forum: Equipment 05-31-2006, 02:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 590
Posted By Spar
There will be a point that the co2 will not go...

There will be a point that the co2 will not go higher regardless of how long co2 runs (this changes at each bps, so not like you can do 10bps and get away with it). This is variable in everyones tank...
Forum: Equipment 05-31-2006, 01:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,038
Posted By Spar
:) Ya, I gave Rex a rant about Milwaukee...

:) Ya, I gave Rex a rant about Milwaukee regulators on the phone last night while ordering one of his models.

I have used the Milwaukee regulator for well over 2 years now and can't actually...
Forum: Equipment 05-31-2006, 04:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,038
Posted By Spar
i was anti-controller until an end-of-tank-dump...

i was anti-controller until an end-of-tank-dump occured and killed 80% of my Amano Shrimp and a few Cardinals.

"Peace-of-mind" adds more value than the cost of the controller.
Forum: Equipment 05-31-2006, 04:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 590
Posted By Spar
no real way to keep it consistent other than...

no real way to keep it consistent other than keeping your water agitation, water level, and bubble count consistent; and then go by trial and error.

test your co2 at a given time each day (at...
Forum: Lighting 05-18-2006, 08:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 529
Posted By Spar
Think 14K HQI light would work with 2 10K lights supplementing?

I know plants don't like 14K as much and looks too blue for what you would expect from a FW tank... but, if I continued to use 10K (or switched down to 6.7K, which would really be the best choose...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 05-07-2006, 02:46 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,212
Posted By Spar
Texas A&M University! Whoop and Gig 'Em...

Texas A&M University! Whoop and Gig 'Em Aggies!
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-03-2006, 12:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 377
Posted By Spar
that is really pretty. i assume it has to...

that is really pretty.

i assume it has to emerge from the water first though? or will it do it under water?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-03-2006, 01:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 422
Posted By Spar
I used a brass screw though my slate to...

I used a brass screw though my slate to driftwood. Yes, I know it isn't recommended due to copper, but after 3 years now I have not had any noticeable side effects.
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