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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-22-2015, 07:10 PM
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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: 28,117
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: 8,865
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: 28,117
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: 10
Views: 732
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: 10
Views: 732
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: 170
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: 285
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: 406
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: 924
Posted By plantbrain
haha, zealotry.

haha, zealotry.
Forum: Tank Journals 01-07-2015, 04:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,612
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: 20
Views: 1,612
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: 332
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: 198
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: 764
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...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-31-2014, 05:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 390
Posted By plantbrain
Use a by pass for the tank water. KCL can...

Use a by pass for the tank water.

KCL can be used, but some plants really do not like it at the ppt ranges.
You can get away with many species though.

Gh booster needs added after water...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 12-31-2014, 05:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 310
Posted By plantbrain
Rotala macrandra seems to grow like a weed just...

Rotala macrandra seems to grow like a weed just fine and has for years in my tanks using EI.......so that claim is horse feathers.

Does not say why those who claim it had issues, only states what...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 12-31-2014, 05:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 406
Posted By plantbrain
All methods add ferts based on time/ppm. So...

All methods add ferts based on time/ppm.
So they are not particularly "different" from each other other than some, like PMDD suggest dosing daily. PPS is 95% PMDD (adds a little PO4 which comes only...
Forum: Equipment 12-30-2014, 06:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 764
Posted By plantbrain
Nu Clear has some issues with the seal and the...

Nu Clear has some issues with the seal and the clamp, I've broken a few of the screws that lock the seal into place.

I generally will be careful when changing the filter and re seating the seal....
Forum: Plants 12-26-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 329
Posted By plantbrain
Environmental conditions perhaps. Most curl...

Environmental conditions perhaps.

Most curl upwards under good conditions, not so much under poorer growth.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-26-2014, 04:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 157
Posted By plantbrain
Rice and say Azolla or duckweed for the floating...

Rice and say Azolla or duckweed for the floating plant might be interesting.

Azolla will fix N2 gas and turn red under low Nitrogen levels.

Rice paddies are generally fertilized with NH3...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 12-26-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 310
Posted By plantbrain
Stability is not the issue, dilution is. 2x...

Stability is not the issue, dilution is.

2x a week works pretty well with dosing ferts, but many can get away with LESS. Particularly if there are less stem plants, more crypts, Anubias etc. But...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-26-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 239
Posted By plantbrain
I do 2x a week on some tanks, then dose...

I do 2x a week on some tanks, then dose thereafter.
Dosing is 2x a week, like the water change.........

Dosing is very easy. And becomes even easier the more water changes you do. This is due to...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 12-19-2014, 05:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 502
Posted By plantbrain
Liability insurance would cover it for employees....

Liability insurance would cover it for employees. If the rates went up for that after such a claim, the owner might can you. If you where the owner of say a contracting business, and something...
Forum: Plants 12-18-2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 469
Posted By plantbrain
+1, it's a weed. I've grown a lot of it and...

+1, it's a weed.

I've grown a lot of it and seen even more in natural habitats.
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