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Forum: Tank Journals 07-08-2013, 03:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 445
Posted By 2Shi
Yes, its a corner bowfront. You cannot see it...

Yes, its a corner bowfront. You cannot see it well in the pic but I have two light fixtures above the tank in order to achieve more even light distribution. I have 96W T5HO lighting (24W per bulb)....
Forum: Tank Journals 07-08-2013, 03:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 445
Posted By 2Shi
54G Bowfront Aquascape Comparison

Which aquascape do you like/dislike more and why? Just playing with different concepts of aquascaping since I'm relatively new to this :)

Aquascape A
http://puu.sh/3xwQ1.jpg

Aquascape B...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-20-2013, 06:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,037
Posted By 2Shi
Possibly a bad strain in the snail. Some viruses...

Possibly a bad strain in the snail. Some viruses that snails get will lay dormant for a period of time before affecting the snail.

Also, there's a possibility of copper poisoning. If your home has...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-07-2013, 06:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,915
Posted By 2Shi
+1 to what msawdey said. You're in good...

+1 to what msawdey said.

You're in good shape!
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-04-2013, 08:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 194
Posted By 2Shi
Growing plants is about a balance of lighting,...

Growing plants is about a balance of lighting, CO2 and fertilizer. There's a ridiculous amount of information out there about how to manage all 3 of these factors but it can become quite a task to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-04-2013, 08:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 286
Posted By 2Shi
By "older leaves" are you referring to the leaves...

By "older leaves" are you referring to the leaves that were originally there when you got them from the store?

I learned this just recently from other uses of these forums with a similar problem...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-04-2013, 07:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 580
Posted By 2Shi
I agree. If I had a choose between one or the...

I agree. If I had a choose between one or the other it would be CO2.

If I were him, I'd at least consider the option of holding off on any purchases if the plants are already doing fine. But,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-04-2013, 07:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 580
Posted By 2Shi
I never said anything about adding more light AND...

I never said anything about adding more light AND dosing Excel is a good idea. That's just a setup for failure.

All I'm saying is that everybody is only thinking about either upgrading lights or...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-04-2013, 06:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 580
Posted By 2Shi
This makes no sense. I don't understand how...

This makes no sense. I don't understand how everybody can so quickly come to the conclusion that CO2 is the best choice without knowing more about the tank.

What if he only has 3 java ferns...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-04-2013, 03:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 580
Posted By 2Shi
A few questions may help with this decision. ...

A few questions may help with this decision.

How many watts are your current lights? What are their Kelvin ratings?

How far are your lights from the substrate of your tank? How far above the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-02-2013, 12:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 657
Posted By 2Shi
Flourish Comprehensive is a deceiving name. It is...

Flourish Comprehensive is a deceiving name. It is actually quite low on macro nutrients. Since you are going to have a co2 system, you will need more macros to balance the tank out.

If you look at...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-30-2013, 07:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 299
Posted By 2Shi
The hotter the water, the faster it will cycle....

The hotter the water, the faster it will cycle. Increased temperature speeds up the metabolism of the bacteria.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-29-2013, 10:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 399
Posted By 2Shi
Read this article to learn how to dose using the...

Read this article to learn how to dose using the EI method. There are more ways than just 1 to fertilize your tank but the EI method is pretty easy to do and relatively inexpensive....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-29-2013, 03:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 365
Posted By 2Shi
I fill my tank directly from the tap. I don't...

I fill my tank directly from the tap. I don't fill buckets. Is there any way I can handle the KH when filling directly to the tank?

My pH is 7.0. I raise co2 levels to lower the pH.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-29-2013, 02:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 835
Posted By 2Shi
All plants pearl, its a result of very efficient...

All plants pearl, its a result of very efficient photosynthesis. They don't necessarily pearl equally at the same point in time. Different plants may pearl at different times of the day or under...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-29-2013, 01:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 835
Posted By 2Shi
Well this is my understanding of pearling. ...

Well this is my understanding of pearling.

If a plant pearls then that means it is at its optimal peak of photosynthesis. When the plant is no longer able to put out additional oxygen through...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-29-2013, 01:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 365
Posted By 2Shi
I'm sorry, I ignored your question for some...

I'm sorry, I ignored your question for some reason. Brain fart I guess lol. I do not have active substrate.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-29-2013, 12:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 365
Posted By 2Shi
My tap water is extremely soft (1 dKH). I am...

My tap water is extremely soft (1 dKH). I am increasing the hardness so that I can properly maintain co2 levels of about 15mg/L. more info on the technique here....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-29-2013, 12:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 365
Posted By 2Shi
Baking Soda Effects

I added baking soda to increase my KH. Will my KH stay the same until my next water change? Or will it slowly go down? If it slowly goes down, how fast does that happen? Will I have to add baking...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-28-2013, 05:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 835
Posted By 2Shi
Any other advice? :O I really want to see my...

Any other advice? :O I really want to see my plants pearl ^_^

Increased light to 10 hrs. If I see any negative effects then I will lower it.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-28-2013, 11:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 835
Posted By 2Shi
O.o why is it not a reasonable goal? Don't I have...

O.o why is it not a reasonable goal? Don't I have all the equipment I would need to make it happen?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-28-2013, 04:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 835
Posted By 2Shi
Haha my java moss is indeed brown.I'll stop...

Haha my java moss is indeed brown.I'll stop dosing excel for a while to see what happens.

Also, I want my plants to pearl but I haven't even seen a single bubble out of them. What else could I be...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-28-2013, 02:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 835
Posted By 2Shi
Plants Not Growing

My plants aren't growing. Am I missing anything important?

Aquarium Specs:
54g bow front corner tank

2x24W T5HO lighting (one 10K bulb and 1 full spectrum bulb). 22in between bulb and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-25-2013, 01:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 428
Posted By 2Shi
There's no such thing as a tank that instantly...

There's no such thing as a tank that instantly cycles if you take a few days to move it long distance. While some beneficial bacteria still remains, there may not be enough to instantly support a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-24-2013, 10:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 368
Posted By 2Shi
Yeah if you like the blue colors then you should...

Yeah if you like the blue colors then you should keep a few blue actinic bulbs on there. However, keep in mind that plants also use light from the red spectrum to photosynthesize.

Also, those...
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