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Forum: Tank Journals 02-20-2010, 03:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,150
Posted By Philosophos
Hi Triv, Nice work with the plywood; must've...

Hi Triv,

Nice work with the plywood; must've taken some good craftsmanship. I hope the soil doesn't cause you too much more trouble. I'm trying to convince the LFS's around here to look at ADA AS....
Forum: Plants 12-20-2009, 06:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,021
Posted By Philosophos
Perhaps limiting the column made for a greater...

Perhaps limiting the column made for a greater dependency on nutrients from the substrate then. It would make sense that glosso would seek a shorter growth form. It could also just be PO4 stunting.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-15-2009, 04:58 PM
Replies: 244
Views: 15,711
Posted By Philosophos
From a guy having trouble growing hornwort (don't...

From a guy having trouble growing hornwort (don't ask):
"CO2 is just a gimmick. There's no reason you should ever need it in a planted tank"
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 12-13-2009, 10:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,293
Posted By Philosophos
It may be a young yamato (amano) as well. The...

It may be a young yamato (amano) as well. The best method of differentiating them is looking at the rostrum (spike sticking out between the eyes) ghost shrimp's don't tend to stick out much, where as...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 12-13-2009, 10:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,293
Posted By Philosophos
Heh, okay. I didn't think it was anyone on the...

Heh, okay. I didn't think it was anyone on the forum, but you never know. Stranger things have happened.

Glad you found the two RCS and the other was just a hitch hiker.

Ghosts get big. I'm...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 12-13-2009, 05:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,293
Posted By Philosophos
Would you mind telling us who sold you that...

Would you mind telling us who sold you that shrimp? I have a feeling it was dyed, and if it was sold to you as a RCS then you've got a source that's either dishonest or ignorant of their own stock....
Forum: Algae 12-12-2009, 04:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,998
Posted By Philosophos
Sounds like this is something worth looking at...

Sounds like this is something worth looking at closer then. I could see the differences you've listed as being morphology still; algae changes forms depending on available nutrients and health. Just...
Forum: Algae 12-12-2009, 05:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,998
Posted By Philosophos
I understand that it looks different, but I'm not...

I understand that it looks different, but I'm not understanding how anyone is separating morphology from species here. It doesn't seem all that distinct in its growth form, etc. and there's just...
Forum: Algae 12-11-2009, 10:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,998
Posted By Philosophos
Is there a difference besides color? I know some...

Is there a difference besides color? I know some algae shifts its pigments to better match the spectrum its being fed. GSA is generally considered to be Coleochaete orbicularis, though it wouldn't...
Forum: Algae 12-11-2009, 05:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,998
Posted By Philosophos
Reduce the light to 1x26w or less if you can....

Reduce the light to 1x26w or less if you can. Unless you've got some sensitive ground covers that are easily overshadowed, try to drop your lighting to something more in the 1.5wpg range. Keep the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-30-2009, 01:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 604
Posted By Philosophos
T5HO's are typically considered about 1.25-1.5x...

T5HO's are typically considered about 1.25-1.5x more intense depending on reflectors and spacing.

You should try packing out a tank with cheaper, easier plants, and see how you like it. A tank...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 11-30-2009, 01:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,226
Posted By Philosophos
The article is done......

The article is done... http://www.barrreport.com/showthread.php?t=6571

-Philosophos
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-29-2009, 05:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,285
Posted By Philosophos
The wrong type of Osmocote definitely has more...

The wrong type of Osmocote definitely has more of a potential to turn bad; I completely agree there. Urea formaldehyde is not something I'd take chances with if I didn't have to. I can't say I know...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 11-28-2009, 07:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,226
Posted By Philosophos
Lots of science, but no density compensation yet...

Lots of science, but no density compensation yet so the numbers are wrong. Density is going to make a huge differenced; don't go mixing anything yet based on the numbers I posted. I'm working on a...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 11-28-2009, 05:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 686
Posted By Philosophos
I run the same sized tank, same wattage of CF,...

I run the same sized tank, same wattage of CF, and my answer would be yes given your likely level of light. Keep in mind that it's cheaper to change the fixture than add compressed CO2. On the other...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-28-2009, 10:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,285
Posted By Philosophos
Hey guess what's in TPN+, earth worm castings,...

Hey guess what's in TPN+, earth worm castings, Miracle Gro Organic Choice, and Seachem Nitrogen? :proud:

Ya, urea. Same thing some of us dose into our tank by choice.

Want some NH4? Go look...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-28-2009, 03:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,285
Posted By Philosophos
Actually even old ADA AS I has an analysis with...

Actually even old ADA AS I has an analysis with higher NH4 levels than the high potassium osmocote (it's looking like the better one to me). The N not from NH4 is going to be from an inorganic...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 11-27-2009, 05:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 859
Posted By Philosophos
It dropped on water change day to 6.5...

It dropped on water change day to 6.5 temporarily, likely because the levels of CO2 are higher after dumping a bunch of water into the tank and supersaturating the whole thing with air. From there it...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-27-2009, 05:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 820
Posted By Philosophos
I mean you should move the drop checker around...

I mean you should move the drop checker around within the tank so that you can tell where your CO2 is sitting. Keeping it in one place is only going to give you CO2 concentrations in one place.
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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-26-2009, 04:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 820
Posted By Philosophos
HC isn't a high light plant; it can grow at...

HC isn't a high light plant; it can grow at 40mmol PAR. The trick of it is that it's CO2 demanding; its natural habitat is pretty high flow, and it isn't submersed quite often. Besides, 2x39w of T5HO...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-26-2009, 04:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,285
Posted By Philosophos
Osmocote has been used in tons of planted tanks...

Osmocote has been used in tons of planted tanks just fine. You'll even find mention of its use back in 1995 on thekrib:
http://www.thekrib.com/Plants/kelly-intro.html

It's an old idea that makes...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-26-2009, 06:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,285
Posted By Philosophos
Plants feed from different areas separately. The...

Plants feed from different areas separately. The column will lose nutrients if it isn't dosed reliably, meanwhile the substrate will retain large amounts of nutrients but not take advantage of giving...
Forum: Algae 11-26-2009, 05:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 847
Posted By Philosophos
PO4 + GSA is something I've spent time hunting...

PO4 + GSA is something I've spent time hunting around about. If you've got a TBR subscription, you can read a thread where Tom Barr/plantbrain answers my questions about it:...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 11-26-2009, 03:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,226
Posted By Philosophos
Hmm looks relatively easy to deconstruct in terms...

Hmm looks relatively easy to deconstruct in terms of its NPK.

All of this will be working in 1L batches, you can half to get 500ml later. I'm not about to correct for density at the moment; it'd...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 11-26-2009, 02:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 633
Posted By Philosophos
Softeners that work through ion exchange are...

Softeners that work through ion exchange are going to dump sodium in your tank, which is worse than what they're taking out.

You've got hard water, not impossible water. There are plants that will...
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