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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   11-01-2016, 03:56 PM
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Posted By Smeagol
Yes, I do the best I can in terms of vacuuming...

Yes, I do the best I can in terms of vacuuming each week when I do my water change. Like you said, the plant mass is really thick down there so I push siphon down as far as I can. Nevertheless...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   10-31-2016, 11:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 495
Posted By Smeagol
Yep, I calibrated my test kit (actually did it...

Yep, I calibrated my test kit (actually did it twice just to make sure). My weekly water change is a little less than 50%. I'd say 40%. But like I said, I dose less than the standard...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   10-31-2016, 01:54 AM
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Views: 495
Posted By Smeagol
EI Dosing and High Nitrate Levels

Is it normal to have very high nitrate levels when dosing EI? I've been following a slightly modified EI routine for over 2 years now (I think I actually dose a little bit less than the recommended...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   10-30-2016, 02:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,078
Posted By Smeagol
Thanks for all the encouraging replies. Yes, my...

Thanks for all the encouraging replies. Yes, my tank is a heavily planted 55g and it's been established for over 2.5 years, so I'm hoping it will be okay. I've been monitoring water parameters and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   10-29-2016, 10:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,078
Posted By Smeagol
I just broke one of the cardinal rules of the aquarium hobby

I usually rinse my filter media every 6-8 months. Don't know where my head was at, but today I rinsed all of my filter media in tap water!
:surprise:
I've done this process many times before,...
Forum: Lighting   08-25-2015, 03:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 502
Posted By Smeagol
Thanks! It's been a long time since I've done...

Thanks! It's been a long time since I've done any electrical work. I hope this fixes it.....
Forum: Lighting   08-25-2015, 01:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 502
Posted By Smeagol
The power source for the 48" MonsterRay is 15v...

The power source for the 48" MonsterRay is 15v and 37 watts, but it doesn't say how many amps. Any ideas?
Forum: Lighting   08-25-2015, 12:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 502
Posted By Smeagol
Yes, it has an external power source, but I don't...

Yes, it has an external power source, but I don't have a dmm. I thought of switching the power source from my PlantedPlus over to my MonsterRay, just as a test, but the connectors are different.
...
Forum: Lighting   08-24-2015, 11:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 502
Posted By Smeagol
Exclamation Finnex Monster Ray Stopped Working

I've been running a Finnex Monster Ray for about 18 months. All of a sudden it stopped working. It won't turn on at all. I removed it from the timer and plugged it directly into the electrical...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   04-07-2015, 11:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 755
Posted By Smeagol
Yep. It's not a calibration issue, it's the...

Yep. It's not a calibration issue, it's the colors on the test card, as I ranted about long ago in this post: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=299586&highlight=

For nitrates,...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   04-07-2015, 01:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 755
Posted By Smeagol
I agree that testing is a better idea. But all I...

I agree that testing is a better idea. But all I have is the API Master Test Kit, which is utterly useless when it comes to making fine distinctions. As best I could tell using the lousy API color...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   04-07-2015, 03:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 755
Posted By Smeagol
EI dosing / Fish behavior question

I have a standard 55g, pretty heavily planted (see my sig for details). For about a year I've been following the dosing schedule outlined below. My plants grow like mad and my fish seem healthy. ...
Forum: Equipment   03-30-2015, 04:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 623
Posted By Smeagol
Well, I took everything apart and put it all back...

Well, I took everything apart and put it all back together again from scratch, just as if I was setting it up for the first time out of the box. Completely re-did every connection. And voilą! It's...
Forum: Equipment   03-29-2015, 07:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 623
Posted By Smeagol
I tried shaking the canister many times over the...

I tried shaking the canister many times over the past 2 weeks. All joints are secure. All tubing is clear/unblocked. No loops or dips. It's been fine for a whole year, then as soon as I took it...
Forum: Equipment   03-29-2015, 03:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 623
Posted By Smeagol
Eheim 2217 problem

My Ehiem 2217 is 1 year old. About 2 weeks ago I took took it apart and rinsed the media in used tank water, then put it back together. Ever since then, I've had a slight gurgling sound and very...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   07-04-2014, 05:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 506
Posted By Smeagol
Did Seachem change Flourish Comprehensive?

What color is Flourish Comprehensive supposed to be? The first bottle that I bought, the liquid was very dark brown, almost black. I just opened a new bottle and it's a light amber color, similar...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   05-23-2014, 12:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 658
Posted By Smeagol
It takes a few weeks for them to arrive; but they...

It takes a few weeks for them to arrive; but they are super cheap so order two. That way if you break one, you won't have to wait a month for a replacement.
Forum: Equipment   05-23-2014, 12:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 982
Posted By Smeagol
Yep, water evaporates quickly. I have to refill...

Yep, water evaporates quickly. I have to refill my bubble counter every 3-4 weeks. Still, I'm sticking with water. Paid too much for my regulator and inline diffusor to risk getting oil in either...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-22-2014, 11:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,164
Posted By Smeagol
I got my 55g at the Petco $1/gallon sale. So far...

I got my 55g at the Petco $1/gallon sale. So far no problems, no complaints. I hardly notice the tank. I notice what's inside the tank.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   05-15-2014, 02:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 502
Posted By Smeagol
What is CSM+B

I recently switched from Flourish Comprehensive to Plantex CSM+B for my micros. What exactly is CSM+B? Does it have substantial iron content or should I dose an iron supplement as well?
Forum: Lighting   05-15-2014, 02:08 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,526
Posted By Smeagol
Ray, where did you hear that the Planted+ has the...

Ray, where did you hear that the Planted+ has the same PAR as the FugeRay?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-15-2014, 01:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 369
Posted By Smeagol
What's the difference between diatoms and brown...

What's the difference between diatoms and brown algae?
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   05-12-2014, 10:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 648
Posted By Smeagol
So should I not even bother any more with charts...

So should I not even bother any more with charts and tests and drop checkers, etc., and just let the fish be the judge?
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   05-12-2014, 02:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 648
Posted By Smeagol
CO2 chart vs. Fish

My pH is 6.5 and my KH is 4 deg. This puts my CO2 at 37.9 ppm, according to the chart. Why aren't my fish gasping for air?
Forum: Plants   05-12-2014, 12:20 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,742
Posted By Smeagol
A few more questions.... 1) What's the best...

A few more questions....

1) What's the best way to rinse off the gel that the PetSmart plants are rooted in?

2) How far apart should I plant Staurogyne repense stems?

3) What happened to...
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