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Forum: Fish   05-04-2016, 07:07 AM
Replies: 16
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Posted By Hardstuff
There is no mention if you did a 30+ day...

There is no mention if you did a 30+ day quarantine on your fish. You could have caught a disease if you quarantined your fish. Its bad fish keeping habits that will cause stress to your fish and...
Forum: Equipment   04-14-2016, 02:25 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 862
Posted By Hardstuff
For Loach Guy, No I do not need help I just found...

For Loach Guy, No I do not need help I just found a different way but an efficient way to run the cerges as an alternate method. The bubbles I talk about actually are almost microscopic and vanish in...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   04-13-2016, 07:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 191
Posted By Hardstuff
I would stay away from CSM+B trace, period. ...

I would stay away from CSM+B trace, period. Trace toxicity can develop . Seachem Comprehensive would be a better choice. Simple and less measuring. Since I switched many issues for me have gone away...
Forum: Equipment   04-13-2016, 06:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 862
Posted By Hardstuff
I am running my outflow from my Ehiem 2215...

I am running my outflow from my Ehiem 2215 apposite plumb according to flow arrow. The difference in mine than any of the images on this thread is: I run a Green Leaf atomizer inline to deliver my...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   04-13-2016, 06:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 344
Posted By Hardstuff
You really need to add the water from the R/O to...

You really need to add the water from the R/O to a holding bucket or buckets or ideally 1 container even a small 10 or 20 gallon tank. The issues you will be having will be overfilling the storage...
Forum: Algae   02-24-2016, 05:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 354
Posted By Hardstuff
I run Flourite as well in a 55g. I had a GDA...

I run Flourite as well in a 55g. I had a GDA algae problem on the glass but since have contributed the algae to over lighting. I run a Fuge Ray and a planted plus. If I run the Fuge Ray more than 4...
Forum: Fish   02-23-2016, 07:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 196
Posted By Hardstuff
I forgot to mention that turning the filter off...

I forgot to mention that turning the filter off while using the eyedropper method seems to work the best, and in my case I feed with lights out but there is some low level ambient light on in the...
Forum: Fish   02-23-2016, 06:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 196
Posted By Hardstuff
I have old ember tetras that are picky. After...

I have old ember tetras that are picky. After awhile they stopped taking flakes from the surface and rejected most different kinds of flakes period until I watched a video on u-tube of a guy adding...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-17-2016, 06:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 375
Posted By Hardstuff
Pure red clay from pottery store

I stopped using pure clay since it contains silicates. I always get a bad diatom bloom about 30 days after DIY clay root tabs. It seems to be more problematic than useful. Although I did see some...
Forum: Fish   02-08-2016, 07:30 AM
Replies: 15
  Fish TB
Views: 539
Posted By Hardstuff
I am happy that your fish seems better. Keep an...

I am happy that your fish seems better. Keep an eye on his spine. Rainbows like a lot of livebearers can get fish TB.
I am going to stick to egg layers myself from now on. I feel they are hardier...
Forum: Algae   02-08-2016, 06:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 324
Posted By Hardstuff
Your diatoms may be right around the corner. How...

Your diatoms may be right around the corner. How long has your tank been set up? It can take several weeks to develop in my tanks. Every substrate will contain different amounts of silicates. And it...
Forum: Fish   02-08-2016, 05:58 AM
Replies: 15
  Fish TB
Views: 539
Posted By Hardstuff
I have a swordtail that does the same thing. He...

I have a swordtail that does the same thing. He has been fine for 2 years but about 6 months ago he developed one single spot on his tail and began to act like he was scared all the time so I dosed a...
Forum: DIY   01-31-2016, 05:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,341
Posted By Hardstuff
Not a chance! I would not risk it, period!

Not a chance! I would not risk it, period!
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-31-2016, 05:02 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,192
Posted By Hardstuff
PlantedRich I believe you have flipped chlorine...

PlantedRich I believe you have flipped chlorine and chloramines. My water departments experts actually told me that Mesa AZ water department does not like to use chloramines since it activates...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   01-31-2016, 04:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 956
Posted By Hardstuff
To answer JCMV4792 , you could try changing the...

To answer JCMV4792 , you could try changing the water after lights out if the room lights were very low to keep the risk down. I would not do that with fresh tap water that was not aged but it could...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   01-30-2016, 07:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 956
Posted By Hardstuff
Even though this is a low tech thread I have...

Even though this is a low tech thread I have experiences to add regarding pressurized and No CO2 as well since I run both and the information may help others.
When I lived in New York I was using...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   01-30-2016, 06:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 956
Posted By Hardstuff
I am in a similar boat. I have a 10 that I wanted...

I am in a similar boat. I have a 10 that I wanted to drain but I seem to always learn more from it so I keep it running.
I know what Tom Barr say's about the CO2 fluctuations. There seems to be a...
Forum: Plants   01-28-2016, 08:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 940
Posted By Hardstuff
I totally disagree with the comments that snails...

I totally disagree with the comments that snails cannot damage healthy plant tissue. I have 3 tanks. All with healthy old and new growth. On the Anubias leaves , old and new leaves were getting...
Forum: Plants   01-26-2016, 08:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 940
Posted By Hardstuff
I see a lot of folks using trace toxicity for...

I see a lot of folks using trace toxicity for many plant issues. My first thoughts were and still are, SNAILS. I have 3 planted tanks and I get damage all the time from the pond snails. They will...
Forum: Plants   01-26-2016, 08:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 437
Posted By Hardstuff
Since you have peat in the substrate you may...

Since you have peat in the substrate you may never know the amount of CO2 gas that's actually in your tank. Thats why I am not a fan of eco complete since it alters the tanks ph giving you false PH...
Forum: Plants   01-26-2016, 08:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 437
Posted By Hardstuff
Hygrows are difficult to grow. You need a lot of...

Hygrows are difficult to grow. You need a lot of k. I grow them well ,but I have to keep on top of things or they will drop lower leaves quick and develop pin holes. I dose 1/4 - 1/2 tsp of K per day...
Forum: Substrate   01-19-2016, 07:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,256
Posted By Hardstuff
I use Flourite on all my tanks. I never...

I use Flourite on all my tanks. I never understand the comments that it is dirty. I double rinse in a bucket and it goes straight into the tank. Does it cloud a new set up, yes, but it will clear out...
Forum: Plants   01-05-2016, 04:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 409
Posted By Hardstuff
Two things come to mind looking at your tank....

Two things come to mind looking at your tank. Although you are running a drop checker which is good you are also wasting a lot of gas using an Aqua Clear hang on back filter. Regardless on what...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   10-23-2015, 08:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 584
Posted By Hardstuff
I agree. I have it in my pressurized CO2 10...

I agree. I have it in my pressurized CO2 10 gallon with medium LED light with a complicated substrate and I have a really good healthy carpet growing.
In my low tech it struggles but does better...
Forum: Tank Journals   10-21-2015, 10:00 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,855
Posted By Hardstuff
I believe the 10 inch housing was fine. Forgive...

I believe the 10 inch housing was fine. Forgive me if I missed the part about how you are diffusing the gas but I would recommend Running 30-35 psi running an inline atomic diffuser. Inline atomic...
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