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Forum: Algae 06-12-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 35
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Posted By csf
How many nerites for a heavily planted 75 gallon...

How many nerites for a heavily planted 75 gallon tank with some BBA? I have ~5-8 SAEs as well, plus a breeding pair of BN Plecos (so a handful of otto sized plecs).
Forum: Equipment 03-30-2014, 09:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 711
Posted By csf
I tried this once. My result was to use a 3 way...

I tried this once. My result was to use a 3 way outlet, plug an old wall-wart into one of the open ones and then the solenoid into the other one. It was almost as if the relay didn't "unlatch"...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 07-22-2013, 05:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 504
Posted By csf
I only test my KH, it's between 4-5 to keep my...

I only test my KH, it's between 4-5 to keep my CO2 around the 30 ppm for plant growth. I don't test often, so long as things are growing well. Tap water is very soft (~1dKH), so baking soda is...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 07-22-2013, 11:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 504
Posted By csf
I'll take a closer look, but the brown snails...

I'll take a closer look, but the brown snails generally don't have the shell issue. I'll try and grab some of the older / bigger ones and take a closer look.

Thanks for the replies.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 07-21-2013, 10:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 504
Posted By csf
"white" ramshorn question

I've got ramhorn snails in my tank - a ton of them that just feed off excess food and veggies. I dose weekly w/ typical GH booster and baking soda for a 4-5 dKH. I do have pressurized CO2.

My...
Forum: Equipment 05-18-2013, 01:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 411
Posted By csf
Might want to find the same plastic as the...

Might want to find the same plastic as the original brace is and then find a section to replace it with. ABS maybe for the black stuff?

And make sure you use the correct type of glue AND make...
Forum: Lighting 02-14-2013, 05:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 982
Posted By csf
The EI dosing method (estimative index) mantra is...

The EI dosing method (estimative index) mantra is basically:



Make sure all nutrients are present is easily sufficient quantities. Add more if you aren't sure. NPK, traces.
Make sure you...
Forum: Lighting 02-13-2013, 11:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,218
Posted By csf
You could do some DIY options for under $150. ...

You could do some DIY options for under $150. Certainly even under $100 or $50, depending on how handy you are and how "pretty" things need to be.

A couple or three 10W LEDs would work with a...
Forum: Lighting 02-13-2013, 11:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 982
Posted By csf
The usual EI dosing mantra is "if you have algae,...

The usual EI dosing mantra is "if you have algae, check your CO2 and your phosphate, one or both isn't high enough for your light. Backup plan, lower light brightness".

Seems to be consistent w/...
Forum: Equipment 02-06-2013, 04:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 609
Posted By csf
Tell me about it. Looking at a controller that...

Tell me about it. Looking at a controller that simply allows for dimmable LEDs via a 0-10V output.

Neptune will do it - but not for less than $300.

I could enjoy using the web interfaces of...
Forum: Lighting 01-29-2013, 04:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 766
Posted By csf
What are you using now? Do you have lights now...

What are you using now? Do you have lights now you're trying to replace or other tanks that will be near this one?

5700k looks blue to some, yellow to others. 6700 looks white-bluish to all,...
Forum: Lighting 01-29-2013, 04:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 218
Posted By csf
K is color temp. watts is power...

K is color temp.

watts is power consumption of the fixture - and is very roughly used to size lights. It doesn't work well with newer technologies.

they are independent factors.

For a...
Forum: Lighting 01-29-2013, 03:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 769
Posted By csf
I think it's CRI - color rendering index. ...

I think it's CRI - color rendering index. Natural light (sun) has lots of light in the various colors. CRI of natural light is 100. Surprisingly incandescent bulbs are also ~100 (probably since...
Forum: Lighting 01-29-2013, 03:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 386
Posted By csf
6700 is fine. 5500 is fine. You'll get...

6700 is fine. 5500 is fine.

You'll get adjusted to it fairly quickly (IMHO). 5000 will *probably* start to look a little warm, over 7000k will start to look too blue. All IMHO. Lights this...
Forum: Substrate 01-29-2013, 03:48 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,742
Posted By csf
The cory barbel thing is pretty well debunked. ...

The cory barbel thing is pretty well debunked.

I've had flourite regular for 10+ years with 3 current cories that are at least 3 years old and their barbels are close to half an inch long. See...
Forum: Lighting 01-23-2013, 11:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,493
Posted By csf
V=IR and P=IV (I=current, V = volts, R =...

V=IR and P=IV (I=current, V = volts, R = resistance, P = power).

Yes, the CREEs can be more efficient. That's why they are more expensive.

I don't know how linear the LEDs are with regards out...
Forum: Equipment 01-20-2013, 02:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,425
Posted By csf
Yes. The work well enough. In general the...

Yes. The work well enough. In general the biological filter aspect of a planted tank is all over the filter, tank, plants, rocks, substrate. Bioballs aren't as important as in a FO tank.

For...
Forum: Substrate 01-20-2013, 01:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,260
Posted By csf
Here's one of my corys. He's been in the tank...

Here's one of my corys. He's been in the tank for at least 4 years (I think, I don't recall buying / adding a cory since the tank was last moved).

Tank is full of flourite.

You let me know if...
Forum: Plants 01-20-2013, 01:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 509
Posted By csf
Here is a pic of java fern windolev with a couple...

Here is a pic of java fern windolev with a couple of O2 bubbles on the ends of the fronds.
http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/hh147/tauwolf_pictures/IMG_1206_zpsa3022aa3.jpg
Forum: Plants 01-20-2013, 01:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 509
Posted By csf
It sounds like your plants are pearling. ...

It sounds like your plants are pearling. Probably due to the extra sunlight, though lots of things can trigger it.

It's either your plants are making lots of O2 and it's collecting or you have a...
Forum: Plants 01-20-2013, 01:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 509
Posted By csf
plant will be fine if you cut them.

plant will be fine if you cut them.
Forum: Substrate 01-20-2013, 01:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 393
Posted By csf
I'll let others chime in, but basically you want...

I'll let others chime in, but basically you want the cheapest dirt you can find. Miracle Gro has extra stuff to help your plants grow. Good for potted plants, not as good for the tank since they...
Forum: Substrate 01-20-2013, 01:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,260
Posted By csf
I never could get blyxa to grow in my flourite...

I never could get blyxa to grow in my flourite tank (peristaltic EI dosing, pressurized CO2, pH controller, 4x55W CF 75 gallon) - a medium light, high tech tank.

It great perfectly well in my...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-19-2013, 07:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 304
Posted By csf
I've used the Jobe's stuff in the past. No...

I've used the Jobe's stuff in the past. No issues that I noticed. I don't measure much of anything other than CO2 / pH meter.

Once you push them into the gravel, they don't leach into the water...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-19-2013, 07:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 699
Posted By csf
Anecdotal knowledge says nothing for 2-3 weeks...

Anecdotal knowledge says nothing for 2-3 weeks other than plant growth might get crummy. Too much longer and things start to crash in my tank (lack of something stops growth and algae starts up).
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