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Forum: Low Tech Forum 04-10-2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 14
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Posted By houseofcards
Pretty much what Zapins said. You not only have...

Pretty much what Zapins said. You not only have a light that is of limited use by aquatic plants, but you also have far too little of it. A 15w T8 bulb like that on a 14G is pretty much no light in...
Forum: Algae 03-09-2014, 06:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,240
Posted By houseofcards
Water changes rarely solve GW. Sometimes they do...

Water changes rarely solve GW. Sometimes they do overtime, but that's usually a result of several factors that include growing plant mass and a larger bio-filter that matures. There is no...
Forum: Algae 03-09-2014, 05:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,240
Posted By houseofcards
Ah yes, the never ending pursuit of balance. ...

Ah yes, the never ending pursuit of balance. What is that exactly? To me it can sometimes be a very narrow range of parameters in terms of plants, stock, layout which one might not want in their...
Forum: Algae 03-08-2014, 12:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,240
Posted By houseofcards
Just get a UV. It will clear up in a few days...

Just get a UV. It will clear up in a few days and the water will be so clear you'll have to check to see if there is in in fact water in it.

NH3 release is usually the reason for GW. Your...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 03-07-2014, 09:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 385
Posted By houseofcards
Stay in U.S. and go to the Virgin Islands. St....

Stay in U.S. and go to the Virgin Islands. St. John's is more laid-back and you can go to a different bay everyday. We rented a jeep for the week and did just that. One of the bays (Trunk Bay) is...
Forum: Photography 03-07-2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 555
Posted By houseofcards
You mean decreasing the value. Remember they're...

You mean decreasing the value. Remember they're fractions. Why is life so complicated. :help:
Forum: Photography 03-07-2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 555
Posted By houseofcards
I wouldn't get to crazy over this as a newbie. ...

I wouldn't get to crazy over this as a newbie. Light is the biggest issue, better light gives you the ability to quicken the shutter speed and you'll have generally sharper images of fish. Aperture...
Forum: Photography 03-06-2014, 10:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 555
Posted By houseofcards
If you don't have flash you can really use any...

If you don't have flash you can really use any light that you have. You just need to get it on top of the tank. Clip on lights, other aquarium lights, etc.
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 03-06-2014, 08:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 525
Posted By houseofcards
I think it can be successful either way. The...

I think it can be successful either way. The question is, does it need constant circulation? I would say no. Those little tanks evaporate pretty quickly so if your adding some water every other...
Forum: Photography 03-06-2014, 08:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 555
Posted By houseofcards
Your pics look pretty good. The best way to...

Your pics look pretty good. The best way to improve is to either increase lighting or use off camera flash over the tank. That way you can use faster shutter speeds, smaller aperture (DOF) and...
Forum: Tank Journals 03-06-2014, 05:36 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,823
Posted By houseofcards
Not surprised.

Not surprised.
Forum: Aquascaping 03-06-2014, 03:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,539
Posted By houseofcards
Ultimately it's up to you, but two different...

Ultimately it's up to you, but two different types of wood, or rock just doesn't look right to most people who admire aquascapes. It's sorta unsettling. You would be better served to use the larger...
Forum: Equipment 03-05-2014, 09:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 537
Posted By houseofcards
Right, but those r not typically part of TDS.

Right, but those r not typically part of TDS.
Forum: Algae 03-05-2014, 01:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 592
Posted By houseofcards
There's you problem right there. Did you add the...

There's you problem right there. Did you add the nh3 and have the lights on 9 hr cycle? Completely unnecessary to add the ammonia. You plant, run lights around 5-7 hrs tops and then wait a few...
Forum: Equipment 03-05-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 537
Posted By houseofcards
That is technically true, but I don't believe...

That is technically true, but I don't believe Purigen removes organics that are dissolved to that size.
Forum: Equipment 03-04-2014, 11:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 537
Posted By houseofcards
I don't actually think Purigen will help with...

I don't actually think Purigen will help with TDS. I"m pretty sure it removes only the organics / contaminants before they breakdown.
Forum: Algae 03-04-2014, 02:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 540
Posted By houseofcards
Whether it's medium/high doesn't really matter,...

Whether it's medium/high doesn't really matter, it's good light to grow most plants and algae so I do agree with Roadmaster.

Another thing to consider is that yes your tank is tall so your...
Forum: Algae 03-04-2014, 02:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 540
Posted By houseofcards
Dosing EI has very little to do with the bloom. ...

Dosing EI has very little to do with the bloom. You should have really started dosing right at startup depending on your substrate. Your giving your plants co2 and light, but not ferts to grow? ...
Forum: Aquascaping 03-04-2014, 12:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 974
Posted By houseofcards
I do agree with some of the comments made by...

I do agree with some of the comments made by Solcielo, since some are very basic, but some of his other comments IMO are more about what he would like to see.

Solcielo you must have some scapes...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 03-04-2014, 12:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,186
Posted By houseofcards
This pic is lighter than the others, so you can...

This pic is lighter than the others, so you can see more constrast. I think the first one's look good, but the wood gets lost in the black background (might be photo only not in person). I think...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 03-03-2014, 11:47 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,186
Posted By houseofcards
This is one of those scapes that looks good, but...

This is one of those scapes that looks good, but you can't tell if it's been growing a while or was just setup? Either way good job!
Forum: Equipment 03-01-2014, 02:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 457
Posted By houseofcards
No, your more or less removing organics before...

No, your more or less removing organics before they breakdown. Its doesn't remove nitrate and the other salts your adding in. Some of the 'scientists' on here will tell you it removes some of the...
Forum: Equipment 02-28-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 457
Posted By houseofcards
and don't forget carbon or other organic removal...

and don't forget carbon or other organic removal media, plus the light duration. All three will give algae no where to go.
Forum: Tank Journals 02-28-2014, 01:45 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,823
Posted By houseofcards
If that's a solid black background (can't tell...

If that's a solid black background (can't tell from pic), you could also paint the intake/outake with Krylon Fusion. I did that to my eheim intake/outake on a black background and you don't even see...
Forum: Equipment 02-28-2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 457
Posted By houseofcards
+1 You are wise as well! If you do the...

+1

You are wise as well!

If you do the water changes (from the getgo), use organic removal media, don't overdue lighting and stock normally algae really isn't an issue. I've had tanks with no...
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