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Forum: Photography 09-12-2013, 09:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 356
Posted By ckraft
Read up on focus stacking. A start at ...

Read up on focus stacking. A start at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focus_stacking
Forum: Algae 09-06-2013, 12:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 451
Posted By ckraft
At the water garden place where I used to hang...

At the water garden place where I used to hang out we'd have ponds go green, then clear by themselves. I suspected some organism came along that ate the green water algae. I tried to grow green...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 09-06-2013, 12:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,310
Posted By ckraft
I had one tank that had high evaporation and I...

I had one tank that had high evaporation and I was doing a lot of top-offs. I measured it somewhere around 2,200 ppm. Our city report shows that they occasionally serve water over 1000, they got in...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 09-02-2013, 02:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,311
Posted By ckraft
Question about the Seachem tabs, aren't they...

Question about the Seachem tabs, aren't they primarily minor nutrients?

My AS was looking very poorly until I put a Jobe's stick under it. It's been in the same substrate for 10 to 15 years,...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 09-01-2013, 01:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,144
Posted By ckraft
I wonder about the container you are using to...

I wonder about the container you are using to test the RO water. Lab grade cleaning of glassware can be quite involved.
Forum: Fish 08-27-2013, 02:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 547
Posted By ckraft
A common practice here is to only run water to...

A common practice here is to only run water to the interior of the house through a softener, and sometimes only for the hot water. The ion exchanged water isn't good for the landscape plants, but...
Forum: Fish 08-27-2013, 01:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 394
Posted By ckraft
At that time everything I owned fit into one...

At that time everything I owned fit into one suitcase, and I lived wherever the suitcase was. Wasn't much opportunity to bring anything back. Life was simpler then.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-27-2013, 01:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 902
Posted By ckraft
I've had a 60 G outdoors for several years, long...

I've had a 60 G outdoors for several years, long enough that I had to replace the tank once. I keep mollies and bluefin killies in there. There is a heater, just 200 W, which keeps the water a bit...
Forum: Lighting 08-26-2013, 09:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,156
Posted By ckraft
Maybe a simple answer ...

Maybe a simple answer

http://www.frys.com/product/6193999?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

No power supply or drivers needed, just 120 VAC. May have a wider range of input voltages, I haven't tried.
Forum: DIY 08-26-2013, 04:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,328
Posted By ckraft
Would 7 inch reflectors be useful? I have a...

Would 7 inch reflectors be useful? I have a couple of those, used and no intention of using them again.
Forum: Fish 08-26-2013, 04:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 394
Posted By ckraft
Fish in The Philippines

Some time ago, about 50 years, I lived for a while in Makati. There were little drainage ditches alongside the streets where we could catch small fish. I caught some gouramis, which I believed to...
Forum: DIY 08-26-2013, 03:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,328
Posted By ckraft
I have a used 17 inch reflector you could have. ...

I have a used 17 inch reflector you could have. PM me an address.
Forum: Lighting 08-25-2013, 09:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 128
Posted By ckraft
Power in on the black and white wire, the white...

Power in on the black and white wire, the white should be neutral, the black hot, but nothing much will happen if you switch them. Red to one end of the bulb, yellow to the other end. The other red...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 08-25-2013, 09:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 404
Posted By ckraft
I tried a couple times, not enough light. One I...

I tried a couple times, not enough light. One I gave away, the other I threw away. The mod I posted in lighting is pretty simple, four screws, four pieces of wire, two wirenuts.
Forum: Ponds 08-25-2013, 09:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 374
Posted By ckraft
Anybody's guess what my county allows, we have,...

Anybody's guess what my county allows, we have, or at least had, some good ag people here, but they are quite well insulated from the public. As long as they don't come looking in my yard I'm okay,...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 08-25-2013, 09:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 507
Posted By ckraft
On their way to being adults. I think I have...

On their way to being adults. I think I have only one female that has been hatching broods, It looks like four batches so far, judging by size. These will probably start breeding soon.
Forum: Lighting 08-23-2013, 08:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 228
Posted By ckraft
Modifying an Old Hood

The old standard hood for a 10 Gallon tank, this one may have started out as incandescent. I some time ago replaced the lights with the AH Supply 13 Watt Bright Kits, now I have again replaced them...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 08-23-2013, 08:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 507
Posted By ckraft
Just Some Shrimp

In a 2.5 G tank
Forum: Ponds 08-23-2013, 08:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 374
Posted By ckraft
Noxious Weeds

That's what the State of California thinks of my flowers. I'm not sure I am even permitted to have these.

Nymphaea mexicana
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 08-19-2013, 04:25 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,092
Posted By ckraft
I have the API kit, that's where I got the dGH...

I have the API kit, that's where I got the dGH 55, dKH 12. My opinion, all we as hobbyists can get is close enough approximations. If I had two water samples with differing ratios of Ca and Mg,...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 08-19-2013, 03:56 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,092
Posted By ckraft
That one says average TDS 918. Using the...

That one says average TDS 918. Using the conversion of 17.8, then the dGH would be 51.6, close enough to what I measured. The water is from wells, has been about the same for years, very minor...
Forum: Fish 08-19-2013, 04:28 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,263
Posted By ckraft
Guppies. First, what's your water like. It...

Guppies.

First, what's your water like. It is good to choose fish that do well in your water without trying to modify it.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-19-2013, 03:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,019
Posted By ckraft
Vancouver? Probably a lot of rain, not likely to...

Vancouver? Probably a lot of rain, not likely to have pure limestone there. You may just have lime surface contamination of the rocks. Soaking them in a mild acid solution should get rid of that. ...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-19-2013, 03:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 639
Posted By ckraft
I may be wrong, I frequently am, but for crystals...

I may be wrong, I frequently am, but for crystals I believe the TDS is more, or at least equally, important than the pH level. If you don't have a way to test that your city should have a water...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 08-18-2013, 07:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 846
Posted By ckraft
I use one of these ...

I use one of these
http://www.harborfreight.com/fluid-siphon-pump-93290.html

I modified it, threw away the hoses, got a longer one from the hardware store.
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