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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   Today, 12:58 AM
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Posted By houseofcards
Who's setup are you referring to?

Who's setup are you referring to?
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   Yesterday, 08:19 PM
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I still don't understand why you guys treat a...

I still don't understand why you guys treat a planted tank in a home like a science experiment. There is no control. You could move from tank to tank whether your dosing EI, ADA, Pro whatever and...
Forum: Substrate   Yesterday, 05:14 PM
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Posted By houseofcards
Yes, I used a submerged cup and over a few weeks...

Yes, I used a submerged cup and over a few weeks had the entire substrate replaced. I did a few cups worth each time and always put suction on the area that I was exchanging. I didn't take anything...
Forum: Substrate   02-06-2016, 03:26 PM
Replies: 17
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Posted By houseofcards
I did that once with a 72G. If your not in a...

I did that once with a 72G. If your not in a rush you can do it. What I did was simply to suck out a small portion of the existing substrate with filter tubing. Added some of the new substrate in...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-02-2016, 05:46 PM
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Posted By houseofcards
Just for the record. Whether you follow an EI or...

Just for the record. Whether you follow an EI or ADA type dosing routine both have the potential for algae. So if one is heavy and one is lean you really can’t directly blame high fert levels...
Forum: Algae   02-01-2016, 02:11 AM
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Posted By houseofcards
I think for the purpose of the discussion and...

I think for the purpose of the discussion and helping the OP there is enough nutrients in anyone's aquarium to grow algae, especially in a well-lit one.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-30-2016, 03:05 AM
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Posted By houseofcards
Kinda hard to tell from that pic

Kinda hard to tell from that pic
Forum: Equipment   01-26-2016, 08:28 PM
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Posted By houseofcards
If you don't want to be limited to a smaller...

If you don't want to be limited to a smaller group of plants then definitely go co2 and go pressurized as some others have mentioned. For about $150 one time and a few dollars a month co2 is the...
Forum: Plants   01-26-2016, 03:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 223
Posted By houseofcards
Are you using aquatic tweezers? Push down...

Are you using aquatic tweezers? Push down further then you want and then pull up slightly as the substrate falls in around the base. You really shouldn't have a problem if the substrate is normal...
Forum: Equipment   01-24-2016, 06:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 434
Posted By houseofcards
I was using the Intermatic, but I switched over...

I was using the Intermatic, but I switched over to these. They are more streamlined, no clips to lose and for $10 you get two, 3 prong outlets.

GE Indoor Mechanical Timer 24hr with 2 Outlets :...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   01-21-2016, 09:46 PM
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Posted By houseofcards
I personally have found the fluval ceramic disks...

I personally have found the fluval ceramic disks to be very inconsistent and harder to work with certain BPS rates. I like the small glass ceramic diffusers more.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   01-19-2016, 01:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 265
Posted By houseofcards
Removing excess ferts is not the only reason you...

Removing excess ferts is not the only reason you do water changes. Water changes remove excess organics and or ammonia that will lead many times to fish deaths as well as the more common algae...
Forum: Equipment   01-18-2016, 01:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 508
Posted By houseofcards
It's normal running psi for me and the cleaning...

It's normal running psi for me and the cleaning is practically nothing. It's 5 minutes once a month in a 50/50 bleach/water solution, which you do during one of your water changes. There also cheap...
Forum: Equipment   01-17-2016, 09:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 508
Posted By houseofcards
Definitely not! That is a myth. I've run...

Definitely not! That is a myth.

I've run the larger ceramic/glass diffusers on 4-5 ft setups in that capacity without issue. Just do a google image search on "ada nature aquarium gallery" and...
Forum: Aquascaping   01-14-2016, 09:54 PM
Replies: 27
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Posted By houseofcards
Beautifully executed, congrats!

Beautifully executed, congrats!
Forum: Tank Journals   01-12-2016, 07:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,556
Posted By houseofcards
Yep that's usually way too much even if you have...

Yep that's usually way too much even if you have good co2 and heavy plant mass. I start my tanks with usually around 6 hrs and use any organic removal products I can get my hands on until the plants...
Forum: Plants   01-11-2016, 09:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 187
Posted By houseofcards
I'm pretty sure #3 is DIDIPLIS DIANDRA

I'm pretty sure #3 is DIDIPLIS DIANDRA
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   01-10-2016, 01:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 251
Posted By houseofcards
Concentration and majority are two different...

Concentration and majority are two different things. Per the volume of most filters they would have more bacteria, but in a typical canister filter/hob setup on a normal size tank the majority of...
Forum: Photography   01-07-2016, 02:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 770
Posted By houseofcards
I've been using one of these magic ninjas with a...

I've been using one of these magic ninjas with a flash mount attached to the end, but I do like that magic arm. Didn't see that before I bought the ninja.

Amazon.com: Stage Ninja Scorpion...
Forum: Photography   01-06-2016, 10:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 770
Posted By houseofcards
Nice Pic! Yep the OCF makes a huge difference.

Nice Pic! Yep the OCF makes a huge difference.
Forum: Tank Journals   01-06-2016, 01:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,556
Posted By houseofcards
I would strongly advise against putting fish in. ...

I would strongly advise against putting fish in. Once you fill the tank the AS will leach a ton of NH3 which will prove lethal to your fish. With AS-based tanks you should really wait several...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   01-05-2016, 12:15 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,959
Posted By houseofcards
I only had it up about a month (setups don't last...

I only had it up about a month (setups don't last long in my mini-s,) but I was dosing around 1ml of Excel in the setup, plus normal EI ferts (which I do on all my setups).



We got a trekkie in...
Forum: Equipment   01-05-2016, 12:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 608
Posted By houseofcards
You guys will laugh but I have two Milwaukee...

You guys will laugh but I have two Milwaukee MA957s going on 10 years with the original needle valves. They still work fine. I've never had a problem with them. I agree that it's a little fussy...
Forum: Tank Journals   12-31-2015, 05:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,566
Posted By houseofcards
That looks really good! I did a Marimo Ball Moss...

That looks really good! I did a Marimo Ball Moss Scape last month in my Mini S.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-29-2015, 01:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 316
Posted By houseofcards
Just because the above paragraph is in the survey...

Just because the above paragraph is in the survey text doesn't mean it's automated to go off at the specified time. They might have to manually "close the survey." Although it might exonerate them...
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