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Forum: Algae   12-16-2016, 12:22 AM
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Posted By jaidexl
According to an API rep that will happen with any...

According to an API rep that will happen with any liquid nitrate reagent where you have 2 bottles. He said we should actually be banging bottle #2 on a hard surface first to loosen the crystals, and...
Forum: Plants   12-15-2016, 07:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 262
Posted By jaidexl
I had Lilaeopsis fill out those areas but it was...

I had Lilaeopsis fill out those areas but it was connected by runners to a mat growing in full light.
Forum: Algae   12-15-2016, 06:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 815
Posted By jaidexl
Weird, usually when it detaches at the bottom...

Weird, usually when it detaches at the bottom it's pretty much by choice of the plant, it doesn't send any more hormones to a lower portion that can't receive light or just isn't functioning for...
Forum: Algae   12-15-2016, 01:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 815
Posted By jaidexl
Maybe melting below from overcrowding but at the...

Maybe melting below from overcrowding but at the top could be a micronutrient deficiency. As far as the bottom goes, when I grew corymbosa it liked to grow a massive root base and I would stimulate...
Forum: Plants   12-15-2016, 01:11 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,640
Posted By jaidexl
Some Rotala observations regarding these aerial...

Some Rotala observations regarding these aerial roots. This is a full EI/CO2 startup, substrate is large grain, inert pool filter sand but 2+ years mature.

Image 1 is a recently planted stem which...
Forum: Algae   12-14-2016, 11:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 815
Posted By jaidexl
No comment on the LEDs, that's too new school for...

No comment on the LEDs, that's too new school for me. Sounds excessive though.
Forum: Algae   12-14-2016, 09:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 815
Posted By jaidexl
Tom Barr induces it by lowering co2 and/or...

Tom Barr induces it by lowering co2 and/or phosphates. Try increasing one or both.
Forum: Algae   12-11-2016, 06:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 798
Posted By jaidexl
Works every time. The internal ones are cool but...

Works every time. The internal ones are cool but for the price on something you'll hardly use, the green machine is perfect for diatoms. I have never had them come back after removing it and I've...
Forum: Plants   12-08-2016, 07:21 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,640
Posted By jaidexl
On land plants will build the root mass big...

On land plants will build the root mass big enough to support the foliage, if you cut the foliage down it will quickly replace it to match the size of the root mass. I think this has something to do...
Forum: Algae   12-08-2016, 01:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 798
Posted By jaidexl
Used the green machine here twice, AA submersible...

Used the green machine here twice, AA submersible UV sterilizer 9v. Green water starts out white but so does bacteria. Bacteria bloom means it's probably cycling or mini-cycling (nitrogen cycle...
Forum: Plants   12-08-2016, 12:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 293
Posted By jaidexl
The rhizome is most of the plant, if enough...

The rhizome is most of the plant, if enough healthy rhizome is left and the tank is healthy, it will probably grow back. If it's a thick mat with lots of algae covered, dark mess in it, just yank it...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   02-09-2014, 03:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,729
Posted By jaidexl
The actual scientific reasoning for no WC has to...

The actual scientific reasoning for no WC has to do with plants' rubisco enzyme fixing carbon, but it does not address all the problems that can arise from it.
Forum: Low Tech Forum   02-09-2014, 03:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,729
Posted By jaidexl
I've only made it about a year with no WC before...

I've only made it about a year with no WC before bioacidification started to ruin the tanks.
Forum: Low Tech Forum   02-09-2014, 03:23 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,596
Posted By jaidexl
FYI, since this is your first tank, they need to...

FYI, since this is your first tank, they need to balance themselves, weird crap happens in the beginning, diatoms, snails, fungus, you name it. That's mother nature's pawns doing their part to bring...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   02-09-2014, 03:10 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,596
Posted By jaidexl
Wow, can't believe you went through all that over...

Wow, can't believe you went through all that over harmless snails, you may have caused yourself lots of trouble but I think you know that and are on a mission, why I can not imagine. Good luck...
Forum: DIY   01-31-2014, 02:59 PM
Replies: 225
Views: 82,815
Posted By jaidexl
The Rex reactor built the same way Rex did...

The Rex reactor built the same way Rex did achieves 100% diffusion, or at least to the human eye it does. So if you're replacing a diffuser that creates visible micro-bubbles then yes, you may need...
Forum: DIY   01-31-2014, 02:23 PM
Replies: 225
Views: 82,815
Posted By jaidexl
1.drop checker 2.co2 level start to rise...

1.drop checker

2.co2 level start to rise immediately but it takes a little while for the DC indicator to change, maybe an hour? Never timed it.

3.not really understanding the BC question, it is...
Forum: Algae   01-19-2014, 03:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,766
Posted By jaidexl
Sand is quartz, aka crystalline silica. Play sand...

Sand is quartz, aka crystalline silica. Play sand is finely ground and washed quartz. I've used it a hundred times, the diatoms will pass the same as any other sand.
Forum: Low Tech Forum   01-06-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,596
Posted By jaidexl
I just raised a batch of angelfish, and at 1...

I just raised a batch of angelfish, and at 1 month the little pea sized guys were trying to peck the heads off ramshorns, lol. Not much help but it was funny to watch them knock snails off the glass....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-06-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,908
Posted By jaidexl
There's no way snails are causing those pinholes,...

There's no way snails are causing those pinholes, if that's what you're getting at. More likely, the plants are robbing their lower portions of nutrients to make up for a deficiency. Study the...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   01-06-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 483
Posted By jaidexl
I should mention the Cyperus didn't make it in my...

I should mention the Cyperus didn't make it in my tank at .5wpg, there's also Crinum in the pic that slowly disappeared. All the rhizomes and crypts were fine, grasses didn't spread at all but...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   01-06-2014, 05:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 483
Posted By jaidexl
It's possible, the 75 in my user tank gallery had...

It's possible, the 75 in my user tank gallery had 39w T5HO, only a 36" lamp.
Forum: Low Tech Forum   01-06-2014, 05:21 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,596
Posted By jaidexl
All fish will eat them if you smash the buggers...

All fish will eat them if you smash the buggers on the glass. They don't last long at all in this house. I believe they're partially to blame for their demise, as long as you don't over feed, it...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-06-2014, 05:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,908
Posted By jaidexl
The pinholes are a deficiency, maybe potassium....

The pinholes are a deficiency, maybe potassium. The top growth looks like natural color change along with crumpled new growth, which is caused by a few things. It could just be acclimation as Texan...
Forum: Algae   01-06-2014, 05:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,766
Posted By jaidexl
Could this 'black hair which is not BBA' be...

Could this 'black hair which is not BBA' be staghorn? New setup? Stag and diatoms can both show up early on and usually disappear on their own.
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