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Forum: Lighting Today, 03:53 AM
Replies: 2
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Posted By Hoppy
See...

See http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=545113&highlight=smd+led for the data I got with 5630 LEDs, and how I ended up using them. My light didn't last very long before it failed,...
Forum: Lighting 03-27-2015, 04:36 PM
Replies: 394
Views: 165,618
Posted By Hoppy
Not all reflectors are the same. The very good...

Not all reflectors are the same. The very good ones will show you at least one full image of the bulb on each side of the bulb when you look up at the light. That almost triples the amount of light...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-27-2015, 02:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 212
Posted By Hoppy
The consequence of having no CO2 for a couple of...

The consequence of having no CO2 for a couple of days is a BBA attack. Anyone who has ever had such an attack should agree that it is well worth being over cautious so as to avoid that. I would...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-27-2015, 02:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 383
Posted By Hoppy
I have a a 36 inch Planted Plus at 25 inches...

I have a a 36 inch Planted Plus at 25 inches above the substrate, and I get about 30-35 PAR, measured with an Apogee PAR meter. A 48 inch long light gives a bit more light than a 36 inch long one. ...
Forum: DIY 03-24-2015, 05:07 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,441
Posted By Hoppy
Of course, if you can afford it, the Apogee PAR...

Of course, if you can afford it, the Apogee PAR meter is a much better device than mine, whether you buy just the sensor or the complete meter. The wait for mine is because it is very difficult to...
Forum: Lighting 03-24-2015, 04:53 AM
Replies: 394
Views: 165,618
Posted By Hoppy
I think Finnex used a contractor to test their...

I think Finnex used a contractor to test their lights, and he used the LiCor PAR meter. That contractor no longer does this for them, so they haven't tested the Planted Plus and published a nice set...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-24-2015, 04:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 438
Posted By Hoppy
I have a 65 gallon tank, which is almost exactly...

I have a 65 gallon tank, which is almost exactly one half of a 125 gallon tank. I have a Finnex Planted Plus sitting about 4 inches above the top of the tank, and I get about 30-35 PAR. You should...
Forum: Lighting 03-23-2015, 04:50 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 188
Posted By Hoppy
Yes, it is possible to do this, but you do need...

Yes, it is possible to do this, but you do need to know how to do it right. That starts with understanding the circuit used in the light as it is, and the power supply as it is. Don't forget,...
Forum: Lighting 03-23-2015, 04:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 368
Posted By Hoppy
Reef tanks use a lot more light than planted...

Reef tanks use a lot more light than planted tanks. I know very little about the requirements for reef tanks, so I don't know if the very high light that most people use for a reef tank is a real...
Forum: DIY 03-21-2015, 07:23 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 7,533
Posted By Hoppy
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) is not recommended for...

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) is not recommended for an aquarium. It is a necessary addition to human diets, but I haven't seen where it is good for fish to swim around in, and it isn't a plant food...
Forum: Equipment 03-19-2015, 10:59 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 7,017
Posted By Hoppy
I just found this thread today, so I'm late to...

I just found this thread today, so I'm late to the party, which seems to be over anyway. It looks to me like this just didn't work out like they expected, so they dropped it. If I had to guess what...
Forum: Lighting 03-19-2015, 07:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 942
Posted By Hoppy
Don't forget the weakness of the Apogee Quantum...

Don't forget the weakness of the Apogee Quantum PAR Meter. It cannot accurately measure the light intensity if there is a significant contribution to the intensity provided by 660 nm LEDs. That's...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-18-2015, 09:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 387
Posted By Hoppy
It is a very good idea to start by getting a...

It is a very good idea to start by getting a light intensity that is appropriate for the amount of CO2 you are willing to use, keeping in mind that using a high CO2 concentration can harm the fish. ...
Forum: Lighting 03-18-2015, 09:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 145
Posted By Hoppy
You can prop your light across a couple of...

You can prop your light across a couple of chairs, and measure the light intensity at the light to substrate distance you will have in the tank, using a cheap lux meter. Divide that reading by about...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-18-2015, 09:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 816
Posted By Hoppy
By far the most important driver of growth rate...

By far the most important driver of growth rate is the light intensity. You can't use a high light intensity and dose the plants to get low growth rates, without something going wrong. What...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-18-2015, 09:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 141
Posted By Hoppy
A basic problem with mixing things into the water...

A basic problem with mixing things into the water to get the KH, GH and pH we want is that we are then forever stuck with trying to match those parameters when we do water changes. It is far better...
Forum: Algae 03-18-2015, 09:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 823
Posted By Hoppy
If either allelopathic chemicals or "poor health...

If either allelopathic chemicals or "poor health leaching" were involved with algae we should be able to either cause or stop algae by using a big activated charcoal filter to remove those chemicals...
Forum: Algae 03-17-2015, 07:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 192
Posted By Hoppy
A blackout for 3 days should kill BGA, and adding...

A blackout for 3 days should kill BGA, and adding some more KNO3 will help too.
Forum: Algae 03-17-2015, 07:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 823
Posted By Hoppy
Algae and plants are not in competition for food....

Algae and plants are not in competition for food. Algae require such minute amounts of food there is always plenty in the water for them, whether you have lots of fast growing plants or none. ...
Forum: DIY 03-17-2015, 05:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 198
Posted By Hoppy
You have to leave the CO2 system joints soaked...

You have to leave the CO2 system joints soaked with the soap solution for several minutes before most of the leaks will show up at all. You are looking for tiny masses of very tiny bubbles.
Forum: DIY 03-17-2015, 04:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 219
Posted By Hoppy
Use a deep pan, filled with water, with a spare...

Use a deep pan, filled with water, with a spare small aquarium heater in it, and set the bottles in that. Then the temperature should be eliminated as a problem. To find any leaks, get a bottle of...
Forum: Algae 03-17-2015, 02:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 215
Posted By Hoppy
Since BBA usually starts when there is inadequate...

Since BBA usually starts when there is inadequate CO2 for the amount of light being used, or when the day to day amount of CO2 in the water is not the same, the first thing to do is to correct that. ...
Forum: DIY 03-16-2015, 11:15 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,441
Posted By Hoppy
Yes, it would be easier to just sell the parts,...

Yes, it would be easier to just sell the parts, but I suspect that would just lead to a lot of disappointed buyers. Unless someone has a good working PAR meter I don't know how they can calibrate...
Forum: DIY 03-16-2015, 09:43 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,441
Posted By Hoppy
The purpose of this DIY forum is to show what you...

The purpose of this DIY forum is to show what you have made, and to provide information that lets others duplicate or improve on your work. Yes, I do plan to make some to sell, but I haven't yet...
Forum: DIY 03-16-2015, 09:32 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,441
Posted By Hoppy
This sensor is designed to work with a LX1010B,...

This sensor is designed to work with a LX1010B, Chinese/Ebay/Amazon Luxmeter readout module. These luxmeters cost less than $20 from numerous "stores". To connect the sensor to the luxmeter:
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