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Forum: Equipment 03-09-2011, 12:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 733
Posted By captain_bu
Are you using 4 dKH water in the drop checker? If...

Are you using 4 dKH water in the drop checker? If you have proper surface agitation to keep O2 levels up for the fish the drop checker should not be green 3 days after turning of CO2.

Good luck...
Forum: Equipment 03-08-2011, 04:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 733
Posted By captain_bu
There is no standard bubble count since the size...

There is no standard bubble count since the size of the bubbles can vary from rig to rig and so can the working pressure. The bubble count needed is going to be different depending on the type of...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 02-14-2011, 04:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,384
Posted By captain_bu
The volume of water has nothing to do with the...

The volume of water has nothing to do with the Excel breaking down once it is in the tank. According to Seachem Excel has about a 24 hour life in an aquarium due to the fact that the bacteria present...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 02-11-2011, 05:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 321
Posted By captain_bu
K2SO4 is potassium. Usually not needed if you...

K2SO4 is potassium. Usually not needed if you dose EI at the full recommended amounts since you will get potassium from the KNO3 and KH2PO4. If you dose EI on the lean side it doesn't add enough...
Forum: Lighting 02-11-2011, 05:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 438
Posted By captain_bu
Sounds like a lot of light make sure you adjust...

Sounds like a lot of light make sure you adjust ferts and (especially) CO2 accordingly.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-09-2011, 09:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 724
Posted By captain_bu
Agree with Hoppy... EI dosing would be your best...

Agree with Hoppy... EI dosing would be your best bet. Once the tank turns around you can adjust the dosages over time but EI dosing is the best way to ensure that a shortage of nutrients is not an...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-09-2011, 04:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 724
Posted By captain_bu
It sounds like your plants are starving. You have...

It sounds like your plants are starving. You have high enough light that you need to provide comprehensive nutrients, macros (NPK), micros and carbon (CO2). The Excel may or may not supply enough...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-07-2011, 05:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 271
Posted By captain_bu
I finally got rid of mine. They definitely will...

I finally got rid of mine. They definitely will gnaw on broad leafed plants. Feeding veggies helps but doesn't seem to eliminate the the problem.
Forum: Fish 02-02-2011, 05:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 976
Posted By captain_bu
Agree with everyone who has suggested they are...

Agree with everyone who has suggested they are hiding because you don't have a large enough school.

nice looking tank!
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 02-02-2011, 05:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 893
Posted By captain_bu
Agree with Darkblade... The other reason I...

Agree with Darkblade...

The other reason I would up the fert levels a bit is due to the less than stellar accuracy of hobby grade test kits. A 10ppm reading using a hobby grade test kit may...
Forum: Algae 01-27-2011, 05:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,934
Posted By captain_bu
Whether it is wrong or right the spectrum shown...

Whether it is wrong or right the spectrum shown is unique to whatever manufacturers bulb it represents. In other words 4K bulbs (example posted) or bulbs of any color temperature made by different...
Forum: Plants 01-26-2011, 12:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 793
Posted By captain_bu
What is CO2 from fish? Most of the carpet...

What is CO2 from fish?

Most of the carpet plants need CO2 to grow well. If you aren't injecting pressurized CO2 or have a small enough tank to get adequate CO2 levels from DIY CO2 then you may not...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-25-2011, 07:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 408
Posted By captain_bu
4 wpg means very little without knowing what type...

4 wpg means very little without knowing what type of lighting and how far the bulbs are from the substrate. Assuming that you indeed have high light you need to provide comprehensive ferts. It looks...
Forum: Lighting 01-21-2011, 06:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 469
Posted By captain_bu
I also like to start with 6 hours... raising the...

I also like to start with 6 hours... raising the fixture or using less bulbs at first helps more than reducing photoperiod (assuming you are going to ramp up to medium or high intensity as well as a...
Forum: Lighting 01-20-2011, 05:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 469
Posted By captain_bu
Totally agree with this. After making past...

Totally agree with this. After making past mistakes I realized that it is better to ramp up light levels slowly, start with less intensity and a shorter photoperiod and then increase slowly with a...
Forum: Equipment 01-20-2011, 04:54 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,138
Posted By captain_bu
CO2 tanks are filled by weight. Regardless of the...

CO2 tanks are filled by weight. Regardless of the shop they either weigh it properly or don't. Very easy to check if you have a bathroom scale. The empty and filled weights are stamped on my...
Forum: Lighting 01-19-2011, 10:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 703
Posted By captain_bu
No experience with LED lighting but T5HO seems...

No experience with LED lighting but T5HO seems like a poor choice if you want a low-light tank. Save yourself some potential headaches and stick with T5NO or PC lighting, you could even go T8. Are...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-19-2011, 10:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 713
Posted By captain_bu
Totally agree with this... Once I brought...

Totally agree with this...

Once I brought home 2 schools of cories and spent a couple of hours drip acclimating them. When I released them into the tank I was looking forward to seeing them...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-19-2011, 06:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 713
Posted By captain_bu
Tom Barr had an auto-dosing snafu that resulted...

Tom Barr had an auto-dosing snafu that resulted in nitrate levels of over 150 ppm with no affect on fish health.

If you are not using a lab grade test you are basically guessing anyway so ditch...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-19-2011, 06:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,364
Posted By captain_bu
Floating plants may grab CO2 from the atmosphere...

Floating plants may grab CO2 from the atmosphere but they use it themselves and don't transfer it to the water column.

Not discounting your experience or the success of your tank, just...
Forum: Algae 01-19-2011, 06:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,173
Posted By captain_bu
110 watts of what kind of light? Number is...

110 watts of what kind of light? Number is meaningless without qualification but regardless of the type it sounds like more light than you need.

When do a lot of re-scaping or make disturbances to...
Forum: Equipment 01-19-2011, 05:59 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,138
Posted By captain_bu
Sorry but this makes absolutely no sense.

Sorry but this makes absolutely no sense.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-19-2011, 05:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,364
Posted By captain_bu
To the best of my knowledge there is no way to...

To the best of my knowledge there is no way to control the bubble count with a DIY system, if you want more CO2 generation you either change the mixture or add additional bottles.

Floating plants...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-19-2011, 05:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 413
Posted By captain_bu
They had a note on the site to call in all orders...

They had a note on the site to call in all orders until the new site is fully functional.

I would never order online from them anyway especially if you want a custom order. I went through the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-19-2011, 05:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 713
Posted By captain_bu
pH changes from CO2 have no effect on livestock...

pH changes from CO2 have no effect on livestock since the TDS are not changed in any way. pH will fall about a full degree if you are injecting the proper amount of CO2 but is of absolutely no cause...
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