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Forum: Plants 07-18-2014, 06:59 PM
Replies: 11
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Posted By Black Pearl
Not an expert but I have lobelias. There was a...

Not an expert but I have lobelias. There was a time when the leaves were becoming transparent & thin (Melting). Tested my water and the KH was really low. As in 0-1 KH. I normally have around 3 KH....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-15-2014, 03:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 297
Posted By Black Pearl
Modified Ista Max Mix Co2 Reactor

I figured out how to use the Ista Max Mix Co2 reactor in a better way by modifying how it is set-up.
I run it with a Rio 180 powerhead (120 gph). Here is the trick: Use the Max Mix reactor co2...
Forum: Algae 07-10-2014, 07:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 277
Posted By Black Pearl
Had a problem with them when my tank was new....

Had a problem with them when my tank was new. Almost gave up. Added a really powerful HOB which eventually sucked all of them up faster than they can develop. Soon as the tank was eventually clear of...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-09-2014, 11:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 500
Posted By Black Pearl
Sae

I had 3. Their size and activity uprooted most of my smaller plants. Got tired of always needing to replant them.
Found that Bristlenose pleco works better for me combined with Nerite snails and...
Forum: Lighting 02-24-2014, 07:27 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,124
Posted By Black Pearl
It's verification is life. These plants have been...

It's verification is life. These plants have been using (and have adapted to) light from the sun since time immemorial.
Having said that, I guess one can experiment on using different...
Forum: Lighting 02-24-2014, 05:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,124
Posted By Black Pearl
Doesn't it always go back to "sunlight." Any...

Doesn't it always go back to "sunlight." Any artificial lightsource that simulates the "sunlight cycle" (sunrise to sunset) is best. Although, some plants prefer shade while others full sun.
Forum: Fish 10-03-2013, 08:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 383
Posted By Black Pearl
Don't like my SAE's. Yes, they are voracious...

Don't like my SAE's. Yes, they are voracious eaters.... of everything! In a community tank, they are always first in line to eat fish food, flakes, bloodworms, mysis shrimp, etc... They eat until...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 09-27-2013, 07:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,225
Posted By Black Pearl
So, what fish are safe to keep w/ shrimps?

So, what fish are safe to keep w/ shrimps?
Forum: Algae 09-26-2013, 04:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 458
Posted By Black Pearl
Have had diatoms/ brown algae problems for months...

Have had diatoms/ brown algae problems for months until I added a stronger filter. No more problems now.
Diatoms don't really stick to plants, glass or decor. They just "sit" wherever they form or...
Forum: Algae 08-14-2013, 06:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 487
Posted By Black Pearl
So, does anyone have an established planted tank...

So, does anyone have an established planted tank (say, at least a year old, minimum) that has never had algae?
Forum: Algae 08-14-2013, 03:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 487
Posted By Black Pearl
I have some GDA, Brown Algae and GSA. A little....

I have some GDA, Brown Algae and GSA. A little. Once a week maintenance keeps them at bay. I am hoping that I can extend maintenance to once every 2 weeks. I can be happy with that.
Forum: Algae 08-14-2013, 03:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 487
Posted By Black Pearl
Any Planted tank w/o Algae....ever?

Just wondering if it is possible to grow plants w/o any algae also growing. Seems that growing plants also means growing some form of algae at the same time.
Thoughts?
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-12-2013, 08:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 575
Posted By Black Pearl
Copy that, Diana. Got the info. from somewhere in...

Copy that, Diana. Got the info. from somewhere in the web. As it turned out, it was too much. Should have followed your advice. Will do that starting this week's scheduled H2O change.
Thanks again.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-10-2013, 09:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 575
Posted By Black Pearl
I am not going to dismantle everything to take...

I am not going to dismantle everything to take out the peat in the substrate:cool:. I do Wkly 50% water change as part my maintenance routine. I think if I add abt 2 tsps. of baking soda to the water...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-09-2013, 10:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 575
Posted By Black Pearl
Just to update. Stayed up late last night. Went...

Just to update. Stayed up late last night. Went out to buy A&M Baking Soda and dosed 1 tsp. To 1 cup of water for every 5 g of tank water. Which came out as 6 tsps. Mixed w/ 6 cups of h2o for my...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-08-2013, 11:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 575
Posted By Black Pearl
Okay. Thanks for the reply, Happi! I am observing...

Okay. Thanks for the reply, Happi! I am observing that the low PH,KH does not seem to affect the plants. However, some of my fishy friends seem to not like the water as it is now. Specifically the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-08-2013, 09:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 575
Posted By Black Pearl
Thanks. Will look into that. A quick web search...

Thanks. Will look into that. A quick web search led me to CariB Sea substrate material. Will search some more. Maybe it is available in smaller quantities.
My substarte is composed of:
1st layer:...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-08-2013, 07:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 575
Posted By Black Pearl
I still have some Seachem Neutral Regulator which...

I still have some Seachem Neutral Regulator which I can use to bring up the PH but it is phosphate based. Also, can use baking soda to increase KH. Any alternatives to these?
Here is my tank, by the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-08-2013, 06:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 575
Posted By Black Pearl
PH Crash

Hi!
Planted tank newbie here. Set-up a planted 35 g 2 months ago. Enjoying this hobby a lot. Both the art & science.
Our tap water has a PH of 8.2, KH: 3-5 & DH 4-6.
For the past 2 months PH, KH...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-31-2013, 03:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 411
Posted By Black Pearl
Miracle Gro has fertilizers. Usually high on...

Miracle Gro has fertilizers. Usually high on nitrates and phosphates. I know, I used Miracle Gro Sphagnum Peat under Flourite as substrate:). Phosphate levels were like yours. Over the roof. Used...
Forum: Lighting 07-30-2013, 07:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,438
Posted By Black Pearl
I have the same lighting fixture in my 35 g.. Zoo...

I have the same lighting fixture in my 35 g.. Zoo Med t5 HO 2 bulbs. 6500 k. & 5000 k.
Also hanging 5" above water surface / 20" from substrate. I turn on only 1 bulb (6500 k.).
I've got good plant...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-27-2013, 07:31 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,064
Posted By Black Pearl
I stare at my tank more than I stare at my wife....

I stare at my tank more than I stare at my wife. Surely, that is not a good sign. Gotta make more effort to correct that. Hmmmm, I better take her out on a date tonight. Maybe at the Monterey bay...
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