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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 07:14 PM
Replies: 10
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Posted By Hoppy
I don't think it has yet been established that...

I don't think it has yet been established that any aquatic plants are "heavy root feeders". Years ago someone interpreted the fact that some plants have huge root systems as meaning that they have...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 07:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 201
Posted By Hoppy
I used DIY CO2 for a couple of years and, even...

I used DIY CO2 for a couple of years and, even with low light I got BBA consistently. When I switched to Excel/Metricide I was able to use more light, and still did not get BBA. The main...
Forum: Substrate Yesterday, 07:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 184
Posted By Hoppy
It is nice sand with a good CEC, so, yes it isn't...

It is nice sand with a good CEC, so, yes it isn't "just sand". It is also not a usable source of nutrients, micro or otherwise. I like Flourite very much, but I also know better than to believe...
Forum: Lighting Yesterday, 06:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 360
Posted By Hoppy
The T5 light is giving you just barely enough...

The T5 light is giving you just barely enough light to grow anything. The Current LED light I know nothing about, but with both lights I suspect you have enough light for the plants to do well.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 04:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 220
Posted By Hoppy
If I remember correctly Seachem is the originator...

If I remember correctly Seachem is the originator of the statement that Excel breaks down in about a day. It would be interesting to know how that happens, but apparently it is a fact that it does...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 04:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 201
Posted By Hoppy
Not true. BBA is by far the worst algae in an...

Not true. BBA is by far the worst algae in an aquarium and that almost always starts when the ppm of CO2 in the water is not kept about the same, day to day. When you add CO2 to the water you...
Forum: Lighting Yesterday, 04:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 527
Posted By Hoppy
It isn't at all difficult to get more light. ...

It isn't at all difficult to get more light. Much harder is getting just about the optimum amount of light for the system you have, your desires as to what plants you want, how much maintenance and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 04:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 169
Posted By Hoppy
Next question: Are you asking about growing them...

Next question: Are you asking about growing them emersed, outdoors, or in a pond outdoors? What part of North America are you concerned with, Canada, Alaska, Mexico????
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-27-2015, 05:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 501
Posted By Hoppy
If you dose per the EI dosing tables it isn't...

If you dose per the EI dosing tables it isn't likely that you have any nutrient deficiency other than carbon. That's one reason we use the EI method - it leaves us with only one nutrient to adjust,...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-27-2015, 04:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 156
Posted By Hoppy
Dry chemicals, KNO3, KH2PO4, and a trace element...

Dry chemicals, KNO3, KH2PO4, and a trace element mix, are very cheap. Enough of them to last a year costs maybe $10. Based on that I don't see any benefit to switching to organics which have to...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-27-2015, 04:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 220
Posted By Hoppy
It's amazing what can be done by using a few more...

It's amazing what can be done by using a few more words!:hihi:
Forum: Substrate 05-27-2015, 04:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 184
Posted By Hoppy
Flourite is just sand, not a nutrient source. I...

Flourite is just sand, not a nutrient source. I used Flourite sand in a 10 gallon tank a few years ago and was very happy with it. You need to fertilize the water if you use Flourite - see...
Forum: Lighting 05-27-2015, 04:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 527
Posted By Hoppy
Jeff, my Planted Plus light gives me about 30-35...

Jeff, my Planted Plus light gives me about 30-35 PAR at 25 inches. This light setup has the lights about 16 inches from the substrate, so that should give you about the PAR I guessed it would. The...
Forum: Lighting 05-27-2015, 04:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 104
Posted By Hoppy
You can bend a piece of shiny aluminum flashing...

You can bend a piece of shiny aluminum flashing so it is shaped like \_/, with the bottom flat being wide enough to fit under the two bulbs. Mount that to the light fixture, install the bulbs,...
Forum: Lighting 05-27-2015, 04:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 360
Posted By Hoppy
Can you take a photo of the light fixture you now...

Can you take a photo of the light fixture you now have, that shows the bulbs and reflectors? Without knowing more about that fixture it isn't possible to recommend what changes you should make. ...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-27-2015, 04:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 169
Posted By Hoppy
There are several plants called "baby tears",...

There are several plants called "baby tears", some of which are terrestrial and some aquatic. What specific plants are you referring to? There are also more than one "blyxa" plants, so, same...
Forum: Algae 05-27-2015, 02:33 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 482
Posted By Hoppy
Green spot algae is encouraged by low phosphate,...

Green spot algae is encouraged by low phosphate, not high.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-27-2015, 02:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 220
Posted By Hoppy
I believe the widely accepted "normal" dosage for...

I believe the widely accepted "normal" dosage for Excel is now 2 ml per 10 gallons of water, every day, which is twice what it calls for on the bottle. But, don't use the 5 ml per 10 gallons of...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-27-2015, 02:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 203
Posted By Hoppy
For several years I have been dosing KH2PO4 at...

For several years I have been dosing KH2PO4 at double what the EI tables call for, to control green spot algae. It works fine. No fish problems, but I don't breed fish or have shrimp in my tank.
Forum: Lighting 05-27-2015, 02:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 527
Posted By Hoppy
I believe you have plenty of light now. The...

I believe you have plenty of light now. The planted plus gives around 60-70 PAR at the distance you have from the substrate. That is high light so you need good pressurized CO2 to be able to use it...
Forum: Lighting 05-27-2015, 02:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 149
Posted By Hoppy
If the two Planted Plus lights are close...

If the two Planted Plus lights are close together, at each end of the tank, you would get almost double the light that one will give you. The Finnex lights have a very good spread of the light, so...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-27-2015, 02:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 231
Posted By Hoppy
Nitrate test kits can be hard to make read...

Nitrate test kits can be hard to make read properly. You have to be sure to follow the instructions to the letter, including lots of shaking of the reagent bottles for an adequate time. Then, you...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-27-2015, 02:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 241
Posted By Hoppy
There isn't just one way to cycle a tank. Some...

There isn't just one way to cycle a tank. Some of us just plant the tank, fertilize the water column normally, let the tank operate for a couple of weeks, to get the plants growing, then add about...
Forum: Lighting 05-23-2015, 07:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 177
Posted By Hoppy
You have a lot of light! Probably way too much...

You have a lot of light! Probably way too much to avoid BBA and other algae problems. A Planted Plus would give you around 40 PAR, and a Ray2 about 70 PAR. Just the Planted Plus would be low...
Forum: Lighting 05-23-2015, 07:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 111
Posted By Hoppy
If the tank is 24 inches high, and 36 inches...

If the tank is 24 inches high, and 36 inches long, I suggest the Finnex Planted Plus. I use one on a 24 inch high 65 gallon tank, with the light hanging about 25 inches from the substrate. It gives...
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