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Forum: Plants   01-08-2017, 03:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 250
Posted By PortalMasteryRy
That growth is usually an indication of low...

That growth is usually an indication of low light. When AR has a lot of light the distance between nodes are very short. Is the plant getting shaded?
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   01-05-2017, 06:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 427
Posted By PortalMasteryRy
Do yourself a favor and get a decent PH pen with...

Do yourself a favor and get a decent PH pen with the calibration solution for testing your PH. Liquid PH kits are inaccurate.

If your tap water chemistry is changing then it could be that the...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions   12-26-2016, 09:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 570
Posted By PortalMasteryRy
Merry Christmas to all!!

Merry Christmas to all!!
Forum: Lighting   12-13-2016, 08:23 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 168
Posted By PortalMasteryRy
2x Finnex 36" planted+ sitting on the rim should...

2x Finnex 36" planted+ sitting on the rim should give you high light.
Forum: Plants   12-12-2016, 03:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,668
Posted By PortalMasteryRy
Not any more. It will all switch to the grass...

Not any more. It will all switch to the grass like leaves but mine started with the spearhead looking like leaves similar to what you would see in crypt parva.

The plant actually looks like a big...
Forum: Plants   12-10-2016, 02:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,668
Posted By PortalMasteryRy
Does look like E. Xingu. I have the plant and...

Does look like E. Xingu. I have the plant and it's a very easy to manage sword since it does not get tall and you can keep trimming the outer leaves to keep it from getting too bushy.
Forum: Substrate   12-08-2016, 02:47 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,978
Posted By PortalMasteryRy
Just make sure you rinse it properly or else...

Just make sure you rinse it properly or else you'll end up doing a water change a few times. I made the mistake of not rinsing it enough when replaced another section of my tank with safe-t-sorb with...
Forum: Tank Journals   12-08-2016, 02:45 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 11,685
Posted By PortalMasteryRy
What is you PO4, NO3 and estimate K levels based...

What is you PO4, NO3 and estimate K levels based on your dosing?
Forum: Substrate   12-06-2016, 08:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 305
Posted By PortalMasteryRy
No just leave it as is and start planting right...

No just leave it as is and start planting right away.
Forum: Tank Journals   12-06-2016, 01:29 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,679
Posted By PortalMasteryRy
LRJ Just send me a cutting of your val and I'll...

LRJ Just send me a cutting of your val and I'll be happy to test your water =)
Forum: Algae   12-06-2016, 01:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 802
Posted By PortalMasteryRy
Buces do not like hydrogen peroxide but they can...

Buces do not like hydrogen peroxide but they can tolerate an excel bath. You can use a syringe to apply small amounts of excel on the entire plant. Leave it out for 2-3 mins then dunk the plant 3-5...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   12-04-2016, 02:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 218
Posted By PortalMasteryRy
What did you use to test the PH? I find it hard...

What did you use to test the PH? I find it hard to believe that you have an 8.8 PH with a KH of 1.2.

The best way to go is to work with your tap unless you have extreme hard water (300+ TDS). I...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   12-02-2016, 10:04 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,330
Posted By PortalMasteryRy
The issue that worried me was having a 0 ppb Mn...

The issue that worried me was having a 0 ppb Mn readout from my 40B while I have 2 other tanks that use the same micro solution that have a reading of Mn higher than 80 ppb. Also my 40B get's a daily...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   12-01-2016, 11:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 309
Posted By PortalMasteryRy
The reason you aim for a higher concentration of...

The reason you aim for a higher concentration of CO2 is because the concentration of CO2 in different parts of the tank varies. IF you aim for 5-10 ppm then you have a chance that the CO2 in certain...
Forum: Equipment   11-29-2016, 05:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 428
Posted By PortalMasteryRy
This is completely false. A lot of people are...

This is completely false. A lot of people are actually now migrating to full water column dosing versus relying on the substrate to provide nutrients.

More and more people are getting a better...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-27-2016, 08:27 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,672
Posted By PortalMasteryRy
I was in the same boat as you when I did an...

I was in the same boat as you when I did an impulse buy in a 39" tall from Marineland during the black friday deal which was 20" tall with 12" depth. I gave the tank away since I realized I will end...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-27-2016, 05:57 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,672
Posted By PortalMasteryRy
The Ray 2 might not provide enough light even...

The Ray 2 might not provide enough light even with having a 4" to 6" substrate. The Ray 2 is also an older series of Finnex fixtures hence the lack of color. After the Ray2, Finnex introduced the...
Forum: Plants   11-26-2016, 04:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 712
Posted By PortalMasteryRy
What type of substrate do you have? I don't...

What type of substrate do you have?

I don't think it is a light issue considering the aromatics are already less than 10" from the light.

The color of the tops of the L. aromaticas do look...
Forum: Equipment   11-25-2016, 03:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 935
Posted By PortalMasteryRy
Good question! At $170 that is a steal!

Good question! At $170 that is a steal!
Forum: Tank Journals   11-24-2016, 08:26 AM
Replies: 544
Views: 81,525
Posted By PortalMasteryRy
Awww it's gone! Are you following the same...

Awww it's gone!

Are you following the same fertilization or water parameters from your 75g?
Forum: Equipment   11-18-2016, 12:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 976
Posted By PortalMasteryRy
My 2c: 1. Get rid of the drop checker. It is...

My 2c:

1. Get rid of the drop checker. It is one of the most unreliable way of checking CO2 concentrations in the water.
2. Get a PH pen with the calibration solutions.
3. Get a cup of water...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   11-17-2016, 09:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 510
Posted By PortalMasteryRy
K is not typically a problematic nutrient. I have...

K is not typically a problematic nutrient. I have had 20,30,40,60,80 and 100+ K ppm levels in my tanks with no issues. The highest I did was 150 ppm K and this was tested by a laboratory. On...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   11-16-2016, 03:48 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,330
Posted By PortalMasteryRy
Aquasoil is also a high CEC substrate. Someone...

Aquasoil is also a high CEC substrate. Someone posted a chart a few weeks back showing how much CEC each type substrate had.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   11-15-2016, 01:09 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,330
Posted By PortalMasteryRy
Yes. I bought the photometer for my aquariums....

Yes. I bought the photometer for my aquariums. When I finally had 3 running tanks then I decided I'm not going to take chances with the water chemistry. The time needed to grow and cultivate plants...
Forum: Equipment   11-15-2016, 12:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 382
Posted By PortalMasteryRy
I run two AC 30's on a 29g tall. It is not enough...

I run two AC 30's on a 29g tall. It is not enough because of the amount of fish I have and I have to be diligent with the monthly maintenance.

The biggest factor will be the bioload from the...
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