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Forum: DIY Today, 04:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 87
Posted By Hoppy
You should never use a dimmer on a electric...

You should never use a dimmer on a electric motor! The motor will very likely be harmed by doing so. If you want to reduce the flow through your filter you can safely restrict the output of that...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Today, 04:01 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 484
Posted By Hoppy
I post this about every two weeks, so here goes...

I post this about every two weeks, so here goes again::hihi:
KH is not a buffer. KH, in a tank with CO2 in it, works with the CO2 to act as a buffer against pH changes that might be caused by other...
Forum: Substrate Today, 03:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 116
Posted By Hoppy
If you have 80 PAR at the substrate you need to...

If you have 80 PAR at the substrate you need to dose more than "lean" EI doses of fertilizers. That is enough light that you should be trying to make sure the plants growth is not restricted by...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Today, 03:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 142
Posted By Hoppy
Light is what drives plant growth rates. Adding...

Light is what drives plant growth rates. Adding more fertilizer won't increase the growth rate unless the plants were short on one or more nutrients to start with. But, light also drives algae...
Forum: Lighting Yesterday, 04:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 128
Posted By Hoppy
The one I tested was gray (perhaps charcoal)...

The one I tested was gray (perhaps charcoal) fiberglass insect screen.
Forum: Algae Yesterday, 02:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 212
Posted By Hoppy
Plant parts that have had BBA growing on them are...

Plant parts that have had BBA growing on them are very unlikely to survive even if you do kill off the BBA. BBA leaves scars that don't go away. I think the best results are always when you remove...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 01:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 128
Posted By Hoppy
If you do have 60 PAR at the substrate, you...

If you do have 60 PAR at the substrate, you should also be using pressurized CO2. Excel is very good for lower light levels, but is very unlikely to be adequate for a well fertilized 60 PAR lighted...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 01:52 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 484
Posted By Hoppy
It is a mistake to pick a number and decide that...

It is a mistake to pick a number and decide that is the pH that you want. The pH of aquarium water is a consequence of whatever is in the water, from CO2 to carbonate ions, to weak acids from humus...
Forum: Substrate Yesterday, 01:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 395
Posted By Hoppy
Growing aquatic plants isn't rocket science, but...

Growing aquatic plants isn't rocket science, but it also isn't a matter of dropping plants in a tank of water, waiting a week, then cashing the checks. So, I suggest you first do a good job studying...
Forum: Lighting 04-30-2015, 03:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 320
Posted By Hoppy
I think it is about 40 PAR also, and with them...

I think it is about 40 PAR also, and with them about 9-12" apart you probably have around 40 PAR over the whole substrate, which would be low medium light. Very good for plants, enough so that you...
Forum: Algae 04-29-2015, 11:07 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,353
Posted By Hoppy
Your experience is interesting, but I think you...

Your experience is interesting, but I think you would have to design a well controlled experiment to be able to credit the phosguard with stopping the algae. Generally you should aim to have the...
Forum: Substrate 04-29-2015, 10:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 432
Posted By Hoppy
The CEC of Flourite is from the raw material they...

The CEC of Flourite is from the raw material they make it from, so the size of the particles shouldn't have much effect. I used Flourite black sand for awhile and liked it a lot. It grew plants...
Forum: Substrate 04-29-2015, 10:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 226
Posted By Hoppy
The bottom one might work, depending on what...

The bottom one might work, depending on what fertilizers they add to it. The top one with the chicken manure would probably cause you problems.
Forum: Lighting 04-29-2015, 10:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 320
Posted By Hoppy
If you have a single Coralife 2 bulb T5NO light...

If you have a single Coralife 2 bulb T5NO light on that tank, it would be around 15 inches from the substrate, and that should give you about 25 PAR at the substrate right under the light. But, the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-29-2015, 10:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 137
Posted By Hoppy
What lighting do you have? You can't use high...

What lighting do you have? You can't use high light for a non-CO2 tank, or you get the same experience you have.
Forum: Algae 04-29-2015, 03:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 400
Posted By Hoppy
Plants need nitrates, phosphates, and potassium. ...

Plants need nitrates, phosphates, and potassium. You aren't dosing any nitrates and only insignificant potassium and phosphates. Amino acids aren't a good plant food. I suggest correcting that...
Forum: Algae 04-29-2015, 03:16 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,353
Posted By Hoppy
What lighting do you have? Light drives algae...

What lighting do you have? Light drives algae growth just as it drives plant growth.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-28-2015, 04:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 522
Posted By Hoppy
The plants I have sold to my local store were...

The plants I have sold to my local store were always paid for in fish credits, not real money. They were generous with fish credits, since the wholesale cost of the fish is pretty low too. In any...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-28-2015, 04:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 389
Posted By Hoppy
Baking powder can be several mixtures. In...

Baking powder can be several mixtures. In Australia it may not be the same as in the US. Baking soda is always just sodium bicarbonate, as far as I know. Heat makes sodium bicarbonate release CO2,...
Forum: Lighting 04-27-2015, 04:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 190
Posted By Hoppy
If you want to use the Planted Plus light you can...

If you want to use the Planted Plus light you can do so by putting a layer of fiberglass window screen over the top of the tank. Each layer drops the intensity of the light by 40%. There are ways...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-27-2015, 12:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 522
Posted By Hoppy
All aquarium plants have a value that depends on...

All aquarium plants have a value that depends on whether or not you can get in contact with people who want that particular plant. Java moss is very "common", so there will be no pent-up demand for...
Forum: DIY 04-24-2015, 03:20 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,331
Posted By Hoppy
I have 2 left to sell, but I have already offered...

I have 2 left to sell, but I have already offered them to people. Someone will eventually get them, and that will leave me with a total "profit" this year of less than $100. At least I won't need...
Forum: DIY 04-24-2015, 01:43 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,331
Posted By Hoppy
Talking Here are the instructions for making these

Here are the details about the "final" DIY PAR meter I have been making:
http://i573.photobucket.com/albums/ss176/Hoppycalif/2015PARSensorAssy_zpssbitfs7g.jpg
This is the sensor assembly. It is...
Forum: DIY 04-23-2015, 05:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 446
Posted By Hoppy
I can be the OD, if it says 1/4 tube, but if it...

I can be the OD, if it says 1/4 tube, but if it says 1/4 pipe, or NPT, then it is neither ID nor OD. I'm not sure where pipe sizes originated, nor how the size was determined.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-21-2015, 07:25 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 918
Posted By Hoppy
Assume your plants are using 40 ppm of CO2 per...

Assume your plants are using 40 ppm of CO2 per day to feed their growth habit. How many ppm per day of CO2 do you have to supply in the form of bubbles of CO2 in order to have 40 ppm per day there...
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