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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-24-2012, 01:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 594
Posted By KevinC
One issue with less urban areas is access to...

One issue with less urban areas is access to wholesaler shipments. If fragile fish have to be picked up by you at an airport 2hours away after midnight, you are less likely to buy rarer and...
Forum: Fish 08-15-2012, 01:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 358
Posted By KevinC
Try a pile of small stones in the 5gal. She will...

Try a pile of small stones in the 5gal. She will look for a gravel pile to release them into so they can hide. Or look for the youtube videos on stripping African cichlids - you can force her to...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-10-2012, 02:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 971
Posted By KevinC
More of a concern would be how it is collected...

More of a concern would be how it is collected and stored. Roofing materials can leach lead and zinc, while gutters may be made of copper. Maybe the levels wouldn't be high enough to cause a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-09-2012, 05:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 398
Posted By KevinC
If you're not losing fish, and it's a 6-year...

If you're not losing fish, and it's a 6-year established tank, I'd be suspicious of your test kit results. What do you mean "high" nitrite and ammonia? Before any big changes I'd get that confirmed...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-05-2012, 02:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 716
Posted By KevinC
Magnesium is needed by plants too. However, you...

Magnesium is needed by plants too. However, you have a fixed ratio of Mg to nitrate when using magnesium nitrate so you can't adjust one without changing the other. Magnesium is part of the GH so...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 02-14-2012, 03:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 394
Posted By KevinC
You could mix un-softened tap (if there is a...

You could mix un-softened tap (if there is a spigot before the softener) with the RO water for your water changes. The ratio (50/50, 25/75, whatever) depends on the kH in the un-softened tap. As...
Forum: Lighting 02-03-2012, 05:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 564
Posted By KevinC
I'm running one 10k and one 6500k bulb. The...

I'm running one 10k and one 6500k bulb. The 6500k is kind of pink, and it makes the fish colors look off - the 10k fixes that. I have labs and dems in my tank - so not too much digging like you get...
Forum: Fish 01-31-2012, 03:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 818
Posted By KevinC
Thanks for the help everyone! I was really...

Thanks for the help everyone! I was really hoping for numbers (% of each ingredient) though. I'm not crazy about making my own food, so I'll look at these other commercial options. Demasonii are...
Forum: Fish 01-30-2012, 07:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 818
Posted By KevinC
highest spirulina content food?

Anyone know which flake and/or soft pellet foods have the highest spirulina content? I'm feeding my yellow labs and demasonii (african vegetarians) Hagen Nutrafin flake (40% spirulina) and HBH...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 10-27-2011, 04:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,103
Posted By KevinC
It's true now and it's been true for a long time:...

It's true now and it's been true for a long time:

If you have a college degree, you MUST be willing to move to get your first job. After you have a couple of years experience THEN start narrowing...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-09-2011, 08:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 424
Posted By KevinC
If the other calculators are using a more...

If the other calculators are using a more accurate density for water and converting liters to grams, they would be dividing by a smaller number, giving a slightly higher result than yours. The...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-06-2011, 02:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 695
Posted By KevinC
This: ...

This: http://www.saws.org/our_water/ResourceProtComp/Groundwater_Protection/Water_Quality/FAQs.shtml
implies chlorine, not chloramine is used for your system. However, I'd give them a call first...
Forum: Fish 09-15-2011, 09:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,398
Posted By KevinC
If you have a high success rate, you'll find the...

If you have a high success rate, you'll find the really hard part is finding homes for >200 angelfish! (from my one experience raising angelfish babies from eggs)
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 09-12-2011, 06:24 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,469
Posted By KevinC
I've measured lead in drinking water before so I...

I've measured lead in drinking water before so I have some insight. We cannot reliably measure lead in water at much below 5ppb. So the 15ppb limit is based on what we can measure. Now thinking...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 09-11-2011, 07:48 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,469
Posted By KevinC
Just FYI - drinking water is not the only thing...

Just FYI - drinking water is not the only thing you ingest with carcinogens in it. And I'm referring to naturally-occurring ones, not man-made. Tomatoes and black pepper are two examples of foods...
Forum: Fish 08-29-2011, 02:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,613
Posted By KevinC
+1 - when I had 5 in a 72bow, two pairs formed -...

+1 - when I had 5 in a 72bow, two pairs formed - the "odd man out" was miserable when both pairs were spawning.

If you are buying adults you might know male/female and make sure you get all males...
Forum: Plants 08-26-2011, 03:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,016
Posted By KevinC
You don't mention mbuna species - mine are...

You don't mention mbuna species - mine are admittedly more forgiving of plants (yellow labs and demasonii), so here's what I am able to get away with:

Java fern and moss
Swords
Red tiger lotus...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-15-2011, 12:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 871
Posted By KevinC
Yes - they start at different pH's. A strong...

Yes - they start at different pH's. A strong base will have a higher starting pH than a weak base.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-06-2011, 01:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 871
Posted By KevinC
But the test we use doesn't distinguish - or...

But the test we use doesn't distinguish - or think of it as an alkalinity test measuring kH. It measures (counts) any ion that reacts with the acid we are adding as a titrant. OH- reacts with acid....
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-05-2011, 08:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 871
Posted By KevinC
Actually yes, OH- counts as part of kH. kH is...

Actually yes, OH- counts as part of kH. kH is measured as the amount of acid to bring the pH down to a specific pH (4.5). Since hydroxides will react with acid too, they are counted as part of kH....
Forum: DIY 07-05-2011, 08:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,072
Posted By KevinC
If you do weekly 50% water changes it might be OK...

If you do weekly 50% water changes it might be OK - but you're going to have two parameters constantly changing. It won't hurt the fish, but the plants might not be as happy as they could be. Also...
Forum: DIY 07-05-2011, 03:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,072
Posted By KevinC
Safe, most likely yes. Mess with water...

Safe, most likely yes.

Mess with water parameters? Definitely. The cement will raise kH and GH, while the peat will stain the water and counteract the cement a little. I'm guessing the cement...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-01-2011, 05:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,822
Posted By KevinC
Water hardness, much like TDS, is produced by a...

Water hardness, much like TDS, is produced by a variety of ions. In the case of TDS, all ions increase it. In hardness, calcium and magnesium are the main contributors, though iron and manganese...
Forum: Substrate 06-23-2011, 01:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 268
Posted By KevinC
Are you using tap water? If so, is it that Lake...

Are you using tap water? If so, is it that Lake Michigan liquid rock? (I'm from WI too - very hard water from Lake Winnebago for me) Then I wouldn't worry about the cichlid substrate - your water...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 06-23-2011, 01:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 920
Posted By KevinC
And don't worry about copper. The tiny bit that...

And don't worry about copper. The tiny bit that is in trace element fertilizers is a necessary trace element - for fish, snails, inverts, and plants. Diluting it with 125 gallons of water makes it...
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