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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   01-14-2016, 05:34 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,376
Posted By ipkiss
Thanks for this Zorfox! I see you changed your...

Thanks for this Zorfox! I see you changed your mind about the windows version since then! I've been under a rock and didn't discover this until now (on v1.0.7). It's very handy and it does...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   12-15-2015, 10:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,067
Posted By ipkiss
how about a wabi kusa setup like this guy? ...

how about a wabi kusa setup like this guy?

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/100-low-tech-forum/167698-my-wabi-kusa-paladurium.html

or these...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   10-25-2015, 05:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 571
Posted By ipkiss
My recent high tech tanks have been medium to major failures.

Yeah. Insult to injury. Like its "laffing" at us. Be like. Thanks for the great growing environment!
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   10-25-2015, 10:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 571
Posted By ipkiss
My recent high tech tanks have been medium to major failures.

You'd probably not like my answer. But. Less light. Less intensity, less time, or both.

Light denial is rough. I've been there and I still have to actively stymie my desires to turn it up. I...
Forum: Algae   10-25-2015, 03:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,096
Posted By ipkiss
Help me finally defeat BBA

Wow! 10 years. I respect your patience. I thought my 2 year battle was already long.

You never once mentioned your light, but yet it's likely one of the biggest culprits. Lately some of us...
Forum: Tank Journals   10-24-2015, 01:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,786
Posted By ipkiss
Very entertaining read and I wish the best for...

Very entertaining read and I wish the best for your tank!
Forum: Equipment   10-22-2015, 08:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 290
Posted By ipkiss
Ista Inline c02 Reactor not spinning

You can either take it apart and tune the propellers a little like lksdrinker said or see if there's enough water spinning action going on in the top section. If there already is, and there's not a...
Forum: Algae   10-21-2015, 06:07 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,694
Posted By ipkiss
Loosing 3 month battle with hair algea

These guys are probably right. Keep working at that light. IIRC, it's a pretty powerful one. And/Or up the CO2, or increase agitation to up the CO2 some more, but careful to watch your fish. ...
Forum: DIY   10-17-2015, 02:41 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,219
Posted By ipkiss
nice find on the reactor! thanks for sharing!

nice find on the reactor! thanks for sharing!
Forum: DIY   10-13-2015, 05:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 547
Posted By ipkiss
Yea, I don't think I've come across a definitive...

Yea, I don't think I've come across a definitive howto either. And you may not ever. It's like the CO2 regulator thread. There's just so many ways to go about the little modifications that people...
Forum: DIY   10-12-2015, 09:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 547
Posted By ipkiss
Well, I haven't built mine yet, but here's some...

Well, I haven't built mine yet, but here's some links that I found when I was toying with the idea. And also, I think I've read that you'd probably want to swap out to real tubing instead of that...
Forum: Equipment   10-12-2015, 03:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 462
Posted By ipkiss
Here's another thought... The human brain...

Here's another thought...

The human brain is very adaptable. What sounds like an awful racket today becomes totally ignored background white noise next week. You might even be lulled to sleep...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   10-10-2015, 04:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 881
Posted By ipkiss
mootay, as you read more on this forum, you'll...

mootay, as you read more on this forum, you'll find that PH is less of a concern than GH and KH. By simple chemistry, the addition of CO2 will lower your PH. It's been mostly accepted that this is...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   10-10-2015, 02:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 881
Posted By ipkiss
While this is true from a plant growing...

While this is true from a plant growing standpoint, you may want to be careful about increasing your lighting before getting your CO2 stable. Too much light without the proper CO2 will grant you...
Forum: Tank Journals   10-08-2015, 09:51 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 12,819
Posted By ipkiss
Very nice and calming! Good job! This thing...

Very nice and calming! Good job! This thing shows up way bigger than 35 gallons in pics and videos.
Forum: Equipment   10-08-2015, 09:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 411
Posted By ipkiss
I'm going to go out on a bit of a limb and say...

I'm going to go out on a bit of a limb and say "almost always, yes."

I mean, here.. check this out. Darkblade's Primer...
Forum: Equipment   10-08-2015, 08:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 411
Posted By ipkiss
the latter -- controlled by a simple timer to...

the latter -- controlled by a simple timer to shut off at night.

save your money from the controller and use it on a good regulator :) some will swear by the controller to keep things level,...
Forum: Equipment   10-08-2015, 07:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 863
Posted By ipkiss
I think theatermusic's idea was what I sort of...

I think theatermusic's idea was what I sort of envisioned too if you were willing to accept it. It would be another container behind that's on the same level where the water level is kept consistent...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   10-08-2015, 04:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 881
Posted By ipkiss
less light.. more CO2, can't go wrong -- at...

less light.. more CO2, can't go wrong -- at least I hope :) I don't think you have any fish in there to worry about yet right? I don't think you can generate enough CO2 to gas your fish yet,...
Forum: Equipment   10-07-2015, 08:14 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,892
Posted By ipkiss
Well, in the days of old, there were the ancients...

Well, in the days of old, there were the ancients who practiced the lost art of regulator building. The beauties they built... they were like custom cars. Easily equal or beyond the best GLA has...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   10-07-2015, 04:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,134
Posted By ipkiss
I heard that sometimes those nitrate measurement...

I heard that sometimes those nitrate measurement kits go bad. If you're using the API one, I'll assume you know to furiously shake the second bottle for a half a minute before adding and pretty...
Forum: Equipment   10-07-2015, 03:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,892
Posted By ipkiss
Because you noted that :) Because in time,...

Because you noted that :) Because in time, you'll realize later on that that "note" borders on the ludicrous.



I, too, am curious about this question. Physically, they look like the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   10-07-2015, 03:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 881
Posted By ipkiss
Hi Julie7778, I took a look at your journal...

Hi Julie7778,

I took a look at your journal and figure if you want to keep that clean look, it seems like you could probably try the chopstick diffuser into the filter as a reactor method. That...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   10-06-2015, 10:02 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,193
Posted By ipkiss
Ha, to that I say, ...

Ha, to that I say,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jl0hMfqNQ-g

to paraphrase...

EI is more what you'd call guidelines than actual rules ...

I mean heck, the name is Estimative Index....
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   10-06-2015, 09:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 881
Posted By ipkiss
oh no!! While I can't debate the efficacy of...

oh no!! While I can't debate the efficacy of that contraption in diffusing CO2, I can say that those things can turn into a huge eyesore, be algae ridden, and be practically impossible to clean! ...
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