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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-18-2004, 03:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,143
Posted By lanstar
I wouldn't recommend Pruigen as a carbon...

I wouldn't recommend Pruigen as a carbon replacement. It does absorb nitrate.

I WOULD recommend another SeaChem carbon replacement product for a planted tank, it's called "Renew".

I've...
Forum: The Planted Tank FAQ 05-18-2004, 03:37 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 23,128
Posted By lanstar
Well, now it's May, 2004. I just replaced the...

Well, now it's May, 2004. I just replaced the DULUX's from previous post for the same reason as before. This time I did use the GE 9325's. We'll see how they compare.

Take care...

Tim
Forum: Lighting 05-18-2004, 03:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,017
Posted By lanstar
I agree. I had been using Osram Dulux L 55W...

I agree. I had been using Osram Dulux L 55W PC's. They work like a champ for about 6 to 9 months (12 hour photoperiod) and then the plants just almost stop pearling in a matter of what seems like...
Forum: Lighting 05-18-2004, 03:20 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 846
Posted By lanstar
I've been using the Osram Dulux L 55W PC's on my...

I've been using the Osram Dulux L 55W PC's on my tank for about 2 years now. They've produced very good plant growth, but need replaced about every 6 to 9 months. When they go, boy do they go! The...
Forum: Equipment 12-31-2003, 10:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,071
Posted By lanstar
One last item on safety... Everyone's...

One last item on safety...

Everyone's right...

Don't let it tip over (the tank contains liquid CO2 until it is virtually empty).
(Which means the pressure gauge will read the same until the...
Forum: Lighting 12-31-2003, 09:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,138
Posted By lanstar
Thanks, Doomer. I'll look for those on the web. ...

Thanks, Doomer. I'll look for those on the web.

Any of the ways folks have suggested I go, it sounds like I'll need 3 timers to do what I was wanting to do. But if they're digital, it should...
Forum: Lighting 12-30-2003, 04:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,138
Posted By lanstar
Thanks guys. The digital timer doesn't look...

Thanks guys.

The digital timer doesn't look bad. But I'd need three of them. With the digital clock, it would be easier to keep them all in sync.

Rex, I found the ESU power center at...
Forum: Lighting 12-29-2003, 10:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,138
Posted By lanstar
Hi folks, I'm looking for a light timer (or...

Hi folks,

I'm looking for a light timer (or timers) for a CF fixture. The fixture has three plugs coming out of it: 1 for the cooling fan; 1 for 1/2 the lights (4 55W PC's); and 1 for the other...
Forum: Algae 12-21-2003, 08:26 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,877
Posted By lanstar
When you get your CO2 and ferts and crank the...

When you get your CO2 and ferts and crank the light back up, don't be surprised of your tank requires way more ferts than you might think. 3+ wpg and CO2 equals phenominal nutrient consumption.
...
Forum: Equipment 12-21-2003, 08:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,020
Posted By lanstar
The good news is that with pressurized CO2 and a...

The good news is that with pressurized CO2 and a controller, almost anything that doesn't churn the water to a froth :) will work. However, surface agitation will certainly effect how much CO2 you...
Forum: Equipment 12-20-2003, 10:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 844
Posted By lanstar
Unfortunately that's not the case. CO2 makes...

Unfortunately that's not the case. CO2 makes carbolic acid in the water which lowers pH. Other acids lower pH as well (HCl for example). Adding hydrochloric acid (Hydrogen and Chlorine ions) does...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 12-20-2003, 09:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 620
Posted By lanstar
The tap pH is probably closer to the 7.8 to 8.0...

The tap pH is probably closer to the 7.8 to 8.0 range after you let it sit overnight.



That's very soft water, Ace! The fact that the tank water has a higher KH is probably due to replacing...
Forum: Algae 12-17-2003, 10:45 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,743
Posted By lanstar
Let us know what you find your tap water...

Let us know what you find your tap water phosphate level to be... and if, after recharging the Phos-zorb, you've begun to see phosphate levels in the tank drop.

I didn't know Phos-zorb was...
Forum: Algae 12-17-2003, 10:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,334
Posted By lanstar
This product may be perfectly safe - it's hard to...

This product may be perfectly safe - it's hard to tell without knowing what's in it. I wonder if it's some kind of barley straw extract? Although I've never tried it, I've read about a couple of...
Forum: Algae 12-16-2003, 11:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,313
Posted By lanstar
Siamese Algae Eater (fish). More...

Siamese Algae Eater (fish).

More information: http://www.thekrib.com/Fish/Algae-Eaters/

Take care...

Tim
Forum: Equipment 12-16-2003, 11:00 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,077
Posted By lanstar
Welcome, Tom. Glad you're here! The young...

Welcome, Tom. Glad you're here!

The young man that started this thread way back there didn't have a planted tank. Just bare-bottom with fish. I guess it's interesting that his post drew so...
Forum: Algae 12-16-2003, 10:38 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,743
Posted By lanstar
Well, once you get the phosphate under control,...

Well, once you get the phosphate under control, you're going to need some source of phosphate to replace what the plants use. If you have lots of fish, the fish waste may be a sufficient phosphate...
Forum: Algae 12-16-2003, 10:13 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,743
Posted By lanstar
Two possibilities... 1) Draw a water sample...

Two possibilities...

1) Draw a water sample from the tap and let it sit overnight. THEN test the pH of the tap water. There may be dissolved gases in the tap water that lower the pH. Sitting...
Forum: Algae 12-14-2003, 01:55 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,743
Posted By lanstar
On the Phosphate: Yes, yes... Now that you have...

On the Phosphate:
Yes, yes... Now that you have your kits, try to get your nitrate/phosphate levels where you want them (5-10/.5-1) before adding the light.

If your tap water has 5 ppm phosphate,...
Forum: Algae 12-14-2003, 01:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 906
Posted By lanstar
Hi Rene! Welcome! If you'll take some spare...

Hi Rene! Welcome!

If you'll take some spare time and look around here, you'll find many questions almost exactly like yours with many helpful answers. There's also a good article on getting...
Forum: Equipment 12-14-2003, 12:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,077
Posted By lanstar
Well, it has to do with the reproduction rate of...

Well, it has to do with the reproduction rate of the bacteria. The bacteria that process nitrogenous waste grow very slowly (for a bacterium). So my answer is "maybe." :) Whether or not the...
Forum: Substrate 12-14-2003, 12:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 837
Posted By lanstar
I don't know that this applies to sand. Lots of...

I don't know that this applies to sand. Lots of folks here use sand as a component of their substrate to great effect. ...

What can sometimes "poison" a tank is if there is a space where...
Forum: Fish 12-13-2003, 10:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 667
Posted By lanstar
Yes. Sleeping. If you get a red light (like a...

Yes. Sleeping. If you get a red light (like a darkroom light) you can watch your fish at night. Some will sleep. Some kinds of fish are more active at night. It can be really interesting to watch...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 12-13-2003, 10:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,306
Posted By lanstar
If your CO2 indicator is one of those little cups...

If your CO2 indicator is one of those little cups that you put upside down under the water, then it's most likely reading green bacause your water's pH is 6.6. I got one of those - thinking they...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 12-13-2003, 10:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 867
Posted By lanstar
The odor is an indicator of poor water quality -...

The odor is an indicator of poor water quality - obviously. Like everyone said, change the water until the smell goes away. The only reason I'm posting is that I often recommend smaller water...
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