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Forum: Equipment 02-14-2015, 01:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 225
Posted By Wasserpest
I never understood pre-filters. I use sponges in...

I never understood pre-filters. I use sponges in my filters, which filter out the crud. Properly sized, they need to be cleaned infrequently. An inlet strainer prevents critters from getting into the...
Forum: Equipment 02-11-2015, 07:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 745
Posted By Wasserpest
You buy a 6ft piece of vinyl hose that fits over...

You buy a 6ft piece of vinyl hose that fits over the power head's outlet, then put the other end of the hose into your tank, and plug in the power head.

Two things to watch out for - if nothing...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 02-09-2015, 11:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 210
Posted By Wasserpest
Plants need nitrates (among a few other things)...

Plants need nitrates (among a few other things) to grow. Depending on light levels, you will need to dose them, adding more fish to increase the poop levels isn't necessarily a good idea. :wink:
Forum: Algae 02-07-2015, 09:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 166
Posted By Wasserpest
I don't know the exact variety/species, but I...

I don't know the exact variety/species, but I have had some experience with similar algae before. There is good news, and bad news. The good news, this sort of alga is typical for some newer setups,...
Forum: Lighting 02-05-2015, 04:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 147
Posted By Wasserpest
Welcome to the Planted Tank! I think adding the...

Welcome to the Planted Tank! I think adding the shop light will be a good idea, it should provide light levels to get most undemanding plants to take off. Don't worry too much about the blue/red...
Forum: Lighting 01-30-2015, 04:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 181
Posted By Wasserpest
That's a good question... Do 500 of the 5050 SMD...

That's a good question... Do 500 of the 5050 SMD LEDs have the same light output as 20 5W LEDs? Do we get proportionally more light as the wattage increases?
Forum: Photography 01-30-2015, 03:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 319
Posted By Wasserpest
It's called dynamic range, or contrast ratio. The...

It's called dynamic range, or contrast ratio. The human eye adjusts to varying brightness, and has an enormous DR. Digital camera sensors, on the other hand, not so much. Especially cheap P&S cams...
Forum: Equipment 01-28-2015, 03:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 359
Posted By Wasserpest
Depends on the particular canister (design). Some...

Depends on the particular canister (design). Some have their pumps mounted on top, others on the bottom. Generally, priming will be more difficult if the filter isn't located under your tank. Some...
Forum: Lighting 01-27-2015, 11:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 176
Posted By Wasserpest
Ever heard of marketing speak? Or "sounds too...

Ever heard of marketing speak? Or "sounds too good to be true"? On that page you will find a bunch of baloney statements (like "70% more lumens per watt than most bulbs", comparing to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-27-2015, 11:21 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,517
Posted By Wasserpest
A Magnum HOT with diatomaceous earth does wonders...

A Magnum HOT with diatomaceous earth does wonders to foggy water. Not really a permanent solution, but if you want it to sparkle...
Forum: Equipment 01-23-2015, 03:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 916
Posted By Wasserpest
Generally, changing pH values due to changing CO2...

Generally, changing pH values due to changing CO2 levels are not fatal to fish. However, too much CO2 can suffocate the fish. You can roughly calculate CO2 levels based on kH values. Generally you...
Forum: Algae 01-20-2015, 05:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 262
Posted By Wasserpest
Yes, sand can be a bit compacted and is more...

Yes, sand can be a bit compacted and is more prone to anaerobic conditions than say gravel. A little BGA visible on the front glass is fairly normal too. You can disturb it with an algae scraper (but...
Forum: Algae 01-20-2015, 03:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 262
Posted By Wasserpest
Did you do the full EM treatment? With...

Did you do the full EM treatment? With antibiotics, it is important to go through the whole period, even if you think they are receding.

Sounds like you have plenty N - no need to further...
Forum: Substrate 01-17-2015, 04:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 326
Posted By Wasserpest
Plants, no, I'd say the vast majority of them...

Plants, no, I'd say the vast majority of them does not particularly care about the pH. Shrimp, I'd say many prefer the more neutral over acidic pH. Stable conditions are preferable over shooting for...
Forum: Algae 01-17-2015, 12:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 241
Posted By Wasserpest
Yep, usually caused by lack of nutrients!

Yep, usually caused by lack of nutrients!
Forum: Substrate 01-17-2015, 12:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 326
Posted By Wasserpest
What's wrong with 7.1? :wink:

What's wrong with 7.1? :wink:
Forum: Plants 01-17-2015, 12:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 182
Posted By Wasserpest
Honestly don't see anything wrong with either...

Honestly don't see anything wrong with either plant. Keep in mind they are living things, and just like us, age with time, and eventually, yes, die. :icon_frow

As some of the leaves get older,...
Forum: Fish 01-12-2015, 03:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 334
Posted By Wasserpest
7 is a lot... Good to have a group of them, as...

7 is a lot... Good to have a group of them, as they are very social, but in 2 years or so when they are grown out they will add quite some bioload to your tank. Oh and liveliness too! They love to...
Forum: Equipment 01-11-2015, 05:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 405
Posted By Wasserpest
Already have a CO2 tank?

Already have a CO2 tank?
Forum: Aquascaping 01-11-2015, 01:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 389
Posted By Wasserpest
Not sure which picture you are eye-ing :wink: but...

Not sure which picture you are eye-ing :wink: but it's probably either Red Tiger Lotus (Nymphaea lotus or such), or Alternanthera reineckii.
Forum: Aquascaping 01-10-2015, 11:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 389
Posted By Wasserpest
As you become more successful in growing plants,...

As you become more successful in growing plants, you will have to get used to throwing them out. Or try selling some. I had a 250 gal tank and composted about a 5 gal bucket worth of plants every...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-09-2015, 08:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 472
Posted By Wasserpest
I think Diana assumed you were saying the...

I think Diana assumed you were saying the indicator solution is growing a biofilm, but I think you are talking about the air/water surface on the bottom of the drop checker. While I don't have a...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 01-08-2015, 09:27 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,511
Posted By Wasserpest
I would not do it on a regular basis. Even if you...

I would not do it on a regular basis. Even if you do lots of water changes, comparing it to a mountain stream is a bit optimistic. Concentrations of fish excretions will be much higher.

I don't...
Forum: DIY 01-08-2015, 08:38 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,045
Posted By Wasserpest
Low iron is a bit more expensive, but not 3x as...

Low iron is a bit more expensive, but not 3x as much. Sounds like they don't want your business. I would try a couple more local glass shops. When I purchased a 70x28x0.5 panel, there were offers...
Forum: Plants 01-08-2015, 08:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,032
Posted By Wasserpest
Reminds me of Occam's razor, the simplest answer...

Reminds me of Occam's razor, the simplest answer is usually correct. If your tank is out of NPK (macros), plant growth will be very slow, and hair algae are a pretty sure indicator of nutrient...
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