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Forum: Substrate   07-15-2016, 08:46 PM
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Posted By SCMurphy
You might have noticed when no one said anything...

You might have noticed when no one said anything for 2 months that people don't answer questions when you say you are too lazy to read the answers. Anyhow, I set up several 30 gallon tanks 16 years...
Forum: Substrate   07-15-2016, 08:36 PM
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Posted By SCMurphy
No it did not.

No it did not.
Forum: Substrate   07-15-2016, 08:33 PM
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Posted By SCMurphy
I used the natural colored gravel for years...

I used the natural colored gravel for years before I started using dirt. It worked fine as a cap when I started using dirt. I got caught up in the aquascaping craze and switched to an all black...
Forum: Substrate   07-15-2016, 08:25 PM
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Posted By SCMurphy
If you want to start a tank without mineralizing...

If you want to start a tank without mineralizing the soil the best method is to get as many heavy rooters into the tank as you can. Sword plants, Sagittaria, Vals, the really easy Crypts,...
Forum: Substrate   10-27-2014, 10:24 PM
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Posted By SCMurphy
Xiaozhuang just told you how deep you can make...

Xiaozhuang just told you how deep you can make the soil.



From 0.5 inch to how much of a slope do you want deep.
Forum: Substrate   10-27-2014, 10:18 PM
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Posted By SCMurphy
Plant them.

Plant them.
Forum: Substrate   09-08-2014, 08:32 PM
Replies: 12
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Posted By SCMurphy
You still run into the problem of the two...

You still run into the problem of the two substrates mixing. Most things you might try, like landscaping cloth, are intended to interfere with plant roots making the EC layer moot. Sagittaria...
Forum: Substrate   09-08-2014, 08:23 PM
Replies: 11
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Posted By SCMurphy
The small amount of dolomite you want to use...

The small amount of dolomite you want to use won't have any effect on your water chemistry, soft or hard, the effects are limited to the water chemistry of the substrate. If you can't find the...
Forum: Substrate   08-27-2014, 09:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 790
Posted By SCMurphy
A layer of gravel over EC may not stay layered,...

A layer of gravel over EC may not stay layered, larger particles will rise to the top so you may end up with a mix of gravel and EC or if your gravel is finer than the EC a top of EC.

If you are...
Forum: Substrate   08-27-2014, 09:31 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By SCMurphy
Quakertown is not too far from Lancaster, you...

Quakertown is not too far from Lancaster, you could go to That Pet Place and get your substrate price to be a bit more inline with your budget. You can make a substrate of capped dirt work cheaply,...
Forum: Substrate   08-20-2014, 09:51 PM
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Posted By SCMurphy
Dude, The article you posted is easier to...

Dude,

The article you posted is easier to get to through the contents page of that issue: http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2005-12/ it seems like they blocked direct linking to the articles, well at...
Forum: Substrate   08-20-2014, 03:08 AM
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Posted By SCMurphy
Sounds like nice healthy roots, but what I want...

Sounds like nice healthy roots, but what I want you to look at if you have a soil substrate is the dirt around the roots. The oxidized soils tend to be lighter in color in my tanks than the...
Forum: Substrate   08-19-2014, 04:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 662
Posted By SCMurphy
Even in low light conditions adding CO2 will be a...

Even in low light conditions adding CO2 will be a benefit to the plants. Is it necessary? No, but it is a benefit.
Forum: Substrate   08-18-2014, 06:35 PM
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Posted By SCMurphy
Actually you can see the anoxic vs oxic...

Actually you can see the anoxic vs oxic conditions in a soil substrate in an aquarium with a viewable glass bottom. The roots that bring O2 to the substrate form a rhizosphere of O2 influenced soil...
Forum: Substrate   08-07-2014, 11:24 PM
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Posted By SCMurphy
Boiling, baking, cooking, etc does not change the...

Boiling, baking, cooking, etc does not change the organic fraction of a soil at all. It will volatilize any ammonia in the soil, that is true, but it will not change the organic fraction of the...
Forum: Substrate   02-02-2014, 02:55 AM
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Posted By SCMurphy
It's easy to raise the kH a little with some...

It's easy to raise the kH a little with some baking soda, the dolomite in the substrate will raise the gH a little over time which should in turn raise the kH. Having the kH up around 4 helps...
Forum: Lighting   06-01-2013, 01:40 PM
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Posted By SCMurphy
Tank is still lit by these lights and growing...

Tank is still lit by these lights and growing plants. LED's are coming down in price quickly and the options are vast. I plan on converting to LED's on all my tanks once my kids are out college.
Forum: Substrate   07-06-2012, 01:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,327
Posted By SCMurphy
MTS won't bother an MTS tank, just had to do...

MTS won't bother an MTS tank, just had to do that. You can have the MTSnails in an MTSoil tank no matter the cap. However, I will warn you that eventually you will have a pile of empty shells from...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   07-03-2012, 02:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,663
Posted By SCMurphy
:thumbsup: It looks really nice, if you are...

:thumbsup: It looks really nice, if you are vigilant about trimming back the runners you won't have to worry about the microsword taking over. If you ever rescape the tank though, a barrier for the...
Forum: Tank Journals   07-02-2012, 05:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 648
Posted By SCMurphy
Thanks, a 30p is a 30 cm cube. Close to a 12 inch...

Thanks, a 30p is a 30 cm cube. Close to a 12 inch cube.

#talontsiawd
Thanks, the nerite snails look like snow plows when they move over the sand.
Forum: Substrate   06-30-2012, 02:13 AM
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Posted By SCMurphy
If you get it wet and it doesn't smell like...

If you get it wet and it doesn't smell like rotting vegetation then it is ready. The color comes from a host of reasons including the original mineral material to the clay fraction source and make...
Forum: Substrate   06-29-2012, 07:13 PM
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Posted By SCMurphy
Look at it as free fertilizer caps, just don't...

Look at it as free fertilizer caps, just don't store the soil inside after it is mineralized unless it will be submerged.;)

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Forum: Tank Journals   06-29-2012, 05:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 648
Posted By SCMurphy
Thanks, I appreciate your comment. Sent from...

Thanks, I appreciate your comment.

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Forum: Tank Journals   06-28-2012, 02:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 648
Posted By SCMurphy
my redone 30p

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/521375_10150912000594541_692218773_n.jpg
Rescaped 6/20/2012 for a GWAPA meeting.

Fish: Heterandria formosa
Plants:
Eleocharis spp. (collected)...
Forum: Plants   06-11-2012, 11:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 661
Posted By SCMurphy
It's probably a milfoil, could you get a picture...

It's probably a milfoil, could you get a picture in the water so the plant opens up.

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