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Forum: Plants   06-08-2012, 06:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 800
Posted By spyderuk
Use a good pair of tweezers. Melting stems is due...

Use a good pair of tweezers. Melting stems is due to poor co2.
Forum: Lighting   05-03-2012, 09:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,619
Posted By spyderuk
Potassium Phosphate - KH2PO4 :wink:

Potassium Phosphate - KH2PO4 :wink:
Forum: Lighting   05-03-2012, 09:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 628
Posted By spyderuk
You will do better with the HC when you flood if...

You will do better with the HC when you flood if you can provide good co2. You do not need crazy amounts of light.

In fact, the more light you add, the higher the co2 demand will be. The co2...
Forum: Lighting   05-03-2012, 09:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 430
Posted By spyderuk
It sounds sensible to me.

It sounds sensible to me.
Forum: Tank Journals   05-03-2012, 09:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,835
Posted By spyderuk
Once you start pumping co2 in there you know...

Once you start pumping co2 in there you know things will go crazy? :hihi:

And whats with all those test kits?
Forum: Plants   05-03-2012, 09:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,719
Posted By spyderuk
I like Staurogyne repens. Not so messy when...

I like Staurogyne repens.

Not so messy when trimming and clearing up and not so demanding on co2 as much as other carpeting plants. ;)
Forum: Plants   05-03-2012, 09:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 534
Posted By spyderuk
You can cut back on the photoperiod for a start,...

You can cut back on the photoperiod for a start, that will help. Can you disable 1 of the T5's?

HC loves Co2 so get that nailed before you drive it hard with 12 hours of light. You will have to...
Forum: Algae   05-03-2012, 08:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,247
Posted By spyderuk
I missed this and this is important. Get...

I missed this and this is important.

Get another timer. Start co2 1-2 hours before lights on and stop co2 1-2 hours before lights off. When lights come on, plants wake up and start...
Forum: Algae   05-03-2012, 08:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,247
Posted By spyderuk
500gph sounds good in theory but how is...

500gph sounds good in theory but how is distributed around the tank is another matter. Co2 and nutrients need to be pushed around every nook and cranny.

Stopping dosing ferts is the worst thing to...
Forum: Algae   05-03-2012, 08:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,247
Posted By spyderuk
Fix this. Dropchecker is only a guide but you are...

Fix this. Dropchecker is only a guide but you are currently using your fish. You could be spot on or a few miles away from where you need to be.

What is flow like around the tank and when did you...
Forum: Tank Journals   05-03-2012, 08:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,212
Posted By spyderuk
It's been a while since my last update, not much...

It's been a while since my last update, not much changes just the plant mass increases, then I hack some out.

Here it is before any maintenance. April 10th.

http://i40.tinypic.com/2846ef.jpg
...
Forum: Plants   05-03-2012, 07:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,773
Posted By spyderuk
My thought's are as they are at the surface they...

My thought's are as they are at the surface they could be getting atmospheric co2 hence the healthy growth.
Forum: Plants   05-02-2012, 10:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 714
Posted By spyderuk
Both would be a wise move. If you have multiple...

Both would be a wise move. If you have multiple bulbs, could you disable one? Some twin units you can't. If you can raise the light's this would also help.

Reduce the amount of time the lights are...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-02-2012, 10:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,392
Posted By spyderuk
Stock twin T5's over 125l Rio. Photoperiod is...

Stock twin T5's over 125l Rio. Photoperiod is between 5.5 and 7 hours depending if I'm fighting algae or not.
Forum: Plants   05-02-2012, 08:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 714
Posted By spyderuk
Low light plants don't need 14 hours of light per...

Low light plants don't need 14 hours of light per day. Try 6-7 hours. Floating plants will also help shade the low light loving plants.

Your plants are failing because you are using way too much...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   03-10-2012, 04:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 586
Posted By spyderuk
Because they are so inaccurate they are not worth...

Because they are so inaccurate they are not worth using. :thumbsup:
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   03-10-2012, 03:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 586
Posted By spyderuk
I wouldn't trust the test kit. ;)

I wouldn't trust the test kit. ;)
Forum: Plants   03-10-2012, 01:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,773
Posted By spyderuk
It's nothing to do with substrate. Melting plants...

It's nothing to do with substrate. Melting plants is due to a combination of too much light, not enough co2 and or poor distribution.

Reduce the photoperiod and or intensity. Improve Co2, flow and...
Forum: Plants   02-15-2012, 06:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,307
Posted By spyderuk
Cryptocoryne, Crispulata Balansae. Or if you...

Cryptocoryne, Crispulata Balansae.

Or if you mean the pink one it's some cultivar "flamingo"
Forum: Algae   02-15-2012, 06:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 640
Posted By spyderuk
The plants need optimal levels of co2 when the...

The plants need optimal levels of co2 when the lights come on. As the dropchecker can be around 2 hours behind, that's why you want it limey green within 2 hours.

I like the inline atomisers if...
Forum: Substrate   02-15-2012, 05:59 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 28,759
Posted By spyderuk
The one used most often in the UK is basically...

The one used most often in the UK is basically molar clay, much like akadama.
Forum: Tank Journals   02-14-2012, 10:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,212
Posted By spyderuk
Thanks I love the dimensions when the internal is...

Thanks I love the dimensions when the internal is removed. We can fit a Rio 240 where the 125 sits and plan to upgrade at a later date. They won't be in there all their lives that's for sure.

I'm...
Forum: Substrate   02-14-2012, 10:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 28,759
Posted By spyderuk
Kitty litter in my high tech Rio 125. ...

Kitty litter in my high tech Rio 125.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/tank-journals/155251-rio-125-high-tech-orphans-island.html
Forum: Algae   02-14-2012, 10:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 640
Posted By spyderuk
Although low phosphates can account for GSA...

Although low phosphates can account for GSA outbreaks, hair algae is not fert related but co2 related. Fix co2 level's, improve flow and reducing the lighting during the battle will get you back on...
Forum: Tank Journals   02-14-2012, 09:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,212
Posted By spyderuk
Been a while since I updated this over here,...

Been a while since I updated this over here, about 6 weeks or so. Not much moved or changed just growing, trimming, dosing and water changes.

This is how it looked last week. Have had another trim...
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