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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-01-2011, 12:54 AM
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Posted By bradac56
No need for an oxygen tank just a small air-stone...

No need for an oxygen tank just a small air-stone on a timer at night once in a while will help the more delicate fish breath.

- Brad
Forum: Substrate   02-01-2011, 12:51 AM
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Posted By bradac56
Correct it's just sand on topsoil *but* the...

Correct it's just sand on topsoil *but* the smaller particles will work there way downward over time which is the reason I go with SMS/Turface over smaller grained sand for a cap. Even that will mix...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   01-31-2011, 05:02 PM
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Posted By bradac56
Different tanks require different or more things....

Different tanks require different or more things. EI isn't a definitive index you have to eyeball it a bit and lower or change your dosage or add extra stuff like Fe as needed.

Light it only a...
Forum: Substrate   01-31-2011, 04:33 PM
Replies: 51
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Posted By bradac56
I buy my dry ferts from ether {...

I buy my dry ferts from ether { aquariumfertilizer.com (http://www.aquariumfertilizer.com/index.asp?Option1=cats&Edit=2&EditU=1&Regit=2) } ~ { greenleafaquariums.com...
Forum: Substrate   01-30-2011, 08:29 PM
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Posted By bradac56
It should be a good start nothing wrong with that...

It should be a good start nothing wrong with that order.

I started out just like most people with the Seachem line of products and slowly moved over to dry ferts as time went on and the amount of...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   01-30-2011, 01:26 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,415
Posted By bradac56
Hah! Everyone knows the sun doesn't rise it...

Hah! Everyone knows the sun doesn't rise it sneaks around behind our backs and pops up without warning.

- brad
Forum: Substrate   01-30-2011, 01:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 893
Posted By bradac56
I agree with everything except the HC that's...

I agree with everything except the HC that's really not a beginner plant especially if your not ready to jump into high light and C02 right away.

Think more along the lines of:
Hygro
Red...
Forum: Substrate   01-30-2011, 01:22 AM
Replies: 10
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Posted By bradac56
[QUOTE=elliebellie;1275749]Wow this thread really...

[QUOTE=elliebellie;1275749]Wow this thread really helped me out as well, since I am also a TOTAL noob and couldn't understand it either! I feel like an idiot for asking but what is MTS?[/QUOTE

MTS...
Forum: Substrate   01-30-2011, 01:17 AM
Replies: 13
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Posted By bradac56
yep also make sure it doesn't have any type of...

yep also make sure it doesn't have any type of moister additive.

- Brad
Forum: Substrate   01-30-2011, 01:16 AM
Replies: 10
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Posted By bradac56
Yep its probably OK but like you said test it of...

Yep its probably OK but like you said test it of pH swings and ammonia.

- Brad
Forum: Substrate   01-30-2011, 01:14 AM
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Views: 1,651
Posted By bradac56
I wouldn't use any Miracle Gro product if i was...

I wouldn't use any Miracle Gro product if i was you. It's made for terrestrial plants not aquariums so it's going to have allot of stuff in it besides dirt and pine mulch (which is 90% of it) so you...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   01-29-2011, 08:47 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,415
Posted By bradac56
That hit it on the head perfectly. In most of my...

That hit it on the head perfectly. In most of my low-tech tanks (about 30 usually) I won't dose more than a gH booster during the 30% WC once a week and then a splash of Excel every two to three...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-29-2011, 08:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,151
Posted By bradac56
That would work if I wasn't 50 foot away with my...

That would work if I wasn't 50 foot away with my back turned to the faucet and my hands in the tank(s). That and I do 10 tanks at a time so building safety siphons lets me do a rack of tanks at a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-29-2011, 08:27 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,500
Posted By bradac56
I've never "chased my tanks around". What...

I've never "chased my tanks around". What nutrients are you missing? While I won't always run C02 on a cycling tank (I run allot of low-tech breeder tanks) I always add a bit of ammonia and dose EI...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-29-2011, 08:21 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,500
Posted By bradac56
I do not agree with that. You add the plants when...

I do not agree with that. You add the plants when you setup the tank otherwise your taking longer than you need to with a planted tank. You don't have to believe me I could care less but try...
Forum: Substrate   01-29-2011, 07:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,870
Posted By bradac56
It's just baseball field fired clay so there's...

It's just baseball field fired clay so there's almost nothing in it. There's more in Kitty Litter than Turface.

I picked up the last 10 bags of SMS a local Lesco had laying around a year ago for...
Forum: Substrate   01-29-2011, 07:27 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,235
Posted By bradac56
The only thing I'd add to lauraleellbp's reply is...

The only thing I'd add to lauraleellbp's reply is anything will work as long as it's in the 2mm-3mm grain size. You can use 1mm but it's a bit lighter than SMS/Turface and I know people say it's to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-29-2011, 04:00 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,151
Posted By bradac56
A safety siphon works better than a python since...

A safety siphon works better than a python since it doesn't waste as much clean water as it pumps out.

If you're to cheap to pay $30 for it it's just a couple of pvc pipes connect to a power head...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-29-2011, 03:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 604
Posted By bradac56
Duplarit tabs or balls are pure gold, well worth...

Duplarit tabs or balls are pure gold, well worth the effort if you can pry them out of Germany.

- Brad
Forum: Substrate   01-29-2011, 03:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,870
Posted By bradac56
Just rinse it in a bucket and dump it in the...

Just rinse it in a bucket and dump it in the tank. Put a plate on the substrate with a smaller bowl in the middle of it. Pour the water slowly in the bowl so it trickles into the plate and off into...
Forum: Substrate   01-29-2011, 03:26 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,235
Posted By bradac56
Nope brand isn't important as long as it says it...

Nope brand isn't important as long as it says it has no additives but you probably won't find anything but possibly the sphagnum peat moss at home depot there really not geared for those types of...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-28-2011, 10:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 789
Posted By bradac56
The three things to look at first regarding the...

The three things to look at first regarding the algae is

1.) How much food are you putting in the tank.
2.) How much light you have.
3.) How long are you running those lights.

I would fix the...
Forum: Substrate   01-28-2011, 10:50 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,235
Posted By bradac56
Nope I've never had any tannin discoloring from...

Nope I've never had any tannin discoloring from real sphagnum peat moss since it's under the substrate.

What I do is find a landscaping store with the following dry boxes:

1.) sphagnum peat...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   01-28-2011, 09:49 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,415
Posted By bradac56
There's allot of things in Molasses besides...

There's allot of things in Molasses besides potassium which is OK for humans but not necessarily good in a tank. It would be better just to add K2S04 in dry form than mess around with products made...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   01-28-2011, 09:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 480
Posted By bradac56
I agree what ferts are you dosing right now? ...

I agree what ferts are you dosing right now?

If there isn't a reason to dose Excel then I wouldn't worry about it.

- Brad
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