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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-01-2015, 06:10 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 985
Posted By hbosman
Isn't GH more important than KH or PH for fish?

Isn't GH more important than KH or PH for fish?
Forum: Lighting 03-28-2015, 03:17 AM
Replies: 817
Views: 81,239
Posted By hbosman
I finally received and installed my 10000 K XB...

I finally received and installed my 10000 K XB 36" fixture. It looks nice, like the color. It is mounted on a 36Lx18Dx21? 57 Oceanic tank. Currently running it with their manual dimmer...
Forum: Equipment 03-21-2015, 05:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 596
Posted By hbosman
Get one of these and be done with it. I've used...

Get one of these and be done with it. I've used one for years and get 5 months out of a 5 lb cylinder on 57 gallon tank. Bubble count is uncountable. The seal is on the flat surfaces, not the...
Forum: Lighting 03-20-2015, 01:37 PM
Replies: 817
Views: 81,239
Posted By hbosman
I ordered February 25th. They had delays caused...

I ordered February 25th. They had delays caused by the Port strike on the west coast. Anyway, I had to call to get a response. I did eventually get emails from them as well. I guess they have...
Forum: Finnex / Schuber Wright 03-10-2015, 05:27 PM
Replies: 398
Views: 26,779
Posted By hbosman
What I would be looking for is something that...

What I would be looking for is something that turns on at a specific time, 12:00 am for instance, ramp up from dim to a set PAR level (brightness) in an hour or two. Run at full brightness for a set...
Forum: Finnex / Schuber Wright 03-10-2015, 01:42 PM
Replies: 398
Views: 26,779
Posted By hbosman
I don't know!! Having the 24/7 features or...

I don't know!! Having the 24/7 features or dimming not adjustable for time interval seems useless to me.
Forum: Algae 02-02-2015, 07:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 619
Posted By hbosman
I actually add phosphates, plants need it. They...

I actually add phosphates, plants need it. They also need micronutrients, including iron and Nitrates as well. I add all of these and my algae is minimal. Try searching for EI (estimative index)...
Forum: Substrate 10-16-2014, 11:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,375
Posted By hbosman
Wow, they must have changed Floramax. I bought...

Wow, they must have changed Floramax. I bought it yesterday and it looks like black crushed lava rock. Very uniform in size. Just wonder if it's black naturally or dyed.
Forum: Substrate 10-16-2014, 10:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 932
Posted By hbosman
Flora Max looks like crushed up black lava rock...

Flora Max looks like crushed up black lava rock to me. I like the look of it but, doubt there's anything special about it. I wonder if it's naturally black or dyed? Anyway, it rinsed clean fairly...
Forum: Substrate 08-26-2014, 04:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 571
Posted By hbosman
I'm using Safe T Sorb and found the KH drop to be...

I'm using Safe T Sorb and found the KH drop to be temporary. It only lowered for about 2 weeks at most. The KH of my water supply is usually about 5 and the aquarium water reads the same.
Forum: Aquascaping 07-09-2014, 08:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,111
Posted By hbosman
I really like this. I think, I want to duplicate...

I really like this. I think, I want to duplicate this using larger leafed Java Fern for something lower maintenance. I need a break from trimming stems for awhile.
Forum: Lighting 02-21-2014, 05:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 931
Posted By hbosman
Check this site out for graphs on different...

Check this site out for graphs on different bulbs. I've been using Giesmann aquaflora and mid day bulbs. They have been extremely popular in the planted tank arena. I also like the GE 6500k...
Forum: Equipment 09-17-2013, 04:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 277
Posted By hbosman
What is your CO2 working pressure set at? You...

What is your CO2 working pressure set at? You might need to try 15 to 20 PSI get past the check valve. You might double check to make sure you don't have the check valve installed backwards. There...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 09-14-2013, 11:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 668
Posted By hbosman
Im thinking your Fe is toast. there is alot of...

Im thinking your Fe is toast. there is alot of info on EI or estimative index that will explain things. Below is a link to a calculator that will help calculate the mix.
...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 09-14-2013, 10:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 668
Posted By hbosman
You dont want to mix phosphates with your iron...

You dont want to mix phosphates with your iron (Fe). It will cause Fe to precipitate out. You can dose at the same time however, but not from the same container.
Forum: Equipment 08-20-2013, 02:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 635
Posted By hbosman
A lot of people shoot for a PH drop of 1, ie...a...

A lot of people shoot for a PH drop of 1, ie...a PH of 7.3 dropped to 6.3. This gets you in the ball park of 30 ppm of CO2. You would want to do this slowly over several days so your animals can...
Forum: Equipment 08-20-2013, 02:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,704
Posted By hbosman
Are you sure that it isn't a broken diaphragm? ...

Are you sure that it isn't a broken diaphragm? If the diaphragm is broken, gas will shot out of that valve as well.
Forum: Equipment 08-17-2013, 12:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 972
Posted By hbosman
What are you using for a regulator?

What are you using for a regulator?
Forum: Equipment 08-15-2013, 05:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 812
Posted By hbosman
I had a blown diaphragm on a VTS 250 and had it...

I had a blown diaphragm on a VTS 250 and had it rebuilt at:

http://www.regulatortorchrepair.com/repairservices.php

They did great work. It has been working for years since.
Forum: Lighting 08-03-2013, 01:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 455
Posted By hbosman
Catalina does sell legs for their lights. For...

Catalina does sell legs for their lights. For some reason they don't automatically include them. Three bulbs burning at leg height would be too strong but, you might get away with burning two...
Forum: Lighting 06-22-2013, 02:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 213
Posted By hbosman
Without a top, you will get a lot of evaporation...

Without a top, you will get a lot of evaporation but, lowered water level was a reminder for me to do the weekly water change. Water changes or top offs are less work in my opinion than regularly...
Forum: Equipment 05-14-2013, 12:53 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 213
Posted By hbosman
If that stopper is black in color, it goes into a...

If that stopper is black in color, it goes into a hole that is visable when you look at the side of the blue head. Look at the side of the head and rotate it until you see a hole. It stops up an...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-08-2013, 01:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 294
Posted By hbosman
If you already have the probe, no reason not to...

If you already have the probe, no reason not to use it. People often use a probe and controller to shut off CO2 via a solenoid valve when, the pH gets too low.
Forum: Equipment 02-27-2013, 05:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 301
Posted By hbosman
That sounds about right.

That sounds about right.
Forum: Equipment 02-27-2013, 05:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,591
Posted By hbosman
I've used brass barbs on a CO2 reactor and it...

I've used brass barbs on a CO2 reactor and it didn't cause any ill effects. That being said, I did replace them with nylon ones.
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