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Forum: Low Tech Forum 10-07-2012, 05:59 AM
Replies: 1,327
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Posted By kross
Love it, looks like autumn! :)

Love it, looks like autumn! :)
Forum: Substrate 10-06-2012, 08:33 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 11,316
Posted By kross
I also live in Seattle where we have soft water...

I also live in Seattle where we have soft water with low KH. I'm using the aquariumplants.com substrate in the dark gray color, which is close to the SMS charcoal.

I put some aragonite sand that...
Forum: Equipment 09-10-2012, 11:29 PM
Replies: 684
Views: 78,103
Posted By kross
You can usually find good used 2-stage regulators...

You can usually find good used 2-stage regulators on eBay for around $50. They don't have to say they are for CO2. If they don't come with the CGA 320 fitting to hook up to a CO2 tank, you can buy...
Forum: Equipment 08-22-2012, 07:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 320
Posted By kross
For needle valve I was going to go with Ideal,...

For needle valve I was going to go with Ideal, mostly because that's the one that Tom Barr recommends, and it's reasonably priced.

I originally had the diffuser under the intake for that reason,...
Forum: Equipment 08-22-2012, 04:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 320
Posted By kross
I'm now on the dope! :)

As Tom Barr likes to call it. Pressurized CO2. After trying out DIY CO2 for a grand total of two weeks, DIY CO2 is just too much of a hassle, plus not much ability for adjustments.

A local guy...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-17-2012, 09:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 542
Posted By kross
For that much money, you could just go with a...

For that much money, you could just go with a paintball CO2 setup: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=128487
Forum: Lighting 08-17-2012, 09:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 675
Posted By kross
You're welcome Hoppy, and thanks for the work you...

You're welcome Hoppy, and thanks for the work you do on lighting. And yeah, I'm kinda underwhelmed with the output of this light. I've been looking at upgrading, just not sure what yet. Maybe DIY...
Forum: Lighting 08-17-2012, 08:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 675
Posted By kross
Yeah my plants aren't doing too great with my...

Yeah my plants aren't doing too great with my Coralife light either (with DIY CO2). It looks like the Catalina uses 24" bulbs in their 30" housing, unlike Coralife which uses actual 30" bulbs. So...
Forum: Lighting 08-17-2012, 03:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 675
Posted By kross
I set it up on two chairs, and even cleaned the...

I set it up on two chairs, and even cleaned the clear plastic lens thingy. Here are the results of my measurements (Apogee PAR meter):

10": 73
15": 44
20": 26
25": 18
30": 11
...
Forum: Lighting 08-16-2012, 08:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 207
Posted By kross
If you're in the Seattle area, you could become a...

If you're in the Seattle area, you could become a member of the Greater Seattle Aquarium Society, and then you could borrow the club's PAR meter for free. That would tell you how much light you...
Forum: Lighting 08-16-2012, 07:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 675
Posted By kross
Will do, Hoppy. I should get that done today.

Will do, Hoppy. I should get that done today.
Forum: Lighting 08-16-2012, 08:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 675
Posted By kross
I have the Coralife 30" dual T5HO fixture, with a...

I have the Coralife 30" dual T5HO fixture, with a 6700k and 10000k bulb in it. I also have a PAR meter. What would you like to know?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-13-2012, 09:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,061
Posted By kross
Hey, it's the hottest month of the year, if the...

Hey, it's the hottest month of the year, if the guy wants to buy an air conditioner, I'm not gonna talk him out of it. :)
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-12-2012, 09:38 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,061
Posted By kross
I have both a portable AC (the kind with the hose...

I have both a portable AC (the kind with the hose that gets vented out the window) and one that's mounted in the window, so I can actually compare them pretty much side by side (different parts of...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-11-2012, 04:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 398
Posted By kross
Hi RainSong, we share the same water. I had some...

Hi RainSong, we share the same water. I had some leftover aragonite sand from my saltwater tank, and put some of that into a fine mesh filter bag, and put it into an empty compartment in my canister...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-22-2012, 10:23 PM
Replies: 1,327
Views: 627,469
Posted By kross
This is my first ever planted tank. Please...

This is my first ever planted tank. Please forgive my newbieness. :)

Plants:
Micro sword (Lilaeopsis mauritiana)
Ludwigia repens
Sunset hygrophila
Red crypt
Amazon sword
Anubias
Wisteria
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-22-2012, 12:09 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,223
Posted By kross
My micro sword plants are turning yellow

Hello everyone. I'm a planted tank newbie. I'm trying to follow Tom Barr's non-CO2 method. I have a moderately planted tank, with:

Micro sword "grass" (Lilaeopsis mauritiana)
Sunset Hygrophila...
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