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Forum: Low Tech Forum 04-02-2012, 03:31 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,025
Posted By maxthedog123
I am curious - my philodendron isn't growing, in...

I am curious - my philodendron isn't growing, in fact it is dying. How does submerged in a planter like you have vs. just submerged in water affect growth/health? I would think a) the plant has to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-02-2012, 02:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,753
Posted By maxthedog123
I run the lights in the 55g in my bedroom from...

I run the lights in the 55g in my bedroom from about 3pm-12am. Most of the time I am in bed before they go out. If not, I usually have a side lamp on when the light goes out so it doesn't go...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 04-02-2012, 01:58 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,025
Posted By maxthedog123
Question for you on terrestrial plants: will they...

Question for you on terrestrial plants: will they grow in just water? I have peace lilies in the back of my tank sticking through a grate with just roots in the water.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 04-02-2012, 01:46 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 10,503
Posted By maxthedog123
Patience is the key with an NPT tank. It takes a...

Patience is the key with an NPT tank. It takes a while for the dirt to settle down and then things will get growing. I think you will be happy you didn't do DIY CO2. It is hard to control and the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-06-2011, 05:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 824
Posted By maxthedog123
I would call your water company and ask about the...

I would call your water company and ask about the ammonia or get their water quality report. If there is any in your tap water, I seriously doubt there is enough to register on a liquid test kit.......
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-06-2011, 01:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 824
Posted By maxthedog123
What are your water parameters? I think you need...

What are your water parameters? I think you need to add that information to get a picture of what is going on. I'm going to guess you may have high nitrates.

How long has the tank been set up?
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-11-2010, 02:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 722
Posted By maxthedog123
I am on day 2 of the Excel bomb in my tank. I...

I am on day 2 of the Excel bomb in my tank. I will continue to provide updates on the BBA scourge.

I am dosing N-P-K with Flourish liquids. (As soon as they run out, I will be getting dry...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-10-2010, 03:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 722
Posted By maxthedog123
I took an hour off of the photo period about a...

I took an hour off of the photo period about a week ago to see if that helps. I can dial it back to 9 hours if that continues to help.

Added 5 otos to my tank to help control general algae. If...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-05-2010, 05:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 722
Posted By maxthedog123
I have a T5HO fixture that takes two 54w bulbs. ...

I have a T5HO fixture that takes two 54w bulbs. When I went low tech, I removed one of the bulbs so there is now 1x54w 6700K bulb over the tank. I run the lights for 11 hours every day.

As I...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-27-2010, 08:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 722
Posted By maxthedog123
Low Tech update

6 weeks after going "low tech" and so far things seem to be going OK. The CO2 is off and I am on a limited dosing schedule as Tom Barr suggests. The plants are all growing well. H. polysperma is...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-04-2010, 07:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,046
Posted By maxthedog123
Byron - I think we are in violent agreement!! I...

Byron - I think we are in violent agreement!! I am just experimenting with a new direction due to shrinking free time.

Your tanks are beautiful. I'll have to try to get pictures of mine up on...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-04-2010, 05:52 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,046
Posted By maxthedog123
Boruchowitz article in TFH (Nov & Dec 20009)

Byron-

I went to the library today to read this article. I found out TFH goes back to around the year 2000 at the library, so I can see myself wasting many lunch hours there.

Good article,...
Forum: Plants 02-03-2010, 07:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,336
Posted By maxthedog123
I have had red crypt wendtii in my 30g tanks for...

I have had red crypt wendtii in my 30g tanks for over a year and the leaves would be 6 inches out of the water if I pulled them up straight. That is with about 1wpg of light and no CO2. Not sure if...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-01-2010, 10:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,232
Posted By maxthedog123
Looks excellent in a tank! You can boil it or...

Looks excellent in a tank! You can boil it or soak it in very hot water before putting it into the tank to get some of the tannins out. In my experience, even if you boil it you may get the "white...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-01-2010, 08:23 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,046
Posted By maxthedog123
I'd love to read the articles, but I am not a...

I'd love to read the articles, but I am not a subscriber to TFH and those require a login to access. Sounds like very good articles. Can you read them when they are older?

I don't disagree with...
Forum: Fish 01-30-2010, 11:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 9,686
Posted By maxthedog123
Ich is NOT always in your fish tank. Every web...

Ich is NOT always in your fish tank. Every web site that has info on ich specifically states that this is not the case. It cannot survive without a host (fish).
Forum: Fish 01-30-2010, 11:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 9,686
Posted By maxthedog123
Heat does speed up the lifecycle, but you also...

Heat does speed up the lifecycle, but you also need a way to kill the organisms. Salt - plain NaCl without iodine or other additives does the trick. I just had Ich in my largest aquarium - my 55g -...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-30-2010, 07:26 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,046
Posted By maxthedog123
Leaving the buckets out - that is a very good...

Leaving the buckets out - that is a very good idea. I may consider that no matter what I do. I don't think I'm doing too much more work, I got a test kit out from under my tank which hasn't been...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-30-2010, 07:22 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,046
Posted By maxthedog123
If you are getting healthy plant growth and do...

If you are getting healthy plant growth and do not have an algae problem, then it sounds like you've hit a good balance with whatever you are doing. :proud:

I did my weekly dosing, added a little...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-30-2010, 06:55 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,046
Posted By maxthedog123
Why a discussion of no water changes? Because...

Why a discussion of no water changes? Because Diana Walstad has an entire book that discusses no dosing, no CO2 and no water changes ever. Tom Barr discusses using no CO2, very low dosing and no...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-30-2010, 04:18 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,046
Posted By maxthedog123
I am dosing very low amounts. Changing the water...

I am dosing very low amounts. Changing the water also introduces a lot more CO2 into the tank. Everything I've read about low tech says swings in CO2 levels are not a good thing for the plants.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-30-2010, 03:04 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,046
Posted By maxthedog123
Erloas and Byron - thanks for your thoughts. I'm...

Erloas and Byron - thanks for your thoughts. I'm not doing water changes - hence the low tech tank. I also don't have any snails - my yoyo loaches take care of that. Right now I have 2 yoyos, 6...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-29-2010, 05:27 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,046
Posted By maxthedog123
As I mentioned, I am using up my remaining...

As I mentioned, I am using up my remaining Seachem liquid products. I paid for 'em, I might as well use them, right?

Plants seem to be doing pretty well in lower light and no CO2. My sword...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-26-2010, 02:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,023
Posted By maxthedog123
I was just having the same discussion in the last...

I was just having the same discussion in the last couple of weeks here:

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/low-tech-forum/100159-moving-high-tech-low-tech-what.html

I am a long time poster on...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-22-2010, 01:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 432
Posted By maxthedog123
I have a 2x54w T5HO light over my 55. I just...

I have a 2x54w T5HO light over my 55. I just took out one of the bulbs because I could never make low tech work with both bulbs. I trust other experts here more, but would think that 96w CF...
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