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Forum: Low Tech Forum   Today, 01:33 AM
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Posted By Zapins
Might be a macro nutrient deficiency (nitrogen or...

Might be a macro nutrient deficiency (nitrogen or maybe phosphorous), but it is difficult to tell. Might also be a light deficiency. 4-5 hours is quite low, probably too low. I'd raise the number of...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   Yesterday, 12:19 AM
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Posted By Zapins
Thanks that would be great! The more the better....

Thanks that would be great! The more the better. It would be nice to see them eating the plants inside the tank in position.
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   12-06-2016, 10:37 PM
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Posted By Zapins
Oh they are around in the US. I've had them twice...

Oh they are around in the US. I've had them twice and I keep my tanks in CT. Unfortunately I didn't take good photos of them and have not been able to add them to deficiencyfinder.com as an entry. I...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   12-06-2016, 05:07 PM
Replies: 14
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Posted By Zapins
Better photos would help figure out what is wrong...

Better photos would help figure out what is wrong more accurately. Close up ones showing the plant damage are needed.

How high up are the lights from the water? What wattage and why only 4 to 5...
Forum: Plants   12-06-2016, 05:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 174
Posted By Zapins
I agree with Seattle probably early potassium...

I agree with Seattle probably early potassium deficiency. And Opare is right about using K2SO4 as a good source of potassium (and sulfate).

You cannot add only potassium to the water - almost all...
Forum: Fish   12-06-2016, 04:47 PM
Replies: 16
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Posted By Zapins
They might have switched from chlorine to...

They might have switched from chlorine to chloramine in the water without notifying you. Some water conditioners don't remove it. Double check with your water company and make sure.
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   12-06-2016, 04:40 PM
Replies: 14
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Posted By Zapins
Any chance of cleared closer up photos of the...

Any chance of cleared closer up photos of the caterpillars and the plant damage?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-06-2016, 03:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 888
Posted By Zapins
I'd start out with some bulbs from home depot,...

I'd start out with some bulbs from home depot, just make sure they are T5 HO and are the correct wattage for the size. For example a 2 foot T5 HO bulb is 24 watts, 3 foot bulb is 39 watts, a 4 foot...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-04-2016, 01:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 888
Posted By Zapins
The lights I mentioned above are the ones I...

The lights I mentioned above are the ones I recommend. I haven't found a fixture half as good.

As for the algae. Algae comes and it goes. You cannot maintain a tank with 0 algae forever. When it...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-04-2016, 12:01 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 888
Posted By Zapins
The fixtures I recommend can be found on ebay if...

The fixtures I recommend can be found on ebay if you copy and paste this in and search it:

"Grow Light Hydroponics 2 ft 4ft T5 Fluorescent HO 4 6 8 12 Lamps 6500K Bulbs Veg"

Then on the drop...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-02-2016, 11:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 888
Posted By Zapins
I vehemently suggest not getting the odyssea...

I vehemently suggest not getting the odyssea fixture. They are over prices and of poor quality and have been known to have electrical issues. I personally saw two fixtures that smoked and burned part...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-29-2016, 05:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 775
Posted By Zapins
Any update on the sword? Has it changed since...

Any update on the sword? Has it changed since adding the csm+b?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-27-2016, 05:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 237
Posted By Zapins
I had a 55g tank that lost the silicon completely...

I had a 55g tank that lost the silicon completely except for the little bit between the panes of glass. No leaks/floods for about 8 years of having it. If the bubbles get between the glass then maybe...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-26-2016, 10:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 237
Posted By Zapins
The important part is where the glass butts up...

The important part is where the glass butts up against another pane of glass. The bit that spills over that has the bubbles in it does not keep the tank together. It is just aesthetic not structural.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-23-2016, 07:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 888
Posted By Zapins
Still here, but was busy the last few days. ...

Still here, but was busy the last few days.

You likely do not need to add MgSO4 unless you are reconstituting from RO water which I assume you aren't. If you are using tap water or city water you...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-22-2016, 08:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 775
Posted By Zapins
Are the plants with the potassium deficiency...

Are the plants with the potassium deficiency getting worse? Or staying the same? If the damage isn't creeping up the plant towards the new leaves then it probably was fixed and what you are seeing is...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-22-2016, 04:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 775
Posted By Zapins
Wow. Couple of things. Yes staghorn algae,...

Wow. Couple of things.

Yes staghorn algae, not a long lived algae usually. It will resolve when the nutrient deficiencies are fixed.

The first post shows very clear potassium deficiency...
Forum: Plants   11-19-2016, 04:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 362
Posted By Zapins
I agree with Opare. Probably a macro (nitrate,...

I agree with Opare. Probably a macro (nitrate, phosphate or potassium) deficiency. Flourish doesn't have high amounts of any fertilizer. They are all extremely dilute and would need 5-10x the...
Forum: Plants   11-18-2016, 12:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 303
Posted By Zapins
What are you adding for iron? How much and how...

What are you adding for iron? How much and how often are you adding it?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-17-2016, 02:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 888
Posted By Zapins
Is your trace coming from flourish? If so I'd...

Is your trace coming from flourish? If so I'd recommend CSM +B powder. It is EDTA chelated and so it will hang around for a about 3 or 4 days in the water column after dosing. You only need to dose a...
Forum: Plants   11-17-2016, 02:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 362
Posted By Zapins
Take a few more photos of the plant from the top...

Take a few more photos of the plant from the top of the tank with the filter turned off to reduce surface motion. I'd like to see which leaves are damaged on the plant. New or old. Also some close up...
Forum: Plants   11-16-2016, 11:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 362
Posted By Zapins
Did you add the sword plant to your tank a few...

Did you add the sword plant to your tank a few weeks ago? If so you are seeing the emersed leaves dying off as the plant converts to submersed leaves. This is not something you can stop. Just wait it...
Forum: Plants   11-15-2016, 10:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 195
Posted By Zapins
What are these chemicals "vibrant" and "thrive?" ...

What are these chemicals "vibrant" and "thrive?"

Are there links to info about what is in them that you have access to?

What are you dosing for micro nutrients?

Can you take better photos of...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-15-2016, 10:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 888
Posted By Zapins
I think you might find this post useful, it...

I think you might find this post useful, it summarizes what I believe is going on when plants aren't growing healthily and how that causes algae....
Forum: DIY   11-15-2016, 03:15 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,348
Posted By Zapins
One of these perms select membranes would be...

One of these perms select membranes would be perfect. 2.1 square meters of surface area. Too bad they are pricey as hell.

https://www.permselect.com/membranes
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