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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 06-17-2008, 09:25 PM
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Views: 3,990
Posted By windsurfer
KH2PO4 unavailable

Agri-Turf now tells me that KH2PO4 is currently unavailable from any of their suppliers. Any other ideas ?

-jd
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 06-09-2008, 03:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,990
Posted By windsurfer
Finally made it to Agri-Turf. I got the KNO3 $37...

Finally made it to Agri-Turf. I got the KNO3 $37 for 50lb bag; champion brand.

They were out to KH2PO4 - he says the only sell 4-5 bags a year and someone just bought their last bag. Apparently it...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 06-04-2008, 12:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,990
Posted By windsurfer
Yes, I am in Santa Barbara. I talked to Agri...

Yes, I am in Santa Barbara.

I talked to Agri Turf this afternoon. the person I talked to did not seem to know if they had either of those. knowing a brand name definitely helps so I will stop by...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 06-03-2008, 07:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,990
Posted By windsurfer
where to buy KNO3 and KH2PO4

Does anyone know the secret for finding bulk KNO3 and KH2PO4 locally ?

Hydrophonics shops have no clue what I am talking about and agricultural supply places I have found sell Ammonium sulphate...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-06-2007, 12:36 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,141
Posted By windsurfer
Quit saying bad things about my water quality. I...

Quit saying bad things about my water quality. I use that stuff in my tanks and I never have to dose Ca or Mg. I do have to add vinegar to my dishwasher so I don't get white glasses.

that plant...
Forum: Lighting 12-22-2006, 01:15 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,260
Posted By windsurfer
2 x 39W Giesman 6000K definitely does not look...

2 x 39W Giesman 6000K definitely does not look dim in my 46 bow with Icecap reflectors and an advance ballast. plants are pearling away like they are happy with it too.

the GE starcoats on my tek...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 12-17-2006, 11:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 838
Posted By windsurfer
my tap is at 500-661ppm GH and 200-300ppm KH ...

my tap is at 500-661ppm GH and 200-300ppm KH

My fish and plants do just fine in this.

no need to dose Ca or Mg !

-jd
Forum: Lighting 12-17-2006, 10:50 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,260
Posted By windsurfer
I highly recommend the Giesmann 6000K midday sun....

I highly recommend the Giesmann 6000K midday sun.

much whiter than the GE starcoats. These definitely look yellow

-jd
Forum: Lighting 10-24-2006, 07:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 989
Posted By windsurfer
new setup is lower power and a lot brighter....

new setup is lower power and a lot brighter. better quality light as well. never did find a good white 96w CF bulb.

ordered T5 SLS retro kit from reefgeek and had them substitute Icecap reflectors...
Forum: Lighting 10-19-2006, 09:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 989
Posted By windsurfer
just upgraded the lighting on a Oceanic 46...

just upgraded the lighting on a Oceanic 46 bowfront.

previously I had coralife 96 CF + Oceanic 36" t8 strip light.

replaced it with a 2x39 T5 HO, Icecap reflectors Giesmann 5000K midday sun...
Forum: Lighting 10-19-2006, 07:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,057
Posted By windsurfer
any idea how the output of this light compares to...

any idea how the output of this light compares to the coralife 96 watt quad ?

was considering this light for a 20" Oceanic cube, which is currently lit with the coralife. I liked the coralife fine...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 09-22-2006, 06:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,552
Posted By windsurfer
We have a walstad style low-tech 20tall mounted...

We have a walstad style low-tech 20tall mounted in a window on the west side of the house which has no lights - just the window. For this tank we have parchment paper and bubble wrap behind it to...
Forum: Tank Journals 07-13-2006, 12:03 AM
Replies: 1,221
Views: 168,356
Posted By windsurfer
Didn't read the whole thread, but I wanted to add...

Didn't read the whole thread, but I wanted to add that Sterling Silver is normally 7-8% copper, 92-93% silver.

sounds like it might be a good way to kill plants and inverts....

Also note that...
Forum: DIY 06-19-2006, 11:48 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,862
Posted By windsurfer
Just noticed you are in Monterey. I believe you...

Just noticed you are in Monterey. I believe you have a fiberglass hawaii local to you -maybe up in Santa Cruz. The shop used to be called Monterey Bay Fiberglass -I used to order from there when I...
Forum: DIY 06-19-2006, 11:15 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,862
Posted By windsurfer
mixed in a plastic cup, epoxy can exotherm and...

mixed in a plastic cup, epoxy can exotherm and melt the plastic, foam cups are worse because the insulate. the problem here is heat, not chemistry. that is the reason for the suggestions to mix small...
Forum: DIY 06-19-2006, 10:31 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,862
Posted By windsurfer
and don't bother buying the pumps if occasional...

and don't bother buying the pumps if occasional use, they are a royal pain to clean and keep working. mix using disposible syringes or weigh on the scale you use to weigh your fertz.

if there is a...
Forum: DIY 06-19-2006, 10:26 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,862
Posted By windsurfer
Not familiar with that particular brand of epoxy....

Not familiar with that particular brand of epoxy. A few parameters make it appear to be a 'hot' mix more for rapid production than for mechanical or chemical properties:

15 min gel time. this is a...
Forum: DIY 06-19-2006, 08:44 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,862
Posted By windsurfer
Polyester resin is not an epoxy. fully cured...

Polyester resin is not an epoxy.

fully cured polyester and vinylester resins are quite inert and have been widely used for water storage tanks. Is is used less these days due the the availabllity...
Forum: DIY 06-19-2006, 05:39 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,862
Posted By windsurfer
most truck bed liner material is heavily filled...

most truck bed liner material is heavily filled epoxy, although there are a couple that are a linear polyurethane. Don't even think about using linear polyurethanes (you will have a difficult time...
Forum: DIY 06-14-2006, 11:37 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,862
Posted By windsurfer
Count me as a skeptic on the polyurethane foam. ...

Count me as a skeptic on the polyurethane foam.

Have used it may times in composite aircraft construction and sailboard repair.

There are wide differences in performance. the two part marine...
Forum: DIY 06-07-2006, 03:33 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,973
Posted By windsurfer
be careful with silicone and acrylic !

Silicone normally does not adhere well to acrylics. It is much better to use a proper acrylic cement (solvent welding).

-jd
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-19-2006, 07:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,355
Posted By windsurfer
I am in the process of setting up a 72 which will...

I am in the process of setting up a 72 which will include firemouth -which would work in a 46. they are apparently fairly even tempered unless spawning and take nicely to plants -as long as they are...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-12-2006, 08:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 989
Posted By windsurfer
...now I am thinking a pearl Gourami and tiger...

...now I am thinking a pearl Gourami and tiger barbs won't get along very well.

how about Rosey Barbs ? can they stand up to Firemouth ? will they shred ricca and eat Cobomba ?

-jd
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-08-2006, 11:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 989
Posted By windsurfer
Thanks for recommending the convict. However I am...

Thanks for recommending the convict. However I am not really a fan of Cons.

what about tiger barbs as dithers ? surely they could stand up to the firemouth. can they breed in hard water ?

Every...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-07-2006, 12:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 989
Posted By windsurfer
from my understanding, firemouth are a central...

from my understanding, firemouth are a central american species with range up into Mexico and are found in hard water. I think my biggest worry with them is digging and agression

an excellent...
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