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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Today, 12:13 AM
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Posted By Zorfox
I agree with Nilocg. You should start dosing and...

I agree with Nilocg. You should start dosing and CO2 from the start. You should go ahead and get your dry fertilizers if youíre going to use EI. The Seachem products wonít last long. I donít see any...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 09-16-2014, 10:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 476
Posted By Zorfox
Thanks for the response Joe. I was just curious...

Thanks for the response Joe. I was just curious what you run. I've noticed the problem range to be around 1.5ppm of PO4 (my API phosphate kit). So despite the low ranges suggested I've seen problems...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 09-16-2014, 10:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 476
Posted By Zorfox
Well said! Also, what are your phosphate...

Well said!

Also, what are your phosphate levels in the tank? You can dose XYZ but in the end it's all about what's there for the plants.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 09-16-2014, 01:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 582
Posted By Zorfox
The glutaraldehyde molecule is toxic to plants...

The glutaraldehyde molecule is toxic to plants and animals. Plants and animals can detoxify it by using an enzymatic process. That process results in CO2 molecules which can be used by plants. If the...
Forum: Algae 09-15-2014, 01:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 544
Posted By Zorfox
Actually they do. The uptake rates are different...

Actually they do. The uptake rates are different across plant types. To learn more research plant silicification, phytoliths and the silicone cycle.


I'm not sure what you're asking here.
Forum: Algae 09-14-2014, 10:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 544
Posted By Zorfox
That was in fact my interpretation of your...

That was in fact my interpretation of your statement. I’m glad we are on the same page. I also don’t feel silica is to blame alone. Is it a causative factor? It’s quite possible. What conditions need...
Forum: Algae 09-14-2014, 08:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 544
Posted By Zorfox
These studies are all in vitro. Sure we can glean...

These studies are all in vitro. Sure we can glean information from them but we can't directly apply the results to the planted tank. There is a much larger set of variables in the tank than in a...
Forum: Algae 09-14-2014, 05:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 544
Posted By Zorfox
I have no doubt silica limitation will limit the...

I have no doubt silica limitation will limit the growth of diatoms. Likewise, all the other problematic algae can be limited by a number of nutrients as well (including diatoms). Well cared for tanks...
Forum: Algae 09-13-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 428
Posted By Zorfox
What are you dosing as far as traces are...

What are you dosing as far as traces are concerned? I only see the macro fertilizers. I'm surprised 3ppm of PO4 weekly is not enough for that plant load. I would double check your test result. I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-13-2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 931
Posted By Zorfox
You disrupted the beneficial bacteria in the...

You disrupted the beneficial bacteria in the substrate. Doing this in a well established tank will cause a mini cycle much less a new tank.

Completely off topic but I think its decent advice in...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-13-2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 271
Posted By Zorfox
I would guess it's a terrestrial plant that was...

I would guess it's a terrestrial plant that was growing on the driftwood while in storage. I doubt you'll ever fully identify it unless you cultivate it.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-12-2014, 11:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 151
Posted By Zorfox
I think you answered your own question. Funny...

I think you answered your own question. Funny analogy though.;)
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-12-2014, 10:41 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 931
Posted By Zorfox
It doesnít look like your tank is completely...

It doesnít look like your tank is completely cycled. You may want to do water changes since you have fish. Prime should take care of any ammonia in the tap. However, since your goal is to lower the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 09-12-2014, 02:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 582
Posted By Zorfox
The hornwort, crypts and possibly the sword have...

The hornwort, crypts and possibly the sword have shown a distaste for Excel. However, using the daily dose without the larger water change dose seems to prevent most issues with melting. I would just...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-12-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 931
Posted By Zorfox
You should be able to judge close enough with an...

You should be able to judge close enough with an image. It's not ideal but better than nothing. The PH only goes down to 6 though.
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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-12-2014, 02:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 239
Posted By Zorfox
Speaking as a customer I won't order if I know...

Speaking as a customer I won't order if I know they won't be boxed. I'm personally willing to pay extra if need be for proper shipping. I've recieved plants in envelopes with and without bubble wrap....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-12-2014, 12:20 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 931
Posted By Zorfox
That would be awesome! I would love to discuss...

That would be awesome! I would love to discuss more advanced subjects and what's actually happening "under the hood". There are surely others here that would be interested as well. Clearly you are...
Forum: Plants 09-11-2014, 10:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 248
Posted By Zorfox
A plastic tub from any box store with plastic...

A plastic tub from any box store with plastic wrap to increase humidity. Fill the bottom up to the top of the pot with nutrient rich water. Give it a little light. That's about all you'll need for 10...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-11-2014, 01:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 723
Posted By Zorfox
Hello Spyder There is an online calculator...

Hello Spyder

There is an online calculator located here (http://rota.la/). That said, what are your goals with this tank? With the setup you have I suspect you're looking to have a few healthy...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-10-2014, 01:56 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 931
Posted By Zorfox
Dbw27, Iím guessing your KH is too high to...

Dbw27,

Iím guessing your KH is too high to allow the leaves and peat to lower the PH anymore. Think of your KH as a clamp. The tighter the clamp (high KH) is the least likely your work (PH) will...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 09-09-2014, 09:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 188
Posted By Zorfox
I would use this calculator (http://rota.la/)...

I would use this calculator (http://rota.la/) instead. Select premixed and you'll see the Seachem products listed. No need to do any math this way. The amounts below are what it reports for 43...
Forum: Algae 09-09-2014, 04:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 611
Posted By Zorfox
Sorry my previous comments caused confusion....

Sorry my previous comments caused confusion. Decreasing surface agitation increases CO2 in a injected tank only. Low tech, including Excel, makes little difference. A slow ripple will diffuse O2 and...
Forum: Algae 09-09-2014, 03:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 611
Posted By Zorfox
I do not fully understand what you're asking. The...

I do not fully understand what you're asking. The barrel analogy is known as Liebig's law of the minimum (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liebig's_law_of_the_minimum). Using this idea, there can only be...
Forum: Algae 09-08-2014, 09:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 611
Posted By Zorfox
Sorry. The term everything is confusing. You're...

Sorry. The term everything is confusing. You're correct that light drives the process. However, eliminating a limitation increases the uptake of other resources.

Let me explain with a picture. I'm...
Forum: Algae 09-08-2014, 02:09 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 611
Posted By Zorfox
Phosphate limitation is a very common cause of...

Phosphate limitation is a very common cause of GSA. However, it's not the only one. CO2 limitation will also cause this alga.

Think about what has happened. You had no GSA prior to adding...
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