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Forum: Tank Journals   03-10-2014, 01:37 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,728
Posted By ETK
Had to do a tear-down and rescape the whole tank...

Had to do a tear-down and rescape the whole tank due to a problem with the cabinet...

The HC carpet was starting to uproot anyway, so it was a good opportunity to replant anyway. I also added a...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   12-28-2013, 03:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,975
Posted By ETK
Makes sense, thanks.

Makes sense, thanks.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   12-27-2013, 06:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,975
Posted By ETK
Old thread, but related question: why do the EI...

Old thread, but related question: why do the EI tables say 1/16 tsp (5ml) for cms+b? Why the 5ml? That would be 1 tsp, not 1/16 tsp, right? I must be missing something.
Forum: Tank Journals   09-12-2013, 06:15 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 17,739
Posted By ETK
Those Stainless ins and outs look great. Love how...

Those Stainless ins and outs look great. Love how they fit perfectly into the stand.

What brand are they, and where did you get them?
Forum: Algae   09-06-2013, 09:45 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,754
Posted By ETK
i think clogged filters are often a contributing...

i think clogged filters are often a contributing factor. I think this has been the culprit for me a few times. I don't think it's the decreased filtering of the water (although that may be factor). I...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   09-04-2013, 06:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,383
Posted By ETK
I mix up the dry macros in one container using...

I mix up the dry macros in one container using the correct ratios, and another container for the micros (just CCSM+B and Iron). My Sunday-Friday dosing comes to 3/8 teaspoon of macros every other...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   08-27-2013, 12:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,305
Posted By ETK
I built this out of PVC. The end that goes in the...

I built this out of PVC. The end that goes in the tank has one of those strainers that go in the drain of a sink clamped on with a hose clamp. The other end is threaded and I attach it to a...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   08-21-2013, 04:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,038
Posted By ETK
The way people manage to have great tanks with...

The way people manage to have great tanks with without injecting CO2 is by providing less light. The basic theory most people go by is this: provide plenty of nutrients (NPK and micros), then balance...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   08-16-2013, 02:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 954
Posted By ETK
Another option is to superglue the wood to a...

Another option is to superglue the wood to a rock. quick and easy.
Forum: Lighting   08-15-2013, 09:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 899
Posted By ETK
To clarify: With high light and CO2, you will...

To clarify: With high light and CO2, you will need to dose nitrates, not just rely on fish to produce nitrates.
Forum: Lighting   08-15-2013, 09:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 899
Posted By ETK
If your CO2 is now stable, you are on the right...

If your CO2 is now stable, you are on the right track. It doesn't mean all the algae will disappear overnight, though. Be patient.

It also helps to spot dose excel using a syringe. This really...
Forum: Tank Journals   08-14-2013, 04:39 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,728
Posted By ETK
I just got back from vacation, and the tank got...

I just got back from vacation, and the tank got pretty jungly. I think I like it, but I will need to thin things out pretty soon.

HC is filling in nicely. The red stem plant has developed some...
Forum: Tank Journals   08-12-2013, 05:39 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 8,592
Posted By ETK
Looks great! Looking forward to the flood.

Looks great! Looking forward to the flood.
Forum: Tank Journals   07-31-2013, 07:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,250
Posted By ETK
Nice tank, and great job dealing with the algae....

Nice tank, and great job dealing with the algae. It's great to see someone seek out good advice and then follow it!
Forum: Algae   07-29-2013, 08:35 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,754
Posted By ETK
This is a an interesting idea, but I am pretty...

This is a an interesting idea, but I am pretty skeptical of this being a cause of algae. If I understand correctly, you are saying that the on/off cycles of CO2 injection (when using a ph controller)...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   07-25-2013, 10:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,076
Posted By ETK
Yeah, it worked great for me as a kid when I had...

Yeah, it worked great for me as a kid when I had a clown knife AND and Oscar in my 29 gallon. I am sure the under gravel filter was plenty to keep up with the bio load. And yes, they got huge and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   07-25-2013, 09:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,076
Posted By ETK
Some guy at my LFS gave me this line the other...

Some guy at my LFS gave me this line the other day: "Fish will only grow enough to fit into your tank, so you don't need to worry about them getting to big."

I guess what he meant was "I don't...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   07-24-2013, 06:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,081
Posted By ETK
its probably low CO2, but one question: were...

its probably low CO2, but one question: were there changes in light that occurred around the time the rotalas went downhill? I noticed you are covering up some of the bulbs. Is it possible that your...
Forum: Tank Journals   07-16-2013, 05:40 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,728
Posted By ETK
Here is the tank as it sits. Almost no algae...

Here is the tank as it sits. Almost no algae right now. I had the algae under control with more co2 and more height for the light, and then excel spot treatment has really knocked almost all the rest...
Forum: Plants   07-15-2013, 10:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,120
Posted By ETK
It sounds totally reasonable that low light will...

It sounds totally reasonable that low light will cause leaves to fall off and lengthy stems, but I don't think that is the only possible cause. I have relatively high light (enough to grow HC...
Forum: Algae   07-15-2013, 09:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,030
Posted By ETK
Thanks. That seems right based on a web search....

Thanks. That seems right based on a web search. Anyone else feel that the marketing of excel is misleading? They seem to be marketing a product as a source of carbon, while one of the main benefits...
Forum: Algae   07-15-2013, 07:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,030
Posted By ETK
Why Does Flourish Excel Kill Algae?

Anyone know why Flourish Excel kills algae?

Once I got my CO2 in balance with my light and fert levels, I found that excel was very effective at killing off the stubborn BBA and a little hair...
Forum: Plants   07-12-2013, 11:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,120
Posted By ETK
Good thread. I have had a tough time with...

Good thread. I have had a tough time with Cabomba, probably because i rely on water column dosing.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   07-12-2013, 09:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 984
Posted By ETK
I recommend Amanos and Otos. Amanos are good at...

I recommend Amanos and Otos. Amanos are good at cleaning things like HC, while Otos tend to clean surfaces like glass and larger plants. Neither are strictly speaking necessary, though.

10 hours...
Forum: Tank Journals   07-12-2013, 08:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 440
Posted By ETK
Nice tank! those look like some really healthy...

Nice tank! those look like some really healthy plants.
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